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Arabic in U.S. Public Schools…

May 24, 2012

Many may read the byline of this article and think nothing of it.  I am not one of those people.  I am always interested in the genesis of such seemingly unique programs.  So, I thought I would do some digging.  I like to follow the money.  First, though, a quote from the article gives some insight into the true intention:

Mohamed Mamdouh, who teaches the pilot program, said, “Soon, Arabic will be a global language like French and Spanish. These kids are like sponges. It’s amazing to see their progress.’’

Read more: NY Post Article
Historically, languages have risen to global use and prominence due to cultural influence or, more so, by economic or trade dominance.  In the 80’s, many international business students were taking Japanese.  Now, I daresay, many are taking Chinese.  In other industries, Spanish is an asset either due to markets or labor pools.  With no significant market dominance, how will Arabic become a global language?  Cultural invasion influence.
Okay, back to the driving force behind this program.  The Global Language Project, who developed the program, had received a grant from the Qatar Foundation International (www.qfi.org) for just that end.  Okay, my next question was, “who is the Qatar Foundation International?”  QFI is the U.S. face of the Qatar Foundation, chaired by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, with the goal of “connecting cultures and advancing global citizenship through education.”
Sounds like it’s full of sunshine, rainbows, and unicorns, right?  Hmmm…Next step in my mind is to look at who people associate with so, I did a little searching over at the Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Report (www.globalmbreport.org) and found a few interesting things.  The QF has rubbed elbows with MB apologists and activists:
The Qatar Foundation has identified Georgetown academic John Esposito among the list of speakers at recent the launch for the new Islamic center in Qatar to be headed by Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Tariq Ramadan.
Here’s a little more on Mssrs. Esposito and Ramadan:

Dr. Esposito, a former U.S. State Department advisor,  has espoused views consistent with Brotherhood doctrine and during the 1990′s was known for his claims that Islamic fundamentalism was, in fact, democratic and posed no threat to the U.S. Dr. Esposito has at least a dozen past or present affiliations with global Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas organizations including having served on the advisory board of the Institute of Islamic Political Thought in the U.K. headed by Azzam Tamimi, a leader in the U.K. Muslim Brotherhood and often described as a Hamas spokesman. Dr. Esposito has also served with global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi on the Steering Committee of the Circle of Tradition and Progress and enjoyed a close relationship with the United Association For Studies and Research (USAR), part of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee and part of the Hamas support infrastructure. In 2005, Saudi prince Alaweed bin Talal, a financial supporter of the global Muslim Brotherhood, donated $20 million to the Center for Muslim Christian Understanding at Georgetown, headed by Dr. Esposito.

An earlier post reported on the formation of the Research Center for Islamic Legislation and   Ethics (CLIE) which appears to be a highly significant coming together of Global Muslim Brotherhood leaders Tariq Ramadan and Youssef Qaradawi, noting that the Deputy Director is a close associate of Qaradawi’s at the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS).
From the article: Article
Here are a few more articles connecting QFI to the Brotherhood:
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Article #2
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