MLT Media Conference in New York City (April 25-26)
On April 25-26, 2009, the American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA) held its first regional Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow (MLT) conference, convening 120 U.S. and European participants in New York City. Following the January 2009 global MLT forum in Doha, Qatar, this fourth convening marked a significant milestone in the history of the MLT program.
The conference focused specifically on the media. It offered participants a diverse range of intensive media trainings, imparting the MLTs in attendance with concrete tools to become effective media spokespeople. In addition, it featured several exciting learning events, including "fireside chats" with prominent journalists, "learning journeys" to media outlets around New York City, and an MLT "Spirit of Guidance" award to Reza Aslan for his outstanding contribution to the Muslim community.
The April media conference was sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and held in partnership with the Cordoba Initiative.
Naif Al-Mutawa's THE 99 Garners UN and WEF Awards - MLT, Kuwait
Dr. Naif A. Al-Mutawa, Kuwaiti creator of THE 99 comics, was awarded the Schwab Foundation's Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award presented at the World Economic Forum meeting in Jordan. Last month, Dr. Al-Mutawa was also a winner of the Marketplace of Ideas competition at the United Nation's Alliance of Civilizations in Turkey.
An Inter-Religious Message for Easter, Imam Yahya Pallavicini - MLT, Italy
An inter-religious message was sent to Pope Benedict XVI on the occasion of Easter by the members of the Italian Islamic Religious Community (CO.RE.IS.). Imam Yahya Pallavicini, MLT, Italy, is the President of CO.RE.IS.
Hussein Rashid on Pope's Visit (CNN.com) - MLT, USA
"There is an assumption that the visit to the Middle East by Pope Benedict XVI will be a profound event. However, no one seems to be asking why there is such an expectation..."
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Dr. Ibrahim Saleh on Satellite TV and Public Diplomacy (ResetDoc) - MLT, Egypt
"Most of the time, foreign Arabic-speaking channels fail 'to win the hearts and minds' of the Arab public for three reasons: arrogance, impatience, and lack of listening from the communicators' side. Foreign Offices must be humble enough to admit mistakes. The Arab public is more likely to expect propaganda and spin rather than truth from TV channels like Deutsche Welle, France 24, or Russia Today..."
Zeba Khan on growing up Muslim among Jews (Goatmilk) - MLT, USA
"As a Muslim-American, I realize that my diploma from the Hebrew Academy of Toledo is an unusual credential. But in the context of my family and our identity, it makes perfect sense..."
Rushda Majeed on the recent elections in India (Guardian)
"The elections in India have given the convincingly victorious Congress party-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) an unfettered mandate. To the surprise of many, the supposedly efficient and often ruthlessly hardline Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been almost marginalised in defeat, and joins the ranks of smaller political organisations..."
Arsalan Iftikhar on releasing American journalist Roxana Saberi (AC360) - MLT, USA
"As an American Muslim human rights lawyer, I write to you today to kindly ask for the immediate release of American journalist Roxana Saberi..."