Tag: Barbara Nimri Aziz

“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 ...