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August 2009

  • An-Nahar, As-Safir, Al-Anwar, L'Orient-Le Jour, The Daily Star, Al-Mustaqbal, and Al-Liwa' of August 1 reported the death of former deputy of the Chouf area and prominent businessman Nabil Boustani on Friday July 31 at the age of 85. The papers said that Boustani was born in 1924 and graduated from AUB in 1945 with a degree in business administration. An-Nahar, Al-Mustaqbal, and Ad-Diyar of August 2 and Al-Anwar of August 3 reported on his funeral service at Mar Jirjis Maronite Church in downtown Beirut, attended by a group of politicians including Lebanese Prime Minister designate Saad Hariri and MP Walid Jumblatt.
  • An-Nahar, Al-Anwar, Al-Mustaqbal, Al-Liwa', and Ad-Diyar of August 1 reported on the funeral procession and services held for late Greek Orthodox Metropolitan Elias Qurban of Tripoli. The papers said that his coffin was transferred in a convoy from AUBMC to his burial place in Tripoli.
  • Masrawy (Egypt) and www.aljazeera.net (Qatar) of August 2, An-Nahar, As-Safir, Al-Akhbar, The Daily Star, Al-Mustaqbal, Al-Liwa', and Al-Bayraq, IRIBNews (Iran), Cham Press (Syria), Ad-Dustur (Jordan), The Guardian Unlimited (Britain), Al-Jareeda (Kuwait), Al-Waqt (Bahrain), The Gulf News (UAE), and Al-Quds (Palestine) of August 3, and www.cyberia.net, At-Tajdeed Al-Arabi (Other) of August 4, and Al-Maghribia (Morocco) and The Electronic Intifada (USA) of August 5 announced the death of Shafik El Hout, one of the founders of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) who served as its official spokesman from 1974 until 1992 and as its longtime representative in Beirut. Mr. El Hout died at AUBMC at the age of 77. The papers said that he had graduated from AUB in 1953. As-Safir of August 3, and Al-Mustaqbal of August 4 and August 8 published eulogies for the late Mr. El Hout. Al-Mustaqbal of August 4 reported on his funeral services. As-Safir of August 5 published a eulogy by Omar Fadel recalling his student days with El Hout at AUB.
  • As-Safir of August 3 reported on the job fair held at the Metropolitan Hotel in Sin El Fil, Beirut on August 1. The paper interviewed one of the visitors at the fair, Joana El Chami, who had just graduated with a degree in business administration from AUB.
  • The Daily Star of August 3 published an article discussing the reasons behind the fact that despite their turbulent history, the Lebanese compare equally in mental health to people living in the United States and the United Kingdom. The paper quoted Dr. Tima Al-Jamil, an assistant professor and clinical psychologist from AUB, as saying that "the supposed resilience of the Lebanese is based on identifiable phenomenas. Psychological research has shown that there are many protective factors, including community/family support and religiosity, which are highly prevalent in Lebanese society."
  • Al-Akhbar of August 4 reported on the Lebanon International Model United Nations (LEBIMUN) conference, which opened for the first time in the Middle East last week. The paper said that Model United Nations (MUNs) are simulations of the United Nations system with the aim of educating the participants on United Nations structure, multilateralism, and foreign affairs. The paper also said that Ralph El Hajj, a political studies student at AUB, participated in the conference.
  • Al-Akhbar of August 4 and 10 reported on the free workshop for combating illiteracy held in the village of Houch Al-Arab. The paper said that the workshop was initiated by a university philosophy student named Hamra Abu Eid who said that she received some support from the AUB farm (AREC) in Hawsh Sneid in the Bekaa, which covered costs for printing material to be given out to workshop participants. The paper said that Abu Eid's father was responsible for monitoring and caring for cattle at the AUB farm.
  • The Daily Star of August 4 published a political editorial analyzing MP and leader of the Progressive Socialist Party Walid Jumblatt's recent policy shift toward Syria. The paper quoted Hilal Khashan, head of the department of political studies and public administration at AUB, as saying "in anything that [Jumblatt] does, he leaves an avenue of escape."
  • Al-Mustaqbal of August 4 reported that AUB professor of Rheumatology and Internal Medicine, Dr. Imad Uthman, participated in a conference organized by Hoffman La Roche on Rheumatoid Arthritis. The paper said that the conference was held at the Al-Qadiri Hotel in Zahle.
  • The Daily Star of August 5 published an article featuring the hiking trips organized by the Lebanon Mountain Trail (LMT). The paper quoted Jake Friedman, an American student attending AUB's summer language program, who participated in LMT's hike in Sir al-Dinnieh-Ehden of North Lebanon as saying "The variations of the hike were astounding. We went through such different types of geography and biodiversity."
  • As-Safir of August 6 and Al-Anwar of August 17 published a eulogy by Henry Matthews for the Mokhtar of Ras Beirut Kamal Jirji Rubeiz who passed away earlier in the week. Matthews, who is the assistant to the director of AUB's Office of Information and Public Relations, recalled his cooperation with Rubeiz during his work in a publishing house which published Rubeiz's historical book on Ras Beirut. Matthews described him as a historical treasure for Ras Beirut and said that with his death Ras Beirut lost a lot of its history, and recommended that his archive collection be donated to the AUB library.
  • As-Safir of August 6 reported on Lebanese musician Ziad Rahbani and his recent works and performances. The paper said that the location of his first studio, Nota, was in the American University of Beirut's doctors building.
  • L'Orient-Le Jour of August 6 published in brief the results of a study by the National Council of Scientific Research, National Center of Oceanography, on the pollution levels of Lebanese beaches and said that the AUB beach is among the safest beaches to swim in.
  • Al-Mustaqbal of August 6 reported that AUB professor Nadim Farajallah participated in the panel discussion organized by IndyAct on the effects of climate change and the role of the Arab world in law formulation regarding climate change and promoting the latter in Arab media.
  • Dar Al-Hayat (Britain) and As-Safir of August 7 reported that the Lebanese security forces found the New TV correspondent Anwar Yassine who went missing for 19 hours and transported him to AUBMC to undergo some medical tests.
  • As-Safir and Al-Anwar of August 7, and An-Nahar of August 11 carried the announcement by the AUB Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs that the Norwegian Embassy in Beirut has decided to fund two of the institute's programs during the academic year 2009-10. The papers said that the first program deals with supporting research and public policy making in the Arab world, while the second deals with the policy and governance of Palestinian refugee camps in the Arab world.
  • The Daily Star of August 7 published an article featuring an NGO called Teach For Lebanon (TFL) which fosters youth leadership and promotes engagement. The paper said that AUB is among the supporters of TFL and offers scholarships for TFL alumni wishing to pursue their graduate degrees.
  • An-Nahar, As-Safir, and Al-Mustaqbal of August 8 carried the announcement by AUB that its Faculty of Engineering and Architecture cafeteria in Bechtel Building will bear the name of Munir Al-Khatib and Zuhair Al-Alami in appreciation for their constant support to the University.
  • The Daily Star of August 8 published a political editorial arguing that a summer war between Lebanon and Israel is highly unlikely. The paper quoted Hilal Khashan, head of the department of political studies and public administration at the AUB as saying "Hizbullah's ascent to become Lebanon's strongest political entity has raised the country's Shiites to a position of power from their formerly second-tier status among Lebanon's myriad confessional groups, and so Hizbullah would be loathe to make its supporters the prime target of another round of wanton Israeli destruction."
  • Al-Mustaqbal of August 8 published a review of the poetic work of Khatun Salma, who plans to include her poetic collection in her thesis which she is due to defend at AUB.
  • L'Orient-Le Jour of August 10 reported on the Youth Excellence on Stage Academy's participation in Beirut art and performance festival featuring young Lebanese musicians and dancers starting on August 1. The paper said that AUB is among the sponsors of this activity.
  • The Daily Star of August 10 published an article on the Lebanese gay rights group HELEM which is fighting gay stigma surrounding AIDS. The paper said that if a person tests positive, HELEM provides a referral for the individual to receive treatment at AUBMC.
  • The Daily Star of August 11 reported on Guy Manoukian's concert during the annual Beiteddine Festival. The paper said that during the concert video clips of pre-Civil War Lebanese life, the Martyrs Square statue, the clock tower of the American University of Beirut, Byblos harbor, and the Beirut hippodrome were shown.
  • The Daily Star of August 11 reported on the concert held as part of the Deir Al-Qamar music festival entitled Beirut Rocks on the Moon, which featured a number of local bands including Mashrou3 Leila. The paper said that some of bands that performed that evening include fresh graduates from AUB who have already acquired a devoted local fan base.
  • Al-Anwar of August 12 published an article about the high levels of pollution in Beirut due to lack of green spots in the city. The paper investigated the possibility of enforcing "green" or sustainable environment-friendly building designs in the city. The paper said that the Charles W. Hostler Student Center at AUB is one of the first buildings in the city incorporating sustainable green technology in its design and operation.
  • An-Nahar and As-Safir of August 13 reported that AUB professor and executive director at the School of Nursing Samar Noureddine attended the launch of the EU-funded Amel Association project called "Gender and Gender Equality" which aims at empowering women, fighting discrimination against them and engaging them in strategic development.
  • An-Nahar of August 13 carried the announcement by Lebanon United Association that it will launch the Antoun Saadeh PhD scholarship at AUB. The paper said that the launch will take place at the Habtour Hotel in Sin El Fil on Tuesday at 6:00 pm.
  • As-Safir and Al-Anwar of August 13 reported on the investigation of the assassination of Abdallah Ghandour, head of the executive board of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry, and Agriculture in Tripoli. The paper said that Ghandour completed in 1958 his French Baccalaureate II certificate at at AUB's preparatory school.
  • An-Nahar and As-Safir of August 14, and The Daily Star of August 15 carried the AUB announcement that chemistry professor Makhlouf J. Haddadin was named as the first elected Lebanon-based member of the Lebanese Academy of Sciences. The papers said that the Lebanese Academy of Sciences was founded by a governmental decree in August 2007 with the aim of contributing to the growth and popularity of science in Lebanon.
  • Al-Akhbar of August 15 reported on the piano concert by Lebanese musician Rami Khalifeh, entitled Fawda (Chaos) which featured his musical compositions inspired by the July 2006 war on Lebanon. The paper said that the last time Khalifeh gave a public performance was at AUB almost a year ago.
  • Al-Mustaqbal of August 17 published an article featuring AUB's Nature Conservation Center for Sustainable Futures (IBSAR) and its recent activities and programs promoting nature conservation in Lebanon.
  • An-Nahar of August 18 carried the announcement by AUB's Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs that it will be holding a workshop on the effects of climate change. The paper said that the workshop is held in collaboration with the Lebanese Ministry of Environment and the Second National Communication to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
  • As-Safir of August 18 carried the announcement by Babel Theater on a poetry recital evening by the Iraqi poet Ali Naser Kanana to be held on the evening of Thursday August 20. The paper said that Babel Theater is located next to AUBMC.
  • Al-Akhbar of August 18 reported on the "Aie Serve" workshop held at the T-Marbouta Café in Hamra, as a first step to the Middle East Journey project which is run by and for youth and is composed of a caravan that will tour cities in Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, and Jordan to promote dialogue among youth. The paper said that AUB students are among the participants in the workshop and are also members in Aie Serve foundation.
  • L'Orient-Le Jour of August 18 published an article discussing the health risks facing diabetics who choose to fast during the month of Ramadan. The paper quoted AUBMC professors of endocrinology Ibrahim Salti and Sami Azar on how to avoid those health risks.
  • An-Nahar, As-Safir, Al-Akhbar, Al-Anwar, The Daily Star, Al-Mustaqbal, Al-Liwa', and Al-Bayraq of August 19 reported on the workshop given by Vahakn Kabakian, project manager for the Environment-Ministry-run Second National Communication Project, on Tuesday August 18 on the effects of climate change on Lebanon and the measures needed to limit the damage of climate change. The papers said that the workshop was organized by the Lebanese Ministry of Environment and the Second National Communication to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) Project, and hosted by AUB's Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs.
  • An-Nahar of August 19 reported that AUB professors of internal medicine Abdul Rahman Bizri and Soha Khanj attended a lecture on Swine Flu H1N1/A virus organized by the Lebanese Association for Infectious Diseases, in collaboration with the Lebanese Ministry of Health.
  • As-Safir of August 19 and Al-Liwa' of August 20 reported on the launch of the Antoun Saadeh PhD scholarship at AUB to fund doctoral students of Arab and Middle Eastern studies, during a ceremony held at the Habtour Hotel in Sin El Fil on Tuesday at 6:00 pm. The paper said that the Lebanon United Association called for the celebration to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Saadeh's passing away and three years since its establishment.
  • Al-Akhbar of August 19 reported on the Arab Consortium of Civil Society Organizations' meeting at Bristol Hotel, Beirut, which discussed challenges facing the Arab world due to climate change. The paper said that the consortium held its first meeting on the topic at AUB where it was hosted by the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs.
  • An-Nahar, As-Safir, Al-Anwar, Al-Akhbar, L'Orient-Le Jour, Al-Mustaqbal, Al-Liwa', Al-Bayraq, and The Daily Star of August 20 reported that more than 100 students from North America, Europe, and the region attended Arabic language courses for two months this summer at AUB in two AUB-developed programs: one offered by the AUB Center for Arab and Middle Easter Studies called the CAMES Arabic Summer Program, and the other offered by the AUB Continuing Education Center and designated the Summer Program for AUB Alumni Children.
  • As-Safir of August 21 published an in memoriam peace marking the first anniversary of the death of AUB trustee and graduate Kamal Shair.
  • Al-Akhbar of August 21 published an article featuring the agricultural support program for wheat production in southern Lebanon called Ard wa Nas (Land and People). This program had been started and sponsored by AUB following the 2006 July War.
  • The Daily Star of August 21 published a political editorial arguing that the formation of a Lebanese cabinet will not take place any time soon and the deadlock in its formation is likely to drag on. The paper quoted AUB professor and chair of the AUB department of political studies and public administration Dr. Hilal Khashan.
  • The Daily Star of August 22 published an article on how to eat healthy and remain fit during the month of Ramadan. The paper quoted Dr. Dalia El Tannous, a doctor in clinical nutrition and lecturer at AUB, as saying "People usually overeat during the Iftar, serving sizes are huge, and too many main dishes are available."
  • Al-Akhbar of August 24 published a profile of a Lebanese-Palestinian author Salma Al-Khadra Al-Jayyusi who graduated from AUB.
  • Al-Akhbar of August 24 reported that central national laboratory in Lebanon has been closed since 2007 for security reasons due to its proximity to the residence of the Speaker of the House Nabih Berri in Ain Al Tineh. The paper said that the laboratories at AUBMC are among the six university laboratories in Lebanon being used to conduct medicinal tests.
  • The Daily Star of August 25 published an article investigating the recent decision by some Lebanese beach resorts to deny migrant workers living in Lebanon access to their premises, an allegation confirmed by Human Rights Watch recently. The paper cited a 2006 survey of 600 migrant domestic workers in Lebanon by AUB professor Ray Jureidini which found that 56 percent worked over 12 hours a day and 34 percent were not allowed regular time off.
  • Al-Mustaqbal of August 26 announced that The Secular House, located near AUB on Khalidi Hospital street and recently established by the Secular Lebanese Association based in Brussels, will host a press conference on secularism in Lebanon on August 27.
  • Al-Mustaqbal of August 26 published an article featuring the various scholarship and financial aid programs being provided at various universities in Lebanon, including AUB, to give a chance to students from various societal classes to pursue their college education.
  • L'Orient-Le Jour of August 27 published a feature article on young Lebanese artist Bshara Atallah who is studying public administration at AUB.
  • L'Orient-Le Jour and Al-Mustaqbal of August 28 reported on the press conference held by The Secular House that was recently established by the Secular Lebanese Association based in Brussels and is located near the AUB on Khalidi Hospital street.
  • As-Safir of August 29 published an article featuring the symptoms, causes, and effects of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). The paper quoted AUBMC professor of neurology Raja Sawaya as saying that the medical treatment of MS should be accompanied by counseling in order to boost the patient's morale.
  • Al-Anwar, Al-Mustaqbal, and Al-Liwa' of August 29 reported that more than 200 AUB students exhibited on AUB's lower campus posters, works of art, and green products to raise awareness about biodiversity during the International Biodiversity Day At AUB (IBDAA), an annual event created and hosted by the AUB Nature Conservation Center for Sustainable Futures (IBSAR).
  • As-Safir of August 31 published an article about Jeita Grotto of Lebanon. The paper said that a group of researchers from AUB sent a sample piece of a stalactite to laboratories in United States, Germany, and Belgium in order to find out how long it has taken for the rocks to form in the grotto.
  • The Daily Star and www.cyberia.com of August 31 published a political piece reporting that Special Tribunal for Lebanon chief prosecutor Daniel Bellemare is set to return to The Hague to resume his duties in the investigation into the assassination of former Lebanese PM Rafic Hariri. The papers quoted Chafik Masri, Professor of International Law at AUB, as saying that he did not believe that "political wrangling was behind the tribunal's apparently sluggish progress."
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