Former Arab-American Activist and U.S. Foreign Service Officer George W. Aldridge Finally Reaches HOME in Abdelli

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Diaspora Lebanese-Americans whose ancestors left Lebanon before World War I are increasingly returning to reconnect with their HOMEland. For former U.S. Embassy Beirut Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Coordinator George W. Aldridge, the journey to the Lebanon of his great grandparents unfortunately did not occur until his last tour as a State Department official. “So […]

SEAL: Social & Economic Action for Lebanon Makes Philanthropy Count

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At the beginning of SEAL’s third decade, it’s time for the next generation to step up. At Social & Economic Action for Lebanon’s annual gala in New York in September, (SEAL) President George Bitar told the audience of elegantly dressed Lebanese-Americans he would not be speaking himself. He instead introduced one of SEAL’s youngest board […]

Der Mimas: The Lighthouse of the South

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How the reconstruction of a monastery rebirthed a village. Perched on a hill and surrounded by an endless forest of majestic olive trees, some dating back 2000 years, Der Mimas is a captivating village steeped in history. Some of its oldest trees were alive when the first Roman legions crossed the Litani River to conquer […]