Tuesday, January 29, 2008

spake like a dragon


"The Alliance of Civilizations
is expected to be voted into action
by the end of 2009,
and may initially be implemented in the Middle East
in conjunction with the framework
of the EU European Neighbour Police."

from: the olive press, January 29, 2008


Muslim-West Report for Davos Released
Findings Indicate More Interreligious Dialogue Needed
(farmer: what else did we expect from AoC's Esposito?)
LINK with background
the REPORT itself
"UN SG Ban KI-MOON urges dialogue"speech

stay tuned!

a rare moment:


together with rare snow in Israel tomorrow - another rare moment:
google today (1 of 1.3 Mio found pages on "Javier Solana"):
1. Wikipedia
2. Council (EU-site)
3. Council (EU-site)
4. Newssites on the Doctor
5. http://www.watchmanbiblestudy.com/Topics/JavierSolana.htm
6. Dr.Dennis Cuddy (!)
7. escapeallthesethings.com (!)

5-7 pointing are all pointing to
Constance Cumbey and fulfilledprophecy.com,
Click on the picture to reach nr. 5! Congrats Phil! and
stay tuned!

Monday, January 28, 2008

peace through commerce: route MOB

"And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name."
Book of Revelation

It's Stanford again: Cisco Chairman and chief executive officer John Chambers met with Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al Missned today to announce that the company would establish a research and technology base at Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP).

Cisco plans to invest approximately $40 million in its centre at QSTP over the next three years. As part of this plan Cisco will collaborate with Qatar Foundation on a series of projects to help enable QSTP's vision of transforming Qatar into a knowledge-based economy, while facilitating youth employment across the country.

The announcement follows Cisco's recent official recognition as one of the first global strategic technology providers for Qatar's newly launched Youth Employment Initiative, announced by Sheikha Moza

at the UN Alliance for Civilization High Level Group Forum in Madrid on January 15.


Len Bosack and Sandy Lerner, a married couple that worked in computer operations staff at Stanford University, founded Cisco Systems in 1984.
While Cisco was not the first company to develop and sell a router (a device that forwards computer traffic between two or more networks), it was one of the first to sell commercially successful multi-protocol routers, to allow previously incompatible computers to communicate using different network protocols. Len Bosack has ties to SETI, an organization devoted to the "Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence".
(source: Wikipedia)

"Business Leaders Address Alliance of Civilization Forum

The working session on the corporate contribution to the Alliance of Civilizations featured speeches by the chief executives of Siemens (Germany), ENEL (Italy), Les Eaux Minérales d’Oulmès (Morocco), Repsol-YPF (Spain), BBVA (Spain), Koc Group (Turkey), Sabanci Group (Turkey), and General Electric International (USA).

Main outcomes of the session were:
In a globalized environment, the modern business model must reinforce diversity, and not just accept or tolerate it. Intercultural understanding expressed through diversity is a central factor in the business world today, one in which the strengthening of cultural understanding generates greater financial benefits and offer elements of stability, understanding and mutual support. Many western multinationals make highly significant strategic investments in countries of diverse cultures and civilizations. Therefore, the creation of business value today is based upon making a suitable response to all kinds of diversity, including that of customers and employees.
This investment trend will continue to expand, in the light of the fact that many such countries contain a substantial proportion of the world’s natural resources (such as oil and natural gas). Lasting, stable business relations represent the best Alliance of Civilizations, one in which everybody wins and in which differences may more easily be overcome and destabilising factors may better be neutralised The creation of ties among business groups on both sides of the Alliance is a powerful expression of diversity, one that enables us to work in each country on behalf of that country and for its benefit. The alliance of business communities belonging to these two worlds, far from being a challenge arising from a diversity of cultures, represents today a factor of strategic opportunity for greater and better global development, in a sustained and efficient way.To become prosperous, the world must be at peace. Economies can only develop within a context of stability. Companies have to play a crucial role in achieving and maintaining peace. This is especially significant in view of the fact that 95 of the 150 largest economies in the world are not countries, but multinationals.
Corporate Responsibility (CR) is ever more important in companies’ strategies, and is seen as a critical element of competitiveness to ensure a better, more solidly grounded economic development in the framework of globalization. Companies and governments must join forces and act in a committed way to promote CR and extend it to all the societies on both sides of the Alliance, as a guarantee of equality, diversity, ethics, good governance, transparency, judicial security and long-term sustainability.

As part of the Forum’s outcomes, the Global Compact and the Alliance of Civilizations agreed to partner in the production of a publication on the business contribution to intercultural understanding and peace through commerce and diversity management”, aimed at raising the visibility of best practices in the corporate sector toward supporting cross-cultural relations."


stay tuned!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

George Clooney to play P2 boss Gelli?

Comic picture by Gustavo Higuera from "New World Order"#1, George Clooney, Licio Gilli

While we see a crisis in Italy - former Boss of the EU Commission and now Prime Minister Roman Prodi makes final plea to hostile Senate for support (read about it here) - there is word in Italy that freshly named UN peace envoy (Link) George Clooney is to play the life and person of Licio Gelli in the film with the working title "Conspirator" (produced by Gabor Harrach and Pluto Pictures New York). Gelli is currently under house arrest in his villa in Castiglion Fibocchi. The Master of the Propaganda 2 Lodge has just signed a megacontract with Sony Pictures for a film on his life, it is said that in the role of the young Licio Gelli will be none other then the famous american actor George Clooney , as an older version of Gelli we will have instead Stanley Tucci. Taking care of writing the story for this film is David Black well known screenwriter and producer of Holywood TV series like LAW & ORDER or CSI MIAMI who will be spending soon a couple of weeks with Count Licio Gelli in his infamous headquarters of Villa Wanda, near the city of Arezzo, to learn the habits of this very secretive character and to realy get to know the "Master". The film seems to be a kind of last minute tribute from the Hollywood Freemasons and illuminati to the Puppet Master of Italy's darkest moments. David Black will also have to study Licio Gelli's 64 volumes of confessions kept in his villa and the screenplay is been closely monitored by Gelli's lawyer team that are all Knights of Malta and people very close to the Vatican. Allegedly George Clooney commented it, in an interview with "People": ''Better to not let out skeletons from closets, because there are''.

When the italian press asked Gelli if the film was about the many italian misteries surrounding his work in the P2 , Gelli replied with a bronze face that all his work was done for the good of Italy and he mentioned that even his illustrius friend Francesco Cossiga (after Leo Zagami:
"another NWO criminal also his superior in the Knights of Malta by the way" ) said that the P2 was a lodge of historical value...obviously they forgot the fact that the P2 was involved in may criminal acts including being responsible of the 1980 Bologna massacre (Licio Gelli as been even condemned for this italian 9/11 kind of operation). Well Francesco Cossiga likes to forget such things as he used to be one of the Puppet Masters of Operation GLADIO in Europe and as always been a good friend and supporter of Licio Gelli's criminal activities.

Gelli was fighting for Franco in Albania and as part of the SS he helped organizing the transport of Nazis to (South-)America through the Vatican "ratlines", he was also famous to work for the Communists at the same time. Also he was involved in founding and beeing master of the P2 lodge, which would play a major role not just in the murder of the Pope John Paul I., but also in the Vatican Banking scandal in the 80's. There are even links to the "emise grey" behind the founding of the EU "Joseph Retinger", see more about all this in the links at the end to this article.

The "Venerable", who calls himself still fascist ( "I am a fascist, and I want to die fascist"), attacked the judges in many of its processes: "I think that judges should be subject to psychiatric visits first to perform public duties. I have undergone often lose pressure and the exact vision of reality. With me they have made a grave mistake ". Finally, a comment on the allegations that have struck over the years and the processes in which it was involved: "I have always asked why I was involved, but I never found an answer."

Connected to this, I realized that Gustavo Higuera the author of the NEW WORLD ORDER comic, that I had written about in December, ("Another "Joel's army"-deception?", see: here ) posted a very nice reaction on my comment section of that article.
from: "New World Order" #1, page 5
Gustavo reacts also on his own site: "Let the controversy begin""With only a week to go before the release of issue #1 of NWO, it’s already starting to cause some controversy. I love it!"...
"This blogger in particular isn't fond of Jordan's research on Astrotheology and the fact that I mentioned the Vatican helped Nazi's come to the US. "
Link to the New World Order Forum discussing my article

Gustavo - I think you were reacting very nice on my warnings and I found that very fair of you (just in opposite to your commenting "religious fundamentalsists"-bashing reader, who accuses me of "having no concern for the earth or future of the planet", (see last link)):
! Thanks and Congrats! But: to the Nazi-Vatican-thing: Gustavo, let me get this straight - that's surely not my intention, as you see also with this article on Gelli. I am happy you show these evil deeds of the Vatican and especially as a German, I am an outspoken Antifaschist (also very known by this to my wider surrounding) and I am thankful for making such deeds visible. No - my critics was related to the first part of the sentence "There is no time for scripture, Michael" and your linking of the Word of God to the Nazi-Vatican connection. That they played it out under a Christian mask, does not mean the Christian message of Jesus or the Scripture would be evil, but surely this impression is what the readers of the Comic will get. And this just not true and with this you unfortunately throw out the baby with the bath. The evil Christians on one side and the lightful New Age army on the the other...but maybe I should have more patience? Me very sceptical here. I just saw you also wrote about the "ratlines" here: Gustavo Higuera nazi-vatican links.
Also, if your story would have just a "hint of "New Ageism" - as your reader names it - in the ideology of the story - I think it has just much more than that - I would reject it, as this is the trick by which the Devil wants to catch honest truth searchers and maybe also to catch the honest Comic author during these wild times...I hope and pray he will not succeed with you. Awfully enough it was Madame Blavatsky's New Age teachings that gave Hitler and Co. the ideological background to enable and glorify their evil deeds. The more astonishing this philosophy prospers again so wild. Don't miss to read what Constance Cumbey published already in 1983 about it. You could start with her eyeopening "The Hidden Dangers of the Rainbow". Take care!

stay tuned!

Articles on Gelli:
Who is Illuminati Licio Gelli?
Gelli at Wikipedia
Paul and Phillip Collins: Foxes Guarding the Henhouse
Operation Paperclip Casefile
Another good read is the book
In God's Name, An Investigation into the Murder of Pope John Paul I, by David A.Yallop, Bantam Dell Pub Group (Trd) (June 1, 1984).

Saturday, January 19, 2008

global conscience - Solana's voice at the UN "current practice"/ Europe facing "imminent attacks"


"The provision for the virtual EU foreign minister to speak at the UN Security Council
will make little difference to current practice."(sic)

"UK downplaying significance of new EU foreign minister, say MPs
London, Jan 20, IRNA

UK-EU Foreign Policy
The British government is undermining foreign policy aspects of the new EU Reform Treaty signed in Lisbon last month, according to a report published Sunday by an all-party group of MPs.

The Foreign Affairs Committee said the creation of the post of High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and of the European External Action Service under the treaty, represent "major innovations in the EU's foreign policy-making machinery." "Although their establishment does not risk undermining the Common Foreign and Security Policy's intergovernmental nature, the Government is underestimating, and certainly downplaying in public, the significance of their creation," the committee warned.

"This is unlikely to be beneficial to the UK's position in the EU," it said, recommending the UK government to publicly acknowledge the significance of the foreign policy aspects of the Lisbon Treaty.

The treaty, which replaces the failed attempts for a full EU constitution, paves the way for a virtual EU foreign minister by combining the current posts of EU High Representative Javier Solana and External Affairs Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner.

The new ability to formally determine "strategic interests and objectives" for all areas of EU external action represents a symbolically important assertion of member state authority over "Community" policy areas, the MPs said.

But they criticised the way the authority is given to the European Council to make strategic decisions as being "unnecessarily ambiguous" and said that it "remains to be seen whether this will have any significance."
The reform treaty, which is expected to come into force next year after being ratified by all member states, introduces a simplification of the nomenclature for Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) decisions, which the committee said was an improvement.

The committee welcomed the decision in the treaty for the EU Commission as an unelected executive to lose its right to make CFSP proposals saying that it represents an assertion of the
intergovernmental nature to formulate policies.

The new post of High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy has the "potential to give the EU a more streamlined international presence and to contribute to the more coherent development and implementation of external policy," it said.

The MPs did express that there are grounds for concern that the holder of the new post could face work overload and recommended the position was not jeopardised by a plethora of duties and excessive workload.

Agreeing with the British government, they said the provision for the virtual EU foreign minister to speak at the UN Security Council will make little difference to current practice. And "will not undermine the position of the UK in the United Nations system." The new treaty also paves the way for a reshaped role of the President of the European Council, which the committee said could help to generate consensus among EU leaders and lead to greater continuity in the chairing of the European Council.

But it warned that it was "concerned by the current degree of uncertainty which surrounds the role and by the potential for conflict with the High Representative in representing the EU externally ."

In the same time Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf is about to visit the EU, - first stop is at Javier Solana today, and Spanish police say in Barcelona, Spain, they have foiled an attempt by Islamic extremists to carry out bomb attacks coinciding with the "state" visit.

It was reported that other European countries, including Britain, had been put on alert by the Spanish for the possibility of terror attacks. In Berlin, Germany, arrived warnings towards the synagogues.

"The minister said that he could not reveal more about the police operation which was continuing but the National Intelligence Centre (CNI), the Spanish secret service, had warned at least four other European countries to prepare for “imminent attacks”.
A source at the CNI told El Pais, the Spanish newspaper, that the countries facing the immediate threat were France, Britain and Portugal."

Links: Barcelona, Berlin

stay tuned!

out of the ocean, out of the land

The Major Outcomes of the Alliance of Civilizations Forum are posted on their website and accessable here: http://unaoc.org/content/view/225/73/lang,english/

In between we see, hear and read that actor, filmmaker George Clooney has been picked by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as a "United Nations Messenger of Peace".In April 2007, “Not on Our Watch,” a non-profit organization in which influential people in the arts highlight mass atrocities worldwide, was co-founded by Mr. Clooney and several other US film industry leaders.

Current Messengers of Peace and their areas of focus are

Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein of Jordan (Millennium Development Goals and hunger); conductor Daniel Barenboim (peace and tolerance); and here we go again author Paulo Coelho (intercultural dialogue); actor Michael Douglas (disarmament and peace and security); primatologist Jane Goodall (the environment); violinist Midori Goto (Millennium Development Goals and youth); cellist Yo-Yo Ma (youth); and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel (human rights and the Holocaust). (source: UN)

Matthew Russell Lee from Innercitypress has some interesting things to say on this too, I cite::
"At UN, Clooney Announcement but No Answers on Darfur Nor Alliance of Civilizations"

"Inner City Press asked about a story it had already reported, that the UN Department of Field Support lobbied Sudan to let Clooney into the country. UN spokesperson Michele Montas answered, "I cannot confirm this. I do not know. What I have on the announcement is what I have." So is the officer of charge of DFS currently in Sudan? That can't be confirmed either."
Video included, see link below
, from Minute 15:28.
Other unanswered questions accumulated through the week. On Thursday, a UN response was sought to a European Court of Justice decision which in essence make the UN terrorism block list inapplicable in Europe, due to the lack of due process it affords to people put on the list. Any reaction? "I'll try to find out for you. We don't have anything at this point, but I'll get some answers for you." Transcript
here. Thirty hours later, nothing.

How about the claim by Kemal Dervis of the UN Development Program, that the UN Department of Management is conducting a review of housing subsidies by governments to high UN officials? "I will ask whether there is a review under way. I had said there are rules. Of course we can ask for you." That is, a commitment was made to look into it, but nothing's been said so far. Likewise on the Alliance of Civilizations, a commitment was made to provide budget and other information, video here, but nothing was ever sent..."


stay tuned!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Davos 2008

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice addresses the opening session of this year's World Economic Forum in Davos next week. Ms Rice will give a speech on climate change and terrorism on the meeting, which runs from January 23 to 27,
Speaking at a press conference in Geneva, Klaus Schwab, founder of the WEF, outlined the key figures who will be present amongst the 2,500 political, economic and media leaders from 88 countries at the annual five-day meeting in the exclusive Swiss ski resort.
Professor Schwab said: "The Annual Meeting gives all of us a chance to understand and shape the global agenda for the year ahead and beyond, serving global society by making sense of a rapidly changing world and harnessing collaborative innovation to the benefit of us all."
Pakistan President Mr Musharraf will attend the event, now in its 38th year, as part of a nine-day trip which will also see him visiting Belgium, France and the UK.
Those present at the annual meeting also include UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and former Prime Minister Tony Blair, now one of the WEF's vice-presidents.
In total, there will be a further 113 cabinet ministers, along with religious leaders, media kingpins - such as Rupert Murdoch - and heads of non-governmental organisations.

Almost two-thirds of the attendees will be business leaders drawn principally from the Forum's members - made up from 1,000 of the foremost companies from around the world and across all economic sectors. They will include World Trade Organisation Director General Pascal Lamy, along with the head of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, and European Central Bank chief Jean-Claude Trichet.

Personalities from the cultural world will include the musician Peter Gabriel, the actress Emma Thompson and the Brazilian author
Paul Coelho.(I had written about him here)

Pakistan's foreign ministry confirmed on Wednesday that Mr Musharraf will kick-off his European tour by visiting Brussels on January 20-21 where he will hold talks with Javier Solana, the European Union foreign policy chief.

Mr Musharraf will meet French President Nicolas Sarkozy in France on January 21-22 and, once he has attended the WEF at Davos, he will reach the UK for talks with the Prime Minister on January 26. The visits come as Mr Musharraf is under pressure from the EU and the US to hold free and fair national elections in February following the assassination of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto in December. LINK

The Annual Meeting 2008 programme will be based on the following five conceptual pillars:
-Business Competing While Collaborating
-Economics and Finance: Addressing Economic Insecurity
-Geopolitics Aligning: Interests across Divides
-Science and Technology: Exploring Nature’s New Frontiers
(With advances in nanotechnologies, genetics andcomputer science in combination with other disciplines,"the extent to which mankind can control and manipulatethe natural world is reaching beyond the comprehension of the general public.")
-Values and Society: Understanding Future Shifts

Concerning the last section they write: "Despite the use of the term “soft power” in the last
decade, most have yet to contemplate the emergence of
a Chinese, Arab or Hindu civilization that would usurp the
dominance of western cultural and economic influence in
the near term.

Though much more international attention is now being
placed on bridging cultural and religious divides, diversity
and migration are becoming contentious issues in a
variety of political settings worldwide....
Annual Meeting programme will explore
various facets of the cultural and normative shifts taking
place today that are emerging
from various regions of the

Some names from the List of Public Figures:

As of 16 January 2008
Davos, Switzerland 23-27 January 2008:

H.R.H. Prince Saud Bin Abdullah Bin
Kofi Annan Secretary-General, United Nations (1997-2006); Member of the Foundation Board, World Economic Forum
Ban Ki-moon Secretary-General, United Nations, New York
Ehud Barak Minister of Defence of Israel
José Manuel Barroso President, European Commission, Brussels
Carl Bildt Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden
Tony Blair Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1997-2007); Member of the Foundation Board of the
World Economic Forum; Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2008

Youssuf Boutros-Ghali Minister of Finance of Egypt
Gordon Brown Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Micheline Calmy-Rey Federal Councillor of Foreign Affairs of the Swiss Confederation
Michael Chertoff US Secretary of Homeland Security
Yvo De Boer Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change(UNFCCC), Bonn

Salam Fayyad Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority
Timothy F. Geithner President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, USA
Julie Louise Gerberding Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA
Al Gore Vice-President of the United States of America (1993-2001); Nobel Laureate 2007
Angel Gurría Secretary-General, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD),
John F. Kerry Senator from Massachusetts (Democrat), USA
Mohammad Khatami President, Foundation for Dialogue Among Civilizations; President of the Islamic Republic
of Iran (1997-2005)

Henry A. Kissinger Chairman, Kissinger Associates, USA;
Bernard Kouchner Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of France
Ken Livingstone Mayor of London, United Kingdom
Tzipi Livni Vice-Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Israel
Koichiro Matsuura Director-General, (UNESCO), Paris
David Miliband Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the United Kingdom
Amre Moussa Secretary-General, League of Arab States, Cairo
Shimon Peres President of Israel
Robert B. Zoellick President, World Bank, Washington DC

see the whole list PUBLIC FIGURES: HERE
and list Business leaders - abridged list (PDF)
(among them also Larry Page Co-Founder and President, Products Google Inc. USA!)

stay tuned!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Zapatero: national AoC-Coordinators should be appointed

In the article named "Zapatero announced 57 measures against fundamentalism" it is written about the plan to appoint national AoC-coordinators:
"The Forum of the Alliance of Civilizations, which started yesterday and will conclude today, and with 350 participants from more than 60 countries around the world, Zapatero anticipated that his cabinet will appoint a national coordinator for the Spanish plan, which depends on Presidency with the intention of "bringing coherence and promote the implementation of the 57 initiatives, a number given by Max Cajal, one of the promoters of the plan. Zapatero(...)insisted that the project will succeed only "if countries manage to give a" practical and concrete "and he invited members of the Group of Friends of the Alliance of Civilizations-eighty countries - to follow the path Spanish and adopt action plans. "
English Google translation

Aaaah Oowwwwh Seee!

Solana: arrival with Ban Ki-Moon, on stage as one of 10. (click first picture to see You-Tube video).

MADRID • The First AoC Forum kicked off yesterday.
A $100m media fund has been established to create films that "entertain and enlighten", Queen Noor of Jordan has announced.
She said the fund would "promote, support and sustain media content to enhance mutual understanding and respect among different cultures and religions. She said it "breaks" her heart when children in countries around the world "internalize" the biases they see in film, especially about people who look different and pray differently.

Sir Richard BransonSir Richart Branson

Among those involved in the fund are UK businessman Sir Richard Branson, Participant Productions (makers of Syriana (staring George Clooney) and more recently The Kite Runner),
Hollywood's largest talent agency International Creative Management and distribution giant Summit Entertainment.
You Tube will also host a dedicated channel for the Alliance of Civilizations Media Fund content. UN chief Ban told delegates the fund would seek to "counter ugly stereotypes in popular culture."Another project is a Rapid Response Media Mechanism, aimed at reducing tensions in times of cross-cultural crises. "If a new crisis erupts on this front, a rapid response mechanism
will furnish voices of reason to reporters and producers around the world," said Ban.

Sources: The Peninsula LINK, AfP, LINK
, Reuters

In between:
Protesters stay out from the Forum: video at 1:19. (click picture to see)

The countries involved should "tenaciously" seek to apply "concrete programmes," European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana said at the alliance's first annual forum, which began in Madrid. "We do not need new documents, but they need to be applied," Solana said, pointing out that many of the alliance's ideas were already contained in EU legislation. The countries involved should not "just hold meetings, but the meetings need to serve to solve problems," Solana insisted. LINK

He also urged on Tuesday also parties concerned in the Middle East to stop the cycle of violence.
"The casualties resulting from today's events in Gaza as well as in a nearby farming community across the border with Israel" and continued firing to Israel were a stark reminder of the urgent need to advance on the path to a negotiated settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict set out in Annapolis, he said in a statement posted on the European Council's website. "I call on all concerned to exercise restraint and to stop the cycle of violence which will only feed new atrocities and lead to further suffering by the people in the region." http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-01/16/content_7428313.htm

"The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise his authority for forty-two months. He opened his mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven. He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them.
And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation.
All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written in
the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world."
Revelation 13.

Jordan's Queen Noor reading (Reuters)

Stay tuned!

Monday, January 14, 2008

AoC - An Open Conspiracy

parts from:
"Alliance of Civilizations Forum

When the United Nations launched the Alliance of Civilizations in 2006, many preferred to compare it to a half-empty glass rather than to a half-full one. And it was received with some skepticism for various reasons.

Either because it lay itself open to the very theories of a shock of civilization that it was intended, but was unable, to combat; or because it added to a plethora of existing initiatives; or because its aims were completely disproportionate to the scant means at its disposal; or yet because, within the framework of the global fight against terrorism, it sounded more like heavenly music than a bugle-call of foreign policy.

In May 2007, when I was appointed high representative, my motto was caution, confidence was my battle cry and certainty that the alliance would fill a political void my epigraph.

The expectations surrounding the Forum is threefold: it will mark a strong moment in the commitment by governments and by the international community to invest in the Alliance as a global space of governance of cultural diversity as the fourth pillar of sustainable development.

And it will be a laboratory for partnerships and for the launch of joint field-work involving practical projects in the areas of education, youth, the media and migrations.

Last, it will mobilize public opinion around the Alliance so as to turn it into an initiative open to citizen participation.

At the Madrid Forum, therefore, the Alliance will be provided new drive that, I hope, will mark its definitive turning point to concrete, practical field work. A great deal of its future will be played in 2008.

Either we shall be able to divulge the Alliance and anchor the regional processes under way, integrating it into the respective agendas (I am thinking of the European Union, the Arab League, the Organization of the Islamic Conference, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, Ibero-America, the African Union, the Council of Europe, for example), or we shall find it hard to double the cape of good intentions.

Either we shall be able to include it in the states' internal agendas, or we shall be left standing in the field of debates and rhetoric.

Either we shall succeed in mobilizing civil society or we shall compromise our ultimate goal, which is to aim for small improvements in the field that will bring fresh hope to the people.

In our world marked by such profound imbalances, it is not just the planet that is showing an advanced state of degradation, but also human atmosphere.

Nevertheless, if we united our efforts we will be able to improve dialogue between mankind, to turn cultural and religious diversity into an opportunity for true, sustainable development of societies worldwide.

We know that the history of nations, of religions and of civilizations is made up of light and dark, that periods of peace have alternated with those of war, moments of confrontation, conflict and intolerance with a will for dialogue, for openness to our fellow men, for a culture of difference, tolerance and universal values.

The complex, demanding dialogue of civilizations, cultures and religions is necessary, possible and fruitful.

It is the best counterpoint for isolation, mistrust and confrontation, and also the most powerful incentive to openness, understanding and tolerance.

But it also shows us that it is not easy and that, if not taught and cultivated, it gives way to monologue or silence, almost always the yeast of dangerous extremist attitudes and fanatical urges.

Indeed, at times, cultures also tend to affirm their identities through confrontation with others. And cultural peculiarities, legitimized by religious or ethnic factors, have acted as vectors of conflict and domination.

Each civilization, each religion and each culture, within itself, must therefore be tolerant and recognize freedom of conscience and the right to difference.

Not only because intolerance of a culture or religion is proportional to intolerance within itself but also because intolerance of a culture or religion is not stable but varied throughout time.

The complex international situation created in the wake of Sept. 11, as well as of all the other terrorist attacks that have constantly marked this decade, has turned dialogue between civilizations, religions and cultures into a humanitarian urgency that cannot be postponed.

Therefore, the Alliance of Civilizations is the right initiative, at the right time. Together, we shall work to ensure that it will also bring about the right results, not some day, but right now, at the forum. Let us hope that this will be so!

Jorge Sampaio, U.N. high representative for the Alliance of Civilization and the former Portuguese president, contributed the following article to The Korea Times on the occasion of the Alliance of Civilizations Forum that will be held on Jan. 15 in Madrid, Spain. ― ED."


Letter of intend signed between AoC and Council of Europe

"Council of Europe Secretary General Terry Davis will participate in the first annual Forum of the “Alliance of Civilizations” to be held in Madrid on January 15-16.

The Forum will be attended by Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations, Jorge Sampaio, High Representative of the “Alliance of Civilizations” and former President of Portugal. José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, president of the government of Spain, and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister of Turkey, who first proposed the “Alliance of Civilizations” in 2005, will also attend together with prime ministers, ministers and representatives of governments, international institutions, foundations, the corporate sector and non-governmental organisations.

During the Forum Jorge Sampaio and Terry Davis will sign a Letter of Intent on the development of a "Memorandum of Understanding" on future co-operation between the Alliance and the Council of Europe.

The Secretary General will speak at the plenary session and take part in the High Level Political Dialogue of the Group of Friends, a network of over 70 governments and international organisations which support the work of the Alliance. He will express the Council of Europe’s commitment to the promotion of cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue, important working areas of the organisation since its creation.

The Council of Europe’s principles on this issue are reflected in the White Paper on Intercultural Dialogue, which is currently being completed after an in-depth consultation process. Its aim is to formulate a coherent and long-term policy for the promotion of intercultural dialogue within Europe and between Europe and its neighbouring regions...."

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Bush announced his support for the Alliance of Civilizations

"The US ambassador to Spain, Eduardo Aguirre, will announce next week in Madrid his country's participation in the Alliance of Civilizations, according to the newspaper Público. Aguirre, said that the Bush administration is going to finance a network of schools in the Maghreb, within the activities of the Alliance of Civilizations."


Friday, January 11, 2008

Who sets the date for Kosovo independence?


"PRISTINA, 11 January 2008 (Tanjug) - Kosovo President Fatmir Sejdiu said on Friday that he knew the timeframe, but not the exact date of the declaration of independence of Kosovo, and added that it would happen ''very soon.'' Electronic media in Pristina reported that Sejdiu after meeting with UNMIK chief Joachim Ruecker and his deputy Larry Rossin, said that the independence of Kosovo would be declared in cooperation and coordination with the international community.

"The meeting between Solana and Jeremic is a part of the customary and constant contactEU's high representative for foreign and security policy and President Boris Tadic, Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica and Foreign Minister Jeremic, Gallach pointed out.

With regard to Kosovo, she (Gallach) added, Solana is in constant contact with the leadership in Pristina. ..

...Speaking to journalists in Ljubljana, Jansa said Kosovo "will not have total independence," and added that such a European mission, designed to replace UNMIK, "would not be sent to a totally independent country, sovereign country."


"Most EU states want to wait until mid-February to launch a police and justice mission in Kosovo, fearful an earlier move could hurt the pro-European incumbent in Serbia's presidential vote, diplomats said.

The launch of the 1,800-strong mission in the breakaway Serb province had been pencilled in for Jan. 28. But several states are concerned that is just days ahead of the expected Feb. 3 Serb election run-off, dominated by debate over Kosovo.

Postponing the deployment decision would also ensure it did not undermine the long-awaited signing of an agreement for closer ties with Serbia, which Brussels hopes to stage at a meeting of foreign ministers on Jan. 28.

"Most people think January would be bad timing (to launch the mission). They would take a lot of convincing at this stage to make them change their mind," one diplomat involved in deliberations on the issue said on Friday.

"There is no decision yet, but there are concerns about doing it in January because of the elections," said another envoy, adding there would be further discussions in the EU.

Kosovo is seen defying Belgrade and Serb ally Russia by making an independence declaration sometime around March...."

from: http://www.javno.com/en/world/clanak.php?id=113587

and now read this:

"Another EU source said EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana has been trying to hold back discussion of Kosovo independence until after the Spanish general election on March 9 to avoid causing problems for the Zapatero government.

With Catalonia and the Basque country in mind, Spain is wary about the precedent of a region declaring independence unilaterally without a U.N. resolution."

(same link)

many infos on the topic here:

stay tuned!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Dignitaries will come to Tallahassee

A Spanish headline from 2007, Dec 9: "Members of the High Level Group of the Alliance of Civilizations today urged States throughout the world to implement the measures recommended by the United Nations forum to promote integration among civilizations, cultures and religions"

'Without the support of the States alliance will never be a credible idea,' said the representative of the UN Secretary General for the Alliance of Civilizations, former Portuguese President Jorge Sampaio.
The former Portuguese president said he hoped that the first summit of the Alliance of Civilizations, scheduled for next January in Madrid will be attended by heads of state from celebrities to be used to 'anchor them in the real world'.
Speakers at the opening session said that members of the alliance met with the role of evaluating and produce a report with recommendations, and now it is the obligation of States and the UN itself to put them into practice. The High Level Group of the forum, composed of individuals from different countries, cultures and religions, presented a report eight months ago in which lists a number of recommendations that can be taken to promote dialogue between cultures and combat fanaticism and terrorism.
. 'Regarding the initiative of the UN report is a tool that can promote peace, but it is unfinished and is in danger of becoming into irrelevance', Sampaio said to warn of the need for States to adopt and implement."

Also the US seem to have reacted:
The Claude Pepper Center for Intercultural Dialogue
has "responded to the call of the United Nations “Alliance of Civilizations” initiative on behalf of Florida State University."

"Claude Pepper Center is hosting its First Bridging Civilizations Conference from Feb 11th-13th, 2008, at Florida State University. The conference will be an opportunity for the world’s most influential policy makers, business leaders, and academics to forge alliances that transcend national and cultural boundaries.

Furthermore, Bridging Civilizations will:

  • encourage support of the “Alliance of Civilizations,” an initiative of the United Nations established to promote a “global climate of dialogue”;
  • mark the establishment of “The Alliance Association of Colleges and Universities,” a world-wide network of higher learning institutions dedicated to intercultural communication, collaboration, and cooperation;
  • invite college-level students from across the country to join in the panels, lectures, and workshops of the conference.

Among those already invited and expected to attend are

Michael Oren, Senior Fellow at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem and author of Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East, 1776 to the Present;

Yuval Rabin, the son of former Israel Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin;

His Excellency Adel al-Jubeir, Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to the United States.


In a news from today executive director Monsignor William Kerr says:

"It is our hope that these relationships will lead to new foreign policy approaches, faculty and student exchange programs, research opportunities and activism among youth."

The conference is being sponsored by Tallahassee's Figg Engineering Group, a firm that builds bridges all over the world...
"A global climate of dialogue is really not going to happen unless universities get involved," Kerr said."


Their website mentioned also an initiative called "The Global Peace Exchange (GPE)"
It "... is an initiative to coordinate and expand the service based exchange opportunities for students throughout the world. Operating under the auspices of The Claude Pepper Center for Intercultural Dialogue at Florida State University and the United Nation's Alliance of Civilizations, the GPE functions to foster the construction of a new civilization founded on mutual cooperation and understanding to support development and peace in the world."

The GPE website says:

"As of now, we are part of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Association of Colleges and Universities, helping to realize the UNAOC’s goal of bridging cultural gaps through youth exchanges and service projects."


And we have a winner there:
"At age 21, Florida State University senior and Student Body President Joseph O’Shea has ... co-founded an international service-based exchange program for students worldwide. Now, Joseph O’Shea can add “Rhodes Scholar” to his already exceptional resume."
“I was awestruck,” said O’Shea, who hails from Clearwater, Fla. “The Rhodes Scholarship is such a remarkable opportunity and a launching pad to help those in need for the rest of my life. My mom was weeping over the phone when I told her. My father passed away in May. I wish he could have been here to see this. I am so grateful for the exceptional education I’ve received at FSU.”
O’Shea has co-founded: Global Peace Exchange, an international service-based exchange program for students worldwide, modeled after the U.S. Peace Corps;

Rhodes scholars Bill Clinton, Strobe Talbott, and Richard Gardner were largely responsible for Solana's appointment as head of NATO in 1995.
read more about the Rhodes influence at Dennis Cuddy's article from NewswithViews here:

stay tuned!

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

the list


this will be my longest post ever.
the list of participants for the AoC Forum in Madrid has finally arrived.
to access pictures you can click the title.

Besides Javier Solana we find many other interesting names, Antonio Banderas, Jordanian Prince Hassan, Gilles de Kerchove, EU Anti-terror chief, media, newspaper and filmstudio members, among them Columbia Pictures, members of Youth organisations from Catholic Youth to the Scouts worldwide,
and a Ravi Krishnamurthy Worldwide Programmes Director, LibForAll to name just a few...

See for yourself (and it's not alphabetical, it's per section) the whole list:

Ban Ki-Moon
Secretary-General of the United Nations

Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Prime Minister, Turkey

José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero
President of the Government, Spain

Jorge Sampaio
United Nations High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations

Prince Karim al- Hussaini, Aga Khan

Dato Seri Abdullah bin Haji Ahmad Badawi
Prime Minister, Malaysia

H.H. Mozah bint Nasser al Missned
Chairwoman, Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community

Kjell Magne Bondevik
Former Prime Minister of Norway & Director of the Oslo Center for Peace
and Human Rights

Ghida Fakhry-Khane
Anchor, Al-Jazeera

Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu
Secretary-General, Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC)

Koïchiro Matsuura
Director-General, UNESCO

Mary Robinson
Former President of Ireland & Former UN High Commissioner for Human

Javier Solana Madariaga
High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy,
Secretary-General of the Council of the European Union

Danilo Turk
President of the Republic of Slovenia

Ali Alatas
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Special Adviser to the President of

Michèline Calmy-Rey
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Switzerland

Shirin Ebadi
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Iran

Gareth Evans
President, International Crisis Group/span>

Tarja Jalonen
President of the Republic of Finland

Enrique Iglesias
Secretary-General, Ibero-American Secretariat

Miguel Ángel Moratinos
Minister of Foreign Affairs & Cooperation, Spain

Amr Moussa
Secretary-General, League of Arab States

Robin Niblett
Director, Chatham House - Royal Institute of International Affairs

Altawaijri Abdulaziz
Director General, Islamic Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization

Louise Arbour
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Amitav Banerji
Director and Head of the Office of the Commonwealth Secretary-General

Jean-Christophe Bas
Manager, Development Policy Dialogue , World Bank

Gabrielle Battaini-Dragoni
Director General of Education, Culture and Heritage, Youth and Sport and
Coordinator for Intercultural Dialogue, Council of Europe

Wonil Cho
Executive Director, Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF)

Lucio Guerrato
Executive Director, Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation

Cándido Mendes
Secretary-General, Académie de la Latinité

Carmen Moreno
Director, International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of

Robert Paiva
Director, External relations department, International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Odile Quintín
Director General, Directorate-General for Education and Culture, European Commission

Nafis Sadik
Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General & Special Envoy of the Secretary-
General. for HIV/AIDS in Asia and the Pacific

Katérina Stenou
Director, Division of Cultural Policies and Intercultural Dialogue, UNESCO

José Ignacio Aguaded Gómez r
Chairman and Founder, Grupo Comunicar

Rawia Alhumaidan
College of Basic Education, Kuwait

Ilhem Allagui U
American University of Sharjah, UAE

Neil Andersen
Executive member of the Association for Media Literacy (Ontario), USA

Sanjay Asthana
Middle Tennessee State University. USA

Lynda Bergsma
AMLA/University of Arizona. USA

Robin Blake
Media Literacy Manager, OFCOM

Evelyne Brumder Bevort
Deputy Director for International Relations, Centre de liaison de
l'enseignement des moyens de l'information (CLEMI)

Ulla Carlsson
Director, Nordic Information Center for Media Communication Research

CK Cheung
University of Hong Kong

Regina de Asis
President, MULTIRIO

Laura Di Lucia Coletti
“Ethical Province” Media Education Project, Venice

Alexander Fedorov
Taganrog State Pedagogical Institute

Universidad París III – Sorbona, Francia
Paris III-Sorbonne University, France

Agustín García Matilla
Communications Director, Carlos III University, Madrid, Spain

Valentí Gómez i Oliver
European Observatory of Children's Television, Spain

Renee Hobbs
Director, Media Educatin Lab, Temple University

David Kleeman
Executive Director, American Center for Children and Media

Keval Kumara
Symbiosis Institute of Mass Communication, India

Julieta Langa
Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique

Geoff Lealand
University of Waikato, New Zealand

Per Lundgren
Professor of Media & Communication Sciences, University of Karlstad

Susan Moeller
University of Maryland, USA

Jamal Eddine Naji
ISIC (Higher Institute for Communications Science), Morocco

Jacqueline O´Rourke
Consultant Policy and Communications, Qatar Foundation

José Manuel Pérez Tornero
Autónoma University, Barcelona

Vítor Reia-Baptista
University of Algarve, Portugal

Ibrahim Saleh
American University in Cairo & Director of the Cairo Media Center

María Dolores Souza
Director, NOVASUR Educational Television, Chili

Samy Tayie
Cairo University & Chairman of the Mentor Association, Egypt

Jordi Torrent
Project Manager, AoC Media Literacy Education

Asli Tunc
Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey

Kathleen Tyner
University of Austin, Texas, USA

Tapio Varis
University of Tampere, Finland

Cilia Willem
Interactive Media Lab, University of Barcelona

Matteo Zacchetti
European Commission Media Literacy Project

Shahir Ahmad Zahine
President & Founder, The Killid Group

Agnes Abuom
Regional Coordinator, Building Eastern Africa Community Network

Hatoon Al Farsi
Professor of History, King Saud University, Riyadh

Al Sayed Ali Al Hashmi
Religious Advisor to the Presidential Court, UAE

Sheikh Badr al-Din Hassoun
Grand Mufti, Syria

Aisha Al-Mannai
Dean, College of Sharia and Islamic Studies, University of Qatar

Sheikha Hussah Al-Sabah
Director, Kuwait Museum of Islamic Art (Dar Al-Athar Al-Islamiya)

Taysir Altamimi
Judge of Sharia Courts in Palestine and Head of the Council for Preserving
Islamic Holy Sites

Carlos Amigo Vallejo
Cardinal, Archbishop of Seville

Mohammad Syafi'i Anwar
Director, International Center for Islam and Pluralism (ICPI)

Karen Armstrong
Author and Theologian

Mehmet Aydin
Minister of State, Turkey

Trond Bakkevig
Dean of Vestre Aker, Church of Norway

Pierre Besnainou
President, Fonds Social Juif Unifie (FSJU, United Jewish Welfare Fund)

Josef Óvele
Co-ordinator, UNESCO Chair in Interfaith Studies, University of Birmingham

Joyce Dubensky
Executive Vice President, The Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious

Muhammad Hallar
Secretary-General, Islamic Organization of Latin American and the
Caribbean (OIPALC)

Hassan Hanafi
Professor of Philosophy, Cairo University

His Holiness Abune Paulos
Patriarch, Ethiopian Orthodox Church

Joel Hunter
Senior Pastor of Northland Church, National Association of Evangelicals, USA

Mark Juergensmeyer
Director, Center for Global & International Studies, University of California
at Santa Barbara

Azza Karma
Cultural Adviser, United Nations Populations Fund (UNFPA)

William Kerr
Executive Director, Claude Pepper Center, Florida State University

Metropolitan Kirill
Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations, Russian
Orthodox Church

Seyed Mohammad Ali Abtahi
Director, Institute for the Interreligious Dialogue. Iran

John Onaiyekan
Archbishop of Abuja, Nigeria

David Rosen
International Director of Interreligious Affairs, American Jewish Committee

Din Syamsuddin
Chairman, Central Board of Muhammadiyah, Indonesia

Juan José Tamayo
Theologian, Carlos III Universit

William Vendley
Secretary-General, World Conference of Religions for Peace

Abdulrahman Al Rashed
General Manager, Al Arabiya, UAE

Anas Altikriti
CEO of the Cordoba Foundation

Omar Amanat
Co-Founder, Groundswell Productions & Board Member of the AoC Media Fund

Derrick Ashong
Sweet Mother Entertainment, Ghana

Julia Bacha
Film Producer and Media Director, Just Vision; Co-Director, Encounter Point

Richard Barret
Director of the Al-Qaeda/Taliban Monitoring Team in the UN Office of

James Berk
CEO, Participant Productions

Tom Brokaw
Anchor and Managing Editor, National Broadcasting Company, Inc. USA

Subhash Chandra
Chairman, Essel Group, India

Susan Collin Marks
Executive Vice President, Search for Common Ground, South Africa

Youseef El Deeb
Chairman & Managing Director, Takhayal Entertainment

Mahnaz Fancy
Executive Director, Arts of the Islamic World

José Manuel Garasino
Director, Media Business School, Spain

Mohammed Gohar
CEO, Video CairoSat, Egypt

Andrés Vicente Gómez Gómez
Chairman, LolaFilms

Hisashi Hieda
Chairman & CEO, Fujisankei Communications

Bodo Hombach
General Manager, WAZ Media Group, Germany

Shamil Idriss
Deputy Director, Office of the Alliance of Civilizations, United Nations

Ambrose James
Director, Talking Drum Studio

Richard Kießler
Editor in Chief, WAZ Mediengruppe, Germany

Ted Koppel
Anchor, American Broadcasting Company, USA

Driss Ksikes
Journalist, former editor-in-chief of Tel Quel, Morocco

Patrick Le Lay
Chairman, TF1, France

Mario Lubetkini
Managing Director, Inter Press Service, Italy

Mohamed Larbi Messari
Former Communications Minister, Morocco

H.M. Queen Noor
Chair, Noor Al Hussein Foundation

Luis Rivas
Director of News and Programmes, EuroNews, Spain

Suhail Rizvi
Chief Investment Officer, Rizvi Traverse Management, USA

Andreas Rudas
Executive Director, of WAZ Ost Holding

Cynthia Schneider
Georgetown University, former US Ambassador to the Netherlands,
Brookings Institution

Max Uechtritz
News director, Nine Networks, Australia

Simon Willis
Global Vice President, Head of Public Services, Cisco Systems, USA

Soliman Abdel Moniem
Secretary General, Arab Thought Foundation

Muna Abu Sulayman
Executive Manager of Strategic Studies and Research Initiatives, Kingdom
Holding Corporation, Saudi Arabia

Mohammed Al Gergawi
Chairman, Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation & UAE Minister
of State for Cabinet Affairs

Saif Alhajari
Director, Qatar Foundation

Omar Amanat
Co-Founder, Groundswell Productions & Board Member of the AoC Media Fund

Bandar bin Khalid al Faisal
Chief Executive Officer, Arab Thought Foundation

Simon Xavier Guerrand-Hermès
Chairman, Guerrand-Hermès Foundation for Peace

Felipe Gómez-Pallete
Managing Director, Amancio Ortega Foundation

Vartan Gregorian
President, Carnegie Corporation

Barbara Ibrahim
Director, John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement,
American University in Cairo

Tom Kessinger
Chief Executive, Barrow Cadbury Trust

James Kidner
Director, The Coexist Foundation

John Kiser
Chairman, William and Mary Greve Foundation

Firoz Ladak
Executive Director, The Edmond & Benjamin de Rothschild Foundations

Kavita Ramdas
President & CEO, Global Fund for Women

Jorge Segrelles García
Managing Director, Repsol YPF Foundation

C. Holland Taylor
Chairman & CEO, LibForAll

Emilio Rui Vilar
Director, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

Sèmako Vincent Adanvoessi
GLEGBENU Network / Chantier Jeunes

Nina Aeckerle
United Network Of Young Peacebuilders

Alba Estela Aguilar Salgado
World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS)

Osaumah AlFalah
Youth Department, Asia Muslims Committee

Hassan Al-Ibrahim
Qatari Student Network

Leyla Aliyeva
Russian Representative, Heydar Aliyev Foundation

Rey Asis
Asian Students Association

Toni Bandov
Livno Youth Centre

Mariya Boguslav
National Committee, "All Different – All Equal"

Georg Boldt
Chairman, Advisory Council on Youth, Council of Europe

Aurora Bonnin Sole
Secretary for International Cooperation, Socialist Youth, Spain

Sharese Bullock
Strategic Partnerships & Marketing, Listen Up

Aníbal Cabrera Echeverría
Latin American Youth Forum (FLAJ)

Adrián Contursi-Reynoso
World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM)

Francisco Crespo
International Union of Socialist Youth (IUSY)

Lostao Daniel Sanjuan
Head of Finances, Youth Council of Spain

Meymune Davutoglu
Fellow, Foundation for Sciences and Arts, Istanbul

José Manuel de Miguel
Under-Secretary General, Ibero-American Youth Organization

Marta Escribano Carrasco
Head of International Relations, Youth Council of Spain

Concepción Estrada Martínez
Vice-Chairman, Youth Council of Spain

Mark Evans
Director, Connecting Cultures

Vania Freitas
Portuguese National Youth Council

Amarjit Gill
Member of Gerak Sikh Youth

Rui Gomes
Education and Training Unit, Directorate of Youth and Sports, Council of Europe

Nathalie Grandjean
Youth Representative for the General Assembly, Swiss National Youth

Anush Hayrapetyan
National Youth Council, Armenia

Magdalena Herova
Inex-SDA (Association for Voluntary Activities), Czchec Republic

Elaine Howard
Youth Affairs Division, Commonwealth Secretariat

Hagar Ibrahim
Youth Advocacy Team, Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Elshad Iskandarov
Secretary-General, Islamic Conference Youth Forum for Dialogue and

Jani Jallah
Member, Federation of Liberian Youth

Monica Kalandia
European Students Forum (AEGEE-Europe), Georgia

Cléophas Kanamugire
Chairman, Youth Association for Dissemination of Development Information

Harun Karcic
Youth Network, Islamic Community of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Victoria Kharchenko
National Youth Council of Russia

Lina Kirjazovaite
Danish Youth Council

Ping-Huang Liao
Outward Bound

Najlaa Mahboubi
Member, Forum of Young Moroccans for the Third Millennium

Christopher Malano
Secretary-General, International Movement of Catholic Students

Dragan Markoski
Youth Association Creative, Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia

John Marks
Chairman, Search for Common Ground

Federico Mayor Zaragoza
President, Culture of Peace Foundation

Areti Metuamate
Maori Youth leader

Hagar Mohamed
Youth Advocacy Team, Bibliotheca Alexandrina 

Tyler Norris
Executive Director, Abraham Path Initiative

Adeola Ojeniyi
National Coordinator for Nigeria, West African Youth Network

Guang Pan
Director and Professor, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences

Ebrahim Patel
Executive Director, Interfaith Youth Core

Shivangi Naishad Pat el
Member of the Indian Committee of Youth

Diogo Pinto
Secretary-General of the European Youth Forum

Benjamin Powless
Member of Youth Advisory Group for the Canadian Comission for UNESCO

Hannan Rhellam
National Council of Swedish Youth Organizations

Fidel Romano
Young European Socialists (ECOSY)

José Manuel Romero Coello
Secretary of Youth, state of Colima (Mexico)

Flavio Ronzi
International Red Cross

Ali Sarikaya
Chairman, OIC ICYF-DC

Ismail Serageldin
Director, Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Paola Silva
International Federation of Liberal Youth (IFLRY)

Stefanie Simone Thomas
Member of Jamaica Youth Ambassadors Programme

Sarah Ann Suda
Member of Malta UNESCO Youth Association

Lela Topuria
Georgia National Youth Council

Tobias Traut
Ecumenical Youth Council in Europe

Csilla Veszteg
Oberndorf Youth Centre

Lucas Welch
Chairman, Soliya

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf
Chairman, Cordoba Initiative

Ziad Abu-Amr
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Palestine

Turki al-Feisal
Chair, King Faisal Centre for Research and Islamic Studies

Leila Alikarami
Lawyer, Iran

Jamal Al-Tahat
Journalist, Jordan

Andre Azoulay
Senior Advisor to the King of Morocco

Mustafa Barghouthi
Former Minister of Information, Palestine

Richard Barret
Director of the Al-Qaeda/Taliban Monitoring Team in the UN Office of

H.H. Prince Hassan bin Talal
President of the Arab Thought Forum

Kjell Magne Bondevik
Former Prime Minister of Norway & Director of the Oslo Center for Peace
and Human Rights

Dante Caputo
Under-Secretary for Political Affairs,Organization of American States (OAS)

Chris Carter
Minister of Education , New Zealand

Mohamed Charfi
Former Education Minister, Tunisia

Gilles de Kerchove
EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator

John L. Esposito
Founding Director, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian
Understanding (ACMCU), Georgetown University, USA

Gareth Evans
President, International Crisis Group

Heba Ezzat
Lecturer, Cairo University

Mouna Ghanem
Former Chair of the Syrian Council on the Family

Salima Ghazali
Editor-in-Chief, La Nation, Algeria

Stephen Grand
Director, Project on US Relations with the Islamic World, Brookings Institution

Mohamed Jawhar
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Institute of Strategic and
International Studies (ISIS Malaysia)

Denison Jayasooria
Executive Director, Social Strategic Foundation

Petra Jonkers
Scientific Council for Government Policy, the Netherlands

Ravi Krishnamurthy
Worldwide Programmes Director, LibForAll

Rob Malley
Middle East and North Africa Director, International Crisis Group

Pedro Martínez Montavez
Former Dean of Autónoma University, Madrid

Oliver McTernan
Co-Founder & Director, Forward Thinking

Eliseo Mercado
Chair, National Peace Council

Dalia Mogahed
Executive Director, The Gallup Center for Muslim Studies

Abdel Moneim Said
Director, Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies (ACPSS)

Vitaly Naumkin
President, International Ccenter for Strategic and Political Studies

Farhan Nizami
Director, Oxfrod Centre for Islamic Studies

Andrés Ortega
Journalist , El País

Augusto Ramírez Ocampo
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Colombia

Douglas J. Roche
Diplomat and Former Senator, Canada

Narcís Serra
President of the CIDOB Foundation, former Deputy Primer Minister of the
Government of Spain, former Minister of Defence

Stein Villumstad
Deputy Secretary-General, Religions for Peace

Sundeep Waslekar
President, Strategic Foresight Group & Founder, International Centre for
Peace Initiatives

Redwan Ziadeh
Director, Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies

Miguel Ángel Aguilar
Senior Columnist, El País, Spain

Abdulrahman Al Rashed
Director General, Al Arabiya, EAU

Mina Al-Oraibi
Journalist, Asharq Al-Awsat, Irak

José Antich
Editor-in-Chief, La Vanguardia, Spain

Endy Bayuni
Editor-in-Chief, The Jakarta Post, Indonesia

Shlomo Ben-Ami
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Israel & Vice-President of the Toledo
International Centre for Peace, Israel

Stefanie Bolzen
Editor, International Section, Die Welt, Germany

Juan Luis Cebrián
CEO, Grupo Prisa, Spain

Mohamed Colin
Editor-in-Chief, SaphirNews, France

Ángeles Espinosa
Journalist , El País, Spain

Ángel Expósito
Director, Europa Press, Spain

Sheikh Hamad bin Thamer al-Thani
Chairman, Al-Jazeera, Qatar

Hameed Haroon
CEO, Dawn Group of newspapers

Khaled Hroub
Director, Cambridge Arab Media Project

Hala Jaber
Middle East Correspondent, The Sunday Times

Amr Khaled
TV Anchor, Egypt

Riz Khan
News Anchor, Al-Jazeera International

Jihad Khazen
Senior Columnist, Al Hayat, Egypt

Gema Martín Muñoz
Director, Casa Árabe, Spain

David Michaelis
Director of Current Affairs, Link TV, USA

Emad Omar
Columnist, Daily Star & Al-Hayat, Jordan

Carlos Pagni
Political Analyst, La Nación, Argentine

Lawrence Pintak
Director, Center for Electronic Journalism; The American University in Cairo

Amina Rasul-Bernardo
Filipino sobre el Islam y la Democracia (PCID);
Editor, Manila Times & Moro Times

Luis Rivas
Director of News and Programmes, EuroNews, Spain

Felipe Sahagún
Journalist, El Mundo,Spain

Rabbi Arthur Schneier
President, Appeal of Conscience Foundation, USA

Jochen Thies
Director, Deutschelandradio Kultur, Germany

Ferai Tin
Columnist, Hurriyet

Sandro Viola
Journalist, La Repubblica

Sheikh Waleed Bin Ibrahim Al Brahim
Chairman and CEO, Middle East Broadcasting Center

Mike Wallace
Anchor, 60 Minutes, Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS), USA

Shaukat Warraich
Director, Right Start Foundation

Talal Abu-Ghazaleh
Chairman & CEO, Talal Abu Ghazaleh International (TAGI) Egypt

Markus Akermann
CEO, Holcim, Germany (Builidings, Concrete)

Habiba Al Marashi
Emirates Environmental Group, EAU

Ishak Alaton
CEO, Alarko Group, Turkey

José María Aldecoa
Chairman, Mondragón Corporación Cooperativa, Spain

Juan Alfaro
Secretary-General, Club de Excelencia y Sostenibilidad (Excellence &
Sustainability Club), Spain

Mario Armero
President for Spain and Portugal, General Electric, Spain

Luis Atienza
Chairman & CEO, Red Eléctrica Española, Spain

Ferdinando Beccalli Falco
President & CEO, GENERAL ELECTRIC (GE) International

Meriem Vénzala
Director-General, Les Eaux Minérales d’Oulmès, Morocco

Antonio Brufau
Chairman, Repsol YPF, Spain

Ahmet Çalik
CEO, Çalik Group

Fulvio Conti
CEO Enel, Italy

Celia de Anca
Director, Center for Diversity in Global Management, Spain

Sasho Dontchev
Executive Director, Overgas Inc.

Alberto Durán
Chairman, Fundación ONCE

André Fourie
Director, National Business Initiative, South Africa

Sheikha Hanadi Nasser Bin Khalid Al Thani
Vice Chairperson and Managing Director of the Qatar Ladies Investment
Company, Qatar

Effenus Henderson
Director Diversity Officer, Weyerhaeuser Company. USA

Saad Kettani
CEO, Wafa Corp, Marocco

Mustafa Koç
President, Koç Group, Turkey

Richard Little
President and CEO, ImagineNations Group, USA

Honorato López Isla
First Deputy Chairman and CEO, Unión FENOSA, Spain

Francisco Luzón
CEO, Santander Group, Spain

Mark Makepeace
Chief Executive, FTSE Group, United Kingdom

Youssef Mansour
Chairman & CEO, Mansour Manufacturing & Distribution Group, Egypt

Eduardo Montes
Deputy Chairman, Siemens, Spain

Aldo Olcese
Chairman of the Economic Accounting and Financial Section, Royal
Academy of Economic and Financial Sciences, Spain

Carlos Pérez de Bricio
Chairman, CEPSA, Spain

Güler Sabanci
CEO, Sabanci Group, Turkey

Rachid Slimi
CEO, CDG Developpement, Morocco

Lachezar Tsotsorkov
Managing Director, Asarel Medet JSCo, Bulgaria

Simon Willis
Global Vice President, Head of Public Services, Cisco Systems, USA

Ayhan Yavrucu
Board Member and CEO, Alarko Group of Companies, Turkey

Rosa Aguilar
Mayor of Cordoba

Antonio Banderas

Paulo Coelho

Bertrand Delanoë
Mayor of Paris

Jordi Hereu
Mayor of Barcelona

Federico Mayor Zaragoza
President, Culture of Peace Foundation

Wole Soyinka
Nobel Prize in Literature in 1986

Kadir Topba
Mayor of Istanbul

Abdel Azim Wazir
Governor of Cairo

This event next week is the first major event of the Alliance of Civilizations,” the group’s Acting Director said at a press briefing in New York.

The “centrepiece” of the Forum will be the launching of two major initiatives, he (Shamall Idriss) noted, confirming that one of them will be a “major investment” in the Alliance’s planned youth employment initiative, which would bring together Governments and major multinational corporations.

Madrid will also see the launch of a multi-million dollar Alliance of Civilizations Media Fund, an initiative that will be run independently of the UN and set up by private philanthropists and media agencies to “support major film productions that help to promote cross-cultural understanding and combat stereotypes.”

He added that so far investors had committed $10 million towards what will ultimately be a $100 million campaign for the Fund. While the names of the Fund’s partners will be announced at next week’s gathering, he noted that they include new media companies that were “household names” and “three major Hollywood film companies.”


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