Iranian graphic designer Reza Abedini will receive the Prince Claus Award, a sum of € 100,000.00, in the Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ in Amsterdam on 13 December 2006. Reza Abedini teaches graphic design and visual culture at the University of Teheran, and also works as an independent art director. He is the driving force behind the Iranian Biennial for graphic design.
Bitterly divided on Iraq, lawmakers in both parties are eagerly awaiting recommendations from an advisory group led by Republican and Bush family friend James A. Baker III and former Democratic Rep. Lee Hamilton.
But even if the bipartisan Iraq Study Group is able to forge a consensus on how to deal with Iraq — a prospect that remains unclear — the panel is unlikely to offer a solution so groundbreaking it will stave off a brewing partisan feud.
A five-day conference to promote inter-religious dialogue between Christians and Muslims is set to begin on Wednesday in Zamboanga City, on the island of Mindanao in the southern Philippines. Entitled "Christian and Islamic Spiritualities: A Dialogue in the Face of Today’s World Longing for Peace", the conference is organised by the Silsilah Dialogue Movement, a movement for inter-religious dialogue founded by the Sicilian Jesuit priest, Father Sebastiano D’Ambra. The Islamic Institute of the University of the Philipines and the Institute of Spirituality of Asia based in Quezon City will be participating in the event.
An interreligious seminar taking place in the northeastern United States city of Rochester on Monday through tomorrow will attempt to explore the root causes of the mounting violence in the world. At the seminar, entitled 'Spiritual Dimensions underlying the crisis in violence,' the World Council of Churches (WCC) will engage with a panel of leaders of the local Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish and Christian faiths.
Turkey's minister of state Besir Atalay is expected to host Pope Benedict XVI during his first visit to a Muslim-majority country taking place from 28 November to 1 December. During the three-day visit, the pontiff will meet Turkey's president Ahmet Necdet Sezer, the Orthodox patriarch Bartholomew I and other religious leaders, including the head of the religious affairs directorate and grand mufti of Turkey, Ali Bardakoglu.
Al Jazeera Arabic TV station will on Wednesday at 12.00 GMT launch Al Jazeera English - its English language international news and current affairs channel - to over 80 million cable and satellite households worldwide. Aiming to provide a Middle East perspective that challenges the dominance of Western media, Al Jazeera English will also be available on broadband, IPTV, ADSL, terrestrial and mobile phone platforms, the company said in a statement. The new channel will seek to rival CNN and BBC World.