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“Three years after the uprising in Yemen and Music Freedom Day”

Three years after the beginning of the Yemeni revolution, little has changed in the country, writes Alwazir [AFP/Getty Images]

February 11th marked the 3rd anniversary of the popular uprising in Yemen, which, after a long drawn-out process lasting almost a year, led to resignation of the long time dictator, Ali Abdullah Saleh. According to government’s own figures, more than 2000 unarmed protesters and military defectors, as well as more than 120 children and a total of 22,000 people were wounded over the year long protest.

In a recent piece on Aljazeera, Sanna-based activist and researcher Atiaf Zaid Alwazir writes that “While many positive steps have been taken in the past three years, including the official removal of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh from power, the creation of a transitional unity government, and the completion of the National Dialogue Conference (NDC), a complete break with the past is yet to be seen.” She also co-founded the media advocacy group #SupportYemen.

Our Shahram Aghamir speaks with Alwazir about the socio-political situation in Yemen. What has changed as a result of the historic uprising?

Later in the program, we will mark Music Freedom Day by featuring the prominent Iranian folk band, the Shanbezadeh Ensamble, led by Saeed Shanbehzadeh. The group originates from the southern city of Busher in Iran.

And the program ends with Sinan Antoon reading the poem “A Letter to Al-Mutanabbi Street,” excerpted from the book, “Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here”, a project of Beau Beausoleil and Sarah Bodma.

On March 5, 2007, a car bomb exploded on al-Mutanabbi Street in Baghdad, killing over 30 people and injuring more than 100. Al-Mutanabbi Street is the historic center of Baghdad bookselling, with bookstores, outdoor bookstalls, cafes, and stationery shops. The street has been the heart and soul of the Baghdad’s literary and intellectual community.
An exhibition of Al-Mutanabbi street is currently taking place at the San Francisco Center for the Book. More details can be found here.
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Libya’s first democratic elections

Tonight, Voices of the Middle East and North Africa speaks to Professor Ali Ahmida, who teaches political science at the University of New England, about Lybia’s first truly democratic election in almost 60 years, which happened this weekend, and whose results are still being counted.

This is followed by a conversation with popular Tunisian singer Emel Mathlouthi. She came to prominence in Tunisia during the revolution and was here a few weeks ago.

Tunisian Emel Matholouthi performing friday in Berkeley

This Friday, May 11 Tunisian singer/songwriter Emel Mathlouthi will be performing at the Berkeley City College Auditorium.

Tunisian 30 years old woman got a very good hit in singing during the unisian uprising. Devoted to the cause of the people, she brought a huge emotion to the activists, and gained a respect as an artist

 

 

Free event
when : 7:30pm

Mohsen Namjoo in concert at UC berkeley this saturday

Iranian musician singer and song writer Mohsen Namjoo and Ensemble will be performing at the Wheeler Hall at UC Berkeley (location details here) on Saturday April 28th at 7:30pm.

 

 

Vomena Team

A Look Inside Palestine

January 28, 2009

In this  program, Malihe Rzazan speaks with Saree Makdisi, a Professor of English and Comparative Literature at UCLA, about his new book entitled  “Palestine Inside Out: An Everyday Occupation.”

During the program, we  also hear selections from The Wameed a music CD by very talented Palestinian musician Kamylia Jobran.

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