Forthcoming

"Freeing yourself was one thing; claiming ownership of that freed self was another." author Toni Morrison (1931- 05.08.2019)

“If I tell the story, I control the version. Because if I tell the story, I can make you laugh, and I would rather have you laugh at me than feel sorry for me”; Nora Ephron, author/comedian

"Make your story count". Michelle Obama

"Social pain is understood through the lens of racial animus". Researcher/author Sean McElwee writing in Salon, 2016

"We are citizens, not subjects. We have the right to criticize government without fear."  Chelsea Manning; activist/whisleblower

“My father was a slave and my people died to build this country, and I’m going to stay right here and have a part of it, just like you, And no fascist minded people, like you, will drive me from it. Is that clear?” Paul Robeson; activist/singer

“We have a system of justice in this country that treats you much better if you're rich and guilty than if you're poor and innocent”. from civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson

“This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn. To drag a man in fetters into the grand illuminated temple of liberty, and call upon him to join you in joyous anthems, were inhuman mockery and sacrilegious irony. Do you mean, citizens, to mock me, by asking me to speak today?” Frederick Douglass, WHAT TO THE SLAVE IS 4TH JULY? 07.05.1852 (full text in blog)

Senator Elizabeth Warren "We're a country that is built on our differences; that is our strength, not our weakness"

 

"We are more alike than we are different"v  Maya Angelou

As a Black writer, I was expected to accept the role of victim. That made it difficult in the beginning to be a writer.      James Baldwin

I often feel that there must have been something that I should’ve done that I didn’t do. But I can’t identify what it is that I didn’t do. That’s the first difficulty. And the second is, what makes you think you’re it?   

         Harry Belafonte, activist and singer at 89

 

It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble; It's what you know for sure that just ainst so.

Mark Twain

 

You can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you.

Mary Tyler Moore

 

 You can’t defend Christianity by being against refugees and other religions

Pope Francis:

 

"I don't have to be what you want me to be". Muhammad Ali

"The Secret of Living Well and Longer: eat half, walk double, laugh triple, and love without measure"  attributed to Tibetan sources

Recent audio posts include interviews with Rumi interpreter Shahram Shiva, London-based author Aamer Hussein, South African Muslim scholar, professor Farid Esack, and Iraqi journalist Nermeen Al-Mufti's brief account of Kirkuk City history. Your comments on our blogs are always welcome.

 

Voices of Iraq

Environmental Ruin in Iraq by BN Aziz


Dr. Aliya Sousa
Dr. Aliya Sousa was the daughter and biographer of the remarkable and prolific Iraqi author, researcher, engineer and hydrologist, Dr. Ahmed Sousa (1900-1983).
In this 1999 interview in Baghdad, she recalls his early life. Aliya Sousa perished in the bombing of the UN office in Baghdad, August 19, 2003.
sound Sample Aliya Sousa speaks about her father Dr. Ahmed Sousa 7:29
sound Sample Pt 2, reviewing Sousa's research in irrigation 5:43
Doni George
Director of Documentation, Iraq National Museum.
Iraqi archeologist resigns, August 2006
sound Sample Iraq's intellectual and artistic heritage 4:41
BN Aziz
audio documentary-- "Iraq:How Can I Forget?"
sound Sample 'Iraq in the Embargo War 1990-2003'-- a Tahrir audio documentary 17:30
Abbas Jijan
Iraqi Poet Jijan presented this poem "Obama" in a 2009 program on Al-Arabiya TV. (in Arabic). See our July 20 podcast for the translation.
sound Sample 6:50
Suad Al-Radi
Iraqi resident, Baghdad, days before the invasion
sound Sample My country, my family 7:45
Ilham AlMadfaii
Iraqi musician
sound Sample from Al-Madfaii's 1997 interview with BN Aziz, prepared by Manaslu Gurung 4:01
AbdulAmeer Alwan, Iraq2
Kerbala street in my hometown, 2000 (charcoal) and Palm Grove, south Iraq (watercolor)
Mohammed Ghani Hikmat
Iraq sculptor Mohammed Ghani Hikmat, in his studio in Baghdad in 1991, after the US-led bombing against Iraq; speaking to BN Aziz. (Ghani died Sept 12, 2011, in Jordan.)
sound Sample 7:54


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Suheir Hammad, poet

Tahrir Diwan

a poem.. a song..
poem Ali Sayed, "Oh My Southland", Arabic
traditional song of South Lebanon, Arabic

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Flash
poems
poem Qur'an Surat Al-Shams
from 'Approaching The Qur'an', CD.

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Book review
LailaLalami's
The Moor's Account
reviewed by BN Aziz.

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Barbara Nimri Aziz
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