February 1, 2015

Reflections from Dubai

The following post comes from Sam Abrams, an American who has just moved to Dubai. “Don’t they all hate Jews there?” asked my 17 year old brother. “Yes,” answered my grandmother. The dialogue had not skipped a beat, but the rhythm of the conversation did not convey the colossal difference in the thought of the two speakers. My brother had asked the question in an attempt to sincerely yet nonchalantly inquire about how my Jewish identity would affect my four month stay in Dubai. My grandmother’s response though was far more literal. To her and many … [Read more...]

Bates students link with U.N. delegates

by Daniel Hartill Sun Journal (Lewiston, ME) September 17,2005 WORLD VIEW: Bates College student Emily Hoffer, left, was part of group of students participating in a videoconference with a United Nations panel on Friday. Bates College was one of several colleges throughout the country participating in the conference. LEWISTON - Before they could aid efforts to fight worldwide poverty, a classroom of Bates College students gathered Friday to join a nationwide link. Huddled around a conference table and big-screen TV, the 17 local students … [Read more...]

Salameh Nematt discusses Islamic-Western relations

by Jenna Fernandes Brandeis Hoot September 16, 2005 Salameh Nematt, Washington Bureau Chief of Al-Hayat International Arab Daily in London, gave a talk and fielded questions Monday afternoon regarding Islamic-Western relations. The event, entitled “Hope, not Hate,” focused on the “long-term strategy for improving relations between the West and the Islamic world” and was a commemoration of the four year anniversary of September 11th, according to the Brandeis Calendar description for the event. He began his talk with a diagnosis of what he … [Read more...]

Development-U.S.: Katrina Survivors Demand Right of Return

by William Fisher Inter Press Service News Agency September 16 NEW YORK, Sep 16 (IPS) - On the morning after U.S. Pres. George W. Bush promised to carry out "one of the largest reconstruction efforts the world has ever seen", a coalition of African American leaders laid out their vision of what needs to be done to restore the physical and human damage wrought by Hurricane Katrina. The National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP) and the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) urged Pres. Bush and Congress to "set an inclusive and … [Read more...]

Journalist assails U.S. foreign policy, bemoans timid media

by Judith Wexler Tufts Daily September 16, 2005 A Jordanian journalist spoke to students on Tuesday, Sept. 13 about the role and perception of the United States in the Middle East. Salameh Nematt, the Washington, D.C. bureau chief of the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper, was invited by Tufts' chapter of Americans for an Informed Democracy (AID). This is the first year that the University has had such a chapter. "The reason why there is vicious anti-Americanism in the Middle East is that the U.S. is perceived as this big evil," Nematt … [Read more...]

Video conference gives Bates students access to U.N. leaders

by Staff Writer Bates Now September 15, 2005 Americans for Informed Democracy, a non-partisan student organization, hosts an event this week that will allow Bates students some virtual face time via a live video link with leaders at the United Nations' 2005 World Summit. The session takes place from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, in Pettengill Hall, Room G13. The video conference will begin with an overview of the World Summit from leaders directly involved in summit activities. Students will then have a chance to ask questions and comment … [Read more...]

Hope not Hate’ series tackles media bias in Mideast coverage

by Haley Bridger Times Record 09/15/2005 BRUNSWICK — Information equals power during a time of war. But how can people trying to view the conflict objectively distill the truth from reports presented by media agencies that have their own political agendas? That question hung heavy in the air Monday at Bowdoin College during a discussion of media bias concerning the Middle East. The day after the fourth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Bowdoin College's chapter of Americans for … [Read more...]

Bureau chief analyzes East-West relations

by Brady Smith The Heights (Boston College) 9/15/05 With the nation's attempts at peace in Iraq, relations between the Middle East and the West remain uncertain, a topic explored by Salameh Nematt, Washington Bureau Chief of Al-Hayat, International Arab Daily, a newspaper based in London, and the Lebanon-Based Arab Satellite Channel (LBC). Nematt, who has worked as a correspondent for the BBC and Arabic Service and as an adviser to Jordan's Royal Court, focused on the numerous conflicts complicating those relations. "There are many wars going … [Read more...]

U.S.-Muslim views discussed

by Stephen Majors Bradenton Herald Thursday, Sep. 15, 2005 SARASOTA - To commemorate the fourth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, New College of Florida students and faculty held a discussion Wednesday to explore the state of U.S.-Muslim relations. New College anthropology professor Uzi Baram was joined by political science professor Frank Alcock and Ahmed Bedier, the central Florida communications director for the Council on American Islamic Relations. The meeting was held in cooperation with a non-partisan organization … [Read more...]

Juniata Student Clubs Sponsor Sept. 11 Remembrance Events

by Staff Writer Juniata College Campus News September 12, 2005 HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- A variety of Juniata College student clubs have organized a series of events, titled "Salaam: Peace" designed to honor the anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001 and offer cross-cultural events to Juniata and its surrounding community. All the events are free and open to the public. The first event is a concert at 9 p.m., Friday, Sept. 9 in the ballroom in Ellis Hall, featuring Fatima El Haj Hassane, an oud musician. The oud is a Middle Eastern string instrument, … [Read more...]