2014 Special Edition | Commemorating the International Day of the Lebanese Emigrant
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2014 Special Edition - Volume 2014, No.3
Commemorating the International Day of the Lebanese Emigrant


Editorial

The International Day of the Lebanese Emigrant.
By Ambassador Nouhad Mahmoud

In every Lebanese family, there is a story about a dear one or more, who emigrated during this generation’s time or previously.  The departure of every single one of those adventurers left painful scars in the hearts of his or her family and friends. Thousands of young people started leaving their villages of Mount-Lebanon during the last decades of the nineteenth century to different destinations all over the world. The phenomenon has been continuing since then. The density of this human drain fluctuates, following the economic, political and social conditions in the small country, and in the region in general.

My designation as Lebanon’s Ambassador to Mexico in 1999, gave me the opportunity, for the first time in my career, to serve in a country where I found a vibrant community of Lebanese emigrants and mostly, descendants of Lebanese origin. The experience was rich and fulfilling in every aspect. The memories of that long episode are meaningful, to me and many others. In the winter of 2000, few months after my arrival to Mexico, I received two prominent figures of the Mexican-Lebanese Community: Gabriel Chemali and Antonio Trabulsi, who both are former Presidents of Centro Libanés in Mexico and, committed leaders of the Lebanese community and its interests . They came to propose the idea of celebrating the Lebanese Emigrant in one day of the year, in Lebanon and all over the world, any place where there is a Lebanese community. They were asking for the Embassy’s support in order to obtain an official decision from the Lebanese government for this end. The idea was great and motivating, for we all have a sentimental stock for our ancestors ,the first explorers who paved the way for many others in the forthcoming generations.

In order to have a concrete proposal, we discussed the convenient time of the year for the celebration. During the summer in the northern hemisphere, many are absent and are on vacation. We had to give a great consideration for the Lebanese community in the southern hemisphere, because there we have the majority of the Lebanese descendants after all. March is the month in which they are back from their summer vacation, but the end of this month might overlap with religious festivities. We arrived to the conclusion of choosing the second weekend of March as the convenient date for the international day of the Lebanese Emigrant. 

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Story of the Month

A tribute to the sculptor of the "Lebanese Emigrant Statue" on the International day of the Lebanese Emigrant 2014

The story of Ramiz Barquet has the parallel threads of love, art, spirituality and heritage woven into different patterns, each vying to be dominant in the beautiful tapestry that was his life until his passing at the age of 90 on July 4, 2010, in Puerto Vallarta. The photo on the next page reflects his spirituality, showing one of his interpretations in cast bronze of Saint Francis of Assisi and demonstrating his lifelong fascination with that saint, the order and the city of Assisi. In addition to faith, the up-thrust arms and gaze could be said to show the spirit of energy and optimism demonstrated by Ramiz on a daily basis. It might also be said to show the influence of the important Italian master with whom he served as the last protégé, Augusto Bozzano, a former director of the prestigious Art Academy of Florence and whose version of Saint Francis stands at the back of a courtyard to the left of the entrance to Vallarta's crowned Church of the Virgin of Guadalupe.

Artistically, even as a young boy Ramiz Barquet was constantly carving simple figures out of scraps of wood, but it took five years of study in fine arts at a university near Montreal and further studies in Paris and Florence to cultivate that basic talent to the  level of having three major exhibitions at the famous Polyforum  Siqueiros Museum in Mexico City and installing monumental sculptures throughout Mexico, with eight in Puerto Vallarta alone, and even one in Beirut, Lebanon, reflecting the heritage of his emigrant grandparents and parents.

Quote of the Month

"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."
? Arthur Schopenhauer

 

Little Gazette!

  • On the International Women's Day we remember a famous young lady from lebanese background the late Ninawa Daher of Argentina.Her memory will live forever
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Here, There and Yonder

Here
  • The celebration of the International Day of the Lebanese Emigrant in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
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There
  • Between WLCU and the Lebanese Government: The Dark Times Story, By Dr Antoine Bouabboud Harb
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    Read in Arabic »
  • John Badr (WLCU-BC President) wanted 4 important items,to be discussed in details at the 18th World Congress.
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  • John Badr, WLCU-BCC President proposals for a change on the Agenda of the 18 world congress.
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Yonder

Interviews & Profiles

  • Omar Mouallem, a famous lebanese Canadian Author from Edmonton and a rapper known as A.O.K.
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  • Learn more about the famous lebanese diplomat in the Diaspora, former Lebanese Ambassador to Mexico, His Excellency Mr NOUHAD H.MAHMOUD
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Culture & Multiculturalism

  • Under the Veil, The personal and political meanings of the hijab.By Omar Mouallem of Edmonton.
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  • Decoration to the rank of Knight of Arts and Letters of Bahjat Rizk, By Emile Nasr
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    Read in Arabic »
  • Between democracy and diversity,or How to build a democratic pluralism within cultural pluralism ?By Bahjat Rizk
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  • Minorities and the history textbook,the point of view of Bahjat Rizk.
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    Read in French »
  • Newspaperman, dramatist, translator, poet and icon of Beirut’s avant-garde, Ounsi El Hage died Tuesday at the age of 76.
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  • A tribute to Lebanese Mexican Artist Ramez Barquet, on the International Day of the Lebanese Emigrant
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Economy in Lebanon

  • Investors still upbeat about future of tourism(Lebanon’s natural resource) despite slow year.By Brooke Anderson
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  • International Women 's Day: Women's empowerment key to development in Arab world,By Clovis Maksoud
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  • Expectations low for Paris conference on Lebanon,The conference comes in the context of the major effort to support Lebanon,on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.By Sami Nader
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Lebanese Emigration

  • Ricardo Kahwagi assumes the presidency of the Lebanese Center in Mexico Devoting body and soul in the next 365 days to the community, said Kahwaji
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  • The One Hundred Year Secret: A Personal Saga of a Lebanese Immigrant in Brazil
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  • The first exhibition to commemorate the history of Lebanese immigrants who have made North Carolina their home
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  • New exhibit explores history of Lebanese immigrants in NC.BY JAY PRICE
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Roots and Wings

  • Celebrated sculptor, Jose Ramiz Barquet, passed away, but his legacy lives on through his many sculptures in public spaces to be enjoyed for generations to come.
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  • A majestic work of art dedicated to San Pascual Bailón,created by Ramez barquet
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  • 'Nostalgia' Ramiz Barquet piece dedicated to his wife( a fairy tale story)
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  • Remembering Ramiz Barquet, the father of the Lebanese Emigrant ' Statue, on the International Day of the lebanese Emigrant.
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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

  • 5Mar 2011,Under the Auspices of World vice president Mr Farid makarim,the BC youth and the lebanese community in BC celebrated the International day of the Lebanese Emigrant.
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  • Official document from the lebanese government to dedicate the International day of the Lebanese Emigrant
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  • National Confederation of Lebanese-Brazilian Entities(CONFELIBRA).Social By-Laws (English Translation)
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United Nations(UN) News

  • Ethical Standards of the United Nations Secretary General,WLCU officers and members needs to learn from these standards
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  • The Secretary-General is a symbol of United Nations ideals and a spokesman for the interests of the world's peoples, in particular the poor and vulnerable among them.WLCU has a lot to learn.
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  • Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General's remarks at meeting of the International Support Group for Lebanon,Paris, France, 5 March 2014.
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