Khaled Mattawa on the overthrow of Qaddafi

The L.A. Times on 10/15 printed on its “Opinion” page a poem by Libyan-American poet Khaled Mattawa on the overthrow of Muammar Qaddafi. Below, the opening lines; you can read the whole work here. After 42 years By Khaled Mattawa  Five years old when the dictator took over in a coup — curfew shut our city down Bloodless coup, they said — The many who thought this could be good. The … Read more Khaled Mattawa on the overthrow of Qaddafi

Tunisia, Elections, & Women’s Rights

Today Tunisians vote to elect an assembly charged with drafting a new constitution that may help bring the hopes of the Jasmine Revolution of last February to fruition by creating the basis for a truly democratic state.  The fear is, of course, that the better organized & financed religious groupings — locals such as Rachid al-Ghannouchi & his “Renaissance Party” & their supposedly “lite” version of Islam, or the foreign-financed Salafis, … Read more Tunisia, Elections, & Women’s Rights

Boualem Sansal receives German Peace Prize

This via The Washington Post. Unhappily the talk itself is not yet available either in French or even in German (not to mention English). You can however — if you have German — follow the whole ceremony, the various speeches & Sansal’s address (in French, though with overlaid German simul-translation) here. For those who have German, check out Sansal’s German translator Regina Keil-Sagawe’s excellent homage-essay  in the Neue Zuricher … Read more Boualem Sansal receives German Peace Prize

Re: Tunisia

The letter below was sent by Emna Zghal (Tunisian artist living here in NYC) to Ammiel Alcalay — both thought it contained useful info that would be good to publish more widely via NOMADICS. So here we go: Dear Ammiel, It’s amazing amazing amazing! The most enlightened person on Tunisia very early on is Brian Whitaker, and besides his Guardian column he runs a blog http://www.al-bab.com/default.htm I just read … Read more Re: Tunisia

Hédi Jaouad on Events in Tunisia

Here is an interview Tunisian writer Hédi Jaouad gave to the Times Union newspaper a few days back. Indeed, what is happening in Tunisia is one of the most positive developments in the Arab world in a long, long time. As Hédi says: “Something good could come out of this” — even if this morning, the majority of the few opposition politicians who were drafted into the interim government … Read more Hédi Jaouad on Events in Tunisia