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Title:
The Syrian Lebanese star
Later published as:
Syrian-Lebanese star
Alternate Title:
Star
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v. : ill. ; 36 cm.
Language:
English
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Syrian Lebanese star
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Jacksonville, Fla
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Additional Physical Form:
Also available on microfilm from the University of Florida.
Dates or Sequential Designation:
Began in 1963.
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Description based on: Vol. 16, no. 9 (Sept. 1978).

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Material Information

Title:
The Syrian Lebanese star
Later published as:
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 of America -- Florida -- Duval -- Jacksonville

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
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lcc - E184.S98 S97
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THE SYRIAN-LEBANESE TAR
AN INDEPENDENT MONTHLY

SERVING AMERICANS OF ARABIC HERITAGE
"'- ,Celebrating 45 Years of Service
MEMBER ARAB-AMERICAN PRESS GUILD, AMERICAN LEBANESE CONGRESS
ESTABLISHED IN 1963


As Kuwaitis
prepared to go to the
polls Saturday to elect
a new parliament, the
third in three years,
Aseel al Awadhi
-geared up for a round
of last-minute
campaigning. Ms. Al
Awadhi has become a
political celebrity in
Kuwait, with polls
showing she has a
good chance of


Aseel al Awadhi addresses
campaign supporters last
month.
becoming the first
female to be elected to
(continued on page 7)


Inaugural Discover the Dream
Gala Raises $37,820 for St. Jude


More than 80
community leaders and
caring citizens in
Columbus,. OH, met to
help realize the life-long
dream of St. Jude founder
Danny Thomas that "no
child should die in the
dawn of life." The
inaugural Discover the
Dream gala, held June: 29
at the Ohio Exposition
Center, raised $37,820.
The event decor called
to mind the garden patios


Candy Stein (L) and Lisa
Khourie enjoy Memphis
ambiance at Discover the
Dream.
of Memphis. Blues music
reinforced the impression
that guests were strolling
along historic Beale
(continued on page 8)


www.syrianlebanesestar.com


Questions for Ray LaHood
The Transportation Secretary Talks
About Whether the One-Car Family is
the American Future.


As the newly
appointed secretary
of transportation,
would you agree that
America's crumbling
infrastructure has


become an acute
embarrassment? The
way I characterize it
is America is one big
pothole, and
(continued on page 7)


Hospital Visitors Make New
Friend in Vanna White
Vanna White, famous
for her role on Wheel of "'
Fortune, surprised and
delighted patients
during a recent hospital
visit. She colored
pictures with the
patients and played with
them in the toy kitchen
area, where they taught Vanna White taught St,.
Jude patients to crochet
the game show celebrity during her visit.
how to wash dishes in and bananas.
the dishwasher and cook In return, White
a meal of peas, pizza (continued on page 9)


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Oman Navigates Between
Iran and Arab Nations

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As Iran finds itself
locked in an escalating
cold war-style conflict
with Egypt, Saudi


Arabia and other Arab
nations, the quietly
influential Sultanate of
(continued on page 14)


Protesting on the Behalf of Prisoners in Morocco


A woman held the picture of a prisoner who is part of an Islamist group during a protest on Friday in Rabat,
Morocco. Protesters sought better jail conditions and the resumption of talks between government and the
groups to which the prisoners belong.


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Aram Khachaturian
Armenian Composer, Played
by the Jacksonville Symphony
Orchestra
technique and spirit of his
music in these sources.
"His music abounds with
the Caucasian rhythms,
Oriental colors, striking
contrasts of mood, and
long, rambling,
improvisational melodies
that are found so
It is not an incidental plentifully in Armenian
fact that Aram folk songs and dances,"
Khachaturian came to noted American
music later than most musicologist Milton
composers he was Cross. "Many of his
nineteen before he began harmonies derive their
his formal training. His complex physiognomy
father, a bookbinder, was from his studied attempt
too poor to provide Aram to imitate the effects
with any musical (continued on page 16)
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(continued on page 10)


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Bor in Jacksonville, he
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as a Marianitst (Society of
Mary) in 2009. He is a
native of San Francisco,
and the youngest of four
children born to his
Lebanese immigrant
parents, John and Anna
Samaha. His sisters are
the late Sister John Marie,
S.H.F., Sister John
Dominic, O.P., both of
whom also served in the
Bay Area for many years;
and Mildred Samaha, who
resides in San Francisco.
Brother John's first
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Marianists were his
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teachers at St. James
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September has come
and gone, and most of our
children have returned to
school. As we watch our
young, healthy children
resume their studies, we
realize that there are many
other children who are too
sick to enjoy a normal life.
That is why we're thankful
for each of you who
donate your time, effort
and finances so that as
many children as possible
can enjoy a normal life
free from catastrophic
disease.
I have had the good
fortune of meeting many
of our donors and


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compassion you have for
the children and the
commitment you have for
the mission of St. Jude.
Each-of you in your own
special way helps us keep
Danny Thomas' dream
alive.
Marlo Thomas is
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pursuing her father's
dream, but to increasing
public awareness for St.
Jude. She wants all parents
and grandparents, uncles
and aunts, to know that
(continued on page 11)


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(continued on page 12)


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years later she met and
married the love of her
life, Kelly Massad. Kelly
was a founding member
of the Cedars of LebanoR
Club in Tyler where the
family shared many
joyful occasions through
the years. After Kelly
was discharged form the

(continued on page 12)


In Memorium: Past President
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Loved to Fly and it Showed!


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Syrian American Ladies Club


El Paso, Texas -- The
Syrian American Ladies
Club celebrated its 73rd
Anniversary and
Installation with a
Valentine's them on
February 14, 2009, at the
Wyndham Airport Hotel.
Balloons and roses galore
adorned the tables of the
more than 250 people
who attended the Club's
Anniversary Party. The
very Rev. Jehad Michael
gave the invocation
commemorating the
decades of service the
ladies of the club have
devoted the Middle
Eastern community and to
the city of El Paso.
Mistress of


ceremonies, Sandra
Collins, a thirdgeneration
member of the Club,
welcomed the members
and their guests to this
milestone installation.
Honored guests included
Fr. Jehad Michael and his
wife Khouryie Salwa
Michael, a member of the
club; Monsignor Victory
Kayrouz, the Rev. and
Mrs. Bill Francis, and L.
Gus Haddad, candidate
for Mayor of El Paso. Gus
is the son of member
Carmen Haddad whose
Valentine's Day birthday
was recognized as
everyone sang "Happy
Birthday" to her in
(continued on page 12)


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Plumb, Treasurer
The officers to the left Chairwoman, Gene
were installed at their Gilboe, Mamie Joseph,
January 11, 2009 business Dee Nejame, Amelia
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air-conditioned motor
vehicles, life in the
countries of the Gulf was
simple--and hard.
Traditionally, wherever
people gathered together
there would be verse and
those who wrote it were
revered and celebrated.
The love of poetry
never left the Arabs, but
with development came
other passions and
pastimes and the art of the


poet was forced to
compete with new
attractions that wealth and
prosperity brought with
them.
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stage with the launch of
the first Dubai
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45 countries to enjoy the
experience of sharing
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Money Makes the World
Go Around
Mel Frykberg reports from the
Occupied Territories on how a
microfinance system has improved and
empowered the lives of
Palestinian women.


"DEMOCRACY AND
GENDER equality will be
brought to Palestine and
Palestinian women
through employment
opportunities and the


chance for economic self-
development. We don't
need international donors
spending millions on
human rights and
(continued on page 28)


El Kouri
(continued from page 2)
nurses and doctors even as he
was admitted to the hospital
the final time.
He was preceded in death
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Kouri, Lamia Kabbani,
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Obi
(continued from page 2)
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there truly is a place of
hope where we have
cutting-edge scientific
research and unsurpassed
patient care, and that is the
message that I have seen
her carry to corporate
America through Thanks
and Giving.
Mario and I attended a
meeting of the managers
of Williams-Sonoma Inc.
Pat Connelly of Williams-
Sonoma introduced the St.
Jude segment at its
meeting.
'Marlo and I spoke, as
well as a patient. It was a
truly moving experience.
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pledged to continue its
participation in the Thanks
and Giving program and to
enhance it as much as
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York apartment of Marla
Thomas and Phil Donahue
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St. Jude's Infectious-
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the new Chili's Care
Center with a commitment
of $7.5 million over a
three-yearperiod. Marlo
thanked the Wall Street
Committee and once again


delivered the message of
the St. Jude mission. John
Lattanzio, one of the prime
movers of the Wall Street
event, also addressed the
group and announced the
commitment to name the
floor in the Chili's Care
Center. One of the most
exciting opportunities I
had was to visit Target
House with Chill's
managers from around the
country. It was a fantastic
sight to see the Chill's
regional managers cook
food and serve the
children and their families.
We are approaching the
Thanksgiving season,
which will mark the
launching of the Thanks
and Giving campaign. All
of us at the national
executive office are
excited about the
opportunity that this
campaign presents. We
wish the entire Thanks and'
Giving committee the best
of luck, and we are sure
that they will continue to
carry our message and
raise funds for the children
of St. Jude.
Thank you for all that
you do, and hopefully, we
will see each and every
one of you at the
celebration of ALSAC's
50th anniversary in June
2007.


Brother
(continued from page 3)
completed a master's
degree at The Catholic
University of America.
His assignments included
teaching elementary,
secondary and adult
education and various
diocesan administrative
assistantships in several
dioceses of California and
Washington and abroad in
Lebanon.
With retirement from
school work he continued
to engage in adult
religious education,
served as a volunteer at
The Marian Library and
International Marian
Research Institute at his
alma mater, the

Believe It Or Not
(continued from page 3)
was called a friend of
God. He spoke to God
face to face. He never
dared to say I and my
father are one. Moses
stayed with God for
forty days and forty
nights. He was used by
God to bring Israel out
of Egypt to the
promised land. He never
dared to say I and my
Father are one, and
many others. Prophets
such as Elias and the
disciples of Jesus Christ
who raised people from


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has been an active
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America and the
Ecumenical Society of the
Blessed Virgin Mary.
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variety of subjects for the
Syrian-Lebanese Star
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dare to say I and my
Father are one. Jesus as
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Son of God, who is
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Topshe
(continued from page 4)
and Hospice.
Mr. Topshe's career
with Delta spanned 52
years. He helped
negotiate the company's
first pension fund for
pilots and was a company
mediator for nearly two
decades. He was a
founding member of the
Delta Golden Wings, and
association of retired
Delta pilots. "He retired,
and there was no group,"
his daughter said, "and
they were all such great
friends. Delta was a true
family, so they still
wanted to get together.
The association was
social as well as semi-
professional."
A South Carolina
native, Mr. Topshe was
the son of Lebanese
immigrants. When he was
a child, the family moved
to Albany, where he
became a solo flight
instructor, crop duster and
acrobatic barnstormer.
At the time, pilots were
considered daredevils;
Mr. Topshe's mother
suggested he pursue
something else. "He
wouldn't hear of it," said
his grandson James
Crawford of Newnan.
"He'd say that whenever


Massad
(continued from page 4)
Air Force following
WWII, the couple settled
in Kilgore, Tx., and were
blessed with children:
Donna, Kelly Mark,
Shelley, Gregory Paul,
John Michael and Ralph
Anthony.
Kelly and Bena
established retail
clothing businesses in
Kilgore and Longview,
which they operated
together until Kelly's
untimely death in 1977.
Bena continued to
operate the ladies's shop
in Kilgore until her
retirement. She spent her
retirement years in


he was flying, he felt
liberated, and that he felt
that way whenever he
took off in the air," he
said.
"He took the slogan,
'Delta --- We love to fly
and it shows' to heart."
Mrs. Coletti, his
daughter, said Mr. Topshe
would have been
extremely interested in
what's been called the
miracle on Hudson: On
February 25, 2009, Capt.
Chelsey B Sullenberger
Ill landed a jetliner in the
Hudson River after it had
struck a flock of birds
during takeoff from
LaGuardia Airport.
None of the 155 people
on board were killed. "I
kept thinking the whole
time that my dad would
have been so interested in
that story," Ms. Coletti
said.
Other survivors
include his wife of 68
years, Josephine Topshe
of Sandy Springs; five
other daughters--- Loretta
Thornburg of Roswell,
Cheryl Wade and Trina
Kriss, both of Marietta,
Denise Mastry of St.
Petersburg, Fla., and.
Leisa Davis of Peachtree
City; a sister, Nora T.
Ernst of Albany; 15
grandchildren, and nine
great-grandchildren.


service to her church,
Christ the King in
Kilgore, and also spent
cherished time with her
children and
grandchildren.
While Bena's life
seemed ideal, she had her
share of tragedies. Her
son, Gregory died
suddenly while still in his
infancy; her son, Jon
Michael, was born with a
mental handicap
following a difficult
childbirth; and her final
tragedy was the
premature death of her
beloved Kelly. Through
all of this she maintained
her beautiful smile and
(continued on page 16)


73rd Anniversary
(continued from page 5)
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musician James Yousef of
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great approval from the
audience as they


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way for everyone to begin
hours on the dance floor
as tehy danced the dabke.
It was a very joyous and
celebratory time for
everyone.
Richard Nassar,
husband of member Nina
Nassar, served as
installing officer as has
been the tradition for
many years. Angele
Nabhan was installed as
President; Laurice Farah,
(continued on page 17)


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Scholarships
(continued from page 6)
Cedars of Lebanon Club
of Jackson Scholarship
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OfBrien and Bassam Joe
Khalaf
Donor: Cedars of
Lebanon Club of Jackson,


Kuwait
(continued from page 7)
hindering the nation's
economic progress.
Lawmakers had
pushed to question the
prime minister, a royal
family member. The
ruling family
considers the
procedure degrading,
and the government
has in the past
dissolved itself to
avoid such a
humiliation.
The political
gridlock has coincided
with an economic
wallop to the
sheikhdom. While
Kuwait is rich in oil,
its stock market has
tanked amid the global
economic crisis. And
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The government has
resisted, instead
pushing its own,
limited bailout for
financial institutions.
That has fed criticism
of the royal family,
which -- despite
allowing elections and
parliament -- retains
much of the trappings
of an absolute
hereditary monarchy,
including the
exclusive right to
name the government.
Speculation has
swirled that if the
deadlock between
lawmakers and the
ruling-family-backed
cabinet continues in
the new parliament,
(continued on page 17)


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(continued from page 7)
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President Obama
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we've talked about is
getting to a concept
that we call livable
communities, where
people don't have to
get in a car every day.
You can use light rail,
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you can use walking
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your bike.

The conservative
columnist George
Will recently
denounced you as the
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behavior
modification," in
reference to your
plan to have
Americans give up
cars. When George
came over here for
lunch," I could tell


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here.

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(continued on page 18)


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Oman
(continued from page 1)
Oman has accelerated
its cooperation with
Tehran, nurturing an
alliance that helps
empower Iran while
highlighting the deep
divisions among Arab
capitals.
Oman, a strategically
vital, insistently
pragmatic country, has


refused overtures of its
larger neighbors to pull
away from Iran. Instead,
it defied Egypt and
Saudi Arabia by
declining to join them in
boycotting a summit
meeting in Qatar in
January that was held to
support Hamas, the
Iranian-backed militant
group. The Iranian news
(continued on page 18)


Community
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UAE
(continued from page 8)
Dubai's estimated $80bn
debt that has dominated
headlines in the western
media, has fuelled
speculation that Abu
Dhabi might be reluctant
to use its huge financial
reserves to bolster the
union's needs. But
bankers and economists
in the country have
pointed out that Dubai's
debts must be put into
perspective. The
emirate's phenomenal
growth, and
international recognition
as one of the world's
fastest growing
economies, stems in
large part from Crown
Prince Mohammed bin
Rashid Al Maktoum's
willingness to borrow to
finance new
developments. The debt,
the analysts point out, is
backed up by more than
$200bn in assets owned
by Dubai's state- or
semi-state o w n ed
corporate.
This is in addition to
the vast revenues from
oil and gas exports
earned by the federal
UAE government over
the past four decades,
especially during the
"boom" years which saw
the price of a barrel of
crude oil rise to $147 in


mid-2008. As a result,
despite the subsequent
dramatic fall in oil
prices, the UAE's
savings are estimated to
total more than $1
trillion, including its
sovereign wealth funds,
central bank reserves
and other state holdings.
For a country that has
less than five million
people, this indicates a
degree of potential
resilience than can only
be envied by cash-
strapped banks,
corporate and
consumers in the US,
Europe and Japan, as
well as their
governments.
In the past few weeks,
the UAE authorities, in
addition to providing
much-needed liquidity
for the country's banks,
have issued a new
budget that will ensure
much of .the planned
infrastructure,
development and
tourism projects go
ahead as planned. These,
according to the IMF,
amount to some 2.2
trillion dirhams
($607bn) in real estate
alone over the next
decade. Other sectors
expected to benefit
include transport,
electricity and water,
utilities, social housing,


petrochemicals, oil and
gas.
Speculation that
Dubai might fail to pay
its foreign loans this
year, unless it turns to its
oil-rich neighbour, Abu
Dhabi, during this
global 'credit crunch',
were wide of the mark,
according to analysts in
the region and in
Europe. Proof of that
came when the UAE's
central bank announced
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JSO
(continued from page 10)
peculiar to native
Armenian instruments."
In wedding these vivid
native colloquialisms to
the formal and orchestral
language of European
music, Khachaturian was
following in the tradition
of such earlier Russian
masters as Tchaikovsky,
Borodin and Rimsky-
Korsakov, in the years
after the Piano Concerto
he be one of the most
acclaimed and performed
Soviet composers.
Though Khachaturian
professed that his was not
simply a quotation of folk
melodies ("Folk music for
me is not an end in itself,
but a means to an end," he
wrote), this Concerto
contains at least one
theme with more thai
chance resemblance to
one of the songs of
people. "I found the main
theme of the second
movement of my Piano


Concerto," noted the
composer, "by means of
subjecting to a drastic
modification the tune of a
'light' Oriental urban song,
very popular in its time,
which I had in Tiflis and
which any inhabitant of
the Transcaucasus knows
very well. By changing it
radically, by considerably
developing it, I have come
to my theme. It is a
curious fact -that even the
Georgian and Armenian
musicians I spoke to could
not recognize its popular
prototype, although a
superficial analysis was
enough to show that the
two possessed common
melodic elements."
Khachaturian seems to
have taken ,a special
delight both in using this
popular melody and in
transforming it into
something above its
humble origins, a process
that the Russian-
American music scholar
and composer Nicholas
S(continued on page 19)


Believe It Or Not
(continued from page 11)
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There is no one .beside
me." Isaiah 45:2 1-22.
Believe it or not.
We believe in one
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His word became Jesus
of Nazareth, God in the
flesh: the same yvay you
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unless he is in the truth,
which is Jesus Christ.
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Massad
(continued from page 12)
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73rd Anniversary
(continued from page 12)
Vice President; Surella
Nasser, Treasure; and
Sandra Collins, Secretary.
Also recognized was
outgoing Vice President,
Rima Assi.
Honored guest Paul
Dipp gave a presentation
about the Southern
Federation of Syrian
Lebanese American
Club's Scholarship
Committee and how
hundreds of graduating
high school seniors have
benefited from the
scholarships. This was
especially relevant
because following the
installation dinner, the
Syrian American Ladies
Club established a $1000
scholarship, given to the
Southern Federation to be.
used for high school


seniors graduating in
2009. In addition,
proceeds from the dinner
were used for a $1000
donation give to St. Jude
Children's Research
Hospital, of which the
Syrian American Ladies
Club is a founding
member from the 1950s
when Danny Thomas
founded the American
Lebanese Syrian
Associated Charities
(ALSAC.)
Much appreciation is
extended to the
Anniversary Dinner
Committee: Angele
Nabhan, Chairman;
Darlene Gore and Rima
Assi, decorations; Betty
Khalik and Deanna
Nasser, registration; and
Wafa Salameh and Nina
Nassar, top ticket sales.
(continued on page 20)


Kuwait
(continued from page 13)
the emir could
suspending parliament
altogether to push
through needed
reform.
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of the government
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Islamic bloc of
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ALABAMA/LOUISIANA/MISSISSIPPI


Oman
(continued from page 14)
agency Fars said that
Oman and Iran were
close to completing a
security pact.
The close ties
between Iran and Oman,
and the reasons behind
them, help explain the
West's failure to cripple
Iran with trade
sanctions, as well as the
- inability of Iran's Arab
opponents to build a
unified opposition to its
growing regional
influence.
"For us, this is the
expression of being
realistic," said Salim al-
Mahruqi, a former
Omani diplomat who
had served in
Washington. He now
works for the Culture
Ministry here in
Muscat, the capital city.
"Iran is a big
neighbor, and it is there
to stay," he said.
Oman, like Syria and
Qatar, sees in Iran an
important political and
economic ally that is too
powerful and too
potentially dangerous to
ignore, let alone
antagonize. Even the
United Arab Emirates,
which is battling with
Iranian leaders over the
title to three Persian


Gulf islands,. has done
little to stop billions of
dollars in annual trade
with Iran.
Rarely in the news,
Oman has long been a
pivotal behind-the-
scenes player in the
region. It is an absolute
monarchy, led since
1970 by Sultan Qaboos
bin Said, who has
fostered a diplomatic
approach that gives his
nation the unique status
of having close ties to
both Iran and the United
States.
Oman has at times
served as a go-between
for the two nations, and
it has left open the
possibility that the
United States could use
Omani military bases
for staging operations in
the region.
Unlike Syria and
Qatar, which want
larger regional roles,
Oman is strictly focused
on bolstering its
domestic stability.
Omanis continue the
relationship with Iran
because of historic ties,
because they know it
could easily overrun
their nation, if it so
chose,. and because it
has for generations been
an important

(continued on page 20)


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(continued from page 13)
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Republican
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in 1994.1 had no idea
I was going to be a
part of the majority
party.


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their projects funded.

What sort of name
is LaHood? Are you
from the hood? If
you were to go to
Lebanon, you'd see
it's spelled Lahoud.
It's a well-known
name in Lebanon.


Who changed your
in the family's name?
in the Probably the .people at
Ellis Island.


But aren't you a
Republican? I am.
But I'm a part of the
Obama team.And
they're the majority
party.

Does that make for
any awkwardness
with your fellow
Republicans? Not
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UAE
(continued from page 15)
Sultan bin Saeed Al
Mansouri, the UAE's
Minister of Economy,
told a forum organised
in Abu Dhabi in March:
"I don't think there will
be recession in the UAE.
There will be a
slowdown because we
are part of the world and
we will be affected."
However, the UAE's
forecast budget deficit,
analysts and economists
say, should ensure
growth continues,
although at a reduced
pace to that experienced
in 2007 and 2008.
However, they note, this
slowdown should help
to slow the huge rise in
inflation, a development
that will be welcomed
by both the UAE's
citizens and its large
expatriate population.
"Dubai is the gateway
to this part of the
world," the Director
General of the Dubai
Chamber of Commerce
and Industry, Hamad
Buamim, told the local
media in March. And the


region,


he added,


included "a major
economic power ...
Saudi Arabia. This year,
he insisted, should "be a
year of stability, and
2010 a year of growth".
Foreign banks in the
region have also
confirmed this cautious
optimism. Praising in
particular the financial
programmes issued by
the UAE, Youssef Nasr,
the chairman and CEO
of HSBC Bank Middle
East HSBC Bank
Middle East, noted that
while "there are
challenges throughout
the Gulf ... so far, the
policy response has been
quite robust".
"The central banks
have been good about
injecting liquidity," he
insisted. "In addition,
most of the countries
now have introduced
deposit insurance and in
several of the countries
they've allowed the
sovereign wealth funds
to take equity positions
in the banks."
Plans to encourage
mergers within the
sectors most affected are
(continued on page 21)


JSO
(continued from page 16)
Slonimsky dubbed
"creative reconstruction."
Such a procedure is much
in evidence throughout
the Piano Concerto.
S The three movements
of the Concerto abound in
exotic color and melody.
Many of its themes are
built on scale patterns of
eight or nine notes rather
than the traditional seven,
so that they have-curious,
but fascinating melodic
turnings. The opening
Allegro maestoso, whose
percussive muscularity
bears a debt to the piano
music and performance
style of Sergei Prokofiev,
begins with a bold
introduction for orchestra.
The main theme of the
movement, tendered by
the soloist, is filled with
the "extra" melodic notes
provided by the unusual
scales, and with snapping
rhythmic constructions.
The second theme in this
sonata-form structure is
given, in the best snake-
charmer vein, to the reedy
sonority of the oboe. A
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involved development
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two parts: the first is based
on the main theme; the
second is an impetuous
rhythmic display of
virtuoso pyrotechnics that
accumulates a positively
electric excitement before
leading into the
recapitulation. First and
second themes reappear,
as expected, in the
recapitulation, and this
time the pianist's
soliloquy, introduced by
the doleful bass clarinet,
develops into a full-
fledged cadenza. The
main theme, garbed in
glowing orchestral
panoply, is employed to
form a brief but forceful
coda to the movement.
The slow middle
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mystical mournfulness
that brings to mind the
music of Scriabin. Though
Khachaturian later
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MARYLAND/WASHINGTON, D.C.


73rd Anniversary
(continued from page 17)
This event was a
memorable evening for
those of the Middle
Eastern community who
gave generously to
support this celebration


LaHood
(continued from page 18)
to drive, and they're
starting to do that.

But if Americans
increasingly get
around by rail, bus
and bicycle, as
you've planned, who
will be buying cars
in the future? I think
everybody will have
an automobile. I think
it's- amazing in
America when you
drive around and look
at new homes that are
being built, there are
three-car garages. I
Don't think you're
going to see families
with three cars. I
think you're going to
see families with one
car, possibly two.

What do you
drive? I have a 1998
Buick Regal here in
Washington.


while sharing their culture
through music, dance and
song and to
commemorate the 73
years of service the
Syrian American Ladies
Club members have given
to preserve their heritage
in El Paso.

What kind of
mileage does that
get? Terrible.
Probably 15 or 16
miles per gallon. -If I
had a lot of money I
wouldn't be driving a
1998 Buick Regal. I'd
be driving a more
high-tech automobile.

There are
inexpensive cars that
get better mileage.
What about a
Toyota? I bought this
car in 2000 from a
friend of mine in


Oman
(continued from page 18)
commercial partner.
One visible sign of
that cooperation lies far
from Muscat, at the tip
of an unforgiving
peninsula of jagged,
rocky mountains in the
governate of
Musandam. Here, Oman
has for years helped
Iranian smugglers
c i r c u m v e n t
international trade
sanctions.
Fleets of small, open-
topped speedboats cross
the Strait of Hormuz
daily, making the trip in
under an hour. Docked
in Oman, they load up
with a wide variety of
goods, including food,
clothing, electronics,
pharmaceutical, air-
conditioners, even


Peoria. motorcycles.
"No one has ever
Do youown a tried to stop this
motorcycle ? smuggling," said Omran
Absolutely riot. Abdel Kader Abdullah,
18, a local resident who
What about said he joined the
skateboards, which family business
are especially fuel- supplying goods to
efficient? Nope. Not smugglers when he
coordinated enough. finished high school.
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family is involved."
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UAE
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also helping to improve
the investment climate,
although many advisors
and analysts also
caution that despite the
need to consolidate
given market conditions,
firms should not rush
into ventures that may
not be suitable. "We are
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mergers and
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reasons." Because the
UAE is overbankedd",
he added, "we need a
process of consolidation
in financial services to
enable banks to face
foreign competition. I
would certainly be a
strong proponent of
that."
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sector, Dubai's
announcement last
November that two of
the country's largest real
estate lenders, Amlak
and Tamweel, along
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shaking the instrument
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This then causes the
beaters to strike the sides
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main theme of the
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Egypt to set up a
terrorist cell. Hezbollah
acknowledged sending
the agent but said it had
been trying only to help
smuggle weapons into
Gaza to aid Hamas in its
war with Israel. It
denied planning
terrorist attacks on
Egypt. Egyptians have
also charged that Iran
has undermined
reconciliation between
Palestinian factions;
tried to instigate an
uprising against the
Egyptian government;
become involved in
domestic politics and
conflicts in Sudan, Chad
and other countries; and
tried to spread Shiite
Islamic beliefs in Sunni-
majority countries. Iran
has denied meddling in
Arab affairs.
But while Oman is
eager to maintain good
relations with Cairo, it
also sees Egypt as a
withered Arab center
struggling to reclaim its
former glory.
"Unfortunately, what
is going on is Egypt is
creating an enemy from
nothing and
undermining the
Egyptian role," said Saif
al-Maskery, a former


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THE SYRIAN-LEBANESE STAR

TEXAS


official in Oman's
Foreign Ministry.
Omanis said they did
not fear Iran's nuclear
ambitions. But they are
concerned about Iran's
exporting its Islamic
revolutionary ideology.
And most of all, Iran
has a far stronger
conventional military
force. Oman's foreign
policy reflects religious
differences with Saudi
Arabia. Many people in
Muscat said that they
saw the
ultraconservative Saudi
Arabian approach to
Islam as more of a
danger to Omani
interests, and stability,
than Iranian activities in
the region.
Oman is a Muslim
state, but 75 percent of
the population is
affiliated with a
conservative sect called
Ibadism. Over the years
Saudi religious figures
have tried to spread


their


more


fundamentalist views in
Oman. "We don't allow
Saudis to work in our
community," said Said
al-Hashmi, manager of
research for the State
Council, a government
advisory body.
There is also the
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Poetry Festival
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special events celebrated
the work of the late
Mahmoud Darwish, the
100th anniversary of the
birth of the famous
Tunisian poet Abou El
Kacem Chebbi and the
verse of the legendary
Omar Khayyam. More
contemporary work was
the subject of discussions
on the problems of
translating poetry, prose
in poetry and the realities
and aspirations of
vernacular poetry.
Although Arab poets


were well represented, not
least by members of
Dubai's ruling family,
wel k n o w n
accomplished wordsmiths
from around the globe
were much in evidence'
including the Nigerian-
born Nobel Laureate
Wole Soyinka; South
African poet and anti-
apartheid activist Breyten
Breytenbach; China's
Yang Lian; Matthew
Sweeney from Ireland,
Indian-born Imtiaz
Dharker and Russia's
Julia Kissina.
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'DIC has some of the
characteristics of a
sovereign wealth fund,"
she noted. This. means
mergers in banking and
other financial services
are now being seen as a
policy that is not only
obtaining official
approval but also one
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highest level.
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Poetry Festival
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Although Nobel
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told The Middle East he
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festivals would see the
attendance of more
women poets "to broaden
the experience of the
event", those women who
were present were of
exceptional talent.
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Ghanem, Rawdah Al Hajj
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Hala Mohammad were
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language, and even those
among those members of
the audience who were
not Arabic speakers were
enthralled by the beauty
of their words.
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Arabic was not always
available, causing many
foreign poets problems.
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acute at an evening where
Dubai's Crown Prince,
Sheikh Hamdan bin
Mohammed bin Rashid
Al Maktoum Sheikh
Hamdan bin Mohammed
bin Rashid al Maktoum
and his brother Sheikh
Ahmed Sheikh Ahmed
gave a recital of their
work. It was clear from


the rhythm and metre of
their words, sometimes
delivered in an almost
"rap" style, that the
audience was listening to
something wholly unique.
Sadly, the subject matter
remained unknown to
much of the audience that
evening. In fact,
following in the footsteps
of their father, Dubai ruler
Sheikh Mohammed bin
Rashid Al Maktoum
Sheikh Mohammed bin
Rashid Al Maktoum, the
brothers' work reflected
striking visual imagery.
Jamal. Khalfan bin
Huwaireb, head of the
festival's organising
committee, told The
Middle East: "In Arabic
history Arabic history
poetry has always been a
mode of exchanging the


highest ideals and
building a common
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according to Kamran
Butt, the head of Middle
East equity research and
private banking at
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may be for the
government to take the
lead in coordinating
mergers and
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Butt told the local
media.
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mergers and
acquisitions are "a
possibility", Raj Madha,
senior banking analyst
at the regional
investment house, EGT-
Hermes in Dubai,
confirmed to The
Middle East. Of the 26
local banks, eight are
middle to large in size
with a market
capitalisation of 6bn
dirhams ($1.6bn) or
more, he notes. Most of
these could be
considered as takeover


targets, he says.
Last autumn, two of
Dubai's largest state-
backed financial
institutions merged to
create Emirates National
Bank of Dubai (ENBD),
whose market
capitalisation is about
19bn dirhams ($5.2bn).
Since then there has
been speculation that the
National Bank of Abu
Dhabi (NBAD), the
largest financial
institution in the
emirate, might follow
suit by linking up with
the Abu Dhabi
Commercial Bank, both
of which are controlled
by one of the sovereign
wealth fund, the Abu
Dhabi Investment
Council. This would
outstrip ENBD to create
the largest bank in the
UAE with a market
capitalisation of about
30bn dirhams ($8.lbn).
In the meantime,
NBAD is going ahead
with its overseas
expansion plan,
according to Michael
Tomalin, its chief
Executive. "Our
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Poetry Festival
(continued from page 25)
language between
different cultures and
people. We hope to create
a platform for poets from
around the world to be
able to do this." And they
certainly succeeded.


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IMTIAZ DHARKER
Indian poet, artist and
documentary maker, she
grew up in Glasgow. Her
collections include
Purdah. Postcards from
God, I speak for the Devil
and The Terrorist At My
Table.
WOLE SOLINKA
Born in 1934, the
Nigerian poet, author and
'- playwright was, in 1986,


the first sub-Saharan
African to win the Nobel
Prize for Literature.
SHEIK HAMDAN


BIN MOHAMMED BIN
RASHID AL
MAKTOUM (FAZZA)
Following in his
father's footsteps, he is
renowned for his Nabati
(Bedouin) poetry. He has
written several collections
of poetry under his pen
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expansion is part of our
medium- to long-term
strategy and we won't be
affected by short-term
pressures because there
is vibrant growth in the
UAE," he told the local
media in mid-February.
"We plan to open half a
dozen new branches in
Egypt, add two branches
in Sudan and two in
Oman." The bank is also
setting up other offices
in Jordan and in Hong
Kong this year, he
added.
Another possible
combination centres on
the Dubai Islamic Bank
and Dubai Bank. Both
would make a good fit,
provided measures to
ensure procedural
integrity and
transparency are taken,
asserts Wadah Al Taha,
an independent banking
and market analyst in
Dubai. Other banks on


analysts' radar screens
include Union National
Bank and the
Commercial Bank of
Dubai.
Elsewhere, mergers
are being discussed
within the insurance
sector, which counts 27
local companies and 24
foreign-owned entities.
"Despite the positive
indicators of profits
made by the national
companies it is
necessary that national
firms head towards
mergers just like global
insurance companies
and banks that are now
involved in hundreds of
billions [of dollars] of
mergers," insists Fareed
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Poetry Festival
(continued from page 26)
name Fazza.
NUJOOM AL
GHANEM
Emirati poet, born in
Dubai in 1962, she has
published six collections
of poetry, the first being
Paradise Evening in 1989.


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Emirati poet born in
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forum for Arab writers
and poets.
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of directors of the
Mohammed Bin Rashid
Al Maktoum Foundation.
S H E I K H
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RASHID AL
MAKTOUM
Dubai, ruler and UAE
prime minister, he
published his early poems
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pointed out, which is
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UAE
(continued from page 27)
expected time frame."
The sector in the UAE
would see "more
prudence in design,
value engineering and
commercial feasibility
studies" undertaken
before projects are
finalised. "One will
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acquisitions," he added.
Other consolidations are
expected in the country's
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firms, analysts say.
Government efforts to
improve the regulatory
climate regulatory
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Money
(continued from page 29)
empowering Palestinian
women through financing
their business ventures.
Economy i c
circumstances in the
Palestinian Territories are
dire, due to the
international embargo on
the Gaza Strip and the
devastating Israeli military
"- incursions. The lack of
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and their families," says
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patriarchal society, many
women find it hard to get
loans from the commercial
banks, as they are unable
to provide collateral and
few have business


experience. The
ownership of homes, land
and buildings is mostly
held by men.
"We specifically chose
to help female
entrepreneurs because
otherwise over 90% of our
loans would have gone to
men with more business
experience," Abboushi
told The Middle East.
"We provide loans
under several
programmes. Our risk
factor is higher since
profit, although important,
is not the bottom line. To
us, the most important
collateral is seeing women
succeed and become
socially independent
through operating their
own businesses and
running income-
generating projects.
"One of our
programmes is for poor
families to whom we give
an initial loans of $500 to
$1,500. Another
programme we have is the
group lending programme,
which offers a similar
amount to a 'collective'.
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to $5,000 and our small-
lending programme starts
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that all microfinancing
projects should be self-
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sustainable.
"While we agree with
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Palestinian Territories
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recalled Abboushi.
While Abboushi
despairs at the economic


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enormous change in the
lives of Palestinian women
who have been given the
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cent of the women found
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This has a positive effect
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"The women also found
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for her role on Wheel of
Fortune, surprised and .
delighted patients
during a recent hospital
visit. She colored
pictures with the


patients and played with
them in the toy kitchen
area, where they taught
the game show celebrity
how to wash dishes in
the dishwasher and cook
a meal of peas, pizza


Vanna White taught St,.
Jude patients to crochet
during 'her visit.
and bananas.
In return, White -
(continued on page 9)


Aseel al Awadhi addresses
campaign supporters last
month.
becoming the first
female to be elected to
(continued on page 7)


Inaugural Discover the Dream
Gala Raises $37,820 for St. Jude


More than 80
community leaders and
caring citizens in
Columbus,. OH, met to
help realize the life-long
dream of St. Jude founder
Danny Thomas that "no
child should die in the
dawn of life." The
inaugural Discover the
Dream gala, held June: 29
at the Ohio Exposition
Center, raised $37,820.
The event decor called
to mind the garden patios


Candy Stein (L) and Lisa
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reinforced the impression
that guests were strolling
along historic Beale
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(joods are moved on the shore at KAasaO. I e local govern-
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As Iran finds itself Arabia and other Arab
locked in an escalating nations, the quietly
cold war-style conflict influential Sultanate of
with Egypt, Saudi (continued on page 14)


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Aram Khachaturian
Armenian Composer, Played
by the Jacksonville Symphony
Orchestra


It is not an incidental
fact that Aram
Khachaturian came to
music later than most
composers he was
nineteen before he began
his formal training. His
father, a bookbinder, was
too poor to provide Aram
with any musical
education, so the boy's
knowledge of music was
based on what came
inevitably to the ear
during those early years in
his native Armenia: folk
songs and dances. When
he began composing,
Khachaturian found
inspiration for both the


technique and spirit of his
music in these sources.
"His music abounds with
the Caucasian rhythms,
Oriental colors, striking
contrasts of mood, and
long, rambling,
improvisational melodies
that are found so
plentifully in Armenian
folk songs and dances,"
noted American
musicologist Milton
Cross. "Many of his
harmonies derive their
complex physiognomy
from his studied attempt
to imitate the effects
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(continued on page 10)


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"Tom" Obi, age 67, of
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209 at St Vincent's Medical
Center in Jacksonville.
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September has come
and gone, and most of our
children have returned to
school. As we watch our
young, healthy children
resume their studies, we
realize that there are many
other children who are too
sick to enjoy a normal life.
That is why we're thankful
for each of you who
donate your time, effort
and finances so that as
many children as possible
can enjoy a normal life
free from catastrophic
disease.
I have had the good
fortune of meeting many
of our donors and


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volunteers over the past 14
months. I am truly
impressed by the genuine
compassion you have for
the children and the
commitment you have for
the mission of St. Jude.
Each of you in your own
special way helps us keep
Danny Thomas' dream
alive.
Marlo Thomas is
committed not only to
pursuing her father's
dream, but to increasing
public awareness for St.
Jude. She wants all parents
and grandparents, uncles
and aunts, to know that
(continued on page 11)


Brother John Samaha,
S.M., celebrates 60 years
as a Marianitst (Society of
Mary) in 2009. He is a
native of San Francisco,
and the youngest of four
children born to his
Lebanese immigrant
parents, John and Anna
Samaha. His sisters are
the late Sister John Marie,
S.H.F., Sister John
Dominic, O.P., both of
whom also served in the
Bay Area for many years:
and Mildred Samaha, who
resides in San Francisco.
Brother John's first
contacts with the
Marianists were his
elementary school
teachers at St. James
School in San Francisco.
Following graduation
from high school in 1948
he entered the Marianist
novitiate in Beacon, NY,
and professed vows in
1949.
After earning a
bachelor's degree from
the Marianists' University


Brother John Samaha,
S.M.
of Dayton, he began
teaching and later

(continued on page 11)


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73rd Anniversary of The
Syrian American Ladies Club


El Paso, Texas -- The
Syrian American Ladies
Club celebrated its 73rd
Anniversary and
Installation with a
Valentine's them on
February 14, 2009, at the
Wyndham Airport Hotel.
Balloons and roses galore
adorned the tables of the
more than 250 people
who attended the Club's
Anniversary Party. The
very Rev. Jehad Michael
gave the invocation
commemorating the
decades of service the
ladies of the club have
devoted the Middle
Eastern community and to
the city of El Paso.
Mistress of


ceremonies, Sandra
Collins, a thirdgeneration
member of the Club,
welcomed the members
and their guests to this
milestone installation.
Honored guests included
Fr. Jehad Michael and his
wife Khouryie Salwa
Michael, a member of the
club; Monsignor Victory
Kayrouz, the Rev. and
Mrs. Bill Francis, and L.
Gus Haddad, candidate
for Mayor of El Paso. Gus
is the son of member
Carmen Haddad whose
Valentine's Day birthday
was recognized as
everyone sang "Happy
Birthday" to her in
(continued on page 12)


Officers of the Cedars of
Lebanon Club of Tyler, TX


From left to right: Adele Johnson, Secretary; Mimi
Plumb, Vice President; Yvonne Kamel, President; Jim
Plumb, Treasurer
The officers to the left Chairwoman, Gene
were installed at their Gilboe, Mamie Joseph,
January 11, 2009 business Dee Nejame, Amelia
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Kuwait
(continued from page 1)
Kuwait's 50-seat
parliament. Women
were given the right to
vote and run for office
in 2005. So far, they
haven't been able to
win a seat in this
conservative Muslim
society.
But this year, 19
women are running,
out of 280 candidates,
for Kuwait's 50


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UAE Faces Global Headwinds
to Emeree Stronger


DESPITE THE
SCEPTICISM of many
international critics,
Dubai and Abu Dhabi
have stood together and,
in the face of the
escalating global
downturn, declared their
intention to cooperate
and provide each other
with financial and
economic support. For
the UAE's bankers,
entrepreneurs and
investors, this means
that efforts to
consolidate to preserve
the possibility of future
growth are now more
likely to go ahead. Other
benefits of a stronger
federal union include
the prospect of better
financial regulation to
ensure greater
transparency and
efficiency, as well as
profitability.


The scepticism has
been fed by media
reports that Abu Dhabi,
one of the world's top
five exporters of oil and
gas, might be reluctant
to coordinate its
financial and economic
policies with Dubai, the
second-largest of the
UAE's seven emirates.
While rivalries and
competition among the
UAE's ruling families
are nothing new,
analysts say that both
Abu Dhabi and Dubai,
which has virtually no
energy reserves and
relies primarily on its
geographic location as a
vital port between
Arabia, Asia and Africa,
have far more to gain by
cooperating, rather than
competing.
News this year of
(continued on page 15)


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Gala
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Street then passing Danny
Thomas Boulevard,
which lines the St. Jude
campus. The gala featured
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former St. Jude patient
who successfully battled a
'brain tumor. "I greatly
appreciate your support of
St. Jude," said Trevor's
father, Alex. "Without
people like you, my son


wouldn't be here."
Also on hand at the
gala was David Karam,
event chair, ALSACISt.
Jude Board member, and
president of Cedar
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AThousand Poets---
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J I
At the Opening Ceremony, His Highness Sheikh
Mohammed bin RashidAl Maktoum, inaugurated the first
Dubai International Poetry Festival, highlighting the genre
ofpoetry as an integral element in the UAE's cultural
fabric


BEFORE THE
DISCOVERY of oil,
before high-rise towers of
concrete and steel and
multi-lane highways
crammed with expensive
air-conditioned motor
vehicles, life in the
countries of the Gulf was
simple--and hard.
Traditionally, wherever
people gathered together
there would be verse and
those who wrote it were
revered and celebrated.
The love of poetry
never left the Arabs, but
with development came
other passions and
pastimes and the art of the


poet was forced to
compete with new
attractions that wealth and
prosperity brought with
them.
But for a week in
Dubai in early March,
poetry returned to centre
stage with the launch of
the first Dubai
International Poetry
Festival.
An Al Maktoum
Foundation initiative, the
event gathered together
more than 100 poets from
45 countries to enjoy the
experience of sharing
their work. A series of
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Vanna White
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whose favorite pastime
is crocheting showed
the patients how to
crochet using her own
line of yam, Vanna's
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Brandm Yam.
White also visited the
Danny Thomas
Research Center and the
lobby of the Patient
Care Center. Michael
Dyer, PhD, gave White
a tour of his lab and
informed her of the
latest advances in
retinoblastoma research
made by his St. Jude
research team.


"You walk in and it's
cheery; they have made
it so warm and friendly
and positive," she said.
White has supported
St. Jude for many years.
She has walked the
catwalk for St. Jude by
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Money Makes the World
Go Around
Mel Frykberg reports from the
Occupied Territories on how a
microfinance system has improved and
empowered the lives of
Palestinian women.


"DEMOCRACY AND
GENDER equality will be
brought to Palestine and
Palestinian women
through employment
opportunities and the


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need international donors
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(continued on page 28)


El Kouri
(continued from page 2)
nurses and doctors even as he
was admitted to the hospital
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He was preceded in death
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Kouri, Lamia Kabbani,
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Obi
(continued from page 2)
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Truly Yours
(continued from page 3)
there truly is a place of
hope where we have
cutting-edge scientific
research and unsurpassed
patient care, and that is the
message that I have seen
her carry to corporate
America through Thanks
and Giving.
Mario and I attended a
meeting of the managers
of Williams-Sonoma Inc.
Pat Connelly of Williams-
Sonoma introduced the St.
Jude segment at its-
meeting.
Marlo and I spoke, as
well as a patient. It was a
truly moving experience.
Williams-Sonoma has
pledged to continue its
participation in the Thanks
and Giving program and to
enhance it as much as
possible.
A cocktail reception
was hosted at the New
York apartment of Marla
Thomas and Phil Donahue
for the Wall Street
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report to you that Wall
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St. Jude's Infectious
Disease Research floor in
the new Chili's Care
Center with a commitment
of $7.5 million over a
three-yearperiod. Marlo
thanked the Wall Street
Committee and once again


delivered the message of
the St. Jude mission. Jolm
Lattanzio, one of the prime
movers of the Wall Street
event, also addressed the
group and announced the
commitment to name the
floor in the Chili's Care
Center. One of the most
exciting opportunities I
had was to visit Target
House with Chill's
managers from around the
country. It was a fantastic
sight to see the Chill's
regional managers cook
food and serve the
Children and their families.
We are approaching the
Thanksgiving season,
which will mark the
launching of the Thanks
and Giving campaign. All
of us at the national
executive office are
excited about the
opportunity that this
campaign presents. We
wish the entire Thanks and'
Giving committee the best
of luck, and we are sure
that they will continue to
carry our message and
raise funds for the children
of St. Jude.
Thank you for all that
you do, and hopefully, we
will see each and every
one of you at the
celebration of ALSAC's
50th anniversary in June
2007.


Brother
(continued from page 3)
completed a master's
degree at The Catholic
University of America.
His assignments included
teaching elementary,
secondary and adult
education and various
diocesan administrative
assistantships in several
dioceses of California and
Washington and abroad in
Lebanon.
With retirement from
school work he continued
to engage in adult
religious education,
served as a volunteer at
The Marian Library and
International Marian
Research Institute at his
alma mater, the

Believe It Or Not
(continued from page 3)
was called a friend of
God. He spoke to God
face to face. He never
dared to say I and my
father are one. Moses
stayed with God for
forty days and forty
nights. He was used by
God to bring Israel out
of Egypt to the
promised land. He never
dared to say I and my
Father are one, and
many others. Prophets
such as Elias and the
disciples of Jesus Christ
who raised people from


University of Dayton, and
has been an active
member and officer of the
Mariological Society of
America and the
Ecumenical Society of the
Blessed Virgin Mary.
Now in residence at the
Marianist Center in
Cupertino, CA, Brother
John continues his
interest in religious
education by writing on
religious topics,
especially those
concerning our Blessed
Mother and the Eastern
Catholic Churches.
Brother John Samaha
has covered a wide
variety of subjects for the
Syrian-Lebanese Star
over many years.


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dare to say I and my
Father are one. Jesus as
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Son of God, who is
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Topshe
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and Hospice.
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Delta Golden Wings, and
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Massad
(continued from page 4)
Air Force following
WWII, the couple settled
in Kilgore, Tx., and were
blessed with children:
Donna, Kelly Mark,
Shelley, Gregory Paul,
John Michael and Ralph
Anthony.
Kelly and Bena
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which they operated
together until Kelly's
untimely death in 1977.
Bena continued to
operate the ladies's shop
in Kilgore until her
retirement. She spent her
retirement years in


he was flying, he felt
liberated, and that he felt
that way whenever he
took off in the air," he
said.
"He took the slogan,
'Delta --- We love to fly
and it shows' to heart."
Mrs. Coletti, his
daughter, said Mr. Topshe
would have been
extremely interested in
what's been called the
miracle on Hudson: On
February 25, 2009, Capt.
Chelsey B Sullenberger
Ill landed a jetliner in the
Hudson River after it had
struck a flock of birds
during takeoff from
LaGuardia Airport.
None of the 155 people
on board were killed. "I
kept thinking the whole
time that my dad would
have been so interested in
that story," Ms. Coletti
said.
Other survivors
include his wife of 68
years, Josephine Topshe
of Sandy Springs; five
other daughters--- Loretta
Thornburg of Roswell,
Cheryl Wade and Trina
Kriss, both of Marietta,
Denise Mastry of St.
Petersburg, Fla., and
Leisa Davis of Peachtree
City; a sister, Nora T.
Ernst of Albany; 15
grandchildren, and nine
great-grandchildren.


service to her church,
Christ the King in
Kilgore, and also spent
cherished time with her
children and
grandchildren.
While Bena's life
seemed ideal, she had her
share of tragedies. Her
son, Gregory died
suddenly while still in his
infancy; her son, Jon
Michael, was born with a
mental handicap
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(continued from page 5)
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Scholarships
(continued from page 6)
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Kuwait
(continued from page 7)
hindering the nation's
economic progress.
Lawmakers had
pushed to question the
prime minister, a royal
family member. The
ruling family
considers the
procedure degrading,
and the government
has in the past
dissolved itself to
avoid such a
humiliation.
The political
gridlock has coincided
with an economic
wallop to the
sheikhdom. While
Kuwait is rich in oil,
its stock market has
tanked amid the global
economic crisis. And
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consumer debt.
The government has
resisted, instead
pushing its own,
limited bailout for
financial institutions.
That has fed criticism
of the royal family,
which -- despite
allowing elections and
parliament -- retains
much of the trappings
of an absolute
hereditary monarchy,
including the
exclusive right to
name the government.
Speculation has
swirled that if the
deadlock between
lawmakers and the
ruling-family-backed
cabinet continues in
the new parliament,
(continued on page 17)


LaHood
(continued from page 7)
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The conservative
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(continued on page 18)


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(continued on page 18)


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UAE
(continued from page 8)
Dubai's estimated $80bn
debt that has dominated
headlines in the western
media, has fuelled
speculation that Abu
Dhabi might be reluctant
to use its huge financial
reserves to bolster the
union's needs. But
bankers and economists
in the country have
pointed out that Dubai's
debts must be put into
perspective. The
emirate's phenomenal
growth, and
international recognition
as one of the world's
fastest growing
economies, stems in
large part from Crown
Prince Mohammed bin
Rashid Al Maktoum's
willingness to borrow to
finance new
developments. The debt,
the analysts point out, is
backed up by more than
$200bn in assets owned
by Dubai's state- or
semi-state-owned
corporate.
This is in addition to
the vast revenues from
oil and gas exports
earned by the federal
UAE government over
the past four decades,
especially during the
"boom" years which saw
the price of a barrel of
crude oil rise to $147 in


mid-2008. As a result,
despite the subsequent
dramatic fall in oil
prices, the UAE's
savings are estimated to
total more than $1
trillion, including its
sovereign wealth funds,
central bank reserves
and other state holdings.
For a country that has
less than five million
people, this indicates a
degree of potential
resilience than can only
be envied by cash-
strapped banks,
corporate and
consumers in the US,
Europe and Japan, as
well as their
governments.
In the past few weeks,
the UAE authorities, in
addition to providing
much-needed liquidity
for the country's banks,
have issued a new
budget that will ensure
much of the planned
infrastructure,
development and
tourism projects go
ahead as planned. These,
according to the IMF,
amount to some 2.2
trillion dirhams
($607bn) in real estate
alone over the next
decade. Other sectors
expected to benefit
include transport,
electricity and water,
utilities, social housing,


petrochemicals, oil and
gas.
Speculation that
Dubai might fail to pay
its foreign loans this
year, unless it turns to its
oil-rich neighbour, Abu
Dhabi, during this
global 'credit crunch',
were wide of the mark,
according to analysts in
the region and in
Europe. Proof of that
came when the UAE's
central bank announced
it would subscribe to
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(continued on page 19)


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peculiar to native
Armenian instruments."
In wedding these vivid
native colloquialisms to
the formal and orchestral
language of European
music, Khachaturian was
following in the tradition
of such earlier Russian
masters as Tchaikovsky,
Borodin and Rimsky-
Korsakov, in the years
after the Piano Concerto
he be one of the most
acclaimed and performed
Soviet composers.
Though Khachaturian
professed that his was not
simply a quotation of folk
melodies ("Folk music for
me is not an end in itself,
but a means to an end," he
wrote), this Concerto
contains at least one
theme with more thai
chance resemblance to
one of the songs of
people. "I found the main
theme of the second
movement of my Piano


Concerto," noted the
composer, "by means of
subjecting to, a drastic
modification the tune of a
'light' Oriental urban song,
very popular in its time,
which I had in Tiflis and
which any inhabitant of
the Transcaucasus knows
very well. By changing it
radically, by considerably
developing it, I have come
to my theme. It is a
curious fact that even the
Georgian and Armenian
musicians I spoke to could
not recognize its popular
prototype, although a
superficial analysis was
enough to show that the
two possessed common
melodic elements."
Khachaturian seems to
have taken ,a special
delight both in using this
popular melody and in
transforming it into
something above its
humble origins, a process
that the Russian-
American music scholar
and composer Nicholas
(continued on page 19)


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(continued from page 11)
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Believe it or not.
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by appearing to them as
an angel of light, and
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everyone who puts his
trust in Christ, the only
Son of God.

Massad
(continued from page 12)
enduring faith. She was
truly a remarkable person
and -the ultimate role
model.
Forever remembering
and missing Bena are her
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73rd Anniversary
(continued from page 12)
Vice President; Surella
Nasser, Treasure; and
Sandra Collins, Secretary.
Also recognized was
outgoing Vice President,
Rima Assi.
Honored guest Paul
Dipp gave a presentation
about the Southern
Federation of Syrian
Lebanese American
Club's Scholarship
Committee and how
hundreds of graduating
high school seniors have
benefited from the
scholarships. This was
especially relevant
because following the
installation dinner, the
Syrian American Ladies
Club established a $1000
scholarship, given to the
Southern Federation to be.
used for high school


seniors graduating in
2009. In addition,
proceeds from the dinner
were used for a $1000
donation give to St. Jude
Children's Research
Hospital, of which the
Syrian American Ladies
Club is a founding
member from the 1950s
when Danny Thomas
founded the American
Lebanese Syrian
Associated Charities
(ALSAC.)
Much appreciation is
extended to the
Anniversary Dinner
Committee: Angele
Nabhan, Chairman;
Darlene Gore and Rima
Assi, decorations; Betty
Khalik and Deanna
Nasser, registration; and
Wafa Salameh and Nina
Nassar, top ticket sales.
(continued on page 20)


Kuwait
(continued from page 13)
the emir could
suspending parliament
altogether to push
through needed
reform.
Especially critical
of the government
recently has been an
Islamic bloc of
parliamentarians, who
have managed to boost
their seats in recent
elections. They have
i n c r e a s i ngly
challenged the ruling
Sabah family, at times
alleging corruption
and a lack of
transparency. The
royal family has
brushed off the
criticism.
In this sea of
political gridlock, Ms.
Al Awadhi is seen by


supporters as a
calming force, willing
to work with the ruling
family, but also to
pursue ways to


revitalize


Kuwait's


economy and
education system. Two
local, independent
polls show Ms. Al
Awadhi leading in her
district, ahead of her
conservative rivals.
At a recent
campaign rally, fully
veiled women sat
alongside others
unveiled in colorful
dresses. Male
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outside, drinking
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the 38-year-old Ms. Al
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Oman
(continued from page 14)
agency Fars said that
Oman and Iran were
close to completing a
security pact.
The close ties
between Iran and Oman,
and the reasons behind
them, help explain the
West's failure to cripple
Iran with trade
sanctions, as well as the
inability of Iran's Arab
opponents to build a
unified opposition to its
growing regional
influence.
"For us, this is the
expression of being
realistic," said Salim al-
Mahruqi, a former
Omani diplomat who
had served in
Washington. He now
works for the Culture
Ministry here in
Muscat, the capital city.
"Iran is a big
neighbor, and it is there
to stay," he said.
Oman, like Syria and
Qatar, sees in Iran an
important political and
economic ally that is too
powerful and too
potentially dangerous to
ignore, let alone
antagonize. Even the
United Arab Emirates,
which is battling with
Iranian leaders over the
title to three Persian


Gulf islands, has done
little to stop billions of
dollars in annual trade
with Iran.
Rarely in the news,
Oman has long been a
pivotal behind-the-
scenes player in the
region. It is an absolute
monarchy, led since
1970 by Sultan Qaboos
bin Said, who has
fostered a diplomatic
approach that gives his
nation the unique status
of having close ties to
both Iran and the United
States.
Oman has at times
served as a go-between
for the two nations, and
it has left open the
possibility that the
United States could use
Omani military bases
for staging operations in
the region.
Unlike Syria and
Qatar, which want
larger regional roles,
Oman is strictly focused
on bolstering its
domestic stability.
Omanis continue the
relationship with Iran
because of historic ties,
because they know it
could easily overrun
their nation, if it so
chose, and because it
has for generations been
an important

(continued on page 20)


LaHood
(continued from page 13)
part of the so-called
Re p u bli c a n
revolution.
I came to Congress
in 1994.1 had no idea
I was going to be a
part of the majority
party.

Now you're in the
minority. I'm in the
majority.

But aren't you a
Republican? I am.
But I'm a part of the
Obama team.And
they're the majority
party.

Does that make for
any awkwardness
with your fellow
Republicans? Not
one bit. I've had a lot
of Republicans calling
me asking me how
they can get some of
the stimulus money
and how they can get


their projects funded.

What sort of name
is LaHood? Are you
from the hood? If
you were to go to
Lebanon, you'd see
it's spelled Lahoud.
It's a well-known
name in Lebanon.

Who changed your
family's name?
Probably the people at
Ellis Island.

When did your
family come over?
1895. They came to
central Illinois.

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UAE
(continued from page 15)
Sultan bin Saeed Al
Mansouri, the UAE's
Minister of Economy,
told a forum organised
in Abu Dhabi in March:
"I don't think there will
be recession in the UAE.
There will be a
slowdown because we
are part of the world and
we will be affected."
However, the UAE's
forecast budget deficit,
analysts and economists
say, should ensure
growth continues,
although at a reduced
pace to that experienced
in 2007 and 2008.
However, they note, this
slowdown should help
to slow the huge rise in
inflation, a development
that will be welcomed
by both the UAE's
citizens and its large
expatriate population.
"Dubai is the gateway
to this part of the
world," the Director
General of the Dubai
Chamber of Commerce
and Industry, Hamad
Buamim, told the local
media in March. And the
region, he added,


C0 co


included "a major
economic power ...
Saudi Arabia. This year,
he insisted, should "be a
year of stability, and
2010 a year of growth".
Foreign banks in the
region have also
confirmed this cautious
optimism. Praising in
particular the financial
programmes issued by
the UAE, Youssef Nasr,
the chairman and CEO
of HSBC Bank Middle
East HSBC Bank
Middle East, noted that
while "there are
challenges throughout
the Gulf ... so far, the
policy response has been
quite robust".
"The central banks
have been good about
injecting liquidity," he
insisted. "In addition,
most of the countries
now have introduced
deposit insurance and in
several of the countries
they've allowed the
sovereign wealth funds
to take equity positions
in the banks."
Plans to encourage
mergers within the
sectors most affected are
(continued on page 21)


ATES


JSO
(continued from page 16)
Slonimsky dubbed
"creative reconstruction."
Such a procedure is much
in evidence throughout
the Piano Concerto.
S The three movements
of the Concerto abound in
exotic color and melody.
Many of its themes are
built on scale patterns of
eight or nine notes rather
than the traditional seven,
so that they have-curious,
but fascinating melodic
turnings. The opening
Allegro maestoso, whose
percussive muscularity
bears a debt to the piano
music and performance
style of Sergei Prokofiev,
begins with a bold
introduction for orchestra.
The main theme of the
movement, tendered by
the soloist, is filled with
the "extra" melodic notes
provided by the unusual
scales, and with snapping
rhythmic constructions.
The second theme in this
sonata-form structure is
given, in the best snake-
charmer vein, to the reedy
sonority of the oboe. A
disquisition by the solo


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orchestra is recalled for an
involved development
section which comprises
two parts: the first is based
on the main theme; the
second is an impetuous
rhythmic display of
virtuoso pyrotechnics that
accumulates a positively
electric excitement before
leading into the
recapitulation. First and
second themes reappear,
as expected, in the
recapitulation, and this
time the pianist's
soliloquy, introduced by
the doleful bass clarinet,
develops into a full-
fledged cadenza. The
main theme, garbed in
glowing orchestral
panoply, is employed to
form a brief but forceful
coda to the movement.
The slow middle
movement partakes of a
mystical mournfulness
that brings to mind the
music of Scriabin. Though
Khachaturian later
disavowed its use, this
movement originally
included an important part
for an instrument called
the Flexatone. In his
authoritative book on
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and Their History, James
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to drive, and they're
starting to do that.

But if Americans
increasingly get
around by rail, bus
and bicycle, as
you've planned, who
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in the future? I think
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an automobile. I think
it's- amazing in
America when you
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at new homes that are
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governate of
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family is involved."
In fact, the local
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the delivery of goods to


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UAE
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also helping to improve
the investment climate,
although many advisors
and analysts also
caution that despite the
need to consolidate
given market conditions,
firms should not rush
into ventures that may
not be suitable. "We are
looking favourably to
the merger of real estate
and financial companies
within the UAE as it
would create better
synergies," Mansouri
said in March. Signs that
this was already
happening in the two
sectors, he added, were
creating "a positive
impact in the market".
"This is the time
when we should be
facilitating and helping
mergers and
acquisitions," Dr Nasser
Saidi, Chief Economist
of the Dubai
International Financial


Centre told The Middle
East in mid-February.
"This is long overdue,
primarily for efficiency
reasons." Because the
UAE is overbankedd",
he added, "we need a
process of consolidation
in financial services to
enable banks to face
foreign competition. I
would certainly be a
strong proponent of
that."
In the real estate
sector, Dubai's
announcement last
November that two of
the country's largest real
estate lenders, Amlak
and Tamweel, along
with the government
owned Real Estate Bank
and Emirates Industrial
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shaking the instrument
with a trembling motion.
This then causes the
beaters to strike the sides
of the metal sheet and thus
produce a tremolo." The
United States patent of
1924 for this instrument
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the tonal effects of a
musical saw, orchestra
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main theme of the
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Oman
(continued from page 20)
Egypt to set up a
terrorist cell. Hezbollah
acknowledged sending
the agent but said it had
been trying only to help
smuggle weapons into
Gaza to aid Hamas in its
war with Israel. It
denied planning
terrorist attacks on
Egypt. Egyptians have
also charged that Iran
has undermined
reconciliation between
Palestinian factions;
tried to instigate an
uprising against the
Egyptian government:
become involved in
domestic politics and
conflicts in Sudan, Chad
and other countries; and
tried to spread Shiite
Islamic beliefs in Sunni-
majority countries. Iran
has denied meddling in
Arab affairs.
But while Oman is
eager to maintain good
relations with Cairo, it
also sees Egypt as a
withered Arab center
struggling to reclaim its
former glory.
"Unfortunately, what
is going, on is Egypt is
creating an enemy from
nothing and
undermining the
Egyptian role," said Saif
al-Maskery, a former


official in Oman's
Foreign Ministry.
Omanis said they did
not fear Iran's nuclear
ambitions. But they are
concerned about Iran's
exporting its Islamic
revolutionary ideology.
And most of all, Iran
has a far stronger
conventional military
force. Oman's foreign
policy reflects religious
differences with Saudi
Arabia. Many people in
Muscat said that they
saw the
ultraconservative Saudi
Arabian approach to
Islam as more of a
danger to Omani
interests, and stability,
than Iranian activities in
the region.
Oman is a Muslim
state, but 75 percent of
the population is
affiliated with a
conservative sect called
Ibadism. Over the years
Saudi religious figures
have tried to spread
their more
fundamentalist views in
Oman. "We don't allow
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reconsideration, the
withdrawal of foreign
funds from the emirate's
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markets has exacerbated
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Poetry Festival
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special events celebrated
the work of the late
Mahmoud Darwish, the
100th anniversary of the
birth of the famous
Tunisian poet Abou El
Kacem Chebbi and the
verse of the legendary
Omar Khayyam. More
contemporary work was
the subject of discussions
on the problems of
translating poetry, prose
in poetry and the realities
and aspirations of
vernacular poetry.
Although Arab poets


were well represented, not
least by members of
Dubai's ruling family,
wel Il k no w n
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Oman
(continued from page 22)
Oman faces a budget
deficit this year, in part
because of a drop in oil
revenues. It has far less
oil than many of its
Persian Gulf neighbors
and wants to diversify
its economy.
Exports to Iran
provide important
revenue. Allowing the
smugglers to operate is
another example of how
Oman's self-interest is
often aligned with
Iran's.

Poetry Festival
(continued from page 23)
The festival is set to
become an annual event
which, over the next five
years, aims to attract
1,000 internationally
acclaimed poets from
across the world to share
their work with their Arab
" counterparts and critically
review contemporary
poetry. Over time the
festival is expected to
develop into a vital
platform for intercultural


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dialogue through the
language of poetry.
Speaking to The
Middle East, Imtiaz
Dharker, a poet from
India, said she had been
very impressed by a series
of "amazing poets" she
had not heard before.
"Good poetry shines out,
whether it comes from a
man or a woman but the
voices of the women I
have heard in the festival
are particularly
powerful," Dharker noted.
(continued on page 25)


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merger" of Dubai
International Capital
Dubai International
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Mohammed, the ruler of
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as the UAE's vice-
president and prime
minister. The two, which
have more than $12bn in
assets, focus on his
investments and have
relied heavily on
borrowings to make
substantial high-profile
acquisitions both at


home and abroad. Other
consolidations are
reported to be taking
place within Dubai
Holding, another of
Sheikh Mohammed's
companies. Analysts say
that business model
must now be reviewed
and amended in light of
the global financial
turmoil.
"Sheikh Mohammed
promotes the growth of
Dubai in everything he
does, including in his
private investments,"
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Middle East and North
Africa for the US hedge
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Poetry Festival
(continued from page 24)
Although Nobel
Laureate Wole Soyinka
told The Middle East he
very much hoped future
festivals would see the
attendance of more
women poets "to broaden
the experience of the
event", those women who
were present were of
exceptional talent.
Emirati poet Nujoom Al
Ghanem, Rawdah Al Hajj
from Sudan and Syria's
Hala Mohammad were
compelling when
speaking in their native
language, and even those
among those members of
the audience who were
not Arabic speakers were
enthralled by the beauty
of their words.
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Arabic was not always
available, causing many
foreign poets problems.
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acute at an evening where
Dubai's Crown Prince,
Sheikh Hamdan bin
Mohammed bin Rashid
Al Maktoum Sheikh
Hamdan bin Mohammed
bin Rashid al Maktoum
and his brother Sheikh
Ahmed Sheikh Ahmed
gave a recital of their
work. It was clear from


the rhythm and metre of
their words, sometimes
delivered in an almost
"rap" style, that the
audience was listening to
something wholly unique.
Sadly, the subject matter
remained unknown to
much of the audience that
evening. In fact,
following in the footsteps
of their father, Dubai ruler
Sheikh Mohammed bin
Rashid Al Maktoum
Sheikh Mohammed bin
Rashid Al Maktoum, the
brothers' work reflected
striking visual imagery.
Jamal. Khalfan bin
Huwaireb, head of the
festival's organising
committee, told The
Middle East: "In Arabic
history Arabic history
poetry has always been a
mode of exchanging the


highest ideals and
building a common
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private banking at
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considered as takeover


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create Emirates National
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whose market
capitalisation is about
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been speculation that the
National Bank of Abu
Dhabi (NBAD), the
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institution in the
emirate, might follow
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the Abu Dhabi
Commercial Bank, both
of which are controlled
by one of the sovereign
wealth fund, the Abu
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outstrip ENBD to create
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Tomalin, its chief
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Poetry Festival
(continued from page 25)
language between
different cultures and
people. We hope to create
a platform for poets from
around the world to be
able to do this." And they
certainly succeeded.


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IMTIAZ DHARKER
Indian poet, artist and
documentary maker, she
grew up in Glasgow. Her
collections include
Purdah. Postcards from
God, I speak for the Devil
and The Terrorist At My
Table.
WHOLE SOLINKA
Born in 1934, the
Nigerian poet, author and
, playwright was, in 1986,


the first sub-Saharan
African to win the Nobel
Prize for Literature.
SHEIK HAMDAN


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RASHID AL
MAKTOUM (FAZZA)
Following in his
father's footsteps, he is
renowned for his Nabati
(Bedouin) poetry. He has
written several collections
of poetry under his pen
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expansion is part of our
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media in mid-February.
"We plan to open half a
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in Sudan and two in
Oman." The bank is also
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in Jordan and in Hong
Kong this year, he
added.
Another possible
combination centres on
the Dubai Islamic Bank
and Dubai Bank. Both
would make a good fit,
provided measures to
ensure procedural
integrity and
transparency are taken,
asserts Wadah Al Taha,
an independent banking
and market analyst in
Dubai. Other banks on


analysts' radar screens
include Union National
Bank and the
Commercial Bank of
Dubai.
Elsewhere, mergers
are being discussed
within the insurance
sector, which counts 27
local companies and 24
foreign-owned entities.
"Despite the positive
indicators of profits
made by the national
companies it is
necessary that national
firms head towards
mergers just like global
insurance companies
and banks that are now
involved in hundreds of
billions [of dollars] of
mergers," insists Fareed
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Poetry Festival
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name Fazza.
NUJOOM AL
GHANEM
Emirati poet, born in
Dubai in 1962, she has
published six collections
of poetry, the first being
Paradise Evening in 1989.


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Renowned for his
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of directors of the
Mohammed Bin Rashid
Al Maktoum Foundation.
S H E I K H
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RASHID AL
MAKTOUM
Dubai, ruler and UAE
prime minister, he
published his early poems
under the pseudonyms
Nedawi and Saleet. He is
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finest Nabati poets and
his writings cover topics
from love to current
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pointed out, which is
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UAE
(continued from page 27)
expected time frame."
The sector in the UAE
would see "more
prudence in design,
value engineering and
commercial feasibility
studies" undertaken
before projects are
finalised. "One will
witness more
consolidation ... be it in
mergers or
acquisitions," he added.
Other consolidations are
expected in the country's
small to medium-sized
firms, analysts say.
Government efforts to
improve the regulatory
climate regulatory
climate are also
expected to encourage
the consolidation
process, bankers and
analysts note. The
Emirates Securities and
Commodities Authority
said in January that it
would require that
companies in the
country disclose full
details on all types of
their exposure to
property as well as their
financial allocations and
cash and bank deposits
held abroad, as well as
in the UAE. The move is
being welcomed by
private and institutional
shareholders, as a sign


that the government is
eager to help provide
accurate asset
valuations.
In the medium to
longer term, a wave of
mergers and acquisitions
in the Emirates could
help put the UAE and
the GCC in a leading
international position
once the global financial
and economic downturn
stabilises, indicates
Saidi. The banking and
financial sectors in both
the US and the UK will
take at least two to three
years to restructure and
recapitalise, he feels,
and this will create
"opportunities for
emerging markets such
as China and the GCC to
grow their banking
sectors". The UAE and
other Gulf states could
learn from the mistakes
[of the US and the UK]
and emerge with
"stronger capital
markets and banking
sectors" that would
enable them to take
advantage of the new
global financial
infrastructure. "The
financial map of the
world is changing, and
is moving east."


Money -
(continued from page 28)
assessed accurately where
their millions of dollars
were going or whether
these courses were having
a positive impact on the
lives of Palestinian
women," she added.
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central West Bank city of
Ramallah, was established
in 1997 with funding from
the Netherlands
government, under the
auspices of Oxfam
Canada, as a
microfinancing
organisation aimed at
(continued on page 30)


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Money
(continued from page 29)
empowering Palestinian
women through financing
their business ventures.
E c o n o m i c
circumstances in the
Palestinian Territories are
dire, due to the
international embargo on
the Gaza Strip and the
devastating Israeli military
--- incursions. The lack of
freedom of movement and
access in the West Bank as
a result of Israel's military
restrictions there has also
severely damaged that
economy.
"High rates of
unemployment and
poverty have forced many
women to become the
breadwinners for their
families because many
Palestinian men have been
imprisoned for political
offences or are
unemployed. Some have
been left widowed with
Large families to raise. It
can mean the difference
between starvation and
survival for these women
and their families," says
Abboushi.
In Palestine's
patriarchal society, many
women find it hard to get
loans from the commercial
banks, as they are unable
to provide collateral and
few have business


experience. The
ownership of homes, land
and buildings is mostly
held by men.
"We specifically chose
to help female
entrepreneurs because
otherwise over 90% of our
loans would have gone to
men with more business
experience," Abboushi
told The Middle East.
"We provide loans
under several
programmes. Our risk
factor is higher since
profit, although important,
is not the bottom line. To
us, the most important
collateral is seeing women
succeed and become
socially independent
through operating their
own businesses and
running income-
generating projects.
"One of our
programmes is for poor
families to whom we give
an initial loans of $500 to
$1,500. Another
programme we have is the
group lending programme,
which offers a similar
amount to a 'collective'.
Individual loans can go up
to $5,000 and our small-
lending programme starts
at $5,000 and rises
according to the
borrower's ability to pay
back,"
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Asala provides loans to
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Projects include grocery
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However, the donors are
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that all microfinancing
projects should be self-
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Money
(continued from page 30)
sustainable.
"While we agree with
this fully, we explain that
our circumstances under
occupation and the
political turmoil in the
Palestinian Territories
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This was exacerbated
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its borders following
Hamas' military takeover
of the coastal Territory in
June 2007.
"We had 1,200
Palestinian women from
Gaza who were dependent
on our loans and could no
longer pay us back. We
didn't want them to lose
everything and end up in
enormous financial debt
so we suspended
repayments. We lost
$200,000 immediately,"
recalled Abboushi.
While Abboushi
despairs at the economic


and political situation, the
positive feedback from the
women her organisation
has helped sustains her
through the tough times. In
her capacity as executive
director, she has noticed an
enormous change in the
lives of Palestinian women
who have been given the
opportunity to start their
own businesses.
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surveys amongst our
clientele. Ninety-five per
cent of the women found
that they become more
assertive, in decision-
making involving family
finances following their
new role as breadwinners.
This has a positive effect
on the entire home as
women often use the
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household items for their
families.
"The women also found
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traditionally the exclusive
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"Anew independence is
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