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Muriel Mirak-Weissbach

Muriel Mirak-Weissbach
Muriel Mirak-Weissbach is the daughter of Artemis and John Mirak, who both survived the genocide as orphans. A graduate of Wellesley College, she went to Italy on a Fulbright scholarship, and earned a graduate degree from the State University of Milan, where she then taught English literature. In 1980, she left academic life for political journalism, and focused on political, economic and cultural developments in the Arab and Islamic world, visiting many countries of the region, including Jordan, Egypt, Iraq, Sudan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Malaysia, Yemen and the Islamic Republic of Iran. Following the 1991 war against Iraq, she and her German husband led a humanitarian aid effort (the Committee to Save the Children in Iraq), in collaboration with leading political figures in Iraq, Jordan, Palestine and the United Nations over the subsequent ten years.

By Muriel Mirak-Weissbach Special to the Mirror-Spectator BERLIN — Berlin played host last week to a group of teachers from Armenia and Georgia, who had come to learn more about the education system in the German Federal Republic. Their[...]

By Muriel Mirak-Weissbach Special to the Mirror-Spectator BERLIN — It was a bitter cold day in mid-February, with a strong wind that chilled to the bone. As we walked from the bus stop and entered the Luisenkirchhof III cemetery through[...]

By Muriel Mirak-Weissbach Special to the Mirror-Spectator   BERLIN — As the Turkish military offensive in Afrin has escalated, the caretaker government in Germany has come under growing pressure to intervene to stop the bloodshed.[...]

By Muriel Mirak-Weissbach Special to the Mirror-Spectator   BERLIN — Gyumri has good reason to celebrate. One of its most prominent sons has been chosen as the honorary consul of Germany and this will bring relations between the two[...]

  By Muriel Mirak-Weissbach Special to the Mirror-Spectator COLOGNE, Germany — On the 11th anniversary of the murder of Hrant Dink in front of his Agos office in Istanbul, Turks and Armenians and Germans gathered in several German[...]

By Muriel Mirak-Weissbach Special to the Mirror-Spectator BERLIN — One by one, and at a painfully slow tempo, German journalists and intellectuals unlawfully imprisoned by the Turkish authorities are being released. On December 18, it[...]

By Muriel Mirak-Weissbach Special to the Mirror-Spectator POHLHEIM, Germany — Pohlheim is a small town in Germany, near Giessen in the state of Hessen, with just under 20,000 inhabitants. But a local initiative has attracted the[...]

By Muriel Mirak-Weissbach Special to the Mirror-Spectator BERLIN — It was a refreshing change to see such an initiative in the German capital. As Aurora Humanitarian Initiative co-founder Ruben Vardanyan remarked, participants “were[...]

By Muriel Mirak-Weissbach Special to the Mirror-Spectator BOCHUM-LINDEN, Germany — This year 2017 Germans celebrated the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. Dubbed as “Luther Year,” it hosted hundreds of[...]

By Muriel Mirak-Weissbach Special to the Mirror-Spectator BERLIN — On November 4, retired Gen. Eckhard Lisec delivered a lecture in Darmstadt, Germany entitled, “Marshall Liman von Sanders – An Honorable Soldier?” The question mark[...]

By Muriel Mirak-Weissbach Special to the Mirror-Spectator BERLIN — The news on October 26 that a Turkish court decided to release German human rights activist Peter Steudtner from prison, and even allow him to leave the country, was not[...]