Welcome to the first TEDx playlist in Arabic: 4 talks in Arabic

مرحبا بكم في أول قائمة تشغيل لمحادثات TEDx باللغة العربية.

We are very pleased to publish our first playlist in Arabic! This is only the beginning, we have other exciting Arabic language plans in development, including the launch of TED.com in Arabic later this month!

يسرّنا نشر أول قائمة تشغيل باللغة العربية! نرجو أن تستمتعوا بهذه الباقة المختارة من المحادثات من أرجاء العالم العربي. هذه مجرد البداية، لدينا خطط أخرى تهم اللغة العربية في طور التطوير، بما في ذلك إطلاق موقع TED.com باللغة العربية في سبتمبر المقبل!

But in the meantime, enjoy our selection of talks from the Arab world, spanning topics from how to deal with sexism in Tahrir Square to pondering ways to tackle important mathematical and philosophical questions in academia.

Presenting on TV against all odds: Ali Taleb Almarrany at TEDxSanaa 2012
Growing up in Yemen under extreme poverty, Ali Taleb Almarrany lost an eye in a tragic firearm accident in the ninth grade. At TEDxSanaa, he tells the story of how this tragedy led him to his biggest success: becoming a TV journalist, despite the odds. Clocking in at more than 1,000,000 views and still going strong, this talk is not to be missed. (Filmed in Arabic with subtitles in English.)

لدى نشأته في اليوم في ظروف الفقر المدقع، فقد علي طالب المراني عينا في حادث سلاح ناري مأساوي حين كان في المرحلة التاسعة. وفي هذه المحادثة من TEDxSanaa يخبرنا كيف أن هذه المأساة قادته إلى أعظم نجاح: أن يصير صحافي تلفزيونيا، على الرغم من كل الصعوبات. حظت هذه المحادثة التي لا ينبغي تفويتها بأكثر من 1,000,000 مشاهدة، والعدد في تزايد. (تم التصوير باللغة العربية بترجمة نصية إنجليزية).

The invisible patriarchy in public space: Sarrah Abdelrahman at TEDxKafrElsheikh
At TEDxKafrElsheikh, Sarrah Abdelrahman describes how she decided to stand up to the police officer who harassed her in Tahrir Square and how she created a video that encourages other women to speak up against sexism in public spaces in Egypt.

تصف ساره عبد الرحمن في TEDxKafrElsheikh كيف قررت أن تقبل في وجه ضابط الشرطة الذي تحرّش بها في ميدان التحرير وكيف قامت بإنشاء فيديو يشجع النساء الأخريات على رفع أصواتهم في مواجهة التمييز الجنسي في الفضاءات العامة في مصر.

Peace journalism: Vanessa Bassil at TEDxLAU
In this rousing talk at TEDxLAU, Vanessa Bassil discusses the importance of transparency in journalism and encourages journalists to practice honest journalism in the field. (Filmed in Arabic with subtitles in English.)

تناقش فانيسا باسيل في هذه المحادثة المثيرة من TEDxLAU، أهمية الشفافية في الصحافة وتشجع الصحفيين على ممارسة الصحافة الشريفة في الميدان. (تم التصوير باللغة العربية بترجمة نصية إنجليزية).

الفاعلية: Elsheikh Mohamed Elsheikh at TEDxKhartoum
At TEDxKhartoum, well-known academic Elsheikh Mohamed Elsheikh discusses how sometimes really big questions can only be answered by looking through an interdisciplinary prism. (Filmed in Arabic with subtitles in Arabic.)

اديمي المعروف الشيخ محمد الشيخ، في TEDxKhartoum، كيف أنه أحيانا من الممكن الإجابة عن الأسئلة الكبيرة حقا، فقط من خلال النظر عبر موشور متعدد التخصصات. (تم التصوير باللغة العربية بترجمة نصية إنجليزية).

Translation by Khalid Marbou.

Israel and Iran: A love story? At TEDxJaffa, one graphic designer’s take on communication in the Middle East

Ronny Edry is a graphic designer in Israel who, one day, decided that he would fight violence the best way he knew how — with images. After overhearing two people in the grocery story discussing war with Iran, he thought about how he could change Israeli perceptions of the country. The answer, he found, was in design. At TEDxJaffa, he explained his process: “I’m a graphic designer,” he said, “so I made posters about it.” He came home and, on Facebook, shared a poster he made with a photo of himself holding his young daughter and a bold message: “Iranians … we [heart] you.”

The image went viral, inspiring responses from people all over the world. Ronny explains in his talk:

Suddenly I see many people talking to me [on Facebook], most of them I don’t know, and a few of them from Iran, which is — What? Because you have to understand, in Israel we don’t talk with people from Iran. We don’t know people from Iran. It’s like, on Facebook, you have friends only from — it’s like your neighbors are your friends on Facebook. And now people from Iran are talking to me.

…I start answering this girl, and she’s telling me she saw the poster and she asked her family to come, because they don’t have a computer. She asked her family to come to see the poster, and they’re all sitting in the living room crying

So my first reflex, as a graphic designer, is, you know, to show everybody what I’d just seen, and people started to see them and to share them, and that’s how it started … I went to my neighbors and friends and students and I just asked them, ‘Give me a picture, I will make you a poster.’ … And that’s how, really, [it] unleashed, because suddenly people from Facebook, friends and others, just understand that they can be part of it. It’s not just one dude making one poster, it’s — we can be part of it — so they start sending me pictures and ask me, “Make me a poster. Post it. Tell the Iranians we from Israel love you too.”

Companion Facebook communities began to pop up. Alongside Ronny’s "Israel-Loves-Iran" page came Iran-Loves-Israel and even Palestine-Loves-Israel. This simple act of communication inspired a movement — “[A] whole list of pages on Facebook dedicated to the same message, to people sending their love, one to each other,” Ronny said in his talk.

"And then it became news," he said. "Because when you’re seeing the Middle East, you see only the bad news. And suddenly, there is something that was happening that was good newsWe are showing respect, one to each other. And we’re understanding. And you show compassion. And you become friends. And at some point, you become friends on Facebook, and you become friends in life.”

Above, photos from the Israel Loves Iran project, including Ronny’s original poster. For more, watch Ronny’s entire talk here, and check out the Israel Loves Iran project’s Facebook page.

Salma spoke of her dream to become a great teacher. She believes teaching should be a position that is earned, that the teacher’s job is highly underestimated and misunderstood in this part of the world, and that educators should be more prepared for the teaching process, and lack the right tools.
She mentioned that she struggled to prove herself academically with low grades and modest artistic talents and was judged at many occasions by the same people who should have provided support and understanding to her—namely home and school. She decided to choose a career as teacher so that kids she takes care of are well-supported and appreciated regardless of their grades.

Organizer of TEDxYouth@Amman in Amman, Jordan, Zeid Abdul-Hadi on 18-year-old Salma Tabari’s talk, “Sorry, I am a dreamer,” given during TEDxYouthDay 2011, which now has over 17,000 views on YouTube

Salma is just one of the many youth leaders diving headfirst into creating positive change for the world. This November 17 and 18, TEDx is celebrating leaders like Salma through TEDxYouthDay, a worldwide initiative of TEDx events centered around youth issues, ideas, and leadership. Learn more here: http://tedxyouthday.ted.com/