OUR STORIES | Meet Shahar: Iraqi Polish Israeli Jewish American Immigrant Social Activist Singer Songwriter Lover Human Being

Meet Shahar Eberzon: part musician with an album in the making, part social activist, and part backbone of the growing artist community that is Face Forward  With all these projects, and with legendary Minneapolis stages requesting her presence, she is one to keep an eye on.However, I don’t care about any of that today. Today I have a different agenda.   L: I know you’ve had some immigration issues this year, and this kind of gets more to the root of what we are talking about. When did you come to the United States first?S: I came to the U.S. August 2008, five years ago, but I’ve been away from Israel since I was 17 because I was in Italy for two years.L: What was the strangest thing about coming here?S: Um. The passive aggressiveness. Continue Reading

Big Marina Grill & Deli in Columbia Heights: Middle Eastern and more

The buffet offerings are as varied as the clientele at Big Marina Grill & Deli, 4755 Central Ave., Columbia Heights—mostly Middle Eastern, with lamb shanks, chicken kabobs, kofta kabobs, stuffed grape leaves, grilled eggplant, felafel, hummus, tabouli, soups, samosas, baklava, and Greek and Middle Eastern salads and pastries. But there are lots of other dishes to choose from as well—shrimp, fried chicken, fish, barbecued beef ribs, pasta, veggies, and more. The price is a very reasonable $11 for lunch, and $14 evenings and weekends. An a la carte menu is also available, with salads, burgers, sandwiches, dinner entrees and combination platters for two, four or six. Here’s a video segment about Big Marina and its owner, Shaker Hegazy, produced last year by Ahmed Tharwat for BelAhdan, the Arab/Muslim-American TV show that airs on TPT’s MN Channel:  Continue Reading

Arab Spring continues outside the headlines

Obviously that headline isn’t completely true, because if it’s not being reported, then how am I linking to reports? It’s more a case that our domestic concerns with the economy and the latest dumb things said during Republican presidential debates have pushed the Arab Spring off the front pages and maybe even to the hidden places where a bit of looking is necessary. Continue Reading

Congressman Keith Ellison Talks About The Middle East And More

Congressman Keith Ellison joins Radio Free Nation for a conversation about US Foreign Policy in the Middle East and Africa. Ellison also discussed the Coleman V Franken trial and the rise of extremism in America. To download or listen to the podcast, visit:
U.S. Congressman Keith Ellison (D-Minneapolis) and U.S. Congressman Luis Gutierrez (D-Ilinois) join community members for an assembly on Immigration on Sunday afternoon, June 14th from 2:30pm to 4pm at Incarnation Church in South Minneapolis. Continue Reading