|Red Flashes From Syria|
|SIX months after the Syrian
uprising began it seems clear
that peaceful protests aimed at
overthrowing the regime and
ousting President Bashar al-
Assad have failed. With no prospect of
meaningful national dialogue in sight,
the conflict now appears to be shifting
into a new, infinitely more hazardous
phase: the weaponisation of the revolution.
Syria is moving inexorably from
Arab spring to an ever darker, dangerous
winter of discontent.
The inability of unarmed civilian
demonstrators to bring down Assad, or
at least bring him to the negotiating
table, has several causes. One is the
lack of a unified, well-led opposition
with clear objectives...
|THE LOST DECADE &
FUTURE OF AMERICA|
|IF you want a big swig of
despair, listen to the people
who know something about
the global economy. Roger
Altman, a former deputy
Treasury secretary, is arguing that
America and Europe are on the
verge of a disastrous double-dip
recession. Various economists say
it will be at least another three
years before we see serious job
growth. Others say European
banks are teetering - if not now,
then early next year.
Walter Russell Mead, who teaches
foreign policy at Bard College,
recently laid out some worst-case
scenarios on his blog: "It is about
whether the international financial
system will survive the next six
months in the form we now... |
QF & ABA IN HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP
TRIBUNE NEWS NETWORK
DOHA ALI BIN ALI Group announced a remarkable initiative in which they are partnering with Qatar Foundation, one of the nation’s leading educational institutions.
Having proposed this notable collaboration, Ali Bin Ali Group has offered a mentoring opportunity to a number of students from Qatar Foundation’s universities.
Unlike most mentoring efforts, the Ali Bin Ali initiative won’t simply be a sponsorship or a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) effort. The chosen students who will participate in this effort will not just receive a sponsorship but also targeted exposure to a variety of fields of work. Since the group has multiple business operations, the company will be able to enrich the student’s experience, making it both practical and meaningful.
A few of the group’s divisions like International Agencies (IA), Qatar Quality Products (QQP), Ali Bin Ali Medical & Fauchon have come forward to support this endeavour. Each of these business units and the group as a whole is engaging in this mentoring programme as part of its strategy to partner with society.
Commenting on this effort, Vice- Chairman of Ali Bin Ali Group Nabeel Ali Bin Ali said, “We came up with this mentoring initiative because we wanted to be part of something that reflected our commitment to the overall education sector and to the growth of professionalism among the youth of this country. So we came up with this idea of supporting a few students on an annual basis, and bringing them in to allow them to gain valuable hands-on exposure to our industries. Through this mentoring effort they will not just receive a boost of support from us but also valuable experience to work and learn first hand in the ‘real-world’, so to speak. Ali Bin Ali Group is a versatile company. So, we are capable of offering these youth the opportunity to gain a certain measure of experience in one of the multiple industry sectors we lead in.” Speaking after the signing of partnership agreement, Associate Vice- President of Higher Education, Qatar Foundation, Dr Ahmad Hasnah said, “We are very happy to work in partnership with one of Qatar’s most successful conglomerates. We are especially pleased because we know that the Ali Bin Ali Group truly believes in fostering local talent and equipping young people with professional skills in order to prepare the next generation of business leaders. This is a goal Qatar Foundations shares and readily supports.” Ali Bin Ali Group recognised the crucial role played by the Qatar Foundation (QF), to develop this nation’s education sector and, hence, found an opportunity to build synergistic partnership by joining hands with the QF for the betterment of youth.
As a long term goal it is envisaged that the students, who have completed their internships and been trained by Ali Bin Ali Group professionals, will be given opportunities to join the Group in the areas and industries that reflect their talents and skills. The mentoring effort was launched with the scholarship signing ceremony at the Ali Bin Ali headquarters amidst Nabeel Ali Bin Ali, Dr Hasnah, and many other senior management staff from both Ali Bin Ali Group and Qatar Foundation Universities.