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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Sinan Antoon Awarded National Translation Prize for Darwish Translation

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Sinan Antoon, co-founder and co-editor of Jadaliyya, received the 2012 National Translation Award for In the Presence of Absence (Archipelago Books, 2011), his translation of Fi Hadrat al-Ghiyab (2006), the last prose book by the late Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish (1941-2008). The $5,000 prize is given annually to a translator whose work, by virtue of its quality and significance, has made the most valuable contribution to literary translation in the U.S and Canada in the ...

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Reports Roundup (October 7)

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[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Press Release: The River Has Two Banks The River Has Two Banks seeks to bridge the divide between Palestinian and Jordanian identity and communal history through a series of discussions taking place from September through November 2012.  Divided We Stand: Libya's Enduring Conflicts International Crisis Group issued a ...

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On Music, Politics, and Ethical Responsibility

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[The following statement was issued by the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) on 3 October 2012.] Earlier in September, in the lead up to a performance by the Red Hot Chili Peppers in apartheid Israel, a worldwide campaign calling on them to cancel their show gathered steam. Over the last several months, our South African, Lebanese, Indian, American, Israeli, and Italian partners, among others, had all written letters ...

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Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Migrant Workers Caught Between Employers' Abuse and Poor Implementation of the Law

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[The following report was issued by Tamkeen for Legal and Human Rights.] Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Migrant Workers Caught Between Employers' Abuse and Poor Implementation of the Law General Summary Administrative and Legal Framework of Migrant Workers in Jordan According to statistics released by the Ministry of Labor in 2011, there are around 280,275 documented migrant workers in Jordan. In addition to these documented workers, there are ...

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Press Release: The Freedom Bus

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[The following press release was issued by The Freedom Bus on 19 September 2012.]  Inspired by civil rights Freedom Riders, West Bank Freedom Bus sets off to visit region’s most besieged areas, promoting cultural resistance From 23 Sept - 1 Oct 2012, The Freedom Bus, an initiative of the Freedom Theatre, will embark on a historic and groundbreaking ride through the West Bank. Led by Palestinians, and supported by international allies, this project aims give ...

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Invitation: Two Public Events on the Impact and Legality of "Firing Zone 918" Under International Humanitarian Law (Ramallah, 11 October 2012)

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Diakonia International Humanitarian Law Resource Centre is pleased to invite you to two public events on the impact and legality of “Firing Zone 918” under International Humanitarian Law (IHL). The events are organized on the occasion of the visit of Prof. Michael Bothe, Professor emeritus of international law from Goethe University, Frankfurt/Main. He is the author of a recent expert opinion  in IHL on the "Limits of the right of expropriation (requisition) and of ...

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Censorship in Lebanon: Law and Practice

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[The following report was issued by Marsad Al-Raqba (The Censorship Observatory) in January 2012.]  Censorship in Lebanon: Law and Practice Executive Summary This study aims to provide a comprehensive assessment of censorship in Lebanon, which will hopefully allow the many local artistic and cultural actors the opportunity to lobby for the most appropriate legislative amendments to the current censorship regulations which are currently not conducive to ...

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Beirut Event -- Inverted Worlds: Congress on Cultural Motion in the Arab Region (4-8 October 2012)

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Inverted Worlds: Congress on Cultural Motion in the Arab Region Beirut, Lebanon 4 - 8 October 2012 The Orient-Institut Beirut (OIB) is pleased to announce Inverted Worlds – Congress on Cultural Motion in the Arab Region, to take place in Beirut from 4 to 8 October 2012. Artists, activists and academics engage in debate and exchange in this five-day international conference highlighting the creative side of recent change in the region. Inverted ...

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Text of Abbas' Speech to the UN General Assembly, 2012

[Mahmoud Abbas meeting Austrian Politicians Michael Spindelegger and Heinz Fischer at the UN General Assembly on 25 September, 2012. Image by Dragan TATIC.]

[The following statement was made by President and Chairman Mahmoud Abbas at the U.N. General Assemby on 27 September, 2012. It was published by Information Clearing House.] I wish to begin by extending congratulations to the President of the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Vuk Jeremic, wishing him all success. I express appreciation as well to H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz A1-Nasser for his leadership of the previous General Assembly session, ...

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Text of Netanyahu's Speech to the UN General Assembly, 2012

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[The following statement was made by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the U.N. General Assemby on 27 September, 2012. It was published by the The Algemeiner.]   It’s a pleasure to see the General Assembly presided by the Ambassador from Israel, and it’s good to see all of you, distinguished delegates. Ladies and Gentlemen, Three thousand years ago, King David reigned over the Jewish state in our eternal capital, Jerusalem. I say that to all those who proclaim ...

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Palestine Conditions "More Brutal" Than in U.S. South of 50 Years Ago, Says Author Alice Walker (Interview Transcript)

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Alice Walker has been a longtime advocate for the rights of Palestinians. Last summer, she was one of the activists on the U.S. ship that attempted to sail to Gaza as part of the Freedom Flotilla aimed at challenging Israel’s embargo of the Gaza Strip. Alice Walker also serves on the jury of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine, an international people’s tribunal created in 2009 to bring attention to the responsibility other states bear for Israel’s violations of ...

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Call for Participants -- Mideast Wire's The Exchange: City-Focused Conferences in Beirut, Tunis, & Turkey

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The Exchange is an effort by Mideastwire.com and its partners to promote understanding and academic enrichment through a variety of city-focused conferences in and around the Middle East. During their stay, typically lasting from one to two weeks, students and professionals from around the world engage directly with some of the leading intellectuals, academics and political leaders in the country - representing all sides. The First Exchange was launched in June 2008 in ...

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Press Release and Video: Russell Tribunal on Palestine

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Noam Chomsky, Alice Walker, and Angela Davis at the Russell Tribunal on Palestine New York City, October 6-7, 2012 The world's most prominent public intellectual Noam Chomsky, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker, and the civil rights leader Angela Davis will be offering and weighing testimony at the Russell Tribunal on Palestine (RToP), an international people’s tribunal that was created to expose human rights abuses and stir ...

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Divided We Stand: Libya's Enduring Conflicts

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[The following report was issued by International Crisis Group on 14 September 2012.]  Divided We Stand: Libya's Enduring Conflicts  Executive Summary  The 11 September killing of the U.S. ambassador and three of his colleagues is a stark reminder of Libya’s security challenges. It also should serve as a wake-up call. There is, of course, more than one way to look at the country today: as one of the more encouraging Arab uprisings, recovering faster than ...

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Press Release: The River Has Two Banks

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The politics of segregation has greatly hindered a collective understanding of shared realities and common histories across the east and west banks of the River Jordan. As individuals who are invested in the relationship between Palestine and Jordan, the historical trajectory of the two compels us to examine where we are now and how we can build new alliances to overcome the social, economic, and political challenges of the day.  The river has two banks is an ...

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Reports Roundup (September 29)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Living Under Drones: Death, Injury, and Trauma to Civilians from US Drone Practices in Pakistan This study, published jointly by centers at Stanford Law School and NYU School of Law, investigates the effects of American drone strikes on civilians in Pakistan, including not only casualty statistics, but also mental and social ...

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Call for Applications: PARC Fellowship for Scholars Conducting Field-Based Research on Palestine, 2013-2014

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The Palestinian American Research Center (PARC) announces its 14th annual round of competition for post-doctoral and doctoral research fellowships in Palestinian Studies for 2013 - 2014. To be eligible for research fellowships, the following criteria must be met: The research project must make a contribution to Palestinian Studies. The research can be in any area of Palestinian Studies, including the humanities, social sciences, economics, law, health and sciences. ...

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UNHCR Releases New Guidelines for Detention of Asylum-Seekers

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[The following press release and guidelines were issued by the United Nations High Commission on Refugees on 21 September 2012.] Press Release The UN refugee agency on Friday issued new guidelines on the detention of asylum-seekers and said UNHCR was concerned at its growing use in a number of countries. "The guidelines represent UNHCR policy and are intended as advice for governments and other bodies making decisions on detaining people," spokesman Adrian ...

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NYC Event -- Feminisms in the Time of Empire: Complicities, Contestations, and Solidarities (29 September 2012)

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Feminisms in the Time of Empire: Complicities, Contestations and Solidarities Saturday, 29 September 12:00-3:00 Institute for Public Knowledge 20 Cooper Square Discourses of race, gender and sexuality have served an important ideological function within imperialist projects. The current phase of US imperialism is no exception. Today, this project calls on increasingly explicit forms of Islamophobia, forms that circulate in news programs, on subway billboards, in the ...

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California's Largest Student Union Votes to Condemn Attempts at Silencing Dissent

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[The following statement was issued by the University of California Student Association on 15 September 2012.] The University of California Student Association, which represents hundreds of thousands of students at all ten UC campuses, passed a resolution today condemning recent attempts to censure boycott and divestment efforts by Palestinian human rights activists on campus, and demanding that the UC stop profiting from Israel’s human rights violations.  The motion ...

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