BBC World Have Your Say: “Arab Spring”

Pace Economics Lecturer Ghassan Karam discussed the recent uprisings in the Middle East as a guest panelist on World Have Your Say, BBC’s award-winning global interactive news discussion show, on April 22, 2011.

Pace Economics Lecturer Ghassan Karam discussed the recent uprisings in the Middle East as a guest panelist on World Have Your SayBBC’s award-winning global interactive news discussion show, on April 22, 2011.

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NEWS RELEASE: Left Forum Convenes at Pace NYC March 18-20

“Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and the Middle East uprising” is one of the current topics up for discussion starting tonight when the Left Forum—the largest annual conference in the US of left and progressive intellectuals, activists, academics, and the interested public —convenes in New York City at Pace University. The conference runs through Sunday, March 20.

Fresh, often controversial ideas on Middle East, anti-labor moves, health care, to be aired at Pace University this weekend

Cornel West, Malalai Joya, Barbara Ehrenreich to keynote largest US conference of left and progressive scholars and activists

Cornel West

Left Forum convenes at Pace University downtown Manhattan campus March 18-20

NEW YORK, NY, March 18, 2011– “Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and the Middle East uprising” is one of the current topics up for discussion starting tonight when the Left Forum—the largest annual conference in the US of left and progressive intellectuals, activists, academics, and the interested public —convenes in New York City at Pace University. The conference runs through Sunday, March 20.

Other topical “tracks” of linked presentations include “Public sector labor mobilizes nationwide”and“Transforming healthcare.”

Plenary speakers opening the forum tonight at 6:30 are:

  • Cornel West, Culture critic and d distinguished professor, Princeton University
  • Barbara Ehrenreich, author of “Nickel and Dimed”
  • Laura Flanders, best-selling author and; host of GRITtv
  • Paul Mason, BBC Newsnight economics editor.

Other plenary speakers include

  • Malalai Joya, former member of Afghan parliament
  • John Nichols: author of ”The ‘S’ Word,” correspondent for The Nation
  • Carlos M. Vilas, Universidad Nacional Lanus, Argentina, Editor, Latin American Perspectives.

All events take place at Pace University’s downtown Manhattan campus, One Pace Plaza (Spruce St, just east of City Hall, between Park Row and Gold St). Media admission by press pass.

Portions of the event are being streamed and broadcast during the weekend, by freespeechtv.com.

The three-day conference will bring together 700 speakers, 200 panels, and over 3,000 participants. The theme is “Toward a Politics of Solidarity.” Noam Chomsky, Arundhati Roy, and Jesse Jackson were last year’s keynoters.

Rollback of social democracy achievements?

This year’s forum is taking place “as the people of Egypt and Tunisia overthrow their dictators, and students and workers from Greece to France and England challenge the rollback of social democracy’s greatest achievements,” a statement from the organizers points out.

The diversity of topics ranges from local environmental struggles to analysis and reports from around the world on new forms of solidarity, labor militancy, and transformative democratic uprisings.

In the history of the forum, the statement adds, “never before have so many people organized so many panels, debates, round tables, themed panel tracks, and activist workshops.”

Speakers from Canada to India

Other speakers come from a broad, non-sectarian left of scholars, labor activists, anarchists, students, and movement organizers from around the world, including Greg Albo (York University, Canada), Luciana Castellina (Il Manifesto, Italy), Andrea Cely (Universidad de los Andes, Colombia), Bogdan Denitch (Brac, Croatia), Carlos Esquer (Sindicato Mineros, Mexico), Raquel Garrido (Party of the Left, France), Timothy Hall (UK), Zhidong Hao (University of Macau), and Sang-Hwan Jang (Gyeongsang National University, South Korea).

Also Ian Camilo Cintrón Moya (Union de Juventud Socialista-Puerto Rico), Gautam Navlakha (Economic and Political Weekly, India), Sowore Omoyele (Sahara Reporters, Nigeria), Victor Alverez Rodriquez (Centro Internacional Miranda, Venezuela), Ariel Salleh (University of Sidney, Australia), and Albert Scharenberg (Freie Universitaet, Berlin).

The speakers and panels are listed on www.leftforum.org, a site that also has registration information. The conference fee ranges from $20 to $60 for from one to three days.

“Violence and social misery”

Cornell West, in a statement, noted a “right that is on the march—for free market fundamentalism, an aggressive militarism, and escalating authoritarianism. It is a triumphant Right that attacks the social democratic policies that are the achievements of the Left.”

The Left is broad, he says, including people concerned about “structural violence… exploitation at the work place, institutionalized contempt against gay brothers and lesbian sisters, hatred against peoples of color, and the subordination of women.”

Identifying with the Left “means that you are willing to fight against, and to try to understand the sources of social misery at the structural and institutional levels, as well as at the existential and personal levels,” and to “defend people against the brutality of a globally expansive and predatory capitalism.”

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Prof. Katen Challenges Readers to Press Institutions and Governments for End to Middle East Conflict

Pace University Professor Joan Katen has published a book, “Love at the Edge,” that tells a love story of people from rival nations in the Middle East.

Contact: Cara Cea, (914) 906-9680, ccea@pace.edu

PACE PROFESSOR WRITES OF LOVE IN THE MIDST OF HATE

“Love at the Edge” puts love to the test in the face of the Israeli- Palestinian conflict

PLEASANTVILLE, NY, November 16, 2009 – Pace University Professor Joan Katen has published a book, “Love at the Edge,” that tells a love story of people from rival nations in the Middle East.

The mere mention of the Middle East typically conjures up thoughts of the Israeli- Palestinian conflict and the hate and violence that have destroyed homes, families, lives and nations.

Katen creates a contrast between these struggles and the prevailing strength of love.

Katen is an Adjunct Professor of Political Science and Peace and Justice Studies and specializes in Middle East Politics. She has served as the Regional Vice President of United Nations Association.

“Love at the Edge” tells of young lovers in the midst of the hate from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. David, an Israeli man and Yasmeen, a Palestinian woman, are university students from different worlds who both decide to study abroad in Paris. Despite their prejudices they are instantly attracted. When they find themselves in danger they are forced to forget their biases in order to survive.

The book is written with an easy-to-read fluidity –what aren’t so easy to read are the accounts of horrific violence that occur in characters’ home countries. The book is told from the perspective of David, and begins in disaster. Hate and senseless violence are introduced in the first chapter.

On Wednesday, December 2 at 6:15 p.m. Katen will give a talk and sign her book in the Mortola Library at Pace University, Pleasantville, 861 Bedford Road, entrance 2.

An end to impasse? “I wrote “Love at the Edge” because I have studied and taught about the Middle East Conflict for many years, beginning with my graduate school experience at Columbia University and the Middle East Institute there,” said Katen. “Hearing more and more about the violence and how it affected children on both sides I felt I had to do something. I believe I have shown how both sides suffer, and yet how people can reconcile their differences and work together if they open their hearts to one another.” “Perhaps the novel will spur readers to push governments to find a solution,” adds Katen. “I based the novel in reality. Most of the things that happen in the novel actually happened. This Palestinian/Israeli conflict seems to have a ripple effect, and it adds to unrest in many areas around the world.” Although the book is characterized as fiction, it is based on true accounts from the conflict in the Middle East.

By writing this love story, Katen aims to “encourage the American public to press for an end to the tragic impasse that has stolen the futures of bright young Arabs and Israelis.”

“Love at the Edge” is published by iUniverse (www.iuniverse.com) and available at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com (www.bn.com). List price is $19.95, 320 pages, ISBN-10: 1440164533, ISBN-13: 978-1440164538.

About Pace University: For 103 years Pace University has produced thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lienhard School of Nursing, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems.

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News source: Obama’s speech at Cairo University in Egypt

Bridwell is a Professor of International Business at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business. He teaches courses in Business in the Global Environment, Global Business Strategy and Operations, Competitive Business Strategy, Government Institutions and Business Strategy. His research interests are in globalization, European Union, NAFTA, and the World Trade Organization

June 4, 2009

Contact: Bill Caldwell, Office of Public Information, Pace University, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu

NEWS SOURCE

Topic: Obama’s speech at Cairo University in Egypt

Pace University Professor Larry Bridwell took seventeen Pace students, including two MBA students of Muslim faith, to Dubai during Spring Break to study Islamic Finance and visit Islamic Banks. Previously, at General Electric, he was the first general manager of the Saudi American General Electric Company, a joint venture between GE and five Saudi partners. He is an expert on strategic management and the impact of government policy on corporations and society. He is well versed in the economic environment of the region.

Professor Bridwell is available to comment on President Obama’s speech at Cairo University in Egypt.

“President Obama emphasized empathy in his nomination to the Supreme Court of Judge Sotomayor. That same characteristic was exemplified in his speech seeking international understanding of Islam and a more positive partnership among the world’s one billion Muslims and the rest of the world.

“From a business viewpoint, the natural resources and human potential of the Middle East offer great opportunities. International business should actively pursue active engagement in Muslim countries for both economic and humanitarian reasons.”

Bridwell is a Professor of International Business at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business. He teaches courses in Business in the Global Environment, Global Business Strategy and Operations, Competitive Business Strategy, Government Institutions and Business Strategy. His research interests are in globalization, European Union, NAFTA, and the World Trade Organization.

He has taught classes in several IBM settings and has had assignments with Colgate-Palmolive, NYNEX, General Electric, KPMG LLP, Miles-Technicon, and the U.S. Agency for International Development. His managerial assignments included living in London and Riyadh.

Phone: 914-762-3714 (home) or 914-391-7219 (cell); e-mail: lbridwell@pace.edu.

The Lubin School of Business is accredited for both business and accounting by AACSB International, an elite distinction shared by fewer than 3 percent of business schools worldwide. With a tradition of practice-oriented curricula, the school has achieved national recognition for both its graduate and undergraduate programs in U.S.News & World Report and other media. Approximately 4,000 students are enrolled in Lubin’s undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in Downtown and Midtown New York City, and Pleasantville and White Plains in Westchester. Prominent alumni include Melvin Karmazin, CEO, Sirius Satellite Radio; James Quinn, president, Tiffany & Co.; Ivan Seidenberg, chairman and CEO, Verizon; Marie Toulantis, former-CEO, Barnes&Noble.com; and Richard Zannino, former-CEO, Dow Jones & Company. www.pace.edu/lubin.

For 103 years Pace University has produced thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lienhard School of Nursing, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

Expert source on Petraeus report favors tactical redeployment to Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain

Pace University expert foresees “large wave of democracy” in Middle East in next 10 to 15 years

NEWS SOURCE

Contact: Bill Caldwell, Office of Public Information, Pace University, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu

August 21, 2007

Topic: General Petraeus’s September status report
to Congress on Iraq policy

Pace University expert foresees “large wave of democracy” in Middle East in next 10 to 15 years

Michael Izady, PhD, history professor at Pace University in New York, is an expert on the Middle East who helps train and brief Special Forces troops and others in the U.S. military here and overseas on ethnic and social issues. In the past year, he has seen the training of the Iraqi police and military first-hand.

Izady’s views on Iraq’s police and security forces, likely intervention by neighbors, long-term U.S. presence, and counter-terrorism:

• The Iraqi army, police and security forces “are ineffective because they have been trained like a Western army: to use violence as the last and not the first resort. In a non-civil society where people have been treated as subjects and not citizens for generations, such a civility on the part of the law enforcement authorities leads invariably to vast increase in violence, political and criminal. We are creating a very respectable and respectful Western-style police and military because we intend to bring democracy. It is not the killing machine that Iraq used to have. But the population is used to that killing machine.”

• There will be no overt intervention in Iraq by its neighbors once the U.S. leaves the country. “The United States will still be in the Middle East and the Persian Gulf, and the neighboring countries are well aware of the power the U.S. can wield if need be. Iraq’s neighbors will intervene covertly, however, but except for some border crossing by the Turks to punish the Kurds, there will be no invasion of Iraq or open interference in that country by the neighboring states. U.S. troops can safely be withdrawn to new positions ‘just over the horizon’ in Kuwait, Qatar or Bahrain and still maintain a protective role for the fledgling democratic government of Iraq. This can easily protect Iraq from its neighbors, and to a great degree, the Iraqi people from the emergence of another dictatorial government in Baghdad itself.”

• The U.S. leaving the country completely and unsupervised would “probably create a dictatorship of the Shia majority in Iraq and the strong possibility of a breakup of the Iraqi state along its ethnic seams. Conversely, a tactical redeployment to ‘just over the horizon’ and the maintenance of close surveillance of the Iraqi political elite and affairs can largely achieve the domestic American demand for a withdrawal without chancing throwing the baby out with the bathwater. The British awarded Iraq its independence in 1932, then withdrew to Habbania— a one-hour drive west of Baghdad, i.e., just over the horizon in those days — where they kept an eagle eye on the government they had helped to create. It worked well until 1958 when the British lost that ability. The country immediately saw a military takeover and the end of its fledgling democracy. We should learn much from this.”

In an online chat with USATODAY.com in 2004, Izady said “Iraq should be administered as Germany, Japan and Italy have been since 1945, i.e., America has remained on their soil despite the fact that independent democratic governments were formed and are functioning in those countries. There has never been a complete and total American withdrawal from Germany, Japan or Italy.” http://cgi1.usatoday.com/mchat/20040210004/tscript.htm

• In the next 10 to 15 years, we will see a “large wave of democracy” in the Middle East. “The United States is committed to a long-term policy of bringing democracy and free markets to the planet piece-by-piece, portion by portion. We have no choice. Either everybody will have more social justice and affluence, or we will continue to live a life of terror for the foreseeable future. The global village can no longer sustain a barricaded and peaceful rich within a sea of poverty and turmoil. Only the United States has the human, political, military and economic resources to achieve this. Left to its own devices, the world gets worse through small and big wars, genocides, starvation and environmental degradation. It would have been great if the UN had the instrument or the unity to do these. But, at present and in the foreseeable future, it is the U.S. that has this ability and in fact responsibility to nudge the world toward a more equitable and prosperous future.”

Izady is the author of books including The Kurds: A Concise Handbook (1992); The Sharafnâma (2005), and Yazdanism: Mystery Religions and Mythology of the Zagrotian Peoples (1997). He is the author of five field guidebooks on Iraq, Afghanistan, the Balkans, the Levant, and Islam & Insurgency used by members of the U.S. Armed Forces deployed overseas. He received his college education in the U.S., finishing his doctorate in Middle Eastern Studies at Columbia University in 1992. He has taught at Harvard, the Smithsonian Institution, Uppsala University in Sweden, the Free University of Berlin, and Pace University (2001-present).

Izady has appeared on National Public Radio, PBS, ABC Nightline, Fox, Discovery Channel, and History Channel.

Izady travels frequently and is not always available. Media should try reaching him at izadym@yahoo.com and 212-362-6188. See website, www.pace.edu .