Intercultural

pro refugee protest in Germany

Seven Different Opinions in Germany About Refugees

As the refugee crises in Germany reached its heights in September 2015, I went to help both Germans and refugees. I had been in a similar situation 31 years earlier as a refugee in Germany. I, too, had escaped war and political unrest. Although I landed in Germany by a plane and not by crossing the dangerous seas or walking for days by foot, I, too, sought refuge in search for hope, a future, and a better life. Because of my experience, I could understand the fear and emotional and psychological distress of the refugees. But I was also able…
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Cultural Bridging in Amman – Grassroots Projects with Scarce Resources - MPC Journal @ Image: Hakim Khatib

Cultural Bridging in Amman – Grassroots Projects with Scarce Resources

JORDAN – While political conflicts have dominated almost all discourses around the region of West Asia, narratives on the region have remained ensnared by political and religious frameworks. Thus the people in West Asia remain entrapped within politically driven explanations to answer questions about peace and conflict, Islamism, authoritarianism, security, stability etc. Unfortunately, even cultural, historical, philosophical, psychological and archaeological aspects of human civilisation in this region were to a great extent framed to serve only political explanations. This has led to minimizing the complexity of the fabric of these societies. Defying these rigid structures of categorization, local people in…
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Art Beyond Asylum

GERMANY – Art is a powerful means of expression. It played significant roles in times of peace and war.  While the scene in Syria has become blurred with the emergence of armed extremist groups on one hand, and the atrocities of a bloodthirsty regime on the other, art remains a meaningful weapon against all that darkness. Fleeing from a war-torn country, many Syrians sought refuge in European countries, most notably in Germany. While the discourses on refugees ranged between supporting and rejecting the settlement of newcomers, there were many negative stories circulated and generalised about all refugees such as the…
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