Did you know that using children as soldiers is wrong?
But why exactly is it wrong? Who comes up with these laws? What exactly defines what people like to call "Public International Law?" To get into that now would be exhaustive and boring, so let me get right into what I'm doing here in The Hague, the Netherlands.
I graduated from AUC last spring with a Bachelor's in Political Science, with a double concentration in International Relations and Public International Law.
Among the things that make humans a unique species is the passion to know, explore, discover, and make. Found in every culture and age, this human value is a major driver of societal, national, and personal development and growth -- it is how we made it from the stone age to the space age.
I was sitting with a friend on campus a couple of days ago when I overheard bits of an interesting conversation. Several girls were actively discussing how "image is everything." Although I have no idea why this sentence was uttered, it is hard for me to imagine a context in which I would agree with this statement. Surely one's image is important, but saying it is everything sounds a little too extreme for my taste.
In life there are three stages that are always talked about: you go to school, then university and then there's the job. For this week, I'm talking about the period between university and the job. Unemployment is endemic in this country with the average jobless spell being 13 months for college graduates. So in the spirit of someone who's going through that period, here are the top 10 ways to deal with unemployment.
The year 2011 for Egypt may as well go down in the history books as one of flux, revolution and that powerful tool available to the third estate - the strike.
Pick up a daily newspaper, switch on your television, or walk across a street downtown and you will likely see or hear about some labor group striking for more equitable wages, better employment conditions, health insurance or even to have better qualified managers.
I am an AUC alumni and started working in AUC 2 years ago! I actually felt very sad seeing what's happening on campus lately and I think we should start thinking on what can we do about it.
I have had talks with some students myself and unfortunately I realized that they do not understand the consequences of what they are doing, and they don't even know what other alternative actions they could do to communicate their demands. They don't even know if their demands are justified, or if they are actually rights, or negotiable demands!
I am an AUC alumni '86 and '91 and staff member since 2008. I remember taking part in a sit in as an undergraduate student in Tahrir Campus to protest against increase in tuition fees in the 1980's. I am proud of AUC.
I am very sad by what I have seen on campus this past week. I commend the security staff, DDC employees and custodians and their representatives for being organized and articulate about their demands and also for seeming to be engaged in a negotiation process with the administration that will hopefully lead to achieving their demands.
Before the revolution, disconnecting from current events and entering a temporary state of oblivion was an option I indulged in guiltlessly. The situation was stagnant. Little ever changed and if it did, the changes were usually foreseeable. Even as we awaited the elections last year, we anticipated with little to no excitement what would come next. Most Egyptians were frustrated with the path their country was engaging in but their aspirations for change seemed to shrink in the face of what seemed to be ruthless determinism.
Thank you for giving me some space. Although, when you come to think about it, it is also quite frightening. Because, now that it is there, or now that there isn't anything there (remember that little empty space on the page of the Caravan that contained nothing but an announcement? An announcement saying that there would be something, next time, someone's, "my," "Philosophical Musings"?) Frightening. Now, I have to put something there, maybe, even fill it.
In full disclosure, I’m an AUC faculty member in the Journalism department. It’s the tuition that students pay to AUC that pays my salary.
That said, as it relates to the recent 9 percent tuition increase at AUC, you have valid concerns about such a high increase. Additionally, students should be informed about of the decision making process as it relates to tuition and other decisions that directly impact them.
However, in my opinion, the students ability to have their demands met is in jeopardy and here’s why:
Mass demonstrations, while mostly asking for political demands, are largely apolitical in the way they express their dissatisfaction. They are not diplomatic in rhetoric or action. That is why they attract a large number of people. However, often that indifference to diplomacy or politically correct language turns to a far less beneficial form of expression: violence. That is exactly what happened in front of the Israeli embassy in Giza on September 9th .
The Egyptian public has always had a very hostile attitude towards Israel, and it is understandable.
September 9th was to be a day of protests in Tahrir Square not seen since prior to the month of Ramadan. Known as “correcting the path” amongst organizers, it was to express frustration at the military’s handling of the Mubarak trials and such.
Some of you might share my feelings towards AUC. To me it’s home … my home.
But then, that was a good 35 years ago. Back in 1976 when I first walked through its oversized gates, I relished AUC’s Islamic architecture, stood in awe in Ewart Hall and absorbed the quote that would forever stay with me – “Let knowledge grow from more to more, but more of reverence in us dwell” - and I just blossomed in AUC’s liberal education and oh well, achieved 4.0 for 5 semesters and maintained a full tuition scholarship! Oh yes, FULL tuition! Throughout my undergraduate years I didn’t pay a penny!
After a successful day, in the ‘Friday of Corrections’ the unexpected happened. Some of the protestors walked to Al-Giza, Egypt where the Israeli embassy is located and removed the Israeli flag and broke in the embassies storage unit. This caused chaos all around the world during the night of the ninth of September.
A lot of debates and discussions have been going on throughout the whole night up till the next day whether the removal of the Israeli flag and storming of the storage unit was justified?
Thank you for offering Citystars the opportunity to correct the wrong assumptions made by opinion writer Youssef Abdel Aziz (16th May issue). Regarding signage at the entrance to Citystars Mr. Aziz says: “Clearly, these pictures were not present before the Revolution.”
The signs on the picture below were photographed on the night of May 6, at the entrance of the City Stars shopping centre. Clearly, these pictures were not present before the Revolution. The Sharbatly family, the Saudi owners of City Stars, are clearly testing the waters in post-January 25 Egypt.
We need to come out and say NO. No to segregation, no to an Islamic State!