PEN Presses for Visa for Palestinian Poet

from th PEN Advocacy pages: April 4, 2012 | Larry Siems Yesterday, we got word through our Translation Committee that Palestinian poet Ghassan Zaqtan , whose collection Like a Straw Bird It Follows Me is being released by Yale University Press this month, is still waiting for a visa to travel to the U.S. for a planned two-week book tour. The tour was to kick off yesterday with an event featuring Zaqtan and Fady Joudah, his translator, … Read more PEN Presses for Visa for Palestinian Poet

David Grossman on the Fate of Omar Abu Jariban

Alan Gilbert posted on this Haaretz article by David Grossman here. It seems worthwhile reposting this during the week of Benjamin Netanyahu visit to D.C., warmongering re Iran among the GOP freak show, the recent AIPAC conference, etc. Last Friday Haaretz did something unusual: it placed an opinion piece on top of its front page. But it wasn’t just an ordinary opinion piece, it was written by one of the country … Read more David Grossman on the Fate of Omar Abu Jariban

Israeli Poet Almog Behar on his Mashreqi Roots

More from the sickbed — where cut-and-paste is the best I can do — this piece from an unlikely source, The Jerusalem Post: The Resurgent Mizrahi Voice 01/04/2012 18:26   By KAMOUN BEN-SHIMON Poet Almog Behar epitomizes the move of some Israelis to embrace their Middle Eastern roots. Photo by: SARAH DEMMI LEVIN One evening during the summer’s months of unrest, Almog Behar walks into the protest tent camp … Read more Israeli Poet Almog Behar on his Mashreqi Roots

Drone Economy for NYC?

This forwarded by friend John Maas, from the Beirut-based paper Al Akhbar English: New York to Host Israel’s Top Drone Lab  On December 19, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the establishment of a 2 million square foot engineering and applied sciences university campus in the heart of New York City. The New York-based Cornell University and the Technion, Israel’s Institute of Technology, were chosen to oversee the new institution. … Read more Drone Economy for NYC?

Uri Avnery on Newt

Uri Avnery writes: December 17, 2011   “With Friends Like These…” MY GOD, what a bizarre lot these Republican aspirants for the US presidency are!  What a sorry bunch of ignoramuses and downright crazies. Or, at best, what a bunch of cheats and cynics! (With the possible exception of the good doctor Ron Paul). Is this the best a great and proud nation can produce? How frightening the thought that … Read more Uri Avnery on Newt

Latest signandsight roundups

I haven’t had the time to catch up with signandsight in recent weeks — but here the site’s most recent posts:   Legacy of denial Germany has been rocked by the disclosures surrounding the series of neo-Nazi murders of Turkish citizens. In the wake of these events, Former GDR dissident Freya Klier calls for an honest look at the xenophobia cultivated by the policies of the former East Germany, where the core of … Read more Latest signandsight roundups

Uri Avnery on Prisoner Swap

October 22, 2011 Everybody’s Son THE MOST sensible – I almost wrote “the only sensible” – sentence uttered this week sprang from the lips of a 5-year old boy. After the prisoner swap, one of those smart-aleck TV reporters asked him: “Why did we release 1027 Arabs for one Israeli soldier?” He expected, of course, the usual answer: because one Israeli is worth a thousand Arabs. The little boy … Read more Uri Avnery on Prisoner Swap

Israeli Intellectuals back Palestinian Statehood in Tel Aviv Rally

This from today’s edition of the Israeli newspaper Haaretz (original article here): Former MK Yael Dayan criticizes Israeli leadership for calling Palestinian bid at UN ‘unilateral,’ asking: ‘Isn’t the occupation unilateral?’ By Asaf Shtull-Trauring Hundreds of Israeli intellectuals and academicians voiced their support of Palestinian statehood in a Tel Aviv rally on Thursday, urging PA President Mahmoud Abbas to forge ahead with his UN bid despite U.S. resistance. About … Read more Israeli Intellectuals back Palestinian Statehood in Tel Aviv Rally

NY Times: After Reversal, Honor Is Likely for Kushner

Here, the opening paragraphs of today’s NY Times article on CUNY’s reversal in re Tony Kushner (you can read the full article here): After Reversal, Honor Is Likely for Kushner By WINNIE HU Published: May 6, 2011 Under mounting pressure, the City University of New York board of trustees moved on Friday to reverse its decision earlier this week to withhold an honorary degree from the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner because of one … Read more NY Times: After Reversal, Honor Is Likely for Kushner

Tony Kushner’s Response

Tony Kushner c/o Heat & Light Co., Inc. 119 West 72nd Street #193 New York, NY 10023   The Board of Trustees of the City University of New York 535 East 80th Street New York, NY 10075 cc: President Jeremy Travis The faculty and students of John Jay College of Criminal Justice 899 Tenth Avenue New York, NY, 10019 May 4, 2011 To Chairperson Benno Schmidt and the Board … Read more Tony Kushner’s Response