Casablanca, Marrakesh, Algiers, the Barbary Coast, Morocco, the Sahara Desert, Darfur, Benghazi, Tunisia, Tripoli.
You've seen these exotic locales in movies, TV shows and the news but do you know where they are or much about them? In this episode of Fun with Maps, host Dan Hanson looks at North Africa.
Africa is the world's second-largest and second-most populous continent and contains 54 fully recognized sovereign states (countries). This first episode in a series covering Africa includes Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco (including Western Sahara), Tunisia and Sudan.
After watching you will never listen to Bob Dylan, Crosby Stills and Nash or even the US Marines Hymn the same.
In this episode of Fun with Maps, host Dan Hanson shows the Nile River, the longest river in the world. The Nile River and Egypt are intertwined but the Nile travels through almost a dozen countries in Africa including Sudan where the White Nile and Blue Nile merge. And, there is a surprising fact about the Nile that makes it unique.
A group has been formed to establish an Egyptian Cultural Garden, part of the chain of Cleveland Cultural Gardens. Three representatives, Samy Tanious, Bishoy Mikhail, and Hadia Tawadros made a presentation to the board of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens federation on October 21, 2019. They described the organization and displayed a mockup of the proposed Egyptian Cultural Garden.
Plan for an Egyptian Cultural Garden
The motion to have this group join the Federation and work to establish an Egyptian Cultural Garden passed unanimously.
Samy Tanious, Hadia Tawadros and Bishoy Mikhail
Here is a short video of some of the presentation.
Egyptian community at One World Day
The Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation hosted the 74th annual One World Day on August 25, 2019. Police estimates say that over 30,000 people visited the Gardens and attended One World Day. Though the Egyptian community does not yet have a Cultural Garden, CCGF Treasurer Sam Tanious was on hand to represent the culture.
Sam Tanious representing the Egyptian community on One World Day
Dr. Akram Boutros inducted into Cleveland International Hall of Fame
Akram Boutros was born in Cairo Egypt. He is the second person of Egyptian heritage (Father Mikhail) to be inducted into the Cleveland International Hall of Fame.
In his five years as the President and CEO of MetroHealth, the public health system in Cleveland, Akram Boutros, MD, FACHE, has galvanized political leaders, entrepreneurs and the public around supporting community-wide health care many had taken for granted.
On April 16, 2019 Dr. Boutros was inducted into the Cleveland International Hall of Fame by Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish.
Armond Budish inducts Dr. Akram Boutros
Dr. Akram Boutros gives his acceptance speech
Watch the video of Dr. Boutros being inducted and his speech.
Cleveland American Middle East Organization 49th anniversary
The Cleveland American Middle East Organization (CAMEO) is a nonpartisan, nonsectarian political action organization established in 1970. They celebrated their 49th anniversary at a dinner event at St. Elias Cultural Center.
CAMEO honored Dr. Nizar Zein, Mr. Husein Rabah and Mediterranean Market at the event.
Sherrie Mikhail Miday speaks at Cleveland Sister Cities Conference
Sherrie Miday is a judge for the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas in Ohio. She is the daughter of Coptic priest Michael Edward Mikhail, an American of Egyptian descent. She was the first Egyptian-American to run for judge and the first Egyptian-American elected as a judge in US history.
She spoke at the kickoff event of the first annual Sister Cities Conference held in the Cleveland Public Library. Cleveland is a sister city with over 20 other cities from around the world. The event was led by Global Cleveland.
Fashions from Egypt at Cleveland multicultural party
A highlight of the 8th Annual ICC-WIN Cleveland Multicultural Holiday Celebration on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at the Global Center for Health Innovation in Cleveland was the International Fashion Show featuring almost 100 models from about 30 countries.
Nader Soliman and Hadia Tawadros represented Egypt.
Nader is wearing a King Tut outfit. Hadis wears a black gown with all golden beading, goldfish necklace and bracelets and fabulous golden head piece.
Nader Soliman and Hadia Tawadros representing Egypt
Cleveland American Middle East Organization 47th anniversary
The Cleveland American Middle East Organization (CAMEO) is a nonpartisan, nonsectarian political action organization established in 1970. They celebrated their 47th anniversary and induction of new officers at a dinner event at St. Elias Cultural Center.
Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish and CAMEO Board
Pharaoh: King of Ancient Egypt Exhibit at Cleveland Museum of Art
The Cleveland Museum of Art Presents Pharaoh: King of Ancient Egypt. The Exhibition examines the myths and realities of the Egyptian kings' power through extraordinary ancient objects from the British Museum.
Pharaoh: King of Ancient Egypt brings 3,000 years of ancient Egyptian history to life through some of the finest objects from the British Museum's vast holdings and several of Cleveland's own masterworks. The first Egyptian art exhibition organized at the Cleveland Museum of Art since 1996, Pharaoh: King of Ancient Egypt looks past the myth to reveal the carefully designed personas of the Egyptian kings and explore the realities of daily life for the ancient royals.
Pharaoh: King of Ancient Egypt, a centennial special exhibition, is on view in the Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation Hall from March 13 through June 12, 2016.
Geography of Egypt (from Pharaoh: King of Ancient Egypt Exhibit at Cleveland Museum of Art)
Egyptian Fashion at Cleveland Multicultural Event
Representatives from the Egyptian community participated in the International Community Council - Worldwide Intercultural Network's (ICC-WIN) 5th annual multicultural holiday celebration at the Global Center for Health Innovation in the Cleveland Convention Center in Cleveland Ohio. They modeled Egyptian costumes at the International Fashion Show which featured traditional costumes of dozens of countries.
Dr. Akram Boutros, President and CEO, MetroHealth System, hosted the Welcoming America reception at MetroHealth Hospital in Cleveland. He told how he and his family came from Egypt when he was 12 because Christians did not have any opportunity there. He spoke no English, only Arabic and French, but learned and became friends with an Israeli student who came from Jerusalem.
Dr. Akram Boutros
Dr. Boutros say the greatest thing about America is how you can reap the reward of your hard work.
The regularity and richness of the annual Nile River flood, coupled with semi-isolation provided by deserts to the east and west, allowed for the development of one of the world's great civilizations.
A unified kingdom arose circa 3200 B.C., and a series of dynasties ruled in Egypt for the next three millennia. The last native dynasty fell to the Persians in 341 B.C., who in turn were replaced by the Greeks, Romans, and Byzantines.
It was the Arabs who introduced Islam and the Arabic language in the 7th century and who ruled for the next six centuries. A local military caste, the Mamluks took control about 1250 and continued to govern after the conquest of Egypt by the Ottoman Turks in 1517. Following the completion of the Suez Canal in 1869, Egypt became an important world transportation hub, but also fell heavily into debt. Ostensibly to protect its investments, Britain seized control of Egypt's government in 1882, but nominal allegiance to the Ottoman Empire continued until 1914.
Partially independent from the UK in 1922, Egypt acquired full sovereignty with the overthrow of the British-backed monarchy in 1952. The completion of the Aswan High Dam in 1971 and the resultant Lake Nasser have altered the time-honored place of the Nile River in the agriculture and ecology of Egypt.
A rapidly growing population (the largest in the Arab world), limited arable land, and dependence on the Nile all continue to overtax resources and stress society. The government has struggled to meet the demands of Egypt's growing population through economic reform and massive investment in communications and physical infrastructure.