Archive for May 2007

European Egyptian Street Theater In Alexandria

May 21, 2007

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Frankly speaking, I want to address my best regards to both of Goethe institute here in Alexandra, in addition to the Austrian Cultural Foundation who adopted for the first time a project that called the “the European Egyptian Street Theater” as a good and blessed step from their side, to extend their culture bridges for cooperation to the states of South-Med as Egypt as beginning/milestone for further greater collaboration in that field, as a part of the inter-cultural dialogue, when they selected a smart language of universal consensus, the language of all, I mean “The Arts”.

 

Without any doubt, it was really hot at the plaza in between Ahmed Orabi and Salah Salem streets down town, very close to Al-Mancheya square, however the ambiance of joy and happiness that remarked not only on the faces of kids, but also on the faces of adults made he ambiance calmer, moderate and joyful.

The performances divided into 3 categories: the Table’s Theater “which didn’t attract too much people, because it based on just narrating stories”, as both the Muppet’s Theater performance which was the follower to the first that attracted many from both old and young people, and the last ultramodern one which attracted all of us “Theater on Stilts that accompanied with modern techno music” which attracted even the policemen.

Finally, I re-address my greetings to all the organizers of this extra-ordinary event, and I urge them to do it over and over again, because we are badly in need of this cultural cooperation, because it was some sort of restoration of the Cosmopolitan Alexandria that we heard about as a young generation from the elder generation, in addition to that performing arts really change the behavior of young generation, because it grows inside them the spirit of participation, not only that but also, it eradicates the spirit of hostility, destruction and fury inside them, due to consumption their extra energy, in addition to that through collaboration they will be used to accept more the other and will be more tolerant, and the last is the common message that we send to all of you.

 

God bless you,

 

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A Dinner with Blix

May 16, 2007

The Dinner of Elite

On the evening of Monday Jan.22nd.2007 at the Swedish Institute for Dialogue Between Cultures, specifically at the residence of his Excellency the director Mr. Jan Henningssen about 10 characters have been assembled including the director due to his very special invitation for a dinner as a part of the special reception to the honor of just un extraordinary character visited Alexandria recently his Excellency the Ambassador/Hans Plix “the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden who served in both UN and IAEA in many global sensitive issues as a head especially in the Iraqi mass destruction weapons case inspection and surveillance before the Iraqi war 2003”.

 

Not only that, but also Mr. Blix had given in the same day afternoon a lecture at the Bibliotheca Alexandrian “the cultural portal of Egypt in this time being” about the same topic that belongs to the mass destruction weapons and the future of the foreign affairs in between the west and the middle east, in addition to his meeting during the day with multiracial delegation represents the Muslim community in Sweden during their visit to Egypt as a one of the biggest Pan-Arab-Muslim state in the area.

 

Without any doubt the dinner was very diplomatic, elegant and rich, I mean all the characters, the topics or the ideas were very important related to all the global, regional and domestic daily socio-political and cultural problems and crises, Really Mr. Blix referred to that the inspection process in Iraq was very tough and very humiliating and was just a very fragile allegation to colonize Iraq, so he could explain and justify this anarchy that taking place now-a-days from the resistance as a normal reaction.

 

The characters in respect were representing the 3 different generations Mr. Hanz Blix, Dr. Hesham Sadek (the Professor of the international private law and Sharia) and Her Excellency Mrs. Karin Roxman (the deputy of the institute) were representing the seniors of course, then the middle age generation represented in respect in both of Mr. Jan Henningssen, his Excellency the Ambassador Mr. Aly Maher (the director of the institute for peace studies at Bibliotheca Alexandrina- who had welcome Mr. Blix at the BibAlex during his session), his Excellency Mr. Amr A.K. Naggar (the Consul General of both Sweden, Denmark and Norway in Alexandria and a well known businessman in the field of marine transportation), his Excellency Mr. Nedal Yehia (the Consul General of Lebanon in Alexandria) and his Excellency Mr. Gianni Martini (the Consul General of Italy in Alexandria), finally youth, beauty and trendy represented in both of a brilliant young man from Sweden Mr. Hannes Berts (International Policy Consultant for STHLM Group) and I.

 

Before and during the dinner Mr. Henningssen started to make the invitees get acquainted each other, in addition too that Mr. Blix addressed comments and flattering due to his very brilliant presentation skills upon each character around him on the table, moved from one to another as a very sweet butterfly, so at least it was a very good experience for me to see that practically, then the table is divided into two parties, Mr. Blix and Mrs. Karin were in one side and on the other side Mr. Henningssen, so all the political affairs had been discussed, however it’s not the right field to highlight them right now.

 

One of the main issues I should highlight concerning the dilemma of the intercultural dialogue in between orient and occident, because the occident mostly dealing with us as orient in both ignorant and humiliating ways, we mean nothing to them, we are just the source of evil to them, and vice versa we have fears from occident, so it’s easy right now to find a lot of people with xenophobia in this time being due to what they really watch in both Iraq, Palestine and Lebanon concerning the hegemony of the administration of US, in addition to having no channel addressed to the occident by which can transfer our real image to them in order to correct their mistaken thoughts and Ideas about us.

By the way Mr. Henningssen mentioned that Mr. Blix was the friend of his uncle, also he was a very naughty kid due his mother’s talk about him, however very naughty kids in childhood lead to very successful characters in maturity, so this why Mr. Blix became in this remarkable criteria, I don’t know but may be Sweden as a country respecting and committed with human rights always can bear very impressive global characters! (this is a case study).

Frankly speaking the main axes I discussed with both Mr. Blix and Mr. Hannes respectively were the importance of both academic freedom and human rights issues, because they are 2 important factors in this time being to make nations move a head in the way of progress and growth, then Mr. Blix referred that I always deal with younger generation, so I and Hannes could make something very special, but I told him that I’m not just dealing with the younger generation because I’m dealing at least 50% with the elder generation to get more experience, because all the generations could complete each other.

 

Last but not least, this very nice evening lasted for 2:30 hrs, so at the end I should thank and address my best regards to all the amazing different characters I met in general and to the Swedish institute in particular the place where embracing a lot of very impressive and special events.

 

Best regards,

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Leadership & Democracy II

May 10, 2007

Frankly speaking I’m not waiting for doing something in the future concerning a role from my side to play in my country towards greater democracy & participation in both institutions and government, because I really do especially with youth, and this why? The latest statistics of all the international organization indicating that the ratio of the younger generation cohort ranging from (18-40) years old globally representing at least more than 60% of the global population, and the UN and the specialized organizations thereof were aware enough for this global crisis, so due to its declaration of the 3rd millennium, they put the youth on the top of their priorities, not only that, but also they defined some goals/targets to be affected, one of the most important goals was the youth participation globally in forming their home own policy making, this treaty which had been ratified from all the member states and became valid for elaboration.

 

Please forgive me for this above-mentioned intro, but that was necessary to justify what I’m doing concerning the following here below, I’d participated in civil society since 2000 in a project and workshop for both presentation and organization skills at the AMIDEAST here in Alexandria from (April-August) which sponsored by Ford foundation, kindly know that the target of this project was raising the perceptual and cognitive development of the child in society, so the paper I submitted and presented in English before the audience was belong to (How to develop the capacities of the handicap child), because as we know that the handicap people are one of the marginalized and distracted casts here in our developing or under developing societies, so it was some sort of human rights awareness program, from that time until now I’d taken the lead with some young guys in order to change our society, then we arranged as young generation the first international Youth Employment Summit (YES) here in Alexandria that had been adopted by the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, then many of the working NGOs in our society were recruiting us as consultants in order to train the youth or their on staff in capacity building, participation, organization skills and positivity, then I became a member in about 4 or 5 well known NGOs, so I’ve with two of them some projects that will be executed, one of them is women participation with the Egyptian Association for Constitutional and Legal Human Rights (eaclhr) here in Alexandria, however the other is child protection from exploitation in one of the rural districts here in Alexandria with Bright Tommorrow Society for Child Protection.

 

Anna Lindh Euro-Med Foundation for the Dialogue between cultures in collaboration with Inter-college and CADMOS invited recently to attend and to represent my country Egypt in a training course on cultural conflict resolution and project development for youth workers and educators in Nicosia, Cyprus that have been held in between 19-24 Feb 2007, and really we exchanged a lot of experiences through this training course, not only that, but also we have created a lot of ideas or proposals concerning a real cooperations among many of the competent associations or NGOs which actually participated in that important and professional event.

 

On (Feb. 08th.2007) I’ve organized with the World Bank at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina a workshop comprised a lot of working NGOs here in Alexandria and some international organizations existing in Cairo concerning the launching of the latest World bank report of 2007 that focused on both the next generation and the development, not only that I submitted a commentary as a presentation during this important workshop upon this report, because the main target of these events to raise the youth awareness and creating some sort of network among the NGOs that help youth in society to activate their role to participate more and more, in addition to that giving them the opportunity to be a partner in national youth policy making.

 

In November I’d been invited by both Wold Bank and ILO to attend as a monitor the Egyptian Youth Consulting Group (EYCG) workshop in order to evaluate their mission and to enhance their role in society, this event was sponsored by both the Supreme council of youth and the Ministry of Man-Power.

 

Finally, without any doubt both the academic freedom, freedom of expression, transparency, independence of both civil society and judiciary system, not only that the supremacy of justice and approving and elaborating all the human rights treaties/conventions are the main basic necessary elements to achieve both the required participation and democracy in our society in the coming 10 years, because all should work together, kindly know that I’d written many articles on my blogs concerning applicable solutions for these crises, but frankly speaking nobody here care.

 

Ahmed Moustafa

Leadership & Democracy I

May 10, 2007

In my point of view as a political science’s scholar the leadership is considered as an initiative from either someone, some people or some groups in society/community loving their own patrie who bearing the charge or the responsibility in order to achieve some sort of success in changing in their own society/community through changing both the common lazy and out of date mentality/behavior/consensus of the people/mass from the negativity to the positivity, also to lead/urge people to participate in decision making in their own society/community, not only that, but also those leader groups having the capacity to lead the people/mass to the right way/turf of both progress and sustainable development in all aspects of the people daily life, in order to reach the targeted prosperity in society, based on encouraging domestic ambiance/atmosphere where both the right legislations, laws, codes and policies existed and supporting this change, in addition to that there is a range of flexibility in society/community assists both leadership and change to be affected and take place.

 

Hence, there are a lot of things influenced my thinking on this leadership topic, the first one is my major of study as political science the last which comprised a lot of courses which lead me to the right way of thinking in leadership, especially courses e.g. public administration, Egyptian political regime, international contemporary political systems, international law, international organizations, political theory and philosophy which affected on me a lot, in addition to my readings and also writing in 3 languages (Arabic, English & French) in press from 1996 in many fields, also attending many conferences that belong mainly to the humanitarian field and many inter-cultural and inter-religious dialogues domestically and globally which had given me some sort of depth in evaluation, a prospective vision, neutrality, objectivity and rationality in my judgments, so due to the above mentioned I have a reasonable capacity to judge for example:

Why US administration did that matter in that time, or, why the Egyptian administration didn’t treat well in a different matter.

 

Without any doubt following the current global open media also had added a lot to me, because it makes me aware enough to the global crises or dilemmas and how the global intelligentsia propose solutions for those topics which had given me a good track record which always makes me remarkable and taking the lead among both my equivalents, colleagues, friends, peers and family members, concerning the people who influenced on my thinking there is a lot in Egypt there was a very good example for a young writer who called Mr. Alaa Alaswany who wrote that novel which had turned over the conservative society, that legend which called “Yacoubian Building” that had been edited in 2003 and achieved the best selling novel story in the Arab book market, and made the American Univ. in Cairo translate it into English to broad its base of readers globally, kindly know that Mr. Alaswany represents the rational opposition here in Egypt and his story or novel made a big category of the young generation reverting to the reading again.

 

Also a character and an example represented in a Lady who called Dr. Noha Alzeiny (Judge/Counselor in Administrative Control/Monitoring Authority) who had submitted her testimony before the media concerning the famous incident of the elections falsification at an electoral station in Beheira Governorate without any fears from the executive power’s fury, kindly know that this lady is a very good example for Egyptian/Arab/Muslim woman globally, because she had challenged the regime, for sure it’s not a strange act, because the Egyptian Club of Judges doing a lot of things in society to protect the independence of the Egyptian judiciary system.

 

Of course, our great political writer and analyst Mr. Mohamed Hassanien Heikal leads not only the ordinary people, but also the intellects in the Pan-Arab world to read the events and the incidents that taking place around us in a different way or view, so he has a big role in this time being in raising the political awareness and participation, for me he represents one of my best models in his field, because also he is a big eye-witness on the contemporary time/age.

 

Ahmed Moustafa

Peace studies in the Middle East Contextualizing & Globalizing Report

May 6, 2007

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To : All the interested partners

Fm : Ahmed Moustafa “Conference Participant fm Alexandria, Egypt

Sub : Peace studies in the Middle East Contextualizing & Globalizing

Organized by : Swedish Institute Alexandria for Dialogue Between Civilizations

Life & Peace Institute, Sweden (23-24) Apr. 2007

Date : May.03rd.2007

Preface

 

Peace is considered as a philosophical idea that makes all the casts or the parties of of any community or society (local, regional and global) surviving together, being tolerant, accepting each other and get unified, when all of them feel equal, enjoying the same rights and obliged with the same duties, once these equilibrium and socio-congruence get disordered because of either distraction, negligence, marginalization, oppression or discrimination, the peace will disappear, and as a consequence both conflicts, clashes and disputes will reveal and appear among all the parties of society.

This is exactly what we had achieved in our workshop and project of Inter-cultural Conflict Resolution Course for Peace Trainers, Teachers and Multipliers under the umbrella of both Euro-med Foundation (Anna Lindh), Center for Analysis of Dispute and its Modes of Settlement (CADMOS) and Inter-College, Nicosia-Cyprus in between (18-25) Feb. 2007”

 

Introduction

 

As usual the Swedish institute of Alexandria surprising us by very smart, intellectual and unique events, because since I saw the advertising of the above mentioned title of this elite conference, I’d loved to attend, may be my tendency as a human rights activist or as a blogger to see, discuss and present analysis, however the topic was more than prefect, because all the participants having some sort of common background as (Peace, Human Rights Activists, Academicians in both Human Sciences & Religions, Diplomats and of course Intelligentsia), Frankly speaking we didn’t feel at all that we are strangers, however we felt that we are just one family.

 

Hence that giving me the opportunity to address my deepest respects and regards to the patriarch/the big Brother of this place his Excellency Mr. Jan Henningsen as the director of this intellect smart institute, not only that, but also to his smart and generous staff at the institute for supplying all the logistical needs and the means of success to get it made.

 

So, due to all the above mentioned reasons please find my simple analysis report here below for this extra-ordinary event:

 

Sessions & Discussions

 

Concerning the opening session “Globalizing peace research in the Arab context” that shared by both his Excellency Mr. Aly Maher the director of Peace Studies Center at The Bibliotheca Alexandrina, and Dr. Hassan Nafaa the representative of Muntada al-Fikr al-‘Araby, Amman, we do agree with all the good points that his excellency had highlighted about the peace mission and process globally after the world war II, however using some very general terms like “Identity and Specificity” of states, those terms could undermine a lot of things, because we can remark genuinely that all the states globally preserve and protect their identity, but in a parallel with elaborating and applying all the esteemed codes of both human rights and democracy, so those nations get developed very fast, by the opposite in our region we use those big general terms to keep the stability of our authoritarian regimes as it is, and not applying the other fundamental codes.

 

Regarding the presentation and the good analysis of Dr. Hassan Nafaa I quote the smart comparison in between Al-Ahram Research Center and the Peace Studies Center at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, because it was a real an academic comparison, however with respects to all the above mentioned local centers and institutes, we still have a lag in the system of operating those centers that related 100% to the lack of the real academic freedom in both our universities and institutes in the Arab region, so the standard and the credibility of studies that presented from those institutes or centers remain away from its global equivalent institutes or centers.

The next session was “Understanding Middle East Peace Process” presented by his Excellency the Former Foreign Minister of Egypt Mr. Ahmed Maher, without any doubt his excellency highlighted and tackled some good points e.g. the absence of the proper Arab agenda for peace process since the time of the former president of Egypt Sadat, the Arab existence still not strong enough to affect positively in that process, the absence of the Arab unified situation and finally that the Israeli side doesn’t find any mutual interest through dealing with our side, because our “supply is always over our demand, so we are cheap enough”.

 

Some of the attendees added that the Israeli side insisting on distracting the principles of both respecting the other, tolerance and cohabitation altogether, in addition to embracing the principle of monopolizing the existence of God/Allah, not only that, some added that if both parties in the process respecting the global charts of Human Rights the crisis will be solved, Mr. Maher added also that of course there is another fundamental track “he meant the American situation” which coming always against our side, not only that but also draped with both ignorance and negligence.

 

In the same day Dr. Samir Karam who represented the Arab Unity Studies Center highlighted in his session “Reflection on experience of work on the Arabic SPIRI year-book” on the common work that had been done and the collaboration with SPIRI institute of Sweden in preparing the Arabic version, because this year book is considered as one of the most important references book especially in contemporary peace studies, or for researchers who work actively in that field.

 

Also Dr. Zoughbi Zoughbi who represented the Palestinian Conflict Resolution Center in Bethlehem and Ms. Marie Loller who represented Mar Elias Peace Center submitted a perfect session concerning “Methodologies of Reconciliation” through their unique experience in both Palestine and Germany, not only that, but also how could they achieve progress in both developing the culture of peace and conflict resolution, and it was the end for the first day.

 

As the first day, the second day was also full of strong sessions not less than the first, because there was a variety of thematics to be tackled, the first session called “Disarmament, Conflicts & Arms Trade – Introducing the SPIRI Year-book 2006” which had been presented by Dr. Daniel Nord the Deputy of SPIRI Center who highlighted many topics e.g. the creation and the foundation of the center since 40 years before in 1966, the administration and the board of the center, also as an international lawyer he explained the methodology of creation the year-book, how many researchers participated in this unique and worthy work (he mentioned about 50-60 international researchers), the issues discussed that mainly focus on international peace & security, the contemporary meaning of peace and the stakeholders served, the SPIRI chair setup in UN, exploiting the right human resources in work, values, transparency, facts available to public opinion that belongs to security issues, how they spend money, how they help both the states, and companies that need security studies to invest some big funds in some place on the earth, how they got the success when they prepared issues in both Arabic and Chinese as mentioned by Dr. Samir Karam.

 

Dr. Nord added that they offer another studies in both Dictatorship and Democracy, he said also that the role of the US right now is completely different, because they are the only polar global power right now, so after disposal of the socialism and communism there was a big empty space for supremacy and hegemony, also he spoke about the clash between civilizations, however when he exposed to (Terrorism) he mentioned that they have very limited researches or researchers in that field especially after 9/11, but they do some sort of endeavor to increase research in that field, also he talked about the rotation of the administration and how they select new director each 5 years, when most of the Arab institutes in general keep its own administrations for more than 30 years.

 

Dr. Nord commented on that they have some sort of transparency and an administrative system based on highly qualifying job requirements to be respected, concerning the situation of Iran, he really mentioned that they have a reasonable role in this crisis due to their role in focus of reconciliation (please note that the Iranian situation is legally right, because it matches with the articles of the international treaty or convention that belongs to the prohibition of the proliferation of nuclear and mass-destruction weapons, not only that expected to exploit this energy after 10 years at least said Former President his Excellency Mohamed Khatamy at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina during his quick visit to Egypt), also they have a very big role of verification they do on both states and organizations concerning the militant expenditure through a flexible controlling and monitoring system they elaborate.

 

Then the role of the Co-organizer (Life & Peace Institute) of this conference came to show up in a session called “the role of religion in situations of armed conflict” which had been presented by Dr. Anne Kubai, Dr. Kubai referred that the focus of the institute is both topics that relate to religion, conflict human rights, justice and environment respectively, also mentioned that the institute had edited 5 versions or publications concerning the above mentioned activities, of course the institute had a big role in the ethnic clash or conflict in Congo Brazzaville especially with the police power, because the institute developed the police performance to be more humanitarian in dealing with ordinary casts of people, then the institute of course has some sort of unique activities and will be increased in Somalia.

 

Dr. Kubai highlighted on the methodology they use to verify and to update both information and data they get in the light of both research due to collaboration with international institutes and universities, then through the field work to apply both academic and practical modalities in that task.

 

Also she spoke about one big project elaborated right now concerning Peace Education which contains translating 11 books into French language especially for the Francophone African region, not only that but also this project will last for 3 years, in addition to many case studies will be affected that belong to the role of religion in conflict.

 

Frankly speaking the presentation was more than perfect, however I’ve 3 points to be highlighted as following:

 

  • We agree on that the inter-cultural/inter-religious dialogue is very important tool for cooperation in between orient & occident or north & south, however the existed dilemma is, Are we really qualified and aptitudes as states of both south and orient for an equal fruitable dialogue without an impressive well prepared agenda? I doubt.

 

  • Also 9/11 was a very good and impressive occasion to develop the religious speech/discourse in the Pan-Muslim world, not only that, there is a initiative right now elaborated among both the Swedish institute, Euro-Med Foundation (Anna Lindh) and Al-Azhar in order to develop the curriculum of the elementary level schools here in Egypt to be more tolerant and out of racism.

 

  • In addition to that, there is a very dangerous phenomenon taking place very genuinely concerning politicizing religion especially in the states of south or orient, note that the most dangerous thing is that some states in the middle east can buy, corrupt or bribe the intellects in order to market/promote for their own lag regimes ideology under the cover of religion, in addition to adopting some religious TV channels diffusing the same lag ideas, really those ideas doesn’t belong to religion itself or logic, however they promote it just for their own authoritarian oppressive political regimes interest and stability thereto.

 

Afternoon Dr. Abdel Mun’im Sa’eed (the director of Al-Ahram Center for Political & Strategic Studies) fired the the conference due his session “Conflicts in other regions seen from an Arab perspective”, Dr. Sa’eed had formulated some characteristics for the global conflict that taking place right now like it’s a conflict in between both Rich & Poor, North & South, IT & Non IT holders and finally Digital &Non Digital, he also highlighted upon the Arch of crises of Persinski, and how it could be the arch of peace through regrouping that could taking place among the states as a tool of an expected security, however the mechanism is absent, he referred also to 9/11 a turning point or as a shift, because all the concepts of the old orders of deterrence had been changed, he added also that the occident represented in US is always describe us as either unqualified dialogue party, intolerant, source of dictatorship and terrorism or stereotype party, not only that the occident always indicate to its own transcendence.

 

Hence, we wonder who created Al-Qaeda?, he added also that the religion for some of our states or player groups was the solution or the only solution as we see and remark right now, without any doubt the changes of the places of the conflict due the updated terms of the meaning of the legitimacy helped a lot in marketing the stock of weapons (the biggest global profitable business right now), because the deals of weapons with US this year reached US$ 56 billions, but not only the US having a deals like that, but also we heard recently about this corrupted deal the called the Black Dove in between the GBR and Saudi Arabia that had been disclosed by the British press as the biggest and the most corrupted weapons deal in the history of GBR.

 

Dr Sa’eed also referred to the cultural crises that taking place between Occident and Orient especially the latest Danish cartoons, however I’m agree with the analysis of our unique political thinker and journalist Mr. Mohamed Hassanien Hiekal in his program on Aljazeerah the last week, when he tackled the phenomenon of politicizing the religion and how the Muslim groups exploited this incident to press the Muslim regimes to collect charities from their sides, and left many works and books of some orientalists that really deform the image of Islam, finally Dr Sa’eed tackled the battle of hearts and minds and how it should be the congruence in between hearts and minds, in addition to the credibility of the political regimes here in the region.

 

Dr. Sa’eed answered a question about the role of the intelligentsia in changing societies especially the societies of south, when he added that the societies of south should embrace the economy and the mechanism of the free market & trade through that the intelligentsia can change the revealed minds and mentality in society, so he had given us an example about Spain in 60s of the last century and how the new market trends and mechanism changed the society from a conservative catholic society in 60s to be a active member in the European Union in 80s and how that progress could get over all the ethnic clashes in that country.

 

the last session was shared by Dr. Iman Al Kaffas who discussed (Integrating Peace Studies in Liberal Education) who highlighted her project with youth that adopted by American Univ Cairo, Egyptian National Youth Council and funded by USAID Egypt, this project develop and upgrade the presentation skills of the youth from 18-30 years old whom not exposed to any development either by university or schools, and based on gender equality, peace and accepting the other through many courses and workshops to develop those capacities in the right way, however the point I tackled is how this project get sustainability, because as I monitor in many courses like that or workshops the youth survive in a dream for a week more or less, then expose to reality and never change anything, because most of the youth after getting those courses they don’t know how to elaborate or to apply into reality as mentioned, without any doubt the reason of that is their lack of both practical experience & juridical awareness, so as a consequence they don’t know from where to start.

 

Kindly know that youth participation is fundamental right (as accredited and mentioned by the UN and the organizations thereof) for youth who reached 60% of the population of the globe and this right is not a supplement or a grant from any regime in the region.

In addition to that, there was a good experience for Muslim Peace Agents as a new project in Sweden by both Mr. Usama Hammad and Mr. Othman Al Tawalbeh, and how they spend more efforts to change both the image of muslims in the Swedish society, to be more active party in society and how they integrate with.

 

 

Results & Recommendations

 

  1. Finally, we were badly in of meeting the other sides/parties in peace process representatives especially in Middle East from both Iran, Hezbollah-Lebanon, ex-coordinators from US and for sure from the Israeli side in respect, in order to see and to recognize more their own point of view, because all the time we talk to our side, however we should take the advantage the next time to see representatives, pro-actors and stakeholders from the sides I mentioned and this proposals could be adopted by one of the centers or the institutes who participated in this perfect conference.

  2. A network among all the participants, the centers and the institutes who shared this amazing conference should be formed, in order to co-share our Ideas, hearts and minds to setup some sort of reasonable solutions or reconciliations between the parties of any conflict in the Middle East in particular and in South states in general.

 

last but not least, I’m taking the chance again to address my deepest regards to all the participants in that extra-ordinary conference and hope to meet all of you again very soon in more peace conferences.

 

Peace for all,

God bless you all,

 

Best regards,

 

 

 

Ahmed Moustafa