Prof. Mohamed Rabie, PhD (Jordan – USA)

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Prof. Mohamed Rabie, PhD (Jordan – USA)

Website: http://www.yazour.com

Dr. Rabie is a professor of International political economy. After graduating from Jericho High School, he pursued college and graduate studies in Egypt, Germany and the US, earning degrees in agricultural economics, rural sociology and economics; he received a PhD degree in Economics in 1970 from the University of Houston.
Prof. Rabie taught at 11 Arab, American and European universities, including Georgetown and Johns Hopkins Universities, Kuwait University, and Al Akhawayn University in Morocco. Between 2003 and 2005, he was a guest professor at St. Galen University in Switzerland; and between 1998 and 2001, he was an academic advisor to Erfurt University in Germany.
Prof. Rabie has so far published 43 books, 12 in English, and 31 in Arabic. English books include: The Politics of Foreign Aid, 1988; The New World Order, 1992; Conflict Resolution and Ethnicity, 1994; the US-PLO Dialogue, 1995; Saving Capitalism and Democracy, 2013; Global Economic and Cultural Transformation, 2013; A Theory of Sustainable Sociocultural and Economic Development, 2016, and The Global Debt Crisis and its Socioeconomic Implications, 2018. Major books in Arabic include: The Brain Drain, 1972; Economy and Society, 1973; the Other Side of the Arab Defeat, 1987; the Making of American Foreign Policy, 1990; The Making of the Arab Future, 2000; Leadership and the Making of History, 2009; Culture and the Arab Identity Crisis, 2010; Arabs’ Self-Destruction, 2013; the Making of History and Sustainable Development, 2015; Arabs in the Eye of the Storm, 2015. In addition to a story, two novels, 3 books of poetry, and his memoirs of 5 books.
Prof. Rabie served in the mid-1970s on the boards of the Arab Fund for Technical Assistance for African Countries, the Palestine National Fund, and the steering committee of the Euro-Arab Dialogue. Currently, Dr. Rabie is a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, a member of the Arab Thought Forum, and president of the Arab Thought Council. He is also the founding editor of the Social Sciences Quarterly published by Kuwait University. Between 1989 and 1992, Prof. Rabie was a member of the Harvard University and the Brooking Institutions working groups to advance peace and economic development in the Middle East; and a board member of the Search for Common Ground Middle East Initiative, which is based on the ideas he articulated in his booklet, A Vision for the Transformation of the Middle East. Dr. Rabie is the recipient of several grants and awards as student and professor from American, Egyptian, German, Jordanian, Kuwaiti and UN programs. In 2015, he was awarded the State of Palestine Lifetime Achievement Award.

 

A Birthday Reminder

A birthday is a kind reminder
Of the many years that are gone
And the more that are still to come
The need to forget the bad ones
And make the new real fun
To embrace the shining moon
And celebrate the rising sun

A birthday is a beautiful occasion
To be surrounded by loving friends
Laugh, dance, play and hug everyone
Relax, and let the soul be rejuvenated
Forget past mistakes you’ve done
And commit to making good of days to come

A birthday is a gentle reminder
Of the many sleepless nights, you spent alone
Negotiating deals that could never be done
Missing the birds singing in the morning
And the setting of the evening sun
Worrying about life’s ups and downs
That may never, ever come

A birthday is a wakeup call
That happiness is a shadow
A ghost that is always on the run
Riding on the shoulders of someone
Your love so dearly
And your heart says he is the one
In whose eyes you see the shining moon
In whose heart you feel the warmth of a rising sun
In whose arms you live many dreams
And believe that the end of joy
Will never, ever come

 

A Kind Hostess

After getting seated onboard
Feeling so lonely and cold
She came with a spirited touch
knowing what I needed most
She offered me several drinks

With a big shining smile
She rejuvenated my soul
Talked to me for a little while
That made for a thousand miles

She bent down to talk to me
Got so close as if getting ready to kiss me
And whispered something I could not hear
I imagined her saying, I love you
My eyes blinked with a shying smile
And my heart said I love you too

She came back and said softly
Is there anything else I can do for you sir
How about a glass of red wine or a beer
Thanks, dear, you gave me enough for a year

I felt like hugging and kissing her
But I know it can’t be done in the air
I closed my eyes and tried to sleep
So I could dream of being with her alone
And do what must be done in love’s name

I looked into her black eyes
And read a story of agony and pain
A melody of dreams chasing dreams
Where nights are cries of hope in vain

She came all the way from India
To serve people going to Vienna
So you wonder and ask yourself
Why she has come this far
Is she the queen of the universe?
Or the goddess Ishtar

As the plane lands, I realized
She is only a mysterious star
That loves to shine from afar
Then disappears for a while
That makes for a billion mile

 

Acts of Life

I wonder what life is about
Is it a tragedy that has no end?
Innocent souls lost in the wilderness
Meaningful words, meaningless acts

Is life God’s wonderful act?
A spectacular show of his artful art
Devils and angels playing a game
Without an end in sight

Is life you, she and I
Rich and poor
Strong and weak
Masters and slaves
Fat rats and hungry cats
Acting their instinctive acts
A cat waiting for a tasty meal
A trembling rat living in fear
Mother earth is watching silently
And no one with a heart is there
To save a poor rat from a hungry cat

Life, after all, is an act
Of God and man and nature
Playing the game of cat and rat
An interesting, boring, senseless play
That has no end in sight
Yet, no one is willing to admit the fact
That life is a craft for us to learn
How to live a worthy life without pain
As we live, play, cry and die in the act

Prof. Mohamed Rabie
www.yazour.com

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