The Shirazi Foundation attended a participatory symposium hosted by New America titled, After Aleppo: Prospects for Preventing Mass Atrocities in the Trump Administration. Experts elaborated on aspects of the report titled, “A Necessary Good: U.S. Leadership on Preventing Mass Atrocities “. Experts suggested that in terms of atrocity prevention that it is not only a Human Rights issue but rather it is also a national security issue as well. Conflict prevention in many places throughout Africa was used as a model and suggested that prevention and intervention can be a success. Rich Fontaine President of The Center for a New American Security suggested that the voices in the public need to remain loud to articulate that there are things out there to prevent mass atrocities, and this can be done with an acceptable cost. Akshaya Kumar Deputy United Nations Director, Human Rights Watch mentioned that human rights abuse violations are warning signs and that the recommendations in the report and some of the structures that are in place such as the atrocity prevention board can work as mechanisms to flag places at risk for future atrocities by tracking Human Rights violations.
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Shirazi Foundation attended an event hosted by Cato Institute titled Islamic Liberalism: Real or False Hope?. An expert panel convened to discuss the perspective of Islam through a liberalism lens. Expert remarks included a brief look into liberalism through comparative religions and those who were said to be past reformers. Experts suggested that liberalism tends to flourish in an aristocratic society throughout history. The Idea was presented that Islam and Christianity cannot be viewed through the same lens in terms of liberalism because Prophet Muhammad (s) was not only a religious figure like Jesus, he was also a head of state and had to deal with matters of governance. The question was debated whether or not Prophet Muhamad (s) was a politician. The questions were also asked why does Islam have to be liberalized in the first place, and what if it is that many Muslims in any given Islamic society proclaim that they don’t necessarily want to be liberal and would like to express their illiberalism through a democratic process peacefully within a legal framework.
On January 25th 2017, Shirazi Foundation’s outreach manager Ibrahim Jabbar attended a symposium hosted by the Atlantic Council titled, “The Power of Transparency Series Too Big to Fail? The Power of Transparency in Preventing Future Financial Crises.”Read more: Preventing Future Financial Crises
The Shirazi Foundation attended an event hosted by New America titled, All Jihad Is Local: What ISIS' Files Reveal About Their Fighters. Experts presented research from a detailed report that displays the methodology of ISIS, average fighter, the province by province analysis, high-volume origin provinces and policy recommendations. Most of the fighters in Asia came from a particular western region. Experts also mentioned through his research 75% of Asian fighters joined ISIS once certain cities in the Middle East were overtaken by the terrorist group. In some parts of Middleast, they have seen people join the group due to the fact they can no longer pay workers in the oil trade because many of them struggle to stay relevant economically. One of the key factors the terror group used to recruit new fighters have been high levels of youth unemployment. An expert presented a theory that ISIS strategy in the west is to force Muslims into a compulsory choice with their attacks and attempting to trick many into joining them. Experts also pointed out that the motive to join the group varies in different parts of the world. s also pointed out that the motive to join the group varies in different parts of the world.
A Conversation with the Sultan of Sokoto: on Peace, Development Initiatives, Challenges, and Potential Prospects.
The Shirazi Foundation attended an event hosted by the Wilson Center titled “A Conversation with the Sultan of Sokoto: Peace and Development Initiatives, Challenges, and Potential Prospects in Nigeria”. The experts spoke of many aspects of religious tolerance and denounced the recent attacks from terrorist groups in Europe. Experts mentioned that if peace does not bring stability to a country then violence will not. Experts quoted an excerpt from the verse of the Holy Quran Surah 5: Al-Ma-idah: Verse 32 “ ... That whoso slays a soul not to retaliate for a soul slain, nor for corruption done in the land, shall be as if he had slain mankind altogether”..., Experts indicated that one should refrain from all acts of violence and advised that one should be very careful not to generalize every Muslim behind the actions of a few who don't truly represent the Islamic faith. The many similarities between religions and messages of nonviolence were some of the main issues that were addressed. Shirazi Foundation expert on foreign affairs- policy, asked questions to the delegation of the Sultan on the current status of the Shia Scholar in captivity concerning his health and wellbeing.
The Shirazi Foundation Attended an event hosted by the United States Institute of Peace titled Iraqi Foreign Minister on Aid, ISIS and Reconciliation. Experts started by explaining the importance of regaining a city in the conflict that was overtaken by ISIS and how this city is one of the places early on that ISIS declared its fictitious caliphate. Experts explained the goal of ISIS has been to try its best to spread into different parts of the world and that the people who fight against them are fighting on behalf of humanity. Recently terrorist has attacked places such as crowded Soccer fields, and a crowded market area killing many people from many faiths while numbers suggest that the majority of the victims were children. Experts mentioned that they appealed to the international community on three different levels, hosting displaced people affected by the conflict, military assistance and assisting this region of the Middle East in the post-liberation phase of the conflict. Experts discussed the importance of its diplomacy process with neighboring countries and provided examples of countries that have themselves from each other in the past and the barriers and problems that exist between the two.
The Shirazi Foundation attended an event hosted by the Center for Global Development, Center for Global Development titled Refugees Work: A Humanitarian Investment That Yields Economic Dividends. An expert highlighted the many contributions that refugees bring to the global economy for example a refugee from an eastern part of Europe was said to be the creator of the mobile message App, WhatsApp that uses the internet to send messages, images, audio and video.
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Theologian SayedSadegh Shirazi meets with a Belgian journalist:
Armed insurgency was discouraged, and prohibited in Islamic governance, which indeed marks as peak of Islam’s expansion.
On Tuesday, December 20th 2016, a Christian journalist from Belgium was warmly welcomed by the Grand Shia Theologian, Ayatollah Shirazi at his central office in city of Qum, Iran.Initially, the Grand Jurist allowed all the contents discussed in this meeting to be recorded and published in any format, only on the condition of receiving a copy of the final version before it being published.
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Due to an escalating amount of inhumane violence by terrorist groups, and instability within many countries, an enormous amount of the youth will be stripped of their right to be educated. In 2015, The UN Fund for Children, UNICEF, published an alarming report indicating that more than 13 million children across six nations in the Middle East have been deprived of education and around 900 schools damaged due to conflicts. Before these conflicts, some countries in the Middle East performed as the largest and most distinguished higher education systems in the region. Unfortunately, the results of conflicts have brought forth annihilation of the Universities.Read more: Conflict and its Impact on Education