CommonGround Newsbulletin: 24 July 2012

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Inside this edition 24 July – 31 July 2012

Middle East brain drain shows signs of reversing
by Nada Akl
Middle Eastern economies have suffered as young, educated individuals emigrate to the West in search of employment. But a new entrepreneurial spirit in the Arab world suggests this is changing, writes Lebanese journalist Nada Akl.
(Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 24 July 2012)

Economic development in Afghanistan impossible without peace
by David Cortright
With countries pledging billions of dollars a year in aid to Afghanistan, they may be overlooking a much more crucial form of assistance, writes David Cortright from Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.
(Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 24 July 2012)

Embracing a greener Ramadan
by Ryan Strom
The month of Ramadan is a time of fasting and prayer, but more and more Muslims are also using this time to reflect on their relationship with the environment, writes Ryan Strom, Communications Manager for Green Muslims.
(Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 24 July 2012)

Hip-hop mogul and Orthodox rabbi push “twinning” project in the Holy Land
by Danna Harman
What do a hip-hop mogul and an Orthodox rabbi have in common? Danna Harman, journalist for Haaretz, writes about the unlikely pair’s unique vision for Muslim-Jewish cooperation in the Middle East.
(Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 24 July 2012)

Reevaluating interfaith dialogue
by Steven Shashoua
Interfaith encounters have become increasingly common, but are they enough to transform negative attitudes? Stephen Shashoua from the Three Faiths Forum (3FF) in London discusses the challenge of promoting real social change.
(Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 24 July 2012)

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