September 2014 Issue Draft
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September 2014 - Volume 2014, No.8
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Editorial

Latin America Proves a Great Support for the Global Initiative Titled, “Lebanon: Land of Dialogue among Civilizations and Cultures
By Dr. Nicholas Kahwaji, Member of the Steering Committee Lebanon Land of Dialogue Initiative (LDC) 

Rev. Fr. Walid Moussa, President of Notre Dame University-Louaize (NDU) dispatched Dr. Guita Hourani, Director of the Lebanese Emigration Research Center (LERC) at NDU and Director of the LDC International Campaign to Latin America, to promote the University’s Initiative, “Lebanon: Land of Dialogue Among Civilizations and Cultures (LDC) .” Her mission was to include Mexico, Argentina, and Uruguay to introduce the LDC Initiative primarily to the Lebanese communities in these countries.

Her trip began in Mexico in mid-July 2014 and ended two months later in Washington, D.C., U.S.A. During her tour, she introduced the Initiative not only to the Lebanese communities but also to various parliamentarians, politicians, diplomats, academicians, businessmen, heads of organizations, journalists, and the general public.

The Initiative went global, resulting in more than 3,000 signatures that were generated from the energy and enthusiasm created by this campaign in addition to more than 40 endorsements from Lebanese, Syrian, and Palestinian organizations. According to Dr. Hourani, the Initiative and its core ideas, i.e. to designate Lebanon as a land of dialogue and to establish an international dialogue center by the United Nations in Lebanon, was not a tough sell to either the public or officials. In fact, Dr. Hourani said she found that the former and the latter were convinced that Lebanon is a land of dialogue and that Lebanon is the only country in the Middle East that can play this important and much needed role.

Dr. Hourani returned with assurances that the Lebanese communities and various officials in these three countries, especially parliamentarians and ambassadors, are willing to lobby their own governments to vote for Lebanon as a land of dialogue and to vote for the establishment of the international center in the General Assembly of the United Nations.

In its historical importance, Dr. Hourani’s visit was considered third, following the visit of former President Michel Suleiman and the visit of His Beatitude Patriarch Cardinal Mar Bechara Boutros al-Rahi of Lebanon.

The Initiative and its first two instruments, signing the public petition and getting it endorsed by businesses, organizations, companies, associations, and the like continues in various countries where Lebanon has sizable communities. The 18 Liaison Officers in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Uruguay, Panama, the Dominican Republic, France, the USA, Canada, Kuwait, Australia, Chile, Africa, Japan, and Togo continue to promote the Initiative to generate signatures and endorsements.

In addition, Dr. Edward Alam, Director of the Council of Research in Values and Philosophy (CRVP) at NDU and the Director of the Initiative, who is currently at an international conference in Greece to introduce the Initiative, will be in Paris from October 11 to 15, 2014, to present the Initiative to various French and Lebanese organizations and institutions, before traveling to Brazil for the same reason.

This Initiative is vital for Lebanon’s existence and mission, and needs the support of both Lebanese and non-Lebanese who believe in freedom, dialogue, conviviality, and peace.

 


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Story of the Month

The Story of Diab Alkarssifi (Professional Photographer ) and the lost archive of Baalbek
India Stoughton | The Daily Star

BEIRUT: Sometimes passionate photographers are forced to become unofficial archivists. Take the case of Diab Alkarssifi. Born in 1951, he became a professional photographer who also shot obsessively in his spare time.

Lacking any institutional support, Alkarssifi looked after his own images, as well as those family members, friends and neighbors gave him for safekeeping. Before he left Lebanon with his family in 1993, en route to a job in London, the Baalbek native amassed a staggering collection of what he estimates to be close to 27,000 images.

The London job never materialized, and Alkarssifi wound up living in Arlington House, a hostel for the homeless. It was here that he met Polish artist Ania Dabrowska in 2010.

You see a lot of demonstrations. You see some death

Dabrowska was at Arlington doing a residency when Alkarssifi wandered into her studio.

“Part of my residency job was to create some work that challenges stigmas about homelessness,” she recalls, “but also to engage the residents in some kind of workshop. ... I invited all the residents to take part and Diab was actually one of the first people who turned up to my studio, really keen to engage with the project and start photographing again.

“He told me that he used to be a photojournalist in Lebanon and he came up to my studio with these two bags of photographs and prints and negatives and slides – two bags filled with part of the archive that he has collected over the years. That was an amazing surprise for me.”

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Quote of the Month

“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world...would do this, it would change the earth.”
?  William Faulkner

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Here, There and Yonder

Here
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There
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