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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:
April 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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Resource Identifier:
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oclc - 05165391
notis - ADA7472
lccn - sn 79007351
issn - 0193-2578
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UF00028363:00038

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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:
April 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:
UF00028363:00038

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        page 5
    Florida
        page 6
    Florida/Georgia
        page 7
    Virginia
        page 8
    Maryland/Virginia/Washington, D.C.
        page 9
    Alabama/Louisiana
        page 10
    Texas
        page 11
    Texas/Oklahoma
        page 12
    Arizona/Nevada
        page 13
    Southern California
        page 14
    California
        page 15
    Recommended Businesses
        page 16
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raise funds. Today, the $2 million a year for St.
Southern Virginia (continued on page 6)

Stepping Backwards

Into the Future


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Iraqi women were
oppressed by Saddam
Hussein in exactly the
same way as men for most
of the former president's
rule afraid to speak out
against the regime and ever
watchful of their actions
lest they should be
misinterpreted as being
politically subversive.
However, in the new Iraq
women are exposed to new
oppressions which did not
even exist during Saddam's
tyrannical reign. Richard
Seymour reports


THE INVASION OF
IRAQ AND THE toppling
of Saddam Hussein was a
triumph, said the war's
advocates, of freedom over
tyranny. Certainly, very
few tears have been shed
over the ending of the
previous regime's brutal
rule, but have all sections
of Iraqs society truly been
set free?
One government has
been replaced by another
by means of war and
democratic elections, But
(continued on page 8)


Qatar signs $900M
deal for vessels


IT Limited (Nakilat)
and Overseas Shipholding
Group Inc. (OSG) joint
venture and Qatar
Liquefied Gas Company
Limited (it) (QGII) have
signed agreements with
Hyundai Heavy Industries
and Samsung Heavy
Industries for the purchase
and time charter of four
216,000 cubic metre
Liquefied Natural Gas
hips
Sl[i larger
essel
operating today. Upon
delivery in 2007 and 2008,
these vessels will start 25-
year time charters to QGII,
with options to extend.
The vessels are intended
for use to transport LNG
from Qatar to the United
Kingdom.


Tunisia: ALSTOM
signs, 2 contracts
worth 91m


Mary Moises,
Executive Board ABE P.Vi
Mme N MANSOUR Vice
Member New President, North
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TRANSTU (formerly
SMLT), the company in
charge of the Tunis light
metro system, has
awarded ALSTOM two
contracts worth a total of
9m for the supply of 30
CITADIS tramways and
inf restructure work -for
the city of Tunis. The first
contract, worth 80m, is
for the supply of 30 new
CITAIDIS tramways,
which will reinforce and
renew the fleet of
TRANSTU. The
company operates a 32km
"light metro" network
with five lines, a suburban
railway line and a bus
network in the Tunisian
capital.


Egypt Women Likely
Winners in New QIZ Deal


ON 21 DECEMBER
2004 EGYPT SIGNED A
historic trade agreement
with the United States
-that established
Qualifying Industrial
Zones (QlZs) as a first
step towards a
comprehensive Free


Trade Agreement with
America. This signing
came after a long delay
caused by US arm
twisting, with Washington
attempting to persuade
Egypt into a trade
agreement with Israel as a
(continued on page 11)


SreaiIns was eeCLLctU Lu
the SFSLAC Executive
Board to serve from 2004-
2007. For over twenty-
five years Moises has held
membership in the
(continued on page 7)


Texas
In his volunteer
position Abe will assist
officers and members in
the growth and
(continued on page 7)


This year, Phil and
Hanna Thomas,
accompanied by their
daughter Teri and her
husband Craig Stark,
attended their 20"
convention. They also
brought grandchildren,
Justin, Lauren, and
Christian Coury, Evan and
Brooke Mascagni and
daughters Patty Coury and
Theresa Mascagni. Justin
and cousin Dallas George,
of Lebanon, KY exclaimed
that they had "never seen
so many beautiful women
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Together W e Celebrate Life In M emoriam Best Wishes To Our Many Syrian and Lebanese Friends
and Customers
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rhythm of the music. Step.
Step. Stomp-stomp. I could
barely move in the crowd
of dancing people, but my
heart beat f aster than the
drums.
My sweating hands held
on tightly in this line of
people. To my right, my
brother held my hand f
irmly; to my left, my friend
did the same. Our fingers
were interlocked intimately
as the sweat from our palms


music intensified. Then we
flew. Faster than a raging
stampede we bolted across
the floor. Thirty pairs of feet
rushed in unified flight, as if
they had sprung wings. Our
steps turned to lightning,
our stomps to thunder. No
longer stepping and
stomping, we were
sprinting and jumping. We
def ied gravity as we flew
above the dance floor; we
broke Earth's boundaries as
we stomped through the
(continued on page 12)


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Delores El Kouri,
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passed from this life on
MondayJune 23,2003
following several months
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Serviceswere held on
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Baptist Church in
Anadarkowith the Rev.
Larry Hatfield, pastor of
the Grand Avenue
Assembly of God Church
in Chickasha,officiating.
Miss El Kouri was
born August 10, 1926 in
Holdenville, Oklahoma to
Ameen and Salema

(continued on page 4)


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The Lord is

Consuming
Fire
Let us read Job Chapter
41:1,19-21,31,32 Canst
thou draw out leviathan
with an hook? or his
tongue with a cord which
thou lettest down? Out of
his mouth go burning
lamps, and sparks of fire
leap out. Out of his nostrils
goeth smoke, as out of a
seething pot or caldron.
His breath kindleth coals,
and a flame goeth out of
his mouth. He maketh the
deep to boil like a pot: he
maketh the sea like a pot of
ointment. He maketh a
path to shine after him; one
would think the deep to be
hoary. Upon earth there is
not his like, who is made
without fear. He beholdeth
all high things: he is a king
over all the children of
pride.
If this creature can'be
mighty, how much more


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his creator! Is God a
machine? Who knows, but
how can smoke goes out of
his nostrils, and fire from
his mouth to destroy the
enemies around
Jerusalem? Once I
mentioned' on my
Television show asking,
"is the power of Atom in
Christ?" That before His
feet touches MT. Olive the
mountain melt.
Read Zechariah 14:4
"And his feet shall stand in
that day upon the mount of
Olives, which is before
Jerusalem on the east, and
the mount of Olives shall
cleave in the midst thereof
toward the east and toward
the west, and there shall be
(continued on page 13)


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Ecclesial

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Another significant
difference between
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understandinofChurch. In
the East the Church is not
only an institution or
community, but sacrament
in the sense of being the
epiphany of the events of
salvation. ,n this context,
liturgy is not the way in
which the community
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deification, peace. The
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passage from the old into
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into the Kingdom of God.
This life-is difficult -to
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(continued on page 13)


Ahadees

Guarding

Tongue
Arabic word 'Ahadees,
Ahadith' is plural of 'Hadees,
Hadith' which means Saying
of the Holy Prophet of Islam.
Ahadees cited here are
relative to guarding one's
tongue. Holy Prophet, peace
be on him, is reported to have
said:
1. "One who Believes in
Allah and the Last Day
should speak well of others."
(Muslim)
2. "A Muslim is a person
who does not harm other
Muslim with tongue or hands
and does not do any thing
which Allah has forbidden "
(Bukhari,Muslim)
3."When a person says
something well wishing with
due thinking, he or she is
taken away from Hell."
(Bukhari,Muslim)
4."Sometimes a person


By Dr. Qazi Muhammad
Barkatullah
says something which
pleases Allah and ,in turn,
Allah rewards him/her. And
sometimes a person says says
something which displeases
Allah and that takes him/her
away into Hell." (Bukhari.)
5. A person says
something without
understanding its
significance which Pleases
Allah in return Allah the
Most High records His
Pleasure for him/her.
Similarly when a person
utters without understanding
its significance, which
displeases Allah then Allah

(continued on page 5)


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Kouri
(continued from page 2)
(Massad) El Kouri. She
was preceded'in death by
her parentsand several
brothersand sisters.
The El Kouri
familyarrived in Anadarko
in 1933. She grew up there
and graduated from
Anadarko high School.


Her father established The
Dixie Store there, and she
worked with her father.
She had operated the store
since her father's death.
Miss El Kouri was a
faithful member of the
First Baptist Church for
many years. She was a
kind and thoughtful
person, and cared for


other's needs. She had a
special place in her heart
for the elderly and for
children. She was
especially fond of her
nieces and nephews.
Miss El Kouri did a lot
of embroidery work, and
loved to study the Bible.
She had been a member of
the Eastern Star.


Survivors include her
brother, Henry Elkouri
and his wife, Gertrude, of
Fort Worth, Texas; two
sisters-in law, Rose
Elkouri of Anadarko and
Mildred Massad of
Corpus Christi, Texas,
numerous nieces,
nephews, cousins, other
relatives and many close
and loving friends.
Casketbearers were
Brian Elkouri, David
Elkouri, Emile Misleh,
Edward Misleh, Larry
Massad and Thomas Boyt.
In lieu of flowers, the
family has requested that
memorials be made to the
First Baptist Church in
Anadarko. (Source: The
Anadarko Daily News)



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monthly serving Americans of Syrian and Lebanese heritage for over 35 years.
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Barkatullah
(continued from page 3)
records His displeasure for
him/her till the Day of
Judgment." ( Muslim &
Tirnizi)
6. The Holy Prophet was
asked "0 Messenger of
Allah, what is that thing
which you consider as. the
most injurious thing for a
person? Holy Prophet held
his tongue and said "this"
(Tirmizi)
7. "Do not indulge in long
talks without remembering
Allah, the Exalted. For much
talk without rememberance
of Allah hardens the heart of
a person and takes him/her
away from Allah. (Tirmizi)
8. "Do not Backbite "
(Bukhari).
9. "Control your tongue
and ask forgiveness for your
sins" (Tirmizi)
(continued on page 14)

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his friends Bill
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favorite memories is of an
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committee members who
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Howard Webb says he has
been thrilled to be part of
the chapter.
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president has been a
tremendous honor," he
says. "Everyone on the
board is a team player.


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to Webb and others in the
chapter. Webb, in turn,
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to others. "It is amazing
how much. you can
accomplish when you
give-other people credit,"
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me look good."
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much the chapter's
grown," Abourjillie says.
"I can't tell you how
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couple of years but it
wasn't very much." But as
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St. Jude Show
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Abe Mansour
(continued from page 1)
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Saddam's secular rule. That
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served as a warning to
leaders of women's groups
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Step Backwards
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protesting crowds are no
more.
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US-led occupation
19 March 2005 was its
inability to cope with the
insurgents which it
spectacularly did not
predict, believing instead
that allied troops would be
hailed as heroes as they
rolled into Baghdad. 'Ibis
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supporting the more
extremist elements
available to them.
Such elements
traditionally do not favour
the rights of women.
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ordinarily liberal parts of
Iraq, women are rarely seen
in public without a veil.
There is also mounting


anecdotal evidence that
honour killing, despite its
failure in the legislative
process, is on the increase.
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ways. Many who had jobs
before war have not been
able to find employment
since with most of the work
going to men. This has led
to women, often war
widows, becoming
increasingly vulnerable.
Funds to support such
women have been
promised by the coalition
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Step Backward
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Louisville
(continued from page 1)
in one place" They have
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of the Lebanese Club in
Louisville. Dallas and
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been recruiting friends and
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and are actively working on
the2005 Summer
Convention in Louisville.
Louisville's legendary


Lebanese Dance
(continued from page 2)
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hand and I turned my face
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ARIZONA / NEVADA


Massabni
(continued from page 3)
a very great valley; and
half of the mountain shall
remove toward the north,
and half of it toward the
south." Then who is the
Lord Jesus is really that we
must put our trust in him
before to go to hell
unaware. Psalm 18:6-10
"In my distress I called
upon the LORD, and cried
unto my God: he heard my
voice out of his temple,
and my cry came before
him, even into his ears.
Then the earth shook and
trembled; the foundations
also of the hills moved and
were shaken, because he
was wroth, There went-up
a smoke out of his nostrils,
and fire out of his mouth
devoured: coals were
kindled by it. He bowed


Samaha
(continued from page 3)
it, no matter how
imperfectly, know Mary is
its perfect expression, its
very movement. As heart
of the new creation, Mary
is the icon of Christ, the
Bride of the Bridegroom,
as is the Church. No
ecclesiastical authority


the heavens also, and came
down: and darkness was
under his feet. And he rode
upon a cherub, and did fly:
yea, he did fly upon the
wings of the wind. He
brought me forth also into
a large place; he delivered
me, because he delighted
in me. The LORD
rewarded me according to
my righteousness;
according to the cleanness
of my hands hath he
recompensed me. For I
have kept the ways of the
LORD, and have not
wickedly departed from
my God."
We read in Daniel
7:9,10 "1 beheld till the
thrones were cast down,
and the Ancient of days did
sit, whose garment was
white as snow, and the hair
of his head like the pure


has decreed this. The
living experience of the
church herself discovers
this identification of the
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expresses the life of the
Church in reference to
Mary and the veneration
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Mariological because
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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA


Samaha
(continued from page 13)
Only in worship can
human beings obtain
knowledge of God. Such
knowledge is nonrational;
it is contemplative and
mystical
Maternal
Perspective
Mary was associated in
all the mysteries of her
Son's life on earth. She
stood at the foot of the
cross, and a sword of
sorrow pierced her heart.
Her crucified Son made
her our Mother. Each
Wednesday and Friday the
Byzantine liturgy
remembers her mystery of


Barkatullah
(continued from page 5)
10.' When the son of
Adam gets up in .the
morning, all the parts of his
body request his 'tongue'
saying: Fear Allah regarding
us, because we follow you; if
you go wrong, we shall also
go wrong." (Tirmizi)
11. Holy Prophet took
hold of his tongue and said,
"Keep this under control.
The people will be thrown
with face down into the Hell
only on account of the
produce of the tongue that is


suffering and compassion
in the moving
slavrotheolokia,
Byzantine counterparts of
the Latin Stabat Mater
Dolorosa. The experience
of Mary as protection and
intercession is another
dimension of Byzantine
Mariology.
Mary is identified with
all suffering and human
tragedy. In this regard she
is the icon of the Church
as Mother. This theme is
emphatically expressed in
the feast of the Protection
of the Virgin, and in the
endless flow of
paraliturgical Marian
prayers and writings


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12. "I do not like to hear
any thing unpleasant about
any one" (Abu Daud &
Tirmizi)
13."A person who does
not listen to the dishonoring
his brother, Allah will keep
his face away from the fire,
on the Day of Judgment."
(Tirmizi)
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Barkatullah
(continued from page 14)
(Bukhari)
16. "A person who is
addicted to carrying tales for
mischief will not enter
Paradise." (Bukhari &
Muslim.)
17. "No Companion of
mine should tell me any thig
bad about another person, for
when I meet someone my


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21. "The sign of a
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built for him/her by the side
of Pareadise." (Tirmizi)
24. "The listner of
backbiting is one of the
backbiter." (Tirmizi)
25. "And when you
speak, observe justice, even
if the convened person be a
relative-(Holy Quran 6:153)


Oklahoma City, Matt
Gawey (Teresa) of Tulsa,
Mark Gawey (Susan) of
Tulsa; 1 daughter, Cathy
Adams (Jeff) of Rockwall,
TX; and 11 grandchildren.
He is also survived by his
sister, Dorothy Horany
(Lou) of San Juan
Capistrano, CA. Albert was
a member of the Church of
Saint Mary Catholic
Church and the Knights of
the Holy Sepluchre. In lieu
of flowers contributions are
being made to the
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St. N., Tulsa, OK 74126 or
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