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The Syrian Lebanese star
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Syrian-Lebanese star
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Began in 1963.
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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:
August 1, 2006
Frequency:
monthly
regular

Subjects

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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).

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Source Institution:
University of Florida
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
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issn - 0193-2578
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The Hamas victory in
the Palestinian elections in
January places the
Kingdom of Jordan in an
uncomfortable situation.
Hamas is though to enjoy
widespread sympathy in.
Jordan, where over half the
population is estimated to
be of Palestinian decent.
The victory has already.
emboldened the governing
opposition party, the
Islamic Action Front i(AF),
wluch has stepped up calls
for electoral reform and
openly voiced its support
for the Islamist


Palestianian party. With'
control of over 17 out of
110 seats in parliament, the
IAF forsees greater wins in
the council elections
coming up this year and
parliamentary elections in
2007.
The, government has
responded with a
crackdown, as -seen with
the recent arrest of over
100 Islamists attempting to
protest over economic
reforms. Furthermore, in an
effort to sway public
opinion away from the
(continued on page 61


Ties With
China
Improving
Improved ties with
China, following Prime
Minister Wen Jiabao's
June visit to Cairo, can
only be positive for the-
governme not's
international standing.
Not only is China an
economic giant which
is supplying an
increasing proportion
of Egypt's exports and
could well by a good
source of FDI, but it is
also a welcome
political ally. Its rising
influence on the region
has been in strong
evidence in Iran and
Sudan.. There may be
some risk of a backlash
(continued on page 6)


Arab Trade
Pact to Be
Ratified
The trade deficit once
again expanded
significantly in the first
four months of the year,
by around 12%. Morocco
is hoping that free trade
agreements (FTAs) will
help solve the problem by
boosting exports and FDI.
In late June the
.government announced it
Swill soon ratify a delayed
'trade agreement with
three other Arab countries
- Tunisia, Egypt, and
Jordan following the
agreement with the US
and could provide
significant opportunities
for the olive, citrus and
textiles sectors in
particular.


A Moveable Feast
A loving pair of restaurateurs use their
culinary prowess for St. Jude kids


"Children are our life. The more we can do to help St. Jude,
the better, says hospital supporter Louis Rezzonico, shown
here with his wife, Kathleen.
Kathleen and Louis devotion of St, Jude
Rezzonico's dedication to founder, Danny Thomas,
St. Jude Children's to St. Jude Thaddeus the
Research Hospital patron saint of hopeless
parallels the incredible
(continued on page 6)
Kay Jewelers $15 Million Gift Will
Fund Expanse of St Jude Cafeteria


Piping Gas


U.S. Agency for
International Developinent
(USAID) Director of
PiUblic Diplomacy for
Middle Eastern and
M:EPI[ 1] Affairs. Walid
Maalouf, traveled to Egypt


and Lebanon, June 11-18,
where he met with.
religious leaders,
influential civil' society
niembers, and students to
discuss U.S. foreign
(continued on page 8)


Arab Americans
Making a Difference
Entertainment S i n-.ger da n c e r -


Canadian-born singer-
songwriter Paul Anka
became one of America's
first pop teen idols. The
late ukelele-plucking,
falsetto-singing Herbert
Khaury became famous
as "Tiny Tim." And in the
world of rock, there was
the late, legendary Frank
Zappa. On the West.
Coast, Dick Dale is the
"King of the Surf Guitar."


choreographer Paula
Abdul has had two
number-one albums, six
number-one singles, a
Grammy award, and
worldwide album sales
exceeding 30" million
records, And the first
teenage singer ever to
have her first two singles
both hit number one is
Tiffany, born Renee
(continued on page 8),


Algerian state-owned
energy company
Sonatrach is the largest
producer of liquefied
petroleum gas .(LPG) in
the world. The
government plans to
spend US$750mn in
upgrading. facilities to
meet its goal of producing


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It's time to issue a
commemorative U.S.
Postage Stamp for Gibran
Kahlil Gibran.
Kahlil Gibran (1883-
1931) artist, poet,
philosopher and author,


12mn tonnes of-LPG by
2010, up from 8.5mn.
Also, the country and its
European partners are
finalizing deals for a
second pipeline project,..
Medgaz, to link both
countries, expected to be
completed in 2009. With

(continued. on page 8)


contributed immensely to
American and world
literature. He remains
one of the most renowned
literary figures in
American history. His
various works of poetry
and prose have become
models of writing
excellence for scholars
and students around the-
world.
SHis timeless pieces of
literature include: Broken
(continued on page 10)


St. Jude National
Outreach Director Marlo
Thomas and her brother,
Tony Thomas, joined St,
Jude patients Allyson,


Matt, Samantha and John,
along with more than 40
Kay Jewelers employees
from around the country
(continued on page 9)


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| Page 2 THE SYRIAN-LEBANESE STAR August 2006


Talk about a close call.
Searching for caibou-
while hunting in the
Alaskan Arctic Circle,
Toney Sleiman had just
walked over a hill when
he suddenly came upon a
300-pound black bear
that had just killed its
own caibou. For those
who don't know, bears
don't share and don't
take kindly to any
perceived theats to their'
meal.,
"Thank God the N ind "
was in my face,"
Sleinan, president and
CEO' of Sleiman
Enterprises of the
encounter 15 years ago.


"I was about 30 feet from
it and it just scared the
hell out of me. I backed
over the hill and walked
backwards a few hundred
yards (while putting) a
bullet in my chamber just
to be ready, but
htankfully I never saw
that bear again."
Things. like .that
certainly don't happen in
the office. In fact, the
only wild animals the
real estate developer sees
at his properties are the
partying kind, like those
recently spotted at the
opening of Club Paris at
the Jacksonvile Landing.
(continued on page 9)


Toney Sleiman,
Lebanese Developer


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They were married July
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former Mariam Jubran
(continued on page 10


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Bible
Prophecy
Continued


tx I*& I.
First we- must
remember that Jesus is
Lord to the glory .of
God: the Father.
Whatever .Jesus 'said
was true-as.He said, "'I
am from above, you are
from beneath." Jesus is
God in the flesh. He is
the Word of God. He
knows the end of
everything from before
the foundation of the
world. So He is the
speaker, not man, not a
prophet. '-If you -have
any doubt about this
Divinity, ask God to
open .your heart 'to.
understand the
mysteries of: heaven
and what' is going .to
happen on earth, that
yoqu may put your trust
in the Son of God and
be sa\ed from the w\rath
to come on this earth.
Already \we are under


ReV. Fred Massabni
the judgment of God.
You can not deny the
pestilence,- the floods,
the earthquakes by
hundreds every year
increasing, the wars.
the unrest, the fear, the
fires caused by God, he
change in nature, etc.
etc. All these things
must come to pass and
it is only the beginning.
of sorrows.. Please read
Revelation 6' 19. Jesus
said, "Heaven and earth
shall pass away but not
one jot .of my words
will pass: away.", Now
He is the speaker. He
prophesying about what
\ill happen to His
prophets, even to His

(continued on page I I 1


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John XXIII
and the
Christian East
The Eastern Catholic
Churches also viewed the
removal of Cardinal
Tisserant from the Sacred
.Congregation for the
Oriental Church with great
sorrow, and, with a,.touch
of uneasiness. Doubtlessly
John XXIII had plans of his
own even here.
After a brief interim
under Cardinal Cicognani
(before .he: became
Secretary of State), the
secretarial post of this
congregation, of which the'
Pope himself is prefect,
was entrusted to an Eastern
prelate who had been the
assessor of the same
congregation. John
XXXIII did not content
himself with. the.
nomination of Melkite
Archimandrite A. Coussa.
He also consecrated him a
bishop and accordingto the
Byzantine rite during a
Mass which the Pope.
himself celebrated. Such
events had never occurred


By Brother John
Samaha, S.M.
before in the annals of the
popes. Shortly thereafter
Bishop Coussa was
appointed Cardinal.
Unfortunately Cardinal
Coussa died only a few
weeks later.
. Now Pope John has also
departed from this world,
and without having
revealed the intentions he
entertained toward the
Oriental Congregation.. But
one indication of his
positive thrust is evidenced
by the acceptance of the
Easter Catholic patriarchs
into the Congregation for
the Oriental Church in
March 1963.
No doubt it is to his
sojouni in the East that we
(continued on page 12)


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Prayer (8)
Certain Selected
Sayings about Prayer -
Dua, Salat, are cited
here:
1. There is nothing
dearer to Allah than to
pray to Him and lay
one's needs before
Him. (Hazrat Ali)
(Precious Gems, p.
519)
2. Do not despair for
the delay caused in the
acceptance your prayer,
as. the more it is
delayed, the greater
becomes the prize. The
acceptance of prayer is-
oftendelayed, for Allah
grants a better reward
or a higher gift to the
supplicant. (Hazrat
Ali).
(Ibid)
Some sayings of the
Holy Prophet of Islam,
peace be on him, are
recorded as:
S1. When you pray
something to Allah, do
not be impatient, rather
continue amd expect in
full, the consequence in
your favor.


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2. Invoke Allah's
Blessings, being
certain of response,
simultaneously, know
that Allah does not
repsond to the one who
does not have full Faith
in Him.
3. Supplication
before Allah is the
essence and spirit of
worship and it cannot
fail to produce one of
the three results in
favor of the suplicant:
i) who either gains
some immediate good;
ii) or, his/her sins are
forgiven in lieu
thereof;
iii) or, some other
reward is stored up for
him/her in the next
world.
4. To pray is to
worship
(continued on page 12)






Page 4 THE SYRIAN-LEBANESE STAR August 2006


I am happy to report
that the past few months
have been exceptionally
busy and very successful.
Our staff has been
working above and
beyond the call of duty in
developing .a new
strategic plan. This plan
\\ill drive ALSAC for the
next several years and
will assure that we
continue to .meet the
needs of the hospital.
With the continued
dedicated support of our
volunteers and donors,
our strategic plan will no
doubt be a success.
Fund-raisitrg events
throughout the country,
continue to raise
exceptional amounts of
money in order to. keep
the dream of Danny
Thomas alive. We have
had a tremendous
response to our Partners
in Hope campaign. This
has been and wilt-
continue to- be a


tremendous expression of
support from the
American public.
Recently, -we have
received a great amount
of exposure with Marlo
Thomas' appearance on
several national television
shows promoting her
book, The Right Words at
the Right Time, Volume 2:
Your Turn!. As you may
Snow, all proceeds frdm
the sale of the book are
directed to St. Jude.
Marlo's first book, The
Right Words at the Right
Time, has raised m ore
than $1 million for the
hospital. More recently, at
the 2006 American Image
Awards. Marl \as
honored with the Spirit of
a Woman Award by the
American Apparel &
Footwear Association for
her. tireless efforts on
behalf of St. Jude. The
awards dinner raised
approximately $450,000
S(continued on page 13)-


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MEAT AND RICE is a and variety. of food put
daily meal of the desert before a guest and how
dweller who is a lean, well one succeeds in
sturdy and health\ person. feeding it to him.
His unexaustrable vitality '-From a Middle
is derived from his food. Eastern Cookbook
He does not gain weight,
simply because he does:
not eat varieties.
Accumulating fat and
weight results from
stimulating the gland
when eating variations of
food in one single day. It
is common, in the Middle
Eastern. folk medicine,
that it is futile to count K N
calories when you eat;
varieties: You can eat to
your. stomach full from
one single dish, the body SA I
combustion will take care
of the excessive calories.
Because in that case
Doctors count calories,
but advise variations of
foods in one single meal.
The result is always fat
Doctors.
Perhaps the most
perplexing aspect of
Middle Eastern manners to
a foreigner is' the
importance of food. It
seems, and rightly too,
that the essence of
hospitality .is the amount a





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,Hamas
(continued from page 1)
Islamists, the
government has launched a
propaganda drive, airing
televised confessions of
captured. .(alleged)
militants. An. Islamist
takeover in Jordan,
however, remains highly
unlikely, both given the


absolute power of the King
and Western support for the
continued rule of the royal
family.
More worrying is the
recent fallout over the
Jordanian -government's
allegations of a discovery
of a Hamas weapons cache
in the country, which the
Palestinian group denies.


Highlighting the inherent
instabilities underlying the
political system, the
controversy has revived
suspicions and tensions in
the Kingdom with regards
to its citizens of Palestinian
descent. The head of the
IAF, Zaki Abu Rsheid, has,
warned of "catastrophic
r ev e r be r a t i o n s


on...society...if the crisis
escalates." '.
While we do not see the
Palestinian issue as posing
a major challenge to the
Jordanian state, the
Kingdon does remain
vulnerable to regional
developments, and further
terrorist attacks cannot be
ruled out over the forecast


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Feast
(continued from page 1)
causes.
SAs a happy and loving
couple, the Rezzonicos
longed to start their own
family. After years of
setbacks and
disappoifntmernts, they
were :still childless.
Kathleen, desperately
looking for help, spotted a
Catholic church one day
on her drive home from
her New York hospital


job. Upon entering, she
immediately found a.
shrine to St. Jude
Thaddeus. She prayed to
the patron. saint, asking
for his help and guidance
in starting a family. Just as
Thomas' prayers were
answered, the Rezzonicos
were blessed with three
beautiful children. And,
just as Thomas vowed to
build a shrine to honor St.
Jude Thaddeus. Kathleen
promised her support and


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Research Hospital.
Through the years they
'learned more about he
hospital and decided they
wanted to extend their
generosity. Using the
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(continued on page 14)


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FLORIDA/GEORGIA


USAIDf Official
(continued from page 1)
assistance.
"[O]ur Arab speaking
diplomats must tell
America's story, not just
in translated op-eds, but
live," stated Secretary of
State, Condoleezza.Rice.
Therefore, as an Arab-
American representing
USAID, the opportunity
to return to his roots and
discuss life in America
was a unique experience
for both Mr. Maalouf
and the participants. As
an additional outreach
element, all of his
presentations were
conducted in Arabic.
Egypt
In Alexandria, Mr..
Maalouf visited the


Egyptian Children's
Center where he listened
to the children discuss
their hopes for the future
and was honored with a
dance and an art
demonstration.. The
center previously
received a grant from
MEPI to help children of
Alexandria improve and
excel academically. Mr.
Maalouf attended a
presentation at the
Alexandria Business
Association on USAID's
micro0 enterprise
program and separately
spoke to members of the
religious, academic,
judiciary, media and
NGO communities at the
American Center. There,
(continued on page 14)


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Gas
(continued from page 1)
gas prices predicted to
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Arab Americans
(continued from page 1)
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has scored on the U.S.
charts and is a multiple
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Speaking of music,
three of America's
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(continued on page 15)


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our true "links style"
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Page 9 THE SYRIAN-LEBANESE STAR .August 2006

NORTH CAROLINA'S HIGH COUNTRY


Kay Jewelers
(continued from page 1)
to unveil plans for a
new cafeteria at St. Jude
Children's Research
Hospital.
SThe company
announced its
commitment to expand
and redesign the St. Jude.
cafeteria at a
groundbreaking
ceremony held at the
hospital in April. Kay
Jewelers awarded team
members the opportunity
to attend this special event
based upon their
achievement of fund-
raising goals during the
Thanks and Giving


campaign. Others present
at the groundbreaking
included St. Jude Board
chair George Simon and
ALSAC Board chair Talat
Othman.
This $15 million
commitment from Kay
Jewelers allows St.-Jude
to build a new dining
room area that will seat
around 500. people,
upgrade the kitchen and
patient meal preparation
area and provide a new
serving area about three
times the size of the
current one.
The expanded cafeteria
will provide nutritional
care for St. Jude patients,
promote research on


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pediatric cancer or other
catastrophic childhood
diseases and serve as an
integral part of the
multidisciplinary team
that provides patient care
at St. Jude.
The open design of the
new cafeteria follows
founder Danny Thomas'
direction that the cafeteria
be the heart of the
hospital. He believed it
crucial- that patients,
doctors and scientists
have the opportunity to
personally interact, giving
doctors and scientists a
glimpse of the importance
of their work.
To date, Kay Jewelers
has contributed more than
$8 million during its
seven-year partnership
with St. Jude.
Sleiman
(continued from page 2)
But Sleiman,
renowned for his
business acumen, prefers
the great outdoors. He's
been hunting for. 35
years, and has properties
around Jacksonville with
deer, wild hogs, and
bountiful turkeys.
SSleiman also travels
often to hunt, and has
taken trophies including
bear, moose and elk in
Arizona, Canada and
other places around the
world.
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(continued on page 15)


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NORTH CAROLINA'S HIGH COUNTRY


Postage Stamp
(continued from page 1)
Wings, The Madman, A
Tear and a Smile, The
Procession, The Tempest
and The Prophet, with 8
million copies sold so far
and translated into
several other languages.
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Department of the U.S.
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Page 11 THE SYRIAN-LEBANESE STAR August 2006

MARYLAND/VIRGINIA


Gorkies Awad
(continued from page 2)
The bride, daughter of
Alea and Naiel Haddad,
Jacksonville, graduated
from Digla High School,
Baghdad, Iraq, and is
attending the University of
North Florida. She is
employed by ADT
Security.
The bridegroom, son of
Suheil and Najla Gorkies
Awad, Dubai, United Arab
Emirates, graduated from
Baghdad High School and
is the owner of Pro-Care
Cleaners.
Sharon Shakuri was the
maid of honor, and Fadi
Daoud was the best man.
Following a trip to
France, the couple will live
in Jacksonville.


Calatrava
(continued from page 2)
of Samia and George
Eadeh, is employed by
Washington Mutual as
a process manager.
The bridegroom, son
of Rita Calatrava,
Boca Raton, and Dr.
Jesus Calatrava,
Almeria, Spain, is
employed by Merrill
Lynch as a lead
advisor.
Sandra Farhat was
the matron of honor,
and Carlos Calatrava
was the best man.
Following a trip to
Jamaica, the couple
will live in
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followers (the
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of the ages.
Matt 23:34-24:35
34 Wherefore,
behold, I send unto you
prophets, and wise
men, and scribes; and
some of them ye shall
kill and crucify; and
some of them shall ye
scourge in your
synagogues, and
persecute them from
city to city; 35 That
upon you may come all
the righteous blood
shed upon the earth,-
from .the blood of
righteous Abel unto the


blood of Zacharias son
of Barachian, whom ye
slew between the
temple and the altar. 3
Verily I say unto you,
All these things shall
come upon this
generation. 37 0
Jerusalem, Jerusalem,
thou that killest the
prophets, and stonest
them which are sent
unto thee, how often
would I have gathered
thy children together,
even as a hen gathereth
her chickens under her
wings, and ye would
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unto you, Ye shall not
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(continued on page 16)


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John XXIII
(continued from page 3)
must trace John XXIII's
.deep and keen concern
regarding the imperative
obligation to work for the
reunion of all Christians,
especially of. those- whom
he knew best. He clearly
realized that our separated
Eastern brethren are so
close to us through their
profession of faith, their
loyalty- to. the hierarchical
and sacramental structure
of the Church, and through
the treasure of an authentic
Eucharist and of all the
sacraments. We would be
deluding ourselves were
we to view this tendency
merely. as a question of
sentiment, as a mere
overflow of deep Christian
love .
Thenceforth Archbishop
Roncalli held very definite
views on the problems of
reunion with the Orthodox
Church, and on the
methods for promoting this
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the deep conviction of her
great closeness, it is all the
more remarkable that he
never posed :the
ecumenical problem other
than in its fill scope and
dimension. We can safely
assume that this was- not,
the result of an inadequate
assessment of the deep
differences which
distinguish the schism of
the Eastern Church from
the split with the
confessions that arose out
of .the Protestant
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Truly Yours
(continued from page 4)
for the hospital.
Other Thomas family
members continue to
make real contributions to.
the mission of their father
Tony is presently
producing the TV spots
and movie trailer for this
year's Thanks and Giving
campaign, and Terre is
planning Runway for Life
that will be held in Los
Angeles on Sept. 15.
In May, I attended the
seventh annual Fitness for
a Cure Gala in Nashua,
NH, which was chaired
by Sherri Sarrouf. This
event has raised more


12 mo. or
12,000 mile
Conditional
Warranty


than $500,000 for the
hospital since its
inception. I also attended
the Jewelers for Children
"Facets of Hope" dinner
in Las Vegas in June.
I will continue to travel
throughout- the country
thanking our, donors and
volunteers and meeting
with corporate executives.
In July, I will be traveling
to San Antonio, TX, for
the annual convention of
the Southern Federation
of Syrian Lebanese
American Clubs; soon
after, I will attend the Tri
Delta convention in Los
Angeles, CA, and the
ESA convention in Palm
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Feast
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Italy featured a singing
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American Airlines
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St. Jude patient from
Monroe, Louisiana.
The Night in Italy
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predecessor and has since
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USAID Official
(continued from page 8)
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Gap between Arabs and
Americans," was
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question and answer.
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discussion with students
at the American
University (AUC).
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the facilities of USAID
partners in the USAID's
micro-economic Poverty
Lending Program and
also addressed over fifty
.senior Egyptian,
decision-makers, editors
and NGO leaders at the


their annual fund-raising
dinners. From the success
of the event grew the
creation of the San Diego
Chapter of St. Jude, a
group of local, ,loyal and
dedicated St. Jude
supporters.
The Rezzonicos
recently marked the 10th
anniversary of their
annual dinner events with
A Stroll Through Brussels
.Every event has included


Ahram Regional Center.
Lebanon
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Beirut, Mr. Maalouf and
the USAID Mission
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Mr. Raouf Youssef,
visited His Eminence
Patriarch Mar Nasrallah
Peter Cardinal Sfeir, the
Sunni Mufti of Lebanon
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Kabbani, and the
Chairman of the Shiite
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Arab Americans
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Monty."
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each helmed over 300
episodes: for, the
networks. Asaad Kelada
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like "Family Ties" and
episodes of "The Facts of
Life,". "Dharma &
Greg,""Everybody Loves
Raymond," etc. After
directing Broadway hits
like "Sweet Charity,"
"Mame," and "The
Unsinkable Molly
Brown," John Bowab
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directed episodes of the
classic hit "The Cosby
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Klinger for its entire 1 '-
year run? A talented Arab
American from Toledo,
Ohio, Jamie Farr.
On NBC, "Saturday
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for many years was
guitarist G.E. Smith. (His'
family's Lebanese name,
Haddad, means
blacksmith).
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Lebanese in America was
-also the founder of St.
Jude's Children's
Research Hospital the
late, great comedian and
actor Danny Thomas. His
son. is. a television' and
film producer and multi-
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Bible
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ye shall say, Blessed is
he that comes in the
name of the Lord.
Chapter 24
1 And Jesus went
out, and departed from
the temple: and his
disciples came to him
for to shew him the
buildings of the temple.
2 And Jesus said unto
them, See ye. not all
these things? verily I
say unto you. There
shall not be left here
one stone upon another,
that shall not be thrown
down.3 And as he sat
upon the mount of
Oliv es, :the disciples
came unto .him
privately, saying, Tell
us. when shall these
things be? And \\hat
shall be the sign of thy
coming, and of the end.
of the world? 4 And


Jesus answered
said unto them. T
heed that no o
deceive you. 5
many shall come in
name. saying. I
Christ: and si


and
ake
nan
For.
my
am
hall


deceive many. 6 And ye
shall hear of wars and


rumours of wars; see
that ye not be troubled;
for all these things must
come to pass, but the
end is not yet. 7 -For
nation shall rise against
nation, and kingdom
against kingdom: and
there shall be famines,
pestilence, and
earthquakes, in diverse
places. 8..All these are
the beginning .of
sorrows. 9 Then shall
they deliver you up to
:",'be: afflicted, and shall
kill you; and ye shall be
hated of all nations for
my .name's sake. 10
Arid then shall may be
offended, and shall
betray oie another, and
shall hate one another.
11 'And -many false
,prophets shall rise, and
shall deceive many. 12
And because iniquity
shall, abound, the love
of many shall wax cold.
13 But,,he that shall
endure unto the end, the
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industry produced around
25 films annually. One
response by Turkish
directors to dwindling
audience numbers, has
been to aim for mass
appeak movies that can try
and go head-to-head with
mainly US imports. Yet this
approach -also poses
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industry. ,
"Turkish art house films
face challenges in terms of
local distribution, as
opposed to the more
popular films that currently
compete with Hollywood
productions at the box
office.
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Arab Americans
(continued from page 15)
"Friends" as Rachel's
mother and published a
book, "The Right Words
at the Right Time."
The leading man who
starred in the movies
"Flashdance" and
"Finding Forrester" was
Michael Nouri, who also
starred in TV's "Love and
War" sitcom. The box-
office hits "Swingers",
"The Lost World: Jurassic
Park", and "The Wedding
Crashers" starred Vince
Vaughn, who has a
Lebanese grandparent.
Wendie Malick whose.
father is from: Egypt,
played Nina Van Horn on
NBC's hit show "Just
Shoot Me." and Tony
Shalhoub, now starring in
USA Network's series
"Monk," and Amy
Yasbeck appeared in the
hit sitcom "Wings" the
first time two Arab
Americans have- been
featured in the same TV


series. Amy has also
starred in films including
Mel Brooks' "Robin
Hood: Men in Tights."
Tony has moved to the
big screen as well, in both
"Men in Black films,
"The Siege," "A Civil
Action," and "Thirteen
Ghosts" (with fellow
Arab Americans F.
Murray Abraham and
Shannon Elizabeth).
Crusty but soft-hearted
Mel in TV's "Alice" was
portrayed by the late Vic
Tayback.. One of the co-
stars of the series "Empty
..Nest" .was Kristy
McNichol. A star of TV's
"Head of the Class" was
once picked by People
Magazine as one of the
"50 most beautiful people
in the U.S." Khrystyne
Haje.
Two other fine movie
and television actors who
also starred in popular TV
dramas are James Stacy,
who played the main role

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then shall the end
come. 15 When ye
therefore shall see the
abomination of
desolation, spoken of
by Daniel the prophet,
stand in the holy place,
(whoso readeth, let him
understand) 16 Then let
them which be in_
Judaea flee into the
mountains; 17 Let him
which is on the
housestop not come


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out of his house; 18
Neither let him which is
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And woe unto them that
are with child, and to
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Film Festival together European film
(continued from page 16) professionals and their
Turkish counterparts to
Golden Tulip and TheBest provide both financial and
Turkish Film of the Year
professional opportunities
awards 2000, for Turkish films in
immediately bestowingfor T ish. films
recognition on him and his In more reflective
position in the international mood, film critic Ugur
Sarea.". Vardan of the Turkish
"This festival is very liberal daily newspaper
well known Radikal and deputy
: internationally," says Tun tm
no l s ne president of SIYAD the
Bassran, whose fims One Association of Cinema
and the Others from 1988 A a C m
SWriters in Turkey points
* and Don'tLet Them Shoot
Sand Don't Let Them Shoot out that the Istanbul Film
the Kite from 1989,were Festival has- created in the
selected as. Best Turkish
Films Ever at thisyear's course of 25 years.
FilmsEver this.year's "Of those who have
festival.- "Many foreign through the
S. Passed through the
gilm festival-' officials
,watch the rkish eris experience of the festival,
.watch the Turkish entries
some ,became film
and then invite those films s e e m
and their creators to their dir
very keen followers of
own. festivals. The v
cinema," he told The
-festival's importance in Middle East. The cinemas
promoting Turkish cinema at which the film festival is
to the .world cannot, be shown have also gone
o~ e." ,shown have also gone
overestimatedd"
eal also own as places of
The festival also i m r,
important memory,
provides an invaluable especially the mek
space fr: continued -1 Emek
space for continued cinema in Istanbul's
interaction between the I
interaction btwn te Beyoglu district, and its
different cultural. and manager, Hikmet Dikmen.
-national genres. This year, "For me," continues
the festival organized a Vardan, "as someone who
o -d event, Meetigs has been part of the festival
on the Bridge. that brought
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in "Laramie," and
Michael Ansara, who
played Cochise in
"Broken Arrow."
An award-winning
comic actress from San
Diego, Kathy Najimy,
played a fun-loving nun
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She co-starred as Olive, a
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Alley. Kathy is the voice
of Peggy Hill on Fox-
TV's animated hit "King
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Elizabeth of "American
Pie," "Scary Movie," and
"Tomcats" is of Lebanese
and Syrian ancestry.
The former head of
Carolco Pictures,
handling the "Rocky,"
"Rambo," and
"Terminator" films; was
"billion-dollar producer"
Mario Kassar. The
producer of the epic "The
Message: The Story of
Islam" (a biography of
.the Prophet Mohammed)
and "Lion ofthe Desert,"
not to mention all the
blockbuster "Halloween"
chillers, is the late


Moustapha Akkad.
Lovely Salma Hayek,
who is of Lebanese and
Mexican descent, is
another actress who has
lit up the small screen (in
cable TV's movie "The
Hunchback," as the gypsy
Esmeralda) and the big
screen (Oscar-winning
"Traffic," "Desperado,"
"Wild Wild West," and
"Frida," about Mexican
artist Frida Kahlo). The
director of Jim Carrey's
loony comedy hits "Ace
Ventura: Pet Detective"
and "Liar, Liar," Eddie
Murphy's "The Nutty
Professor," and Robin
Williams' "Patch Adams"
is Tom Shadyac.
Together, these films
have grossed more than
$1 billion worldwide.
The Pulitzer Prize for
biography ("Jackson
Pollack: An American
SSaga") was shared by the
author of three other
national bestsellers:
writer-publisher Steven
Naifeh of South Carolina.
The book was later
adapted into an Academy
award-winning film (best
supporting actress)..
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Bible
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the beginning of the
world to this time, no,
nor ever shall be. 22
And except those days
should be shortened,
there should no flesh be
saved; but for the
elect's sake those days
shall be shortened. 23
Then if any man shall
say unto you, Lo:here is
Christ, or there, believe
it not. 24 For there shall
arise false Christs, and
false prophets, and
shall shew great signs
and wonders, insomuch
that, if it were possible,
they shall deceive the
very elect. 25 Behold, I.
have told you before.
26 Wherefore if they
shall say unto you,
Behold he is in the
desert, go not forth,
behold, he is in the
secret chambers,
Believe it not. 27 For as
< the lightning cometh
'out of the east, and


shineth even unto the
west, so shall also the
coming of the Son of
man be. 28 For
wheresoever the
carcase is, there will be
eagles be gathered
together. 29
Immediately after the
tribulation of those
days shall the sun be
darkened, and the moon
shall not give her light,
and the stars shall fall
from heaven, and the
powers of the heavens
shall be shaken; 30 And
then shall appear the
sign of the Son of man
in heaven; and then
shall all the tribes of
the earth mourn, and
they shall see the Son
of man coming in the,
-clouds of heaven with
power and great glory.
31 And ,he shall send
his angels with a great
.sound of a trumpet, and
they shall gather
together his elect from

(continued on page 20)


Film Festival
(continued from page 18)
both in the audience and
the press, for me Hikmet
Dikmen's place is very
special. When I was a
university student my
money was not enough for
the films. We would wait in
front of the Emek cinema,
just like cats waiting for
liver, and then he would
come and say: Come on
boys, without letting
anyone see you, go upstairs
and find a place for
yourself to get seated. It is
impossible to forget his
lessons of humanity and
big heart."
Azize 'Tan also
underlines this influence of
the festival on
collaborative memory.
"The festival was
established following the
1980 military coup," Tan
recalls. "Many cinemas
were shut down by the
generals and foreign films
opened in Turkey years
after their screenings


abroad. The festival was
almost a paradise for
cinema lovers, both taking
on the mission of cinema as
art and also having recent
films in itsprogramme,
drawing crowds. The
current young generation
of Turkish filmmakers,
distributors and film critics
grew up and matured with
the films supplied by the
festival."
This year, A Cock and
Bill Story by the British
film director Michael
Winterbottom won the
festival's international
prize, the Golden Tulip,
while in the National
Competition, the Best
Turkish Film of the Year
award was given to Times
and Winds by Reha Erdem.
Like every year, this
year's festival also
screened a variety of
important films from the
Middle East, such as
Attente (Intizar) by Rashid
Masharawi, a film about
the auditions for choosing
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Arab Americans
(continued from page 18) '
Elie Samaha is
chairman and owner of
Franchise Pictures, which
produced such films as
"The Heist," "Angel
Eyes," "The Whole Nine
Yards." and "Battlefield
Earth." Academy Award-
winning film producer
Ronald Schwary is. best
known for his work with
"Tootsie," "Meet Joe
Black," and "Scent of a
Woman." Jehane
Noujaim co-directed and
c o -p ro d u c e.d
"Startup.com" and in
2004 directed "Control
Room".
One of show business'
legendary talent
managers was the late
George "Bullets"
Durgom. who. through
the years, managed Jackie
Gleason, Sammy Iavis,
Jr., and Marilyn Monroe.
to mention a few. Two of
today's top -recordiig
stars' husband-managers


are of Arab descent: Rene
, Angelil, discoverer and
manager of wife Celine
Dion, and Cuban-born
Emilio Estefan, manager
and producer of wife
Gloria Estefan.
Emmy Award-winning
cinematographer-director
George S. Dibie is
president of. the
International
Photographers Guild.
Fouad Said was the
cinematographer who
designed Cinemobile, the
first customized van for
filming on location, while
working on the TV series
"I Spy." For this
achievement, he received
a Technical Academy
Award in 1970.
Other Arab American
Oscar winners include F.
Nlurray Abraham, who
won Best Actor for the
movie "Amadeus."
Screenwriter and novelist
William Peter Blattr won
an Academy Award for
Best Adapted Screenplay
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a parable of the fig tree:
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for "The Exorcist," a
huge box office hit based
on his novel of the same
name. Recipient. of an
Oscar. for Best Original
Screenplay for "Thelma
and Louise" and director
of the "Divine Secrets of
the Ya-Ya Sisterhood" is
Callie Khourie. The late
composer Paul Jabara
won an Oscar award for
Best Song, Donna'
Summer's "Last Dance"
from the movie "Thank
God, It's Friday." Set
decorator Emile Kuri
won two Oscars for his
splendid work on- "The
Heiress" and "20,000
Leagues Under the Sea."
He received a total of
eight Academy A\-ard
nominations and later
designed many exhibits at
Disneyland.
Media
Diane Rehm is host
Sand executive producer of
"The Diane Rehm Show"


on National Public Radio
(NPR). George Noory's
talk show "Coast to Coast
AM" can be heard on
over 500 stations
nationwide. The man who
pioneered the concept of
a radio, programming
consultant in 1958 is
Mike Joseph,, who's
helped organizations like
ABC; CBS, and NBC,
among others.
Turning to television,
Lucie: Salhany became
the first woman to head a
television network, as
chair of Fox Broadcasting
Co., then of United
Paramount Network.
Tammy Haddad, the
creator of "Larry King
Live," is Executive
Producer of "Buchanan &
Press." CNN senior editor
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Nasr has been 'named
CNN's first senior editor
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Kotb is a correspondent
for NBC's "Dateline" and
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director after the film. The
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News.
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Blade's Michael Sallah.
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and well-known literary
and social critic, as well
as. a respected music
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column appearing in "The
Nation." Professor Said


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Middle East to English
literature. Jack Shaheen,
emeritus professor of
mass communications at
Southern Illinois
University and author of
books like "The TV
Arab"- and "Reel Bad
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Vilifies a People," has
also been CBS News'
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East. David Adamany
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Frederic Fekkai, boasts
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Lebanese immigrant
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bridal fashions and is
known for her elaborate
embroideries. Hair
accessories and jewelry
designer Colette Malouf
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in 1987 with the "Malouf
Poof." She is known for
her innovative use of
exotic materials and her
celebrity clientele.
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contributions to the art
world. America's most
honored woodworker,
Sam Maloof is an award-
winning artisan whose
creations have appeared
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Smithsonian Institution,
the Metropolitan Museum
of Art, the Vatican, and
other renowned exhibit
halls. Retired heart
surgeon Dr. Hussam A.
Fadhli is an award-
winning sculptor whose
work is displayed around
the world, including the
Bush Presidential
Library. Prolific


industrial designer Karim
Rashid is among the
major talents of. 21st-
century design with work
in New York's Museum
of Modem Art.
The first woman to
design a major American
art museum, Cincinnati's
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Artist Ghada Amer's
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