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February 2012
Edition Number: 
5

Intercultural Affairs

Rapports entre mosquées et Etats européens : l’autre version de l’histoire
Jonathan Laurence/Common-Ground

L’Europe occidentale héberge à peine plus d’un pour cent de la population musulmane du monde, qui s’élève à un milliard et demie de personnes. Or les musulmans européens, quoique minoritaires, ont eu une incidence... 

Latest Poll Shows Tunisians Want Economy Put First
Hend Hassassi/tunisia-live.com

In spite of all the media attention concerning Islam and the “Arab-Muslim identity,” the numbers show that Tunisians are far more concerned with making ends meet. In response to the question “What is your main priority today...

Libyan Sufis mark Prophet’s birthday against pressure from radical Islamists
Tom Heneghan/Reuters.com

Libyan Sufis staged a joyous parade through the heart of Tripoli on Saturday to mark the Prophet Mohammad’s birthday, defying radical Salafi Muslims pressuring them to scrap the centuries-old... 

Europe – facing the extreme
Bedrudin Brljavac/TransConflict

Amidst a profound economic and financial crisis, Europe’s leaders must not ignore the rising popularity of extreme right-wing parties and radical anti-immigrant movements, and the threat they pose to multi-culturalism.... 

L'Institut du monde arabe en pleine mutation
Annick Colonna-Césari/L'Express

Après plusieurs années chaotiques, l'Institut du monde arabe inaugure ses nouvelles salles, relance ses expositions et se tourne vers l'avenir. Il était temps...

World's First Major Exhibition on the Hajj Documenting a Supreme Theological and Religious Experience
Susannah Tarbush/Qantara

Over the past 18 months, the British Museum has organized three exhibitions on the subject of faith. The final exhibition in this series takes a closer look at both the personal and practical aspects of the Hajj... 

Umberto Eco: 'It's culture, not war, that cements European identity'
Gianni Riotta – La Stampa

‘The Erasmus idea should be compulsory – not just for students, but also for taxi-drivers, plumbers and other workers,’ says Eco...

Virtual Arab-Israeli peace conference offers hope
Ruth Eglash/Common-Ground News Service

Jerusalem - Just days after long-time Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiators Yitzhak Molcho and Saeb Erekat clashed yet again at a meeting in Jordan, thousands of young people from across...

Mar Maroun celebrations a unifying source for Christians
Alex Taylor/Daily Star

It is perhaps ironic that the feast day of saint who spent his life in isolation is today credited with bringing Christians together, but that is exactly what Mar Maroun Day on Feb. 9 does. An official...

Halal meat at the heart of French presidential election battle
Michael Mainville/Middle East Online

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his far-right election rival Marine Le Pen traded blows on Tuesday over claims that all meat in the Paris region is prepared using Islamic halal methods...

The Fruits of Pent-Up Fear
Mona Naggar/Qantara

The Lebanese Christian politician and university lecturer Tarek Mitri is critical of the withdrawal of many Arab Christians from the societies in which they live. In this interview he calls for a revival of "Arab Renaissance" ideals...

UN World Youth Report
UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)

A lack of job opportunities, inadequate education, vulnerable working conditions and insufficient government investment are some of the main concerns of young people around the world, according to a United Nations report on youth published on 6 February 2012...

In Focus

Latvia's language referendum raises question of national identity
Gederts Gelzis /Deutsche Welle

Members of Latvia's Russian minority will soon get a chance to vote to make Russian the country's second official language. They face an uphill battle, and the campaign threatens to stoke old ethnic rivalries...

Developing Language and the Language of Development in the Arab World
Abdel Rahman Yajioui/The Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies

The symbolic, legal and figurative position of the Arabic language faces a number of challenges which threaten to undermine it. These challenges are rooted in the bad management of linguistic...

«يوم اللغة العربية» مبادرة وطنية لإنقاذ لسان العرب من الغربة والتهميش
خورشيد حرفوش – جريدة الاتحاد

اللغة العربية تمر بحالة احتضار حقيقية، ويمكن تشبيهها بالمريض الذي يرقد في غرفة الإنعاش، ولا يجب أن نبكي على اللبن المسكوب، فاللبن المسكوب لا يمكن إعادته إلى الكوب، والسبب من وجهة نظري يبدأ من نظام ... 

Les “Brésilibanais” ou Brésiliens du Liban
Richard de Araújo/Global Voices

L'histoire de l'immigration libanaise au Brésil remonte à loin. On dit que les chrétiens libanais commencèrent à migrer de la fin du 19ème siècle au début du 20ème...

Digital tools 'to save languages'
Jonathan Amos/BBC

Facebook, YouTube and even texting will be the salvation of many of the world's endangered languages, scientists believe...

Inventer une langue, c'est facile (et ça peut rapporter gros)!
Serena Danna/ Courier International

Sollicités par les majors hollywoodiennes - voir Star Trek et autres Avatar -, les inventeurs de langues artificielles n'ont jamais eu autant le vent en poupe. Grâce au web 2.0, créer et apprendre l'espéranto de demain devient un jeu d'enfant…

Conservation of language
Mohammad Shahidul Islam/The Daily Star

Heritage does not solely mean something concrete in structure, there are some intangible heritages and one of them is language. Language is the most powerful instrument of preserving and developing our tangible and intangible heritage...

Traduire en Méditerranée : l’épreuve du miroir
Transcontinentales/ Ghislaine Glasson Deschaumes

Dans un entretien avec Anne Laufer et Sofiane Hadjhadj en 2004, le cinéaste Jean-Luc Godard s’insurgeait contre un excès de traduction qui, par le sous-titrage systématique des films... 

En France, au moins 26 langues sont en danger
Eitb.com

En France, la sauvegarde des langues ne semble pas avoir progressé. L'Atlas de l'Unesco recense toujours 26 langues en danger, dont le basque, en France...

Traduction et constitution de nouveaux champs des savoirs en langue arabe
Transeuropéennes/Mohamed Sghir Janjar

A partir du milieu des années 1990, de nouveaux outils conceptuels font leur apparition dans les discours des experts internationaux œuvrant dans les domaines de l’éducation, la formation, les politiques...

EuroMed Media Review

Moroccan named as new Secretary General of Union for the Mediterranean
ENPI Info Service

Moroccan Fathallah Sijilmassi has been elected Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), succeeding his compatriot Youssef Amrani who stood down last month...

EU takes over Northern Co-Presidency of Union for the Mediterranean
ENPI info center

From tomorrow, March 1, the European Union will take over from France the Northern Co-Presidency of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), following a decision on Monday by European foreign ministers meeting in Brussels....

Rise of the debate culture in Egypt
Daily News Egypt

Egyptians are seeing the rise of a debate culture through organized, monitored debates. Aiming to cultivate that culture is the Young Arab Voices, a regional program teaching Egyptian youth skills for debate and advocacy...

Med:5+5,northern and southern shores meet in Rome on Monday
ANSA Med

The countries of the Mediterranean's southern shore are looking to Italy and the European union for concrete answers and long-term strategies in response to big questions, as the 'Arab Springs' still have their course to run...

Service procurement notice for €2 million regional capacity building programme for Civil Society Facility South
ENPI Info Service

The European Commission has published a service procurement notice for a €2 million contract for a regional capacity building programme for Civil Society Facility South (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon... 

'Friends of Syria' call for ceasefire, aid access
France 24

At the 60-nation "Friends of Syria" conference in Tunis on Friday, member countries called for the UN to start planning a civilian peacekeeping force and urged the Syrian regime to lay down its arms to allow aid to reach civilians...

Italian Minister of Foreign Affaris on ‘Mediterranean Centrality’
Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Arab spring has forced Europe to “reset” its relations with the Mediterranean. For twenty years now, since the end of the Cold War, Europe’s attention has been trained on Eastern... 

The European Union and the Maghreb: What Commitment has Been Taken One Year After the "Arab Spring"?
PRNewswire

One year after the "Arab spring", the southern shores of the Mediterranean remain unstable and fragile. For European people, the current situation means that they will now have to change... 

Court backs migrants who were forcibly returned
Sidney Morning Herald

Italy violated international human rights laws when it intercepted migrants adrift in the Mediterranean in 2009 and returned them to Libya, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled... 

Call for Artists – Second Edition of 'Between the Seas' festival
Anna Lindh Foundation

After the success of its first edition, Les Manouches Theater Company is organizing the 2nd edition of Between the Seas Festival of Mediterranean. Deadline for submissions 10th March...

Launch of the Call for Proposals 2012
Anna Lindh Foundation

Members of the National Networks of the Anna Lindh Foundation are invited to apply to the Call for Project Proposals 2012. This call aims at supporting projects that promote the mobilisation and...

A Master Class in Debate
Anna Lindh Foundation

Renowned TV journalist Tim Sebastian shares debating tactics with youth leaders from across Egypt, as part of the ‘Young Arab Voices’ programme...