Friday, January 31, 2014

Voices for Peace

Iraqis have always strived to convey hope in their future on their journey towards peace and justice, despite the many wrongs and destruction of their homeland.

From the Mesopotamian Aramaic chants of lament and repentance to classical music based on Maqam, from the epic of Gilgamesh in search for eternal life to the music of the exile.

Tadhamun: Iraqi Women Solidarity cordially invites you to attend a musical evening: “Voices for Peace - Aramaic Chants and Classical Music from Iraq” to celebrate Iraqi culture and people, at St Barnabas’ Church – often described as one of the most beautiful churches in London.

Date: Friday 28th Feb 2014
Time: 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm
Venue: St Barnabas’ Church.
St Barnabas Street,
London SW1W 8PF
Nearest tube stn: Sloan Square
Admission: Free

For further details of the programme visit the Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation website

Tadhamun – Iraqi Women Solidarity:
For more info pls call: 07989861380/ 07969029321

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Japan and Turkey: Nuclear Proliferators?

Turkey's draft atomic cooperation agreement with Japan would allow Ankara to use sensitive technologies that have potential nuclear-weapon applications.

The bilateral accord would permit the export of Japanese nuclear technology to Turkey, which has contracted with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to build four atomic reactors in the city of Sinop. The deal includes a clause that permits Ankara to extract plutonium from spent nuclear fuel and to enrich uranium -- practices that could be used to produce either reactor fuel or bomb-grade material, the Asahi Shimbun newspaper reported.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed the nuclear accord when he met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo on Tuesday. The two men agreed to work to expedite the process for approving the $22 billion reactor-construction project, the Associated Press reported.

The Japanese parliament likely will debate passage of the nuclear cooperation agreement when it reconvenes later this month, according to Asahi Shimbun.

An unidentified high-ranking Japanese Foreign Ministry official said Ankara sought the enrichment-and-reprocessing provision.

However, some oppose Turkey's access to these sensitive processes, contending it runs counter to Japan's longstanding support of nuclear nonproliferation.

"There is a risk that [the government] accepts unreasonable demands in relation to projects sponsored by a prime minister," onetime industry ministry official Shigeaki Koga said.

A number of Japanese lawmakers also object to the provision. The international relations wing of Abe's governing Liberal Democratic Party did not give its blessing for Turkish enrichment or reprocessing.

Previous atomic-cooperation deals that Japan struck with Jordan, Russia, South Korea and Vietnam all included limits on reprocessing and enrichment. A trade accord with the United Arab Emirates, which has yet to win parliamentary approval, also would not permit domestic fuel-making.

(Original article)

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Monday, January 13, 2014

Bertrand Russell in translation

Posted on January 8, 2014 by europeancollections

As an academic with a strong Cambridge connection, it is perhaps unsurprising that Cambridge University Library has a fairly extensive collection of books by and about Bertrand Russell. Rather more surprising perhaps is the fact that we have a substantial number of works by Russell in translation. The Library holds many Russell translations published in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, which were usually acquired by donation and which were interspersed within the general intake. Then there was a hiatus until relatively recently, when the Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation resumed donations. These new acquisitions stand together in a small special collection in CCC.64.1- and can all be consulted in the Rare Books Reading Room.

The translations in this special collection currently number over 60 volumes. They are in a wide variety of languages including French, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish and Italian, as well as Chinese and Japanese. According to LibrarySearch, which allows for quick identification of titles by language, the Library also has a single Russell translation in each of Catalan, Galician, Hebrew, Hindi and Slovak.

For the most part, the UL is the only library in the UK to hold copies of these books. The foreign language editions often include substantial critical introductions by a native speaker, sometimes – but not always – the translator. They are also useful source material for those interested in translation studies. The Library sometimes has two or three different translations of the same text in one language.

The University Library is grateful to the Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation for its generous donation.

Josh Hutchinson

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Friday, January 10, 2014

Video: Angela Davis & Gina Dent

I am excited to share a video with you from our latest event, ‘On Palestine, G4S and the Prison Industrial Complex’ with eminent feminist scholar-activists Angela Davis and Gina Dent.

War on Want, the School of Law at SOAS University and the Russell Tribunal on Palestine were honoured to host Angela Davis and Gina Dent for a discussion on Justice for Palestine and the Stop G4S campaign.

It was a unique opportunity to hear Angela and Gina discuss Palestine and the struggle for liberty in a world of growing militarisation, privatised repression and the proliferation of prisons.

In 2007, the British security company G4S signed a contract with the Israeli Prison Authority to provide security systems and other services for major Israeli prisons, which hold Palestinian political prisoners.

G4S also provides equipment and services to Israeli checkpoints in the West Bank that form part of the route of Israel’s illegal Wall and to the terminals isolating the occupied and besieged territory of Gaza.

After watching the video please do share this email with your friends and help us expose G4S's complicity in Israel's illegal occupation of Palestine.

All the best,

Rafeef Ziadah
Senior Campaigner for Global Justice

P.S. Please take action to end G4S complicity in Israel’s prison system and illegal occupation

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