Tag: Barbara Nimri Aziz

​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 ...

​A Novel We Can All Relate To–The Other Americans, by Laila Lalami– by B Nimri Aziz. May 15, 2019

America is still discovering itself. The rise of Donald Trump alerted those citizens who held that they alone defined our culture and values to the existence of a significant population holding very different views-- and the will to back a candidate who might speak for them. (Thus, the most unlikely candidate entered the White House.) ...

Assange or Khashoggi: Whither Journalistic Standards? by B. Nimri Aziz

April blog https://www.counterpunch.org/.../just-another-spring-in-progress/ May1, 2019 Assange or Khashoggi: Whither Journalistic Standards? by B. Nimri Aziz During the media frenzy, diplomatic flurry and widespread speculations around a hitherto marginal Saudi journalist’s apparently grizzly demise in Istanbul’s Saudi consulate last October, my thoughts stayed with the deathly silence that had fallen around Wikileaks’ founder and director. Information ...

Snow, Roads, Birds and Plows blog by B Nimri Aziz Jan. 31/19

Shrugging off what’s called cabin fever, I depart, slowly, to test my car and traction on the roadway. I follow the country road along the Beaverkill River to town. A mile out, I notice something unusual—cars standing in front of each of two neighbors’ houses. I regularly pass these houses. I know that their owners ...