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The Syrian-Lebanese Diasporas in Latin America and the Syrian Conflict

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Finally! Our Research on the Politicization of the Syrian-Lebanese Diasporas in Latin America is available in English.

In the following report, we examine the politicization paths of the Syrian-Lebanese Diasporas in the context of the Syrian conflict, shedding the light on these little-known communities in Venezuela, Brazil and Argentina.

We analyse, in particular, the different reasons why these communities overwhelmingly support the Syrian regime: anti-Imperialism, solidarity with the Eastern Christians and influence of an ancient Alawite community in Argentina.

This research was published in the French book “Pas de Printemps pour la Syrie”, La Découverte, December 2013.  We would like to express our appreciation to Pol O Beaglaoich for translating our work. Check our report on our website.

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NGC Special Report – Making Sense of Brazilian Protests

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Dancing Shadows on the Brazilian Congress

NGC is proud to share with you its latest Special Report on the protests in Brazil.

We happened to be in Sao Paulo in June 2013 for a month-long research mission, when the protests against the bus fare hike broke out.

We decided to try to make sense of this historical upheaval, mobilizing our two-year experience in the field of Public Healthcare in a favela of Rio and interviewing Brazilians from the Public, Private and Third-sector Organizations in Sao Paulo, Rio and Brasilia.

This report is but a small contribution to a larger discussion that is just beginning, let us know your thoughts and share with us your analysis!

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Video Release of the NCF e-health Pilot in Rio

NGC is proud to present the video it produced for the New Cities Foundation (NCF) Pilot in Rio. Many thanks to all those who helped us and participated in this video.

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The Final Report of the NCF e-health Pilot in Rio is Out!

UntitledToday is a special day for us. After almost two years of hard work side by side with the New Cities Foundation, we are proud to share with you the  final report:  “Urban E-health Project in Rio”  in English and Portuguese.

Together with the Municipality of Rio, GE, Cisco, the University of State of Rio (UERJ) and the teams of the Santa Marta Family Clinic, we have designed and implemented a new way to leverage e-health technologies in the field of Primary Healthcare.

Thanks to a GE e-health kit, the medical teams were able to bring healthcare to the houses of the most vulnerable patients and perform an accurate and almost instantaneous diagnosis.

This resulted in substantial cost savings for the public healthcare system, a better in-home experience for patients and for the medical teams and helped lift barriers to access healthcare in an underprivileged community.

All of this would not have been possible without the commitment and dedication of each and every member of the NCF e-health Task Force, in particular the teams of the Family Clinic. Our local coordinator, Rosalie, played a critical role in making this project a success. Continue reading

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Upcoming Short Documentary on the NCF m-health Pilot in Rio

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Upon the request of the New Cities Foundation (NCF), we have been working hard over the past few weeks on a short documentary project about the mobile health Pilot in Santa Marta (Rio).

Together with NCF, Rosalie, our local coordinator in Rio, and Marcelo, a gifted documentary director from Rio with extensive experience in underprivileged communities, we started brainstorming on the best way to tell the story of the project and convey its human dimension.

Today, we are thrilled to share with you some pictures of the making off. Follow our guide, Julio the nurse, who knows the ins and outs of Santa Marta and has been an enthusiastic participant in the implementation of the mobile health project. For more on the project, check the NCF website.

More coming soon!

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Did you know? Latin America has had 8 presidents of Arab origin

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According to Al-Ahram, over 17 million people in Latin America are thought to be of Arab origin. Other estimations calculate that Latin Americans of Arab descent could represent up to 5% of the region, or 25-30 million people. Most of them are descendants of immigrants who came from Syria, Lebanon, Palestine and Jordan, during the first decades of the 20th century.

One thing is certain: Latin America hosts the largest Arab diaspora in the world. By comparison, the Arab minority in Europe (including Arab immigrants and Europeans of Arab origin) was estimated at about 6 million in 2010.

Latin Americans of Arab descent have been disproportionately successful. Nowhere in the world more than in Latin America have the Arab migrants been able to thrive and be so successful. The names of Carlos Slim in Mexico, Miguel Facussé in Honduras or José Said in Chile are synonyms of economic power and political influence. Continue reading

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The 2010 Nuclear Swap Deal (Brazil, Turkey & Iran) – 5 Lessons, 4 Recommendations

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NGC is happy to share with you the speech it delivered during the USEK International Symposium on the Relations between the Middle East and South America.

Enjoy the reading and share your thoughts with us!

NGC Team

Your Excellencies,

Distinguished Colleagues,

Dear Friends,

Allow me to start by welcoming all of those who came a long way to join us and by congratulating the organizers for this important event, the University of Saint Esprit of Kaslik (USEK) and the RIMAAL.

This is truly a fantastic opportunity to have an in-depth discussion on the potential of a new relation between the Middle East and South America. We are, I believe, the pioneers of an emerging strategic alliance that will bring about many benefits for the peoples of both regions and beyond.

Let me focus today on the potentialities of a Latin American political mediation in the post-Arab spring Middle East. It is mainly a prospective exercise that will:
– Draw five lessons from the nuclear swap deal between Iran, on the one hand, and Brazil and Turkey on the other hand,
– Formulate four recommendations for future initiatives.

I. Five Lessons Learned from the Nuclear Swap Deal

Let us start by analyzing a real historical precedent: the nuclear swap deal between Brazil, Turkey and Iran. In the spring of 2010, Brazil and Turkey carried out a diplomatic initiative to broker the Tehran Research Reactor (TRR) fuel swap with Iran, taking in a former US proposal of October 2009. Under the deal, Iran was to ship 1,200kg of low-enriched uranium to Turkey, in return for fuel for its research reactor.

This initiative was hailed by some observers as a powerful indicator of the empowerment and “autonomization” of emerging diplomacies from traditional decision centers and western powers.

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Did you know…?

NGC in collaboration with the RIMAAL is proud to announce the launching of a new joint rubric on the relations between the Arab World and Latin America (AWLA/ الأولى): “Did you know…?”

The objective is to spread the word and create awareness among the larger public about the cultural diversity, historical depth, political relevance and growing economic significance of the links between Latin America and the Middle East.

Through weekly fun and meaningful anecdotes, statistics and images, we want to point at the tip of the iceberg of AWLA relations and incentivize readers to go deeper and beyond stereotypes.

You can follow us on twitter @ “NGCRIMAAL”, react, comment and propose! Continue reading

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Middle East & South America – The Way Ahead

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In many different ways, the symposium co-organized by the Center University Saint Esprit of Kaslik (USEK)  and the RIMAAL (29-30 November) on the relations between the Middle East and South America was an eye-opener. It confirmed the massive potential of the trans-regional relation, the dynamism and ambitions of key stakeholders but also the long way still ahead of us.

During the event, the elements of this new South-South relationship literally crystallized under our eyes: new research avenues were identified (O. Dabene); future events and academic initiatives were announced and people from both continents met and clicked. We truly felt like pioneers. Continue reading

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International Symposium on relations between the Middle East and South America (Lebanon, Kaslik, 29th-30th November 2012).

We are really excited to participate in the upcoming event co-organized by two of our key partners, the RIMAAL research network and the Kaslik University Center for the Study of South America (CECAL) on a topic dear to our hearts:  the rapprochement between the Middle East and South America (detailed program and participants here).

The symposium will bring together international experts and academics to discuss the critical assessment of 10 years of South-South convergence. A multidisciplinary panel of 20 speakers will gather for two days from 10 different countries representing recognized institutions, including the Getulio Vargas Foundation (Brazil), DePaul University (Chicago), Science Po (Paris), Universidad de Cordoba (Argentina), the IHEAL (Paris), the UDEM (Mexico) and the University of Jordan. Continue reading

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