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Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 10:59
  Samar Fatany   Jeddah - Two initiatives - US President Barack Obama's vision of interfaith harmony as expounded in his historic June 2009 address to the Muslim world from Cairo, and the interfaith dialogue initiated by Saudi King Abdullah during the 1st International Islamic Conference on Dialogue held in Mecca in June 2008 to confront the spread of Islamophobia and build bridges of understanding between the Muslim world and the West - have been well received by religious leaders worldwide. This was evident at the community outreach programme that was organised by the Council of Saudi Chambers of Commerce and Industry's Committee of International Trade (CIT) on the sidelines of the US-Saudi Business Opportunities Forum that took place on 28-29 April in Chicago. Five members of the delegation accompanying Commerce and Industry Minister Abdullah Zainal Alireza to the Windy City participated in the Interfaith Breakfast Dialogue, which took place at the University of Chicago's...Read More
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 14:43
Griya Alam Ciganjur, Depok Tanggal 31 Mei - 3 Juni 2010 Organisasi Nirlaba [baca: LSM] di Indonesia saat ini masih cenderung menekankan pada prioritas kualitas program dan tidak terlalu memperhatikan pentingnya sistem pengelolaan keuangan. Padahal sistem pengelolaan keuangan yang baik diyakini merupakan salah satu indikator utama akuntabilitas dan transparansi sebuah lembaga. Pengetahuan dari staff keuangan mengenai pengelolaan keuangan organisasi nirlaba masih sangat minimal. Padahal untuk membangun sistem pengelolaan keuangan yang handal dibutuhkan pengetahuan, ketrampilan dan pengalaman yang cukup. Yayasan Penabulu menggelar Pelatihan Quantum: Pengelolaan Keuangan Organisasi Nirlaba angkatan ke-12. Pelatihan yang dilakukan secara reguler sejak tahun 2006 ini telah menghasilkan 223 alumni, dari 198 Organisasi Nirlaba di Indonesia. Pelatihan quantum yang intensif selama 4 hari ini dilakukan dengan metode TANDUR (Tumbuhkan, Alami, Namai, Demonstrasi, Ulangi dan Rayakan). Sehingga para...Read More
Friday, May 21, 2010 - 16:10
The Do's and Don'ts of Intervention   04 Jun - 07 Jun, 2010    What principles should govern the behaviour of external actors – military and civilian – deployed to help countries in conflict or post-conflict situations achieve peace and stability? This Fellowship meeting is open exclusively to Salzburg Global Fellows*. Speakers: Minna Jarvenpaa - Independent Analyst and former Head of Analysis and Planning, UNAMA Mission in Kabul Francesc Vendrell - former EU Special Representative for Afghanistan and former Head of the UN Special Mission to Afghanistan Nicholas Whyte - Director of Brussels Office, Independent Diplomat Description: The last two decades have seen the rise and fall of doctrines around liberal intervention, including suppositions about consequences for security, managing economic recovery and the building up of political institutions, and exit. Whatever the rights and wrongs of an initial intervention, once undertaken, what...Read More
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 - 15:48
International Seminar 2010 on Climate Change and Environmental Challenges of 21st Century 7-9 December 2010 Institute of Environmental Science, University of Rajshahi, Rajshahi, Bangladesh Overview Welcome to International Seminar 2010 on Climate Change and Environmental Challenges of 21st Century Bangladesh is considered as the most threatened country in the world referring to climate change impact. The entire world is now positively conscious about the potential threat that is going to affect almost each and every parts of the planet in different magnitudes and in different dimensions. One significant aspect is the possible sea-level rise that is estimated to displace about one-third of the population of Bangladesh if it rises more than 3 meters from present average sea-level. Multiplied impacts are going to affect different aspects of the country such as food security, human health, bio-diversity loss etc. and finally the impact will potentially affect other parts of the world...Read More
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 - 14:46
(New York, February 11, 2010) – The Indonesian police should follow the recommendation of a special National Human Rights Commission team and reopen their investigation into the 2004 murder of Munir bin Thalib, a leading human rights lawyer, Human Rights Watch said today. The special team, which examined the conduct of police, prosecutors, and judges in conducting the 2008 trial of a senior security services official for Munir’s killing, found on February 9, 2010, that all three institutions had performed their tasks poorly and recommended renewed efforts to establish responsibility for the murder. “President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono once said that finding Munir’s killers was the test of Indonesia’s history,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “The human rights team has shown that Indonesia has utterly failed that test. President Yudhoyono should order a new investigation and make good on his promise to see that...Read More
Friday, April 9, 2010 - 17:24
Paris - When confronted with free speech as an act of self-expression, authoritarian powers throughout history have tried to assert their legitimacy and remove threats to their rule through censorship. To achieve this, the censor has had to be quicker than the pen. This task was relatively easy in the days of the printed word. However, today's Internet revolution - especially blogs and other online social media - has turned the job of censorship into a censor's nightmare. Gone are the days when newspaper dailies were seized before they hit the stalls and books were branded with the seal of interdiction in the printing shop. Due to email and blogs, words today are less expensive and, more importantly, circulate more easily and quickly to readers around the globe. The blog is arguably a privileged means of expression: simple, accessible and personal, it serves as a notepad on which anyone can jot down their ideas for everyone to see. Bloggers' concerns range from the colour of their...Read More
Friday, April 2, 2010 - 08:07
Wajahat Ali   Fremont, California - The arrest of Faisal Shahzad, a 30-year-old US citizen of Pakistani descent and the alleged driver of the vehicle used in the failed New York Times Square bombing a few weeks ago, represents an opportunity to respond effectively to a potential act of terrorism instead of reacting with fear and hysteria that will inevitably be manipulated by extremist elements. As of Tuesday morning, details are slowly emerging regarding the potential motives of the suspect, Shahzad, who was arrested at JFK airport in New York as he planned to fly to Dubai. And in the meantime, the Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for this amateurish and failed attempt. Their eagerness speaks volumes about their desperation to instil fear in the hearts of the American public by an act of terrorism on the US mainland. Similar moments of tension - though isolated - have in the past been used to sow dissension and enmity through polarising statements in the media by...Read More
Friday, April 2, 2010 - 04:29
Eboo Patel   Chicago, Illinois - Pradeep Ramamurthy, a White House official who plays a key role in implementing the vision laid out in US President Barack Obama's historic June 2009 Cairo speech which talked about dialogue between the West and the Muslim world, dislikes talk about "initiatives", but not real action, coming out of Cairo: "This is about a new way of doing business, a new DNA for how [the US] government operates," he told me at the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship held at the end of April. In other words, it's not about listing the distinct tasks coming out of the Cairo speech and checking off the boxes, it's about inviting all players to look at the world through a new lens. And the Entrepreneurship Summit - a two-day workshop that examined ways to deepen ties between business leaders, foundations and social entrepreneurs in the United States and Muslim-majority countries - helped bring these players together. In fact, the Summit...Read More
Friday, April 2, 2010 - 02:46
Evi Nurvidya Arifin Jakarta - It is undoubtedly exotic in its looks, but to the naive passerby the only thing that may seem truly extraordinary about this building in Palembang, the capital city of the Indonesian province South Sumatra, is its colourful architecture. The structure, which resembles a temple, is painted in deep red and pink and topped off with a jade green dome. Two towers in the shape of a five-tiered pagoda flank the sides, complete with Chinese-style touches on their roofs. However, closer inspection reveals a crescent moon and star perched atop its dome. This is not a Chinese temple, but the Muhammad Cheng Ho Mosque. A synthesis of Chinese culture and Islam, the mosque would not have been possible under Suharto's New Order era, in which funding and power of the Indonesian state were greatly expanded to maintain domestic order. Under Suharto, the expression of Chinese culture in any form was considered a threat to national identity, and thus repressed. With the...Read More

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