We're thrilled to tell you about the birth and launch of the new nonprofit organization, the Just World Educational Foundation-- also known as Just World Educational. JWE was incorporated in the state of Virginia last December and has a distinguished Board of Directors, including JWB author Richard Falk, JWB's CEO Helena Cobban, and six other distinguished individuals.
You can learn a lot more about the many educational projects being pursued and planned by JWE at their website, which was unveiled in early August. You can see a quick screengrab from the homepage, above-- but we urge you to head on over there and explore all of the site's great features. JWE's people are doing a lot to continue to load material onto the site, so check back regularly!
This post on the JWE blog explains the reasons for the formation of the new organization, and its relationship with Just World Books. We are definitely hoping that JWE will be a strong partner for JWB and for numerous other organizations dedicated to education and the building of a just and peaceful world!
Meanwhile, we at JWB are making our last plans for the release, September 20, of Lens on Syria: A Photographic Tour of its Ancient and Modern Culture, by the California-based photographer Daniel Demeter. JWE will be organizing some great educational events shortly after the launch of the book-- starting with events in Washington DC, Harrisonburg and Charlottesville (VA), and at the Carter Presidential Library in Atlanta, GA.
The new Gaza Kitchen has more recipes than the first edition-- along with more photographs, more information boxes, and more fabulous endorsements from giants of the culinary world like Anthony Bourdain, Claudia Roden, or Yotam Ottolenghi.
It also has a fabulous new design and many more twice as many pages than hitherto. Bound as a hardcover, it is a steal at $30! It is so beautiful that, as we say, "Your cookbook shelf and your coffee table will fight over this book... Better buy two copies!"
The publication of these two beautiful, four-color volumes truly marks a watershed for Just World Books.
In other news, we are sad to tell you that Ms. Diana Ghazzawi, who has made a strong contribution to the growth of Just World Books during her two-year tenure as our Director of Production, has decided to move on and take up a position as Managing Editor at the New Jersey-based publisher Career Press. The announcement about her resignation is here.
Refaat Alareer, editor of the Gaza Writes Back anthology of short stories from young writers in Gaza, and co-editor of the 2015 collection Gaza Unsilenced, has sharply criticized the deal that Turkey's government announced today with Israel, describing it as "scandalous" and unacceptably exploitative of the misery of Gaza's 1.8 million people. Alareer teaches English and [...]
In a new podcast released by Just World Books yesterday, former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Amb. Chas W. Freeman, Jr., noted that the current U.S. military actions in Syria "have no framework in international law." Freeman, whose main (and very successful) career in the U.S. government was in the Foreign Service, downplayed [...]
At two New York City events in early June, two amazing educators and humanitarians, Theresa Kubasak and Gabe Huck, launched Never Can I Write of Damascus: When Syria Became Our Home, their memoir of the seven years they spent in Damascus, 2005-2012. At both events, copies of the book sold out! (Disappointed attendees learned they can [...]
Leila Abdelrazaq, author of the graphic novel Baddawi, recently traveled to Ramallah to give workshops on comics in conjunction with the Palestine International Book Fair. This opportunity to work with Tamer Institute for Community Education came one year after Abdelrazaq’s first trip to the region in 2015, where she participated in the Palestine Festival of Literature [...]
On May 19th, Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr. debuted his new book America’s Continuing Misadventures in the Middle East in a discussion with William B. Quandt and host Michele Dunne, at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Before a packed house of over 120 guests, including the Saudi ambassador to the United States, Freeman described the myriad misadventures of U.S. policy [...]
Our Miko Peled, aka " The General's Son", took his message of peace, justice, and equality to Europe once again last week! In the U.K., he spoke first to a capacity audience in the elegantly appointed St. Helier Town Hall in Jersey... Then he hopped back to the British "mainland" and spoke to another capacity [...]
Building on the success of Dr. Sheila Carapico's anthology Arabia Incognita: Dispatches from Yemen and the Gulf, we are now delighted to share the audio from the very informative discussion she had with Dr. Michael Hudson about Yemen and its neighbors on the Arabian Peninsula, at an event hosted by George Washington University in [...]
Two different generations came together at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, last weekend, when ten contributors to The People Make the Peace: Lessons from the Vietnam Antiwar Movement took part in a three-day series of events marking the historic role the College had played during the antiwar movement of the early 1970s.The events had [...]
Dr. Sheila Carapico's beautifully edited volume Arabia Incognita: Dispatches from Yemen and the Gulf is not being formally released until May 3. But on April 26, she and Dr. Michael Hudson got together at George Washington University's Institute for Middle East Studies (IMES) to lead a very timely discussion of the many issues raised and [...]