Climate disasters increase risk of armed conflict in multi-ethnic countries

Joint press release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Humboldt Universität zu Berlin 26/07/2016 (embargo expired) Climate disasters like heat-waves or droughts enhance the risk of armed conflicts in countries with high ethnic diversity, scientists found. They used a novel statistical approach to analyze data from the past three decades. While each conflict is certainly the result of a complex and specific mix of factors, it … Read more Climate disasters increase risk of armed conflict in multi-ethnic countries

Dareen Tatour Returned… To Prison!

Posted by freehaifa. According to the principal chronicler of Dareen’s case, the blogger “Yoav Haifawi”: How “security considerations” become means for torture… We invited everybody to celebrate the return of poet Dareen Tatour to Reineh today, after more than three months in prison and more than six months in house arrest in exile in Kiryat Ono near Tel Aviv (more than 100 km from her home). Yes, we knew that … Read more Dareen Tatour Returned… To Prison!

The First Abdellatif Laâbi Collection of 2016 Out Now

via Arab Lit (in English) BY MLYNXQUALEY on JULY 25, 2016 • ( 0 ) There are two volumes of poetry by Prix Goncourt winner Abdellatif Laâbi out in fresh English translations this year: The first, Beyond the Barbed Wire, is out from Carcanet this month. The second is In Praise of Defeat, translated by Donald Nicholson-Smith, published by Archipelago, set for release in November [Permit me to add that this volume has a preface … Read more The First Abdellatif Laâbi Collection of 2016 Out Now

The Great Investment Turnaround: how to finance a sustainable world economy

Press release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) 07/20/2016 Banks and insurers can play a crucial part in stabilizing the climate, while at the same time safeguarding their clients’ assets. Leading representatives of finance and climate research will discuss the best strategies for a turnaround in investing this Thursday in Berlin. The event is hosted by the Swiss global bank UBS, the French multinational insurance firm … Read more The Great Investment Turnaround: how to finance a sustainable world economy

Small Win: Poet Dareen Tatour Will Serve House Arrest at Home in Reineh

vi aArab Lit in English & BY MLYNXQUALEY on JULY 20, 2016 • ( 1 ) On July 18, Dareen Tatour’s hearing — to have her house arrest shifted from being alone outside Tel Aviv to her own village outside Nazareth — was postponed: Photo: Zahi Khamis. Previously appeared on Mondoweiss. But today word comes from Yoav Haifawi that “the prosecution agreed that Dareen will return to Reineh – still under … Read more Small Win: Poet Dareen Tatour Will Serve House Arrest at Home in Reineh

Homage to Mohammed Bennis

This weekend I will travel to Asilah, Morocco, to take part on coming Tuesday in a day of homage for the great arabophone poet Mohammed Bennis, in the context of the 38th International Cultural Moussem at Al Moutamid Ibn Abbad Summer University, in the company of Adonis, Bernard Noël, Joachim Sartorius & a number of other poets & critics. Here, the detailed schedule: Programme Hommage au poète Mohammed Bennis 38ème Moussem culturel international d’Asilah … Read more Homage to Mohammed Bennis

New Poems by Dareen Tatour, Under House Arrest in Israel

via ArabLit & MLYNXQUALEY on JULY 15, 2016 • ( 0 ) On Monday, July 18 at 9:00 a.m., Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour — currently under house arrest for alleged “incitement” via poetry — has her next court date: Photo: Zahi Khamis. Previously appeared on Mondoweiss. At this hearing, the judge will rule on whether Tatour can live at home in Reineh, a small Palestinian town outside of Nazareth, for the duration of her trial. … Read more New Poems by Dareen Tatour, Under House Arrest in Israel

Make Noise & Beauty on July 28, a Day of Creativity for Ashraf Fayadh

BY MLYNXQUALEY on JULY 13, 2016 • ( 0 ) An open letter from poet-activist Mona Kareem and ArabLit editor M Lynx Qualey:“Everything has weight. Your weight is well known to the back walls because your heavy shadow doesn’t give the asphalt, the paint, or the writings stuck on the windows a chance to appear. You also have space, significant space, in the void.” – Ashraf Fayadh Dear editors, … Read more Make Noise & Beauty on July 28, a Day of Creativity for Ashraf Fayadh