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Arab Humanist: The Necessity of Basic Income

Narrated by: Laura Hanna, Greg Lockett
Length: 3 hrs and 29 mins
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ARAB humanist is a story of an Arab woman who rebelled against her family while living in America. She wanted to claim her own independence and womanhood but was crippled by her naivety, poverty, and lack of a good social safety net. The intention of this story is not to demonize the Arab or the American culture. From the viewpoint of the author, the poor, especially women, in all cultures are treated badly - just in different ways. In ARAB humanist, a fresh light is shed on one of the most important humanist topics of our time: “Universal, Unconditional Basic Income.” 

Nohad A Nassif - Creative Activist (Writer/Illustrator)

Nohad A Nassif, a humanist, an atheist, and a progressive, is an Arab-American, originally from Lebanon.

www.nohadnassif.com
www.facebook.com/a.humanist.book 

Laura Hanna - Production Director/Narrator 

Laura Hanna is a British/Egyptian actress from London and trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). Working across theatre, film, radio, and voice over, her other audio work includes Nawal El Saadawi's Woman at Point Zero (Audible), The Arabian Nights, The Eustace Diamonds, and The Old Man in the Moon (all BBC Radio 4)

Twitter: @LauraHanna1
www.spotlight.com/4217-7862-7496 

Greg Lockett - Narrator

Greg Lockett trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Recent audiobooks include A Different Drummer by William Melvin Kelley, The Mercy Seat by Elizabeth H. Winthrop, and Love to Stay by Adam Hamilton. Radio work includes Hollywood Endings 2: Doubles and Babycakes, both for BBC Radio 4.

Twitter: @GregLockett

Robbie MacInnes - Editor/Recording Engineer

Robbie MacInnes is an audio producer who makes documentaries for BBC Radio 4 and the World Service, as well as podcasts for BBC Sounds, Audible, Tate Britain, and the Gorillaz to name a few. 

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The story left me feeling hopeful

I like that the author cares about all kinds of human rights issues, not just basic income. After the main character Loulou ran away from her family, she struggled and got broken to pieces for lack of anyone's support. It was great to see how she put herself together again.
Loulou is one of those people who have a lot to give but are unable to work in the traditional structure of our society. Therefore, these kinds of people suffer extra. A basic income is a great and just solution for everyone. The story left me feeling hopeful about the protagonist, and a little bit about our world.

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A human story worth being told

Arab Humanist is a tragically beautiful semi-autobiographical story about a woman named LouLou who moved from one personal struggle to another in a desperate search for self, independence, autonomy, and self-actualization. Seeking her agency, LouLou navigates repression, freedom, and the toxic and positive expectations of the people around her.

The book is framed by a narrative argument for a universal income, punctuating the story with a step back into the bigger picture about how a universal income would lift women like LouLou out of poverty, societal insecurity, familial and partner abuse, and educational pits. This is one of those important stories to read to understand the struggles, successes, and lives of real women in their own voices. It’s also an important point of evidence in the case for a Basic Universal Income. Historically, women from underrepresented classes and races, have suffered the most from income inequality, therefore a UBI would be a boon to women like LouLou.

With her own unique art to illustrate the story Nohad tells us a story that is as much an autobiography as it is a narrative digression about the human condition. Nohad's storytelling pulls you into a world and point of view that is not often told but often lived by many women. That alone makes this story worth every cent and every moment spent reading. I gave it five stars because the writing is beautiful, the story compelling, and the information opened my mind to people and ideas I hadn’t considered before. Also, as I listened to the audiobook, the narrators do an excellent job of telling the story with emotion and care.

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Courageous Work

This is a significant autobiography that captures the emotions of an Arab woman who is deeply concerned with human welfare (having access to resources), as well as with human freedoms (having freedom of mind, body, and spirit). 

If Brené Brown is correct when she said, "vulnerability is the accurate measurement of courage," then this Arab writer, Nohad Nassif, is courageous beyond measures. Nohad bravely tells it like it is, without shame or fear. I hope her courage will inspire many people, especially women, to rise up and refuse to accept oppression of any kind.  

The narrators were professional and nice to hear. It was a great book. It really opened my mind on the importance of basic income.

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This book is not your everyday book on humanism

I am glad I heard this heartfelt true story. I admire this artist’s honesty and fearlessness! This is a rare and unique Arabic gem that won't disappoint. The emotional short story, the lively art, and the plea for basic income - all created a rich book beautifully layered. That is a humanist and a feminist's work, indeed.

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Great Book

An illustrative survival story of Loulou an arab woman trying to make it between two cultures all while fighting poverty as well as issues that face a woman through such an experience that is full of ups and downs. What makes it even more special is that it also discusses an innovative solution: The Basic Income. and explains (by relating it to Loulou's life) how it can make humans better, towards a less painful and more free and creative life. In short a very eloquent and emotionally touching book that is a good read and hear

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Love the idea of Universal Basic Income

The narrators are excellent. The audiobook is well done! I love the idea of Universal Basic Income and support it. #YangGang2020!
It is an easy hear, but in some parts, it's deeply emotional. It exposes the truth behind the struggle of the poor, especially women and children, in all societies and all cultures. I recommend this audiobook for anyone interested in Women issues and Poverty issues.