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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:
December 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.

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University of Florida
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Resource Identifier:
aleph - 000579625
oclc - 05165391
notis - ADA7472
lccn - sn 79007351
issn - 0193-2578
System ID:
UF00028363:00046

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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:
December 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:
UF00028363:00046

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    Main
        page 1
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        page 3
        page 4
        page 5
    Florida Gold Coast
        page 6
    Florida
        page 7
    Florida/Georgia
        page 8
    Georgia
        page 9
    Charleston, SC "The Historic City"
        page 10
        page 11
        page 12
        page 13
        page 14
        page 15
        page 16
        page 17
    Alabama/Tennessee
        page 18
    Maryland/Virginia
        page 19
    Texas
        page 20
    Colorado
        page 21
    Arizona
        page 22
    Arizona/Nevada
        page 23
    California
        page 24
        page 25
    Northern California
        page 26
    Southern California
        page 27
    Recommended Businesses
        page 28
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Jacksonville
dentist gets
new building
The new facility should
be able to serve three
times the number of
patients.
A local dentist is
investing about $1.7
million in a new medical
building in the Julington
Creek area.
The 8,500 square-foot
building will include a
4,100-square foot dentist
office offering services
like cosmetic dentistry,
teeth whitening in an
hour, emergency dental
care, root canal therapy
and implant restoration,


Dentist Sam
Hanania
said. The
remaining
r u roughly
-'4,400-
square-feet
is available for lease to
professionals such as
physicians or dentists.
Hanania is relocating
his practice having
outgrown the current site,
which is about a mile
north. The location which
will serve the Fruit Cove,
Julington Creek,
Mandarin, Ponte Vedra,
Southside, and
Switzerland areas, will be
triple the size of the


(continued on page 7)


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Dr. Carlos Johary,
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Birth To Paul and Zeina
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daughter, Rose Raina Ossi;
named for her maternal and
paternal grandmothers.
Celebrating In June,
Albert and Frances Shaheen,
of the Salam Club of Miami
celebrated their 50th
Wedding Anniversary.
Honored Shaheen, Mrs.
Barbara; Warner Robins, GA,
Past President of the Southern
Federation, past Chair of
Warner Robins Chamber of
Commerce for 30 years of
service to that organization.
Celebrating In .July,
Salam Club members Mike
and Yvonne Shashaty marked
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"Why Jesus
Christ had to
die?"
The answer is of
supreme importance by the
Holy Spirit. We were born
in sin from Adam. Roman
5:12: Wherefore, as by one
man sin entered into the
world, and death by sin;
and so death passed upon
all men, for that all have
sinned: It is foretold in the
OT Genesis 3:15: "And I
will put enmity between
thee and the woman, and
between thy seed and her
seed; it shall bruise thy
head, and thou shalt bruise
his heel." It is prominent in
the NT the Word of God
became the baby Jesus in a
manger John 1:14: "And
the Word made flesh, and
dwelt among us, A glory,
the glory as of the only
begotten of the Father,) full
of grace and truth." Luke
2:34 "And Simeon blessed
them, and said unto Mary
his mother, Behold, this
child is set for the fall and
rising again of many in
Israel; and for a sign which
shall be spoken against;
(Yea, a sword shall pierce
through thy own soul also,)
that the thoughts of many
hearts may be revealed."
And Mary said, "My soul


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spirit bath rejoiced in God
my Saviour." It means she
needs a Savior because she
is earthly. Millions are
worshiping Mary rather
than Jesus, because they
are, ignorant of the word of
God. John 3:16 'For
God so lovedthe world,
that he gave his only
begotten Son, that
whosoever believeth in
him should not perish, but
have everlasting life."
The word vicarious
suffering means suffering
endured by one instead of
another! Since Christ is
God incarnate the
substitute Is God himself
"Take heed therefore unto
yourselves, and to all the
flock over the which the
Holy Ghost bath made you
overseers, to feed the
church of God. which he
bath purchased with his
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of the Lord's nativity in a
liturgical calendar occurs
in the fourth century. This
was the baptism of the
pagan feast of the
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Eid-ul-Azha is
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'Baqr Eid' that is Eid of
sacrificing a lamb, goat,
cow or camel. Lamb or
goat on behalf of one
individual; and seven
persons can share the
sacrifice of cow or camel
on their behalf.
The animal to be
sacrificed should be free
of any physical defect.
The lamb or goat should
be minimum of six
months; cow of two
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Muslim calendar. The
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shorter by eleven days
than than the solar year,
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eleven days earlier than
the previous year As


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developed into the feast
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major feast of the East. To
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myths, Epiphany, which
means "showing forth" or
"manifestation," placed
emphasis on the baptism
of Jesus and his mission,
and on the revelation of
his glory at Cana.
Gradually. the feast of
Epiphany spread to all the
West in the fourth century,
and the East adopted the
feast of Christmas about
(continued on page 8)


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such, the celebration of
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month of Zul Hajj, the
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:Lhat' is 'Allah- Willing'
Sacrifice of a lamb or
goaton the 10th of Zul
Hajj commemorates the
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When Hazrat Ibrahim was
ready to sacrifice his
eldest son Hazrat Ismaeel,
of minor age, who himself
had shown willingness to
be. sacrificed, to fulfill the
Will of Allah, a lamb
appeared on the scene.
(continued on page 9)






SPage 4 THE SYRIAN-LEBANESE STAR December 2005


St. Jude gives aid to victims of
Hurricane Katrina Se
St. Jude Children's devastated Gulf Coast when
Research Hospital, in region in addition to Musl
cooperation with Tulane continuing to provide care office
University and New to non- St. Jude patients Spain
Orleans Children's whose treatment has been a co
Hospital, has agreed to disrupted. femin
handle new pediatric With both Tulane "Isnt
cancer patients in the That'
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veral months ago, To conservative
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ims approached insult to Islam. But to
als in Barcelona, many moderate Muslims -
I, ab -out sponsoring and I count myself among
iference on Islamic them an Islamic feminist
lism, one responded, movement fits with the,
that an oxymoron?" religion's, early
s what many people teachings and offers one
ve. of our best hopes for
countering extremism.
Indeed, those of us who
have joined the movement
since it emerged in the
1990s have come to
understand that Islam
IH O needs to go backward to
S I its progressive seventh-
century roots if it is to
move forward into the 2 1
st century.
OG E How difficult that is -
and how important -
became clear to me when
S* L I joined the first
International Congress on
Islamic Feminism, which,
out. was held in Barcelona


out a week ago. When the questions during one
floor was opened for
(continued on page 11)

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President Bush's Administra
Determined to Support Lebanon'


Walid Maalouf's
-Remarks, Director, Public
Diplomacy for Middle
Eastern & MEPI Affairs
at the U.S. Agency for
International
Development Bint Jbail
Club, Dearborn,
Michigan
I am delighted to come
and visit with you and
thank you to the Bint Jbail
Club for inviting me and
hosting this event. You are
the most important
ambassadors of the
United States to help
change the future of
Lebanon.
During the past thirty
years sout hem Lebanon
has suffered devastation,
death, destruction and


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migration due in large
part to the military
activities of various
factions and
organizations, including
the PLO (Fateh at the
time) fan Elsaika Armed
the Syrian Forces, the
South Lebanon Army and
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unity and said Thursday.
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tion are condemned by human
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Harbi was being
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ni' "open discussion" with
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S The Saudi newspaper Al-
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FLORIDA


Denist Building
(continued from page 2)
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100 patients weekly. The
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open in June, will provide


Massabni
(continued from page 3)
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Samaha
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Major, built after the
Council of Ephesus.
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Wood from a cr6che was
displayed in one of the
basilica's chapels, and the
Mass celebrated there
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near the cr6che. Since the


Barkatullah
(continued from page 3)
Hazrat
Ibrahim was then
asked, by Revelation, to
slaughter the lamb
instead. Hazrat Ibrahim
wasthen, informed, by
Revelation, that his
sacrifice had been
accepted.
Another explanation of
Hazrat Ibrahim's
sacrificing his eldest son,
Hazrat Ismaeel, was also
fulfilled in another way.
Hazrat. ibrahim, under the
command of Allah, took
his wife Hazrat Hajira
along with his minor son
Hazrat Ismaeel and left
them in the then barren
place under the protection
of Allah. The then barren
place has now thronged
into a fertilized valley
called Mecca, Saudi
Arabia. Millions of
Muslims, across the
world, visit Mecca, Saudi
Arabia, for pilgrimage
every year, to to
commemorate the
memory of the then
sacrifice of Hazrat
Ibrahim and Hazrat
Ismaeel and Hazrat
Hajirah. Sometimes


account of Jesus' birth at
Bethlehem was read from
the Gospel of Luke, the
theme of this celebration
was historical.
The Greek (Byzantine)
colony in Rome
celebrated December 25
too. They assembled at
the Church of St.


afterwards Hazrat Ibrahim
visited his family and
with the assistance of
Hazrat Ismaeel rebuilt
Kaaba in Mecca Saudi
Arabia. Kaaba is the
ancient House of Worship
said to be, originally, built
by Hazrat Adam.
The pilgrimage to
Mecca, Saudi Arabia is
incumbent upon every
Muslim, male or female,
at least, once in a life
time, provided he or she
enjoys good health, is
clear of all kinds of debt,
and passage is safe to
travel. Then, on the 10th
of ZulHajj,every pilgrim,
sacrifice s a lamb, goat or
shares a cow or a camel.
This sacrifice completes
the pilgrimage.
Throughout the world,
billions of Muslims,
celebrate the Festival of
Eid ul Azha on the 10th
of ZulHajj with zeal and
enthusiasm. On the-
morning of the Eid, every
one gets busy in taking
bath, put on new clothes,
new shoes. Women adorn
themselves with
ornaments. Every one
must have a light
breakfast, except those on
whose behalf, the


Anastasia (Holy
Resurrection). To respect
the Greeks the pope
celebrated Mass with
them in the morning
before going to St. Peter's
Basilica. In that Mass the
gospel reading was the
-announcement of the
good news to the


sacrifice will be made,
after the Eid Prayer.
People proceed to Eid
.Gah an open space
designated to say Eid
Prayer, from one direc
tion and return from
another direction, to show
unity of Muslims and
their pomp and show. Eid
prayer is led by one
Imam, men in one tent
and women, close by in
different tent, connected
by Loud Speaker. After
the Prayer, people greet
one another saying 'Eid


shepherds (Lk 2:15-20).
In this. way the three
Masses of Christmas
originated. The pope and
the faithful celebrated
Mass at night at St. Mary
Major, at dawn at St.
Anastasia., and during the
day at St. Peter.


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'Blessings of Eid be upon
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and enjoyment prervails
every where.
Having reached home,
people are eager to
slaughter lamb or goat.
The animal to be
sacrificed is .purchased
well in advance to feed
properly. It is understood
that the sacrificed animal
will carry the person on
whose behalf sacrifice
(continued on page 10)


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Barkatullah
(continued from page 9)
was made, across a bridge
called 'Pul Sirat" leading
to Heaven The meat of the
sacrificed animal is
divided in three portions;


St. Jude gives aid
(continued from page 4)
University's hospital and
New Orleans Children's
Hospital unable to
provide care because of


one for the family; one for
relatives; and one to be
distributed among the
poor. The skin of the
slaughtered is given in
charity. Every one in the
household receives
money called 'Eidee' to


damage and flooding,
more than 100 pediatric
cancer patients, those
institutions are now being
treated or evaluated at St.
Jude locations. Newly


spend at one's own sweet
will. Joy of the children
knows no bounds. They
go to special feasts held
on the Eid Festival.
People visit one another;
exchange greeting freely
with friends, relatives and


diagnosed patients from
the area will be brought to
Memphis as St. Jude
patients until these
medical facilities are able
to provide care.
Most of those patients
are being seen at St.
Jude's affiliate clinic at
Our Lady of the Lake
Regional Medical Center
in Baton Rouge,
Louisiana. A dozen have
been admitted for
treatment at the St. Jude
affiliate at Louisiana State
University, Department of
Pediatrics, in Shreveport.
Two dozen are being
treated at St. Jude's main
campus in Memphis.
Medical staff in Memphis
will. provide all
specialized care that
cannot be provided at the
two affiliate clinics to any
oncology patients
displaced by Katrina.
St. Jude is also trying
to locate some of its own
patients from the region
who have not been heard
from since Hurricane
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Coast area. In all, St. Jude
treats more than 200
patients from the area
devastated by the
hurricane.
Chief Medical Officer
Joseph Mirro, MD, who
spent a week in Baton


every one who happens to
meet them any where.
Streets, houses are
illuminated. The Eid
Festival lasts for three
days and all places of
business and educational
institutions are closed.


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emergency treatment
efforts, said the Baton
Rouge clinic has been
doubled in size to
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of new patients. St. Jude
currently has 16 staff
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Rouge helping to provide
medical care. Working
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medical staff forced to
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CHARLESTON, SC "THE HISTORIC CITY"


St. Jude gives aid
(continued from page 10)
evacuate the Gulf Coast
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ongoing efforts in Baton
Rouge.
"We will continue to


Muslim Feminists
(continued from page 4)
session, a young Muslim
man made the comment
I've heard so often: "In
Islam, there is no place for
feminism."
Sitting on the dais,
where I had just
chronicled our successful


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are needed," Mirro says.
"St. Jude will be working
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institutions in the
devastated-area to ensure
that no pediatric cancer
patient in need of medical


struggle to integrate some
U.S. mosques, I took it in
stride. I've become
accustomed to belittling
comments, even death .
threats. But what
happened next stunned
me
From the middle of the
audience of some 250


treatment falls through the
cracks. Our only concern
is to ensure that these
vulnerable patients and
families who already
have so much to deal with
-get the best' care
possible."


women and men, Amina
Wadud, a Muslim scholar
of Islamic studies who
calls herself a pro-faith
feminist," stood up. "You
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Muslim Feminists
(continued from page 11)
audience broke. into
cheers. Another Muslim
man tried to protest. I
interrupted him. "We're
changing history today," I
said. "We're not going to
shut up."
What stunned me was
not only the confidence
with which we spoke but
the willingness of the
group to back us 12
Islamic women scholars
and activists who had been
invited to attend the
conference by a small, but
ambitious' group of largely
Spanish Islamic converts,
the moderate Catalan
Islamic Board. The force


of our collective effort
convinced me that we have
the strength to challenge
-the men's club that defines
most of the Islamic world.
It was an affirmation of
the, commitment that had
brought me and the I
other participants here
from as far away as
refugee camps in the
disputed territory of
Western Sahara to share
stories from the trenches
in the "gender jihad."
We Islamic feminists
view it as a struggle that
taps Islamic theology,
thinking and history to
reclaim rights granted to
women by Islam at its
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made rules and tribal
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In the communities
where we live, we have
begun challenging
customs that deny women
rights from the mosque to
the bedroom: gender
segregation, mandatory
veiling, forced early
marriages, clitorectomies,
polygamy, death for sex
outside of marriage;
domestic violence and
strict domestic roles.
We have many Islamic
men on our side. And we
are taking a lead, from
Christian and Jewish
women who are
generations ahead of us


today in their efforts to
challenge traditions that
block them from the
workplace, the political
arena and the pulpit.
To many, we are the
bad girls of Islam. But we
are not anti-sharia
(Islamic law) or anti-
Islam. We- use the
fundamentals of Islamic
thinking to challenge the
ways in which Islam has
been, distorted by sharia
rulings issued mostly by
ultraconservative men.
What we are wrestling
with is laws created in the
name of Islam by men.
But the first centuries of
Islam's 1,400year history
were quite different -
characterized by scores of
schools of jurisprudence,


many progressive and.
women-friendly. It is not
Islam that requires
women to wear a
headscarf, but rather the
scholars in the
contemporary schools.
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Muslim Feminists
(continued from page 4)
part of a wider peace
jihad. It was a national
Islamic leader who
oversees the Catalan
Islamic Board, Mansur


Escudero, who issued the
first fatwa against Osama
bin Laden, months before
U.S. Islamic organizations
issued their own.
At the Barcelona
conference, I proposed a


plan called "The Islamic
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connect our disparate
efforts and develop a new
approach for Islam in the
21st century. I would like
to see us organize a


summit of Islam's
progressive thinkers to
establish the terms of
reform and define a 20-
year plan to transform our
world. That is where we
are headed.


Lebanon Support against Israel. Southern Dearborn experiencing a
(continued from page 5) Lebanon's security and different way of life.
confrontation with Israel development have fallen I grew up in the Cracol
has led only to more behind the rest of the Druze / Batrakieh
confrontation and tragic country. This is why many neighborhood of Beirut
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Lebanon support
(continued from page 13)
democracy in the region


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allowed to, sit around the
table called democracy


on the Lebanese Shiaa by
foreign governments
compromising them in the


protest
Nabih
joined


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Birri who had
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Lebanon Support
(continued from page 14)
by air to Syria and were
swiftly moved to the
northern Biqa where the
nucleus of Hizballah was
formed with the rebels
from Amal.
The first military -
activities of Hizballah and
the Iranian Revolutionary
Guards was the seizure of
the town hill in Baalback
and storming of the
Lebanese -army barracks
in Baalback on the eve of
the anniversary of the
Lebanese independence,.
November 22, 1982. The
attackers' tore down all
the Lebanese flags and the
portrait of the president of
Lebanon.
The US designated
Hezbollah as a Foreign


Terrorist Organization
because it has not
renounced violence,
remains armed, and
maintains .cells
worldwide. Hezbollah
provides guidance and
financial support for
Palestinian rejectionist
groups with the aim of
undermining prospects for
srael-Palestinian peace
and maintains, -close ties
to Iran and Syria. US
officials will not meet
with members of any
designated foreign
terrorist organization.,
Hezbollah as
constituted today cannot
play a role as a legitimate
political actor until it
renounces violence and
disarms. As in any other
state, the role of


protecting an
independent, sovereign,
and -democratic Lebanon
should be under the sole
authority of the Lebanese
government. There should
be no role for autonomous
armed militias that are
financed, armed, and
directed by foreign
powers. There will be no
compromise with the full
implementation of UN
Security Council
Resolution 1559 that calls
for the disarmament of all
militias. The international
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Lebanon Support
(continued from page 15)
implementation of that
resolution should be a
priority -for the Lebanese
government.
Implementation of this
resolution depends on a
Lebanese solution. We all
should not miss this
opportunity to act now.
We should not hesitate,
not back off, not
manipulate political
stands for personal gains,
not use hidden agendas -
just do the right thing for
all our people and
implement this resolution
fully. For ,the sake of
stability and security for
Lebanon and its people
Hezbollah must disarm.
The United States


believes in the diversity of
Lebanon and we have a
range of USAID
programs across Lebanon,
everything from working
with land mine victims to
rural women's
cooperatives in the most
impoverished areas of the
country. Over 50 percent
of the $35 million that the
Congress has -made
available is directed into
the southern parts of
Lebanon, and that's also
to reach the most isolated,
rural villages and help, to
bring them into the
mainstream. To
summarize our
humanitarian activities in
the south:
A) USAID provided
direct humanitarian


assistance to Lebanese
grassroots organizations
in 9 villages in South
Lebanon and Nabatiyeh,
in the total amount of
$270,264. More than 1,
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from our projects,-
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B) Also, USAID has
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Catalhoyuk
(continued from page 19)
and human skulls
decorated with painted
plaster and seashells set
into the eye sockets were
buried beneath house
floors.
Mellaart was pining
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laurels, Mellaart
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the precious funerary
objects in a four-page
report in the Illustrated
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with Anna Papastrati nor
the house in which he had
drawn the priceless
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Catalhoyuk
(continued from page 20)
would pass before another
excavation was opened at
the site he put on the map.
Baiter explains that
Mellaart's cultural/
historical approach to
archaeology was giving
way to the New


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Lewis Binford in the US
and David Clarke in the
iUK
Probably in an effort to


establish archaeology as a
"hard" science, both
scholars called for a
rigorous methodology in
which hypotheses were
established for a
prehistoric site, then
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was fine for the study of


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Catalhoyuk but the


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Catalhoyuk
(continued from page 21)
he convinced the
authorities it was time to
re-open Turkey's most
famous Neolithic
settlement.
Hodder then called on
Mellaart to outline his
plans. Mellaart, who was
by this time a lecturer at
London's Institute of
Archaeology, gave his
younger colleague his
blessings to reopen the
site.
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surface study in 1995,
more than 100 scientists,
specialists, students and
excavators broke ground
at Catalhoyuk in 1996.
Despite the large number
(about three times the
average) of team
members, micro-studies
would be conducted for
the ensuing seven
seasons.


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displaced earth was sifted
to recover the tiniest
fragments of bone,
pottery, seeds and beads.
This micro analysis would
determine what people at
Catalhoyuk ate and what
was important to them.
Excavation has been on
the macro level since
2003. Of the 400
skeletons recovered, all
appear to have died of
natural not violent -
causes. The remains
include those of children -
women started giving
birth early. Most adults
appear to have died in
their mid-40s although a
few lived well into their
50s. Signs of warfare,
weapons and
fortifications are not
present at Catalhoyuk
where the data suggest
sexual equality prevailed.,
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elaborate rituals involving
wild bulls' horns and the
worship of voluptuous
female deities captured
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public, particularly
feminists whose goddess
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Since then, goddess
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much as Catholics make
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cooperate with the
goddess groups, but he
does not put much
credibility on the female
figurines which were
predominately recovered
from midden" (refuse)


areas and not in burials or
structures that could have
been shrines. Moreover,
the symbolism evidenced
in horns of wild cattle
suggests greater concern
with the power of this
animal.
Could it be that the bull
and the goddess were
worshipped by two
different groups at
Catalhoyuk?
As recently as-30 years
ago, the general
consensus was that
humans settled in houses
about 9500BC, when
they began to domesticate
animals and crops. Baiter
points out that new dating
techniques document
sedentarianism was going
on three millennia earlier
during the hunter-gatherer
stage.
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decide to cram themselves
into mud-brick huts, build
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Catalhoyuk
(continued from page 21)
elaborate altars and
shrines and sculpt
hundreds of female
figurines? Hodder believes
the decision to come
together was to reinforce
shared religious and
ideological values. A
concern with death and
wild animals may have
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animals, the people of
Catalhoyuk were also
struggling to domesticate
themselves. This process
is reflected in their art, he
reasoned, in the parallels
between burying ancestors
under house floors and the
use of wild cattle
symbolism. If the
interment of forebears.was
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lineage of a family,
couldn't a celebration of
capturing and feasting on


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significance? The
placement of horns in
walls or floors might
symbolise milestones in
their lives.
There are many
mysteries to be solved at
Catalhoyuk not least
where did its inhabitants
come from and where did
they go?
Why did they choose to
build their houses in
mosquito-ridden marshes
and walk seven miles to
the fields where they
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Leptis Magna
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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA


Awards
(continued from page 6)


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Outstanding State Vice
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Federation Parliamentarian


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BOB BAKER
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George Korkmas receives a world renowned Lou-
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Clark for the Federation Archives.
The bat will compliment the historic baseball
used when in the early years of the Federation, members
gathered on Labor Day Weekend for a picnic and baseball
game.


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