Archive for the 'Middle East' Category

Oakland Museum of Children’s Art Cancels Palestinan Kids Show

Filed under: Art & Culture | Middle East — by Ruth Friend 09/12/2011 @ 10:23:03 AM
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It is outrageous that MOCHA ,  the Oakland Museum of Children’s Art has cancelled an exhibit of Palestinian children because they say the material is not appropriate for children!!!!!   This is … [Keep reading >>]

Alhaam: A Film from Iraq — 2005

Filed under: Iraq | Middle East | Movies | War — by Will Kirkland 09/3/2011 @ 12:33:36 PM

Alhaam, a movie shot in Iraq in 2004 — during the full catastrophe of the US invasion and related Iraqi insurgencies– is the rawest, hardest to watch movie of war … [Keep reading >>]

Emerging Arab Voices: A Bilingual Reader

Filed under: Art & Culture | Books | Middle East — by Will Kirkland 08/23/2011 @ 12:40:02 PM

I’ve been immersing myself in translated Arabic writing these past months, from novels, to movies, to short story and poetry collections. The latest is Emerging Arab Voices and is, in … [Keep reading >>]

Books on the Middle East

Filed under: Books | Middle East — by Will Kirkland 08/23/2011 @ 8:31:03 AM
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Joshua Landis, the go-to writer for events in Syria on his blog Syria Comment, has a list of recommended books to read about the Middle East. [Yes, I know and he knows, ... [Keep reading >>]

Egypt: Tahir Square Again in Turmoil

Filed under: Africa | Citizen Action | Middle East — by Will Kirkland 06/29/2011 @ 12:27:02 PM
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Egyptian security forces and protesters clashed for a second successive day in central Cairo on Wednesday in scenes not seen since the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak in February.

Riot … [Keep reading >>]

Art in Iraq: Hurt in the Art

Filed under: Art & Culture | Iraq | Middle East | War — by Will Kirkland 06/25/2011 @ 12:27:49 PM

Jack Healy of the NY Times, along with Yasir Ghazi and Duraid Adnan, provided a short look at young artists in Iraq, after the horrors of Saddam and the invasion/occupation … [Keep reading >>]

In Rebuilding Iraq’s Oil Industry, U.S. Subcontractors Hold Sway

Filed under: Energy | Middle East — by Will Kirkland 06/17/2011 @ 8:51:41 AM
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…American drilling companies stand to make tens of billions of dollars from the new petroleum activity in Iraq long before any of the oil producers start seeing any returns on … [Keep reading >>]

Inch’ Allah Dimanche: Algerian Immigrants to France

Filed under: Africa | Europe | Middle East | Migration | Movies | Women — by Will Kirkland 06/16/2011 @ 1:53:07 PM
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Immigration is big in the news these days – mostly the opposition to it– around the world. It is absolutely the case that most people welcome immigrants when … [Keep reading >>]

Libya Oil Minister Appears in Rome: I Have Left My Country

Filed under: Africa | Middle East — by Will Kirkland 06/1/2011 @ 3:08:57 PM
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Though this defection was claimed two weeks ago it was then disputed:  No, no!  Said Brother Leader, he’s on a trade mission.  Well, yes, I guess so.  He’s trading countries; … [Keep reading >>]

Saqi Books: History, Fiction and Food from the Middle World

Filed under: Books | Middle East — by Will Kirkland 05/29/2011 @ 1:08:20 PM
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I’ve come across a very lively publisher of Arabic, Farsi and Turkish translations to English, histories of the region, biographies, cookbooks [The Axis of Evil Cookbook!], with a strong emphasis … [Keep reading >>]

Remembrances of the Dictatorshit

Filed under: Books | Iraq | Middle East — by Will Kirkland 05/25/2011 @ 4:15:17 PM
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From Zuhair Al-Jezairy’s “The Devil You Don’t Know: Going Back to Iraq,”  chapter 4: Iraq Breathes Again.

Official orders came down to us that we should open out address with some … [Keep reading >>]

Saudi Arabia: Only Country to Ban Women Driving, Arrests One

Filed under: Middle East | Women — by Will Kirkland 05/24/2011 @ 11:24:47 AM
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Saudi Arabia, whose very existence is due to an 18th century alliance between Abdul Wahab (founder of Wahabism) and Mohammed Ibn Saud  ( a minor tribal chieftain near Dariayah), and … [Keep reading >>]

Words for Acts

It is impudent in the extreme for this man to go around Europe haranguing people on their duties to civilization when his own country presents one of the most lawless aspects of modern life the whole world affords.

Roger Casement
Irish Human Rights Champion

commenting on Teddy Roosevelt's 1910 Guildhall
speech telling Great Britain to either rule Egypt or get out.

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