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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

[Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel shows an illustration as he describes his concerns over Iran's nuclear ambitions during his address to the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, September 27, 2012. Image by Richard Drew/AP Photo]

[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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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

[Protesters in Benghazi in 2011. Image by Al Jazeera English via Flickr]

[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

[Refugees in Fylakio Detention Center, Greece. Image by Ggia via Wikimedia Commons]

[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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Living Under Drones: Death, Injury, and Trauma to Civilians from US Drone Practices in Pakistan

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[The following report was issued by the International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic at Stanford Law School and the Global Justice Clinic at the NYU School of Law.]  Living Under Drones: Death, Injury, and Trauma to Civilians from US Drone Practices in Pakistan Executive Summary & Recommendations In the United States, the dominant narrative about the use of drones in Pakistan is of a surgically precise and effective tool that makes the US safer ...

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An Open Letter From California Scholars for Academic Freedom to the 66 Co-authors of California House Resolution 35

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[Coauthors of HR 35: California Assembly Members Linda Haldeman, Bonnie Lowenthal and: Achadjian, Beall, Block, Blumenfield, Butler, Cook, Fong, Furutani, Galgiani, Gatto, Gordon, Hagman, Mansoor, Miller, Monning, Portantino, and Williams, Alejo, Allen, Atkins, Bill Berryhill, Bonilla, Brownley, Buchanan, Charles Calderon, Campos, Carter, Cedillo, Chesbro, Conway, Davis, Dickinson, Donnelly, Eng, Feuer, Fletcher, Fuentes, Beth Gaines, Garrick, Gorell, Harkey, Hayashi, Roger ...

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What a Seven Day Teachers' Strike Can Accomplish: Key Contract Issues

[Demonstrators as part of the Chicago Teachers Union strike on 10 September 2012. Image by Sierraromeo via Flickr.]

On 10 September 2012, approximately twenty-nine thousand members of the Chicago Teachers Union began a seven-day strike protesting a host of encroachments on their rights as workers and educators on the part of the Chicago Board of Education. While various news reports have detailed the final contract agreement, the chart below (published by the Chicago Tribune on 18 September) highlights the issues that were on the table and the movement in the board's positions that were ...

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Call for Applicants: Training Module on Building Knowledge in Media Policy for Arab Countries (Cairo, 27 Nov. - 6 Dec., 2012)

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The School of Global Affairs and Public Policy’s Executive Education at the American University in Cairo, announces the second round of its program entitled "Building Knowledge in Media Policy for Arab Countries in Transition" from November 27 to December 6, 2012. The training will be delivered in Arabic for members of civil society organizations advocating for media reform, journalists and media professionals from Egypt, Libya and Tunisia. Selected candidates ...

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NYC Event: Translating the Maghreb after the Arab Spring (NYC, 23 September 2012)

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Translating the Maghreb after the Arab Spring Sunday, 23 September 2012 5 – 6 pm Brooklyn Borough Hall Community Room (209 Joralemon Street) The PEN Translation Committee Presents North African Writing in the Wake of the Arab Spring. Noted translators, editors, and poets Pierre Joris (Exile Is My Trade: a Habib Tengour Reader), Deborah Kapchan (Gender on the Market: Moroccan Women and the Revoicing of Tradition), and Peter Thompson (A ...

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Open Letter Regarding the Detention of Zakaria Zubeidi

[Entrance of the Freedom Theatre in Jenin, West Bank. Image by Guillaume Paumier. From Wikimedia Commons.]

[The following letter was issued by a number of concerned individuals in response to the Palestinian Authority's detention and treatment of Zakaria Zubeidi, co-founder of the Freedom Theater.] Open letter regarding the detention of Zakaria Zubeidi, co-founder of the Freedom Theatre. For the attention of President Mahmoud Abbas:   We the undersigned write to ask you to ensure the proper application of Palestinian law in the case of Zakaria Zubeidi, and all cases ...

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Conference: Aesthetics and Politics - Counter-Narratives, New Publics, and the Role of Dissent in the Arab World (Cairo, 16-26 Sep. 2012)

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"Aesthetics and Politics: Counter-Narratives, New Publics, and the Role of Dissent in the Arab World" is the theme of the International Summer Academy the research program Europe in the Middle East—The Middle East in Europe (EUME) of the Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien and the ‘Center for Translation Studies’ of the American University in Cairo are jointly organizing from September 16 — 27, 2012 at the American University in Cairo in cooperation with the ...

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The Economic Question for Palestinians in Israel (Jadal Issue 14, July 2012)

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[The following is the Table of Contents of the latest issue of Jadal, a quarterly journal published by Mada al-Carmel] Jadal Issue 14, July 2012 The Economic Question for Palestinians In Israel Editorial Mtanes Shehadeh Analytical Papers Towards Redefining the Economic Inferiority of the Palestinians in Israel Mtanes Shehadeh Viewpoints The Economic Structure and Options for the Palestinian Citizens in Israel Aziz Haidar From Economic Inferiority to Economic ...

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The DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival 2017: The Kennedy Center

SHOWCASE // I am From There, I am From Here I Am From There, I Am From Here: A Palestinian Showcase will kick off the seventh DCPFAF on the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage with storytelling, musical ensemble, and theater. The cultural production, a contemporary expression of the colorful Palestinian diaspora, celebrates Palestine as a vision for the future as much as an object of commemoration. Featuring: Nadia Abuelezam of Palestinians Podcast ⋅ ...

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