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The Lebanese Heritage
From British Columbia to the world...

August-September 2012 - Volume 2012, No.04 - Special Issue

Special Issue - August & September 2012
(Covering WLCU BC Council/PIRC Summer Activites)


By Carlos G. Wagner Professor of Ancient History at University Complutense and CEFYP President
(Who signed the MoU from University of Madrid with Dr. Chamoun/PIRC)

It was the ancient Greeks who gave the name, "Phoenicians" to the inhabitants of the coastal strip of the eastern Mediterranean. This country called Phoenicia was made up of sailors and merchants.  The inhabitants began to frequent Euboea since the early ninth century B.C. or even a little earlier.  The extent to which its people traveled had been extensive since ancient history. In the late Bronze Age, the emergence of a people like the Aramaens, the Philistines and the Israelites cannibalized its territories. Phoenicia was none other than Canaan, and that name appears in the Bible and in other eastern writings in much older texts The Canaanites, as they called themselves, preserving their identity long after their major cities have ceased to be famous and in far away colonies thousands of miles away from their home country. The Canaanites were an agricultural people, good craftsmen, enterprising merchants and magnificent navigators, as well as being colonizers.

The Phoenician expansion was a highly significant historical process, comparable, in scale and consequences from any of the major colonization’s of modern times. The Phoenicians founded numerous enclaves on both sides of the Mediterranean (East and West) and beyond, on the Atlantic coasts of Europe and Africa.  This constituted the first element of integration across the ancient orb.  That happened many centuries before the unity was achieved by Rome, yet the Phoenicians did it without the force of arms.

East and West were so closed, for the first time, and the proximity did not happen again until the time of the Muslim expansion. The Phoenicians did the closeness of the ancient people of the Mediterranean without rivalries and religious clashes that might usually happened across different cultures. The Phoenicians acted as diffusers of high civilization, rooted in the Near East over millennia.  They brought their knowledge of alphabetic writing, of advanced mathematics, philosophy and astronomy to the people they came in contact with.  They themselves had gained and enriched their culture through contacts with Egyptians and Babylonians – the ironworking, and advanced landscaping and innovations in shipbuilding and seamanship, along with simpler things such as the potter's wheel and domestication of fowl.

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Story of the Month

Tomorrow We Will See

Over the past several decades, conflict has erupted in Lebanon sporadically. Soraya Umewaka’s film portrays the working lives of ten artists whose creativity and passion help contribute to this cultural renaissance that is helping to change Lebanon, specifically the capital city of Beirut. The artists’ mediums vary from architect to musician, choreographer to writer. Their artistic achievements showcase their rich cultural pride and progressive artworks to the rest of the world. This upbeat film is not only thought-provoking, but also incredibly engaging and inspiring. Many of the artists interviewed are survivors of war, while others emigrated during times of war and have since returned. Their vibrant personalities shine through, and the film admirably captures the spirit of these individuals impacting the changing landscape and flourishing artistic community of Lebanon.
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Quote of the Month

The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing. Albert Einstein


From Lebanon

  • WLCU BC Council, PIRC and NDU Commemorating Lebanese perished in "Titanic" (Photos)
    Read in Arabic, Portuguese
  • Visiting the Cedar’s nursery in Becharre and ordering 15 cedar trees to be shipped to Canada
    Read more ...

  • ‏Meeting His Excellency President Michel Sleiman at the Presidential Palace in Beit Eddine
    See Photos ...
  • Meeting his Beatitude Patriarch Bechara El Rahi at his summer residence in Dimane
    Read more ...
  • Visit to Gibran Museum, and meeting with its director Joseph Geagea‏
    Read more ...
  • Visit to Historian Dr Antoine Khoury Harb
    Learn more ...
  • Meeting with the Press Advisor of the Ministerof Interior, the Journalist Michel karam, famous author of the book ”Lebanese in the TITANIC”
    Read more ...
  • Visit to Philosopher Said AKl.
    Read more ...
  • Visit to Minister of Communications Mr Sehnawi
    Read more ...
  • Learn about the Lebanese Emigration Museum by Photos
    See more ...

  • Interviews
  • LBC TV, Interview with Dr Nick Kahwaji - ”Helwe Alhayat” Program
    Read more ...
  • Radio Voix du Liban, Interview Dr Nick Kahwaji.
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  • Une commémoration pour les Libanais à bord du Titanic
    Read in French ...

PIRC & BC Council News

  • Signing a Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation between PIRC and CEFYP
    Read more ...
  • MBA Summer Study Abroad program by the University of ST THOMAS in Houston, TEXAS by Dr. HABIB CHAMOUN
    Read more ...
  • In Memoriam of Mr. Habib Chamoun Padrelin
    Read more ...
  • WLCU BC Council had many unofficial meeting with various business groups in Lebanon to dicsuss the possibility of financially supporting wlcu/ulcm.org - through ads - to give our website the ability to spread its voice across the world in all five languages.
  • WLCU BC Council purchased from, L’orient- lejour, Lebanese French Newspaper, the right to copy all the WLCU related archives since 1995

Phoenician News

  • Cadmus Slays the Serpent
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  • Rediscovering Ancient Phoenicia: The Truth Behind Phoenician Identity in the Mediterranean
  • Journey to the Mythological Inferno and Chavín's Labyrinth and the Palace of Hades and Persephone
  • The discovery of the raampa pictographic writing in the Senegambia, West Africa
  • A genetic study on skeletal remains discovered in Cádiz, Spain, confirms their Phoenician ancestry
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