This statement replaces an earlier version.
On December 13, 2010, a luncheon meeting of SUNSGLOW Executive Committee was held at St. Francis College, Brooklyn, New York. Under the chairmanship of Dr. Frank Macchiarola, former President and now Chancellor of the “Small College with Big Dreams,” important decisions were adopted.
SUNSGLOW, cognizant of the Egyptian uprising, has postponed its planned activity for the training of 200 Arab judges and prosecutors from all parts of the Arab world in Cairo this spring. The topic of that program is “How to Deal with Terrorism Cases in Arab Courts.” The theme is balancing between civil rights and national security in the 22 States, members of the League of Arab States. However, on April 10th, Yassin will travel to Cairo to deliver a lecture entitled "Arab Revolution and the U.S." to Egypt Council for Foreign Affairs at Cairo headquarters on April 13th.
Since March 2001, there is a cooperation agreement between the League of Arab States (LAS), whose Headquarters are in Cairo, and SUNSGLOW. In preparation for that program, which was to take place at the LAS Headquarters in Cairo, and was expected to be funded by the countries sending the trainees, Yassin is going ahead with the completion of a 300-page “Guide” in Arabic, the first of its kind, on various aspects of that program’s topic. In this connection, Yassin expresses his gratitude for the help extended to him by the Hon. District Court Judge Paul Gardephe of the Southern District of New York, by the Hon. Senior Judge Jack B. Weinstein of the Eastern District of New York, in the form of valuable material for inclusion in that prospective Arabic language Guide. Other material has been contributed by our Advisor and Regional Representative in Canada, Professor Frédéric Megret of McGill University, and by another Advisor and Regional Representative, Professor Alexander Knoops of University of Utrecht, the Netherlands. All these materials are being summed up and placed into a comparative fashion in Arabic for the purpose of legal and judicial training in the context of that planned forum which we hope to implement somewhere in the Middle East this year.
SUNSGLOW’s attention is also being drawn to countries whose budgets may include allocations for funding Rule of Law Programs. Aside from the U.S., these include Canada, the Netherlands, and Scandinavia. During his February 2011 visit to Toronto for purposes of coordination with Hend Shnayen, his Executive Assistant who, with her family, have now settled in Canada, Yassin met with several Canadian personalities in the Province of Ontario (including the Honorable Prime Minister of the Province) to heighten their awareness of SUNSGLOW. It will be here reiterated that SUNSGLOW has a Regional Liaison Center in Montreal (headed by Professor Frédéric Megret of McGill University). We are also planning to create another center in Ontario to enhance our efforts for an expanded representation in Canada for the twin purposes of funding, and programming of SUNSGLOW activities both in Canada and outside of it, especially in the Arab and Muslim regions where the Rule of Law and international security and understanding are intertwined.
With a view to updating our database kept by Hend Shnayen containing contact information on all our Advisors and Associates (for the sole purposes of SUNSGLOW and not available to the general public), it is here urgently requested by all Advisors and Associates to email to Hend their information at email@example.com. We wish all and every one of you a happy Spring.
In spite of his leadership role in the January 25th Egyptian pro-democracy revolution, Dr. El Baradei, Nobel Prize Laureate, continues as a SUNSGLOW Advisor. His friendship with Dr. El-Ayouty goes back to the early 1980s when both of them served the UN: El Baradei as an Egyptian diplomat at the UN, and El-Ayouty as a UN Principal Political Officer in charge of African and Middle Eastern affairs.