From the Editors
[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 report detailing how the intra-communal divisions in Libya have endured in the absence of a strong state apparatus to maintain ceasefire agreements and how these internal conflicts threaten Libya's development.
Press Release and Video: Russell Tribunal on Palestine The Russell Tribunal on Palestine, founded in 2009, is an international people's tribunal to promote discussion and awareness of the human rights abuses in occupied Palestine. The most recent session of the Tribunal takes place 6 - 7 October 2012 in New York City.
The Wine Festival in the Big Mosque in Bir el-Sabe This article traces the history of Adalah's movement both in Israeli courts and in the public eye to end the annual wine festival, which serves alcohol, that takes place in the courtyard of the Big Mosque in Bir el-Sabe.
Palestine Conditions "More Brutal" Than in U.S. South of 50 Years Ago, Says Author Alice Walker (Interview Transcript) In this interview with Democracy Now!, Alice Walker describes the parallels between occupied Palestine and apartheid South Africa and between Palestine and the US South.
Text of Abbas' Speech to the UN General Assemply, 2012 The focus of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's address to the UN General Assembly on 27 September 2012 was the threat posted to an independent Palestinian state by Israeli settlement policies. He also affirmed his intention to seek full UN membership for Palestine at the United Nations.
Text of Netanyahu's Speech to the UN General Assembly, 2012 The focus of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's address to the UN General Assembly on 27 September 2012 was the threat posed by a nuclear Iran, which, he claimed, cannot be deterred by the threat of mutually assured destruction.
Month-by-Month Summary of Developments in Syria (Updated) International Crisis Group issues a monthly "Crisis Watch" report on Syria; these briefs are compiled here, showing the progression of the Syrian conflict.
Censorship in Lebanon: Law and Practice The Censorship Observatory issued a report on the scope of censorhip in Lebanon, highlightlng not only the lack of indepence in existing authorities, but also the extent to which censorship can affect society.
Press Release: The Freedom Bus The Palestinian organization Freedom Theatre announces The Freedom Bus, a nine-day bus tour throughout the West Bank. Modeled after the Freedom Riders civil rights movement in the U.S. South of the 1960s, the project utilizes cultural activism and theater to draw attention to the plight of occupied Palestine.
Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Migrant Workers Caught Between Employers' Abuse and Poor Implementation of the Law The Jordanian advocacy group Tamkeen for Legal Aid and Human Rights issued a report on the status of Egyptian migrant workers in Jordan, particularly the dangers workers are exposed to by their employers, what laws exist to protect workers, and to what extent these laws are enforced.
On Music, Politics, and Ethical Responsibility In light of the controversy over the band Red Hot Chili Peppers' decision to perform in Israel and the Lebanese band Mashrou3 Leila's announcement that it would open for RHCP in a different performance, The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel issued a statement explaining the relationship between politcs and culture.
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