Cultural Phenomena

In the time of “The Absurd”; Pens against Bullets!

The fumes of “The Absurd” are spewed across the world so much that makes us think, “We’re just looking at a Surrealistic painting!” Massacres are committed in the name of religion. While brains, logic & reason are in coma! The extremists claim themselves as judges & executioners in order to render absolute judgments against who-they-think-are Godless or renegade. In addition ... Read More »

Beautiful Radwa; Alive in the Collective Popular Memory

Beautiful Radwa, Was she bidding farewell to her family & friends when she wrote “Heavier than Radwa”? Is she gone? Is the woman, who declared her belonging to the ant family/ to the drowning-Straw party/ to the stubbornness party, gone? Is the woman who has never accepted defeat gone? ***** She never pretended to be anything other than herself. She was ... Read More »

أجمل من رضوى: باقية في الذاكرة الشعبية الجماعية

                                                         أجمل من رضوى، هل كانت تودع أسرتها وأصدقاءها ومحبيها حين كتبت: "أثقل من رضوى"؟!   رحلت رضوى؟! هل رحلت حقاً من أعلنت أنها من أسرة النمل/ من حزب قشة الغريق/ من حزب ... Read More »

A message of Freedom from the Writers of the World! Together We Win!

By: Dr. Faiha Qasim Abdulhadi “Let others build the walls of outdated thinking, of wrong polices. Words have the power to overcome walls, real ones and imaginary ones. Our task as writers and poets and translators is to overcome them” Uwe Friesel/ Germany How can poets, writers and translators turn this gloomy world into a luminous world? How can they ... Read More »

Boko Haram and cultural taboos in the Arab world?

What is the connection between Boko Haram in Nigeria and the culture of religious prohibition in our Arab countries? What is it about women that terrifies extremists, fanatics, and parochial people around the world? Why does Boko Haram find the education of women a frightening prospect? Why would they prefer women to be weak, submissive, ignorant, and illiterate? If knowledge ... Read More »

Mawtini Mawtini..“My homeland.. We own what’s ours.”

We own what’s ours/ we own “the glory, the beauty, the brightness, and magnificence”. We own “life, survival, happiness, and hope” in your heights and in your breeze “my homeland;” for us you remain “safe, pampered, and honored.” We own youths “that will not tire, that are keen to their independence or to their fate”/ we own youths that do ... Read More »

“موطني موطني”: لنا ما لنا

لنا ما لنا/ لنا "الجلال والجمال والسناء والبهاء"/؛ لنا "الحياة والنجاة والهناء والرجاء"/ في رباك وفي هواك يا "موطني"/؛ لنا دمتَ "سالماً منعماً وغانماً مكرماً"/؛ لنا شباب "لن يكلّ همه أن يستقلّ أو يبيد"/؛ لنا شباب لا يقبل "ذلَّه المؤبدا وعيشه المنكَّدا" بل يعيد "مجده التليد" بسواعده المتراصة/؛ لنا الفجر بعد الليل: "ليس بعد الليل إلاَّ فجر مجد يتسامى"/؛ لنا ... Read More »

In Tromso/ Norway: Crossing Borders with Culture

“In the free travel between cultures / researchers might find about the human essence / sufficient seats for all. Here a margin advances. Or a centre retreats/ the east is not totally east / nor the west is totally west/ as identity is open to multiple ownership / No castles nor trenches.” Mahmoud Darwish   Tromso’s yearly International Literature Festival: ... Read More »

Fadwa Touqan: A calm voice and an enlightening presence

My visit to Nablus last month would not have been perfect if I had not visited Fadwa Touqan. Although I felt that this visit might be the last, I was amazed, like I always was, by her sharp memory, her great consciousness, and her profound awareness. Her calm voice spoke of her sorrow upon Nablus, and upon what the city ... Read More »

(العربية) فدوى طوقان: الصوت الخافت والحضور البهيّ

لم تكن زيارتي لمدينة نابلس الشهر الماضي لتكتمل دون زيارة فدوى طوقان. ورغم أنني أحسست أن زيارتي لها قد تكون الأخيرة؛ إلاّ أنها فاجأتني – كما تفعل دائماً – بذاكرة حادة، وتماسك ذهنيّ، ووعي عميق. تحدّثت بصوتها الخافت عن حزنها العميق لما آلت إليه مدينة نابلس، وما تعانيه منذ اجتياح نيسان حتى اللحظة. آلمها أنها لا تستطيع الخروج من البيت؛ ... Read More »