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.
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
"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.
a Poem.. a Song..
- Iraqi Drum Ensemble Tahrir theme music
- "We Little Ones" Children's songs, Palestinian girls; Arabic
- CheeryGirlsAndBoys by children in Lebanon; Arabic
- "DiliyaDi" Childen's playsong; Arabic
- "My Wish", poem for South Lebanon, Arabic Umm Kayed's praise poem for the liberation of South Lebanon, Arabic
- "These Words", by Lisa S. Majaj poem from the chapbook These Words
- Poem "Daddy's Been Gone" Theater artist Andrea Assaf performs from the "Robin Monologues"
- Ali Sayed, "Oh My Southland", Arabic traditional song of South Lebanon, Arabic
- "The Poem of Iraq", Arabic read by Bushra Bustani, poet and Professor of Arabic Literature, Mosel University
- Tribute to Mahmoud Darwish by vocalist Shadia Mansour; also see Shadia's interview under Features
- "The Man Who Makes Brooms" Naomi Shihab Nye reading
- "Name of God" AbdalHayy Moore reads a poem for Ramadan
- "Tears" Rachida Mohammedi reads from "Tears"; Arabic
- "I Knew" Sapphire Ahmed's prose poem on Ramadan
- "Arab Apocalypse" 'Arab Apocalypse', excerpt by the author
- Poems from "Outrage" Rafia Mazari reads from her collection "Outrage"; French
- "A Woman Who Reads Poetry"
- "Don't Turn From Me" Poet and novelist Mohja Khaf
- "Every Fourth Drop" written and read by Andrea Assaf
- "Grandfather's Farm" children's playsong; Arabic
- "What She Said", by Lisa Majaj A poem from Palestinian experience
- Darwish: "On A Day Like Today" read by Fady Joudah from The Butterfly's Burden (2006) translated by Joudah
- "We are Born with Names" by Marian Haddad
- Iranian poet Farrokhzad Iran's leading lady poet Farrokhzad is remembered by Fatemeh Keshavarz
- Friends Poet Ali Anned; Soufi popular poetry from South Algeria
- "Obama"poem (Arabic)
- "Al-Najjar" the Carpenter; Children's playsong, Arabic
- "Olives and bread" by children in Lebanon; Arabic
- "NajwaTil Hasiba" Children's playsong; Arabic
- Naomi Shihab Nye reads "Return" America's award-winning poet, Naomi Shihab Nye
- "I Am Palestinian", by Mohja Kahf read by poet and author Mohja Kahf
- "Claims", by Lisa S. Majaj from the chapbook "These Words" by Lisa S. Majaj
- Popular Palestinian Vocal traditional song of The Homelands, Arabic
- "Land Holy" by Suheir Hammad written for young Mohammed Dura, killed by Israel troops, at his father's side
- "13%", a poem by Amal Bishara A young Palestinian woman comments on what's left of her homeland
- Lawrence Joseph reads "August Abstract"
- Rumi's "I am You" by translator and interpreter Shahram Shiva
- "Soft Facism" read by novelist/poet Mohja Kahf
- "I Am From" Lisa Mohammed reads "I Am From"
- poem "Mish Kalem" Poet Rania Khalil reads "Mish Kalem"
- "Write This" by poet Kazim Ali
- "Unyieldingly" Lawrence Joseph reading
- "Comply" by Zaid Shlah "Comply" from Taqsim, read by Zaid Shlah
- Hacked By Mido Jo Etel Adnan reading from 'The Indian Never Had A Horse'
- "I Wash My Body in Beirut" Summer, 2006 from Lebanon, by performance artist Andrea Assaf
- "In The Heart of the Heart of Another Country"; Interview 2 "In the Heart of the Heart of Another Country"; a passage, recorded in 2006
- "Nations Against Nations"; Arabic poem by Elias AbuSaba
- Darwish: "Sonnet V" read by translator Fady Joudah (English/Arabic)
- "Malfunctioning Flowtron" by Marian Haddad
- "Al-Quds" by Ameer el-Shu'ara, Palestinian poet, in Arabic
- "Jerusalem" by Naomi Shihab Nye
- a poem.. a song..
- "These Words", by Lisa S. Majaj
poem from the chapbook These Words Flash
- Algeria: Qur'an Recitation
Algerian Sahara , by Sufi brothers
- Book review
The Moor's Account
reviewed by BN Aziz.
- Tahrir Team
- Read about Mona Iskander in the team page.
"There is one constant in my work; I always make films about individuals who will not be crushed by history, who will not define themselves as victims."
Filmmaker Yousrey Nasrallah, Egypt