Song for a Friday

The "unrest" that toppled Ben Ali in Tunisia and Hosni Mubarak in Egypt has now spread to Libya and Iraq. ("Unrest" because it's almost as though the western media is avoiding the Arabic word for what is going on, intifada, which means "shaking off" and "awakening.")

I don't know how and where this is going to end but I do know where it began: Tunisia. So, what better song for this particular Friday than The Astounding Eyes of Rita by Anouar Brahem, a native of Tunisia?

Inspired by the poem "Rita and the Rifle" by Mahmoud Darwish, this song reaches into the depths of my Mediterranean soul. If you don't have such a soul, I'll lend you mine. Just be sure to give it back.


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