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The Syrian Lebanese star ( November 2007 )

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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:
UF00028363:00069

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
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All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
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Congress voted today
to award its highest
civilian honor to Dr.
Michael E. DeBakey, the
Houston heart surgeon
who pioneered coronary
bypass surgery and other
innovations that have
changed modern
medicine.
DeBakey, known as the
father of cardiovascular


One of the items at
the 10th annual St. Jude
on the Bay Gala Charity
Auction was a five-
course dinner for 10 at
the Alabama Governors
Mansion. The special
dinner, pictured here,
fetched $20,000, and the
event-sent a net check to
St. Jude for $240,000.


Saturday, November 3
5:00 P.M.
Heavy Metal Drummer
Dir: Luke Morris and


surgery in the United
States, performed his first
successful coronary
bypass in 1964. Two
(continued on page 6)


Shown in the photo are
(1 to r) ALSAC Board
Member Raymond J.
Zoghby, banquet chair
Rosalie Zoghby,
Alabama Gov. Bob
Riley, banquet chief
financial officer Joe
Davis, Patsey Riley, and
banquet president Gene
Petro.


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(continued on page 7)


2007 Man of the Year -
Tommy Ashker Cedars
Club of Memphis
Serving his second tern
as President of the Cedars
Club of Memphis, Tommy
was an organizer and has
been member of that club
since moving to Memphis
in 1992. Following in his
father Joe Ashker's
footsteps he also served as
Southern Federation State
Vice President and as an
Executive Board Member.
Most recently Tommy
chaired the very exciting
and successful 2007
Federation Mid-Winter
Conference.
Prior to the


involvement in Memphis,
Tommy was a member of
the Cedars Club of
Jackson, Mississippi. He
and his wife Tammy have
3 children. His son Nathan
is the third generation to
be active in the Southern
Federation having served
on the Executive Board
during his term as
President of the Young
Adults Affiliate.
2007 Women of the
Year Rose Zwan Cedars
Club of Houston
Rose Zwan is currently
serving as Schoiarship
Director of the Southern
Federation 'Foundation.
(continued on page 6)


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and Celebrate the New Year!!!
The Savannah Mid-Winter Conference
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Welcome to Savannah,
the sultry and mysterious
"Belle" of the
Southeastern coast and
the host city for the
Southern Federation's
2008 Mid-Winter
Conference.
Savannah boasts an
international airport with
reasonable fares
throughout the country
and is located, only 20
minutes away from the
Westin, Conference
Headquarters. Young
adults and college age
students will have the rare
opportunity to attend in
greater numbers since the
Conference will be held
in early January while
they are still home on
holiday break.
Savannah is home to a


multitude of award-
winning restaurants and
low country cuisine! In
the Historic District, the
cobblestones that line
River Street are ready for
visitors to explore shops,
art galleries and a number
of apparel and gift stores.
Move a couple of blocks
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City Market where art
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specialty shops are
located. Discover
Broughton and Bull
streets, the heart of
Savannah's antique
district.
Special events with all
ages in mind are being
planned. Experience the
Savannah River Walk!
Enjoy a magnificent
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When his son
Merouane left home one
night in April, Kamel
Belabed thought the 25-
year-old was taking a
short road trip.
But one of his son's
friends phoned the next
day to say that Merouane
had left by boat,
attempting the hazardous
150-mile journey across
the Mediterranean from
this eastern Algerian city
to Sardinia, Italy.
Belabed hasn't heard
from his son since.


A prominent
Palestinian Christian
activist was found dead
on a Gaza City street
Sunday, sending a
shudder of fear through a
tiny Christian community
feeling increasingly
insecure since the Islamic


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As he pieced together
details of how his son
stole away, Belabed

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Hamas seized control last
summer.
The body of Rami
Khader Ayyad, the 32-
year-old director of
Gaza's only Christian
bookstore, bore a visible
gunshot wound to the
head, and an official at
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Gaza Slaying has
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Youssef is a most
unusual American soldier.
Sure, he's patriotic,
served a combat tour in
Iraq and wears his
uniform and black beret
smartly.
But the 31-year-old
Army specialist was born
in Muslim northern Africa
and claims Arabic as his
first language. His
occupation as an Army
interpreter is shrouded in
so much secrecy that his
full name, place of
residence and national
origin cannot be
published. Photographs
showing his identity are
forbidden.
All that can really be
said about Youssef is that
he's a naturalized U.S.


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citizen, is fasting for the
Muslim holy month of
Ramadan and is stationed
somewhere on the First
Coast as an Army
recruiter.
The Times-Union
interviewed Youssef
about his life as an Arabic
interpreter for the Army.
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I pray the Lord may
open your spiritual eyes
and understanding to see
how short we are in
thanking and praising our
God who loves us and
gave Himself for us that
we may have eternal life.
Sorry to say that I meet
many people; they don't
know God personally.
Others believe in God but
they thank Him once a
year on Thanksgiving.
Still others deny God's
existence. Let me read to-
you from the Bible briefly
where God uses an
unusual way to teach us
how worthy He is to be
worshipped and honored.
"And Moses stretched out
his hand over the sea; and
the Lord -caused the sea to
go back by a strong east
wind all that night, and
made the sea dry land,
and the waters were
divided. And the children
of Israel went into the
midst of the sea upon the


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dry ground; and the
waters were a wall unto
them on their right hand,
and on their left. And the
Egyptians pursued, and
wait in after them to the
midst of the sea, even all
Pharaoh's horses; his
chariots, and his
horsemen. And it came to
pass, that in the morning
watch the Lord looked
unto the host of the
Egyptians through the
pillar of fire and of the
cloud, and troubled the
host of the Egyptians.
And took off their chariot
wheels, that they drave
them heavily: so that the
Egyptians said, Let us
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The core of Paul's
theology.
What is the heart of
Paul's theology? He himself
responds, "We preach
Christ crucified." His
proclamation is that God
has not done this before in
human history, that God has
entered human history in a
new form. God sent his Son
and that Son died for us on
the cross. The consequence
is the Resurrection.
The key to Paul's
theology is expressed in
terms of what he himself
frequently stated in various
ways. For example, in 1
Corinthians 1:21-24, Paul
says, "For since in the
wisdom of God, the world
did not come to know God
through wisdom, it was. the
will of God through the
foolishness of the
proclamation to save those
who have faith. For Jews
demand signs and Greeks
look for wisdom, but we


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proclaim Christ crucified, a
stumbling block to Jews
and foolishness to Gentiles,
but to those who are called,
Jews and Greeks a like,
Christ the power of God and
the wisdom of God."
The cross puts Christ
Jesus himself at the center
of God's way of salvation.
God works the salvation of
humanity through Christ
Jesus. Everything in Paul's
teaching is oriented to his
Ch. rist center
understanding of salvation.
What would Saint Paul

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speaking to a variety of
western audience, I found
,that many carry wrong
impressions about Arabs
in Generals and Muslims
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religion, politics, and
social dynamics. In this
three/four article series
this writer will touch only
upon the religious and
theological aspects,
attempting to clarify some
aspects of Islam and its
Christian counterpart for
enhanced understanding


of each other's position.
Nonetheless, as a
Christians, our personal
opinion is irrelevant. We
have no right to judge any
religion except by the
authority of the Word of
God. Thus the Scripture
must be our measuring
rod.
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The etymological
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historians who depend
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THE SOUTHERN
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club, OUR LADY OF
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The picture above was
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Chehadeh Hamra,
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which they had their
officers elections as
well.
The following were
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Mrs.Gloria Feghaly and
Mr. Mark Hatter, V.
Presidents; Mr.Rami
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All Officers of both
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Tennessee
The Cedars Club of
Memphis is recuperating
form a very successful
Mid-Winter Convention
in Memphis. The club
held its annual elections
in April and again
unanimously elected
Tommy Ashker as
President with Emile
David, V.P.; Dr. Omar

(continued on page 11)







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DeBakery
(continued from page 1)
years later, he
successfully used-a partial
artificial heart to solve the
problems of patients who
could not be weaned from
a heart-lung machine
following open-heart
surgery.
"My pride as a citizen
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Medicine in Houston,
where he is chairman
emeritus. "It is a
wonderful honor and I'm
deeply grateful."
DeBakey, now 99,
volunteered for military
service during World War
II and was instrumental in
developing mobile army
surgical hospitals, or


MASH units. He also
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medical system.
DeBakey was on the
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1993, and was elected the
"first president of the
college in 1969.
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President Lyndon
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Awards
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She has been actively
involved in the Federation
for many years having
served in its highest office
as President.
Rose has served in
many positions including
Vice President, Secretary-
Treasurer, Executive
Board Member and on
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As a member of the
Cedars Club, Rose7 has
been active in the Houston
Affiliates having served as
its secretary for several
years. For the 2007
HoustonConvention she


heads the Pre-registration
Committee.
2007 Club ofthe Year -
The Cedars Club of
Memphis, Memphis,
Tennessee
The Cedars Club was
organized in 1992 and has
been an active member of
the Southern Federation
since that time. It was
given-the Federation two
very successful Mid-
Winter Conferences the
first time in 1994 and most
recently in 2007.
Members of the club have
been active Cornmiwee
Members and Officers.
Reba David, incoming
Federation President is a
member of The Cedars
Club as is James Gattas,
the current State Vice
President of Tennessee.
The club is also an active
participant in the Southern
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Algerians
(continued from page 1)
came into contact with
other Algerian families
in similar straits, who
were just as desperate to
know what happened to
their lost children.
They are among -tens
of thousands of would-be
migrants who attempt the
journey from Africa to
Europe each year.
Hundreds are known to
die annually in the effort,
their bodies washing up
on shores on both sides
of the sea. Many others
simply vanish.
Belabed is breaking
long-held taboos about
discussing the missing
migrants, and is
demanding answers. He
created a network --
currently numbering
some 40 families -- that
aims to warn off those
planning to leave, and
track down those who've
already gone.
Some parents say they


would go so far as
reporting their own
fleeing children to the
authorities in the hopes
of seeing them again,
unharmed.
"What we are
demanding is the right of
these fathers to know
where their sons are,"
said Belabed, 60,
speaking in his modest
graphic design office in a
suburb of Annaba
alongside two other men
whose sons had left.
"The problem is that
there's total silence"
about the issue, he said.
Belabed and the other
parents are applying to
create an association that
can act as an
intermediary between
families and the
authorities, tipping off
the coast guard and
officials about new
departures.
Belabed said he has
accepted that if has son
has broken the law, he
(continued on page 12)


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Heavy Metal Drummer
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a portrait of a music fan
ona quest to reconcile his
love for metal with
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Saudi Arabia instead of an
easy plane trip. Their


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adventure that probes the
depth of their faith and
familial bond.
French and English
subtitles.
7:00 P.M.
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politics of identity with
Rima Hassouneh.
Lecturer at the University
of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
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Consultant, and Matthre
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Conference
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Fireworks display. Take a
River Cruise. Music,
shopping, restaurants and
the night-life are only a
short ferryboat ride away
from the Westin.
A Federation first to be
offered in Savannah is a
private reception and
viewing of Kahlil
Gibran's art work at the
Telfair Academy. This is
truly a once in a lifetime
opportunity for attendees


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he was also stabbed
numerous times. Ayyad
had been missing since
Saturday afternoon.
Ayyad regularly
received anonymous
death threats from angry
people who accused him
of missionary work, a
rarity among Gaza's
Christians. His store,
which is associated with a
Christian group called the
Palestinian Bible Society,
was firebombed in April.
"We feel Rami was
killed for his Christian
faith," said Simon


Azazian, a spokesman at
the Bible Society's head
office in Jerusalem.
About 3,200 Christians
live in Gaza among 1.4
million Muslims, and the
Christian community has
grown uneasy since
Hamas routed forces of
the secular Fatah
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world]. My family is
there, so I don't feel safe
my name being released
where it will be in the
hands of bad people and
could be a threat to my
family.
Is there a concern
terrorists could find you
here in Florida?
Mostly I am concerned
for my family, but I still


keep a low profile here,
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Thanksgiving
(continued from page 3)
flee from the face of
Israel; for the Lord
fighteth far them against
the Egyptians. And the
Lord said unto Moses,
Stretch out thine
hand over the sea, that
the waters may come
again upon the Egyptians,
upon their chariots, and
_ upon their horsemen. And
Moses stretched forth his
hand over the sea, and the
sea returned to his
strength when the
morning appeared, and
the Egyptians fled against
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the Egyptians in the midst
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returned, and covered the
chariots, and the
horsemen, and all the host
of Pharaoh that came into
the sea after them; there


remained not so much as
one of them. But the
children of Israel walked
upon Ay land in the midst
of the sea; and the waters
were a wall unto them on
their right hand, and on
their left." Ex 1421-29
'And the Lord said unto
Joshua, Fear them not: for
I have delivered them into
thine hand: there shall not
a man of them stand
before thee. Joshua
therefore came unto them
suddenly, and went up
from Gilgal all night. And
the Lord discomfited
them before Israel,. and
slew them with a great
slaughter at G I ~ and
chased than dong the way
that goeth up to Beth-
horon, and smote them to
Azekah, and unto
Makkedah. And it came to
(continued on page 14)


Paul
(continued from page 3)
tell us today?
This is not an easy
question to answer. But
really he has already told us.
We would like to locate
answers to the problems of
our current times in a facile
manner by looking in to the
Bible. But this requires
study, reflection, and prayer.
When we read Paul
today, we are r e a d i n g
him through the lens of
patristic teaching,
theological reflection, and
the dogmatic tradition of the
Church -- the Christi an
wisdom of centuries. Paul
gives indication of what is
pertinent to our condition,
but he does not give the full
answer.
The purpose of
discussing Paul's theology


is to offer a descriptive
presentation of Paul's
Christian faith and to
determine especially what
Paul meant when he
addressed the Christians of
his day. This also challenges
us to as certain what his
theology means for us here
and now.
Paul's theology is an
exposition of the inspired
biblical- heritage of early
Christians that has an
existential meaning for our
faith today. Paul. In
theology we find two poles
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the other normative it
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TEXAS


Islam
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its first appearance in the
Assyrian inscription of
852 BC. Historically,
'Arabs' are nomadic
people living in the far
north of Arabia. They
may be identified with the
Arabs of the later books
of the Old Testament. The
ancient inscriptions found
in Yemen, south of
Arabia, reveal that the
term AArab@ means
Bedouin, as distinct from
the sedentary population.
Central Arabia
continued to play an
important role as a transit
area between two
neighboring civilizations,
Yemen (Abyssinian) in
the South, and Syria
-(Byzantine) in the North.
The territory located in
Southern Arabia is known
also as the kingdom of
Saba. "During Solomon
era (970-930 BC), the
Queen of Sheba traveled
to Jerusalem to see
Solomon's riches. The
Sabaeans were a
merchant people holding
trade relations with other
countries However, in
contrast to the civilization
in both the South and the
North, central Arabia
developed its own
peculiar culture, which
later became a formative


launching pad for the rise
of the Islamic religion and
its traditional culture as
we observe it even today.
What was the religious
life in Arabia before
Islam?
The religious life of
pre-Islamic Arabia was
characterized by
paganism. Their practices
corresponded to the
religious practices of the
Semites. The tribes were
idol worshipers and often
associated their worship
with objects in the sky.
Abed Shams is a well-
known
Arabic name meaning
Aslave of the sun. The
Quran contains Asuras,
pertaining to the sun, the
night, the moon the day,
and the Jinn (demon).
"Abd-najm" means "slave
of the star" and "Abd al-
thuraiyah,@ Aslave of the
constellation.@ Other
names include Gad, the
Canaanite deity, which
refers to the god of
fortune (Is. 65:11), and
Baal, which was
associated with the
fertility god, particularly
among the northern
Semites. Today, the name
Baal is still in use among
Arabs to refer to the
fertile land that does not
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Ghandaur, Secretary; and
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DeBakery
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We continue to pray for
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Algerians
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could face prison. The
important thing, he said,
was to know what
happened.
"The authorities do
what they can but a boat
cannot be detected by
radar. The places and
times (of departure) are
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Oran toward the Spanish
coast, and, more
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Sardinia.
Algerian press reports
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illegal migrants have
been intercepted by the
coast guard this year,
including 210 near


Annaba in the last three
months. Deaths are also
common. In a recent
case, the Quotidien
d'Oran newspaper
reported Tuesday that the
bodies of three people
had been found off the
western Algerian coast.
According to Italian
Interior Ministry
estimates, 960 people
crossed to Sardinia alone
in the first eight months
of 2007, almost all of
them Algerian, while the
total number of
immigrants arriving
illegally by boat on
Italian shores over the
same period was 12,419.
And those are only the
officially registered
figures.
Italian and Algerian
officials have pledged to
(continued on page 15)


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Arab Soldier
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Thanksgiving
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pass, as they fled from
before Israel, and were in
the going down to Beth-
ham, that the Lord cast
down great stones from
heaven upon them unto
Azekah, and they died:
they were more which
died with hailstones than
they whom the children of
. Israel slew with the
sword. Then spake Joshua
to the Lord in the day
when the Lord delivered
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the children of Israel, and
he said in the sight of
Israel, Sim, stand thou
still upon Giheon; and
Aou, Moon, in the valley
of Ajalon, And the sun
stood still, and the moon
stayed, until the people
had avenged themselves


upon their enemies. Is not
this written in the book of
Jasher? So the sun stood
still in the midst of
heaven, and hasted not to
go down about a whole
day. And there was no day
like that before it or after
it, that the Lord remkaed
Israel.
God by Christ can
perform these unusual
Bible is spirit and life. It
is the greatest miracle.
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Believe to be safe. It
contains light to direct
Christ and God are one.
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Algerians
(continued from page 12)
crack down on the new
flow of boats toward
Sardinia, with Algeria's
ambassador to Italy,
Rachid Marif, promising
to speed up the process
of identification and
repatriation of would-be
migrants at a meeting in
Rome in August, a
statement from the
Italian Interior Ministry
said.
But Algerian families
also want authorities to
commit more resources
to searching for groups
lost at sea and
identifying those who --
dead or alive -- make it
to Europe or are found
off the coast further east,
near Tunisia, Belabed
said.
He has sent dozens of


letters, photo IDs and e-
mails to ministries,
embassies, and coast
guard authorities in
Algeria, Italy and
Tunisia asking after his
son and some 30 others -
- so far without any
definite response.
Standing by a wall of
Belabed's office covered
with the pictures of these


missing
Algerians,
father,


young
another
Boubekeur


Sabouni, showed a
passport filled with
Tunisian border stamps,
a record of journeys in
search of his 25-year-old
son Faycel, who left on
May 24 in a group of
seven.
When their boat was
found drifting 15 miles
off the Tunisian coast
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percent in
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are often
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The paren
Belabed's netw


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allowing could fall prey to human
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according Belabed said that
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hey are has gradually
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ly .those now leaving on single
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ias been between $820 and
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e North the average monthly
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iich is a one of the smuggling
id gas networks that operate
loyment along the North African
im 27.3 coast.
to 12.3 "The problem isn't one
2006, of immediate
official employment. It's one of
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