Kalila wa Dimna: Fables from the Arab World
Kalila wa Dimna of the Arab World is one of our great literary treasures. It has been translated into some 50 languages. The collection of fables express humankind’s frailties and strengths. By employing a variety of animals such as the lion and the ox and the mouse and the cat, the stories explore the consequences of jealousy and pride, truth and deceit and friendship and enmity that constitute the essence of human behavior regardless of time and place. Kalila wa Dimna was probably derived from a much earlier Indian version in Sanskrit called Panchatantra.
With the participation of Leila Mansoor Martin. Produced and hosted by David Barsamian as part of his Ganges to the Nile series on KGNU.
One of America’s most tireless and wide-ranging investigative journalists, David Barsamian has altered the independent media landscape, both with his weekly radio program, Alternative Radio—37 years and running— and his books with Noam Chomsky, Eqbal Ahmad, Howard Zinn, Tariq Ali, Richard Wolff, Arundhati Roy and Edward Said. His latest books are Edward Said: Culture and Resistance, Retargeting Iran, Noam Chomsky, Chronicles of Dissent Interviews with David Barsamian 1984-1996. And the latest book with Chomsky is Notes on Resistance: Interviews by David Barsamian 2019-2021. David lectures on world affairs, imperialism, capitalism, propaganda, the media and global rebellions.
In 2017 Radical Desi in Vancouver presented him with their Lifetime Achievement Award. He has collaborated with the world-renowned Kronos Quartet in events in New York, London, Vienna, Boulder and San Francisco. David Barsamian is the winner of the Media Education Award, the ACLU’s Upton Sinclair Award for independent journalism, and the Cultural Freedom Fellowship from the Lannan Foundation. The Institute for Alternative Journalism named him one of its Top Ten Media Heroes.