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The Syrian Lebanese star ( February 2007 )

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Title:
The Syrian Lebanese star
Uniform Title:
Syrian Lebanese star
Alternate title:
Syrian-Lebanese star
Alternate Title:
Star
Physical Description:
v. : ill. ; 36 cm.
Language:
English
Creator:
Syrian Lebanese star
Publisher:
A.M. Coplan
Place of Publication:
Jacksonville Fla
Publication Date:
Frequency:
monthly
regular

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Subjects / Keywords:
Syrians -- Newspapers -- United States   ( lcsh )
Lebanese -- Newspapers -- United States   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Jacksonville (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Duval County (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Genre:
newspaper   ( marcgt )
newspaper   ( sobekcm )
Spatial Coverage:
United States -- Florida -- Duval -- Jacksonville
Coordinates:
30.31944 x -81.66 ( Place of Publication )

Notes

Additional Physical Form:
Also available on microfilm from the University of Florida.
Dates or Sequential Designation:
Began in 1963.
General Note:
Description based on: Vol. 16, no. 9 (Sept. 1978).

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of Florida
Holding Location:
University of Florida
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All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
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ltuf - ADA7472
oclc - 05165391
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lccn - sn 79007351
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UF00028363:00060

MISSING IMAGE

Material Information

Title:
The Syrian Lebanese star
Uniform Title:
Syrian Lebanese star
Alternate title:
Syrian-Lebanese star
Alternate Title:
Star
Physical Description:
v. : ill. ; 36 cm.
Language:
English
Creator:
Syrian Lebanese star
Publisher:
A.M. Coplan
Place of Publication:
Jacksonville Fla
Publication Date:
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
Holding Location:
University of Florida
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier:
ltuf - ADA7472
oclc - 05165391
alephbibnum - 000579625
issn - 0193-2578
lccn - sn 79007351
System ID:
UF00028363:00060


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T THE SYRIAN-LEBANESE STAR
AN INDEPENDENT MONTHLY


SERVING AMERICANS OF ARABIC HERITAGE
Celebrating 45 Years of Service
MEMBER ARAB-AMERICAN PRESS GUILD
ESTABLISHED IN 1963
www.syrianlebanesestar.com


XLV #2 FEBRUARY 2007


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Thinking the unthinkable:
Lebanon steels itself for sectarian
violence and a possible coup following
the assassination of Pierre Gemayel,
with Syria seen as the prime suspect.


In any political
assassination in
Lebanon, there is
invariably an
abundance of suspects.
Sectarian hatreds, clan
blood feuds, political
power struggles,
business rivalries and
foreign conspiracies
have all been to blame
for the mosaic of


Lebanese Prime Minister
Fouad Siniora
murder in Lebanon over
the last 60 years. Few
(continued on page 6)


What is the
Lebanese Red Cross?
The Lebanese Red
Cross' (LRC) is a
hum an itari an
org a n i z a t i on
established as an
independent national
society in Lebanon. In


1946, it was
recognized as a public,
nonprofit organization
and as an auxiliary
team to the Lebanese
Army medical service.
In 1947, the LRC
joined the International
Red Cross and Red
Crescent Movement-
which today has
affiliates in 175
countries.
What is the mission
of the Lebanese Red
Cross?
(continued on page 7)


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Jimmy Naifeh
Wins Bulger
Award,
Donates
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St. Jude
The Honorable James 0.
"Jimmy" Naifeh, Speaker
of the Tennessee House of
Representatives and Board
member of ALSAC/St.
Jude, received the 2006
(continued on page 6)

Tennessee
Club News


Federation
Honors and
Awards


Chairman's Choice Award:
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The Tennessee Clubs, .
after having a wonderful '
summer, are now planning
many fall events. The
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membership meeting and "I Dare You" Award:
(continued on page 7) Miachel Hiffa

HOMECOMING, HOUSTON
2007...Nobody Does it Better!


The SOUTHERN
FEDERATION OF
SYRIAN LEBANESE
AMERICAN CLUBS has
awarded the 2007 Annual
Convention to
HOUSTON, TEXAS. The
Convention will be hosted
by the five clubs that form
the HOUSTON
AFFILIATES: The
Cedars Club, The
Fellowship Club, the
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Middle Eastern Heritage
Club, & The United
Jamail Club. The
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Restauranteurs use Culinary
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Kathleen and Louis
Rezzonico's dedication to
St. Jude Children's
Research Hospital
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devotion of St. Jude
founder Danny Thomas to
the patron saint of
hopeless causes.
As a happy and loving
couple, the Rezzonicos
longed to start their own
family. After years of
setbacks and
disappointments, 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.
The Rezzonicos'
prayers were answered;
they went on to haVe three
beautiful children. And,
just as Thomas vowed to
(continued on page 6)


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President and the
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God's Chosen
People,
Chastened,
Restored



Isaiah 53: 1, "Who
hath believed our report?
and to whom is the arm
of the Lord revealed?"
Isaiah 42:8-9, "I am the
Lord; that is my name:
and my glory will I not
give to another, neither
my praise to graven
images. Behold, the
former things are come to
pass, and new things do I
declare: before they
spring forth I tell you of
them."
Isaiah 14:3, "And it
shall come to pass in the
day that the Lord shall
give thee rest from thy
sorrow, and from thy fear,
and from the hard
bondage wherein thou


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wast made to serve,"
Jeremiah 40:4, "And
now, behold, I loose thee
this day from the chains
which were upon thine
hand. If it seem good
unto thee to come with
me into Babylon, come;
and I will look well unto
thee; but if it seem ill
unto thee to come with
me into Babylon, forbear:
behold, all the land is
before thee: wither it
seemeth good and
convenient for thee to go,
thither go." Isaiah 4 1 :4,
(continued on page 10)


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Pope John had presented a
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contrast to former councils
this time it was more than a
question of this or that point
of doctrine or discipline
which had to be called back
to the pure sources of
revelation and tradition.
Rather it was a question of
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Christian thought and life,"
the "pivot to which every
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evangelical idea. It was
quoted as evidence of
Catholic unity, from which
countless groups are
separated and to which,
nevertheless, they are
desirous of returning.
Cardinal Bea, elaborated
the guidelines of Pope John's
pastoral method in order to
create an atmosphere of
"fellowship in Christ" by
recognizing the baptism of all
Christians and by treating
them as "brothers and sisters
in Christ." As a result the
different communities
acquired confidence in the
Pope and were ready to send
observers to the council.
There was no talk of possible
doctrinal discussions on the
(continued on page 10)


Prayer
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 dlay caused in the
acceptance of your prayer,
as the more it is delayed,
the greater becomes the
prize.The acceptance of
prayer is often delayed ,
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:
1. 'When you pray
something to Allah ,do
not be impatient, rather
continue and expect in
full ,the consequence in
your favor.'
2. Invoke Allah's
Blessings ,being, certain
of response,


By Dr. Qazi Muhammad
Barkatullah
simultaneously, know that
Allah does not respond to
the one who does not have
full Faith in Sim.'
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
himiher in the next world.'
4. 'To pray is to
worship.'
5. 'Nothing repels
calamity but prayer.'
6.'Fear the prayer of
the wronged, for verily
there is no veil between
him/her and Allah.'
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About five years ago,
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Rose. Paul and Julia
Collins, my wife Norma
and I visited Washinaton,
D.C. during the Cherry
Blossom time. We visited
the Khalil Gibran
Memorial across the street
from the British Embassy
on Massachusetts Avenue.
At that time the
Honorable Al Zwan was
President of the National
Federation of Syrian
Lebanese American Clubs
and as fellow officers of
the National we all
accompanied Al and Rose
on this trip. Al had always
wanted to see Washington
in Cherry Blossom Time
and to visit the Gibran
Memorial.
We were all shocked
and saddened at the
overall deteriorated
condition of this park,
which should be the pride
of all Americans of
Lebanese Descent. Thus
was our Mission begun!
We complained to the US


Park Service. We wrote
Congressmen. We
communicated with other
authorities in Washington,
D.C. such as the Lebanese
Embassy-emphatically
expressing our dismay at
the condition of the
Memorial Park. We
discussed and searched
for information at every
successive National
Federation Meeting.
This complaining stage
went on for several years
to no avail. During this
period I was the chairman
who was supposed to get
things done, but
ultimately, I gave up-
thinking it's an
impossibility!!!
Julia Collins and her
husband, Paul continued
the effort with some
communicative success.
Bob Andrews of
California took a very
personal interest -
spending time in
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Service into making
restorations yet we were
still going nowhere.
At the National
Federation meeting
during the SFSLAC
Annual Convention in
July of '06 at San Antonio,
we again strongly
discussed the condition of
the Gibran Memorial
Garden. Phvllis Joseph,
National Federation
President, appointed me
again, to see what we
could do to return the
Gibran Memorial back to
its proper respectable
condition. I accepted
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Memorial situation and
subtly requested their
help.
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delight, they wrote back
and asked "What will it
take to restore the Kahlil
Gibran Memorial Park to
its' respective and
original condition?" I was
very excited and
encouraged by their
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ready with the right entity
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A Sanctuary in Kurdistan


Since
Saddam
April 200
5,000 Chr
living in
Arab cities
Basra, Mo
taken
Kurdistan.
Paradox
have reti
cities an
they fled
All tell th
they hope
pervasive
bombs,
and more
persecution
Christians
Islamist g


roups.


(continued on page 13)


most prominent and
bloodstained political
dynasties, on 21
November was a
meticulously planned
attack carried out by
professionals with
deadly precision and
coolness and has all
the hallmarks of a
Syrian-orchestrated
operation using trained

(continued on page 13)


Lebanon
(continued from page 1)
of the perpetrators have
been apprehended,
fewer still ever stood
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assassinations remain
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(continued from page 1)
William M. Bulger
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meeting in July. The award
caries a $57000 purse to be
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Naifeh announced that he
would donate his award
money to St. Jude.
Established in 1996, the
Bulger award is conferred
on a state legislative leader
who has demonstrated
qualities of leadership,
integrity, compassion,
vision and courage that


Restauranteurs
(continued from page 1)
build a shrine' to honor St.
Jude Thaddeus when his
prayers were answered,
Kathleen promised her
support and dedication to
the patron saint.
To honor that promise,
the Rezzonicos began
making annual stock gifts
to St. Jude. Through the
years they learned more
about the hospital and
decided they wanted to
extend their generosity.
Using the resources
Restaurateurs use culinary
prowess for St. Jude kids
of their three Seaport


have made the legislature a
stronger institution.
Naifeh, a 31-year
veteran of the Tennessee
House, shares the award
with the Honorable Andrew
Romanoff, Speaker of the
Colorado House o
Representatives. Naifeh
and Romanoff were
selected from more than 25
nominees from 20 states by
a bipartisan committee of
scholars, former state
legislators, business
leaders, journalists and
leaders of the State
Legislative Leaders
Foundation and the
National Conference of
State Legislatures, the co-
sponsors of the award.


Village, CA, restaurants,
connections with local
distributors and vendors,
and the help of a St. Jude
Gift Planning
representative, the
Rezzonicos created A
Taste of Seaport Village, a
unique dining experience
to raise funds for St. Jude.
The first such event
was a success and inspired
an even more adventurous
event the following year:
Night in Italy. This event
was more successful than
its predecessor and has
since become the model
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.e same story: Christians who ran the
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Red Cross
(continued from page. 1)
The LRC is led by
volunteers, whose
mission is to provide
relief to victims of
natural and human
disasters and to help
people prevent,
prepare, and respond to
emergencies. The LRC
is the most important
provider of first aid
and medical ambulance
services in Lebanon.
The LRC is able to
provide emergency
medical services with
42 ambulance stations
country-wide, using an
aging fleet of 210
ambulances. The LRC
provides 80% of the
ambulance missions in
Lebanon, or an average
of 450 missions per
day. Lebanon does not


have Emergency
Medical Service
ambulances similar to
that in the United
States, so the people
must rely on the LRC.
How did the LRC
meet the emergency
needs during the July-
August war?
During the month-
long hostilities which
devastated Lebanon
between mid-July and
mid-August, the LRC
faced its biggest
challenge ever by
responding to the
emergency needs of a
population of nearly
four million people, of
whom nearly 800,000
fled to other parts of
Lebanon and thus


became
displaced.


internally
Nearly


Tennessee Clubs
(continued from page 1)
dinner at a local restaurant
on Sept. 3rd with Reba
David, SFSLAC V.P. and
family in attendance. The
club announced the fall
family festival on Oct.-ish,
chaired by Linda Gattas,
with a Halloween theme
and a picnic/hayride. The
club is planning the annual
Holiday December party,
chaired by Tommy
Ashker, Paula Buttress,
Anita Harris and Karen




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Bookkeeping


Joseph, and is hard at work
on the mid-winter
SFSLAC Memphis
Conference with Tommy
Ashker as chairman and
James Gattas as co-
chairman. Save the date,
February 1-4,2007.
The Nashville club is
now planning their events
with a annual membership
meeting and Holiday
dinner, chaired by club
president, Tom Resha.
-James Gattas, State
Vice President


Message
(continued from page 1)
excitement as we
celebrated many
accomplishments.
We commemorated
35 years of service to
the community this year
and celebrated the first
anniversary of the Arab
American National
Museum The Museum
continues to bring
vibrant programming
and cultural experiences
that appeals to one and


all. Attendance at the
Museum is soaring with
more than 1,000 visitors
weekly.
This year, the
Community Health an
Research Center held its
4th National
Conference- on Health
Issues in the Arab
American Community.
The conference is
truly groundbreaking
because it is the first
ever to offer results of
scientific research.
(continued on page 14)


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Global Thursdays
(continued from page 1)
realized and skillfully
accomplished soulful
folk-blues, Bibb has no
problem blending various
genres effortlessly,
melding a traditional.
rootsy American style
with a subtle,
contemporary sensibility.
In collaboration with
Metro Times.
Efe and Bambuti,
Congo Drum and Dance
This drum and dance
troupe keeps the tradition
of African dance and
music alive with its "other
world" music and dance,
blending all rhythms and
styles of African
drumming and dance with
today's contemporary
styles of hip-hop, techno,
house and pop.
The groups' single


drummer and founder, Efe
Bes plays up to 25 drums
(djun-djun, djembe,
atumpan, abengadeng and
bongos) simultaneously.
In collaboration with
Youthville.
Leslie McCurdy, The
Spirit of Harriet
Tubman: A One-Woman
Show
Through her recreation
of the heroic
Underground Railroad
worker, Leslie McCurdy
inspires one and all with
the universal message of
faith, hope and freedom.
XD-WEI: Chinese
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Roots Music
Xiao Dong Wei is a
master of the erhu, a two-
stringed Chinese
instrument similar to the
violin. The group
(continued on page 15)


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(continued from page 1)
Americas in Downtown
Houston, will be the site of
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special room rates starting at
$95 a night for single,
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40,000 square foot ballroom
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events each day for all ages.
Enjoy the feel of Las Vegas
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those debutantes for a night
to remember. Our usual
Grand Banquet will be
transformed into a Gala!
There will be a variety of
music for all ages, children
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mixers. Saturday will host a
"Talent Review," inspired by
the accomplishments of one
of our own, the late, great
Cliff Antone, who was
(continued on page 15)


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Campbell
(continued from page 2)
the Southern Federation
and its Foundation for
several years. As
Chairman of the Board of
the Federation, a member
of the Executive Board; a
Trustee, Governor, and
Vice-president of the
Foundation; a State Vice-
president, and a delegate
to the National Federation.
He has also chaired singles
events for a summer
convention, and is a past


recipient of the Rose and J.
M. Haggar scholarship. In
addition, he filed and
registered the Federation
trademark, provides
computer assistance to the
Scholarship Committee,
researched the legal basis
for the creation of the
Foundation hurricane
relief fund, and served on
the joint committee on the
creation of an executive
director position.
Campbell is an active
(continued on page 15)


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Joseph-Kahaley
(continued from page 2)
The groom is the son
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Birmingham and the late
Joseph Francis Joseph.
Reverend Peter
Cunningham with
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and Reverend Paul
Zoghby officiated.
Attending the bride
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Kahalley as her maid of
honor and Patricia
Hyland as her matron of
honor. The groom choose
his brother, Paul Joseph
as his best than.
Groomsmen were Paul
Bolus, Stephen Bolus,
Stephen Kahalley,


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Charles Hyland. The
flower girl was Catherine
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Readers and gift bearers
were Theresa Bolus and
Stephen Kahalley.
Melanie, a member of
The Lebanese American
Club of Mobile and
John, a member of The
Syriam Lebanese
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Orleans, met in March of
1999 at the Southern
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Jackson, Mississippi.
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Chosen People
(continued from page 3)
"Who hath wrought
and done it, calling the
generations from the
beginning? I the Lord, the
first, and with the last; I
am he." Isaiah 41:s-14;
"But thou, Israel, art my
servant, Jacob whom I
have chosen, the seed of
Abraham my friend. Thou
whom I have taken from
the ends of the earth, and
called thee from the chief
men thereof, and said
unto thee, Thou art my
servant; I have chosen
thee, and not cast thee
away. Fear thou not; for I
am with thee: be not
dismayed; for I am thy
God I will strengthen
thee; yea, I will help thee;
yea, I will uphold thee
with the right hand of my
righteousness. Behold, all
they that were incensed
against thee shall be
ashamed and confounded:
they shall be as nothing;
and they that strive with
thee shall perish. Thou
shalt seek them, and shalt
not find them, even than
that contended with thee:
they that war against thee


shall be as nothing, and as
a thing of nought. For I
the Lord thy God will
hold thy right hand,
saying unto thee, Fear
not; I will help thee. Fear
not, thou worm Jacob,
and ye men of Israel; I
will help thee, saith the
Lord, and thy redeemer,
the Holy One of Israel."
Isaiah 41 : 18-20, "I
will open rivers in high
places, and fountains in
the midst of the valleys: I
will make the wilderness
a pool of water, and the
dry land springs of water.
I will plant in the
wilderness the cedar, the
shittah tree, and the
myrtle, and the oil tree; I
will set in the desert the
fir tree, and the pine, and
the box tree together: That
they may see, and know,
and consider, and
understand, together, that
the Lord hath done this,
and the Holy One of Israel
hath created it." Isaiah
43:3-7, "For I am the Lord
thy God, the Holy One of
Israel, thy Saviour: I gave
Egypt for thy ransom,
Ethiopia and Seba for
thee. Since thou wast
(continued on page 15)


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Rather it is of an
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Paul in 1 Corinthians 12 is
another illustration of the
Church's evangelical idea.
It was quoted as evidence
of Catholic unity, from
which countless groups
are separated and to
which, nevertheless, they
are desirous of returning.
Cardinal Bea
elaborated the guidelines
of Pope John's pastoral
method in order to create
an atmosphere of
"fellowship in Christ" by
recognizing the baptism
of all Christians and by
treating them as "brothers
and sisters in Christ." As a
result the different
communities acquired
confidence in the Pope
and were ready to send
observers to the council.
There was no talk of


possible doctrinal
discussions on the subject
of reunion, but there
certainly was talk of a
greater clarification in
regard to dogmas.
Nevertheless the
encyclical Aeterna Dei on
Pope Leo I formulated the
concept of Church unity
with the same clarity as
Ad Petri cathedram. It
called for a return to and a
union with the Bishop of
Rome in the spirit of
Chalcedon, doing so at a
time just after the
Orthodox had entered the
World Council of
Churches in New Delhi
and ignored the "unity"
document, which
contained no
clarifications of a
dogmatic nature. The
apostolic constitution
Humanae salutis was
promulgated December
25, 1961. It dealt with the
convocation of the
Second Vatican Council,
and declared that the
(continued on page 16)


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(continued from page 3)
immediate good;
ii) or, his/her sins are
forgiven in lieu thereof;
iii)or ,some other reward is
stored up for himiher in the
next world.'
4. To pray is to worship.'
5. 'Nothing repels
calamity but prayer.'
6.Tear the prayer of the
wronged, for verily there is
no veil between him/her
and Allah.'
7. You should always
make it a point to ask
Allah for His Grace
because it does involve
His Grace.'
8.' A servant becomes
nearest to his /her Lord
while he /she is in
prostration-so increase
supplications,'
9. '0 Allah! make me
such as I can be much


Thy rememberance;
follow Thy injunctions;
and remember Thy
instructions.'
10. 'Your Allah says:
Call Me; and I shall give
you response.'
11. Nothing but
invocation repela a
Decree.'
12.'Beseech Allahof
His Favor,because Allah
likes to be beseeched; and
verily the best Divine
service is the prolonged
hope for relief.'
13.'Whoso does not
invoke Allah's Mercy,He
becomes displeased with
him /her.'
14.'Whoso is pleased to
see that Allah should
respond to him or her at
the time of calamities ,let
him or her increase
(continued on page 16)


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(continued from page 4)
We Lebanese Americans
must set up a permanent
and perpetual endowment
for the preservation and
continued restoration of
the Memorial!!!! We have
to take matters into our
own hands. We can't wait
years and years for
Congressional
appropriations to filter
down to that park. The
wonderful work of that
original project cannot be
allowed to just rot and
die. Kahlil Gibran is one
of the best known and
most beloved artists and
writers from the Middle


East. It is our duty as
Americans of Lebanese
Ancestry to make sure
that he is not forgotten!
T h e r e fo r e,
representing the National
Federation, I contacted
the Midwest Federation,
the Southern Federation,
the American Arab
Institute, the Royal
Embassy of Saudi Arabia
(Aramco Magazine), the
Lebanese Ambassador,
Reba David, Mary Ann
Skaff, Sheryl Ameen
Fiegel, Bill Anawaty,
Victoria Linden, Mid-
West Federation, Helen
Hatub Samhan, E.D. of
Arab American Institute,
(continued on page 16)


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Scholarships
(continued from page 5)


Barrett William Campbell
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American Lebanon Syrian Club Kansas City, Missouri
Metrolina Phoenician Club Scholarship Charlotte, North Carolina
Gift for Knowledge Award
Donor: Our Federation Family & Friends and
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Creighton University; Omaha, NE


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Kurdistan
(continued from page 6),
XVI's statement on
Islam, which quoting' .
medieval text, made
certain disparaging
remarks.
Mgr Raban, bishop of
Amadia and Erbil, says:
"Christians are the
easiest targets, they
have no militias to
protect them". He adds:
"Christians are the
victims of the
kidnapping trade
organised by criminals
liberated during the last
days of Saddam
Hussain's regime. And

Lebanon
(continued from page 6)
terrorists as the hitmen,
possibly even with an
Iranian input.
Gemayel, a 34-year-
old Maronite Catholic,
was riddled with bullets
in broad daylight in the
Sin El Fil district of


also 01 ranauc terrorists
who are proceeding to a
real religious cleansingi
in their desire to change
the demography. It is
disaster for all Iraq".
Mgr Raban was
personally threatened
telephone by
individuals who called
him on his mobile
telephone to warn:
"Either you collaborate
with us, or else... "
Tension rose during
the summer after the
successive kidnapping
of three Chaldean
priests who were
liberated after payment
(continued on page 19)

Christian East Beirut,
his constituency and a
bastion of the Syrian
Social Nationalist Party
(SSNP), a party which
backs the idea of a
Greater Syria and was
founded by Greek
Orthodox journalist and
philosopher Antun
(continued on page 17)


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(continued from page 6)
fundraising dinners. From
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yew the creation of the
San Diego Chapter of St.
Jude, a group of local and
dedicated St. Jude
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The Rezzonicos
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the event raised more than
$97,000 for St. Jude. The
evening featured a
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live auction, musical
entertainment of RB
Swingtet and a grand prize
drawing for' a hotel stay
and airfare for two to
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the evening. Born and
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Red Cross
(continued from page 7)
200,000 people fled to
Syria.
Some of the 5,000
LRC volunteers and all
the staff were
immediately
mobilized. They
delivered key services
in emergency medical
help, first aid, rescue
and evacuation,
primary health care,
relief distribution, and
blood banks with
extraordinary courage
and often risking their
own lives to do so.
During the
hostilities, the LRC


was able to mobilize
the 210 ambulances.
The logistical problem
imposed by destroyed
roads and bridges were
massive, making it
extraordinarily
difficult for the fleet to
operate. Volunteers
were also assigned the
task of evacuating the
dead -a first for the
Lebanese Red Cross -
since most government
or civil society
organizations were
unable to access the
bombed zones.
Here are some
examples of
(continued on page 17)


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Outreach Department
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Annual National Arab-.
American Service Day
in May. Fourteen Arab-
American organizations
and over 1,000
volunteers engaged in a
community service
project to foster and
encourage volunteerism
outside of the Arab-
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While September 11
has long passed we
continue to face
challenges with civil
liberties and civil rights


and ACCESS will
continue to rally around
these topics and other
key issues affecting our
communities.
We also want to
encourage everyone to
either renew or become
a member of ACCESS.
By becoming a member
you contribute to the
strength of the
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Global Thursdays
(continued from page 8)
combines the Chinese
erhu with American
instruments, such as the


Houston
(continued from page 8)
instrumental in transforming
Austin, Texas into the "Live
Music Capital of the World."
It is not a contest. We just
have a lot of talent,
especially with the youth,
and we will provide the
venue.
So, if your mama said
you can sing, that just proves
she loves you. Please get a
second opinion before you
sign up!
Entertainment and food
functions throughout the
weekend will alleviate any
desire to leave the hotel, but,
if you do, there is much
Houston has to offer. You
will be blocks from the
Theater District, Minute
Maid Park/home of the
Houston Astros, and the
Main Event-blocks of pubs,
restaurants, and chic bars
along Main Street. Don't
forget about shopping all
over town and the Space


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sax. Their music is a
mix of Western and
Chinese classical music
with American
bluegrass, jazz and rock.


Center. In addition, the
Museum District is a short
ride on our new Metro Rail.
We are striving to make
this an affordable family
vacation. The adult early
registration is locked in at
$179 and young adults at
$140. Children under the
age of 9 are free. We have
made arrangements to get
corporate discount airfares
where available, if you are
flying into Houston from
anywhere in the country,
contact: Corporate Travel
Group Planners
Department, @ [800) 8 10-
2695. Be sure to specify that
you are with "Southern
Federation."
So, save the date: We will
begin with firework on the
qth of July and end with
Breakfast on the 8th of July
2007. See you then!
Janice Jamail-Garvis
Convention Chairman
President of the Houston
SAfTiliates


Campbell
(continued from page 9)
member of the American
Lebanon Association of
Austin, and currently
serves that club as its
Sergeant at Arms.
Aside from his law
practice, Campbell is an
adjunct professor of
business law for an MBA
program and a member of
the advisory board of

Chosen People
(continued from page 10)
precious in my sight, thou
hast been honourable, and
I have loved thee:
therefore will I give men
for thee, and people for
thy life. Fear not: for I am
with thee: I will bring thy
seed for the east, and
gather thee from the west;
I will say to the north,
Give up; and to the south,
Keep not back: bring my
sons from far, and
daughters from the ends
of the earth; Even every
one that at is called by my
name: for I have created
him for my glory, I have
formed him; yea, I have
made him.
Isaiah 43: 10- 1 1, "Ye


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in a group that produces a
fundraiser that has been
the top donor to Austin's
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are my witnesses, saith
the Lord, and my servant
whom I have chosen: that
ye may know and believe
me, and understand that I
am he: before me there
was no God formed,
neither shall there be after
me. I even I, am the Lord;
and beside me there is no
saviour." Isaiah 54:12-17,
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windows of agates, and
thy gates of carbuncles,
and all thy borders of
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great shall be the peace of
thy children. In
righteousness shalt thou
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Unity
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fundamental truths of the
faith ought to receive a
greater elucidation. It
asked that the
preconditions of
reciprocal love be created
"so that the desire for
unity among the
Christians separated from
the Apostolic See may be
quickened further and
smooth the road back for
them."
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way to the reunion of
separated Christians
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origins. Catholics were
urged to strive for a
greater esteem and a more
exact knowledge of
separated Christians
(General Prayer Intention
for May 1962). The theme


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contained presuppositions
that were conditioned "by
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by Cardinal Bea on May
22, 1962, in Munich.
Moreover, during the
selection of the Christian
communities that were to
be invited, all
e cclesiolo gical
requirements were
dropped. The only
requirements laid down
were that the
communities have "a
certain constancy," and
show a real interest in the
invitation and a readiness
to maintain friendly
contact. Only non-
Christian religions were
excluded from
consideration.
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beginning of the council
Cardinal Bea went to
Moscow for negotiations

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the Merciful. So when
His servant raises up his
/her hands before Him,
He does not return them
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16. 'Three prayers are

Memorial
(continued from page 11)
James Zogby, and Mary
Rose Dakar, President of
A.D.C.
These are people in the
Southern Federation who
are already committee
members working toward
our goals. The are:
Richard and Peggy
Anawaty, Anthony
Campbell, Barbara
Shaheen, Rose Zwan,
Greg Gormanous,
Michael Shikany, Judge
Alfred Mansour, Paul and


answered and there is no
doubt therein;
i) The prayer of parent:
ii) The Prayer of a
wayfarer;
iii) The prayer of an
oppressed or a wronged
person.'
17. 'My words are
Law, my example is
Doctrine, and my state is
Truth.'
(3000 Precious Gems,
PP.520-521;603-1;)

Julia Collins, Reba
David, Albert Johary,
Kelly Aide, Mariam
Koury, Irv Schwary,
Norma Hanna, Norman
Topshe, Raymond Zogby
and others.
Each person or entity
mentioned has taken
responsibility in their area
of expertise and now are
moving forward.
If you have any
information or knowledge
about how we can better
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Celebrities
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help provide hope for
children around the
world.
After a picture-perfect
day o the course, golfers


Lebanon
(continued from page 13)
Saadeh. The Syrian
regime has a bloody
history of disposing of
those who defy it.
Gemayel's murder


joined friends and family
in the clubhouse for
cocktails and a steak
dinner, as well as a silent
auction coordinated by
long-time friends of St.
(continued on page 24)


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Bluegrass
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keeping us connected
and rooted to the
community. And most
important, our staff: we
thank you for your

Chosen People
(continued from page 15)
be far from oppression;
for thou shalt not fear:
and from terror; for it
shall not come near thee.
Behold, they shall surely
gather together, but not
by me: whosoever shall
gather together against
thee shall fall for thy
sake. Behold, I have
created the smith that
bloweth the coals in the
fire, and that bringeth
forth an instrument for his
work; and I have created
the waster to destroy. No
weapon that is formed
against thee shall prosper;
:>- and every tongue that
shall rise against thee in
judgment thou shalt
condemn. This is the
heritage of the servants of
the Lord, and their
righteousness is of me,
saith the Lord."
Jeremiah 245-7, "Thus
saith the Lord, the God of
Israel; Like these good
figs, so will I
acknowledge them that


continuous hard work
each and every day.
As we look back, we
see not only a busy and
active year, but a
successful one that
provides the path for
our future.

are carried away captive
of Judah, whom I have
sent out of this place into
the land of the Chaldeans
for their good. For I will
set mine eyes upon them
for good, and I will bring
than again to this land;
and I will build them, and
not pull them down; and I
will plant them and not
pluck than up. And I will
give them an heart to
know me, that I am the
Lord: and they shall be
my people, and I will be
their God: for they shall
return unto me with their
whole heart."
Jeremiah 33:3, "Call
unto me, and I will
answer thee, and shew
thee great and mighty
things, which thou
knowest not." Hosea 6: 1-
2 "Come, and let us return
unto the Lord: for he hath
torn, and he will heal us:
he hath smitten, and he
will bind us up. After two
days will he revive us: in
the third day he will raise
us up, and we shall live in
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Unity
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with the Russian
Orthodox Church. He
succeeded in winning this
Church over to the idea of
sending observers
because Pope John had
combined his deeply felt
ecumenical concerns with
a plan for peace.
Pope John found a
provisional method of
ecumenical cooperation
for making Christian
unity manifest by the
inclusion of observers in
the conciliar proceedings.
This plan met with
everybody's satisfaction.
They were filled with
hope by the declaration in
the opening address. Pope
John made a distinction
between the substance of
doctrine and its
historically conditioned
formulation, as well as by
his conception of a
threefold plan of unity of
the Church with all


Christians and persons of
good will. Pope John
gave convincing
expression to this vision
with his fatherly words at
the "familiar and
intimate" reception
tendered the observers at
the ecumenical council on
October 13, 1962. Later
he was to confirm this
vision with the desire that
he expressed on. his
deathbed: "I bum to work
and to suffer for the
approach of that hour in
which the prayer of Jesus
at the Last Supper will be
a reality for all.
Other documents
added nothing essentially
new. Talk of a "return" of
the separated brethren
wak even dropped. On
November 20, 1962, Pope
John dramatically
intervened in the conciliar
vote on the revelation
schema, which had
bogged down. His stand
in favor of its revision in
(continued on page 20)


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hours of the July-
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to say: "I never
imagined that one day I
would see so many
injured and dead
people, buried under
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Kurdistan
(continued from page 13)
of a ransom. However
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abduction of a Syrian
orthodox priest ended
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(continued on page 20)


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Christian community
and accelerated its
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and Kurdish authorities.
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the 1970s, live again.
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Lebanon
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be one."


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Kurdistan
(continued from page 20)
under the supervision of
Sarkis Aghajan,
minister of finances, a
Nestorian Christian,
who allocates $18.000
on construction of a
three-room house.
Sharanesh, near the
Turkish border, is one
of the newly rebuilt
villages. Twenty new
houses are already
inhabited, and 50 more
are under way. "Here it
is peaceful. I can visit
my neighbours, and I
will be able to go to
school", says Nermin,
aged 16. Fleeing the
violence of Bagdad
Jedida (New Bagdad),
she arrived at Sharanesh
last July with her
mother, Hannah, her
father Akram, a TV
antenna installator, and
her two brothers and
one sister. While their
house is being finished,
they camp in the houses
of relatives, moving
from one to another one
each month to avoid
being too much of a
burden. They are


supported financially by
relatives living in the
US, and also get a
monthly allocation from
the Kurdish government
-- about 100.000 dinars
per family ($16).
"Here, we are all
relatives, we are all
Christians", observes
Mgr Petros Harbole.
The church of
Sharanesh has not been
rebuilt yet. "For me, it
is more important than a
house", laments
Hannah.
The return of these
Christians is not
without problems.
Nazhat, 20, was an
English teacher in
Bagdad. She is now a
refugee in the village of
Levo, her family
birthplace but she
bitterly misses the
"beautiful life" in the
capital. "Bagdad is a
dream city", she says, "I
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at restaurants, and
going to theaters with
my friends. If the
situation becomes
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Lebanon
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Lebanon
(continued from page 21)
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killing zone and
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other attacks except the
Hariri murder, say they
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TEXAS


Kurdistan
(continued from page 22)
schools. All these
refugees have problems
communicating with
their Kurdish
neighbours, especially
in rural areas, where
few Kurds speak
Arabic.
Finding employment
is also problematic.
While the
professionally-trained
Christians -- doctors,
engineers, technicians -
- find work easily, it is
difficult for those who
were doing untrained
work in Bagdad, which
includes the majority of
the refugees, who
survive thanks to the
assistance of the
Kurdish government
and relatives living


abroad. In the US only,
there are 250.000 Iraqi
Christians in Michigan,
50.000 in Arizona, and
30.000 in California.
Isolated
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traumatised by the
persecutions they
witnessed or suffered,
the Christian refugees
in Kurdistan must also
cope with the
propaganda of the US-
based Assyrian
nationalist movement
which tries to give a
new life to the myth of
the Assyrian nation.
"We, the Christians,
we have a history", says
a Christian from
Bagdad, now a refugee
in the village of
Arraden, near Amadia.
"Two thousands years
ago there were no Kurds


here. We, the
Christians, we were 30
million. Today we are
not 1 million. What
happened to the others ?
The Kurds claim the
land belongs to them".
And he concludes : "
The Christians have no
future in Iraq, even
children will tell you
so. Today, the Kurdish
chiefs build houses for
us... but extremists will
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creepingly, insidiously.
We cannot control the
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we cannot stop it".
Asked about the
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Kurdish leaders, Mgr
Petros Harbole says one
should not
underestimate the
desire of the Kurdish
leadership to facilitate


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(continued from page 17)
Jude Gladys Abi-Najm
and Eunice Mazloom.
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committee chair Rick
Shadyac, featured a
special address by Marci
Hurtado and her daughter,
St. Jude patient Karina.
Since 1996, the St.
Jude Celebrity Open has
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'feat not possible without
the generous support of

Bluegrass
(continued from page 17)
140 musicians donated
their time and talent to the
songs, all recorded during
past M.A.C.C. festivals at
Hoover Y-Park in
Columbus, OH.
Celebration of Life was
the brainchild of
M.A.C.C. founder Darrel
Adkins. For the past six
years, Adkins and his
wife, Phyllis, have
.,-devoted much of their
time helping to raise


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celebrity chair Steve
Buckhantz, voice of the
Washington Wizards: Ken
Via, Skip Miejwocki and
their amazing crew of
volunteers; Ann Shadyac;
and Carol Oakes. In
addition, thanks to Boar
members Richard
Shadyac. Rick Shadyac,
Dr. Ed Soma, Tom Wertz
and Jack Mencia for
attending the event.

money for St. Jude
through their efforts with
M.A.C.C. and its yearly
bluegrass festival.
"The CD was inspired
by my family and friends
for many reasons," said
Adkins. "For the love of
music by talented
musicians whose artistry
should be shared and
enjoyed by everyone; for
finding cures to save
children, so no child or
their family would have
to suffer."


Lebanon
(continued from page 22)
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personal, and with a
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French investigators
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those behind the
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Beauty
(continued from Last
Month's Issue)
of the largest
production facility in
the Middle East.
increased their share of
sector sales by 1.6% to
knock LVMH Moet
Louis Vuitton off the
top spot. The Body
Shop performed well in
mass fragrances in
2005 due to its
repositioning between
the popular and
prestige markets,
indicating that western
trends are being
transferred to Saudi
Arabia. Indeed, many
products are launched
in the Gulf before
Europe due to high
demand by upper-class
Saudi consumers.
Mass fragrance sales
grew 4.5% in current
value terms on
2005.The rise in
visitors during the Haj
and Omrah seasons


contributed greatly to
this growth as end
fragrances were the gift
of choice for family
members that had not
made the journey.
Religious and cultural
influences also shape
the fragrance sector in
Saudi on an ongoing
basis -oriental
perfumes such as oud,
sandalwood and amber
account for a high
proportion of sales' as
they are permissible in
Islamic tradition.
Israeli fragrance
sales reached a
staggering in
2005 .Economic
recovery through 2004-
2005 stimulated
growth, especially in
the premium category.
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premium fragrances
accounted for a
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CALIFORNIA


Beauty
(continued from page 25)
fragrance is still the
dominant Projects like
the Ali Free Zone
market in much of the
region, the .Authority's
new Beauty and
Fragrance popularity of
and make-up is Park
are also boosting the
market, in growing.
Sector-wise, perfume
,'- sales are up an effort to
provide a way for
existing 41% and
cosmetics 70% in
Dubai, 72% and
industry manufacturers
to consolidate 114% in
Qatar, while combined
figures for their
activities, as well as
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increase of 48%
(number enter the
market. The. Park will
feature a one category
at Bahrain Duty Free),
Kuwait full range of
' facilities such as the


latest test Abu Dhabi
19.27% and Oman
13.9%. labs, wholesale
outlets, cooling stores
and according to the
report. warehouses.
The UAE will see the
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The Middle East has
long been total value
growth, with forecast
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demographic 'sweet
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alone exceeding by
with some 60% of the
population 2009, with
its advanced economic
climate a under 25
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significant draw to
multinational fragrance
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products for the
manufacturers.
foreseeable future.
According to a report,
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then, comes by pre-
teen girls in the region,
like tweenies way of


Saudi Marriage
(continued from Last
Month's Issue)
women and men sit in
separate rooms.
The institution of
marriage also has been
rocked by the
introduction of other
forms of marriage,
sometimes called
weekend marriages, that
have grown in popularity
in Saudi Arabia after
influential clergy issued
edicts supporting them
earlier this year. These
marriages relieve men of
financial responsibilities
and other obligations,
including having to
reveal them to family or
other wives. Islam
allows men to have up to
four wives.
The proponents of
such marriages say they
decrease the number of
unwed Saudi women,
but critics say such
unions destroy the
family structure and


encourage men to take
additional wives who are
usually younger
"ornaments" rather than
older unmarried women.
"I wonder if the
virtuous men issuing
such edicts do not pause
to ponder the effects of
such righteous
proclamations on our
fragile society," wrote
Tariq al-Maeena in Arab
News recently.
Al-Yahya said one
way to save marriages is
to make divorces more
difficult. In Islam, a man
can dissolve a marriage
just by telling his wife,
"You are divorced."
Women, meanwhile,
must go to court to get
their marriages
dissolved and only under
e x c e p t i o n a 1
circumstances such as
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illness.
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laws they would make
men think twice before
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