EARTH and the Cultural Route of the Council of Europe “The Phoenicians’ Route”, partners!

“The Phoenicians’ Route network is constitute of national and international organisations present in 7 European countries, all working for sustainable tourism while the “Phoenicians’ Route” is present in 15 countries. It has been recognised by the Council of Europe as one of the 24 official international Cultural Routes. It includes the whole Mediterranean area and all the countries overlooking it, and is considered as the Route of the Intercultural Dialogue.”

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logo rotta dei feniciThe European Alliance for Responsible Tourism and Hospitality (EARTH) and the Phoenicians’ route decided to unit their strengths to promote responsible tourism in Europe in June 2012.

In Tuoro sul Trasimeno, a little locality of Umbria in Italy, the Council of Europe Cultural Route has organised an international meeting for its members inviting EARTH as the special guest. Then, both organisations partecipated to different common events as the next coming General Assembly of The cultural Itinerary in Sicilia from the 17th untill the 21rt of April 2013.

The Phoenicians’ Route network is constitute of national and international organisations present in 7 European countries, all working for sustainable tourism while the “Phoenicians’ Route” is present in 15 countries. It has been recognised by the Council of Europe as one of the 24 official international Cultural Routes. It includes the whole Mediterranean area and all the countries overlooking it, and is considered…

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Sometimes the Most Patriotic Phoenician is a Persian

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12285968_10153712770080762_1302078830_n The start to my solo-celebration of “Lebanon Day,” (as I’ve decided to call it), November 22, 2015.

Living in Phoenix, Arizona, I didn’t expect to see a Macy’s parade for Lebanese Independence Day. Though we have a sizable Lebanese population, here, I’ve learned that the proverbial Phoenician partying is generally kept within circles of the diaspora. But as the 22nd approached, I was surprised to note that I was more enthusiastic about Lebanon’s day of nationalism than most of my Lebanese counterparts . . . particularly those living in Lebanon.

Beirut skyline Samer lebnan dec 2014 My friend, Samer’s photo of the Beirut skyline (pre-#YouStink).

Despite their general proclivity for round-the-clock merrymaking, the Lebanese were perhaps more sardonic on this supposed day of national unity than anyone else.

The first from whom I heard was a friend, Nader, in Lebanon, who was contacting me through a proxy server because, as he explained, the Lebanese Facebook “we2ef,” or went down (lit…

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“War is Obsolete, All Life is Interrelated” – Martin Luther King, Jr

“It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. We are made to live together because of the interrelated structure of reality.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

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“It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. We are made to live together because of the interrelated structure of reality.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

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The following are excerpts from one of the lesser known yet most insightful of Martin Luther King’s speeches, his Christmas Sermon of 1967. Here his emphasis on peace, love and the wisdom of interdependence, the need for humanity to recognize the inter-relatedness of all life and our connection to one another. The full transcript and audio can be found at these links.

“If we don’t have good will toward men in this world, we will destroy ourselves by the misuse of our own instruments and our own power. Wisdom born of experience should tell us that war is obsolete…

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