Common Ground Newsbulletin: 13 November 2012

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Inside this edition 13 – 19 November 2012

Supermarket is an unexpected arena for Israeli-Palestinian co-existence
by Ruth Eglash
As interaction between Israelis and Palestinians becomes increasingly scarce, an Israeli supermarket chain with branches in the West Bank brings ordinary people together.
(Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 13 November 2012)

Civil society may hold key to peace in Pakistan
by Mehreen Farooq
Pakistan struggles with conflict and violence, but individuals within the country are challenging extremism – and having an impact, writes Mehreen Farooq, a senior fellow at the World Organization for Resource Development and Education.
(Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 13 November 2012)

OIC head talks religion and politics in Egypt
by H.A. Hellyer
Where does the future lie for Egypt’s Coptic Christians? What relationship should religion and state have? H.A. Hellyer, nonresident fellow at the Brookings Institution, finds new perspectives on these questions through a meeting with Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu, Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
(Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 13 November 2012)

British film festival looks at the Middle East beyond the headlines
by Dina Magdy
When it comes to the Middle East North Africa region, Western media often focuses on politics – leaving the narratives of ordinary people in the region unexplored. But, says author Dina Magdy, a recent film festival provided an opportunity to showcase those stories – and build cultural bridges at the same time.
(Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 13 November 2012)

Expanding the power of interfaith dialogue
by Ghassan Rubeiz
What’s next in the journey towards building bridges between faiths? Ghassan Rubeiz, former Middle East Secretary for the World Council of Churches, highlights two areas that are key to fostering understanding.
(Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 13 November 2012)

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