Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Internet and nationalism. Part 1

Just one word from our side: interesting.

"We live in a period when the Internet and other new means of communication are often used for criminal purposes. Even five years ago, the Internet was a giant dump used to defame particular politicians. Nowadays the situation has changed dramatically and the Internet has become a tool to create a manageable chaos. That has become evident during the Arab Spring, when social networks were used to overthrow governments.

At the same time, the very expression 'electronic mass media' has changed its meaning. Now it doesn't only correspond to electronic versions of newspapers, but the self-sufficient genre. Bloggers have become very influential. But it’s not clear whether they can be considered journalists or not, or whether professional ethics apply to them or not. Yaroslav Skvortsov, the dean of the Journalism Faculty of the Moscow State Institute of Foreign Affairs, addressing the last Eurasian forum, didn’t manage to answer the question.

The recent terrorist attack on Moscow Domodedovo Airport and the events in Kyrgystan have proved that to search web is the quickest way to find out information. Moreover, the role of the Internet is extremely important in forming public attitudes to any event. The first versions introduced by bloggers soon become the most popular. Those who come up with the best headlines become the best newsmakers.

The recent case of Nazarbayev’s medical operation has proved this. If only Kazakhstan had had a well-developed stock market, the news would’ve changed the situation surrounding the country’s finance dramatically. That’s how it happens in a country where the Internet has been playing an important role in the struggle for power inside the elite for years.

The most important thing is that the official media is always worse, when you need live and accurate information. The events in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan have shown that the public is more ready to trust bloggers than pro-government TV and newspapers. Official sources of information are too politically engaged to provide the public with unprejudiced data and thus the public prefer to search the web.

These tendencies are evident even in such post-Soviet republics as Belarus and Turkmenistan. Nowadays more and more people (especially young people) trust the Internet more than printed editions. Young men practically don’t read printed newspapers and seldom watch TV. Teenagers are especially attentive to the sources of information they use.

That’s why politicians (from Dmitry Medvedev to Karim Masimov) start writing blogs and using social networks. However, for the majority of them that’s just a game and nothing else. Nonetheless, the problem remains.

The first way out is to prohibit social networking and writing blogs. Evidently such measures would be very insufficient, it would lead to isolation and stagnation. In today’s world, information is more valuable then oil or gas. Still, governments should control electronic media.

One of the reasons is the fact that the Internet can be used to expand nationalism and xenophobia, major threats to the present-day world. It’s very important to cover news dealing with inter-ethnic relations in an unbiased way. However, those who encourage speculation and raise panic are often the most successful newsmakers".

By Alexey Vlasov. Exclusively to VK.

To be continued.

Friday, July 22, 2011

برنامج الريادة الثقافية الدولية Cultural Leadership International Program (for Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Egypt, UAE)


We are glad to propose you an unique opportunity to participate in a such intercultural event -- a 4 day Leadership Development Workshop in Istanbul from 23 till 27 October 2011. Especially if you are from countries: UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Egypt, UAE, Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Hungary, Romania and the Czech Republic.

For more information follow this link.

Monday, July 18, 2011

TPACEKA

Реализация экспериментальных проектов на Черном море в рамках нового проекта TRACECA «Морские магистрали и логистика» обсуждались на первом заседании проекта LOGMOS. Во встрече, которая проходила в Киеве с 4 по 6 июля 2011 года, приняли участие заинтересованные стороны, в том числе транспортные организации, судоходные, железнодорожные и автотранспортные компании, экспедиторы.

Особое внимание уделено развитию портов в Черноморском регионе, в частности будущей системы Ro-Ro, контейнеризации, расширению мультимодальных средств и логистики в ряде стран, включая Молдову и Украину.

Встреча для стран Каспийского моря и Центрально-Азиатского региона запланирована на осень 2011 года. Она состоится в Тбилиси.

Как сообщается в пресс-релизе, проект LOGMOS продолжит усилия предыдущих проектов ТРАСЕКА по установлению целенаправленного диалога между государственным и частным секторами.Общая цель проекта LOGMOS, региональный офис которого разместится в Киеве, - содействовать долгосрочному устойчивому развитию логистической инфраструктуры и мультимодальных перевозок по коридору ТРАСЕКА. Он также поможет разрабатывать и выполнять целостные стратегии по созданию интегрированных цепочек интермодальных перевозок и логистики.

ТРАСЕКА (Транспортный коридор Европа-Кавказ-Азия) - это программа международного сотрудничества в области транспорта между ЕС и странами-партнерами в Восточной Европе, на Южном Кавказе и в Центральной Азии. Рамки сотрудничества охватывают надежность морского, воздушного, автодорожного и железнодорожного транспорта, транспортную инфраструктуру.

Источник: Инфоцентр ЕИСП

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Euromedrights: Internship in Amman, Jordan

The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN) offers an internship to undergraduate and graduate students at its office in Amman, Jordan starting September or October 2011. The internships typically run for 4 to 6 months, but longer period may be agreed upon.

Internships at the EMHRN are highly relevant for students in the fields of Middle East Studies, Law, Human Rights, Gender Studies, Women’s Rights, Law and Development, Political and Social Science, Anthropology, Communication and/or Journalism. Europeans or non Jordan nationals learning Arabic or willing to improve their knowledge in Arabic through a longer stay in Jordan are welcome to apply.

The intern will mainly assist the project coordinator based in Amman dealing with the thematic project: Women’s Rights & Gender Equality in the Euro Med Region. The EMHRN team in Amman currently consists of a project coordinator, a project assistant and an administrative assistant.

Work hours: 37 ½ hours per week, with possible adjustments. No salary is paid, but a monthly indemnity of 500 JOD is granted.

Description of tasks

The job is highly administrative and consists in assisting in the overall gender project implementation:
• Assisting in proofreading and editing researches and reports conducted on behalf of the EMHRN
• Gathering information and drafting notes/reports/up-dates on specific issues
• Assist in organization of working group or other types of meetings, incl. budgeting and accounting
• Communication (phone and email) with EMHRN members and others
• Feed the Gender sub website (http://gender.euromedrights.org/) (training will be provided)
• Diffusing materials, launching reports, etc
• Assist in maintaining close coordination with EMHRN’s partners and associates in the gender project and with EMHRN members in the region

• Ad hoc activities

Qualifications required for the internship

• Higher Education Degree (Middle East Studies, Law, Political and Social Science, Human Rights, Gender Studies, Women’s Rights, Law and Development, Anthropology, Communication and/or Journalism – other degrees may also be considered)
• Computer literacy in Word (Excel an advantage)
• Interest in human rights including gender equality issues, civil society of the EU/Middle East
• Ability to communicate clearly and concisely in writing• Ability to research and draft notes and updates properly

• Self-motivated, well organised, able to work independently and fast.

Languages skills required

Fluent English is a requirement. Fluency or a good knowledge of French or Arabic will be considered as a strong advantage.

The interview will be conducted in English, as well as in French or Arabic depending on the languages of the applicants.

To apply

Interested persons should submit their resume and application, in English only, by email to

Sarah Tal at sta@euromedrights.net

Deadline for applying: 8 August 2011

For administrative reasons, we will not be able to answer all applications. Only short-listed applicants will receive an answer. Interviews will take place early September.

For further information on the content of the internship

Please contact the project coordinator (before 21 July): Lina Qurah at lqu@euromedrights.net

Background

The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN) was founded in January 1997 in response to the Barcelona Declaration of November 1995 and the establishment of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership (EMP). It is the coordinating body of about eighty human rights organisations and institutions as well as individuals from over thirty countries. The EMHRN organisational structure is built on a general assembly, an executive committee working groups and a secretariat.

Rooted in civil society the Network seeks to develop and strengthen partnerships between NGOs in the EuroMed region, i.e. networking aimed at strengthening the capacity of members to act and interact within the context of the region and the Barcelona process and other EU-Arab cooperation frameworks.

The EMHRN secretariat is situated in Copenhagen. The EMHRN presently has also offices or antennas in Brussels, Rabat, Amman, Cairo and Paris.

Monday, July 4, 2011

[YFC2] International leadership training seminar(ILTS) - Egypt

  • Are you 21 to 30?
  • Are you a youth leader or a youth worker?
  • Have you ever thought of creating social change?
  • Have you ever thought of taking an action towards the global injustice issues and be an active citizen?
  • Do you have any plans or campaigns in mind which needs leadership skills to put them to reality?
......IYDA together with Action Aid, and with the selection of a group of the best Egyptian and international trainers is starting and for the first time the ILTS in Egypt to empower youth to lead volunteers in doing social change projects, our theme is: Think global and Act local!


International Leader Training Seminar is a six day international seminar which will qualify you to lead international volunteer groups, international work camps or campaign activities in an NGO.

By joining the seminar, you will strengthen the social and intercultural competencies that you need to lead a group, and you will gain experience relevant to your education, job or organizational work. And the best part is that you will learn to lead by leading other participants from the seminar.

Topics covered in the seminar include: intecultural cooperation, communication, motivation. facilitation, group dynamics, conflict management, project management.

And all will be in English language.

We promise you the best learning experience ever together with lots of fun.

If you are interested, check the attached application and announcement for more details .

All applications should be submitted no later than July 15th 2011.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Internet and nationalism. Part 1

Just one word from our side: interesting.

"We live in a period when the Internet and other new means of communication are often used for criminal purposes. Even five years ago, the Internet was a giant dump used to defame particular politicians. Nowadays the situation has changed dramatically and the Internet has become a tool to create a manageable chaos. That has become evident during the Arab Spring, when social networks were used to overthrow governments.

At the same time, the very expression 'electronic mass media' has changed its meaning. Now it doesn't only correspond to electronic versions of newspapers, but the self-sufficient genre. Bloggers have become very influential. But it’s not clear whether they can be considered journalists or not, or whether professional ethics apply to them or not. Yaroslav Skvortsov, the dean of the Journalism Faculty of the Moscow State Institute of Foreign Affairs, addressing the last Eurasian forum, didn’t manage to answer the question.

The recent terrorist attack on Moscow Domodedovo Airport and the events in Kyrgystan have proved that to search web is the quickest way to find out information. Moreover, the role of the Internet is extremely important in forming public attitudes to any event. The first versions introduced by bloggers soon become the most popular. Those who come up with the best headlines become the best newsmakers.

The recent case of Nazarbayev’s medical operation has proved this. If only Kazakhstan had had a well-developed stock market, the news would’ve changed the situation surrounding the country’s finance dramatically. That’s how it happens in a country where the Internet has been playing an important role in the struggle for power inside the elite for years.

The most important thing is that the official media is always worse, when you need live and accurate information. The events in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan have shown that the public is more ready to trust bloggers than pro-government TV and newspapers. Official sources of information are too politically engaged to provide the public with unprejudiced data and thus the public prefer to search the web.

These tendencies are evident even in such post-Soviet republics as Belarus and Turkmenistan. Nowadays more and more people (especially young people) trust the Internet more than printed editions. Young men practically don’t read printed newspapers and seldom watch TV. Teenagers are especially attentive to the sources of information they use.

That’s why politicians (from Dmitry Medvedev to Karim Masimov) start writing blogs and using social networks. However, for the majority of them that’s just a game and nothing else. Nonetheless, the problem remains.

The first way out is to prohibit social networking and writing blogs. Evidently such measures would be very insufficient, it would lead to isolation and stagnation. In today’s world, information is more valuable then oil or gas. Still, governments should control electronic media.

One of the reasons is the fact that the Internet can be used to expand nationalism and xenophobia, major threats to the present-day world. It’s very important to cover news dealing with inter-ethnic relations in an unbiased way. However, those who encourage speculation and raise panic are often the most successful newsmakers".

By Alexey Vlasov. Exclusively to VK.

To be continued.

Friday, July 22, 2011

برنامج الريادة الثقافية الدولية Cultural Leadership International Program (for Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Egypt, UAE)


We are glad to propose you an unique opportunity to participate in a such intercultural event -- a 4 day Leadership Development Workshop in Istanbul from 23 till 27 October 2011. Especially if you are from countries: UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Egypt, UAE, Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Hungary, Romania and the Czech Republic.

For more information follow this link.

Monday, July 18, 2011

TPACEKA

Реализация экспериментальных проектов на Черном море в рамках нового проекта TRACECA «Морские магистрали и логистика» обсуждались на первом заседании проекта LOGMOS. Во встрече, которая проходила в Киеве с 4 по 6 июля 2011 года, приняли участие заинтересованные стороны, в том числе транспортные организации, судоходные, железнодорожные и автотранспортные компании, экспедиторы.

Особое внимание уделено развитию портов в Черноморском регионе, в частности будущей системы Ro-Ro, контейнеризации, расширению мультимодальных средств и логистики в ряде стран, включая Молдову и Украину.

Встреча для стран Каспийского моря и Центрально-Азиатского региона запланирована на осень 2011 года. Она состоится в Тбилиси.

Как сообщается в пресс-релизе, проект LOGMOS продолжит усилия предыдущих проектов ТРАСЕКА по установлению целенаправленного диалога между государственным и частным секторами.Общая цель проекта LOGMOS, региональный офис которого разместится в Киеве, - содействовать долгосрочному устойчивому развитию логистической инфраструктуры и мультимодальных перевозок по коридору ТРАСЕКА. Он также поможет разрабатывать и выполнять целостные стратегии по созданию интегрированных цепочек интермодальных перевозок и логистики.

ТРАСЕКА (Транспортный коридор Европа-Кавказ-Азия) - это программа международного сотрудничества в области транспорта между ЕС и странами-партнерами в Восточной Европе, на Южном Кавказе и в Центральной Азии. Рамки сотрудничества охватывают надежность морского, воздушного, автодорожного и железнодорожного транспорта, транспортную инфраструктуру.

Источник: Инфоцентр ЕИСП

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Euromedrights: Internship in Amman, Jordan

The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN) offers an internship to undergraduate and graduate students at its office in Amman, Jordan starting September or October 2011. The internships typically run for 4 to 6 months, but longer period may be agreed upon.

Internships at the EMHRN are highly relevant for students in the fields of Middle East Studies, Law, Human Rights, Gender Studies, Women’s Rights, Law and Development, Political and Social Science, Anthropology, Communication and/or Journalism. Europeans or non Jordan nationals learning Arabic or willing to improve their knowledge in Arabic through a longer stay in Jordan are welcome to apply.

The intern will mainly assist the project coordinator based in Amman dealing with the thematic project: Women’s Rights & Gender Equality in the Euro Med Region. The EMHRN team in Amman currently consists of a project coordinator, a project assistant and an administrative assistant.

Work hours: 37 ½ hours per week, with possible adjustments. No salary is paid, but a monthly indemnity of 500 JOD is granted.

Description of tasks

The job is highly administrative and consists in assisting in the overall gender project implementation:
• Assisting in proofreading and editing researches and reports conducted on behalf of the EMHRN
• Gathering information and drafting notes/reports/up-dates on specific issues
• Assist in organization of working group or other types of meetings, incl. budgeting and accounting
• Communication (phone and email) with EMHRN members and others
• Feed the Gender sub website (http://gender.euromedrights.org/) (training will be provided)
• Diffusing materials, launching reports, etc
• Assist in maintaining close coordination with EMHRN’s partners and associates in the gender project and with EMHRN members in the region

• Ad hoc activities

Qualifications required for the internship

• Higher Education Degree (Middle East Studies, Law, Political and Social Science, Human Rights, Gender Studies, Women’s Rights, Law and Development, Anthropology, Communication and/or Journalism – other degrees may also be considered)
• Computer literacy in Word (Excel an advantage)
• Interest in human rights including gender equality issues, civil society of the EU/Middle East
• Ability to communicate clearly and concisely in writing• Ability to research and draft notes and updates properly

• Self-motivated, well organised, able to work independently and fast.

Languages skills required

Fluent English is a requirement. Fluency or a good knowledge of French or Arabic will be considered as a strong advantage.

The interview will be conducted in English, as well as in French or Arabic depending on the languages of the applicants.

To apply

Interested persons should submit their resume and application, in English only, by email to

Sarah Tal at sta@euromedrights.net

Deadline for applying: 8 August 2011

For administrative reasons, we will not be able to answer all applications. Only short-listed applicants will receive an answer. Interviews will take place early September.

For further information on the content of the internship

Please contact the project coordinator (before 21 July): Lina Qurah at lqu@euromedrights.net

Background

The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN) was founded in January 1997 in response to the Barcelona Declaration of November 1995 and the establishment of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership (EMP). It is the coordinating body of about eighty human rights organisations and institutions as well as individuals from over thirty countries. The EMHRN organisational structure is built on a general assembly, an executive committee working groups and a secretariat.

Rooted in civil society the Network seeks to develop and strengthen partnerships between NGOs in the EuroMed region, i.e. networking aimed at strengthening the capacity of members to act and interact within the context of the region and the Barcelona process and other EU-Arab cooperation frameworks.

The EMHRN secretariat is situated in Copenhagen. The EMHRN presently has also offices or antennas in Brussels, Rabat, Amman, Cairo and Paris.

Monday, July 4, 2011

[YFC2] International leadership training seminar(ILTS) - Egypt

  • Are you 21 to 30?
  • Are you a youth leader or a youth worker?
  • Have you ever thought of creating social change?
  • Have you ever thought of taking an action towards the global injustice issues and be an active citizen?
  • Do you have any plans or campaigns in mind which needs leadership skills to put them to reality?
......IYDA together with Action Aid, and with the selection of a group of the best Egyptian and international trainers is starting and for the first time the ILTS in Egypt to empower youth to lead volunteers in doing social change projects, our theme is: Think global and Act local!


International Leader Training Seminar is a six day international seminar which will qualify you to lead international volunteer groups, international work camps or campaign activities in an NGO.

By joining the seminar, you will strengthen the social and intercultural competencies that you need to lead a group, and you will gain experience relevant to your education, job or organizational work. And the best part is that you will learn to lead by leading other participants from the seminar.

Topics covered in the seminar include: intecultural cooperation, communication, motivation. facilitation, group dynamics, conflict management, project management.

And all will be in English language.

We promise you the best learning experience ever together with lots of fun.

If you are interested, check the attached application and announcement for more details .

All applications should be submitted no later than July 15th 2011.