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Two men and their struggle for freedom
June 5, 2015
Author: Rami Khoury
Source: The Daily Star
It was not accidental that during this past week, as I and so many others remembered the life and work of the late Samir Kassir who was assassinated 10 years ago in Beirut, I also spent an hour discussing with Lech Walesa in Gdansk, Poland, some of the lessons and experiences of the historic Solidarity workers’ movement. Thirty-five years ago, Walesa and Solidarity were instrumental in speeding up the collapse of the Soviet Union and its captive lands in central Asia and Eastern Europe. N

The Samir Kassir Award goes to three journalists from Syria, Egypt and Palestine
June 4, 2015
The Delegation of the European Union to Lebanon organised today, in collaboration with the Samir Kassir Foundation, the ceremony for the Samir Kassir Award for Freedom of the Press, held on the 10th anniversary of Samir Kassir’s assassination. The winners of the 2015 edition are the following: Opinion piece category: Ayman Al-Ahmad (1984) from Syria, a freelance journalist working for several Syrian and Arab online publications and an author of short novels. His piece “Father, who

Encountering the First Churches
June 4, 2015
Source: SKeyes
 On May 28, 2015, the Samir Kassir foundation hosted a screening of “The First Churches,” two short documentaries by French-Lebanese director Jacques Debs that look at the life and philosophy of Christian communities in areas where Christianity first spread. The film screening took place at the Université St-Joseph and was part of the Beirut Spring Festival, which is being organized to commemorate Samir Kassir’s memory 10 years after his assassination. The two films focused on e

Cultural Diplomacy: When Universal Values Meet the Micro-Local
June 4, 2015
Author: Eric Reidy
 “A debate is ongoing between those who support universal values and those who support cultural relativism,” Nora Joumblatt said at the outset of a panel discussion on cultural diplomacy. The discussion took place on May 30 at the French Institute and was part of the Beirut Spring Festival, which is being organized by the Samir Kassir Foundation to celebrate Kassir’s legacy on the 10th anniversary of his assassination. The panel consisted of Anne Grillo from the French Ministry o

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