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As-Safir announces deal with investor

September 20, 2011 01:33 AM By Annie Slemrod

The Daily Star

BEIRUT: When one of Lebanon’s leading dailies said Monday that a Syrian-American businessman had acquired 20 percent of the paper, few were surprised. It’s not uncommon for businesspeople or politicians to invest in media.

But according to experts, the surprise is that As-Safir made an announcement at all, as these types of deals are not often discussed in the open. And discussed it was, as the newspaper’s publisher and editor-in-chief Talal Salman proudly spoke about investor Jamal Daniel’s purchase in front of microphones, cameras, and a full house at the Press Federation.


University of Arkansas: Ted Swedenburg Appointed Visiting Professor in Levant Studies at Georgetown University

Monday, August 22, 2011

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Ted Swedenburg, an anthropology professor at the University of Arkansas, will spend the fall and spring semesters at Georgetown University as the first Jamal Daniel Visiting Professor of Levant Studies at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.


FIIRD Fellows Announced for 2011-2012 Academic Year

22 July 2011

Geneva, Switzerland – The Scientific Committee of the Foundation for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue is pleased to announce the selection of four academic fellows for the upcoming year.  The fellows will focus on deepening the understanding among persons of different religions and fostering leadership to respond to intercultural and interreligious challenges.


New Arab regimes must meet needs of the people

The uprisings represent opportunity for progress


Published in the Houston Chronicle - June 7, 2011, 10:21PM

The news of Osama bin Laden's death at the hands of American forces has sparked commentary around the globe on the ways in which his world and influence had already diminished drastically in the decade since 9/11. Few voices have emerged from the Arab world protesting his death or the nature of the American intervention that caused it. Bin Laden himself had been living relatively quietly in his Pakistani compound, his network having shrunk to a small circle of family and local advisers based mainly outside the Middle East, in Pakistan and Afghanistan.


Levant Foundation Establishes the Jamal Daniel Fund for the Study for the Levant at Georgetown University

3 June 2011

Houston, TX – The Levant Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of the Jamal Daniel Fund for the Study of the Levant at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.  This program will support students and scholars in their studies of the Levant Region – its culture, history, society, religion and current political context – as well as provide a platform for policymakers to discuss current and future issues as they pertain to the Levant Region.