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[20 Jun 2012 | 4 Comments | ]
What the World Does Not Know about Us

Maya El Helou
Beirut, Lebanon
“I want to make one thing clear: we women in Lebanon are NOT victims. Our tenacity and resilience, which we have gained through our own process of self-empowerment, allow us to continue waging a battle against patriarchy, which exists across the world and in many different religious contexts.”
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In 2010, the Lebanese Ministry of Tourism made a series of ads to encourage people to come to Lebanon as tourists. One of these ads shows a man remembering his time in Lebanon with flashbacks of girls wearing bikinis, …

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[14 Jun 2012 | No Comment | ]
Arab Americans: Networking, Volunteering, Empowering

“In short, if I were to describe the typical Arab American woman participating in NAAP, she would be highly engaged in the community, up to date with global developments, concerned with making a difference, and participating alongside men as an equal partner.”
Connection Point Manager Yasmina Mrabet interviewed Nadia Harb, a Lebanese American member of the Network of Arab-American Professionals (NAAP) about her work empowering communities across the United States through social, cultural, professional and service initiatives. Her responses are below.
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Can you tell me a little about your personal background, and …

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[12 Jun 2012 | 2 Comments | ]
Embracing Iran

By Daniel Moskowitz
Denver, Colorado USA

“A war based on the premise of potential development of nuclear arms that the United States and Israel already have in their possession? I think we have some talking to do instead.”
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When I learned about a meeting of the Colorado Coalition Against Attacking Iran from my old friend, Tom Rauch, who was formerly the Nuclear Disarmament Coordinator for the American Friends Service Committee, I did not hesitate to sign up.
However, my interest in Iran began over three decades ago. Among Iranian college students in the United States …

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[31 May 2012 | No Comment | ]
Superwomen, Yet Part-Time Citizens? The inexorable paradox of Lebanese women’s gender roles

Rachel Partamian
Lebanon
“Every Lebanese probably has at least one story to share about the daring act of a mother that changed their lives, and that of society.”
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Granted, women, as individuals, were not totally innocent. Very few of them questioned the sectarian rationale that was driving the violence, cheering for their ‘defenders’ and demonizing ‘others.’ However, as a group, they strived to mitigate the hardships, even if they were limited by the confinement of their areas. Women actively took part in the events that so dramatically shaped their lives, impacting society at …