Grapevine... from root to fruit

Grapevine... from root to fruit

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Heinrich Böll Foundation Launches latest issue of Perspectives on Rumours.

Hardly anything is more challenging than writing about something that is essentially nothing more than ‘hot air’. Yet anyone who has been affected by rumours is familiar with their unhallowed dynamics, and the serious consequences they can entail. Rumours fulfil social functions. They serve as a medium through which unfulfilled hopes or unspecific fears can be voiced. They bond and drive a wedge between people and population groups at the same time. They can destroy reputations, credibility and even lives.

Chaired by Lubna Maaliki, Director of MDLAB at the American University of Beirut, the evening will see contributing authors sharing their thoughts on the subject matter of the latest issue. Speakers include Susanne Fischer, Regional Programme Manager at the Institute for War & Peace Reporting Middle East, and Ayman Mhanna, Executive Director of the Beirut-based Samir Kassir Foundation.

Please join us to the launch of this issue in the presence of Acting Director Mr Bauke Baumann on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at the Crypte, Saint Joseph Chruch, Monot Street, Ashrafieh. (see map).

The panel discussion will be followed by a reception.

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About Heinrich Böll Foundation
The Heinrich Böll Foundation (hbs) is an independent organization close to the Green political movement. The main tenets of hbs are ecology and sustainability, democracy and human rights, self-determination and justice. A particular emphasis on gender democracy, meaning social emancipation and equal rights for women and men is addressed. Hbs is also committed to equal rights for cultural and ethnic minorities and to the societal and political participation of immigrants, promoting non-violence and proactive peace policies.

About Perspectives
A publication series of the Heinrich Böll Stiftung’s offices in Beirut, Rabat, Tunis and Ramallah that seeks to provide a platform for presenting political analysis and viewpoints of experts from the Middle East and North Africa.

For more information, please contact:
Hiba.Haidar@lb.boell.org
Tel: 01562926

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