Category: Lebanon

May new joy wait on you

  COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS (page 1) Delivered by William Blakemore at the graduation ceremonies of the class of 1974 of the American Community School of Beirut, Lebanon, held in the American University of Beirut Assembly Hall/Chapel, Friday, June 21, 1974 at 9:00 A.M.   Thank you Mr. Usellis. Parents, teachers, friends and guests, and especially graduating …

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A wrinkle in time

Sometime in the mid-1930s, when my dad was about 12, a Ford Tri-Motor (aka “The Tin Goose”) flew onto a cow pasture just outside of Holdenville, Oklahoma.  For the next several days, for the mere price of a bread wrapper and fifty cents, a person could buy a short flight.  Bereft of even a half-dollar …

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Memory is stubborn

Invention of the Mizrahim By Susan Abulhawa, 20 Sept 2017   The State of Israel was conceived at the turn of the 20th century in Eastern Europe by a group of elite European Jews who launched a movement called Zionism that sought to establish a physical nation state exclusive to Jews. It was a typical …

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We expect people to die.

The destruction of the al-Nuri mosque in Mosul is another example of the ‘culturecide’ we’ve become so used to By Robert Fisk, Thursday 29 June 2017 12:45 BST   Over the years, I’ve almost lost count of the priceless treasures of art and antiquity which I’ve seen with my own eyes – and which now …

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A Heartfelt Apology

A Heartfelt Apology to Haaretz Readers By Gideon Levy, Apr 20, 2017 3:58 PM   Dear Orna and Moshe Gan-Zvi, I was saddened to read in Tuesday’s Hebrew edition of Haaretz that you’ve decided to cancel your subscription. I don’t know you, but I will miss you as readers. As someone who is partly responsible …

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Peace will come with justice

The cult of atheist Zionism posing as Judaism By Rich Siegel, January 1, 2012   This essay was first published in Beyond Tribal Loyalties: Personal Stories of Jewish Peace Activists, edited by Avigail Abarbanel (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012), used with permission.   I consider myself a cult survivor. I was raised in the cult of …

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An obituary

Leola Lee Ragland, of Allen, Texas died February 28, 2017 at the age of 91.  She was born near Gatlin, Oklahoma in 1926 to James Odus Kelley and Mattie Alabama Kelley.  She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Truman, Alvin, Guardie, and Thurman Kelley, and sister Ruby Siever. She is survived by …

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