Tag: Barbara Nimri Aziz

Literature Can Displace Anthropology

When I was well into my career as an anthropologist specializing in Himalayan peoples, I came across an historical episode concerning two no-longer living but obviously brilliant women who had performed remarkable political feats in the early 20th century. I undertook to uncover their stories, determined first because, inspired by feminist revelations, I myself was ...

Morality Tales in US Public Life? 08.12.18 by B. Nimri Aziz

Many Americans who think their country is unquestionably the greatest have been chagrined by recent events that brought them to a new low point. The treatment of families seeking asylum at our southern border with forced separation of children from parents, some shipped to distant parts of the country, is shocking, embarrassing and reprehensible. Overwhelmingly, ...

​Becoming a Democracy—The Example of Nepal

Hardly noticed on the world landscape of emerging democracies lies Nepal. This new republic now has its first government, newly formed this past February, under a secular constitution. It’s a route scattered with the detritus of its becoming a republic, though still a relatively nonviolent path. Why is the international press not following Nepal’s embryonic ...

​Why is Tariq Ramadan Imprisoned?

June 21/18 Barbara Nimri Aziz Harvey Weinstein isn’t in jail; neither is actor Kevin Spacey, chef Mario Batali, TV host Matt Lauer, nor New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman. Although some might like to see them behind bars. Even convicted felon Bill Cosby is free until he’s sentenced in September. (Being out of jail does ...

The Interminable Palestinian Uprising by Barbara Nimri Aziz

Jan 5/18 by Barbara Nimri Aziz “Naila and the Uprising” is a new film about Palestine—an old story with a new edition. An almost exclusively women’s production “Naila” effectively employs evocative animation alongside compelling personal testimonials of Palestinian resistance 30 years ago. The “Great March of Return” which the world just experienced-- immobilized and shamed ...

Arab Women Authors Narrate More Than Women’s Experience

Arab Women Authors Narrate More Than Women’s Experience, 05/25/18 by BNimri Aziz A flood of women’s memoirs seems to have landed in the literary marketplace, along with quasi memoirs for children. Not only confessionals and more discoveries about our gender and its vicissitudes, but revelations of rebellious girls of past generations, (Brazen: Rebel Ladies who ...

​“Swing Status, Be Gone” by Barbara Nimri Aziz

​ During the last nationwide election, the one before that, and the preceding one as well, I was led to believe my vote really doesn't count. Why? Because I don't live in what our political parties define as a “swing state”, or a swing district, or a swing county. Our media focuses on races and ...

Iraq’s Sacred Assemblies Part 2 by B. Nimri Aziz

Classrooms are not normally perceived as a backdrop for cultural exchange, a setting vital to preserving tradition. If they are not, what is an assembly of fourteen twenty-year olds doing, Iraqi in this case, engaged in analytical discourse in their college seminar room? They could be aspiring filmmakers, young writers critiquing a novel, journalism interns ...

​“Iraq’s Sacred Assemblies” Part 1

​ April 24, 2018 by Barbara Nimri Aziz, If there’s any argument against our excessive reliance on digital platforms to maintain social fabric, it is surely found inside Iraq today. Forced into long stays indoors, behind walls and gates, checked a dozen times between home, office and school, Iraqis have been confined to TV and ...