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Top Goon

So Little Time, So Many Links

First up, the revolution will be televised: Click on the image above (or here for the Arabic) to see a trailer of Top Goon, puppet political satire from Syria. The Guardian dubs 2011 the year of the translator and The National considers the “steep upwards trend” in Arabic literature in translation. If you ever wondered […]


Veteran’s Day

Last month I visited the Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, France. More than 50,000 American soldiers were killed in the 1944 Battle of Normandy and about 9,000 are buried on a cliff top overlooking Omaha Beach. It’s an incredible story and the visitor’s center, dedicated in 2007, tells it with remarkable power and grace. You’ve […]


In Brussels with WIDE

I’m thrilled to spend the next two days at WIDE’s annual meeting in Brussels, Belgium, attending panels on “Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Amidst the ‘Arab Springs,’ Challenges and Lessons Learnt Across the Region.” Inshallah (God willing), I’ll post some conference highlights next week. Images from the incredible Facebook Album Women of Egypt


The Mountaintop

I just read the script and I can’t wait to see this play in November. Read up on playwright Katori Hall in The New Yorker (abstract) and The New York Times. Reading the play (and, I imagine, seeing it) makes this clip from Martin Luther King Jr.’s last speech all the more moving.