Right now there are so many organizations, usually non-profit organizations, have these two words “Without Borders” as part of their organizations names. I don’t know who started it first. Yet, at least I was made aware of four of them through news, such as the famous Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières), Engineers Without Borders, MBAs Without Borders, and Mujahedeen Without Borders. Oh, it’s so amusing, isn’t it?
Well, try googling “without borders”… then comes Architects Without Borders, Lawyers Without Borders, Reporters Without Borders, Business Without Borders, Mission Without Borders, Grantmakers Without Borders, Knowledge Without Borders, even Mothers Without Borders, Friendships Without Borders, Knitters Without Borders (Tricoteuses Sans Frontières), Orphanage Without Borders, and Birds Without Borders. Wow!
What do these names tell you? It seems everybody’s going global now. Or, people find the authorities are too slow to expedite their works and actions to address so many pressing things around them. So, they just do whatever they can to help and provide for the target, hassle-free, without authorities’ long-bureaucratic involvement.
Then, what’s the implication? Empowerment of civil societies, for sure. Of course there is always negative implication towards transnational mobility in the global world system. But, that will be another posting *smile*
Following are two articles that mentioned about Mujahedeen Without Borders and MBAs Without Borders.
Gunmen Shown With Indonesian Reporters
By Todd Pitman
Baghdad, Iraq, Feb. 18 (AP) – A video released Friday showed two missing Indonesian journalists flanked by masked gunmen.
The pair had been missing since Tuesday after they were seen being stopped by unidentified men in military uniforms in the turbulent Iraqi city of Ramadi.
The video, delivered anonymously to Associated Press Television News, showed a man and a woman squinting in the bright sunlight and holding up passports and identification badges from the Indonesia television station Metro TV.
The documents identified them as 26-year-old Meutya Viada Hafid and Budiyanto, 36, a cameraman who, as is common in Indonesia, goes by one name. The people in the photo IDs appeared to be the same people shown in the video.
The names of the missing journalists had been released earlier by Metro TV, a 24-hour cable network.
A voice speaking off camera said the journalists were being held by the Mujahedeen in Iraq, a group about which little is known.
The group was last heard of in March 2004, when a statement attributed to them was circulated in Ramadi, an insurgent stronghold 70 miles west of Baghdad. At the time, they pledged not to attack Iraqi police unless the police helped U.S.-led coalition forces.
Ramadi has been the scene of frequent terrorist attacks and clashes between militants and U.S. forces and their Iraqi allies.
“We are now investigating the reason they are in the country, and we ask the Indonesian government to clarify their position and tell us the reason they are in the country. Otherwise we will kill them,” the voice on the video said.
Informed of the video, Indonesian Foreign Ministry spokesman Marty Natalegawa had no immediate comment. Earlier, he said the Indonesian government was sending a team to Iraq to seek additional information.
“We are trying to ascertain the whereabouts of these two reporters and establish contact with them,” Natalegawa said. “It was reported that the people who stopped them were wearing Iraqi military uniforms.”
In the video, the woman wore a black headscarf and parka, while the cameraman wore a woolen hat and black jacket. A man wearing a keffiyeh and carrying an automatic rifle stood on either side of the journalists.
One of the Metro TV owners, Surya Paloh, said he would lead a team to Amman, Jordan, to help find the missing reporters. He also defended the decision to send journalists to Iraq, saying he wanted to guarantee his station provided independent coverage.
More than 190 foreigners have been abducted in Iraq in the past year. At least 13 foreigners remain in the hands of their captors, more than 30 were killed and the rest were freed or escaped.
The last journalist kidnapped in Iraq was Giuliana Sgrena, a reporter for the newspaper Il Manifesto who was abducted Feb. 4 in broad daylight by gunmen in Baghdad. She appeared in a video delivered anonymously to APTN on Wednesday begging for her life and warning foreigners – including journalists – to leave the country. She was held by a previously unheard of group called Mujahedeen Without Borders.
Associated Press writers Vidya Dahlan and Michael Casey in Jakarta, Indonesia, contributed to this report.
World of wonders
by Andy Holloway
A group called MBAs Without Borders is looking for dollars.
At first glance, a Third World posting wouldn’t seem all that appealing to an ambitious biz-school student looking for experience. The pay is lousy, the working conditions are primitive and the wild life is truly wild. And isn’t getting a highly paid cushy job the whole reason behind getting an MBA in the first place?
Don’t tell that to Tal Dehtiar. Set to graduate with his MBA from McMaster University’s Michael G. DeGroote School of Business this December, he’s one of the masterminds behind MBAs Without Borders, a fledgling not-for-profit organization that hopes to send teams of MBAs to help businesses in the developing world. The perk: a chance to help right a struggling economy. “It’s an experience you’re not going to get back home at a large company, or even a small company,” says Dehtiar, who co-founded the organization earlier this year with Michael Brown, a DeGroote MBA alumnus. “You’ll get an appreciation for another culture, sure, but our students will see the value of not only helping a business, but how helping a business helps the community.”
Dehtiar, 24, knows a thing or two about the world. He’s built tree nurseries in Belize, worked for a non-profit in Costa Rica and sold sandwiches on the beaches of Chile. Convincing others to take a trek into the unknown to do good is a lofty goal, but not without precedent. MBAs Without Borders follows in the footsteps of such established non-profit organizations as Engineers Without Borders and Doctors Without Borders, which place western know-how in developing countries to improve the local quality of life. MBAs Without Borders currently plans to send eight to 10 MBA students next September to Tanzania, an East African country of 36.6 million people and a per capita GDP of US$600, one of the lowest in the world. Team members will work for a one-term period with local businesses, and in exchange receive a monthly stipend of approximately $1,000, paid airfare, room and board and a laptop.
by a slim website (www.mbaswithoutborders.com), MBAs Without Borders has garnered a fair bit of student interest so far, but Dehtiar still needs to raise $200,000 to turn his dream into a reality. As of mid-October, he had managed to secure only $2,700–and that sum already includes money from his family. Still, Dehtiar remains optimistic he can raise the rest through corporations, charities and government agencies–or from an angel donor who believes in the power of social responsibility. “There’s too much talk by MBAs about the dollar sign and how we’re going to climb the corporate ladder, and I don’t hear enough about social responsibility,” says Dehtiar. “We’re trying to give a new aura to an MBA.”