Tag: Barbara Nimri Aziz

Nepal: it’s place in a future US-China crisis ?

The formidable peaks stretching across the north of Nepal (or Tibet in the south of China depending on your perspective) have up to now provided sufficient deterrence to military confrontation. With new technology that can easily surpass geographic barriers and with the growing threat of China beyond India to include the USA, the Himalayas hold ...

One of Syria’s Nameless, Unaccounted for …

There Was A Young Man from Dara'a (Syria, 2011-.... ?) by BN Aziz 02/04/22 Dara’a, Syria was the hometown of Khalid. In the years leading up to 2011, he lived between there and Damascus. He was in his 3rd year studying sociology at Damascus University. He shared a sparely furnished apartment in a working-class neighborhood ...

Poet and Artist Etel Adnan: The Guggenheim Literary Celebration Is Flawed

Esteemed Poet and Artist Etel Adnan Might Well Inquire about Her Missing Arab Companions, as Her Outstanding New York Exhibition Draws to a Close. Jan 8/2022 by B Nimri Aziz There are perhaps five million Arabs who identify as Americans, our earliest ancestors having arrived here almost two centuries ago. Many more Arab immigrants reside ...

New Arab film reviews by Barbara

https://barbaranimri.com/2021/09/tunisian-films-new-and-noteworthy/ Noteworthy, New Tunisian Films. Sept 2/21 by BNimri Aziz “A Son” and “She Had a Dream”, both from Tunisia, are among new productions distributed in the U.S. this fall through Art Mattan’s African Diaspora International Film Festivals. The compelling plot of “A Son” opens with the Ben Youssef family picnicking among friends in the ...

“The next road is always ahead” Oprah Winfrey by B. Nimri Aziz

Stumbling onto clips of “Back Love’ produced by Oprah’s OWN network, then recalling those pre-2020 election town halls Oprah hosted, I have to say what her work reveals about our so-called-progressive media: it’s damn elitist!

BNAziz remembers Nawal El-Saadawi (1931-2021) R.I.P

https://barbaranimri.com/2021/03/nawal-el-saadawi-1931-2021-radical-feminist-writer-critic/ I often quote one highly memorable statement by Nawal El-Saadawi-- a bold and brilliant retort to a question put to her by an NPR radio host many years ago. A lesson for me, but for others too. I was accompanying the Egyptian writer to the Manhattan studio of the national radio network, and sat ...

It’s Only a Lawn Sign; Well, Perhaps Far More. by B. Nimri Aziz November 2/2020

RIP Robert Fisk-- an extraordinary, exemplary journalist; he demonstrated the power of really good writing It’s Only a Lawn Sign; Well, Perhaps Far More. by B. Nimri Aziz November 2/2020 With quarrels raging over disappearing campaign lawn signs, rattled American liberals may now appreciate how being ‘a minority’ feels. Desecration and theft of lawn signs ...

What Can Americans Learn from New York’s Shrewd Governor, Andrew Cuomo? By B. Nimri Aziz, 10/28, 2020

Day 240 of the Covid-19 pandemic in the US; anxious New Yorkers are again invited to hear about changing conditions in their state and what the governor’s doing to protect them. Monday’s press briefing must be his 150th review of the stubborn unsettling disease.

Mocking Birds in This 2020 Spring by B. Nimri Aziz May 20/2020

Our seas and rivers look cleaner; our air feels fresher, quieter; our streets and roadways are abandoned. Panic shopping for household supplies has passed, only to be replaced by lines of mothers and fathers at food banks while UberEats and Grubhub hand-deliver to others at any cost. In U.S. detention camps, miserable crowds are shamelessly ...

Have Nepal’s People Managed a Healthy Breakthrough in the Covid-19 Crisis? By B. Nimri Aziz 04/25/2020

“We’re all going to die!” This feeble appeal came in a Facebook phone call with B. Thapa from deep within Nepal’s eastern hills. Our conversation was in early March when news headlines from Italy and the U.S. began to alarm Nepalis. With no information about the spread of the disease in his country, this schoolteacher ...

Reconsider High-Risk Granpas and Sanctions-SurvivingImmigrants as Untapped Resources by BNAziz April 02, 2020

We have a natural impulse to extend protection to the very young and to the old first; we offer sympathy and succor to traumatized refugees too. That’s reasonable. Our seniors and our children require attention as the most vulnerable; immigrants need support in unfamiliar surroundings. Professors speaking about historical precedents for the COVID-19 emergency invoke ...

Kaia Rolle: handcuffed and Arrested in America by Barbara Nimri Aziz

Kaia Rolle, Handcuffed and Arrested at 6—How Many More, and for How Long is This America? I want to never forget this child, or the thousands of US law enforcement officers like those in this episode who daily commit crimes similar to that against Kaia. B. Nimri Aziz While fretting over refugee children in freezing ...

Being a Democrat—Ugh by B. Nimri Aziz

It’s a rough time to be a Democrat. Notwithstanding the impotent Senate Minority. Not those ill-fated bills championed as victories by House Democrats only to be spurned by the upper chamber; not smug, elitist party fundraisers; not funding strategists and millionaire celebrity donors; not even bumbling Iowa Democratic party officials. I mean this forlorn orphaned ...

​The Power of Our Human Voice, from Marconi to Woods Hole, MA. by B. Nimri Aziz July 12, 2019

Heard “Trader Joe’s” podcast yet? I don’t know who might listen to a 22-minute corporate ad. But, given how cool podcasts have become: hey, that sounds inviting. The idea is also an implicit endorsement for radio-- because that’s where podcasting originated. Yes. I don’t want to disenchant young progressives for whom podcasts are their go-to ...

Intimacies From An Awful War. “For Sama” by Waad Al-Kateab and Edward Watts, reviewed by BN Aziz

July 25, 2019 If you think you’ve seen enough of conflict, especially the war in Syria, you haven’t. From love of nation and loathing of military rule, from inchoate hope of redemption and improbable determination, indebted to lost friends and seeded in the birth of your child, comes an intimate demonstration of how war happens ...

Independence Rethink – any day is good to search American history

A few moments of holiday time can be useful to review some history we may think are well known. Here are two events to add to our repertoire of notifications and reflections in connection with US Independence Day. from columnist Robert Hennelly-- facts to remember about New Jersey state history. https://www.insidernj.com/flow-ebb-liberty-njs-lost-history/ NJ women had the ...

​Abu Graib at Home in America. by B. Nimri Aziz July 4, 2019

“This is not what America is about” argues a reporter referring to revelations of misogynist, violent, racist behavior by employees of the U.S. Border Patrol ‘guarding’ migrants held in detention centers. Sorry Mr. Thompson (Propublica journalist who broke this story); THIS IS what America is about-- administrative abuse of vulnerable people, i.e. women, men and ...

​ The Problem of Our Self-proclaimed Progressives by BNimri Aziz June 12/19

“You can’t fatten the pig on market day.” Quoting an Australian electoral strategist, Guardian journalist Gary Younge warns “You can’t go around producing anti-immigration mugs, pathologising Muslims and demonising asylum seekers for a decade and then expect a warm a reception for open borders in the few months before a referendum…. “Sooner or later, progressives ...

Arab Women at Work– Simone Fattal’ NY Exhibition. by B Nimri Aziz

Retrospective Exhibition of Simone Fatal-- MoMA PS1, NY Even in New York, it’s not often one has an opportunity to view a sculpture exhibit on the scale of Simone Fattal’s 50-year retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art PS 1. It’s a splendid assemblage of work—247 items— from a prolific artist generously distributed over spacious ...

The Ever Dependable Bully on Embassy Row; Venezuela and Iraq Are No Longer Worlds Apart. May 26/19 by B Nimri Aziz

The Ever Dependable Bully on Embassy Row; Venezuela and Iraq Are No Longer Worlds Apart. May 26/19 by B Nimri Aziz Embassy raided; citizens starved by sanctions; coveted oil resources targeted--again. The United States is still punishing Iran for the 1979 takeover of its ‘sacred’ premises, its embassy in Tehran. By contrast, when American authorities ...