A new film depicts the treachery of being Palestinian living under the Israeli Occupation Forces in Bethlehem.
Jordan Elgrably reviews the recent feature film from directors Rana Kazkaz and Anas Khalaf.
TMR's editor reflects on the experience of seeking home and refuge.
British Iranian actor, comedian and podcast host Omid Djalili opens up about comedy, racism and his beauty secrets in this informal interview with TMR's editor.
TMR reviews a film on discrimination in Israel and the original Jews of the Middle East and North Africa. The Forgotten Ones screened in October’s annual CINEMED festival in Montpellier and screens in the DOC NYC Fest on 11/09 (press screening), 11/14 and 11/15. More info.
Accused of terrorism against the state for aiding and abetting fellow Syrians fleeing Homs for Damascus, former prisoner X talked to TMR about his long journey to asylum in Belgium.… Continue reading Interview With Prisoner X, Accused by the Bashar Al-Assad Regime of Terrorism
Jordan Elgrably reviews the new film from the Nasser brothers, starring Hiam Abbass and Salim Daw.
Jordan Elgrably Imagine, if you will, being put on trial for publishing poems and stories extolling the values of human rights and equality — or rotting in prison as you… Continue reading Kurdish Poet and Writer Meral Şimşek Merits Her Freedom
Our editorial outlines the fact that wasta isn't exclusively an Arab problem, but one that plagues societies east and west.
We asked Arab and Iranian Americans how they view the Trump years and which way folks are voting.
A new cultural center in the nation's capital announces its arrival with a concert designed to celebrate Yemeni heritage.
"Naila and the Uprising" introduces us to Palestinian women activists who we come to recognize were the nexus of the first intifada.
Why is it that Americans know so little about Yemen, why has the country seemed so off the radar to us?
Yemen is where London-based artist and activist Tasleem Mulhall spent the first 15 years of her life and her roots remain firmly planted there. As she avows, “The culture and… Continue reading Fleeing oppression, Yemen—born Tasleem Mulhall Finds Herself in Art & Feminism
Arabs/Muslims and Iranians have become the scapegoats and villains du jour, yet many are thriving creatively.
Jordan Elgrably finds that the family memoir of a Libyan American is one that we can all identity with.
Lauren Marcus On Sunday, March 5th, we filed quietly into Chevalier’s in Los Angeles, the book lover’s emporium founded in 1940 that occupies a modest storefront on Larchmont Boulevard. On the… Continue reading From L.A. to Baghdad: American Artists Remember Al-Mutanabbi Street
Following the travel ban, a constitutional confrontation between federal judges and the White House continues while Muslims regroup. The Markaz talks to key figures across the country. AN ABBREVIATED VERSION… Continue reading Muslim American Artists, Activists Cope with Trump’s Dystopian Reality
Jordan Elgrably Everywhere we look, we see epic struggles between the people and the powerful—battles for freedom and justice on one side versus domination and exploitation on the other. We… Continue reading On Power, Palestine and Standing Rock
Medusa TN is the kind of Tunisian who has a lot on her mind, and doesn't mind sharing it with the world, wherever, whenever.
Jordan Elgrably America has never been more heartbreaking than when it is at war with itself, divided down lines of color, of so-called “race”—the illusion that color or ethnicity really… Continue reading “Honky” Raises the Spectre of Racism in Us All
Off the Radar: A Father’s Secret, a Mother’s Heroism, and a Son’s Quest, by Cyrus Copeland Blue Rider Press (2015) ISBN: 9780399158506 Jordan Elgrably Having parents from two different… Continue reading “Off the Radar” Grapples with Iranian-American Identities
If you want to understand the CIA, it will certainly help to read the works of Hugh Wilford, Robert Baer and Robert Scheer, but you will not find all the answers to the U.S.-Middle East conundrum.