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November/December 2014 - Volume 2014, No.10
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Editorial

Editorial of WLCU Regional President for North America (USA & Canada)

By Dr Mohamed El-choum

As the first year of my election comes to a close, I want to take this opportunity to again thank the entire WLCU family in North America (USA and Canada) for their support and confidence in me.  This fall, we completed the first year of implementation of our Strategic Plan, (Peace, unity and bridging) establishing an institution through involvement, support and advocacy with a clear vision.

The duly elected board of the WLCU-NA, as you are well aware, has been frequently and regularly meeting through conference calls. The minutes have been distributed to all members of the board and I am happy to report to you that this is a unified board in spirit and goals. Our milestones and goals are bold and aggressive yet realistic. 

In addition, the Strategic Plan should be considered a “living document,” one that, with appropriate review and consensus, evolves to reflect current conditions and new information.  As a result, new goals may be added and existing tasks may be modified to adapt to changing conditions.  

In all cases where new goals are added or goals are modified, the ambitious standards set by the original Strategic Plan document will guide such adaptations, and the adaptations will remain consistent with the stated vision: “to become the leading continent of the WLCU” .

Noteworthy progress made during the first Year includes:

We find ourselves, in the NA Region, faced with multiple challenges, legal, constitutional, structural, etc... As I have stated in my letter dated October 23, 2013, that understanding your thoughts, ideas and concerns, is critical to advancing the WLCU-NA to new heights. With a clear understanding of our shared vision of the future, we can build the WLCU-NA to be uniquely capable of solving the most critical challenges of both today and tomorrow. 

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Story of the Month

The Story of the Lebanese community in its attempts to preserve its identity in Ivory Coast

At the playground of the Lebanese School, in the neighborhood of Treichville in Abidjan, Principal Mohammed Sherri calls the students in a southern Lebanese dialect. The students reply with a similar accent but with a rolled letter R. The impact of French, Ivory Coast’s official language, is apparent on the students, as well as the teaching staff. Most of them were born and raised in this country, and Arabic has gradually disappeared from daily use. Maintaining bonds with Lebanon, and the social and religious customs related to its language, has compelled some prominent figures in the Lebanese community to establish schools that teach Arabic, in addition to the regular curriculum taught in the Ivory Coast. In the late 1980s, Fadi Asaf established the Lebanese school in residential Zone 4. In 1992, the delegation of the Supreme Islamic Shia Council created the Lebanese Institute of Education in Treichville.

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Quote of the Month

I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy. I woke and saw that life is all service. I served and I saw that service is joy
 by Gibran Khalil Gibran

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Here, There and Yonder

Here
  • United Nations Disability Day: WLCU participated and sponsored the UN disability day in Burnaby,BC
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  • On Saturday November 22nd, 2014 the Lebanese flag was raised at City Hall as a tribute to the Lebanese army.
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  • New Year’s Eve Celebration | SOLD OUT!
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  • Join us in celebrating Lebanese Independence Day in Vancouver City Hall!‏
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There
  • Lebanese independence day in Toronto: The speech of WLCU Toronto President Ms Leila Hajj
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  • Lebanese independence day in San Francisco: The speech of WLCU SF President Mr Khalil Kuri
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Yonder
  • Centenarian Lebanese poet, writer Said Akl dies at the age of 103.
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  • Lebanese diva Sabah dies at age 87
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  • A new Lebanese stamp commemorating one of the greatest thinkers of Lebanon:Kamal Youssef El-Hage.
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Interviews & Profiles

  • Sculptor to The Stars Victor Issa: An Exclusive Interview
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  • Lebanese American Sculptor Victor Issa: Dialogue with an Adventist sculptor with a vision for the beautiful
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Culture & Multiculturalism

  • Zaghloul al-Damour (Joseph al-Hashem) one of the Giant of Lebanese Zajal: The Glory Days of Zajal Wars
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  • Congratulations from the World President Alejandro Kuri Pheres to the WLCU Ladies association in California.
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  • A monument in Brisbane commemorates the Lebanese people who have settled in Australia: a reading from "The Monument Australia website, is a historical and educational research site"
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  • Gibran Museum features creations which fascinate 50,000 visitors per year
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  • Zajal, Declaimed poetry of Lebanon on the world Heritage list of UNESCO, as This tradition is unique among the countries of the Middle East.
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  • Gibran’s work commemorated at L.A. Central Library
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Economy in Lebanon

  • Lebanese investment heads to Dubai, but not by choice, by Marwan Naamani
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  • “Arab economic integration”: What model does the ESCWA want? By Firas Abou-Mosleh
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  • Economic impact of Syrian displacement endured primarily by the poor in Lebanon. By Eva Shoufi
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Lebanese Emigration

  • On forgotten shores: Migration in the middle east studies, and the middle east in migration studies
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  • The Lebanese Diaspora at the Tri-border and the redrawing of the south American geopolitics
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  • About town: Lebanese in Los Angeles
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  • Lebanese Women and the Right to Vote, By Dr Akram Khater
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Roots and Wings

  • The speech of Wassim Massoud, WLCU LA President, during the unveiling of the statue of Gibran.
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  • The Speech of Dr Mohamed El-choum during unveiling of the statue of Kahlil Gibran in LA.
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  • The WLCU man of the year 2014: Eng Anise Garabet (past World President) received the Annual Humanitarian Award.
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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

  • Minister Jihad Azour lettre to Dr Nick Kahwaji (DWSG of WLCU)
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  • WLCU- BC council forwarded a special request to Canada post to commemorate the first Lebanese immigration to Canada
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  • WLCU- British Columbia council elected new executive in 2009
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United Nations(UN) News

  • On world Day, Ban spotlights how technology can improve life for 1 billion persons with disabilities
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  • What you should know about the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN.
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  • Road to Dignity by 2030: UN chief launches blueprint towards sustainable development
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