“A Bitter Disappointment,” Edward Said on His Encounter with Sartre, De Beauvoir and Foucault

AUGUST 26, 2014 EUGENE WOLTERS In 1979, Edward Said was invited by Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir to France for a conference on Middle East peace. It was in the wake of the Camp David Accords that ended the war between Egypt and Israel, that the author of “Orientalism” and ardent supporter of the Palestinian people, was invited to contribute with other […]

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Israel’s Cardinal Fault: The Muses and Death

by SHLOMO SAND AUGUST 28, 2014 When the muses thunder, the guns stay silent. The adage, habitually inverted, is inaccurate. The propaganda sirens are never as loud as when the cannons, the planes and helicopters buzz and spit their fire. The television chains, in Israel and elsewhere, with their journalists, commentators and special correspondents have, between the advertising, presided over […]

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The Art of Empathy: Celebrating Literature in Translation

Nineteen thought-provoking essays on the art of translation and its ability to help us understand other cultures and ways of thought by award-winning translators and publishers. Includes recommendations by the essayists of translations that they enjoyed reading. 88 pp. 2014 Download:  The Art of Empathy Translation.pdf Table of Contents Preface by NEA Chairman Jane Chu ……………………………………….. i Introduction by NEA […]

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“You know what is happening”: Letter to an Israeli friend

  When Akkas Al-Ali’s Israeli friend accused him of “siding with terrorists” in Gaza, he decided to write the following letter in response. Wednesday, August 27, 2014 By Akkas Al-Ali By now, I expect you are fully aware of the apocalyptic scenes that have been coming out of Gaza over the past few weeks. In case you are not, I hope […]

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Conflict Zone Field Guide for Civilian Translators/ Interpreters and Users of Their Services

Translators/Interpreters (T/Is) contracted to work in conflict zones are often non-professional linguists yet play a key role in communications. Operating in high-risk environments, they are extremely vulnerable and require special protection both during and after the conflict. Users of T/I services must be aware of their responsibilities to T/Is and of the need to continuously protect them. At the same […]

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The Case of the Arabic Noirs

  August 20, 2014 | by Jonathan Guyer Cairo: the metal detector beeps. The security man wears a crisp white uniform. He nods and leans back in his chair. The lobby’s red oriental carpet, so worn it’s barely red, leads upstairs to the hotel tavern. Enter the glass doors, where a cat in a smart bow tie and vest reaches for a lonely […]

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Egypt’s nascent street art movement under pressure

Graffiti artists face threats of violence, and the potential of jail time and fines under a proposed draft law By Shahira Amin / 22 August, 2014 Before the January 2011 uprising, street art was little known in Egypt. Then came the revolution and with it, an outburst of creativity. With the fall of the authoritarian regime of Hosni Mubarak, Egyptian artists who […]

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Resources from AALITRA: THE AUSTRALIAN ASSOCIATION FOR LITERARY TRANSLATION

    Click on relevant links for each event to download resources (audio recordings)   TRANSLATING WORLD LITERATURE: JAPAN AND RUSSIA MARCH 10, 2014 4:41 AM With presentations by Royall Tyler and Rosamund Bartlett Thursday 6 March 2014 Sidney Myer Asia Centre, Melbourne During this evening dedicated to world literature in translation, two eminent translators talked about their work. Royall […]

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‘We want to exchange our personal experiences of war, Sir’

Nazmi Al-Masri August 25, 2014 This day is carved in my memory. As all academics in Gaza, I had given much thought to my students who were suffering all sorts of agonies and worries caused by Israel’s aggression. After 40 days of atrocities caused by heavy bombardment and random artillery shelling, which destroyed thousands of houses and devastated countless families, the Islamic […]

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Egypt Offered Hamas an Impossible Deal

  Antoun Issa Posted: 08/25/2014   The resumption of fighting between Israel and Hamas can be largely attributed to Egypt’s failure to broker a fair, enduring cease-fire. Egypt’s cease-fire proposal, as outlined in 11 points, was effectively a call for a return to the status quo: a besieged Gaza Strip with token, unspecified assistance to help it rebuild – the third reconstruction […]

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