Writers on Egypt’s Constitution Committee

via Arab Literature (in English): Two Novelists, Poet on Egypt’s 50-member Constitution Committee BY MLYNXQUALEY on SEPTEMBER 1, 2013 • ( 0 ) On Sunday afternoon, Egypt’s presidential spokesman Ihab Badawi announced names of the 50 member-committee given the job of re-drafting the suspended 2012 constitution:“Nostalgia” by Mohammed Abla It should at the very least be a compelling read, as two novelists — Mohammed Salmawy and Haggag Oddoul, and a poet, Sayed Hegab – are on the committee. … Read more Writers on Egypt’s Constitution Committee

Avnery: Cry, Beloved Country

Uri Avnery August 24, 2013 Cry, Beloved Country I DIDN’T want to write this article, but I had to. I love Egypt. I love the Egyptian people. I have spent some of the happiest days of my life there. My heart bleeds when I think of Egypt. And these days I think about Egypt all the time. I cannot remain silent when I see what is happening there, an … Read more Avnery: Cry, Beloved Country

Letter on (In)Justice in Tunisia by Hind Meddeb

The Tunisian poet & scholar Abdelwahab Meddeb forwarded me the following letter by his daughter Hind Meddeb, a cinematographer & journalist. It goes to the heart of the matter of how in Tunisia, the country where it started, the Arab Spring is being shunted toward yet another authoritarian police regime. This Monday, June 17, I didn’t show up at the police summons… Yesterday I left Tunisia because I lost … Read more Letter on (In)Justice in Tunisia by Hind Meddeb

Tamam Azzam: Artist from Art to Revolution

  Courtesy of Al Mudon electronic newspaper Dima Wannous, a Syrian journalist and daughter of the late noted playwright Saddallah Wannous, has been providing exceptional coverage of the Arab art and cultural scene for the newly established Lebanese electronic newspaper, Al Mudon. She recently talked with Syrian artist Tamam Azzam, whom she claims remains as engaged in documenting the events of the Syrian revolution through his paintings as he … Read more Tamam Azzam: Artist from Art to Revolution

al-Ajami “Jasmine Revolution Poem”

Via Arabic Literature (in English): As We Wait on al-Ajami’s Final Appeal, a New Translation of ‘Jasmine Revolution Poem’ Posted on March 9, 2013 by mlynxqualey | Leave a comment A week and a half ago, a Qatari appeals court refused to overturn the sentence against poet Mohammad al-Ajami, instead reducing it from life to 15 years. The country’s Supreme Court is set to make a final ruling within the month. You can still sign a … Read more al-Ajami “Jasmine Revolution Poem”

Abdelwahab Meddeb on Tunisia

The following interview was published a few days ago in Qantara.de magazine. Below the opening paras. You can read the full version here. Interview with Abdelwahab Meddeb: ”The Islamists Are Not Ready for a Democratic Culture” The Tunisian-French author Abdelwahab Meddeb is a critical observer of political developments in Tunisia and Egypt. In this interview with Ceyda Nurtsch, he explains why the Islamists are not creating a liberal culture … Read more Abdelwahab Meddeb on Tunisia

Free Qatari Poet Mohamed Ibn Al Ajami

I signed the French version of this a couple days ago, but will also now sign the English version. Please do the same — there are indeed places in the world where you can get sentenced to life for a poem: World’s Poets Seek to Free Poet Given Life Sentence For Immediate Release, December 18, 2012 http://rootsaction.org Contact: Michael Rothenberg of 100 Thousand Poets for Change walterblue@earthlink.net David Swanson … Read more Free Qatari Poet Mohamed Ibn Al Ajami


Long live the right to stand up to injustice: Check out Bahia Shehab’s stunning presentation of A Thousand Times No on Ted. A project that started before the Arab spring as an art project,in the Khatt Foundation exhibition Letters off the Page at the Haus der Kunst in Munich, ends up as a true call for action on the streets! and then presented at TED! Now that is something to … Read more A THOUSAND TIMES NO ON TED

Syria: The Shredded Tapestry

Excellent analysis & overview of the situation in Syria, & the equilibrium or lack thereof between the various factions of the anti-Assad forces by Ammar Abduhamid on his “Syrian Revolution Digest” blog. Very worthwhile reading in toto, though it is quite long. Opening paragraphs below:   The Shredded Tapestry: The State of Syria Today  A Trip Report (Turkey, August 10-30) Background The trip was arranged for the purpose of … Read more Syria: The Shredded Tapestry

Hala Mohammad: Waiting for Spring

Via aljazeera’s “Artscape” series Poets of Protest: Exiled in Paris, the Syrian poet despairs for her country as the crisis there deepens. Renowned and outspoken Syrian poet Hala Mohammad explains how she thinks poetry is central to the political change underway in the Middle East, and especially to the fight against Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president. Her work is respected for tackling memory, fear, alienation and loneliness and they are … Read more Hala Mohammad: Waiting for Spring