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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:
May 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 )
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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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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:
May 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:
UF00028363:00039

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    Texas
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    Colorado/Utah
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    Southern California
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MEMBER ARAB-AMERICAN PRESS GUILD
ESTABLISHED IN 1963
PTION www.syrianlebanesestar.com XXXXII


University of Miami president Donna Shalala and Wine Spectator edit(
publisher Marvin R. Shanken unveil the exhibit of posters.

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Beginning May 13, Americanism; Causes and
2005, the Council on (continued on page 6)

Lebanon Interlocking influences

find common ground
,~~'i \ -, :""


Alex Klaushofer
examines how recent
events in Lebanon -
which has seen more than
its fair share of religion-
based conflict have
drawn together various
parties from across the
sectarian divide
RECENT EVENTS IN


LEBANON ARE proving
an unexpected litmus test
for how well the country
is doing in its long
recovery from civil war.
Far from revealing an
appetite for another
conflict, the assassination
of Rafiq Hariri the first
(continued on page 7)


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Another Piece of Dubai Tower to Bring
the Quilt At Structure To Mid
St. Jude Hospital (continued on page 16)

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in promoting the
hospital's mission, our
actions can create a
glorious patchwork of
hope and healing for the
children of the world.
For my daughter
Millie's 13th birthday, a
friend and I made a quilt
that had photographs of
my daughter all over it.
Millie's so proud of that
quilt, and it's on her bed
today. My impressions of
St. Jude Children's
Research Hospital also
resemble a patchwork
quilt-a colorful jumble of
memories, experiences
and events that have
touched my life. The first
piece was cut many years
ago, when I toured St.
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Jacksonville News


Whistler, Canada, the
couple will live in
Neptune Reach.


Meide-Voyles
Jennifer Voyles and
Marcos Meide were
married at 5 pm. Saturday
in St. John's Episcopal
Cathedral.
The bride, daughter of
Terri Borchelt and Ronald
Voyles, graduated from
Middleburg High School
and Florida State
University. She is the owner
of Push, a ladies boutique,
in Atlantic Beach,
The bridegroom, son of
Christine and Moses
Meide Jr., graduated from
Wolfson High School and
the University of Florida.
He is employed by
Montgomery Land Co.
Stephanie Hardin was
the matron of honor, and
Jessica Voyles was the
maid of honor. The
grooms father was the
best man.
Following a trip to


Clark-Maalouf
Marlyne Maalouf and
Russ Clark were married
at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in
Memorial Park
The bride, daughter of
Maryam Maalouf,
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada,
and the late Salim
Maalouf, graduated from
the University of Florida's
Levin College of Law and
is employed by the State
Attorney's Office, 4th
Judicial Circuit.
The bridegroom, son of
Lai& Sind Furman Clark,
Amelia Island, graduated
from the Police Academy,
Lake City, and is second
vice president of Mothers
Against Drunk Driving. He
is employed by the
Jacksonville Sheriffs Office.


Melissa Volk was the
matron of honor, and Trip
Clark was the best man.
Following a trip to the
Caribbean, the couple will
live in Jacksonville.


The Coreys
Jacquelyn and George
Corey celebrated their
50th wedding anniversary
with a family dinner and
(continued on page 12)


SAIKALI
Nicolas SAM, 81, died
Saturday, March 26,
2005. He was born in
Lebanon and was a
member of St. Maron
Maronite Catholic
Church. He is survived by
his wife of 64 years,
Matroune Saikali; three
daughters, Hoda El-
Alam, Therese Saikali,
and Najwa Aboutayeh;
three sons, Hanna, Dr.
Elias, and Dr. Fadi
Saikali; seventeen
grandchildren and seven
great-grandchildren. His
funeral Mass celebrated
St. Maxon Maronite
(continued on page 12)


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PRAISES

UNTO OUR

GOD



Lets give thanks unto
the LORD for His mercy
indureth forever.
Ps:138:2: "I will worship
toward thy holy temple,
and praise thy name for
thy loving kindness and
for thy truth: for thou hast
magnified thy word above
all thy name. Great is the
LORD, and greatly to be
praised; and his greatness
is unsearchable. Praise
him, ye heavens of
heaven, and ye waters that
be above the heavens, Let
them praise the name of
the LORD for he
commanded, and they
were created. To him that
by wisdom made the
heavenfor his mercy


Rev. Fred Massabni
endureth forever) To him
that stretched out the earth
above the water- for his
mercy endureth for ever."
Let us give thanks unto
God- for making us His
own Children according
to his own pleasure) He
redeemed us in Christ, He
perfected us in Christ, we
are forgiven and secured
in Christ. 1" Corinthians
1:5 For in Christ Jesus
neither circumcision
availeth anything nor un-
circumcision but new
creature., John 3: 16 "For
(continued on page 12)


THE RELICS

OF ST.
MARON
St. Maron passed to
eternal life between 407
and 423, probably around
41o. Before his death he
expressed the desire to be
buried in St. Zabina's
tomb at Kita in the region
of Cyr. But his wish was
not fulfilled. What, then,
became of the remains of
St. Maron?
Following his death
several villages erupted in
riots because each wanted
to have the remains of
Maron. Bishop Theodoret
of Cyr in his writings
suggests that Maron's
remains were buried in the
large, new church at Barad
near Kfarnabo. That
church had a sarcophagus
which may have
contained Maron's body.
An ancient Maronite


EID-UL-FITR I


By Brother John
Samaha, S.M.
tradition held that
followers of the Saint
carried his relics to the
famed St. Maron's
Monastery, "Beit
Maroun," erected in 452
between Hama and
Aleppo in Syria.
At the turn of the eighth
century there is evidence
that St. Maron's skull was
taken to Lebanon to St.
Maron's Monastery in
Kfarhai, Batroun.
Patriarch Douaihy records
that "When Youhanna
Maroun (St. John Maron)
(continued on page 13)


Eid is an Arabic word
which means 'happiness
that comes again and
again.' The word 'Fitr'
refers to 'Fitrana', a
compulsary charity,
which is a fixed amount
on behalf of each member
of the family, and must be
paid at least, before the
Eid congregational
prayers are offered. The
Fitrana collected is
distributed under the
administrative set up
among the poor for them
to take part in the Eid
festivities. In addition to
Fitrana another
contribution called' Eid


By Dr. Qazi Muhammad
Barkatullah
Fund' is also expected
from each family. Eid
ulFitr is also a day of
thankfulness after the
successful completion of
'spiritual uplift' at the end
of Ramazan. The
hardships of Ramazan
being over Eid is joyfully
celebrated by millions of
Muslims through the
world. Eid-ul-Fitr
(continued on page 13)


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Davenport Wins
Bausch & Lomb


In Memoriam

Steven Mafrige


In Memoriam

Lillion L. Nahas


Editor meets world's number one ranked woman tennis


player
Syrian Lebanese Star
Editor, A. M. Coplan
greeted Lindsay
Davenport, the World's
Number One ranked
female tennis player at the
unforgettable Bausch &


Lomb Championship
played the first week in
April at the beautiful
Amelia Island Resort,
North Florida.
Sunny cool days and
(continued on page 14)


E"
Stevens Mafrige
passed away on
November 22, 2003 at the
age of 103 after a long
and abundant life. He was
born on July 4, 1900 in
Seattle, Wash. to Zachary,
the son of Lebanese
immigrants and Katherine
George Mafrige, the
daughter of Greek


immigrants. His mother
died when he was three
and Stevens was raised by
his father and his Aunt
Marianna. Zachary
Mafrige developed a
thriving business in
Seattle, owning and
operating the largest
department store in
Seattle, which reported
contained the first
escalator west of the
Mississippi. As a result of
the bank panic of 1907
and its aftermath Zachary
and family relocated in
Cuero, Texas Once in
Cuero, Zachery opened a
genera I store. In 1918,
Stevens joined his father
in business. Stevens

(continued on page 14)


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Born in Houston,
Texas, Lillion L. Nahas
was the daughter of
Mitchel and Mary Bahia
Turk Arwady. After


graduation in 1931 from
Jefferson Davis High
School and legal and
business advanced
schooling, she served for
several years in the legal
profession in Houston,
Texas. In 1941 she met
and married Jack N.
Nahas and traveled the
world as an Army wife for
over 25 years before
settling in Beaumont,
Texas in 1965.
During her time with
the Army Mrs. Nahas

(continued on page 15)


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The Star is published once per month by A.M. Coplan. The Star is an independent
monthly serving Americans of Syrian and Lebanese heritage for over 40 years.
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Scholarships
Diana Abdel-Karim
Charlotte, North Carolina
Daughter of Alain and
Ghada Abdel-Karim The
i Metrolina Phoenician
Club American Lebanon
SAssociation Scholarship "
Donor: The American
i i Lebanon Association
*' i'Club Austin, Texas
S Robert Adams
Birmingham, Alabama Son
of Robert and Janice
Adams Cedars Phoenician
C. lub of Birmingham
Ronald V. Kamel Memorial
Scholarship Donors: Tony
and Dolores Kamel
:Nathan' Ashker
Memphis, Tennessee Son
of Tommy and Tammy
Ashker Cedars Club of
Memphis Good
Fellowship Club
z'-.:,:- Scholarship Donor: The
iii Good Fellowship Club of
Dallas, Texas


Victoria Arrieh Lebanese
Heritage Award Donors:
Drs. Albert and Marielle


Jason Brooks Jackson,
Mississippi Son of David
and Cynthia Brooks
Cedars of Lebanon Club
of Jackson Marshall and


Kathryn Balbierz
Wichita, Kansas
Daughter of Tom and
Karen Balbierz The
Syrian-Lebanese Club of
Wichita Ed Haggar
Family Foundation
Scholarship Donor: The
Ed Haggar Family
Foundation
Rebecca Bodenhamer
Edmond, Oklahoma
Daughter of Robert and
Judy Bodenhamer Cedars
of Texoma Hab and
Elaine Monsur Memorial
Scholarship Donors: The
Family and Friends of
Hab and Elaine Monsur


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St Jude Quilt
(continued from page 1)
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St. Jude Quilt
(continued from page 6)
the hospital room. She
and I just sat there and
sang a couple of songs.
She was at such a desolate
place physically. I really
felt that by singing those
songs and being there and
sharing the music and
watching her sing along...
for just a minute we kind
of shared the same space.
She did not survive her
cancer, but I still think of
her today.
After I became a
parent, my impressions of
St. Jude assumed a deeper
hue and texture. I walk
down those halls, and I'm
always thinking, 'Oh, that
boy is just one year


Lebanon
(continued from page 1)
major killing in 15 years -
has been the catalyst for
surprising scenes of unity
from its different sects.
The coming together of
Muslims, Christians and
Druze for their former


I


younger than my son." Or,
"That child is just a month
older than my daughter."
You're constantly putting
yourself in the shoes of
the people there.
Another patch in my
"quilt" occurred when my
relationship with Target
Stores enabled me to help
raise money for the
construction of Target
Houses I and 11. Families
can live in these beautiful
facilities while their
children undergo
treatment at St. Jude. I've
spent a lot of time in hotel
rooms, and I know what
it's like to be away from
home. Imagine the stress
of being a parent with a
sick child and living in a


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shared rejection of
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Alone time! A place to
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Lately, I've been the
spokesperson for a fund-
raising project that
involves actual quilts -
Hancock Fabrics' Quilt of
Dreams project. This
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combines the talent and
dedication of thousands of
quilters around the
country. Hancock
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from which individuals
have been making lap
quilts inspired by the
hopes and dreams of St.
Jude patients. It's such an


figure. Some Lebanese
objected to the Gulf-style
opulence he brought to
the reconstruction of


affirming thing for
something as useful and
beautiful as a quilt to
include the words of
children and their wishes
and dreams. I'm so excited
to be a part of this project.
There are many small
ways that you and I can
help the patients of St.
Jude. As we all join
together in promoting the
hospital's mission, our
actions can create a
glorious patchwork of
hope and healing for the
children of the world.
Five-time Grammy
award winner Amy Grant
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Lebanon
(continued from page 7)
lies, funded out of.his
personal fortune, has
drawn resentment from
Christians because of the
way it .overshadows the
Maronite cathedral of St


Georges next door.
The strength of popular
feeling, having mutated
into. demonstrations for
the withdrawal of Syrian
.troops from Lebanese
soil, testifies to the new
consensus that has been


slowly building over the
calm post-war years. With
"we are all Lebanese" as
its mantra, it centres on
the need to recognize the
shared values held by its
different religious
communities, and to


embrace a common,
national identity.
"This nationalist,
secularist line is the
official discourse, the
politically correct one,"
says Nadim Shehadi,
director of the Centre for
Lebanese Studies in
Oxford.
This 'official view' is
widely shared by.the first
generation to grow up
since the war. "The
solution is secularism.
This is the way we live in
Lebanon now," says
Michael, a young Greek
orthodox student from the
largely Sunni Muslim
town of Tripoli. "We can't
have a leader for each
religion; we have to have
a secular government."
In reality, of course,
this secularism is li mited.
As signalled by its
political constitution
which stipulates that the
prime minister be a Sunni
Muslim, the president _a
Chrisfian and the speaker
of parliament a Shi'a
Muslim, Lebanon remains
a deeply religious country.
The power sharing
arrangement enshrines a
long, multi-confessional
tradition designed to
accommodate a variety of
religious minorities. The
new secularism,
according to Shehadi,
depends on it: "In
practice, it can only
continue while the
confessional system is in
place because this
resolves the sectarian
shares at the outset and
you can then get on with
other matters," he says.
This means the
cohesiveness of Lebanese
society and therefore its
peaceableness is bound
up with how its various
sects see each other. It
depends, in short, on
genuine religious
tolerance. Mohammad
Sammak, a Sunni Muslim
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Lebanon
(continued from page 8)
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have changed. Lebanon is
Christian and Muslim,
Muslim as much as
Christian now.
Even Hizbullah,
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up any aspirations to
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understand the
importance of religious
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Moussawi, the party's
head of international
relations, notes. Neither


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determine entitlement to
the comprehensive
programme of health,
education and community
services it provides in its
Shi'a heartlands, "We do
not exercise favouritism
on political or other
criteria. We take into
, account the priority of the
need." he says.
At the loftier
theological levels, some
Muslims claim
membership of a grpiing
movement of moderate
Islam, open to dialogue
about other faiths and
values. "We Arabs are
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and then re-read the
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who has strong links to
the Iranian establishment.
"We read the script in the
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man who did not want to
give his name couldn't
wait to express his true
feelings about Hizbullah:
"I don't like them. They.
are unfair with people,
and they make a
distinction between
Christians and Muslims."
It was common for
local people, he adds, to
feign loyalty to the party
in order to get the things
they need. "They do it for
money," he says. "For


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books or scholarships. If I
go to hospitals or schools,
I must say I am from
Hizbullah or that I know
someone from
Hizbullah."
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religious groups are also
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of Notre Daine in the
Chouf mountains, says,
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Lebanon
(continued from page 9)
harmoniously together at
the Catholic university.
But although the two
groups mix freely, for
most young Druze
marriage to someone from
a different faith is still


unthinkable. "The main
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woman, thinks the
country's religious leaders


were wrong when they
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"If I wanted to get
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I am typical of a lot of
people of my age here."


Free Iraq
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January.
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nun's habit, circa 1950.
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Shiite list endorsed by
Grand Ayatollah Ali al-
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Page 11 THE SYRIAN-LEBANESE STAR May 2005

VIRGINIA / WASHINGTON, D.C. / MARYLAND


Free Iraq
(continued from page 10)
witnessing a small
political opening, a bigger
opening would result in
Islamic parties' gaining
substantial power.
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enter parliament,
women's rights become a
bone of contention.
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bargaining chip," says
Assa Karam, an Egyptian
expert on Arab women's
rights who works for the
United Nations
Development Program.
Karam says that when
Islamic parties are
jockeying for power With


secular parties or
g ,o v e r-n m e n t s ,
"compromises on
women's rights take
place."
Thus, for example;
contentious Islamist
deputies in Kuwait
focused on blocking
women's suffrage. Thus,
in Iran in years past, when
hard-line Islamists were
frustrated with political
gains by Islamic
moderates, the hard-liners
demanded more
restrictions on women's
dresscode. When male
politicians quarrel,
women became the
sacrificial lambs.


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all issues, it will likely
focus on putting "family
status" law under the
control of clerics. Secular
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issues relating to women
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religious parties on
writing the constitution.
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leave Iraqi women's
rights?
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long history of activist
women, among die most
highly educated in the


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drafting committee for the
new Iraqi constitution.
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Salbi, head of Women for
Women International, a
Washington-based
organization with
operations in Iraq and
other strife-tor countries.
"But if it is too loud, it
will trigger a conservative
reaction."
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Page 12 THE SYRIAN-LEBANESE STAR -May 2005

MARYLAND / WASHINGTON, D.C.


Free Iraq
(continued from page 11)
Yet at a time when
religious parties are
ascendent I pressure by
secular women may not
be sufficient to prevent
women from being
pushed back.
Salbi worries that
secular ,and religious.
women aren't talking to
each other. She, says
secular women must learn
to couch their arguments
in language

Jax News
(continued from page 2)
will also celebrate with a
cruise this summer- They
were married March 19,
1955. She is the former
Jacquelyn Biddle. Their
children are Ronald Core\
and Sharon Ervin. both of
Jacksonmille. The Core.s
have four grandchildren.


Massabni
(continued from page 3)
God so loved the world,
that he gave his only
begotten Son, that
whosoever believeth in
him should not perish, but
have everlasting life."
I praise His name for
sending His Son Jesus to
die for our sins that we
may have eternal life.
Ephesians 3:19 And to
know the love of Christ,
which passeth knowledge,
that ye might be filled with
all the fulness of God."
Jesus is the Word of
God in flesh; and God
called His Word His Son.
His Word became flesh to
be offered as a sacrifice
for the entire world.
God's Judgment will


understandable to
religious ears,
A similar argument was
made to me by Ferial
Masry, a gutsy Saudi
American woman who
received 40 percent of the
vote as a Democratic
candidate for state
Assembly in California in
November.
Masry says : Arab
women' who confront
religious opposition must
"reframe the discourse in
terms [the religious]


understand. It is important
in conservative societies
to have examples." When
she explains to Saudi men
why women should vote
and run for office, she
uses examples of
powerful women in Arab
history. And then she talks
of her own experience as
,a Saudi woman running
for office in the United
States. Nlasry was
lionized by Saudi women
- and men, too when she
talked about her campaign


The Rizks
Ruth and James Rizk
celebrated their 50th
anniversary w ith a
surprise family\
celebration glen bN their
children at Sacred Heart
Catholic Church. which
included a buffet dinner
and a blessing of their
vows. They were married


be according to His book,
which is the inspired
Word of God.
2 Timothy 3:16: "All
scripture is given by
inspiration of God, and is
profitable for doctrine, for
reproof, for correction, for
instruction in
righteousness:" If anyone
doesn't obey this gospel
he will be judged
according to this gospel.
Anyone who rejects
Christ Jesus will go to
eternity without a Saviour.
"He that cometh from
heaven is above all." All
the prophets are earthly, but
Jesus Christ is the Creator
the only Son of God. He is
above all. This verse is
from the lips of our Lord
(continued on page 13)


Saikali
(continued from page 2)
Catholic Church, with Fr.
Elie Abi Chedid
officiating. Interment in
Mieh-Mieh, Lebanon.
The family request in lieu


experience during a recent
visit to her native country,
where women don't yet
have the vote.
Unless secular Iraqi
women (and the Western
women's groups and U.S.
officials who want to help
them) can find a language
the Muslim public can
understand. Iraqi women
may soon find their rights
curtailed by "Islamic
parties parties brought to
power through the
democratic vote.


Aug. 22,1954, in Holy
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Their children are
Donna GregorN. Kimball.
lon.; and Mark Rizk and
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amaha
continued from page 3)
-ttled in Kfarhai he built
monastery named for St.
around and placed St.
around's skull inside the
tar to heal the faithful.
or this reason the
monastery is called'Rish
Iro,'which means
VIaroun's head" in
yriac."
Surprisingly, St.
laron's skull was taken
) Italy. A Benedictine
ionk who visited Belt
laroun in 1130 venerated
ie relic of St. Maron's
cull, and upon his return
) Foligno extolled the
oliness of Maron's life.


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bishop and the people that
a church was built in the
name of St. Maron at
Foligno. Then the bishop
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Maron's skull to his
diocese in 1194 and
placed it in the Church of
St. Maron. The precious
relic was placed in a silver
statue of St. Maron
specially made by the
local artists for the
church. While in Italy in
1887 Bishop Youssef el-
Debs was given some
relies of St. Maron's skull
by the bishop of Foligno
to return to Lebanon.
Originally the


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continuedd from page 3) lunar year is shorter by
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firstt of Shawwal the tenth year, Eid -ul-Fitr arrives
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Page 14 THE SYRIAN-LEBANESE STAR May 2005

MICHIGAN


Barkatullah
(continued from page 13)
eleven days earlier than
the previous year. As
such, Eid-ul-Fitr rotates
through every season in
turn, throughout the


Davenport
(continued from page 4)
starlit breezy nights were
the backdrop for this
exciting tournament
which hosted champs like
Czech Republic born
Martina Navratilova, U.S.
born Serena and Venus
Williams, Montreal,
Canada's Mary Pierce and
Italy's own Silvia Farina
Elia.
Elia, the star who
challenged Davenport on
the clay courts, a medium
that has often perplexed


Mafrige
(continued from page 4)
purchased government
army surplus material at
the end of World War I
and began a wholesale
business selling directly
to other small town
general stores.
In 1928 Stevens and his
father moved to Houston,
TX and opened a
wholesale dry goods


countries around the
world. This year subject
to the appearance of the
moon, Eid -ul-Fitr is
likely to be celebrated on
November 14,2004 that is
1st of Shawwal of 1425 of


Davenport, took away
close to $50,000 for her
second place showing.
One of the oldest Bausch
& Lomb finalists at age
33 years, Elia. remarked
that Davenport, 29 years,
had a keen eye for
knowing exactly where
each ball would land on
her side of the court and
the relentless winning
skill to execute a
champion return.
Davenport returned the
compliment, after
winning the $93,000 top


business on Congress
Avenue downtown. The
business was known as Z.
A. Mafrige and Son and it
prospered until 1936
when a flood caused
Buffalo Bayou to
overflow and ruin all the
merchandise and content
in the store. Stevens and
his father reopened
Mafrige Dry Goods at 411
Fannin. The business


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the following day that is
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Stevens married Marie
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COLORADO / UTAH


Mafrige
(continued from page 14)
and his daughter in law,
Linda Mafrige. He is
survived by. children,
Stevens F Mafrige and
wife Carolyn; Ron
Mafrige, Don Mafrige and
wife, Nancy Kathryn Kent
and husband, Tom, and
Gary Mafrige. He is also
survived by grandchildren
Don, Jr., David, Laura,
Rocky, Stevens Mafrige,
Huntley and Michael
Kent, Melissa Mithoff and


Nahas
(continued from page 4)
volunteered with several
service organizations
including the American
Red Cross. After her
return to Beaumont, Mrs.
Nahas worked actively for
over 10 years in real
estate and was an active
member of the Pilot Club.
She was one of the early
officers in the Southern
Federation, a group of
affiliated Lebanese
American clubs in Texas
and the southern United
States, serving as
Secretary for several
years. She was also a


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six _great grandchildren.
He is also survived by his
second life Lilly Abraham
Mafrige.
Stevens Mafrige was
an active participant in
many social and
charitable organization.
He was a charter member
of the Fellowship Club, a
supporter of the Southern
Federation of Syrian
Lebanese American Clubs
since its inception. He
was proud to serve as a
Shriner and Mason. He


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Order of the Eastern Star.
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service to St. Michael
Antiochian Orthodox
Church, spending many
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other fund raising events.
Known as an excellent
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always recognized as the
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ubai Tower
continued from page 16)
for the title of tallest
skyscraper.
"We're going to
records never approached
before. Not only it be the
tallest build will be the
tallest mantower," said
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at Emaar Properties, the
Dubai construction firm
developing the spire-
shaped, stainless-
steelskinned tower.
Booth said jokingly
.hat once completed in
2008, the $900 million
Burj will sport a movable
spire to keep observers
from ever gang ing the
true height
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will know haw tall it is,"
he joked.
He refused to reveal the
total number of stories,
ut a mock elevator at the
site held a button for a
189th floor. The
Building's 10 foot sway in
the wind means designers


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hauling up So elevators.
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Asian countries like
Taiwan, Hong Kong and
China, which boast seven
of the world's 10 tallest
buildings. The current
tallest, at 101 floors, is the
Taipei 101 in Taiwan,
though
Toronto's CN Tower is
180 feet higher largley
because of its huge an
The Persian Gulf city
of Dubai has staked its
fame on engineering
audacity such as its vast p
of artificial holiday
islands, and the Burj,
Arabic for "tower," is one
of its more, extreme
mega-projects.
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was scarce, Dubai is
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century reign of Egypt's
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Designers have
planned for catastrophes,


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project manager for the
Burj. Sang believes the
concretecore building
would withstand an
airliner strike of the sort
that brought down the
steel-frame World Trade
Center.
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more robust than steel
when you hit it Us also
much better at resisting
fire," he said.
The tower owes its
shape to American
architect Adrian Smith, of
the Chicago firm
Skidmore, Owings &
Merrill. Smith also
designed Shanghai's
1,378-foot Jin Mao tower,
the world's fourth tallest.
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QIZ Deal
(continued from last month)
"Jordanian women are
breaking with tradition
and a new culture is being
established where girls
are working, supporting
their families and raising
their overall standard of
living," former Jordanian
trade minister Dr.
Mohammed Halaiqa said.
"It can only be good for
the country as a whole."
One such worker is
Fatima Mohammed, an
unmarried 20-year-old. "I
have no plans to get
married anytime soon,"
Ms Mohammed insists.
"That is the last thing I am
thinking about." Working
72 hours a week at the
Silver Planet garment
factory Ms Mohammed
joined the factory's
workforce after the death
of her father left the family
without a breadwinner.
Leaving her village of
Ossera for Sabah where
new factories were being
established, Fatima and
her two sisters, Neemat
and Kafaa, broke with
tradition by becoming
working Jordanian
women, the first of what
has since become a steady
stream of women from the
poorer agricultural villages
entering the workforce.
Initially commuting to


the factory by bus, Fatima
and her sisters eventually
moved to the Al
Tajamouat QIZ near
Amman to take advantage
of the Silver Planet
factory-supplied housing,
the first such QIZ
dormitory programme for
Jordan's women garment
workers.
Many of the QlZs in
Jordan are Asian owned.
Established to circumvent
restrictions on Asian
manufactured garments
exported to the United
States. Because many
Jordanian QIZs are still
understaffed due to a
shortage of Jordanian
workers, their owners
have imported large
numbers of Asian garment
workers to maintain full
production at the
facilities, provoking
criticism that, being
foreign owned, the factory
jobs created are of a
transitory nature. Some
manufacturers are in fact
already planning to move
a portion of their
Jordanian manufacturing
activities to the new QIZs
being set up in Egypt in
order to take advantage of
lower Egyptian wage
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seized the opportunities
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QIZ Deal
(continued from page 18)
still very conservative."
Egyptian officials were
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formal peace agreement
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"Restricted access
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scale free-trade treaty for
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meaning," one Egyptian
trade analyst insisted.
"Otherwise it becomes
nothing but an exercise in


Israeli exploitation."
Egypt's foreign trade
minister, Rachid
Mohammed Rachid,
acknowledged as much at
the signing. "'the fact that
the Jordanian experiment
has been quite positive
convinced Egypt to go
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