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Declaration of the Anna Lindh Foundation concerning the terror
attack of 31st December 2010 in Alexandria
The Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for the Dialogue
between Cultures, which has its international headquarters in
Alexandria (Egypt), expresses its deep sadness and pain about the
terror attack which affected this city on the night of 31st
December. The President of the Foundation, André Azoulay, and all of
his team, wish to express their solidarity with the victims, their
families and the Egyptian people.
response to this act of violence, the Anna Lindh Foundation will
intensify its efforts in favour of dialogue in the
Euro-Mediterranean region by involving and engaging in this mission
all those who share the need to eradicate the culture of hatred, and
to build societies based on mutual respect between people of
different origins, traditions and beliefs. Committed against a
Coptic church in Alexandria, the attack aimed to provoke sectarian
tension between the different religious communities that have lived
together in peace in Egypt for centuries. This crime, carried out
against civilians who were practising their faith together, demands
the mobilisation of all those who promote the right to practise
freely religious beliefs. The Anna Lindh Foundation condemns any
pretention to exploit religions and take religions hostage for the
sake of fuelling violent behaviour and terrorism, whilst they carry
a message of peace and fraternity for the immense majority of
Anna Lindh Foundation has had the opportunity to consistently
observe in Alexandria how the coexistence between Muslims and
Christians, which is part of the daily life in Egypt, is a major
asset for peaceful relations between the different religious
communities that exist in Middle Eastern societies, from where they
originated. In view of the brutal attack that the Alexandrian people
suffered, the Anna Lindh Foundation feels closer than ever to the
Egyptian people and its institutions, and sets out to preserve the
diverse heritage which is essential to building a Euro-Mediterranean
space of peace and freedom.
Headquarters of the Anna Lindh Foundation
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Dr. Traugott Schoefthaler
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Wrong with the Dialogue between Cultures?
We have a common language for universal values, but we do not have a
common lan-guage for cultural differences, writes DR. Traugott Schoefthaler.
We need to work on such language, he says in his essay, in order to
provide instruments for coping with critical moments of confrontation
What wrong with our dialogue
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Anna Lindh Euro
Mediterranean Foundation for the Dialogue between Cultures
International journalists' Association accuses the
army of "brutality and deliberate targeting"
Saturday July 07, 2007 12:06
by Ameen Abu Wardeh -
The International journalists Association condemned Israeli for
attacking journalists, and demanded a full investigation of the case
of severely injuring a Palestinian camera man in the Thursday
invasion into Gaza.
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Dialogue at Times of War?
Message by the Executive Director of the Anna Lindh
Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for the Dialogue between Cultures -
Alexandria, Egypt, 27 July 2006.
How can you even think of intercultural dialogue while the horrors
of war in the Middle East affect millions of innocent people? We are
not only receiving this and similar questions from growing numbers
of our partners in 35 countries. We share this question.
We have identified several aid organisations which have a good
record in emergency assistance to refugees and displaced people in
Lebanon (our selection is indicated below). We hope that
international solidarity will at least alleviate the situation of
the more than 500.000 women and men, children and youth recently
displaced in Lebanon, without forgetting about the millions of
Palestinian refugees and those recently displaced in Gaza. We also
hope that the hundreds of thousands Jewish and Palestinian citizens
of Haifa, and many cities and villages in Northern Israel, who are
seeking shelter from daily missile attacks, will get the material
and psychological assistance they need.
We are in contact with the Heads of our national networks in Beirut,
Jerusalem and Ramallah and will help them making public their
precarious situation and also their points of view.
For many years now, dialogue in the region is already severely
constrained by the failure of numerous attempts to revitalize the
Middle East Peace Process, and the recent armed conflicts in Gaza.
We can only hope that our Governments do whatever they can in order
to stop the war and the suffering of innocent people on all sides.
In addition to political efforts, we need men and women of good will
to stop the hatred which always fuels new violence. Even during the
Second World War and during the most dangerous times of the
East-West conflict, such people raised their voice - intellectuals,
young people and concerned citizens at all levels.
The Anna Lindh
Foundation has now more than 1000 member organizations in
all 35 countries of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership. All of them
are committed to increase their efforts and not to wait until
somebody else will care about our future.
We have invited young people between 18 and 25 years to share with
us their concerns and their proposals; the action "Dialogue 21" is
still open for participation on our
until 31 August this year. We are very happy that almost 50 percent
of all participants come from Arab countries. This is evidence of
the interest of young citizens in the Arab world to contribute with
their ideas and dreams to a better future.
Wars are the extreme form of political and economic conflicts. The
more these conflicts are obscured by cultural and religious
differences and claims, the more difficult are solutions to find. If
we want to help political settlement, we need to dry out the
cultural and religious fuel of such conflicts. We need to find new
and more effective forms of a dialogue which starts with the
assumption that the other might be right. Religion is one important
dimension of human culture and civilization, based on beliefs and
tradition. There are too many human beings pretending that they
would know exactly what God's will is. We as human beings need to be
more modest: All of us have opinions and beliefs, inherited and
inspired by traditions from our fathers and mothers and earlier
generations. Human beings are subject to errors, including in their
beliefs and religious practices. Nobody can claim that God justifies
any conflict or violence on religious reasons. Such conflicts must
be attributed to weakness of human beings. But how can we expect
followers of different religions to respect each other's opinion and
belief, if they do not even know about their differences?
A very good idea was practiced recently in Denmark: As part of an
“Islam-Expo”, organized by the Danish Centre for Culture and
Development (DCCD), Head of the Anna Lindh Foundation’s Danish
Network, all non-Muslim citizens of Copenhagen were invited to
participate in a Friday Prayer in a Mosque, and to have a
face-to-face talk on all matters of interest with a Muslim neighbour.
We need more such creative ideas. As much as we need people who
speak more than one language, we need people who know more than one
religion. And we need to give young people an opportunity to
discover cultural diversity as an element that makes our life richer
and that is as essential for the survival of humankind as is
biodiversity for nature. We need to give citizens a perspective for
a 21st century where political and economic conflicts are settled by
those we are electing to represent us.
Anna Lindh Foundation: First Euro-Med
teacher training course on
Alexandria, November 19th, 2006
The Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for the Dialogue
between Cultures is launching the first teacher training course ‘How
to deal with religious diversity in classrooms’. Thirty-four
teachers from 18 Euro-Mediterranean countries will participate in
the training in Alexandria, Egypt from November 20th – 24th, 2006.
A minimum of knowledge on all major religions in the region is
necessary for promoting mutual respect, according to the conclusions
of a High Level Experts meeting convened recently by the Arab League
and the Anna Lindh Foundation in Cairo.
The five-day training course is organized by the Anna Lindh
Foundation together with the Council of Europe and the Swedish
Institute in Alexandria. Teachers will be assisted in understanding
religious diversity and pluralism, they will be introduced into
methods and tools of intercultural education that they can use in
class and out-of-school; and they will learn about the role women
and men can play in intercultural and inter-religious dialogue.
The opening ceremony will take place at 10:00 a.m. on November 21st
2006, at the Goethe Institute in Alexandria. Opening speeches will
be given by the Executive Director of the Anna Lindh Foundation, Dr.
Traugott Schoefthaler, the representative of the Council of Europe,
Mr. Josef Huber, and the Director of the Swedish Institute
Alexandria, Mr. Jan Henningsson. Teaching and learning materials on
cultural and religious pluralism will be published next year on the
website of the Foundation
The recent "cartoon crisis" has revealed a huge gap in mutual
knowledge, especially between Europeans and their Muslim neighbours
around the Mediterranean Sea. This situation calls for new forms of
dialogue which clearly address differences and diversity between
cultures and religions and promote more knowledge and respect.
The teacher training on religious diversity is organised on the
basis of the ‘Rabat Commitment’ on ‘Dialogue between Cultures and
Civilisations: Towards Concrete and Sustained Actions’, which has
been signed in June 2005 by UNESCO, the Educational, Cultural and
Scientific Organization of the Arab League (ALECSO), and of the
organisation of the Islamic Conference (ISESCO), the OIC itself,
DCCD, the Anna Lindh Foundation, and the Council of Europe.
The Anna Lindh Foundation Euro-Mediterranean Teacher-Training
Programme was established in May 2006 in collaboration with the Arab
League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO)
and the Council of Europe. It provides teachers from Euro-Med
countries with teaching skills and materials on cultural and
religious diversity, sustainable development and education for human
rights and democratic citizenship. All materials developed for the
Euro-Med Teacher training programme, selected materials from other
partners and results from school-to-school projects will be
published in English, French and Arabic on the Foundation's
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Another Mother Murdered
October 6, 2006
Her name was Itemad Ismail Abu Mo'ammar.
She didn't die, though. That took longer. It required her life to
flow out of her in the form of blood for several hours, as Israeli
soldiers refused to allow an ambulance to transport her to help.
Her husband and children could do nothing to
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Institute for Freedom of the Press
Institute for Freedom of the Press (WIFP) is a
nonprofit, tax-exempt research, education, and publishing organization.
Organization was founded in 1972, by Dr.
Donna Allen, to increase communication among women and reach the
public with our experience, perspectives, and opinions. Women's
contributions to society must be heard and be taken into account if
democracy is to function and the world's political decisions are to be
WIFP seek to democratize the communications media by expanding freedom of
the press (which includes its modern day electronic forms) to enable all
people; rich and poor, male and female, to have the equal opportunity to
speak directly to the whole public about their own issues and concerns.
Access to the public constitutes political power and in a democracy it
must be equal. Freedom of the press is a citizen right of democracy, it
should not a right based on wealth.
WIFP encourages projects that move us toward these democratic
communication goals. It is a place where new ideas about making
communication more democratic are encouraged, examined, researched and
published. WIFP sees a unique role for women as the majority in
democracy: to build a communication system that permits everyone to be
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Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows
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for Democracy. Established in 2001, the Reagan-Fascell Democracy
Fellows Program enables democracy activists, practitioners,
scholars, and journalists from around the world to deepen their
understanding of democracy and enhance their ability to promote
democratic change. Fellows are in residence at the International
Forum for Democratic Studies, the research arm of the Endowment, in
Washington, D.C., and receive a stipend, health insurance, and
We are especially interested in ensuring that this program
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Africa. Given your organization's important role in the
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world, we are turning to you for assistance in spreading the word
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