Middle East News – July 20th

Rafik Hariri, the prime minister of Lebanon assassinated in 2005

– A UN backed court has set a date to begin the trial (March 25th, 2013) concerning the 2005 assassination of Lebanon’s ex-Prime Minister Rafik Hariri – Al-Jazeera

– Assad forces have regained control of a key Damascus suburb after the bloodiest day yet of fighting during the Syrian civil war – Al-Bawaba

– An opinion column from CNN warning the United States to heed its previous experience interfering in Lebanon in the early 1980’s when considering Syrian intervention – CNN

– Soldiers in the Free Syria army have taken control of key border crossings on the Syria-Iraq border, including the crucial Damascus-Baghdad highway – Al-Jazeera

– Israel has released Aziz Dweik, a senior Hamas official and a member of Palestine’s Parliament.  Aziz had been held without charges since early January – Al-Jazeera

– The United States and United Kingdom have issued stern rebukes to Iran after Iran closed the strategic Straits of Hormuz – Al-Bawaba

– The UN has agreed to extend the observation mission in Syria that is supposed to oversee and help along the peace process – Al-Jazeera

– The use of drones and how they will affect the future legality of warfare – Al-Jazeera

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Middle East News – June 3rd

– Fazil Say, a Turkish pianist, has been brought to trial in Turkey for ‘insulting Islam’ in tweets – This is decried by some as evidence that previously secular Turkey is becoming more and more based on religious law – The Independent

– Shakespeare’s play The Merchant of Venice, a notable anti-Semetic play, is being performed under criticism by a traveling Hebrew theatre group – BBC

– President Assad has publicly denied Syrian involvement in the Houla massacre, calling it a ‘tragedy’ – BBC

Violence has erupted in Lebanon between supporters and dissenters of Assad’s Syrian regime, resulting in the Lebanese government calling in troops to quell the disturbances – BBC

Anger is increasing in Egypt over the Mubarak verdict, particularly the acquittal of six of his closest ministers in the recent trial – This has led to attacks on the headquarters of one of the two remaining presidential candidates who many consider to be a clone of Mubarak and an opponent of democracy – Al-Jazeera

– The controversy over African immigrants in Israel continues as Israel has vowed to jail any illegal immigrants found for up to three years – Al-Jazeera and Al-bawaba

– President Assad has publicly said that he believes there is an international conspiracy against Syria, but that Syria would ‘stand firm’ and continue to crush dissent from within and without – Al-Bawaba

– Iran’s ayatollah issued a statement yesterday warning that any further attacks by Israel on Iran’s nuclear complex will be met with serious repercussions – this comes after tensions seemed to be lessening between the two nations – Al-bawaba

 

Middle East News – May 29th

Egyptian presidential candidate Ahmad Shafiq headquarters were burned down yesterday by protesters after the results of Egypt’s recent presidential election were announced.

– Egypt’s wine-makers (among other industries) fear what would happen to the country’s economy if Islamic law was implemented.  Wine and all other alcohol would be banned according to teachings from the Qur’an and hadith – CNN

– In response to the instability in Lebanon caused by the Syrian conflict Israel has begun to build a wall along its border with Lebanon in order to ensure the safety of border residents – al-bawaba

– Egypt’s political election continues to be rocked by  controversy as a horde of protesters set fire to presidential candidate Ahmad Shafiq’s headquarters when the results of the election were announced (Shafiq came in first) – Al Jazeera

– Mohammad Mursi, the Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate in Egypt, has promised to create a bi-partisan regime that will include elements of the entire Egyptian political scope – BBC

– A reporter from Amnesty International’s response to the international inactivity in regards to the Syrian conflict – Al Jazeera

– Countries around the world have begun expelling Syrian diplomats as a condemnation of Syria’s ‘excecution’ of many at Houla last week.  Syrian leader Assad also met with UN’s Kofi Annan, and said the violence will not stop until ‘terrorism’ within Syria is stopped- Al Jazeera

– Recently Iran has been hit by a wave of cyber attacks that attempted to gain control of secret information in Iran’s technological infrastructure.  Yesterday though, Iran announced that they have discovered a solution to defend against these attacks and keep their secrets safe – BBC

International Programs in Turkey and Lebanon – Summer 2012

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Politics in the Field
Turkey Exchange (Istanbul & Ankara)/July 5-15 2012

Politics in the Field, an initiative of the International Forum for Democracy and Peace, offers a unique political trip to Turkey to experience the country’s newly ascertained political culture, economic power, and regional as well as international role in the world, first hand. Turkey seeks to pursue an active role in its region, however, the debates about Turkey’s newly proactive foreign policy are predominantly carried out by western and global media outlets. The participants will be allowed to make their own decisions about Turkey’s new political role via dialogue with some of Turkey’s leaders themselves.

The Turkey trip will take place in Istanbul and Ankara. Downtown accommodation, domestic transportation, and all meetings/visits will be covered via the program fee, while participants will be expected to arrange their own round-trip flights from their home cities to Istanbul.

The Turkey trip will focus on the role of  Turkey in the Arab Spring, Turkey ahead of it’s new constitution, Turkey and the Kurdish question and Turkey’s much debated new foreign policy in regard to its position on the Syrian crisis.

The participants will have a series of round table meetings, and field trips in both cities. The trip will include;

* Meetings with MP’s from all political parties represented in the parliament, and high level bureaucrats; NGO’s; Syrian opposition representatives in Turkey; Academics; and interest group representatives.

* Additionally, there will be opportunities for an exchange of ideas with minority leaders; Visits to religious institutions; Lunch/dinner meetings with journalists; Guided field trips to historical, religious, and political landmarks; and visits to media institutions.

Politics in the Field is now forming the schedule from the pool of institutions below and independent academics, experts and journalists:

AK Party
CHP – Republican People’s Party
MHP – Nationalist Movement Party
BDP- Peace and Democracy Party
Turkish Airlines
Ministry for European Union Affairs of Turkey
Istanbul Municipality

US Consulate in Istanbul

Istanbul Bilgi University

Hagia Sophia

MUSIAD

TUSIAD

Religious Affairs Department of Turkey

HABERTURK TV

Skyturk TV

Anitkabir

SETA

TIKA

Istanbul Modern

Galata Mevlevihanesi (Rumi House)

Topkapı Palace

Beyoglu Municipality

Jewish Community of Turkey

Armenian Community of Turkey

Greek Community of Turkey

Turkish Grand Assembly

TOKI – State owned construction firm

Invest in Turkey – Turkish Prime Ministry

Istanbul 2020

Istanbul Stock Exchange

HSBC Bank

Is Investment

 

The Turkey Exchange (Istanbul & Ankara) will take place July 5-15 2012. The participation fee is $2,000 and includes domestic transportation, accommodation in Istanbul and Ankara, and various expenses regarding the visits.

To request an application, email: participate@politicsinthefield.com

The application deadline is May 21, 2012

 

http://www.politicsinthefield.com

Politics in the Field is an initiative of the International Forum for Democracy and Peace

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The Learning to CARE Institute is pleased to inform you about a special opportunity for youth (18-30) of Lebanese heritage from throughout the world to participate in the Heritage Volunteer Program. This 3-week program (June 25th-July 16th) will include learning, volunteering, and touring on a program especially designed for youth from the Lebanese diaspora. Participants will learn about Lebanese culture and history, gain a better understanding of the Lebanese migration experience, see many different areas of the country and make their own contribution to Lebanese society.

The group will stay in three different base camps for a week each – in the mountains, the Bekaa valley, and Beirut – from which they will go out to volunteer, tour, and interact with the different people of Lebanon. An important feature of the program will be the opportunity for participants to get to know other youth of Lebanese heritage from many different countries as well as youth from different parts of Lebanon itself.

The director of the Learning to CARE Institute and coordinator of this program, Dr. Patricia Nabti, is a cultural anthropologist with a focus on the Arab World who has taught at both Stanford University and the American University of Beirut, and has done important research on Lebanese migration worldwide. She has become a world-class specialist on volunteerism, and is currently the regional representative to the International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE) for the Arab nations. Patricia has addressed many Beirut Exchanges on the subject of volunteering and civil society in Lebanon.

For more information about the Heritage Volunteer Program, visit http://www.ecovoluntours.com and to learn more about the Learning to CARE Institute, visit http://www.learningtocare.com.

Internships Opportunities in the Middle East for Summer 2012

Here are two great opportunities for Middle East Studies students to utilize their education in an international setting this summer

– Politics in the Field

Turkey Exchange (Istanbul & Ankara)/July 5-15 2012

Politics in the Field, an initiative of the International Forum for Democracy and Peace, offers a unique political trip to Turkey to experience the country’s newly ascertained political culture, economic power, and regional as well as international role in the world, first hand. Turkey seeks to pursue an active role in its region, however, the debates about Turkey’s newly proactive foreign policy are predominantly carried out by western and global media outlets. The participants will be allowed to make their own decisions about Turkey’s new political role via dialogue with some of Turkey’s leaders themselves.

The Turkey trip will take place in Istanbul and Ankara. Downtown accommodation, domestic transportation, and all meetings/visits will be covered via the program fee, while participants will be expected to arrange their own round-trip flights from their home cities to Istanbul.

The Turkey trip will focus on the role of  Turkey in the Arab Spring, Turkey ahead of it’s new constitution, Turkey and the Kurdish question and Turkey’s much debated new foreign policy in regard to its position on the Syrian crisis.

The participants will have a series of round table meetings, and field trips in both cities. The trip will include;

* Meetings with MP’s from all political parties represented in the parliament, and high level bureaucrats; NGO’s; Syrian opposition representatives in Turkey; Academics; and interest group representatives.

* Additionally, there will be opportunities for an exchange of ideas with minority leaders; Visits to religious institutions; Lunch/dinner meetings with journalists; Guided field trips to historical, religious, and political landmarks; and visits to media institutions.

Politics in the Field is now forming the schedule from the pool of institutions below and independent academics, experts and journalists:

AK Party
CHP – Republican People’s Party
MHP – Nationalist Movement Party
BDP- Peace and Democracy Party
Turkish Airlines
Ministry for European Union Affairs of Turkey
Istanbul Municipality

US Consulate in Istanbul

Istanbul Bilgi University

Hagia Sophia

MUSIAD

TUSIAD

Religious Affairs Department of Turkey

HABERTURK TV

Skyturk TV

Anitkabir

SETA

TIKA

Istanbul Modern

Galata Mevlevihanesi (Rumi House)

Topkapı Palace

Beyoglu Municipality

Jewish Community of Turkey

Armenian Community of Turkey

Greek Community of Turkey

Turkish Grand Assembly

TOKI – State owned construction firm

Invest in Turkey – Turkish Prime Ministry

Istanbul 2020

Istanbul Stock Exchange

HSBC Bank

Is Investment

 

The Turkey Exchange (Istanbul & Ankara) will take place July 5-15 2012. The participation fee is $2,000 and includes domestic transportation, accommodation in Istanbul and Ankara, and various expenses regarding the visits.

To request an application, email: participate@politicsinthefield.com

The application deadline is May 7, 2012

 

http://www.politicsinthefield.com

Politics in the Field is an initiative of the International Forum for Democracy and Peace

**********
The Learning to CARE Institute is pleased to inform you about a special opportunity for youth (18-30) of Lebanese heritage from throughout the world to participate in the Heritage Volunteer Program. This 3-week program (June 25th-July 16th) will include learning, volunteering, and touring on a program especially designed for youth from the Lebanese diaspora. Participants will learn about Lebanese culture and history, gain a better understanding of the Lebanese migration experience, see many different areas of the country and make their own contribution to Lebanese society.

The group will stay in three different base camps for a week each – in the mountains, the Bekaa valley, and Beirut – from which they will go out to volunteer, tour, and interact with the different people of Lebanon. An important feature of the program will be the opportunity for participants to get to know other youth of Lebanese heritage from many different countries as well as youth from different parts of Lebanon itself.

The director of the Learning to CARE Institute and coordinator of this program, Dr. Patricia Nabti, is a cultural anthropologist with a focus on the Arab World who has taught at both Stanford University and the American University of Beirut, and has done important research on Lebanese migration worldwide. She has become a world-class specialist on volunteerism, and is currently the regional representative to the International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE) for the Arab nations. Patricia has addressed many Beirut Exchanges on the subject of volunteering and civil society in Lebanon.

For more information about the Heritage Volunteer Program, visit http://www.ecovoluntours.com and to learn more about the Learning to CARE Institute, visit http://www.learningtocare.com.