Uri Avnery: The Jumping Parliament

YEARS AGO, when I was a member of the Knesset, I decided to stage a demonstration in the plenum hall. I put on a T-shirt with the slogan “Peace is greater than Greater Eretz Israel”. In the middle of the debate I took my jacket off, displaying the slogan. After a few minutes, an usher approached me and said politely: “The Speaker would like to see you in his … Read more Uri Avnery: The Jumping Parliament

Adios Avenidas: Poetry as Sexual Aggression?

The question: can a poem be a sexual aggression? Or more precisely: can this, the above poem, by Swiss-Bolivian poet Eugen Gomringer be seen as a sexually aggressive poem & therefore condemned to be removed from the Berlin high school — the Alice-Salomon-Hochschule — where it has adorned a side-wall for a few years now? Here’s the poem in my English translation: avenues avenues & flowers flowers flowers & women … Read more Adios Avenidas: Poetry as Sexual Aggression?

Court Jesters and Black Mirrors: Translator Alex Elinson on Bringing Moroccan Literature into English

Via Arab Literature (in English) & BY MLYNXQUALEY on JANUARY 24, 2018 • ( 0 ) Episode 6 of the Bulaq podcast was built — among other things — on a talk by Moroccan novelist Youssef Fadel and conversations with translator Alex Elinson:In that episode, ArabLit’s M. Lynx Qualey & Arabist’s Ursula Lindsey discuss Moroccan literature about the country’s “years of lead” and its formidable and ruthless former king Hassan II; and … Read more Court Jesters and Black Mirrors: Translator Alex Elinson on Bringing Moroccan Literature into English

River flood risks increase around the globe

Press release by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research 11/01/2018 (embargo expired) Adaptation now: River flood risks increase around the globe under future warming Rainfall changes caused by global warming will increase river flood risks across the globe. Already today, fluvial floods are among the most common and devastating natural disasters. Scientists have now calculated the required increase in flood protection until the 2040s worldwide, breaking it down … Read more River flood risks increase around the globe

Teaching with Arabic Literature in Translation:

‘Palestinian Literature and Film’ BY MLYNXQUALEY on JANUARY 15, 2018 • ( 0 ) ArabLit’s ongoing series on Teaching with Arabic Literature in Translation continues with a conversation between ArabLit’s editor and Prof. Joseph Farag, author of Palestinian Literature in Exile: Gender, Aesthetics and Resistance in the Short Story and faculty at the University of Minnesota.Farag spoke particularly about his course “Palestinian Literature and Film.” For want of space, this will include … Read more Teaching with Arabic Literature in Translation:

Syrian Kurdish Poet Golan Haji: ‘It’s Not Easy To Go for What One Loves

Via Arabaic Literature (in Translation) & BY MLYNXQUALEY on JANUARY 9, 2018 • ( 1 ) Syrian Kurdish poet Golan Haji, whose A Tree Whose Name I Don’t Know appeared in English last year, co-translated by the author and Stephen Watts, here shares an interview he did in response to questions by the Italian poet Luigia Sorrentino and the Iranian poet Azita Ghahreman:Haji is a poet and translator with a postgraduate degree … Read more Syrian Kurdish Poet Golan Haji: ‘It’s Not Easy To Go for What One Loves

Today, on the 70th Anniversary of Kurt Schwitter’s Death…

… he is ever so alive! Below, a little piece by Kurtchen translated by Jerome Rothenberg & myself from our book pppppp (still available from amazon or exact change) THE GREAT ARDOR OF DADA   A Funeral March Ardor bleeds Ardors bleed blood.. Merz greening tempest, charge at the clocks. The churchtower rises a pervert clawing of claws (it goes without saying). Claws on top claws, pervert, claws; smackeroo.  Blamm. … Read more Today, on the 70th Anniversary of Kurt Schwitter’s Death…

Uri Avnery: Why I am Angry

January 6, 2018 I AM angry with the Mizrahi elite. Very angry indeed. Mizrah is the Hebrew word for East. Eastern Jews are those who lived for many centuries in the Islamic world. Western Jews are those who lived in Christian Europe. The words are, of course, misnomers. Russian Jews are “Westerners”, Moroccan Jews are “Easterners”. A look at the map shows that Russia is far to the East … Read more Uri Avnery: Why I am Angry