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Title:
The Syrian Lebanese star
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Syrian-Lebanese star
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Publisher:
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Place of Publication:
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Dates or Sequential Designation:
Began in 1963.
General Note:
Description based on: Vol. 16, no. 9 (Sept. 1978).

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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:
October 1, 2006
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).

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of Florida
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier:
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oclc - 05165391
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THE SYRIAN-LEBANESE STAR
AN INDEPENDENT MONTHLY
SERVING AMERICANS OF ARABIC HERITAGE


Celebrating 44 Years of Service
MEMBER ARAB-AMERICAN PRESS GUILD
ESTABLISHED IN 1963
www.syrianlebanesestar.com


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Arab
Americans
Making a
Difference
Art & Literature
Arab Americans also
have made significant
contributions to the art
world. America's most
honored woodworker,
Sam Maloof is an award-
S .winning artisan whose
creations have appeared in
the White House, the
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
Modern Art.
The first woman to
design a major American
art museum, Cincinnati's


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Gulf Arab Allies Finance
Lebanon Rebuilding


DUBAI, United Arab
Emirates Sep 6, 2006
(AP)- America's Arab
Gulf allies are pledging
billions to rebuild Lebanon
after 34 days of Israeli
bombing in hopes .of


blunting the Iranian-
backed Hezbollah's
growing influence in the
region.
It's not just roads and
bridges the Gulfstates seek
(continued on page 7)


Statistics About Lebanon


1. Lebanon has 18
religious communities
2. It has 40 daily
newspapers
3. It has 42 universities
4. It has over 100
banks (that is bands and
not branches of a bank)
5. 70% of the students
are in private schools
6. 40% of the Lebanese
people are Christians (this
is the highest percent in
all the Arab countries)


7. There is 1 doctor for
'10 people in Lebanon (In
Europe & America, there
is 1 doctor per 100
people)
8. The name Lebanon
appears 75 times in the
Old Testament
9. The name Cedar
(Lebanon's tree) appears
75 times too in the Old
Testament.
10. Beirut was


(continued on page 7)


Paving the Way to Parity

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Page 2 THE SYRIAN-LEBANESE STAR October 2006 I


San Antonio Antes Up and
Goes All In for St. Jude Kids


For Muslim Who Says
Violence Destroys Islam,
Violent Threats


The city of San Antonio,
Texas, went all in for the
children of St.. Jude to
celebrate the inaugural St.
Jude Texas Hold 'Em
Tournament & Benefit,
presented byWendy's of San
Antonio. The first-year
event, held, at Oak Hills
Country Club, featured a
performance by The Rick
Cavender Band and raised
$61,000 for the hospital.
Chaired by Board member
Richard Karam, the benefit
was highlighted by
appearances from actors
Jesse Borrego, Nicholas
Gonzalez and Chris
Masterson.
The benefit was the first
of its kind' for St:i Jude' and
San Antonio and featured a
asinio atmosphere, including
blackjack tables, craps,
roulette and a Texas Hold


'Em tournament. St. Jude
patient Alexis, a five-year
survivor of a brain tumor,
attended the event with her
parents, Michael and Ellen.
Her father spoke about their
experience at and
relationship with St Jude.
The .night before the
event, St. Jude hosted a
dinner to. recognize the
generosity of the sponsors.
Phil Yamin, owner of the
Majestic Restaurant & Club,
provided entertainment for
the evening. Along with
Wendy's of San Antonio,
support for the benefit was
provided by a number of
dedicated sponsors,
including Hotel Valencia,
Solomon Abdo, A.L.
Hemden, Broadway Bank,
Halo Distributing, KKW
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Today, thanks to an
unusually blunt and
provocative interview on
Al Jazeera television on
Feb. 21, she is -an
international sensation,
hailed as a fresh voice of
reason by some, and by
others as a heretic and
infidel who deserves to
die.
In the interview, which
has been viewed on the
Internet more than a
million times and has
reached the e-mail of
hundreds of thousands
around the world, Dr.
Sultan bitterly criticized


the Muslim clerics, holy
warriors and political
leaders who she believes
have distorted the
teachings of Muhammad
and the Koran for 14
centuries.
She said the world's
Muslims, whom she
compares unfavorably
with the Jews, have
descended into a vortex of
self-pity and violence.
Dr. Sultan said the
world was not witnessing.
a clash of religions or
cultures, but a battle
between modernity and
barbarism, a battle that
the forces of violent,
reactionary Islam are
destined to lose.
In response, clerics
throughout the Muslim
world have condemned
her, and her telephone
answering machine has
(continued on page 10)


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SIn Matthew 24:3, the
disciples came unto Jesus
pn\atelv saying, "Tell us;
when shall these things'
be? And what shall be the
signs of thy coming, and
of the end of the world?",
And Jesus answered and-
said unto them. Take heed
that no man deceive you.
For many shall come in
my name, saying. I am
Christ; and shall deceive
many. And ye shall hear
of wars and rumors of
wars: see that ye :be not
troubled; for all these
things must come to pass,,
but the end is not yet. For
nation shall 'rise against
nation, and kingdom
against kingdom; and


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'there shall be famines,
and .pestilences, and
earthquakes, in _divers
places. All these are the
beginning of sorrows.
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. And then
shall many be offended,
and shall betray .one
another, and shall hate
one another. And many
false prophets shall rise,
and shall deceive many.

(continued on page l I


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Islam and the Qur'an, its
sacred book. Qur'an
means literally a book, a
reading, a recitation; and
is sometimes less
accurately transliterated
from Arabic to English as
Koran.
Among the queries
raised concerning the
Qur'an is the place Mary
the Mother of Jesus
occupies in Islam. For the
past two millennia people
have given many faces to
Mary. Some of the most
impressive images of her
are found in the Qur'an.
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Prayer (8)

Hazrat Ahmad
reiterated about Prayer-
Dua and Salat:
1. A strange thing
happened in the desert of
Arab land. Millions of
people gave up evil deeds
and turned to
righteousness, just by the
prayer of the' Holy
Prophet of Islam, peace
be on him. It was the
miracle of the prayer. And
a sign for all the time to
come that Allah listens-to
the supplications of His
servants, who are
steadfast and never get
tired of, praying to
Almighty Allah. (Roohani
Khazain, Vol 16, p. 15)
2. What weapons did
the Prophets of Allah had
that people gave up evil
deeds and turned towards
righteousness. It was only
the weapon of prayer.
(Ibid, p. 16)
3. Worship is another
name of love. The honor
of Islam should stem from
heart, otherwise, hollow
worship is of no use.


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the soul. It is the new
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one can imitate. It is the
new Revelation "in the
Arabic language" that
came to "confirm"
previous revelations
contained in the Torah
and the Gospel. This is
the reason Jews and
Christians are called
"People of the Book."
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Scripture (Old Testament)
the prophets are

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SPage 4 THE SYRIAN-LEBANESE STAR October 2006 I1


Archbishop tells church to stay
in Lebanon: 'You'll make it'


Maronite Archbishop Chucrallah Nabil Hage, 63,
administers Communion on Sunday to Maronite worshipers


in El Qlaiaa.
EL QLAIAA,
Lebanon Chucrallah
Nabil Hage, the Maronite
Christian archbishop of
Tyre, added a twist to his
Sunday sermon here:
hold your ground.
"Wherever you are -
in Hajji or Tyre or
Marjayoun if you're
patient and believe,
you'll make it through
this," Hage told a
standing-room
congregation at St.
George's Church in this
southern. Lebanese
village. "The most
important thing is to stay


on this land."
Since last month, the
63-year-old priest has
braved bombs, rockets
and ground -clashes
between Israeli forces
and the Shiite Muslim
militia Hezbollah, racing
over cratered roads and
threading past bombed-
out bridges to visit.his
flock in the few Christian
towns and villages that
dot predominantly Shiite
southern Lebanon. His
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Hage speaks with a raspy
voice and is fluent in
Arabic, English and
-French. He took
advantage of the fragile,
week-old cease-fire to
celebrate Sunday Mass
here and in another
village nearby.
The exact number of
Maronites and other
Christians in Lebanon is
a mystery. A census
could be politically
explosive in Lebanon,
bringing calls by
Muslims to do away with
a spoils system that
awards Christians the
country's presidency and
half the seats in the
parliament. Since the end
of Lebanon's 16-year
civil war in 1991,
Christians have steadily
lost power to Shiite and
Sunni Muslims, whose
populations have grown.
The CIA estimates the
nation's population of 3.8
million is roughly 60%
Muslim and 40%
Christian.
An exodus by
Christians could upset
the delicate balance of
power in the country. The
34-day war that began
July 12 prompted Hage
to try to prevent such an
exodus.
A string of Maronite
villages along Lebanon's
southern border, towns
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FLORIDA'S GOLD COAST


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(continued on page 13)


St. Jude
Salmon
Fishing
Tournament
On June 1,the second
annual St. Jude Salmon
Fishing Tournament held
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raised $27,000 for St.
Jude.
The event consisted of
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charter boats, all holding
six people, and two
charter boats that carried
local teen cancer patients
and survivors.
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the tournament's ultimate
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was a 21-year-old from
Jenison who reeled in the
(continued on page 13)


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Rebuilding
(continued from page 1)
to repair. The Sunni Arab
regimes want to bolster the
Lebanese government so
the Shiite Hezbollah
doesn't commandeer
Lebanon's reconstruction.
"Hezbollah is being
seen to have won this war,"
said Tom Pepper, a
Lebanon expert within the
London-based Middle East
Economic Digest. "People
in the Gulf do not have any
love for Hezbollah.
They're very keen to see
the government is in
charge of reconstruction
and is very well funded to
do this."
Beyond the deaths of
855 Lebanese and 159
Israelis, the war that began
July 12 devastated what
promised to be Lebanon's
best economic
performance in a decade.
Total estimated damage
to Lebanon's economy,
including losses from
tourism, export sand sales,
runs. between $9 billion


and $16 billion a huge
blow to a yearly economy
valued around $22 billion,
said Marwan Barakat,
head of research at Beirut's
Bank Audi.
Lebanon's economy had
been predicted to grow by
as much as 6 percent this
year but now is expected to
shrink 6.2 percent, said
Monica Malik, an
economist- with Standard
Chartered Bank in Dubai.
Just clearing the rubble
will take months.
Destroyed bridges, roads
and public infrastructure
will take years to fix,
Barakat said.
Lebanon is endowed
with well-heeled friends.
Last week, donors from the
Gulf, Europe and North
America pledged $940
million at a conference in
Sweden nearly double the
amount sought.
Among the donors, the
Gulf state of Qatar gave
S$300 million, the United
States offered $230 million
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Lebanon
Other interesting facts:
1. Lebanon, the
country, was occupied by
over 16 countries:
Egyptians, Hittites,
Assyrians, Babylonians,
Persians, Alexander the
Great's army, the Roman
Empire Byzantine, the
Arabian Peninsula, The
Crusaders, the Ottoman
Empire, Britian, France,
Israel, Syria
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Lebanon) is the oldest,
continuously living city in
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More than 300 guests
attended and were treated
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football field as well as
VIP tours of the stadium.
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Violence
(continued from page 2)
filled with dark threats.
But Islamic reformers
have praised her for
saying out loud, in Arabic
and on, the most widely
seen'television network in
the Arab world, what few
Muslims dare to say even-
in private.
"I believe our people
are hostages to our own
beliefs and teachings,"
she said in an interview
this week in her home in a
Los Angeles suburb.
Dr. Sultan, who is 47,
wears a prim s\ eater and
skirt,. with fleece-lined
slippers and heavy
stockings. Her eyes and
hair are jet black and her
modest manner belies her
intense words:
"Knowledge has released
me from this backward
thinking. Somebody has
to help free the Muslim
people from these wrong
beliefs."'!,


Perhaps her most
provocative words on Al
Jazeera were those
comparing how the Jews
and Muslims have reacted
to adversity. Speaking of
the Holocaust, she said,
"The Jews have come
from the tragedy and
forced the world to
respect them, with their
knowledge, not with their
terror; with their work,
not with their crying and
yelling."
She went on, "We have
not seen a single Jew
blow himself up in a
German restaurant. We
have not-seen a single Jew
destroy a church. We have
not seen a single Jew
protest by killing people."
She concluded, "Only
the Muslims defend their
beliefs by burning down
churches, killing people
and destroying embassies.
This path will not yield
any results. The Muslims
must ask themselves what


they can do for
humankind, before they
demand that humankind
respect them."
Her views caught the
ear of the American
Jewish Congress, which
has invited her to speak in
May at a conference in
Israel. "We have been
discussing with her the
importance of her
message and trying to
devise the right venue for
her to address Jewish
leaders," said Neil B.


Goldstein,


executive-


director of the
organization.
She is probably more
welcome in Tel Aviv than
she would be in
Damascus. Shortly after
the broadcast, clerics in
Syria denounced her as an
infidel. One said she had
done Islam more damage
than the Danish cartoons
mocking the Prophet
Muhammad, a wire
service reported.


Dr. Sultan is "working
on a book that if it is
published it's going to
turn the Islamic world
upside down."
S"I have reached the
point that doesn't allow
any U-turn. I have no
choice. I am.questioning
every single teaching of
our holy book."
The working title is,
"The Escaped Prisoner:
When God Is a Monster."
Dr. Sultan grew up in a
large traditional Muslim
family in Banias, Syria, a
small city on the
Mediterranean about a
two-hour drive north of
Beirut. Her father was a
grain trader and a devout
Muslim, and she followed
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saved. And this gospel of
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preached in all the world
for a witness unto all
nations; and then shall the
end come.
But pray ye that-your
flight be not in winter,
neither on the sabbath
day: For then shall be
great tribulation, such as
was not since the
beginning of the world to
this time. no. nor ever
shall be. 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. For as the lightning
cometh out of the east.
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They transmit the divine
message by human
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contrast, regard Jesus as
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not come "w ith a book,"
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Qur'an is that everything
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angels and demons, and
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For reward or for
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the prophets preached the
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two of the prophets,
Adam and Jesus, were
born by direct
intervention of the
Creator. The Qur'an also
records other humanly
impossible conceptions
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angels; those of Abraham
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Prayer
(continued from page 3)
the Prayer should be
offered earnestly and
sincerely. When a person
offers prayer, from the
core of the heart, he or she
feels spiritual
enlightenment and a Bliss
that is beyond
explanation. This spiritual
elevation should be felt
with experience in this
matter. (Malfoozat, Vol. 2,
P. 274)
6. Prayer brings a new
hope in a person. That he
or she feels evil removed
from his/her person, and
then, turns towards
righteousness. (Ibid, p..
275)
7. Hazrat Ahmad
emphasized that one
should pray in his or her
language besides
prescribed Arabic prayer.
Because, he said prayer in
one's own language
kindles humility, and
.then, one seeks help from
Almighty Allah in all the
necessities of life. The
time for prayer Dua is
also Salat. Get yourselves
Sengrossed in Dua while
offering Salat.
(Malfoozat,T Vol. 2, p.


298)
8. The result of any
Dua depends upon a
person's Faith on
Almighty Allah. If a
person earnestly seeks
forgiveness from Allah,
he or she feels
enlightenment. If,
however, a person does
not beseech Allah Favor
with full Faith in Him,
then, he or she turns away
from Him and begs help
from idols or dead people.
(Ibid, p. 283)
9. The parents are
urged to pray for their
children. Allah accepts
the prayer of the parents
in favor of theii offspring.
Some principles of
prayer mentioned by
Hazra Ahmad are:
1. Pray for yourself.
2. Pray for the
members of your
household-parents, wife,
children, brothers, sisters.
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Wives
(continued from page 6)
discussing the issues up
front.":
It's generally accepted
that Islamic law gives
women- the right 'to.
property and financial
independence within
marriage. Some Muslim
scholars contend .women
are not even obligated to
do housework. These and
other details about
running a house can be
specified in the contract.
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McCloud's own marriage
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husband must accompany
her when she travels and
that she is not obligated to
cook.
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consider the gift archaic
in an age when women


can earn their own
salaries. Others, however,
view it as a symbol that
the man values the
woman, similar to an
engagement ring; it's also
a gift that is hers alone.
Maryam Sayar and
her husband, of Cortlandt
Manor, N.Y., kept their
contract simple,
specifying only the
"mahr." They haven't
even told their families
what it was.
"We both know one
another so well, we have
an understanding," said
Sayar, 26 and a law
school graduate. "I feel
like there will not be any
breach of. any sort,
.because he understands
my expectations of life
and from the marriage as
well. I similarly have an
understanding of his
expectations of life and
marriage."
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the behavior is forbidden
by U.S. civil law.
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(continued on page 17)


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Salmon
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Rebuilding
(continued from page 7)
and the European Union
pledged $54 million.
That money comes on
top of other aid from Gulf
countries, where sympathy
for the Lebanese plight still
runs strong. Saudi Arabia
offered $500 million and
Kuwait pledged $300.
million, and the two
countries together
deposited a further $1.5
billion in Lebanon's central
bank to stabilize the
economy.
When all the relief is
tallied, including millions
in private donations,
Barakat said Lebanon is
nearing the estimated $3.6
billion in direct damage.
"The aid will cover
almost all of the direct
damage," Barakat said by
telephone from Beirut.
Much of the emergency
aid will be used to clear
unexploded Israeli bombs.
shelter the homeless and
,restore social services.
Another I conference is
planned this year for long-
term reconstruction aid.
Disdain for Hezbollah
appears to be a shared
interest between Gulf
Arabs and Israel. But the
guerrilla group has already
jump-started rebuilding
efforts, offering initial cash
payments of up to.$ 12,000
for families who lost their
homes, while the Lebanese
government has said its-
access to construction.
materials is being held up
by Israel's sea and air


blockade.
In Kuwait and Saudi
Arabia, there are fears
Hezbollah's humanitarian
campaign will further
boost its stature. That's one
reason Gulf countries are -
funneling contributions
through the Lebanese
government, Pepper said.
The Gulf also harbors a
financial interest in a quick
Lebanese comeback.
Companies in Kuwait
and the United Arab
Emirates have invested
nearly $2. -billion in real
estate projects. In many
cases, unbuilt high rise
apartments and luxury
villas have, already been
.sold, often to Gulf Arabs
seeking summer homes in
Lebanon's cooler climate
and liberal lifestyle.
"The role of the Gulf
states has been absolutely
critical in the aid stage,"
Malik said. "When
international investors
come back, I'm sure Gulf
investors will be the
leaders."
If peace holds, Standard
Chartered Bank forecasts 7
percent GDP growth in
Lebanon next year, Malik
said. -
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were announced or started
before the war, and await
resumption including
several international
hotels. They include:
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million tower dubbed "La
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Trump" being developed
by Dubai-based DAMAC,
(continued on page 18).


Arab Americans'
(continued from page 6)
Hassan Kamel Al-Sabbah
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photography to study the
Earth.
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astronauts who lost their
lives aboard the space
shuttle Challenger
represented several racial
and. ethnic groups:
African American,
Hispanic-American,


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American, Jewish-
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Lebanon
(continued from page 7)
into wine).
13. The Phoenicians
(original people of
Lebanon) built the first
boat, and they were the
first to sail ever.
14. Phoenicians also
reached America long
before Christopher
Columbus did.
15. The first law school
in the world was built in


Parity
(continued from page 8)
government appointed
deputies, with the 50
elected members


coming fro
constituencies.


m 25


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wanted to change the
number of
constituencies from 25
to just one. The


Lebanon, in downtown
Beirut.
16. People say that the
cedars were planted by
God's own hands (This is
why they are called the
"Cedars of God," and this
is why Lebanon is called
"God's Country on
Earth."
It is not a real crime
against humanity to
destroy a country with
such rich history?


argument was that
given the small size of
the country the
population is around
2.5m the
constituencies were too
numerous, leaving
some smaller areas
open to vote buying. If
a few hundred cotes
could swing a ballot,
(continued on page 18),


Galas
(continued from page 8)
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Aquarium
(continued from page 8)
were present. They were
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shorts. Attendance that day.
was estimated to exceed
19,000 people. Weekday
attendance usually
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day.
A sign at the entrance
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developed the aquarium to
give something back to
Atlanta for its support in
helping him begin Home


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Jude to tour the campus
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Violence
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using terrorism to try to
undermine -the
government of President
Hafez al-Assad. Gunmen
of the Muslim
Brotherhood burst into a
classroom at the
university and killed her
professor as she watched,
she said.
"They shot hundreds of
bullets into him, shouting,
'God is great!' she said.
"At that point, I lost my
trust in their god and
began to question all our
teachings. It was the
turning point of my life,
and it has led me to this
present point. I had to
leave. I had to look for
another, god."
She and her husband,
who now goes by the


Americanized name of
David, laid plans to leave
for the United States.
Their visas finally came
in 1989, and the Sultans
and their two children
(they have since had a
third) settled in with
friends in Cerritos, Calif.,
a prosperous bedroom
community on the edge of
Los Angeles County.
After a succession of
jobs and struggles with
language, Dr. Sultan has
completed her American
medical licensing, with
the exception of a hospital
residency program, which
she hopes to do within a
year. David operates an
automotive-smog-check
station. They bought a
home in the Los Angeles
area and put their children
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upon the world. Floods
and fires are all over. But
as out Lord said, this
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Qoran for your benefit to
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Trust such a Lord who
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Ain Ebel. "We were so
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out here at that time was
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action."
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around him. Katyusha
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overhead from the right;
mortars and rockets
whistled past from Israeli
positions to his left.
"I felt a sort of peace,"
Hage recalled. "I had
done my duty. Also, I
was with the Western
press. So I thought I
would be safe."


Wives
(continued from page 13)
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constituency debate
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groaning inequalities in
the size of urban
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are generally small and
tribal and rural ones,
which are generally
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an age-old division in
Kuwait society too,
between Bedouin and
hadhar, rural and urban.
.Again, the opposition


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the opposition came up
to agree to five. The
two still didn't match
but before further
negotiations got
underway the debate
was cut short by a
further opposition
motion to' subject the
prime minister, the
(continued on page 19)


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TEXAS/OKLAHOMA/NEW MEXICO


Violence
(continued from page 16)
schools. All are now
American citizens.
But even as she settled
into a comfortable
middle-class American
life, Dr. Sultan's anger
burned within. She took
to writing, first for
herself, then for an
Islamic reform Web site
called Annaqed (The
Critic), run by a Syrian
expatriate in Phoenix.
An angry essay on that
site by Dr. Sultan about
the Muslim Brotherhood
caught the attention of Al
Jazeera, which invited her
to debate an Algerian
cleric on the air last July.
In the debate, she
questioned the religious
teachings that prompt
young people to commit
suicide in the name of
God. "Why does a young
Muslim man, in the prime
of life, with a full life
ahead, go and blow
himself up?" she asked.


"In our countries, religion
is the sole source of
education and is the only
spring from which that
terrorist drank until his
thirst was quenched."
Her remarks set off
debates around the globe
and her name began
appearing in Arabic
newspapers and Web
sites. But her fame grew
exponentially when she
appeared on Al Jazeera
again on Feb. 21, an
appearance that was
translated and widely
distributed by the Middle
East Media Research
Institute, known as
Memri.
Memri said the clip of
her February appearance
had been viewed more
than a million times.
"The clash we are
witnessing around the
world is not a clash of
religions or -a clash of
civilizations," Dr. Sultan
said. "It is a clash between
(continued on page 20)


Future Events
(continued from page 16)
Jesus I believe that you
are the only Son of God
and paid for all my sins on
the cross. Forgive me. I
am a sinner. Enter my


Wives
(continued from page 17)
documents called "Your
Islamic Marriage
Contract."
M c C 1 o u d
acknowledges the limits
of the document in trying
to preserve equality in
such an unpredictable
undertaking as. marriage.
But she said the contract
does provide some

Parity
(continued from page 18)
emir's nephew, Sheikh
Nasser Al Mohammed
Al Sabah, to cross-
examination 'in
parliament.
While the assembly
has the right to do this
under the constitution,


heart and fill me with the
Spirit of God. Save me
from Hell. Thank you,
Lord Jesus, for saving my
soul.
His servant,
Frank Massabni


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And you don't wind up on
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it had never actually
done so-before, and the
move was widely seen
as confrontational.
Thus the emir moved
and dissolved the
assembly, calling
elections for one month
later.
(continued on page 19)


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Violence
(continued from page 19)
two opposites, between
two eras. It is a clash
between a mentality that
belongs to the Middle
Ages and another
mentality that belongs to
the 21st century. It is a
clash between civilization.
and backwardness,
between the civilized and
the primitive, between
barbarity and rationality."
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practiced Islam. "I am a
secular human being," she
said.
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program, identified as an
Egyptian professor of
religious studies, Dr.
Ibrahim al-Khouli, asked,
"Are you a heretic?" He
then said there was no
point in rebuking or
debating her, because she


Shad blasphemed against
Islam, the Prophet
Muhammad and the
Koran.
Dr. Sultan said she
took those words as a
formal fatwa, a religious
condemnation. Since
then, she said, she has
received numerous death
threats on her answering
machine and by e-mail.
One message said:
"Oh, you are still alive?
Wait and see." She
received an e-mail
message the other day, in
Arabic, that said, "If
someone were to kill you,
it would be me."
Dr. Sultan said her
mother, who still lives in
Syria, is afraid to contact
her directly, speaking
only through a sister who
lives in Qatar. She said
(continued on page 21)


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Parity
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That was the
immediate political
background to the
elections. Yet most of
the elements that came
into play in the hustings
had been working
through Kuwaiti
society for some time.
SInce the death in
January of the former
emir, Sheikh Jaber Al
Ahmad Al Sabah, and
the succession debate
that followed, the
power of parliament
. has been on the rise.
Back then, the
assembly was
instrumental in
removing Skeikh
Jaber's successor, the
former crown prince,
Sa'ad Al Abdallah Al
Sabah, and replacing
him with the current
emir, Sheikh Sabah,
previously the
country's prime
minister.


This was a major
break from the
precedent in two ways.
First, dynastic law
dictates that the crown
prince be the emir's
successor, and second,
precedent dictates that
the emirs alternate
between the .two
branches of the Al
Sabah family, the Al
Jaber and the Al Salem.
Sheikh Sabah was
from the Al Jaber the
same branch as Sheikh
Jaber breaking the
rule. However, the shift
happened in
ex c e p t i onal
circumstances Crown
Prince Sa'ad was
widely seen as being
too ill to take up the
position but it
happened nevertheless
and, ultimately, it was
parliament that pushed
through the change,
supporting Sheikh
Sabah.
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. "I have no fear," she
said. "I believe in my
message. It is like a
million-mile journey, and
I believe I have walked
the first and hardest 10
miles."


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Countriess"
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possible departure from
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founder of the modem
Turkish state, Mustafa
Kemal Ataturk, who
imposed Western laws
and even outlawed
Islamic dress.
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like to see their country
regain the MNideast
leadership role it
enjoyed under the
Ottoman sultans.


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Violence
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she worried more about
the safety of family
members here and in
Syria than she did for her
own.


Parity
(continued from page 20)

Recently too,
parliamentarians have
been making strategic
alliances that directly
challenge the status
quo. The alliance of
oppositionists that
advocated five
constituencies
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Muslim Brotherhood-
backed Islamic
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strongly. This alliance -
known as "The 29"
before the election, due
to the number of
deputies that ,were
involved did
extremely well in the
June elections. It is now
a group of around 33,
just short of a majority
in the chamber.
Within the
opposition umbrella, it
was the Islamist wing
that did best in the
ballot. While political
parties are banned in
Kuwait, certain blocs
do exist, albeit
informally. The Islamist
bloc in parliament is
now 18 strong, the
largest political
grouping. All three
ICM candidates were
elected. In the
opposition there is also
the Salafist Movement,
the Shiite National
Islamic Alliance
around a third of
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Saudi Kin
(continued fror
East'?"
newspaper
as saying.
An ave
renewed
influence in
East has opei
its offer to
troops
internal
stabilization
Lebanon.
The switch
coincides
frustration
European r
about making
full EU mem
has set a
legislative an
conditions,
suggested
would drag o
the next deca
It also cot
with the Un
are at a low
U.S. reluctai
in Kurdish
based in noi
Turkey f
autonomous
state in north
do Syria and
also have


g Kurdish minorities.
n page 21) The shift also, feeds
Milliyet into the aspirations of
quoted him many in Erdogan's
Justice and
enue for Development Party, who
Turkish feel spurned and
the Middle disappointed by Europe
ned up with and a pull toward
contribute Turkey's Muslim
to an neighbors.
t i o n a 1 "Erdogan's agenda
force in and that of the EU are
now clashing," said Ali
Sto the East Tekin of Ankara's
with Bilkent University. "The
over EU Was a way for him to
reservations advance religious
g Turkey a freedoms but he has now
ber. Europe seen that on many issues
host of like adultery, the head
d economic scarf, women's role,
and the there is a clash."
timetable E r d o g a n s
n well into government has made no
.de. secret of its
mes as ties disappointment over
ited States European court rulings
point over backing Turkish laws
nce to rein that ban Islamic head
guerrillas scarfs in schools and
rthern Iraq. public offices. Erdoganr's
ears an wife, Emine, wears an
Kurdish Islamic-style head .scarf
ern Iraq, as and has been barred
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fired over his head
after a roadside bomb
detonated near his house.
It was what his wife,
Laila Mohammed, 46,
saw from the window that
made the move a
certainty.
She heard men
shouting, "Traitor!" and
"Spy!" and looked out at
the ramp to a nearby
highway. Men in one .car
raked another car with
Gunfire as they overtook
it,, leaving the victim to
coast to a stop until he
slumped over his steering
wheel and died. -,
"I'll feel so much safer-
and better for me and my:
kids," she said a day.
before they left Iraq.
"There is. no value for
human life here.." For
months already she had
been coaxing her husband
-1to make exit plans.


"Every day, my wife is,
'Yalah. Yalah,' he said,
using the Arabic for
"Let's go."
Friends in Damascus
found the family an
apartment for $400 a
month. Son Ahmed was
calling peers long before
the trip, and they sold him
on stories about how they
do not have to be. afraid
.going to school or
hanging out. "They say
it's a lot better there," he
said, ready to go.
Hassan, a short, clean-
shaven man with a bit of a
paunch, agreed to speak
for publication, but as a
precaution he asked that.
his Baghdad
neighborhood not be
:identified and that his
picture, not be published.
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the son of a car parts
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came fourth in her
constituency. Most
analysts blamed a lack
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to organize and general
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Baghdad
(continued from page 23)
dealer and went into the
same business after
earning a two-year degree
in business
administration.
After the U.S. invasion
in 2003, his :rough but
passable English gained
him a position translating
for U.S. troops, a job he
held until about three
months ago. The
dangerous job included
going on patrol with
soldiers and spefiding
many nights on their
base, but it paid about
$900 a month -- double
the pay for a teacher or
,op.
In September, as
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aome, guninen thrust him
:nto a car, blindfolded
aim and took him to a


makeshift cell. There they
held a gun to his head and
threatened to kill him, he
recalled. His captors beat
him with cables while
they asked about his job
and demanded names of
other translators, which
he said he did not know
anyway. They released
him the next morning,
saying they were looking
for another man but
warning him not to keep
working for the U.S.
military.
Still, after a month of
physical therapy for his
back, he went again to his
job. But other dangers
were emerging as well.
Hassan felt he could
defend himself
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risk," he smiled -- but he
could not guarantee the
(continued on page 25)


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Baghdad
(continued from page 24)
safety of his family. His
spoke of how his son saw
a body on the street six
months ago, left from a
slaying.
Hassan's 20-year-old
nephew was kidnapped
and held for a week until
his family raised $10,000
for his release. They left
for Jordan two months
ago. Hassan's siblings in
London and Sweden
urged him to leave, too.
In a way, Hassan's last act
of hope was to vote in the
January election. His
disappointment
crystallized with the
performance of -the
elected government,
which he sees as too
weak to maintain control.
Hassan quit. his
translating job to prepare-
for a possible, move,
selling the old Chevrolet
Caprice Classic and
arranging for somedit to
use the house.


"Who wants to leave
his country?" he said,
expressing hope that he
will return someday.
While he was fond of the
U.S. soldiers he worked
with, he was disillusioned
by the unfulfilled
promises of freedom and
prosperity that were
supposed to accompany,
the American mission.
"There is no freedom,"
he said. "The freedom is
killing? It's all lying."
The words clash with
the. script on the
"Certificate of
Appreciation" that U.S.
troops gave him. "Your
patriotism and bravery
has directly contributed
to the successful
construction of a free
Iraq," it states. Hassan
might dispute that.' But
another passage, praising
his "courage and
dedication" to Iraq is
accurate, if ironic. He
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in East Utica was one
that personalized and
humanized nature, the
universe and God in
terms of the Lebanese
family, its garden, and its
mountain village. The
Father ideally rules the
family, but only in the.
context of the worship of
the mother. Grandparents
have the dual respect
earned through parentage
and age., The family and
the clan stand together in
the village; one village
tells tales about the other,
one region about the
other. Dogs, vegetables,
fruit trees, and all natural
phenomena are seen in
terms of brothers, sisters,
cousins.
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village patriarch, now as
neighborhood visitor,
even at times as village
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And this relationship
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obtain between brothers,
cousins, neighbors, and
strangers.
Such an ideal vision
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have also been recently
finalized and work is
due to commence
shortly. At the same
time, there is also a
study being made of the
feasibility of another
causeway, linking Doha
to Abu Dhabi. In
parallel, there are also
dozens of smaller
construction works
going ahead, many of
which would still be
giant by any other
standards.-
Fuelling the growth is
an expanding Qatari
population. Estimates
vary, but many see the
current population of
around 830.000
expanding at the rate of
around 40,000 a year for
the foreseeable future.
This alone has put
considerable pressure
on residential housing.
Meanwhile, as
construction and energy
projects expand, there is
a pressure created for


t e m p o r a r y
accommodation for
visiting expatriates.- at
the low paid laborer end
of the market and the
high paid technical and
specialist end. The latter
has seen demand for
hotel rooms outstrip
supply in many
instances. More hotel
-construction is
underway.
As if -all this growth
and .development- were
not enough, additional
pressure is on right now
because in December,
Doha will host the Asian
Games. Building the
sports infrastructure,
along with transport
facilities to convey fans,
teams and equipment -
as Well as contracting
places for them all to
stay has also boosted
demand for just about
everything in this once
Sleepy emirate. The city
currently, give the
impression of being one
(continued on page 27)


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ripped up, buildings
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thump on into the night.
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laborers and time.
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complain that
construction material
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site stoppages, as
cement, glass and steel
run out. Much .of these
materials are now being"
imported.-; yet the
emirate's ports, at Umm
Said and Ras :Laffan,
also need
redevelopment to handle
the increased number of
vessels using the
facilities. There is aso a
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via Saudi Arabia has
meant major queues at
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