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The Arabs’ scientific vision

Winds of change blow through research centres and universities operating in the Middle East.

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(Image Credit: Northwestern University in Qatar Photo Gallery)

The Canon of Medicine by Ibn Sina (Avicenna in Latin), the studies on algebra and arithmetic of Al-Khwārizmī (Algoritmi), the Book of Optics by Ibn al-Haytham (Alhazen): these are just a few examples of Middle Eastern literature from the past that testify the outstanding contribution of Islamic intellect to modern science. However, statistics on the scientific impact of today’s Arab world portray a starkly different picture, with universities and research centres from these countries lagging well behind their Eastern Asiatic and Western counterparts1, 2. The output of publications from the entire Middle Eastern region in 2012 amounts to less than one quarter of that of the US1, and only three universities (two from Israel and one from Turkey) are listed in the top 200 institutions in teaching and research worldwide. Yet, an awakened community is now eager to trigger a scientific rebirth in this area.

The creation of scientific hubs able to both play a relevant role in the international community and involve an increasing number of Arab students in research may catalyse the change needed in the Middle East. Certainly, it will be interesting to observe the effects of these efforts on the scientific productivity of the next few years. In the long term, one only hopes that the exposure of young generations to a multicultural, curiosity-driven research environment will spark a new scientific golden age in the region.

Girl Power in Arabic by KARIM EL-GAWHARY

Powerless, defenceless grey mice, which is often the image that the West has of Arab women. Most will be about them, rarely talked with them. Now Arabs speak for themselves, let their lives speak for themselves. In portraits and reportage tells Karim El-Gawhary of living in the dark ages of dictatorship, during the riots and in the Arab world today.

  • Since Umm Naama on the day by bringing a Euro their family of six.Mariam, who fights against sexual violence at Tahrir Square.
  • Sareen, the sniper Gaddafi, and the young Syrian resistance fighter Kouki.
  • Or the Palestinian Kamile whose son goes to war because mom can not compete against God. 
  • There is Manal, which could be filmed while driving as the first Saudi woman. 
  • Or Umm Khaled, the only female lorry driver of Egypt, the bangs with its 30-ton truck through the Nile Valley.

Karim El-Gawhary questioned stereotypes. It’s not about whitewash things. Magdoulin, a young Libyan women’s rights activist, says: “It is important that we in , and not what we to have his head. “This book is about why what Arab women in the head have.

Photo Essay: Mentally Disabled People in Afghanistan
Many people are suffering from psychological disorders in Afghanistan, a country blighted by decades of war. The mentally disabled face discrimination here, leaving their loved ones to bear much of the burden. Insights by Waslat Hasrat-Nazimi

Photo Essay: Mentally Disabled People in Afghanistan

Many people are suffering from psychological disorders in Afghanistan, a country blighted by decades of war. The mentally disabled face discrimination here, leaving their loved ones to bear much of the burden. Insights by Waslat Hasrat-Nazimi

MSF Syrian blogs are now live and feature Charlotte, an MSF psychologist, who brings to life what it’s like to work during this ongoing conflict.

MSF Syrian blogs are now live and feature Charlotte, an MSF psychologist, who brings to life what it’s like to work during this ongoing conflict.

THE SURGE 
IN 1988 THERE WERE 350,000 CASES OF POLIO WORLDWIDE. LAST YEAR THERE WERE 223. BUT GETTING ALL THE WAY TO ZERO WILL MEAN SPENDING BILLIONS OF DOLLARS, PENETRATING THE MOST REMOTE REGIONS OF THE GLOBE, AND FACING DOWN TALIBAN MILITANTS TO GET TO THE LAST UNPROTECTED CHILDREN ON EARTH.

THE SURGE

IN 1988 THERE WERE 350,000 CASES OF POLIO WORLDWIDE. LAST YEAR THERE WERE 223. BUT GETTING ALL THE WAY TO ZERO WILL MEAN SPENDING BILLIONS OF DOLLARS, PENETRATING THE MOST REMOTE REGIONS OF THE GLOBE, AND FACING DOWN TALIBAN MILITANTS TO GET TO THE LAST UNPROTECTED CHILDREN ON EARTH.

Startup Rising: The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East
A quiet revolution has begun to emerge in the Middle East, one that might ultimately do more to change the face of the region:
TECH-BASED ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Christopher M. Schroeder, a seasoned U.S. internet executive and venture investor travelled to Dubai, Cairo, Amman, Beirut, Istanbul and Damascus and met thousands of talented, successful, and intrepid young entrepreneurs willing to take on political, cultural, legal and societal challenges.
Equally important, Schroeder saw major regional and international private equity firms, venture capitalists and global tech players like Google, Intel, Cisco, Yahoo, LinkedIn and PayPal making significant investments, despite the uncertainty in the region. He marries his own observations with the predictions of these giants to offer a surprising and timely look at the second stealth revolution in the Middle East — one that promises to reinvent it as a center of innovation and economic opportunity.

Startup Rising: The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East

A quiet revolution has begun to emerge in the Middle East, one that might ultimately do more to change the face of the region:

TECH-BASED ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Christopher M. Schroeder, a seasoned U.S. internet executive and venture investor travelled to Dubai, Cairo, Amman, Beirut, Istanbul and Damascus and met thousands of talented, successful, and intrepid young entrepreneurs willing to take on political, cultural, legal and societal challenges.

Equally important, Schroeder saw major regional and international private equity firms, venture capitalists and global tech players like Google, Intel, Cisco, Yahoo, LinkedIn and PayPal making significant investments, despite the uncertainty in the region. He marries his own observations with the predictions of these giants to offer a surprising and timely look at the second stealth revolution in the Middle East — one that promises to reinvent it as a center of innovation and economic opportunity.

'Hijab Outcry' In Sweden To Protest Violence Against Muslim Women
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'Hijab Outcry' In Sweden To Protest Violence Against Muslim Women

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WMC’s Women Under Siege is calling on women and men from Syria and those working with Syrian refugees to provide us with reports of Sexualized violence as the crisis unfolds. We are relying on you to help us discover whether rape and sexual assault are widespread - such evidence can be used to aid the international community in grasping the urgency of what is happening in Syria, and can provide the base for potential future prosecutions. Our goal is to make these atrocities visible, and to gather evidence so that one day justice may be served.
We collaborate with epidemiologists at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, as well as multiple Syrian activists and journalists. 

WMC’s Women Under Siege is calling on women and men from Syria and those working with Syrian refugees to provide us with reports of Sexualized violence as the crisis unfolds. We are relying on you to help us discover whether rape and sexual assault are widespread - such evidence can be used to aid the international community in grasping the urgency of what is happening in Syria, and can provide the base for potential future prosecutions. Our goal is to make these atrocities visible, and to gather evidence so that one day justice may be served.

We collaborate with epidemiologists at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, as well as multiple Syrian activists and journalists. 

Shabana Basij-Rasikh: Dare to educate Afghan girls

Imagine a country where girls must sneak out to go to school, with deadly consequences if they get caught learning. This was Afghanistan under the Taliban, and traces of that danger remain today. 22-year-old Shabana Basij-Rasikh runs a school for girls in Afghanistan. She celebrates the power of a family’s decision to believe in their daughters — and tells the story of one brave father who stood up to local threats. (Filmed at TEDxWomen)

In Libya, Zahra’ Langhi was part of the “days of rage” movement that helped topple the dictator Qaddafi. But — then what? In their first elections, Libyans tried an innovative slate of candidates, the “zipper ballot,” that ensured equal representation from men and women of both sides. Yet the same gridlocked politics of dominance and exclusion won out. What Libya needs now, Langhi suggests, is collaboration, not competition; compassion, not rage.

Zahra’ Langhi is a gender specialist, civil society strategist, political activist advocating for peace, human rights and women’s leadership, scholar, and researcher in the field of Middle Eastern history, metaphysics, mysticism, and female spirituality in comparative religions.

The uprising of women in the Arab world
The Uprising of Women in the Arab World’s campaign was created in October 2011 by a group of activists from various Arab countries. It was an urgent reaction to the social and political developments in the region because we didn’t want the Arab Spring to be aborted. From Tunis to Egypt to Libya to Syria to Yemen to Bahrain…, the Arab revolts are led in the name of dignity, justice and freedom, but we cannot reach for those values if women are being ignored or absented from the main scenery.
(Uprising of Women Logo شعار انتفاضة المرأة - The official logo of the Uprising of Women in the Arab World Design by: Hassan Al Teibi dedicated from him to the Uprising)

The uprising of women in the Arab world

The Uprising of Women in the Arab World’s campaign was created in October 2011 by a group of activists from various Arab countries. It was an urgent reaction to the social and political developments in the region because we didn’t want the Arab Spring to be aborted. From Tunis to Egypt to Libya to Syria to Yemen to Bahrain…, the Arab revolts are led in the name of dignity, justice and freedom, but we cannot reach for those values if women are being ignored or absented from the main scenery.

(Uprising of Women Logo شعار انتفاضة المرأة - The official logo of the Uprising of Women in the Arab World Design by: Hassan Al Teibi dedicated from him to the Uprising)

Watch the powerful and hard-hitting documentary that has given the issue of acid violence global attention. Channel 4 will be showing the film on 16th January 2013 at 10pm.
Directed by Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Saving Face profiles two survivors of acid violence in Pakistan. The film follows them as they try to come to terms with their attacks, rebuild their lives and bring the perpetrators to justice. Saving Face highlights the work of Dr Muhammad Ali Jawad, pioneering British Pakistani plastic surgeon who worked for Islamic Help to treat the two survivors who are the subject of the film.

Watch the powerful and hard-hitting documentary that has given the issue of acid violence global attention. Channel 4 will be showing the film on 16th January 2013 at 10pm.

Directed by Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Saving Face profiles two survivors of acid violence in Pakistan. The film follows them as they try to come to terms with their attacks, rebuild their lives and bring the perpetrators to justice. Saving Face highlights the work of Dr Muhammad Ali Jawad, pioneering British Pakistani plastic surgeon who worked for Islamic Help to treat the two survivors who are the subject of the film.

TEDxSanaa was the first TEDx event in Yemen. It aims at exposing the talent, creativity, and ingenuity of Yemenis. The event brought the brightest, the most creative, and most influential Yemenis together to inspire and remind the world of the potential that Yemen has to be a good world citizen. It comes in a very critical time when Yemen, which is one of the Arab Spring countries, entered a transitional phase towards becoming a democratic, modern state. The Slogan of TEDxSanaa 2012 is “Inspiring Hope” and took place on Dec, 31st 2012.
Original Content by TEDxSanaa with some editing by ihya

TEDxSanaa was the first TEDx event in Yemen. It aims at exposing the talent, creativity, and ingenuity of Yemenis. The event brought the brightest, the most creative, and most influential Yemenis together to inspire and remind the world of the potential that Yemen has to be a good world citizen. It comes in a very critical time when Yemen, which is one of the Arab Spring countries, entered a transitional phase towards becoming a democratic, modern state. The Slogan of TEDxSanaa 2012 is “Inspiring Hope” and took place on Dec, 31st 2012.

Original Content by TEDxSanaa with some editing by ihya

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

Afghanistan’s Transition in the Making - Perceptions and Policy Strategies of Women Parliamentarians

Afghanistan’s Transition in the Making - Perceptions and Policy Strategies of Women Parliamentarians