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Report Back on The Freedom Bus: First Palestine Freedom Ride

[The following is a report back on The Freedom Bus project in the West Bank, which ended its nine-day tour on 1 October 2012. Click here to view the original press release.]  The Freedom Bus project has just completed its first Freedom Ride, bringing together Palestinians and internationals on a tour to communities all over the West Bank of occupied Palestine. During the ride, The Freedom Bus visited some of the most besieged areas in the West Bank. Palestinian actors ...

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HRW Call for Investigation and Punishment of Lebanese Army Attackers on Migrant Laborers

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[The following statement was issued by Human Rights Watch on 10 October 2012.]  Lebanon’s judiciary should investigate and prosecute any army and intelligence officials responsible for the beating and serious abuse of at least seventy-two male migrant workers on the evening of 7 October in the Beirut neighborhood of Geitawi, Human Rights Watch said today. According to victims and other witnesses, those beaten include at least forty-five Syrian, twenty Egyptians, and ...

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Appeal to Defend Freedoms of Expression and the Press in Jordan

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[The following statement was issued by the Jordanian Coordination Group of Electronic Websites (CGEW) on 13 September 2012 and published on Ammon News.]  Despite King Abdullah II's repeated assurances that Jordanians enjoy unrestricted freedom of expression and free media, successive Jordanian governments for the past three years have attempted -- and succeeded -- in passing laws designed to undermine the freedom of the press, particularly the now widespread electronic ...

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Call for Applicants: PhD Grants at the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies

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The Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies, funded by the Excellence Initiative of the German Federal and State Governments, will admit up to fifteen PhD students to its doctoral programme to begin 1 October, 2013. Up to ten of these candidates will receive a Graduate School grant; the other candidates will be supported in their quest for funding. The Graduate School investigates the plurality, changeability, and global connectedness of Muslim cultures ...

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Text of Manal El-Tibi's Resignation Letter to Egypt's Constituent Assembly

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[The following letter was originally issued in Arabic on 24 September 2012 by human rights activist Manal El-Tibi at the time of her resignation from the Constituent Assembly, the body tasked with writing a new Egyptian constitution. The report was translated into English by Bassem Sabry and published by Ahram Online on 26 September 2012.] Mr. Hossam El-Ghiryani, head of the Constituent Assembly, Warm greetings, I have issued a statement to public opinion before, ...

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ترجمة "في حضرة الغياب" لمحمود درويش تفوز بجائزة أفضل ترجمة أدبية في الولايات المتحدة وكندا

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حازت الترجمة الإنكليزية لكتاب محمود درويش “في حضرة الغياب” التي أنجزها الشاعر والروائي العراقي سنان أنطون على جائزة أفضل ترجمة أدبيّة في الولايات المتحدة وكندا لعام ٢٠١٢. وتم الإعلان عن الجائزة التي يقدمها إتحاد المترجمين الأدبيّين في الولايات المتحدة ALTA أثناء المؤتمر السنوي الذي أقيم هذه السنة في مدينة روشستر بين الثالث والخامس من أكتوبر. وقرأ أنطون مقطعاً من كتاب درويش مساء الخميس الماضي في حفل تسلّم الجائزة التي تبلغ قيمتها خمسة آلاف دولار. وكان "في حضرة ...

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Inaugural Issue of Journal on Postcolonial Directions in Education

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Postcolonial Directions in Education is a peer-reviewed open access journal produced twice a year. It is a scholarly journal intended to foster further understanding, advancement and reshaping of the field of postcolonial education. We welcome articles that contriute to advancing the field. As indicated in the editorial for the inaugural issue, the purview of this journal is broad enough to encompass a variety of disciplinary approaches, including but not confined to ...

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Statement on Arrest and Imprisonment of Bahraini Medical Professionals

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[The following statement was issued by the Gulf Centre for Human Rights on 3 October 2012.]  On 2 October 2012, six medical professionals and human rights defenders were arrested in Bahrain following early morning raids on their homes. Their arrests came a day after the Court of Cassation in Manama upheld the prison sentences of nine doctors and nurses for the legitimate exercise of their profession and their right to freedom of expression during last year’s ...

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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

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[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 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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