10/06/2013 – 09:11hs
Group studies relations between Arabs and Latin America
São Paulo – Two years ago, a group of researchers from different countries decided to join forces to form a centre for studies to examine relations between the countries of the Middle East and North Africa and the nations in Latin America. Thus arose New Generation Consulting, a think tank based in Lebanon that is seeking closer ties with Brazilian organisations.
“There is a very strong and great potential among the regions of the Arab world and Latin America in terms of diaspora, culture and trade. There are strong complementarities, but no one really focused on how to build bridges between the two regions,” said the French-Chilean Janaina Herrera, managing director of the think tank. She and the Lebanese Issam Al Khatib, COO and technological consultant at the research centre, visited the headquarters of the Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce on Thursday (06) and were greeted by the organisation’s director-general, Michel Alaby.
The New Generation Consulting has ten professionals in different areas, Economics, Anthropology, Political Science and Diplomacy, among others. The centre also has a network of supporters including entrepreneurs who help the project.
Israel and America should not be ignoring this.
It should be noted that the Arabs in Brazil are heavily Lebanese-Christian, and fairly moderate.
Brazilian politician visits ancestral home for first time
April 19, 2013 01:35 AM
By Mohammed Zaatari
The Daily Star
“This is the land of my father and mother, who were from the Hage and Homsi families. My father was a physician who graduated from St. Joseph University and emigrated to Bahia in Brazil in 1925,” Hage boasted to reporters.
Despite his Lebanese heritage, the head of the Office of the Comptroller General of Brazil is in Lebanon for the first time. Having attended a conference in Beirut with representatives of countries such as Egypt, Palestine, Saudi Arabia and Algeria, Hage decided to extend his stay to visit Qaitouleh, the village of his ancestors.
Read more: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Local-News/2013/Apr-19/214300-brazilian-politician-visits-ancestral-home-for-first-time.ashx#ixzz2RfjzdWse
(The Daily Star :: Lebanon News :: http://www.dailystar.com.lb)
He found out that he was eligible to vote in Lebanon.
Turns out the Brazilian politician was Christian (read the article – at the source)
What is interesting is how matter-of-factly they refer to Palestine. The South Americans have recognized Palestine as a nation.
This would not be so commonly seen in American reporting.
Jorge Hage is the Comptroller-General of Brazil, which is a cabinet position in that country, roughly equivalent to our Secretary of the Treasury.