Snatching liberty seemed compelling. Some of us thrived; some of us died. All of us had a taste. from author Toni Morrison, on friendships.

I don't want to see stores looted or buildings burned; but African- Americans have been living in burning buildings for years, choking on smoke as flames burn closer and closer.  Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

That’s not a chip on my shoulder. That’s your foot on my neck.  – Malcolm X

"We must never, ever give up. We must be brave. We must be courageous." John Lewis, activist, congressman. 1940-2020 

This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness. ~ Dalai Lama

"Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public."  Professor Cornel West.

"Only by learning to live in harmony with your contradictions can you keep it all afloat."  Audre Lorde

"The serious function of racism is distraction". 1995, Toni Morrison; Portland lecture, Playing in The Dark

“If I tell the story, I control the version. Because if I tell the story, I can make you laugh, and I would rather have you laugh at me than feel sorry for me.” Nora Ephron

"Freeing yourself was one thing; claiming ownership of that freed self was another." author Toni Morrison (1931- 2019)

“If I tell the story, I control the version. Because if I tell the story, I can make you laugh, and I would rather have you laugh at me than feel sorry for me”; Nora Ephron, author/comedian

"Make your story count". Michelle Obama

"Social pain is understood through the lens of racial animus". Researcher/author Sean McElwee writing in Salon, 2016

"We are citizens, not subjects. We have the right to criticize government without fear."  Chelsea Manning; activist/whisleblower

“My father was a slave and my people died to build this country, and I’m going to stay right here and have a part of it, just like you, And no fascist minded people, like you, will drive me from it. Is that clear?” Paul Robeson; activist/singer

“We have a system of justice in this country that treats you much better if you're rich and guilty than if you're poor and innocent”. from civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson

“This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn. To drag a man in fetters into the grand illuminated temple of liberty, and call upon him to join you in joyous anthems, were inhuman mockery and sacrilegious irony. Do you mean, citizens, to mock me, by asking me to speak today?” Frederick Douglass, WHAT TO THE SLAVE IS 4TH JULY? 07.05.1852 (full text in blog)

Senator Elizabeth Warren "We're a country that is built on our differences; that is our strength, not our weakness"

"We are more alike than we are different" ~ Maya Angelou

As a Black writer, I was expected to accept the role of victim. That made it difficult in the beginning to be a writer.      James Baldwin

I often feel that there must have been something that I should’ve done that I didn’t do. But I can’t identify what it is that I didn’t do. That’s the first difficulty. And the second is, what makes you think you’re it?   

         Harry Belafonte, activist and singe


It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble; It's what you know for sure that just ainst so.

Mark Twain


You can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you.

Mary Tyler Moore


 You can’t defend Christianity by being against refugees and other religions

Pope Francis:


"I don't have to be what you want me to be". Muhammad Ali

"The Secret of Living Well and Longer: eat half, walk double, laugh triple, and love without measure"  attributed to Tibetan sources

Recent audio posts include interviews with Rumi interpreter Shahram Shiva, London-based author Aamer Hussein, South African Muslim scholar, professor Farid Esack, and Iraqi journalist Nermeen Al-Mufti's brief account of Kirkuk City history. Your comments on our blogs are always welcome.


a Poem.. a Song..

Iraqi Drum Ensemble Tahrir theme music
"We Little Ones" Children's songs, Palestinian girls; Arabic
CheeryGirlsAndBoys by children in Lebanon; Arabic
"DiliyaDi" Childen's playsong; Arabic
"My Wish", poem for South Lebanon, Arabic Umm Kayed's praise poem for the liberation of South Lebanon, Arabic
"These Words", by Lisa S. Majaj poem from the chapbook These Words
Poem "Daddy's Been Gone" Theater artist Andrea Assaf performs from the "Robin Monologues"
Ali Sayed, "Oh My Southland", Arabic traditional song of South Lebanon, Arabic
"The Poem of Iraq", Arabic read by Bushra Bustani, poet and Professor of Arabic Literature, Mosel University
Tribute to Mahmoud Darwish by vocalist Shadia Mansour; also see Shadia's interview under Features
"The Man Who Makes Brooms" Naomi Shihab Nye reading
"Name of God" AbdalHayy Moore reads a poem for Ramadan
"Tears" Rachida Mohammedi reads from "Tears"; Arabic
"I Knew" Sapphire Ahmed's prose poem on Ramadan
"Arab Apocalypse" 'Arab Apocalypse', excerpt by the author
Poems from "Outrage" Rafia Mazari reads from her collection "Outrage"; French
"A Woman Who Reads Poetry"
"Don't Turn From Me" Poet and novelist Mohja Khaf
"Every Fourth Drop" written and read by Andrea Assaf
"Grandfather's Farm" children's playsong; Arabic
"What She Said", by Lisa Majaj A poem from Palestinian experience
Darwish: "On A Day Like Today" read by Fady Joudah from The Butterfly's Burden (2006) translated by Joudah
"We are Born with Names" by Marian Haddad
Iranian poet Farrokhzad Iran's leading lady poet Farrokhzad is remembered by Fatemeh Keshavarz
Friends Poet Ali Anned; Soufi popular poetry from South Algeria
"Obama"poem (Arabic)
"Al-Najjar" the Carpenter; Children's playsong, Arabic
"Olives and bread" by children in Lebanon; Arabic
"NajwaTil Hasiba" Children's playsong; Arabic
Naomi Shihab Nye reads "Return" America's award-winning poet, Naomi Shihab Nye
"I Am Palestinian", by Mohja Kahf read by poet and author Mohja Kahf
"Claims", by Lisa S. Majaj from the chapbook "These Words" by Lisa S. Majaj
Popular Palestinian Vocal traditional song of The Homelands, Arabic
"Land Holy" by Suheir Hammad written for young Mohammed Dura, killed by Israel troops, at his father's side
"13%", a poem by Amal Bishara A young Palestinian woman comments on what's left of her homeland
Lawrence Joseph reads "August Abstract"
Rumi's "I am You" by translator and interpreter Shahram Shiva
"Soft Facism" read by novelist/poet Mohja Kahf
"I Am From" Lisa Mohammed reads "I Am From"
poem "Mish Kalem" Poet Rania Khalil reads "Mish Kalem"
"Write This" by poet Kazim Ali
"Unyieldingly" Lawrence Joseph reading
"Comply" by Zaid Shlah "Comply" from Taqsim, read by Zaid Shlah
Hacked By Mido Jo Etel Adnan reading from 'The Indian Never Had A Horse'
"I Wash My Body in Beirut" Summer, 2006 from Lebanon, by performance artist Andrea Assaf
"In The Heart of the Heart of Another Country"; Interview 2 "In the Heart of the Heart of Another Country"; a passage, recorded in 2006
"Nations Against Nations"; Arabic poem by Elias AbuSaba
Darwish: "Sonnet V" read by translator Fady Joudah (English/Arabic)
"Malfunctioning Flowtron" by Marian Haddad
"Al-Quds" by Ameer el-Shu'ara, Palestinian poet, in Arabic
"Jerusalem" by Naomi Shihab Nye

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