Tag: Barbara Nimri Aziz

​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 ...

For Those Of Us Who Believe by BNimri Aziz Sept 30/18

For those of us who watched with innocence, then passion, then consternation, the results of the 1991 senate hearing for supreme court nominee Clarence Thomas; for those who championed film stars, then ordinary women daring, finally, to call out Harvey Weinstein and a stream of male predators; for those who watched with confidence the rise ...

​How Many More Women Are There? by BN Aziz

Sept 23/18 How many more women await our discoveries? My question is not related to ongoing exposés of sexual abuse suffered by women under a culture of male privilege and dominance-- the culture known by the new trope #MeToo. What concerns me here is a seemingly unrelated silence and need for exposure, namely accomplishments of ...

I Really Can’t Cast Your Ballot for You, Ma’am by BN Aziz

“The fight of my life…”; ”Republicans take a sledgehammer to Medicare…”; “Triple your impact to STOP…”; “Lowering our chance…”; “What’s at stake? Everything…”; “Last chance…”; “Numbers don't lie…”; “They’re scared we’ll win...”, warns yet another slogan, and on and on. As if to say: “We (the Democratic Party) are scared, and we want you to ...