All this may seem touching – yet the projects and the people behind them command respect. Instead of running away, more and more young Lebanese like Najwa, Hind and Ziad are fighting for futures in their own country. And showing greater enthusiasm and responsibility than the state has seen for decades. Who can say what they might yet achieve?
Inspiring, Lebanon’s Young Fight for the Country’s Future with Thought & Vision
Business Innovation in Lebanon The Other Spring by Mona Sarkis
Translated from the German by Katy Derbyshire
Over the weekend Oxford University’s Pakistan Society hosted the yearly Pakistan Future Leaders Conference. It is evident that new thinking is required to tackle the challenges facing Pakistan, which makes it all the more disappointing when rehashed thinking is presented to tackle the problems facing Pakistan. It is quite evident that Pakistan needs to invest in developing its vast youth resource, just as it is evident that Pakistan’s military holds too much power, and its policies have damaged the country. These quite vague and generalised statements don’t illuminate the problem or how to treat the problem. Simply saying we need civilian government does not articulate how this will solve Pakistan’s problems.
Much hope is being placed in Imran Khan’s party, PTI, and a number of prominent politicians have come over to his party from all major parties in Pakistan. This is quite a significant development, and Imran Khan could be a real political player in Pakistan’s next elections. The problem however is that the people of Pakistan will soon again be disappointed because Imran Khan’s party manifests the same thinking, which culminated in the global financial crisis. This is not original thinking.
I like to believe that we will be free, and we will have high-quality research centres in Palestine and the Arab world where students will want to study for PhDs, and continue onto postdocs. The logical progress of research is simply amazing. I honestly have no idea what I will be doing 10 years from now, but I want a world class cancer research centre in Palestine one day and will certainly continue teaching along with my research.
Rula Abdul-Salam Abdul-Ghani - Faculty of Medicine, AL-Quds University, Jerusalem, Palestine
Rula is one of 9 exceptional Arab women scientists who won funding for their research from the L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women In Science Pan-Arab Regional Fellowships Program in association with the Arab Science & Technology Foundation (ASTF).