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The Lebanese Heritage
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January 2015 - Volume 2015, No.01
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Editorial

    Let’s Bring Back our Trains, By Elias Maalouf (Co-founder of the Lebanese NGO "Train/ Train")

    By Elias Maalouf
    For many different reasons and through out time, Lebanese have scattered around the four corners of the planet. Spreading the borders of our country as far as its Diaspora. As a Lebanese who was born in Ecuador it is an honor to address the Lebanese Diaspora, as one of them. Many of us left Lebanon in search for things we couldn’t find our country, it’s about time to bring those missing elements to our beloved nation. You don’t know how great our country once was until you dig in to the history of its railways. Once you do, you will understand what is missing. Following the Civil War, the Lebanese people became the victims of national paralysis. ot only were the railways closed down, but also the history of our trains was left to decay over time. I am writing to you today to ask you to support our mission to resuscitate the Lebanese Railway System through our NGO Train/Train. 

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Story of the Month

    The Story of Brazilian Lieutenant Pedro Salgado Dibo ( Deeb), a peacekeeper’s search for family roots in Lebanon.

    “I cannot imagine how my grandfather’s family managed to live in such a small house,” he said. “When I saw the room where they all used to sleep – together with a cow sometimes, in the cold nights

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Here, There and Yonder

Here
  • Sincere condolences to the Fayad and Kahwaji families
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  • WLCU British Columbia Council will inaugurate the 2 memorial Benches in Spring 2015
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There
  • The Rose House, Beirut's 'fairytale' villa comes back to life, By RANA MOUSSAOUI.
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  • UNIFIL News: Belgian troops bid farewell to south Lebanon
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Yonder
  • A little cedar of Lebanon in my heart, testimony of a true and durable friendship, By Dr Romain Blum
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  • Rawi Hage writes a letter to the neighbour he doesn't know
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Interviews & Profiles

  • Elias Maalouf: the guardian of Lebanon’s bygone locomotive era, By Annie Slemrod|.
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  • Elias Maalouf, Founder of NGO "Train Train" shares his collected memories and vision for its revitalization.
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Culture & Multiculturalism

  • Lebanon on Rails, new edition, covering 120 years of Lebanese Railway History.
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  • Tripoli-North border railway to return
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  • Lebanon’s charm, gone with the train…"I love trains. I make sure to catch a train wherever I travel". BY AYSHFI MAFI
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  • August 1895, first Railway was built when Lebanon was still a part of the Ottoman Empire... Now Lebanon's Railway : a Future Undetermined
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  • Rail relics inspire GCC dream, By James Langton
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  • All aboard the Lebanon express: Nostalgia and a desperate need could revive Arab world’s first railway, By FERNANDE VAN TETS
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Economy in Lebanon

  • Lebanon to issue $1 billion Eurobond to be completed within three weeks from now (22 Jan 2015)
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  • World Bank urges haste on dam approval, By Dana Halawi
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  • World Bank sees Lebanon economy improving by 2017
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Lebanese Emigration

  • EU Bank Considering Feasibility of Lebanese Railway
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  • Could the lebanese Diaspora help to relaunch the Byblos-Batroun Rail Plans
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  • Trains in Lebanon Again? The Diaspora invited to support the Lebanese NGO "Train Train"
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Roots and Wings

  • Aal Sekke Ya Train (On the rail train), a documentary of Zeina Haddad: We need to get back to the trains and preserve what remains of the country’s heritage.”
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  • A cool report about the Lebanese railroads’ impressive history in Kalam Ennas (LBC TV)
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Various Publications


  • Discover one of the richest Lebanese Newsletter which is published in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French and Chinese
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WLCU Archives

  • Invitation letter to Ernesto Saliba from DWSG Dr Nick kahwaji (27 novembre 2003)
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  • Lettre to the Canadian Embassy in Beirut, from the DWSG Dr Nick Kahwaji (27 Nov 2003)
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  • Statement of the Commission of International Relations, issued in January 4, 2010, By Chairperson Ibrahim Dagher (Boston)
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United Nations(UN) News

  • Secretary-General Tells World Economic Forum ‘Resources, Technology and Capacity’ Key to Success of New Global Development Agenda
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  • United Nations Children’s Fund Executive Board First regular session 2015
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  • Meetings and Events of ECOSOC and its Subsidiary Bodies in 2015
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