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Title:
The Syrian Lebanese star
Alternate title:
Syrian-Lebanese star
Alternate Title:
Star
Physical Description:
v. : ill. ;
Language:
English
Publisher:
A.M. Coplan
Place of Publication:
Jacksonville Fla
Creation Date:
February 1, 2005
Frequency:
monthly
regular

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Subjects / Keywords:
Syrians -- Newspapers -- United States   ( lcsh )
Lebanese -- Newspapers -- United States   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Jacksonville (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Duval County (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Genre:
newspaper   ( marcgt )
newspaper   ( sobekcm )
Spatial Coverage:
United States -- Florida -- Duval -- Jacksonville
Coordinates:
30.31944 x -81.66 ( Place of Publication )

Notes

Additional Physical Form:
Also available on microfilm from the University of Florida.
Dates or Sequential Designation:
Began in 1963.
General Note:
Description based on: Vol. 16, no. 9 (Sept. 1978).
Funding:
Funded in part by the University of Florida, the Library Services and Technology Assistance granting program of Florida, the State Library and Archives of Florida, and other institutions and individuals.

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University of Florida
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University of Florida
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Material Information

Title:
The Syrian Lebanese star
Alternate title:
Syrian-Lebanese star
Alternate Title:
Star
Physical Description:
v. : ill. ;
Language:
English
Publisher:
A.M. Coplan
Place of Publication:
Jacksonville Fla
Creation Date:
February 1, 2005
Frequency:
monthly
regular

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
Syrians -- Newspapers -- United States   ( lcsh )
Lebanese -- Newspapers -- United States   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Jacksonville (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Duval County (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Genre:
newspaper   ( marcgt )
newspaper   ( sobekcm )
Spatial Coverage:
United States -- Florida -- Duval -- Jacksonville
Coordinates:
30.31944 x -81.66 ( Place of Publication )

Notes

Additional Physical Form:
Also available on microfilm from the University of Florida.
Dates or Sequential Designation:
Began in 1963.
General Note:
Description based on: Vol. 16, no. 9 (Sept. 1978).
Funding:
Funded in part by the University of Florida, the Library Services and Technology Assistance granting program of Florida, the State Library and Archives of Florida, and other institutions and individuals.

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of Florida
Holding Location:
University of Florida
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier:
aleph - 000579625
oclc - 05165391
notis - ADA7472
lccn - sn 79007351
issn - 0193-2578
System ID:
UF00028363:00036

Table of Contents
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        page 1
        page 2
        page 3
        page 4
        page 5
    Florida
        page 6
    Florida/Georgia
        page 7
    Georgia
        page 8
    North Carolina/South Carolina
        page 9
    Washington, D.C./Virginia/Maryland
        page 10
    Louisiana/Texas
        page 11
    Houston, TX
        page 12
    Texas
        page 13
    Arizona/Nevada
        page 14
    Colorado
        page 15
    Southern California
        page 16
        page 17
    California
        page 18
        page 19
    Recommended Businesses
        page 20
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FEBRUARY 2005


Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca,
taking more of a high-tech look

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Pilgrims circle the Kabaa at the Great Mosque, Islam s enthusiasm that I write to
holiest shrine, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Monday, two days you asking for your
before Muslim s annual Hajj pilgrimage begins. support of my candidacy
.MECCA, Saudi Arabia reciting religious mantras for Vice President of the
-Dressed in a seamless in unison with his wife a :Southern Federation of
white robe, Algerian continent away. Syrian Lebanese
pilgrim Tayyeb All able-bodied American Clubs in 2005.
Bougutettaya circled theff iis!tirf 41 ff l! jI 1 I9jl I1 j1 1j ti nued on page 7)
Kaaba several times make the pilgrimage, or
Monday with a prayer hajj, to Mecca at least Bechtel awarded
booklet in one hand and a $1.5bn contract by
mobile phone in the other, (continued on page 6) A hri 'hah; f'ro


Towards Democracy In Bahrain


It was the spark that
set the political landscape
on fire in Bahrain.
Abdulhadi Khawaja, a
political activist and
human rights defendant,
bitterly attacked the
government's record and
went oil to accuse it of
(continued on page 9)


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Sheik Hamad bin Isa Al
Khalifa aims to introduce
far-reaching reforms


Lebanon: Tensions & Challenges


With the
resignation of
Prime Minister
Rafiq Hariri,
Lebanon's
economic lure
future hangs in the
balance.
TENSIONS WITHIN
LEBANON 'S
P 0 L I T I C A- -L


Rafiq Hariri
establishment finally
snapped when the
country's prime minister,
Rafiq Hariri, and his
(continued on page 12)


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industries
Abu Dhabi Gas
Industries (Gasco) has
awarded American
company Bechtel a
$1.458bn contract to
build and put In
commission a giant gas
plant in the UAE.

FedEx opens new
facility in Bahrain
A brand new FedEx
facility, purpose built to
further expand and
enhance customer services
and Bahrain's connectivity
with FedEx worldwide
network has been
officially opened at
Bahrain. The inauguration
of this facility is the latest
in a series of initiatives
undertaken by FedEx
Express, the world's
largest express
transportation company..


My involvement with
the Federation began in
1960 as part of the youth
at the New Orleans
convention. I am past
President of SLACNO
and served on both the
finance and entertainment
committees. At past New
Orleans conventions:
1993 served as cochair of
a committee; 1999
steering committee and
cochaired the convention
book with my wife; 2004
.steering committee and
co-chaired hospitality
(continued on page 7)

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commerce
expected to cross
$Ibn mark by 2008
B2C e-commerce
(business to consumer
electronic commerce),
particularly the e-
shopping segment, in the
GCC is set to witness a
boom over the next few
years, crossing the $lbn
mark by. the year 2008,
with Saudi Arabia and the
UAE leading the way.


Syria's archaeological
riches make its claim to
be the cradle of
civilisations a serious
one. Contemporary
excavations of the towns


The Houston
Affiliates
Honor George
Korkmas
The weekend of
October 29-31, 2004 was
the date friends and
fatuity gather to honor
Federation President
George Korkmas. The site
was the J. W. Marriott
Hotel located in -the
Galleria area. "Wine,
Whiskey & Warak
Areesh" was the theme
for the evening.


Come Discover
Birmingham
Charm,
Hospitality, &
Tradition
It won't be the
same with out you,
Feb. 25, 2005
Please join us in
Birmingham for this
memorable event! The
Mid-Winter Conference
promises to have
(continued on page 14)


show society flourishing
in Syria at the time of the
earliest great civilisations
of Persia, Mesopotamia,
(continued on page-8)


George & Theresa Korkmas
On Friday night in
their hotel suite, George
and wife Theresa hosted
out of town guests and
family to a bar-b-que with
all the "fixins" including
Texas' favorite pecan nie
for desert. Fo!

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Lamia and Aziz
Mobarak are celebrating
their 50th wedding
anniversary with a party
at the Arlington Senior
Citizens Center. They
were married Jan. 16.
1955. She is the former
Lamia Batch.
Their children are Geor
Mobarak, Birmingham,
AL,; Diana Parfaitf
Gainesville, FL; and Tony
Mobarak and Elizabeth


Mobarak, both of
Jacksonville. The
Mobaraks have four
grandchildren.
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Dr. Max and Petra
Gerling, Alachua, FL,
announce the engagement
of their- daughter, Susan
Michelle Gerling to Paul
Gregory Ossi, son of
Vincent and Wadad Ossi,
Jacksonville.
The bride-elect is a
(continued on page 15)


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Women's Board
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PROUDLY
WELCOMES
MR. JAY LENO
Jay Leno, comedian
and host of The Tonight
Show, will be the Florida
Forum's speaker,
appearing at 7:00 p.m. on
February 26 th, Saturday
in the Moran Theater at
the Times-Union Center
for the Performing Arts.
All monies raised by
the Women's Board
through the Florida


Forum speaker series es
will fund the constructing
and equipping of a state-
of-the-art Children's
Emergency Center. This
new center will be
designed to treat annually
increasing numbers of ill
and injured children. The
new center's design will
facilitate the efficient
handling of patients and
their families, and meet
the special needs of
children of every age.
The Women's Board
was founded in 1973, it
currently has 300
volunteers; women who
have chosen as their
charity this region's only
dedicated, children's
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(continued on page 15)


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I Page 3 THE SYRIAN-LEBANESE STAR February 2005


Are You on
the Right
Train Heading
to Heaven? by
Rev. Fred
Massabni
It happened that a man
took a train from
Washington to Miami,
Florida, to see his family
before they left the
country. Every once in a
while he Would get up and
look out the window. He
saw mountains that he
had never seen before, but
he went back to his seat
without asking anyone.
After a few hours the
conductor came through
asking for tickets.
Looking at the man's
ticket, he said to him,
"Sir, you are on the wrong
train. Your ticket is to
Miami, Florida, and we
are nearing Chicago." In a
panic, the man asked,
"What should I do? My
family will leave America


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in one hour and I must see
them." Too many times,
because of our
negligence, we fall into
big problems. The Bible
says there is a way that
seems right to man, but,
the end thereof is the way
of death.
In these days there are
many like this man. They
hear preachers' warnings
about the dangers that lie
before them, but they still
refuse to listen to the
voice of God. They
continue to live according
to their own traditions,
satisfied, not knowing
(continued on page 15)


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Continuing with the
Ahadees Saying of the
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peace be on him, about
Prayer-Dua and Salat:
1. Abdullah bin Basr
reported that Messenger
of Allah, peace be on him,
said: 'Blessed is the one
who indulges in seeking
Allah's Forgiveness in
abundance.'
(Ibn-i-Maja ; Nisai)
Arabic word used is
'Istighfar'-that is one who
seeks Allah' Favor to
cover up his/her
shortcomings and
restraint him/her to repeat
the mistake.
2. Hazrat Aisha reports
the Holy Prophet of
Islam, peace be on him, as
saying; 'O Allah place
me among those who
when they do good are
happy and when they do
something wrong seek
Forgiveness Arabic word
used is 'Istighfar' (Ibn-i-
Maj a;Baihaiqui)
3. Abdullah bin Masud
is reported to have said
that he heard the Holy


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5. Hazrat Usman bin
Affan reported that he
(continued on page 17)






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I. SLAC Officers Installed


Seated: Irvin Schwary,
State Vice President for
Louisiana; Miriam B.
Koury, Vice President,
Southern Federation; and
Ryan Zwan, Vice
Chairman, Executive
Board of the Federation.
Standing: George
Andrews, Sergeant at


Arms; Louise Monju u,
Treasurer,; John Joseph,
First Vice President;
Janet Schwary, President;
Chris Mickal, Second
Vice President; Lila
Schwary, Recording
Secretary; and Marian
Ceasar, Corresponding
Secretary.


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monthly serving Americans of Syrian and Lebanese heritage for over 40 years.
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Please send your letters, news stories, pictures and club activities to
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FLORIDA


Mecca
(continued from page 1)
once in their lifetime. But
many say modem
technology has. changed
the experience of the
faithful.
"This is the last tawaf
[round]. Now recite with
me, 'In the name of Allah,
Allahu Akbar,'" an
o verwhe l med
Bouguettaya, 30, said to-
his wife, Mina, as he
began his final
counterclockwise circuit
around the sacred .black
cubic structure.
Away from the holy
Kaaba, which Muslims
around the world face in
prayer five times a day,
Bouguettaya said he was
thrilled to have
technology that allowed
him to share his
pilgrimage with his wife,
who stayed at home in
Algiers.
"I am so happy, it felt
Re both me and my wife
were facing Allah
together," Bouguettaya
said, standing in front of
Islam's holiest shrine.,
Moments later, his
Nokia mobile phone rang
again. "It's my business


contact in China," said the
electronics dealer with a
smile. "I'll e-mail you a
little later," he said to the
caller, and then returned
to his rituals. -
Prepaid mobile phone
chips are selling easily for
$33, and Internet cafes are
a flourishing business in
this holy city.
Outside the Grand
Mosque, pilgrims were
clicking digital photos to
e-mail home later.
"It's my first time using
the Internet during the
pilgrimage, but it helps
me mix work and
worship," said Bayo
Salau, a 38-year-old
businessman from Lagos,
Nigeria5 who was e-
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reflections to his wife
from a hotel computer.
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that while modern
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have a negative side, too:
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tool for publicizing their
extremist, often violent,
version of the religion.
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taken better advantage of
new technology than
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voice.
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more proactive approach
to the problem. and plan
ahead of time to beat them
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FLORIDA / GEORGIA


R B David
(continued from page 1)
For the past fifteen
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Federation in a number of
capacities. Two years I
was on the Charity
Committee; ten years on
the Scholarship
Committee the last three
as its Director; the past
three years I have served
on the Board of Directors,
serving as Vice Chairman
this past yea r.
As the Scholarship


Schwary
(continued from page 1)
with my wife and
daughter. From 1996


Director there were a
number of new things I
implemented into the
program: "You Can Make
a Difference," I asked
each member of the
various clubs to send one
dollar and when they did
"The Membership
Scholarship" was started
and continues today. Over
those three years over a
hundred thousand dollars
were given to our young
adults. Each year we
started to recognize an
outstanding individual or


through 1998 1 served as
LA State Vice
President, elected to
the Executive Board from


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a club who in some way
enriched the Scholarship
Program and that
continues today. In order
to help future scholarship
directors I put together a
handbook with all the
information to guide other
directors.
In 2000 you were most
appreciative of my work
in the Federation and you
awarded me "Woman of
the Year" an award I shall
always cherish.
Once again, I seek your
help and I ask you to let


1998 through 2001, again
being elected as State
Vice President in 2002-
2005. This past


me serve you
in yet another capacity.
I would like to become
Vice President of the
Southern Federation in
2005 and in 2006 become
your President. I am
asking that you continue
to help me to make a
difference.
Your consideration of
me for this position will
be greatly appreciated.
Sincerely,
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convention, -I was
awarded the "Outstanding
State Vice President"
(continued on page 8)


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GEORGIA


Schwary
(continued from page 7)
award by the Vice
President of the
Federation. Since 1998, I
have been working on
membership problems,
culminating with the
membership survey
printed in the bulletin this'
past year. I would like to
continue this work as Vice
President, serving as the
Chairman of the


Cradle
(continued from page 1)
and Egypt. And since
then, a series of great
emopires have risen and
fallen in the region, each
leaving their indelible
mark.
The ethnic make-up of
the population of Syria is
as complex as its history.
The two basic native
races, the Indo-Europeans
and the Semites, have
been invaded by wave
upon wave of conquerors
and new immigrants since
the beginning of time.
Syria was conquered
and settled by the
Assyrians, who in turn
gave way to the great


Membership Committee.
My goals as Vice
President include:
Visiting as many clubs
as possible to energize
and motivate members'
Visiting as many
groups as possible to form
clubs
Continue working on
finding information on
membership and
participation
Finding what the youth
are interested in to keep


Babylonian King
Nebuchadnezzar. Then
subsequent Persian
dominance was ended, by
the Macadonian King
Alexander the Great, and
Syria became Hellenised,
with Antioch as the
capital of Macedonian
Babylon.
Evidence of its period
of Roman rule is
everywhere in the country
but most impressive in
Palmyra. Indeed, Syria's
importance to the Eastern
Roman or Byzantine
Empire founded by
Constantine can be seen
by the numerous remains
of the Christian churches
they built in the country.


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Fostering MORE
communication with Vice
Presidents and Clubs
After 25 years, I retired
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Fortifications such as
the truly magnificent
"Krak des Chevaliers"
recall the long struggles
between Muslims and
Christian crusaders and,
later, the Ottoman empire
brought Syria commercial
prosperity and further
treasures.
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past has however,
contributed to more than
Syria's archaeological
wealth. The vibrancy of
modern Syria, as
witnessed in commercial
cities like Damascus and
Aleppo, is a testament to
the cultural melange that
has developed over
millennia into the bustling


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have the ENERGY to
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have the people of
Louisiana for the last 25
years.


commercial cities we
know today.
The most vivid contrast
to just how far Syria has
evolved over the centuries
is afforded by the
unchanging lifestyle of
the Bedouin communities
who inhabit the vast
deserts which cover more
than half the country.
Syria is perhaps the site
of the most extraordinary
cross-fertilisation of
nations and civilisations
in the history of humanity.
Indeed, more than any
other state in the Middle
East region, Syria is the
result of an amalgam over
millennia, of disparate
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NORTH CAROLINA/ SOUTH CAROLINA


Cradle
(continued from page 8)
races and their cultures,
each of whom have left
their mark. In this
stunning collection of
photographs,
accompanied by a lively
and informative text, the
author offers the reader a
taste of Syria's
extraordinary diversity
and makes much of
perhaps its greatest asset -
the Syrians themselves.

Bahrain
(continued from page 1)
corruption.
His claim infuriated the
government and pushed it
to arrest the activist and
freeze dialogue with
opposition parties on
c o n s t i t u t i o n al
amendments.
Is this the end of the


nascent experiment .o
democracy in Bahrain' In
toy opinion, no. All signs
point to the continuation
of reforms and the march
towards democracy. What
is needed is more
understanding from both
the opposition and
government alike.
It is naive to expect
Bahrain to become a
fully-fledged democracy
overnight. The opposition
must be astute and show
statesmanship and not
allow emotions to run the
show. Over list summer,
just two months before
the current impasse, the
Bahraini opposition and
human rights activists, in
a seminar held in London,
commemorating
Independence Day,
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quick to denounce the
experiment as being a
facade. They levelled
many charges against the
go% government and
called on representatives
from the British
government to step in and
convince the government
in Manama to concede
their demands.
The government
retaliated by accusing the
opposition of having links
with foreign
governments, which it
insisted must be severed
as a condition of its re-
engagement in the
political process.
In all democracies
opposition parties will
accuse the ruling
government of behaving
badly or bending the
rules. It is the time
honoured method (if
fighting (and often
winning) elections. But in
Bahrain the opposition
must tread very carefully.
What has happened in that
country is a political
miracle. And miracles are
quite rare these clays,
particularly ill the Middle
East.
The ruling elites of


Bahrain decided, to their
credit, that the little has
come to loosen their grip
on power and accede to
the demands of the
people. Of course,
concessions oil the part of
the government were not
entirely motivated by
charity rather than
political calculation.
The emir of Bahrain,
Hamad bill Isa At Khalifa,
came to power on the
death of his father. Faced
with a changing
international landscape
and repeated demands for
increased democracy, his
acumen and
statesmanship led him to
begin to open up the
political process in
Bahrain and change the
course of governing. He
declared his intention to
break with the past and
steer his country towards
democratic shores.
On 22 November 2000
a decree was issued which
was to form the Supreme
National Committee for
drafting a national charter.
The Emir abolished the
state of security taw and
the security court,
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WASHINGTON, D.C. I VIRGINIA/ MARYLAND


Bahrain
(continued from page 9)
released all political
detainees and permitted
the return of political
exiles.
These reforms, judged
by Middle Eastern
standards, were not mere
political gestures but a
gigantic initiative of
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never surrendering unless
you are overthrown or
exiled.
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LOUISANA / TEXAS


Bahrain
(continued from page 10)
History reaches us there
are two choices to effect
or gain power: Revolution
or reform from within. If
the opposition rejects the


Korkmas
(continued from page 1)
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for opposition to voice its
opinion. If there is a
stalemate between them,
then matters must always
be fought not on the streets
but in the courts of law.


Governor of the State of
Texas. A plaque from the
Mayor of Alvin, city of
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HOUSTON, TX


Korkmas
(continued from page 1)
Customers stopping by to
comment on their
relationship, with George
included his brother-in-
law Tony Kamel, Ron
Mafrige, Federation Past
President's Bill Frank, Joe
Joseph and Rose Zwan.
Club bouncers with plenty
of things to say about
growing up in the
Korkmas house were sons
Alan and Sammy and
daughters Debbie, Carol
and Mari. The night
capped off with music and


Lebanon
(continued from page 1)
cabinet, resigned
following weeks of
recriminations over the
highly controversial
constitutional change that
allowed President Emile
Lahoud to remain in
power for a further three
years (see TME
December 2004).
These resignations
were not the first since the


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having had an enjoyable
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unprecedented Syrian-
backed measures. Four
government ministers felt
unable to continue in their
jobs in the immediate
aftermath and only after
intense pressure from
Damascus did Prime
Minister Hariri feel able
to stamp his seal of
approval on the move
.However, upon
relinquishing his position,
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challenges, any
challenges, can only be
done through a unified
domestic front that meets
the goals of the Lebanese
people... but these
objectives have been
confronted by known
political realities."
The "political realities"
that Harm spoke of may
well have been caused by
the widening -chasm
between those who wish


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TEXAS


Lebanon
(continued from page 12)
Council Reso
lotion 1559 called for
all foreign forces to
withdraw from Lebanese
territory and put an end to
outside interference a
demand that angered pro-
Syrian groups and
galvanised their resolve.
A defiant Syrian leader,
President Bashar Assad,
asked: "Where were these
forces at the start of the
war when the Lebanese
were being massacred?"
Hariri, despite being
favoured by Syria, said
this year that he would
rather cut his own wrists
than work with Lahoud
again. However, much
diplomatic manoeuvring
between Damascus and
Beirut took place and,
with the promise that he
would have a significant
say over the formation of
his cabinet, Hariri agreed
to stay on in the office he
had occupied for most of'
the post-civil war period.
Thus, his resignation,
once expected as only a
matter of time, came as a
surprise as it had appeared
common ground had been


found.
It is still uncertain as to
what caused the rift
between the two men to
become irrevocable, but it
may be that the prime
minister did not, after all,
have as much power to
appoint his own ministers
as he had been led to
believe.
Reaction to Harri's
resignation has been
predictably mixed. There
are those who, while not
doubting Hariri's
credentials, maintain
there are other very
capable men willing and
able to take over.
Hariri's supporters, on
the other hand, are
warning of dire
consequences among
them the possibility of
violence on the streets of
Beirut as tension over
what is increasingly
regarded by some as
Syrian occupation
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Not least among the list
of concerns raised by
Hariri's departure is the
loss to the Lebanese
economy of many of
Hariri's contacts across
the world. Lebanon is


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suffering under the weight
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pock-marked, war-
ravaged city that stood
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the reigns of power.
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ARIZONA / NEVADA


Lebanon
(continued from page 13)
Hariri's economic reforms
to work so that their own,
lack lustre economy
might piggy-back on its
success. Losing him from
the Lebanese government
may yet prove costly for
them unless his successor
is able to continue
pushing the economy
through the modernisation
he initiated.
This will prove
difficult for even the most
talented man. Hariri
appointed to senior
government positions
many of his most
experienced and trusted
business associates. This
team formed a formidable
pool of financial know-
how that will be difficult
to replace, as will Hariri's
network of friends in high
places. Hariri's mere
presence was often
enough to reassure
international investors.
But it is not only


Hariri's financial expertise
that will be missed.
Lebanon's perception as a
gateway to the Middle
East marks it out as a key
area of global interest as
the West seeks to, quite
literally in places, redraw
the map of the region.
Hariri's replacement will
find himself having to
deal, on his very first
morning in office, with the
United States, the United
Nations, anti-Syrian
groups and the Syrian
authorities pulling him in
several different directions
at once.
Hariri had trod that fine
line for more than a
decade of difficult times.
His skill and experience
in these matters will also
be noted by its absence.
Already, the new prime
minister designate, Omar
Karameh, has been
plunged into a crisis with
events having conspired
to fall, in favour of;
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Jax News
(continued from page 2)
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(continued from page 2)
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(continued from page 3) switchman. His job was to
that they are on the wrong direct the trains according
way in life and facing to their destination. Of
great judgment. course the passengers
As I was a don't notice this
stationmaster on the operation. In these days,


Birmingham
(continued from page 1)
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Located in the foothills
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Massabni
(continued from page 15)
us to the USA to know
Christ, to be saved, It is up
to us to believe or not.
Many people think they
will go to heaven, but they
will land in hell. What is


your loss if you believe in
Jesus, the Son of God?
The Bible says that if our
Gospel be hid, it is hid to
them that are lost. The
glorious Gospel of Christ,
who is the image of God,
shall shine unto them.


God said cursed be
everyone who adds to, or
takes away from, the
Word of this prophecy,
and blessed is everyone
who keeps and obeys the.
Word of God. If we
believe in the Bible, we


believe and reverence the
writer, God. Do not ever
curse the cross of Christ.
It is a great sin. Jesus truly
came down from Heaven,
performed many miracles,
died for our sins, and then
God raised Him from the
dead and sat Him at His
right hand on high.
Jesus is returning with
great power with His
saints and the Angel of
Heaven to reign in
Jerusalem for one
thousand years. Every
country or nation that will
not come to Jerusalem to
worship the Lord, the
-reign will not descend on
that country. God said,
"Turn unto me; believe in
my Son before His wrath
is kindled but a little."
Blessed are they that put
their trust in Jesus. If you
want to escape the wrath
of God, pray now: "I
believe in the Lord Jesus,
Your Son, who died in my
place. Forgive me. Fill my
heart with your Holy
Spirit. Save me. I trust
you. In Jesus' name.
Amen.
His faithful servant,
Fred Massabni
Samaha
(continued from page 3)
Presentation of the
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the Annunciation, March
25; the Dormition, August
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the Virgin, October 1; the
Synaxis of the Theolokos,
December 26; the
Conception of Mary,
December 9, and others.
Marian Iconography
The icons of the
Theotokos are integral to
the life of the Byzantine
Church. Their very
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Samaha
(continued from page 16)
theological meaning.
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be a visual representation
to stimulate the
imagination for devotional
purposes. Neither is it
meant to teach or inspire. In
the spiritual sense, it is a
living thing, the point at
which heaven and earth
meet. St. John of Damascus
called the icon a "channel
of divine grace." Laden
with faith and grace, the
icon is a mirror of divine
revelation and gives


Barkatullah
(continued from page 3)
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Islam, peace be on him,
.saying: 'When on the
approach of obligatory
prayer-salat a Muslim
makes his/her ablution
nicely and then offers the
salat with humbleness and
fearfulness it serves as an
expiation for his or her


testimony to the reality that
the saving truth is not
communicated only by
mere human words but also
through wordless beauty.
Also to be considered
is the highly developed
cult of the commonly
termed miraculous" icons
of the Theolokos, some of.
which have given rise to
important and extremely
popular feasts.
Paraliturgical Piety
In addition to the
official Marian prayers
and celebrations of the
liturgy, we -find an


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come.'
(Muslim
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Mary, written after the
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They testify to the
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piety, love, and praise
directed to Mary.
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value and quality.
However, the outstanding
Byzantine hymnographers


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wipes out a sin and
another raise his /her
status.'


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includes the commentaries
on these themes in the
homilies composed for
Marian feasts by the
Greek Fathers and
Doctors.


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Sudan
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Sudan hosted Osama
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GREENTREE MORTGAGE CORPORATION
Painters Mill Executive Park 66 Painters Mill Rd., Suite 202
Owings Mill, MD 21117


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A&A MATERIALS INC
480-990-0557
Fax 480-970-3455
10333 E. McDowell Rd.,
Scottsdale Loc., SW
Corner of Alma Schl. Rd.
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Scottsdale, AZ


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Phone: 503-355-2206


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410-741-5011
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Owings, MD


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Since 1960
World Famous Chili Dogs 6 Chili Macs
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120 E. Maple Avenue
Vienna, VA 22180
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