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					                            THE SYRIAN-LEBANESE STAR           AN INDEPENDENT MONTHLY
                                                  SERVING AMERICANS OF ARABIC HERITAGE
                                                        Celebrating 45 Years of Service
                                        MEMBER ARAB-AMERICAN PRESS GUILD, AMERICAN LEBANESE CONGRESS
                                                             ESTABLISHED IN 1963
      $15.00 SUBSCRIPTION                              www.syrianlebanesestar.com               XLVII #12 DECEMBER 2009

     Consumers to Give Thanks                                   Online                       Saudi Arabia:                  Syria Comes in From the Cold
     During the Holiday Season                                 Magazine                      Woman Gets                        New reforms from Damascus point
    Since 2004, holiday                                      Puts Spotlight                   Lashes for                        to improved hopes for a brighter
 shoppers throughout the
                                                              on Muslim                        Sex Talk
                                                                                                                                    economic future for Syria.
                                                                Women
 country have supported
 the children of St. Jude by                                                                    A Saudi court on
 generously giving during                                       A Montclair State            Saturday sentenced a
 the annual Thanks and                                       University senior has           female journalist to 60
 Giving campaign.                                            enlisted writers from           lashes after she had been
    Even a sputtering           Marlo Thomas with St. Jude   around the world to             charged with involvement
                                patients.                    contribute to a magazine        in a TV show in which a
                                                             she created for Muslim          Saudi man publicly talked
     Patients, Families Celebrate
        (continued on page 14
                                                             women.                          about sex.
      Target House Anniversary
                                                                Yasmin Essa, 20,                Rozanna al-Yami, 22,
                                                             launched         Modest         is believed to be the first    Aleppo (above) is one of six ancient heritage sites in the country
                                this       year.      To     Beautiful Muslima in            Saudi woman journalist
                                                             July. The magazine caters                                         US President Barack            prosperity for Syria, as
                                commemorate 10 years                                         to be given such a
                                                                                                                            Obama's new dialogue              well as an end to its
                                of providing a home-
                                                                                                                            with Damascus heralds             political isolation. While
                                away-from-home for
                                                                      Americans Discover
                                                                                                                            the prospect of economic
                                                                  (continued on page 15)         (continued on page 25))
                                St. Jude patients and

                                                                    the Delights of Lebanon                                          Egyptian Cleric Plans
                                their families, Target
                                                                                                                                                                      (continued on page 8)

                                Corp. and St. Jude
 Tony Thomas, son of St.        celebrated
                                milestone with two
                                                    this                                                                               School Veil Ban
                                                                                                                                 The veils have nothing to do with
 Jude     founder     Danny
 Thomas, celebrated the 10th    days of special events
 anniversary of Target House    involving celebrities                                                                                religion, supporters say
 with St. Jude patients and
 their families at the          who     have     helped
 Fiestaval Carnival.            contribute to Target
    Target House, a             House over the years.
 long-term        housing          The       celebration
 facility for families of       kicked off Sept. 17
 patients     who     are       with     a     Fiestaval
                                                             Downtown Beirut has returned to reclaim its title “the Paris
 receiving     lifesaving       Carnival under a large       of the Middle East” and once again international tourists
 treatment at St. Jude,         tent on the St. Jude         are returning to sample its many attractions.
 turned "double-digits"                                          Just as officials from      the Israeli invasion in
                                                             President Obama's new           the summer of 2006, the
                                     (continued on page 8)

                                                             administration          are     country       is    again
                                                             opening up talks with           becoming a mecca for
                                                             Syria, its neighbour            tourists, this time from
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                                                             American media. And,            and other parts of the            Egypt's top Islamic            Sunni Islam's premier
                                                             for once, the news is           Arab Gulf. "After years        cleric is planning to ban         institute of learning,
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                                                                                           To All Our Readers & Advertisers From Our Staff
           Jacksonville News                                  ALSAC St. Jude family bids
  Page 2                                                                   THE SYRIAN-LEBANESE STAR                                               December 2009



 50th Anniversary               Weddings                        Farewell to Richard C.
                                                                                                                           Happy Holidays From:

   The Georges                 Khalil-Kelsey                         Shadyac Sr.
                                                                                                                       STRICKLAND & HOOTEN P.A.
                                                                      Beloved former CEO helped
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                               TRAVERSE CITY,
   Frances and Jack         Mich. - Heidi Kelsey
George celebrated their     and Michael Khalil,
65th wedding anniversary    both of Jacksonville,
with a family vacation to   were married at 4 p.m.
Daytona Beach.              Oct. 10 in Bayview
   They were married        Wesleyan Church.
Sept. 3, 1944, in St.          The bride is the
John's Cathedral in         daughter of Patricia
Jacksonville. She is the    and Patrick Kelsey,
former Frances Abraham.     Traverse City. She is
   Their children are       the granddaughter of
   Patsy      Loughman,     Jeanette and Charles
Kenneth George and          Cooney and Bonnie                Friends, family and          to 2005. He died Sept.
Barbara Perry, all of       Kelsey, all of Traverse        colleagues         are         16, 2009 after battling
Jacksonville.               City and all of whom           mourning the loss of           a lengthy illness.
   The Georges have         attended the wedding,          former ALSAC CEO                  Shadyac left an
three grandchildren and
                                                           Richard C. Shadyac Sr.,        indelible    mark      on
four greatgrandchildren.       (continued on page 10)      who served from 1992           ALSAC during his
                                                                                          tenure as CEO, helping
                                                                                          to     shepherd       the
                                                                                          f u n d r a i s i n g
                                                                                          organization through
                                                                                          the death of St. Jude
                                                                                          founder Danny Thomas
                                                                                          and presiding over a
                                                                                          four-fold increase in
                                      DINNER, RAW- BAR, DESSERT, WINE, COCKTAILS          fundraising to support
                                                                                          the growing needs of
                                         Located in Avondale, Orsay is dedicated to       St. Jude.
                                      craftsmanship, heritage, and thoughtful service        David L. McKee,
                                      in the French bistro tradition. The wine list has   ALSAC's            chief
                                      been carefully curated to compliment all of the     operating        officer,
                                      dishes,raw bar to omlets, lobster pot pie to our
                                                                                          served with Shadyac
                                       unparalleled creme brulee, while the cocktails
                                                                                          throughout his tenure
                                        are crafted in the traditions of fine American
                                                     bars and speakeasies.
                                                                                          and called him “a great
                                                                                          leader who helped
                                                                                          propel ALSAC and St.
                                                                                          Jude to unprecedented
                                                                                          heights.”
                                                                                             “Mr. Shadyac always
                                                                                          said that being CEO of
                                                                                          ALSAC wasn't a job. It
                                                                                          was a love affair,”
                                                                                          McKee said. “We will
                                                                                          always remember his
                                                                                          devotion,             his
                                                                                          commitment and his
                                                                                          love for the children of
                                                                                          St. Jude. He motivated
                                                                                          his staff to achieve
                                                                                          their best through his
                                                                                          own dedication, and he

                                                                                               (continued on page10)           Jacksonville, FL
                                                        The Emergence                                                         Jesus is the Living Word of
  Page 3                                                               THE SYRIAN-LEBANESE STAR                                                                               December 2009



                                                         of the Bible                                                        God, the Buble is the Written
                                                          in English                                                                 Word of God
                                                           Following Tyndale’s                                                 We read in the prophet
                                                        death, King Henry VIII                                              Isaiah 53: 1 "Who hath
                                                        decided that England                                                believed our report? and
                                                        needed a ver-nacular                                                to whom is the arm of the
                                                        Bible.                                                              Lord revealed?" The
   I hope you will         chosen     by    Danny          Myles        Coverdale                                              Muslims believe that
allow me to recognize      Thomas,            were      (1487-1569),       another              By Brother John
                                                                                                                            their Coran is the last
the passing of a great     marching orders for          dissident who had helped                                            message from God. My
                                                                                           Bible known as the
                                                                                                 Samaha, S.M.
member of our St.          Dick Shadyac and our         Tyndale with translation,                                           answer to the Muslims is
Jude family: Richard       founding generation.         was appointed editor.              Bishops' Bible. The              that they must understand
C. Shadyac Sr.                The first is a quote         Coverdale did some of           “Breeches Bible” was             that God is God. He is
   Dick Shadyac, my        from Kahlil Gibran -         the translation but: leaned        another name for the             Almighty. He knows the
father, was one of the     "He who denies his           heavily on the previous            Geneva Bible, the first to       end from the beginning.
legends of ALSAC           heritage     has     no      work of Tyndale, and               contain verse numbers,           He is not a God of
and St. Jude.              heritage." Danny and         omitted the controversial          and was made with the            confusion or a man to
   As I contemplated       our founders were            notes.                             Calvinists exiled to the                                                   that are written in this
                                                                                                                                                                        Rev. Fred Massabni
                                                                                                                            forget to give
my father's life I         motivated not only by           Dubbed the “Great               Continent during the                the world two books.                   book: And if any man
realized how much          the love of children,        Bible” because it was so           reign of Queen Mary.             God said in Revelation                    shall take away from the
three sayings in our       but by their desire to       large, this version was            Coverdale died as a leader       22:18-19 "For I testify                   words of the book of this
Pavilion    here     in    give back to this            placed in all English              of the Puritans.                 unto every man that                       prophecy, God shall take
Memphis mirror his         country, because of          churches by order of                  From      the    earlier      heareth the words of the                  away his part out of the
journey.        Those      the opportunities it         Henry. Among other                 political and religious          prophecy of this book, If                 book of life, and out of
inscriptions in the        gave them. And they          translations Coverdale             turmoil the seventeenth          any man shall add unto                    the holy city, and from the
Pavilion       ceiling,                                 influenced were the                century       saw       the      these things, God shall                   things which are written
                               (continued on page 11)
                                                        Geneva Bible and a                 appearance       of    two       add unto him the plagues
                                                        revision of the Great                    (continued on page 11)                                                   (continued on page 12)


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                                                                 Attendees Have a Blast
            Past President                                      at the Hafle’ on the Bayou
           Mary Jo Mansour                                                                  items was provided.
   Past President of the                                                                    Other activities that
Southern Federation of                                                                      took place in the room
Syrian         Lebanese                                                                     included slide shows,
American clubs. Past                                                                        Lebanese       movies,
                                                                                                                              Professional Cat Photography
President of Syra-Meric                                                                     games, bingo, and a
club ofAlexandria, La.                                                                      drabeke contest. On                      FelineFoto.com
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                                                            culture. Everyone got to
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                                                            as two-step, cedars as
                                                            well as cypress. The
                                                            Hilton Baton Rouge
                                                            Capitol Center was the
                                                            conference headquarters.
                                                            This historic, recently
                                                            renovated hotel on the
                                                            banks of the Mississippi
                                                            River     provided      an
                                                            exquisite backdrop for
                                                            the weekend of events.
                                                            The Cedars Heritage
                                                            Club of Baton Rouge was
                                                            proud to host the
                                                            Southern Federation and
                                                            its 63rd annual Mid-
                                                            Winter Conference.
                                                               The conference began
                                                            with the Executive Board
                                                            meeting on Thursday
                                                            afternoon           where
                                                            important      Federation
                                                            business was conducted.
                                                            Guests were welcomed at
                                                            a reception at Capitol
                                                            City Grill and enjoyed
                                                            each other's company.
                                                               On Friday morning,
                                                            guests made the short trip
                                                            down the road to
                                                            Hollywood Casino and
                                                            pressed     their    luck.
                                                            Throughout the weekend,
                                                            the Middle Eastern
                                                            Hospitality &Activity
                                                            Room was a gathering
                                                            place for everyone. The
                                                            Middle Eastern food
                                                            (especially those spinach
                                                            pies!) and ethnic coffees
                                                            (complete       with     a
                                                            costumed server) were
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                                                                             THE SYRIAN-LEBANESE STAR                                                                 December 2009


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    of Syrian and Lebanese heritage for over 45 years.                            Kirby Anne Kimber
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    'Age cannot wither her     words of the bard are                   might be “with difficulty.”                                            904-399-1966
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William Shakespeare of
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                                                                           FLORIDA
                                                                                                                              PET BOARDING
Syria                        (EU) in Brussels is also     Target House                      current Target House
                             holding      talks   with                                      residents celebrate at
                             Damascus to enable                                             the
                                                          (continued from page 1)
the global economic
(continued from page 1)

                                                                                                                             ALL BREED • PET GROOMING
                             Syria to use both its        campus.          Flamenco            "Big Top" birthday
downturn is currently                                     dancers swirled to the
                             pipeline links and ports                                       party.    They      were
reducing           export                                 music of a Mariachi
                             on the Mediterranean to                                        welcomed to Target
revenues,              the                                band while children
                             export Iraqi oil and gas                                       House       by     Tony
government of President                                   donned         sombreros,
                             to outlets in central and                                      Thomas, son of St.
Bashar Al Assad has                                       feather boas and fake
                             southern Europe over the                                       Jude founder Danny
launched a series of                                      moustaches. At center
                             coming              years.                                     Thomas. The circus-
reforms      aimed      at                                stage was a full-size
                             Meanwhile,        Brussels                                     themed        festivities
encouraging        private                                half pipe constructed
                             hopes that an estimated                                        included a full-size
enterprise and foreign                                    to      showcase           the
                             five billion cubic metres                                      carousel,       roaming
investment to make the                                    gravity-defying bicycle
                             of gas will come, via                                          circus performers, a
most of the country's                                     and skateboard tricks
                             Syria, from Iraq's huge                                        larger-than-life tiered
potential. Plans to join                                  performed by several
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the      World      Trade                                 extreme            athletes.
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Organisation by the end                                   Olympic snowboarder
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The country is already                                    GRAMMY              Award-
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                                                                                       FLORIDA
Lebanon                             topped Washington DC,           Veil Ban                                anonymity because he's
                                    Berlin and Las Vegas.                                                   not authorized to speak to
                                    Hundreds of readers                                                     the press, said the ban was
                                                                    (continued from page 1)
the Los Angeles Times
(continued from page 1)

                                    posted comments on the          Monday.                                 for security reasons.
reported in March.                                                     A security official also
                                    NYT's             website                                                  The moves appear to
"Foreign tourists have                                              told The Associated Press
                                    applauding their choice                                                 be part of a government
been flocking back to the                                           that police have standing
                                    and       the      paper's                                              campaign cracking down
Middle Eastern country's                                            verbal orders to bar girls
                                    designation of Beirut as                                                on increasingly overt
pine-covered mountains,                                             covered from head to toe
                                    the "Paris of the Middle                                                manifestations           of
fancy      Mediterranean                                            from entering al-Azhar's
                                    East".                                                                  ultraconservative Islam in
beach clubs and buzzing                                             institutions,   including
                                       For older visitors to                                                Egypt.
night life."                                                        middle and high schools,
                                    the Middle East, the                                                       While a vast majority
   As          Lebanon's                                            as well as the dormitories
                                    Times      was     simply                                               of Egyptian women wear
respected        English-                                           of several universities in
                                    recalling the title that                                                the headscarf, only a few
language newspaper, the                                             Cairo.
                                    Beirut enjoyed in the                                                   wear the niqab, which
Daily Star, pointed out                                                The official, who
                                    1960s and early 1970s,
recently, "For decades,                                             spoke on condition of
                                    before the start of its 15-
just saying the word
                                                                                                                   (continued on page 18)
                                    year civil war. When I
'Beirut' was to conjure
                                    arrived, as a student, for
up images of violence
                                    the    first    time      at
and brutality. The city, in
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                                                           FLORIDA/GEORGIA
Khalil-Kelsey               The groom graduated           Shadyac, Sr.                   cause since Danny
                            from       Jacksonville                                      Thomas       and    Mike
                            University and Florida                                       Tamer, the first CEO of
                                                          (continued from page 2)
and the late Donald
(continued from page 2)

                            State University.             invested his all into          ALSAC, launched this
Kelsey.The       bride                                    raising the funds that
                               Shelby Lewis was                                          remarkable institution."
graduated cum laude                                       St. Jude needed to
                            the maid of honor, and                                          Joseph G. Shaker,
from the University of                                    continue its lifesaving
                            Daniel Ezell was the                                         who served as chairman
North Florida. The                                        work.”
                            best man:The bride's                                         of the ALSAC Board of
groom is the son of                                          Shadyac, a former
                            sister, Hannah Kelsey;                                       Directors          during
Lena    and   Mufeed                                      attorney, joined the
                            the bride's cousin,                                          Shadyac's tenure as
Khalil, Jacksonville.                                     ALSAC/St.            Jude
                            Laura Hay; Elizabeth                                         CEO, offered praise by
He is the grandson of                                     Boards of Directors and
                            Classen and Elizabeth                                        comparing Shadyac to
Lydia    and   Benny                                      Governors in 1963 and
                            Campbell were the                                            St. Jude founder Danny
Zabaneh,     Amman,                                       acted      as     general
                            bridesmaids.      Steve                                      Thomas, saying "When
Jordan, and the late                                      counsel for ALSAC. He
                            Jeantet,        Andres                                       you say Danny Thomas,
Nagla Khalil and the                                      served as chairman of          the next words you say
late Michael Khalil.                                      the ALSAC Board of             are Dick Shadyac. You
                                                          Directors in the 1960s
                                 (continued on page 18)

                                                                                         can't get any closer to
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Very Truly Yours           important work of          Bible in English                came in the person of
                           what we call Danny's                                       Gregory Martin (d. 1582),
                           Army - those of you                                        a Catholic priest ordained
                                                      (continued from page 3)
wanted to give back in
(continued from page 3)

                           who have embraced          English translations that       at the English College in
the name of their                                     would endure in popular
                           the St. Jude cause as                                      Douai,      France.     He                         HAMID BARKAH
ancestry, thus our                                    use into the twentieth
                           your own. My father                                        returned to Douai after
name      -   American                                century: the Authorized
                           was a general in                                           starting the English
                                                                                                                                          (PRESIDENT)
Lebanese          Syrian                              Version, popularly called
                           Danny's Army, but he                                       College in Rome. Later
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                           of you who made our                                        moved to Rheims. It was
phrase we all know so                                    The Douay-Rheims
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well: "No child should                                Bible was the Roman
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became CEO. Having                                    disadvantage       among
                           times.                                                     translation. The New
just lost his friend and                              Protestants, who could
                              And they are tough.                                     Testament              was
confidant,        Danny                               quote be heart from the
                           You      are      surely                                   established in 1532, the
Thomas, he needed a                                   Bible in English. They
                           experiencing it as we                                      year of his death, and the
new way to inspire                                    also feared that Catholics
                           are here. But I hope                                       Old Testament in 1609.
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volunteers. He turned                                 Bibles laced with textual
                           and the children of St.                                    and its revisions remained
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them to share their
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                                                                                            (continued on page 19)

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                           work to cut expenses,
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                                                                                              GEORGIA
Written Word                               that He has fingers? Jesus          Mansour                       nurse. In 1979 she began
                                           is God's body. As it is                                           her career as a Real Estate
                                           written in Colossians                                             Broker, and received
                                                                               (continued from page 4)
in this book." God doesn't
(continued from page 3)

                                           1:15-19                             National Federation of        numerous awards and
change                 His                                                     Republican        Women.
                                              "Who is the image of                                           citations in recognition of
commandments or change                                                         Member of the Louisiana
                                           the invisible God, the                                            her hard work and
His mind to correct a                                                          Federation of Republican
                                           firstborn      of     every                                       innovative and ethical
mistake. I know for sure                                                       Women. She was a
                                           creature: For by him were                                         sales practices. She
that 75% of the Coran is                                                       member of the Louisiana
                                           all things created, that are                                      continued her Real Estate
taken from the Bible to                                                        Law       League       and
                                           in heaven, and that are in                                        practice until her death.
deceive the world that the                                                     sustaining member of the
                                           earth,      visible     and                                           She is survived by her
Coran and the Bible are                                                        Alexandria          Junior
                                           invisible, whether there                                          loving husband of 59
the same. Also, 25% of                                                         League. She was a
                                           be thrones, or dominions,                                         years, Judge Alfred
the Coran is myth and                                                          founding member of the
                                           or principalities, or                                             Ameen Mansour; sons Dr.
curses upon the infidel.                                                       mardi gras Krewe of
                                           powers: all things were                                           Alfred Ameen Mansour,
We are not infidels!                                                           Medea.
                                           created by him, and for                                           Jr. and wife, Maryetta; Dr.
   The             prophet                                                        She previously owned
                                           him: And he is before all                                         Richard Preston Mansour
Mohammed said in his                                                           and operated a maternity
                                           things, and by him all                                            and     wife,     Merriall;
Coran that if you have any                                                     and child's shop and later
                                           things consist. And he is                                         daughter,           Sharon
differences go to the                                                          a jewelry and gift shop. In
                                           the head of the body, the                                         Mansour Meek and
Gospel. Read Saurat the                                                        1976 she received an
                                           church: who is the                                                husband, Dr. James
table or El Maida chapter                                                      associate     degree     in
                                           beginning, the firstborn                                          Meek; 7 grandchildren
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                                                                               (continued from page 4)
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ringer of God. Secondly,                                                                                     Arabic music began as
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                                             GEORGIA/SOUTH CAROLINA
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                                                                                                                                  Restaurant
(continued from page 5)

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                                            CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA
Give Thanks                     founder Danny Thomas,         Vicar                         congregation         were
                                this national fundraising                                   killed.
                                campaign has become a                                          Why do you agree
(continued from page 1)                                       (continued from page 6)
   economy could not            holiday tradition.            Iraq.                         with the war in Iraq?
dampen the dedication of           The          campaign's       "There's no mistake it        What I really want to
employees of the more           signature call to action -    was a wonderful act in        say is that the American
than 50 corporate partners      “Give thanks for the          history," White said.         people have done an
who participated in the         healthy kids in your life,       Here's what else he        incredible job of getting
2008 Thanks and Giving          and give to those who are     told the Times-Union.         Iraq back. Yes, it's cost
campaign.              They     not.” - truly resonates          Tell us about your         lives, but it's given a
encouraged customers to                                       church.
give to St. Jude through
                                with consumers.
                                                                 Our church is not just
                                                                                            nation back to itself.                    313 KING STREET
add-ons at the register or
                                   During Thanks and
                                                              a church. We employ
                                                                                               Do you see any signs               HISTORIC CHARLESTON, SC
                                Giving,             people                                  of hope amid all that
by purchasing specialty         throughout the country        four     doctors,      four   violence?
merchandise,             and    will learn, through a         dentists, pharmacists, a         If you asked me that
millions of American                                          full clinic, a school, a
                                                                                                                                         843.722.1776
consumers did not let
                                series of print, broadcast
                                                              kindergarten and we
                                                                                            question two years ago,
                                                                                                                                   MONDAY - SATURDAY 9-6
                                and Internet ads, about                                     during the surge, I would
gloomy economic news            the remarkable strides St.    give all of our people        have said yes. ... Iraq is
prevent      them      from     Jude is making in curing      food every week. And
supporting the lifesaving       and treating catastrophic     we have a congregation            (continued on page 20)
work of St. Jude. Holiday       childhood diseases.           of 3,700 people.
shoppers purchased plush           Celebrity        friends      Is the church part just
pandas at Kay Jewelers          Jennifer Aniston, Robin       for Westerners in Iraq?
and chocolates at Target.       Williams, Reggie Bush            We have the U.S.
At Kmart, Dick's Sporting       and Antonio Banderas          chapel, with military
Goods and Autozone,             will once again appear in     mainly      and      some
they added donations to         television     spots    for   diplomats. And we have
their purchases.                Thanks and Giving.            the Iraqi church. But we
   Those companies and             And the work of the        consider ourselves as
more are poised to repeat                                     one. And every week we
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                                hospital will also be
that success this year                                        meet as one. It's a very
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when the sixth annual           such network programs as      real and substantive
                                                                                                   ARTISTIC HISTORY AND CONTEMPORARY SOPHISTICATION.   THREE TALL WINDOWS

Thanks       and     Giving     NBC's TODAY show and          relationship.                        LET IN STREAMING NATURAL LIGHT DURING THE DAYTIME AND ALLOW BEAUTIFUL

campaign kicks off Nov.         Access Hollywood.                Reports say 11 of the
27, the start of the nation's
                                                                                                     VIEWS OF THE STREETSCAPE AS THE EVENING SUN SETS.   THE
                                                              13      people     you've
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children of St. Jude                 (continued on page 20)   members        of       my                 FOR INQUIRIES, CONTACT: EVENTS@MCCRADYSRESTAURANT.COM




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                                           CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA
Women                         women,        spur    frank    Saadawi                        the trendy North London
                              discussions about women                                       borough of Islington,
                              in Islam and "bring                                           where     the    designer
                                                             (continued from page 7)
   to Muslim women
(continued from page 1)

                              Muslim and non-Muslim          activist, Dr Nawal El          clothes shops are bustling
while tackling topics                                        Saadawi. On a whistle-
                              sisters together."                                            and the pavement cafes
including beauty, fitness,                                   stop visit to London to
                                 "I think it combats a lot                                  overflowing on the sunny
health, family, food and                                     help      promote        the
                              of misconceptions," Essa                                      April Sunday afternoon
religion. Since then, the                                    relaunch of four of her
                              said. "Most of the time,                                      we meet.
bimonthly           online                                   publications, Dr Saadawi
                              differences        between                                       Her ready smile is just
magazine has attracted                                       took time out to talk to
                              religions are based on a                                      the same, although her
more than 800 readers                                        Pat Lancaster
                              lack of knowledge," she
from      30    countries,                                      It's several years since
                              said. "We’re not born
including the U.K., China                                    I last interviewed Nawal
                                                                                                (continued on page 21)

                              hating each other."
and Egypt.                                                   El Saadawi, maybe as
                                 Recent           articles
   Essa, an Egyptian-                                        many as 15, we decide.
                              included profiles of
American       who       is                                  But       she      still--at
                              Muslim female business
majoring in business,                                        approaching 78 years of
                              owners, a story about
marketing              and                                   age--cuts a striking figure
                              exercising           during
management, said editing                                     as she strides across the
                              Ramadan and essays from
and publishing the non-                                      foyer of her London
                              young Muslim women on
profit magazine has                                          hotel. She is not staying
                              the choice to wear a hijab,
helped her reconnect with                                    at one of those swanky
                              or headscarf.
her Islamic faith, and she                                   Park Lane establishments
                                 "Some people are
hopes it will erase                                          but in a luxury oasis of
                              under the impression that
stereotypes about Muslim                                     calm right in the heart of
                                    (continued on page 20)

                                                             Influential Arabs
                                                             (continued from page 7)
                                                             and a variety of what
                                                             might be termed "movers
                                                             and shakers" living
                                                             elsewhere      for    their
                                                             opinions, to give us a
                                                             global, rather than a
                                                             localised overview. We
                                                             approached people in the
                                                             Gulf,     Europe,       the


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                                                             well as the Near, Middle


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                                                             to nominate five living


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                                                             Arabs and explain in a
                                                             couple of sentences why
                                                             each had been selected,
                                                             then we collated the
                                                             information. We were
                                                             sometimes surprised but
                                                             always fascinated by the
                                                             results. There can be no


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  Page 16                                                                    THE SYRIAN-LEBANESE STAR                                                              December 2009

                                              CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA
Syria                           organisations to provide        Target House
                                relief for farmers and to
                                preserve livestock herds.
                                                                (continued from page 8)
fees and port revenues.
(continued from page 8)

                                Investment      in     the      Jonas          Brothers
   Current shortages of                                         Karaoke Stage in the
                                country's             rich
fuel have led to a                                              current dining room,
                                agricultural         areas
decrease in industrial                                          Amy Grant Music
                                adjoining the coast could
production in some                                              Room, Paisley Lodge
                                help      increase     the
sectors, such as cement                                         and     Sean    Conway
                                production of fruits and
and steel. However,                                             Courtyard, which all
                                vegetables, both for
government plans to                                             received makeovers to
                                Syria's own growing
develop new electricity                                         help     inspire     and
                                agro-industries and for
utilities based on solar                                        enhance resident life at
                                export.
power       and      other                                      Target House.
                                   The rapid expansion
alternative      energies                                           "Over the past 10
                                of      the     oil-based
continue.          Private                                      years, Target House
                                economies of Saudi
investment in electricity                                       has become such a
                                Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar
production             and                                      vital part of the St.
                                and the UAE, as well as
distribution is being                                           Jude community, that
                                economic growth in
welcomed,       as      are                                     it's hard to remember
                                neighbouring Lebanon,
measures to ensure                                              what the hospital was
                                has helped fuel demand
investors can benefit                                           like without it," says
                                for Syrian products,
from market, rather than                                        Marlo          Thomas,
                                including        textiles,
subsidised, prices.                                             National       Outreach
                                pharmaceuticals, cotton
   Measures to develop                                          Director for St. Jude.
                                and other agricultural
another important sector,                                       "More than just a warm
                                produce, according to
agriculture, are also                                           and beautiful housing
                                official reports. As a
under way. Agriculture                                          facility, it is a safe
                                result, Syria's non-oil
contributes 20% of the                                          haven for the moms
                                exports provided more
country's gross domestic                                        and dads and children
                                than $12.5bn in revenues
product (GDP), but has                                          of St. Jude - a place of
                                in 2007.
also been declining in                                          family and community,
                                   In March, another
recent years, largely due                                       a place of shared
                                new marker of reform
to the worst drought                                            journeys of pain and
                                was confirmed when the
conditions in 40 years.                                         celebration that is as
                                Damascus       Securities
   Plans     to    expand                                       much a part of the
                                Exchange          opened,
irrigation      facilities,                                     healing process as the
                                allowing for trading in
specially in the western                                        medical       treatment
                                the shares of private
part of the country and                                         itself. Target House is
                                companies. Six of the
along the Mediterranean                                         a blessing to all of us."
                                country's          largest
coast continue, along                                               Target House has
                                concerns, including the
with       efforts       to                                     served as a temporary
                                Bank of Syria and
coordinate action with                                          home-away-from-home
i n t e r n a t i o n a l                                       to more than 1,300
                                                                families from around
                                       (continued on page 22)

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                                       CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA
Lebanon                     wore on, I saw jetsetters   Festival, to have fun in      rich and varied nightlife-
                            and     world-renowned      its palace of the rich--the   -particularly in the
                            film stars arrive for       Casino de Liban--to           trendy       Gemmayzeh
would have put most
(continued from page 9)

                            performances at the         bask in its magnificent       district of East Beirut--
European    cities   to
                            country's famed Baalbek     coastal beach clubs or to     resorts which cater to
shame. As the next year
                                                        sample the delights of its    families as well as
    Best Wishes to our Many Syrian & Lebanese           glorious ski slopes, spas,    singles, historic sites and
              Friends & Customers                       hotels and restaurants in     archaeological ruins in
                                                        the mountains at Faraya,      Mount Lebanon, the
                                                        Kfardebian, Bhamdoun          Bekaa       Valley      and
                                                        or Beiteddine.                Byblos.
                                                           Today, as both the LA         "Lebanon has come
                                                        Times and the NYT             full circle," the minister
                                                        pointed out, visitors can     of      tourism,       Elie
                                                        once again sample these       Marouni, has written on
                                                        famed attractions as well     his ministry's website.
                                                        as enjoy its new and          "One thing is for certain,
                                                        exquisitely refurbished       the country ... has once
                                                        five-star hotels, cosy        again rejoined the elite
                                                        restaurants,       organic    list of most popular
                                                        "gastro" foods and fine       tourist destinations in
                    Charleston, SC                      wines, along with its         the Middle East."
  Page 18                                                                     THE SYRIAN-LEBANESE STAR                                                      December 2009

                                                 CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA
Veil Ban                        dates back to tribal,            Khalil-Kelsey                the flower girls.
                                nomadic societies living                                         The bride's nephew,
                                in the Arabian desert                                         Aidan Kelsey, was the          Saffron Bakery & Cafe
                                                                 (continued from page 10)
covers the face and is
(continued from page 9)

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conservative form of                                             Kelsey,    and     the                                         Mediterranean groceries & breads
                                light when he told a                                          couple will live in
Wahhabi Islam. The trend                                         groom's        cousin,
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                                off her niqab.
   There is no uniform
                                   Tantawi was inspecting        Shadyac, Sr.
religious opinion across
                                                                                                         The management & staff wishes all our Arabaic
                                al-Azhar's schools at the
the Muslim world about
                                                                 (continued from page 10)
                                start of the academic year
                                                                                                         Friends & Customers a Happy Holiday Season
whether a head scarf —                                           and families of St.
                                to check on measures in
much less a face veil — is                                       Jude, and their stories
                                place to stem the spread
required.                                                        have helped spread the




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                                of swine flu, according to
   The majority of Islamic                                       mission of the hospital
                                details of the visit
scholars say the face veil                                       ever since.
                                published       by     the
is not required but is                                              Shadyac played a
                                independent daily Al-
merely a custom that                                             major role in the
                                       (continued on page 22)    growth of St. Jude
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                                                              NORTH CAROLINA
                               Hence,     “the    King's                                     Louisiana State Museum.
                                                                                                                              Happy Holildays to all Our
Bible in English
                               English.”
                                                            Attendees
                                                                                             Both buildings featured
                                  The controversies and                                      the best that Louisiana
version in English until                                                                                                        Friends & Customers!
(continued from page 11)                                    (continued from page 12)

                               intrigue     surrounding     full all night long!             has to offer and truly
the    Second     Vatican                                      On Saturday morning,
                               Biblical translations in                                      showcased the unique
Council.                                                    more Federation and
                               English virtually abated                                      culture of the state. After
   Almost in response,                                      Foundation business was
                               with the ascendance of                                        the tours, the Young
King James I ordered an                                     conducted.        Meetings
                               the Douay-Rheims Bible                                        Professionals gathered at
English translation of the                                  included those of the Past
                               and the King James                                            the Wine Loft for a social
entire Bible to be used in                                  Presidents, State Vice-
                               Version. Another surge in                                     and the Young Adults
all the churches of                                         presidents,          Club
                               new translations and                                          made a trip to the
England.       Forty-eight                                  Presidents, and the
                               animated      discussions                                     Louisiana Arts & Science
scholars were chosen                                        Foundation.          That
                               came only in the                                              Museum                 and
from         Westminster,                                   afternoon, guests were
                               twentieth century.                                            Planetarium. Saturday              Commercial • Residential
Cambridge, and Oxford,                                      treated to tours of the
                                  Among      the   most                                      evening, over 30 children           Manufactured Homes
and the work apportioned                                    New State Capitol and
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among them. An editorial                                    the            world-class
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Give Thanks                   tailor their support for the   Women                         for the magazine about
                              children of St. Jude. 1                                      how non-Muslim men
                              give my voice encourages                                     perceive Muslim women.
                                                             Muslim women are
                                                             (continued from page 15)
2009 to broaden its reach
(continued from page 14)

                              Facebook and Twitter                                            "People come up to me
to the Spanish language                                      forced to wear the                                                           Founded in 1928
                              users to post messages                                       and say, ‘I read this and I
population. Joining the                                      headscarf," said Essa,
                              about their support of St.                                   didn’t know this — I
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                              Jude and become online                                       thought it was this way,’ "
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musician and actor Luis                                      ago. "Yeah, in some
                              Through I give my vision,                                       Ari L. Goldman,            Variety of Landscaping Materials • Brick Sculptures
Fonsi, who will share the                                    countries     that    does
                              visitors to the Thanks and                                   professor of religion and
mission of St. Jude                                          happen unfortunately, but                                   Produce Concrete Masonry Units • Concrete Block
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   This November, the                                        supposed to be the
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                              choose 1 give my energy                                      engage        non-Muslim
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                              hospital.                                                    women involved in this
in the fight against deadly                                  Beautiful Muslima.
                                 Throughout            the                                 project, it’s a way of
childhood diseases.                                              She met some through
                              holiday      season,     the                                 saying ‘I’m beautiful too.
   Building on the success                                   mutual friends and others
                              Thanks       and     Giving                                  Just because I cover my
of previous Thanks and                                       through the Facebook
                              campaign              offers                                 hair doesn’t mean that I’m
Giving campaigns, this                                       social network, where the
                              numerous opportunities to                                    not living the American
year's effort will see an                                    magazine has a page, and
                              spread the word about                                        dream," Goldman said,
expanded Give thanks.
Walk. program, plus a
                              how the work at St. Jude
                                                             the     Twitter     micro-
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                                                                                           adding, "It makes them              TERMITE & PEST
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                              has changed the way the
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for St. Jude.                                                followers.
   The first Give thanks.
                              childhood diseases. “This
                                                                 Essa, of Edison, said
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Walk. was held last year,
                              service, to let parents
                                                             she is proud that some
                                                                                           be getting non-Muslims
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and St. Jude supporters                                      non-Muslims           read
                              throughout the United                                        to see this."
descended on shopping                                        Modest           Beautiful                                                 CHARTER #130
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malls in 15 cities across                                    Muslima as well. Some
                              research and treatment                                       least two weekend days a
the country for a 5K walk.                                   have told her they love the
                              that is conducted at St.                                     month       making      the           Over 34 Years Experience
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has expanded into 40
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                              introduction of what                                              costs,        including
                              Damascus calls a "social                                          expenses not covered
                                                               (continued from page 16)
Overseas, Arab Bank--
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                                 "People will have                                              decision,” White said.
Advertising            and                                     staying as long as three
                              difficulty in accepting                                           “I     was    fortunate
Marketing, have now                                            years.
                              the changing role of the                                          enough to come down
gone public.                                                      This commitment is
                              government," Dardari                                              here and see what St.
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are applying for a listing,
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                              GDP was expected to
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(continued from page 25)
level outrage, savage        back to Cairo within the
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responsible for caretaking
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the country's prestigious
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goodwill ambassador to
                                                           culture and heritage. In
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In 2006, he won an Emmy
                               career as a teacher of      Dubai, to help the World
for his TV documentary
                               business and accounting.    Health       Organisation      Fahd Hariri is the
work.
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                                                              COLORADO/UTAH
Influential Arabs             1997 settled in Dubai,        University, amongst other
                              where he worked with          high ranking academic
                              some of the city's most       positions,        Sheikh
elected MP for the city of
(continued from page 31)

                              prominent fashion houses.     Nahayan is also Chairman
Essaouira. He is also
                              In 2001, he established       of the Abu Dhabi Group,
known        for       his
                              his own haute couture         Union National Bank, and
philanthropic       work,
                              fashion house in Dubai.       United Bank Ltd and both
heading up one of the
                              Rami Al Ali's designs find    the founder and Chairman
largest           charity
                              favour with both Arab and     of Bank Alfalah Limited.
organisations in Morocco.
                              European           clients,   He is also head of             Dr Al Barrak is
                              including royalty.            WARID            Telecom    recognised for expanding
                                                            International.              Kuwait's               Mobile
                                                                                        Te l e c o m m u n i c a t i o n s
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                                                              PARK CITY, UTAH
Influential Arabs                The head of Al Jazeera     (Saudi Arabia)                                             Alghanim Industries, he      vision of and investment
                              was born in Jenin in 1969.                                                               represents his family's      in the future of energy and
                              Khanfar             studied      The past President of                                   majority share in Gulf       environmental
of Celtel in Africa, and
(continued from page 32)

                              engineering      at     the   Saudi     Aramco,       the                                Bank. He is a founding       sustainability. Recently
the rebranding of the
                              University of Jordan and      world's     largest      oil                               shareholder of Perella       appointed as a board
entire company as Zain.
                              went on to complete           company until the end of                                   Weinberg Partners and        member of the Young
He is known as an
                              postgraduate studies in       2008, having succeeded                                     Chairman       of    Injaz   Arab               Leaders
"inspirational" CEO. Zain
                              philosophy,       African     the current Minister of Oil                                Kuwait. He began his         Organisation, he has held
has received worldwide
                              studies, and international    and Petroleum, Ali Al                                      career in the Investment     positions at companies
recognition      for   the
                              politics. He learned his      Naimi in 1995. A               College to take up a        Banking Division of          i n c l u d i n g
introduction      of   the
                              trade from the ground up,     graduate of AUB who            commission in the Royal     Morgan Stanley, London,      ADNOC/GASCO, and
world's first borderless
                              working as a journalist in    completed               the    Saudi Air Force (RASF)      where he specialised in      served as MD for the
mobile service, "One
                              various     war       zones   Programme               for    where he commanded          advisory          services   Dubai Department of
Network",            which
                              including     Iraq,     and   M a n a g e m e n t            fighter       squadrons.    involving merger and         Tourism and Commerce
abolished high roaming
                              Afghanistan. He became        Development at Harvard         Following his tenure as a   acquisition transactions     in Los Angeles.
charges for its customers
                              Managing Director of the      University in 1976,            popular Ambassador to       and corporate finance
in 16 countries.
                              Al Jazeera Channel in         Jum'ah joined Saudi            the United States of        restructuring.
                              2003,     and     Director    Aramco in 1968 and was         America (1983-2005),
                              General of the Al Jazeera     appointed President in         Prince    Bandar     was
                              Network in 2006.              November 1995. He              appointed      Secretary-
                                                            remains an influential         General of the National
                                                            member of the Saudi            Security Council in 2005.
                                                            Aramco       Board       of
                                                            Directors.


                                                                                                                                                      Zaha Hadid (Iraq)

                                                                                                                         Sultan Ali Al Jaber           This        Iraqi-born
  Hanan Al        Shaykh
                                                                                                                       (UAE)                        architect received a
(Lebanon)
                                                                                                                                                    degree in mathematics
                                Adnan Ahmed Yousif                                                                        He is CEO of the Abu      from     the    American
   Born in Beirut in 1945,
                              (Bahrain)                                                                                Dhabi Future Energy          University of Beirut
this author rose from
                                                                                             Omar K. Alghanim          Company,      which    is    before           studying
humble beginnings to
                                 The CEO of Albaraka                                       (Kuwait)                    mandated       by    the     architecture in London.
become one of the Arab
                              Banking Group (ABG),            Amr Diab (Egypt)                                         government to undertake      Known as an artist who
world's         best-loved
                              he is one of the premier                                        Outside his operating    and drive the Masdar         consistently pushes the
writers. By the age of 16,
                              names in the Arab world          A popular singer and        responsibilities       at   Initiative--Abu Dhabi's      boundaries of architecture
she had already published
                              in terms of Islamic           composer of jeel music,
essays in the newspaper
                              banking. He had a             he is the "contemporary
                                                                                                                                                         (continued on page 34)

al-Nahar, before going on
                              distinguished career with     face of Egyptian al-jeel
to study at the American
                              the     Arab     Banking      pop music", according to
College for Girls in Cairo.
                              Corporation, culminating      World Music, and the
Her book Women of Sand
                              in his appointment to the     most popular singer in the
and Myrrh was chosen as
                              board of that bank. He is     Middle East. Awarded
one of the 50 Best Books
                              also the Chairman of          "The     World     Music
of 1992 by Publishers
                              Albaraka             Turk     Award" in 1998, 2002 and
Weekly (USA). Her
                              Participation      Bank,      2007, Diab is sometimes
novels, all written in
                              Banque          Albaraka      referred to as "the father
Arabic,     have      been
                              d'Algerie, Albaraka Bank      of Mediterranean music",
translated into nine other
                              Ltd     South     Africa,     following the creation of
languages.
                              Albaraka Lebanon and          his own unique style. The
                              the European Islamic          style of Mediterranean
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                                                                             UTAH
Influential Arabs                                          Global Leaders.             geology at Stanford     Saudi Aramco and began
                                                                                       University, he joined   climbing the managerial        M o h a m m a d
                                                             Ali bin Ibrahim Al                                ladder until he became       Dahmash (Dubai)
and urban design, her
(continued from page 33)

                                                           Naimi (Saudi Arabia)                                President, the first Saudi
work experiments with
spatial quality, extending                                                                                     to do so. His experience        Mohammad Dahmash
                                                              Al Naimi has held the                            of the oil industry is       is a partner and leader of
and intensifying space,
                                                           position of Saudi Arabian                           highly regarded and he is    Ernst & Young's Real
light and landscape. She
                                                           Minister of Petroleum and                           always       a     popular   Estate Transaction and
received      international
                                                           Mineral Resources since                             participant at industry      Advisory Services Group
acclaim in 2004 when she
                                                           1995. After completing                              meetings, much valued        in the Middle East. Based
won       the     Ptritzker
                                Naguib O. Sawiris          his Masters degree in                               for his wit and wisdom.
Architecture Prize. More
recently, she designed one    (Egypt)
                                                                                                                                                (continued on page 35)

of the London 2012
Olympic stadiums and             He is Chairman and
new projects include a        CEO      of     Orascom
major bridge in Abu           Telecom, one of Egypt's
Dhabi. Her paintings,         largest     and     most
drawings and methods          d i v e r s i f i e d
continue to be the subject    conglomerates,        and
of interest and intense       Chairman of the Board of
debate the world over.        Wind Telecomunicazioni
                              SpA and Mobinil. He is a
                              member of the Advisory
                              Committee to the New
                              York Stock Exchange
                              Board of Directors and
                              holds membership of both
                              the Board of Trustees and
                              the Board of Directors of
                              the     Arab    Thought
                              Foundation and the
                              Cancer Society of Egypt.
  Sheikha Mozah bint
Nasser Al Missned
(Qatar)

   Sheikha Mozah bint
Nasser Al Missned has
been actively engaged in
education and social
reforms in Qatar for many
years, playing a major
role in spearheading
national and international      Ibrahim           Helal
development       projects.   (Egypt)
She serves as the Chair of
Qatar's Foundation for           He has more than 18
Education, Science and        years of experience in
Community Development         international journalism
and as President of the       and joined Al Jazeera
Supreme Council for           English from the BBC,
Family Affairs. In 2005,      where he was Project
she was selected as a         Director for the Middle
member of the high level      East, responsible for the
group of the UN Alliance      training and development
of Civilisations. In 2007,    of       Arab        media
she was awarded the           organisations. Working
Chatham House Award in        for the BBC Arabic
recognition      of    her    Service in London, he
commitment               to   participated in the launch
progressive education and     of its Arabic website and
community welfare and         was chosen by the WEF
advocacy      of    closer    to be one of the Cloo
relations between Islamic     council for dialogue
countries and the West.       between civilisations, and
                              as one of the Young
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                                                                         MICHIGAN
Influential Arabs                                                                           Group, the country's
                                                                                            largest private holding
                                                                                            company. She has been
(continued from page 34)

                                                                                            involved with the Fez
                                                                                            Sacred Music Festival
                                                                                            and is a keen supporter of
                                                                                            local cancer associations.



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                              and the US (2005-2007).      since 1983. Dabdoub first
                              From 1977 to 2001, the       joined NBK in 1961
in Dubai, he pioneered the    Prince was the Director      where       his     career
firm's          influential   General of the General       progressed from Head of
benchmark           survey    Intelligence Directorate.    Credit to Deputy Chief
covering the Middle           He is one of the founders    Executive Officer in
East's hotel sector. With     of the King Faisal           1969, to CEO in 1983 and
his expertise Ernst &         Foundation and the           to Group CEO in 2008.
                              Chairman of the King         Before embarking on his             Asma Assad (Syria)
Young has won several
prestigious awards for its    Faisal     Centre      for   banking career Dabdoub
                              Research and Islamic         studied in Bethlehem,               As the first lady, she
real estate and other                                                                       initiated and supported
services in the Middle        Studies in Riyadh. He is     Turkey, and at Stanford
                              also co-chair of the C100    University, California. In       programmes designed to
East, including citations                                                                   foster           economic
                              Group, which has been        December 1997 he was


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from Euromoney and                                                                          development and improve
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                              since 2003.                  of the Year" by the Union        the quality of life for
                                                           of Arab Banks.                   Syrian people. In July
                                                                                            2001, she established
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                                                                                            development         NGO,
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                                                           Salma (Morocco)                  and history of Syria.
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Muammar Gaddafi and              A    leading     media
head of the Gaddafi           personality in the Middle       Born Salma Bennani in
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for Charity Associations.     of one of MBC TV's most      of any Moroccan ruler to                                          GRAND RAPIDS, MI 49504
The Foundation has            popular             social   have    been      publicly
played a significant and      programmes, she has          acknowledged and given
beneficial role overseas,     become a celebrity, a        a royal title. Princess
especially in conducting      regular contributor to the   Lalla holds a degree in
negotiations and ransom       WEF and is often asked to    computer science. After                                            For program information
payments for the release      contribute to issues         graduation, she worked in
of hostages. Self Al Islam    relating to Arab society,    Casablanca       as     an
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including          Libya's    West. In 2005, she
                                                                                                  (continued on page 36)

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Influential Arabs                   duties of Crown Prince,          the Board of a variety of       (Egypt)
                                    Sheikh Salman was Vice           organisations, including
                                    Chairman of the Bahrain          the Arab Investment
(Egypt)
(continued from page 35)

                                    Centre for Studies and           Company. His opinions
                                    Research from 1992 to            are much valued by the
    Born in 1931, this
                                    1995, Under-Secretary of         IMF; he was a member of
grande dame of Arab
                                    Defence from 1995 to             the Negotiation Team on
literature and progressive
                                    1999, and Chairman of            the accession of Saudi
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nonfiction writer and
                                    Chairman of the Supreme          Medal of the First Order
lifelong political activist.
                                    Council for Youth and            for his services to the            CEO of PIMCO, he
Her novels and books on
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the situation of women
                                    spearheaded a major                                              Harvard Business School,
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                                    national initiative to bring       Mohammed El Erian
Arabic and translated into
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as many as 30 languages.
                                                                                                           (continued on page 37)
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Influential Arabs            Thani (Qatar)                    Queen            Rania     she earned a degree in
                                                           (Jordan)                      Business Administration
                                She      was     named                                   from AUC. She has
and has published widely
(continued from page 36)

                             "Woman CEO of the                                           campaigned for rights for
on economic and finance
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                                                                                                (continued on page 38)
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Influential Arabs                                          year-old Omani explorer
                                                           is the first GCC Arab to           He is the current
                                                           attempt to walk to the          Secretary General of
on the video-sharing
(continued from page 37)

                                                           North Pole, where he            OPEC. His previous roles
website YouTube. Her
                                                           intends to plant the            in Libya include: Minister
informal style has made
                                                           Omani flag. He embarked         of Petroleum; Minister of
her a firm favourite
                                                           upon his historic venture       Energy and Electricity;
internationally. She is a
                                                           in April and is expecting       and     Deputy     Prime
strong role model in
                                                           to reach his destination        Minister for Services. El
Jordan and the Arab
                             1957.      Ben    Yahmed      sometime this month. A          Badri has also served as
world, blending being a
                             founded the authoritative     former rifleman in the          Chairman of the Waha Oil
wife and mother with a
                             weekly magazine Jeune         British      Army,    his       Company and the Libyan
successful working life,
                             Afrique        in    1961.    nickname, Sultan of             National Oil Company.
and is an example of the
                             Emigrating from his           Snow, comes from his            He has played a vital role
"new" Arab woman to
                             homeland first to Rome        involvement with snow-          in attempting to get
those outside the region.
                             and then to Paris in 1964,                                    Libyan oil production
                             he is the head of a                                           back on an even keel,
  Bechir Ben Yahmed
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(Tunisia)
                             launched La revue pour                                        and neglect resulted in
                             l'intelligence du monde in                                    production losses.
   Born in 1928, he
launched L'action in 1955    2006.
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1985, Egyptian-born El
(continued from page 38)

                                                                                          construction,        hotels,
Diwany founded a public
policy and management
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consultancy firm, Public
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