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On the second day, summer school participants were privileged to learn from a member of the European Parliament, Bas Belder. 
On 28th June, the summer school group took an excursion to Sekem farm, an organic farm in the Egyptian desert, around 60km North East of Cairo. The students were there to discover the Sekem ethos, sustainable development with a holistic approach, and experience the living and learning intercultural...
Throughout the presentation of Johan Snel on July 6th, 2018, three themes were discussed: modern democracies, the dark side of democracies, and the lessons we can draw from this.
Professor Hoda Awad joined the group for a presentation about the Egyptian constitution. She started by discussing the basics of democracy and constitutions. She explained to us that democracies had six elements or conditions. Firstly, there is the presence of democratic institutions and...
American media shed light on al-Sīsī’s words to the Egyptian people during his visit to the cathedral last night for the 2020 Christmas Eve Mass. al-Sīsī thanked the Egyptian people for maintaining national unity and preventing sectarian wars.   
The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights criticised Egyptian security forces after the latter had prevented 4000 Coptic Christians from performing the New Year’s prayer in a building in Fāw Baḥarī village. The Christians of the village, which lies in Dishnā (Qinā governorate) in the south of...
The prominent Iraqi religious leader Muqtadā al-Ṣadr was criticised by Iraqi commentators for his inconsistent positions in relation to the killing of Qasem Soleimani, the leader of the Iranian al-Quds brigades.  In the comments Muqtadā al-Ṣadr was described as a follower to the Iranian orders and...
 Without prior notice an American drone bombed the car of a group of military leaders affiliated with Iran and its proxies - the Popular Mobilization Forces and the Lebanon-based Ḥizbullāh - on their way to Bagdad airport. The attack led to the death of General Qasem Soleimani, the most important...
The Iranian Revolutionary Guard announced that it had targeted the American military base ʿAyn al- Asad in Iraq’s al-Anbār province in revenge for the United States’ killing of Qasem Soleimani, one of the Revolutionary Guard’s top leaders.  Ten ballistic missiles had fallen on the ʿAyn al-Asad base...
In this op-ed, the author analyzes two important facets of the United States’ assassination of Iran General Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad.  First, he looks at the figure of Soleimani as not only a skilled, interpersonal general but also the power he had within the Iranian regime and his future legacy...

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