Playlist for my radio show

Early Dementia (Music) with sharif 08.17.2009 06:00AM to 09:00AM CST on

06:05AM Baaba Maal “Television” from Television (CD, Album) on Palm Pictures

06:14AM Andy Sheppard “We shall not go to market Today” from Movements In Colour (CD, Album) on ECM

06:21AM Charlie Louvin “Wreck On the Highway” from Sings Murder Ballads and Disaster Songs (CD, Album) on Tompkins Square

06:25AM Animal Collective “In the flowers” from Merriweather Post Pavilion (CD, Album) on Domino

06:28AM David Berkman Quartet “Simple Pleasures” from Live at Smoke (CD, Album) on Challenge

06:43AM Eric Brace and Peter ^Cooper “I know a bird” from You don't have to like them both on Red Beet Records

06:47AM Jasson Ricci and New Blood “I am a new man” from Live at Ground Zero Vol 2 (CD, Comp) on Delta Groove

06:57AM Sanjay Mishra and Jerry Garcia “Monsoon” from Blue Incantation (CD, Album) on AKAR

07:06AM Eliades Ochoa “Estoy Como Nunca” from Estoy Como Nunca (CD, Album) on Virgin

07:11AM Hank Mobley “This I dig of you” from Best of Hank Mobley (CD, Album) on Blue Note

07:20AM Those Darlins “Red Light Love” from Red Light Love (CD, Album) on Oh Wow Dang

07:23AM Forro In the Dark “Nonsensical” from Music Meeting Festival Higlights 2009 (CD, Comp) on RNW

07:35AM Hailey Niswanger “Oliloqui Valley” from Confeddie (CD, Album) on self-released

07:38AM Huun Huur Tu and Carmen Rizzo “Ancestor Call” from eternal (CD, Album) on Spectre

07:44AM Billy Holiday “The Man I love” from Public Enemies (CD, Comp) on Decca

07:50AM Sara Tavares “Quando Das Um Pouco” from Xinti (CD, Album) on 4Q

07:53AM Otmaro Ruiz “And then she smiles” from Sojourn (CD, album) on Moondo Records

08:06AM Dex Romweber Duo “lookout” from Ruins of berlin (CD, Album) on Bloodshot

08:11AM Miroslav Vitous Group w/ Michel Portal “Variations on W. Shorter” from Remembering Weather Report (CD, album) on ECM

08:20AM Minos Matsas “Left at Rio Grande” from Music For Films (CD, Album) on Minos

08:25AM Buddy Miller “There's a higher power” from Universal United House of Prayer (CD, Album) on New West

08:31AM Brian Blade “Brother” from Mama Rosa (CD, Album) on Verde

08:34AM Kim Doo Soo “blues” from Sprit (CD, Album) on Riverman

08:40AM Valerie Miller “Caroline line” from autumn eyes (CD, Album) on grandmother aloe

08:45AM Nanci Griffith “The Loving Kind” from The Loving Kind (CD, Album) on Rounder

08:48AM Kimi Djabate “Fulolon” from Karam (CD, Album) on Cumbancha

08:55AM Nitin Sawhney “Distant Dreams” from London Undersound (CD, Album) on Positiv-ID

Community Radio in Bangladesh

Good news on the Community radio front in Bangladesh. This is a news report from Panos South Asia:

In this edition, we are in Dhaka, Bangladesh where a sudden rise in the operation of community radio stations is expected after the government, for the first time, came up with a progressive and pro-radio broadcasting law in March 2008 that allows ownership of such radio stations to the local community. Bangladesh is the second country after Nepal, among South Asian countries, to make such a move. So far, 116 community radio stations are waiting their final go ahead to be on air. (15:00)

The fragility of homeland

As we hopelessly witness the carnage in Gaza it is probably futile and somewhat arrogant to philosophize and write anything. Between Islamist and Zionist agenda children and innocent lives are wasted and we carry on blogging and signing our petitions.But sometime we do have to write and survive, it is better than silence. Maybe we have to look towards art for solace and find inspiration to resist and protest in a more effective, humane way. I present you Emily Jacir and her art project called Where We come From, currently in display at the San Francisco MOMA.

Jacir's photographs are simple but yet profoundly reminds us about the impact of simple art. Her work reminds us about the homes we lost, the homes we gained, the homes that we made where there wasn't any "home", and that very "home" that we never found or visited:

She used her U.S. passport to gain access to the occupied territories and come back -- a task which might sound surprisingly simple but is extremely difficult for some people. While she was there she took requests from people and fulfilled each wish:

"Go to Haifa and play soccer with the first Palestinian boy you see on the street."

"Drink the water in my parents' village."

"Go to Bayt Lahia and bring me a photo of my family, specially of my brother's kids."

"Go to the Israeli post office in Jerusalem and pay my phone bill."

"Go to my mother's grave in Jerusalem on her birthday and place flowers and pray."

A Debt Foletold

From Koranteng's Toli:
(toli: n. 1. A juicy piece of news. 2. The latest word or gossip. 3. The talk of the town, typically a salacious or risque tale of intrigue, corruption or foolishness. (Ga language, Ghana, West Africa)

Asked if she would use a credit card if one were given to her, Ms. Zhang looked confounded. "What's a credit card?" she asked, adding, "We have everything we need."

— China's Economy, in Need of Jump Start, Waits for Citizens' Fists to Loosen

Zizek and Milbank!

The Monstrosity of Christ
Paradox or Dialectic?
Slavoj Žižek and John Milbank
Edited by Creston Davis
What matters is not so much that Žižek is endorsing a demythologized, disenchanted Christianity without transcendence, as that he is offering in the end (despite what he sometimes claims) a heterodox version of Christian belief.
—John Milbank

To put it even more bluntly, my claim is that it is Milbank who is effectively guilty of heterodoxy, ultimately of a regression to paganism: in my atheism, I am more Christian than Milbank.
—Slavoj Žižek

In this corner, philosopher Slavoj Žižek, a militant atheist who represents the critical-materialist stance against religion's illusions; in the other corner, "Radical Orthodox" theologian John Milbank, an influential and provocative thinker who argues that theology is the only foundation upon which knowledge, politics, and ethics can stand. In The Monstrosity of Christ, Žižek and Milbank go head to head for three rounds, employing an impressive arsenal of moves to advance their positions and press their respective advantages. By the closing bell, they have not only proven themselves worthy adversaries, they have shown that faith and reason are not simply and intractably opposed.

Mahmoud Darwish 1942-2008

Mahmoud Darwish, Palestinian poet died died Saturday in Houston. He was 67.

Who am I, without Exile?
(translated by Sinan Antoon)
Stranger on the bank,
like the river, water binds me to your name.
Nothing brings me back from this distance
to the oasis: neither war nor peace.
Nothing grants me entry into the gospels.
Nothing. Nothing shines from the shores
of ebb and flow between the Tigris and the Nile.
Nothing lifts me down from the Pharaoh's chariots.
Nothing carries me, or loads me with an idea:
neither nostalgia, nor promise.
What shall I do? What shall I do without exile
and a long night of gazing at the water?

Off to Boston

I am off to Boston to attend the ASA conference. My paper is on the last day but I am excited about some of the sessions coming up in the next few days. It will be a crazy few days. Thu I am going to the Junior Theorist Symposium and then if I have time, I have plans to scour the bookstores around Harvard Square. It is pretty amazing!