U.S. aims pop music at Arab world

Susan Taylor Martin
17 October 2002

“Uncle Sam gets hip with a new radio station that mixes pop music with Arabic newscasts. Some question its chance of success. In the Arab world, Uncle Sam is often viewed as a meddling tyrant or arrogant superpower,” writes Susan Taylor Martin in the St. Petersburg Times’. EI’s Ali Abunimah is among those she interviews about what they make of it all.

Just Call Him the 'Oud' Man of Music

Ayaz Nanji
16 October 2002


Najeeb Shaheen in NY, September 2002. Photo by Nigel Parry.

Najeeb Shaheen builds, repairs and plays the oud in two bands. Shaheen’s father was a professor of music and a master oud player, and his grandfather was a musician and a church cantor. His brother, Simon Shaheen, is known as one of the oud’s most accomplished adherents, and played on Sting’s song ‘Desert Rose’.

Najeeb learned his craftsman’s skills from a one-time Israeli citizen who now builds violins for a living in Manhattan. “Sometimes we agree, sometimes we disagree. Most often we disagree,” said Segal. “But we are like brothers, bonded by music, and so it has become a joke as well. If I tell him to move from one seat to another, he will turn to me and say, ‘What? You stole my land and now you want my chair as well?’ ” Ayaz Nanji profiles Najeeb in Newsday.

80 percent of Palestinians killed by IDF while enforcing curfew are children

16 October 2002

The Israeli army has killed 15 Palestinian civilians for violating the curfew in West Bank cities reoccupied since June, and 12 of the dead were children, the Israeli rights group B’Tselem said in a report published today.

Apocalypse, Nu?

Laurie King
15 October 2002

Evangelicals, Likudniks, and Neo-Cons come out of the closet to battle evil, hasten the End Time—and secure Republican House seats before half the electorate is raptured out of key voting districts. BNN’s Loreh al-Malikeh goes behind the scenes of the new Goy Pride movement to ask: “What would a certain rabble-rousing itinerant preacher from Nazareth do?”

Peruvian Teddy Bears Convert to Judaism, Move to Settlement

Avraham Avinunu
15 October 2002

Paddington Bear, beloved of children all over the world, has converted to Judaism with his tribe of teddy bears and led them from Darkest Peru to the West Bank. BNN’s Avraham Avinunu travels to Kiryat Dov and meets this famous, yet cuddly toy in his new home.

NPR claims nonexistent US support for Middle East democracy

Ali Abunimah
15 October 2002

National Public Radio’s Morning Edition Host Bob Edwards says that the United States has been “encouraging democratic reforms” in the Middle East, but EI’s Ali Abunimah asks, where’s the evidence?

Reform by Imprisonment

Sam Bahour
14 October 2002

The world is being deceived into believing that political reforms can happen in the Israeli-occupied territories of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem. As the Bush Administration continues to call for regime change in the Palestinian Authority, Israel is silently pursuing a violent strategy of establishing internment camps that imprison Palestinians from all walks of life. Sam Bahour writes from Ramallah/Al-Bireh.

The funeral of Shaden Abu Hijleh

Amer Abdelhadi
14 October 2002

Imagine losing a loved one suddenly and violently, and having to constrain yourself and not express any sadness or anger. It must be hard. Now imagine witnessing the murder of your own mother and finding yourself so contrained. You cannot do anything about it, you cannot find answers, and you have to save your own life. Amer Abdelhadi writes from Nablus about the plight of the family of Shaden Abu Hijleh.

Beit Jala: Extra-Judicial Execution

14 October 2002

Yesterday, Israeli forces extra-judicially executed Mohammad Abayat in Beit Jala. He was killed when a booby-trapped public phone exploded, close to the Beit Jala hospital.

Out of the Ashes, Drops of Meaning: The Poetic Success of Suheir Hammad

Natalie Hopkinson
13 October 2002

A little more than a year ago, Brooklyn-reared Palestinian American Suheir Hammad was just an obscure writer and occasional college student putting in work on the New York poetry circuit and taking to the streets for a variety of political causes. Then terrorists attacked her city. The 28-year-old responded the only way she knew how: She jotted down a poem, “First Writing Since.” Amid the ocean of print inspired by That Day, perhaps no other collection of words has so succinctly articulated the strange confluence of being both Muslim and American in that moment in history. Natalie Hopkinson writes in the Washington Post.


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