Not many people know about the appeal that Akbar Ganji and Abdel Karim Sourouj hold for millions of Iranians who are eager to see change in their political system. Not many know that Syrians call the human rights dissident Riad al Turk "their...Art & Culture
In Khaled Hosseini's "The Kite Runner," Baba enthusiastically encourages his son Amir to fly kites and to defend the record he set as a child for cutting down the most opponents' kites in Kabul. But in "Kite on the Wind: A Tale of Pakistan," a collaboration of the Pakistan National Council on the Arts, the Embassy of Pakistan, and...
Four comedians recently came together in Houston, Texas "to promote peace through comedy" under the banner of the Israeli-Palestinian Comedy Tour. However, rather than promoting a just end to the conflict, their material exploits it in a disturbing manner.
"We rely on the conflict; peace would ruin our show," co-founder Ray...Art & Culture
"For me, Omar's age has always been the greatest factor." Omar Khadr, a Canadian citizen, was 15 at the time of his capture in Afghanistan in 2002. That's the bottom line for Michelle Shephard, the Toronto Star reporter who has covered the Khadr story since his capture. And indeed his age is an issue on more than one...
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As any Muslim will tell you, one of our biggest enemies is the image makers of Hollywood, who for years have advanced bad policies and encouraged stereotypes and discrimination against a community already caught in the vise of foreign policy. Anti-Muslim, anti-Arab propaganda existed long before 9/11, but the images continue to...
One of the most unfortunate drawbacks of the 1979 Iranian Revolution was the suppression of creativity and artistic freedom in the name of Islamic purity, as Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini cemented theocratic rule over an increasingly frustrated populace. In recent years, some of the rules governing the purchase of Western pop music and...
This mishmash of a book contains a powerful denunciation of Zionism. The attack is both historical and logical. However, the argument is scattered through family history, personal reflections, and New York City politics.
In his description of a Bronx teachers' strike, Marqusee sides with a black "community...Art & Culture
Rain from F-16 the merciless rocketsU.S. made on Gaza and Deir Al-BalahDates are ripe-day six, on tripsHow many I make to palm treeBring a'saf en-nakhel in green to coverThe dead and how many woundsMust a palm endureAs daflas flowering - not any moreTheir blooms all cutTo honor the dead?
A hundred twenty-four killedAmong them...
"Art is in the eye of the beholder," as the saying goes. What is deep and profound to one is just a meaningless mess of images to another; or in some cases, smut.
The same goes for terrorism — one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter, and the distinction is based as much on perception and personal bias as it is...Art & Culture
Arab culture is notorious for its hospitality and emphasis on good manners, among other things. Israeli culture is equally known for its rudeness and bad manners, among other things. These two phenomena collide in "The Band's Visit," a film about the Alexandria Police Orchestra getting lost in Israel on its way to a concert.
An Oscar-winning documentary investigating detention and interrogation policies in the war on terror, and a winner of eight Israeli Film Academy Awards about an Egyptian police band's journey when lost in Israel, are opening in local theaters this weekend.
"Taxi to the Darkside" will be showing at the Main Art...Art & Culture
Film depicts tale of two women struggling for their individual freedom – one wants to wear hijab, other wants it off.
TEHRAN — As she opened the door and welcomed me into her home on a snowy morning in Tehran, "K" (her name is withheld to protect her anonymity) — a 33-year-old mother — appeared to me as an unexpected...
Sverre Varvin and Vamik D. Volkan, editors. "Violence or Dialogue?" London: International Psychoanalytic Association. 2003, 274 pages.
This book tries to examine terrorism from a psychoanalytic perspective. In the final analysis, the effort fails, essentially because terrorism cannot be explained by a Freudian...
February 23rd, 2008012-part series looks at U.S. through lens of 4 young Arabs during 10-week cross-country journey
NEW YORK — Sundance Channel will premiere "On the Road in America," the 12-part documentary series that follows four young Arabs as they travel across the United States, on June 4, 2008.
Created by Academy Award-nominated...
International pop star Chantal Chamandy is no ordinary international pop star.
She speaks six languages, has released hit songs in Canada and throughout Europe and has recorded a grand concert at the Pyramids in Egypt to be aired on U.S. television in March.
She's a very international pop star.
Her father is...Art & Culture
In recent years, there's been a crop of memoirs from young to middle-aged Iranians recounting their experiences growing up under the Shah and witnessing the revolutionary transition from a monarchy to a theocracy.
These stories vary, but many of them contain similar themes: Life was good under the Shah, the revolution happened for no...
DETROIT — Holy Hip Hop! Snoop Dogg, Kanye West, Common and Russell Simmons are coming to the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD). Twelve paintings featuring the royalty of hip-hop music will make their world debut at MOCAD in the exhibition Holy Hip Hop!: New Paintings by Alex Melamid, from February 8 to April 20,...Art & Culture
The golden age of Egyptian music has returned on "The Music of the Three Musketeers," (al-Fursan at-Talatha) by the Arabesque Music Ensemble. The three endearingly-labeled composers — Zakariyya Ahmad, Muhammad al-Qasabji, and Riyad al-Sunbati — wrote a large majority of pieces performed by the Arab world's most famous singer, Umm Kulthum...
"We Are All Witnesses," a new book produced by the Qatar Katrina Fund, serves as a first hand account of the rebuilding of the areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina.
In the wake of the hurricane, which hit the north-central Gulf coast in August of 2005, the State of Qatar was among the first countries to commit financial support to the...Art & Culture
An excited crowd of moviegoers flocked to the Uptown Palladium in Birmingham Wednesday to get an early look at Academy Award nominated Lebanese film "Caramel."
Director, co-writer and lead actress Nadine Labaki attended and heard roaring laughter from the largely Arab American crowd. She received intense praise afterward from Arabs...
DEARBORN — It's not often that a young actor receives the opportunity to work with theater professionals, yet 18-year-old Sean O'Reilly is now appearing in a drama being produced at Meadowbrook Theater. The Dearborn High School graduate is starring in "Rabbit Hole," David Lindsay-Abaire's Pulitzer Prize winning play, which is coming...Art & Culture
Writer's first offering is sexy, smart, full of style and substance
A film named after the sugary stuff that Arab women cook and use to wax their legs is up for an Academy Award, as the Lebanese selection for Best Foreign Language Film. Caramel, or Sukkar Banat, scheduled to open in Detroit on February 1, features an ensemble of...
Balkh, northern Afghanistan — For many years now, the most popular poet in America has been a 13th-century mystical Muslim scholar. Translations of Mawlana Jalaluddin Rumi's — better known as Rumi — verse are hugely popular and have been used by Western pop stars such as Madonna.
They are attracted by his tributes to the power of love...Art & Culture
Garfinkel's book is an account of his journeys in Israel and Palestine, both actual and emotional. He is a poet and a playwright, and his account is informed by the preoccupations of his calling. The book is subtitled "Crossing the Israel/Palestine Divide," and his crossing is both awkward and revealing.
It has been the norm with movies about Middle Eastern events, or Middle Eastern themes, that Arab/Muslim/Middle Eastern suffering is treated with a few words or lines by a character. But suffering by someone who is white, Western, Jewish or Christian is treated with powerful imagery, often done at half-speed, with wrenching detail in...Art & Culture
When Mr. Banks sings "Let's go fly a kite and sends it soaring up through the atmosphere" at the end of the movie "Mary Poppins," he is abandoning his workaholic, unimaginative ways and bonding with his children Jane and Michael for perhaps the first time. But they can frolic in and out of chalk drawings and on detachable carousel...Art & Culture
DEARBORN — Does Islamic art reflect the faith of Islam? Is there such a thing as Qur'anic iconography and how is it related to Biblical iconography? What is the role of the muqarnas (geometric design) and Arabic calligraphy in Islamic architecture? How can we identify Islamic art? As Henry Ford Community College continues to...Art & Culture
Dubai — The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) has included a special sub-section in its Arabian Nights programming segment which is dedicated to films that depict Arab life and stories in the Middle East and around the world. This year, the segment will feature a thematic grouping of films called The 9/11 Effect that delve into...
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