The New Executive Order is No Solution: Three Facts on Family Separation and Detention

By Blanca Ramirez, Jody Agius Vallejo and Eliane Fersan. Published in the CSII Immigrant Integration Wire. The Family Separation executive order, and increasing immigration enforcement, will have significant long-term human costs and broad societal impacts. Here are three facts about migration, family separation, and the broader societal consequences of immigrant detention.

Why Hillary’s win is important to girls, women around the world

Observing and talking to different people the past few days, I could not help this reflection: mothers and parents of girls are more likely to appreciate the historic moment of Hillary Clinton's nomination than mothers/parents of boys. It seems that, mothers in particular, need to be reminded of all the things they were told they… Continue reading Why Hillary’s win is important to girls, women around the world

Only Passionate women run for president

Watching CNN International one of the political commentators described the Clinton/Sanders race as a battle between #Passion and #Pragmatism! I wonder how could one describe a woman's long journey in public office Pragmatic? It's scaring, it's tough and it takes all the passion in the world to start and finish the race! She's been making… Continue reading Only Passionate women run for president

Winning the Eisenhower Fellowship, an honor and a responsibility

I am getting ready for an exciting two-month journey with the Eisenhower Fellowships, Women Leaders Program 2015 which will take me to Philadelphia, Washington DC, New York, Boston, Sedona, San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles, and Miami. Like my explorer ancestors, I will be touring the US's top local and international organizations, public and UN institutions,… Continue reading Winning the Eisenhower Fellowship, an honor and a responsibility

Special report: Lebanese-Brazilians

A beautiful and well-researched piece by Joe Dyke documenting the Lebanese migration to Brazil from the late 1800s till today… Published in the Executive Magazine, July 2014

Joe Dyke Journalist

I have recently completed a month-long trip to Brazil in which I was reporting extensively on the Lebanese-Brazilian diaspora (and watching the World Cup!) For those that don’t know, there are perhaps twice as many Brazilians of Lebanese descent as there are people inside Lebanon itself. They are also hugely powerful and economically successful.

One of the first ships to take Lebanese people to Brazil One of the first ships to take Lebanese people to Brazil

As such I spent a few weeks meeting senior Lebanese-Brazilians, including an interview with Michel Temer – Brazil’s vice-president. I also wrote an extensive history of Lebanese emmigration to Brazil, which was fascinating to research and write. I have copied and pasted the first part of it below.

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Scheherazade: Scent, Illusion and Burial عطر وهم ودفن شهرزاد – ليلى كوركيس

http://vimeo.com/68010381 'Scheherazade: Scent, Illusion and Burial' is an artistic collaboration between University of Iowa Department of Dance Professor Alan Sener, the Lebanese-born/Canadian writer Leila Gorguis, and New York City choreographer/performer Columbine Macher. It is the second UITV produced program conceived by Sener - the first was entitled The Lyre of Ur - in which the… Continue reading Scheherazade: Scent, Illusion and Burial عطر وهم ودفن شهرزاد – ليلى كوركيس

Sharing my experience of leadership in Local Government

I am getting ready to go to Morocco at the invitation of the Anna Lindh Foundation (ALF) President Mr. Andre Azoulay, Advisor to His Majesty Mohammed VI, King of Morocco, to be one of the 5 main speakers who will discuss the resources and mechanisms of participation of youth in local decision making and local governments at the… Continue reading Sharing my experience of leadership in Local Government

Zouk Mikael en route to glory… “So dreams come true”!

Through the innovative approaches of the Youth and Culture Center, Zouk Mikael is recognized once more as a leading city from the Global South at the Guangzhou International Awards in 2012.

Les immigrés syro-libanais au Brésil de 1920 à 1926: Perception du corps consulaire français

The International Conference on Arab Immigration in the Americas Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul (UFMS) September 28 – October 1st, 2005   Les immigrés syro-libanais au Brésil de 1920 à 1926: Perception du corps consulaire français   Eliane N. FERSAN   © 2005 All rights reserved. No part of this paper may be… Continue reading Les immigrés syro-libanais au Brésil de 1920 à 1926: Perception du corps consulaire français

Lebanese Migration (1880–Present): “Push” and “Pull” Factors

Lebanese Migration (1880–Present): “Push” and “Pull” Factors (published in Viewpoints Special Edition, Migration and the Mashreq, The Middle East Institute – Washington DC, April 2010, pp. 13 – 17.) Middle East Institute, Washington DC The earliest traces of modern Syro-Lebanese[1] migration date to the 1850s with Anthonius Al-Bishalani, who migrated to the United States. However, scholars consider the… Continue reading Lebanese Migration (1880–Present): “Push” and “Pull” Factors