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Councilman John Akouri, former Washington, DC Press Secretary & Capitol Hill Advisor, is President & CEO of the Lebanese American Chamber of Commerce.

Sunday, December 31, 2006


Monday, December 25, 2006


Sunday, December 24, 2006


Dear Friends,
What a year it has been! Lebanese Monthly Magazine has completed its successful first year in business. Within these past twelve months, and while based in Michigan, the Lebanese American News Agency (parent company to the Magazine) is proud to report that in addition to southeast Michigan, the Magazine distribution also includes: Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, Toledo, Washington, DC, Phoenix, and more cities on the way.
And speaking of success, this year's signature event of The Lebanese American Chamber of Commerce is still being talked about - seven months after the event! The 2006 Golden Cedar Awards 'Night of a Hundred Stars' Gala featured appearances by David Letterman, Bobby Rahal, Octavia Nasr, Chuck Gaidica, Karen Newman, Lomas Brown, Grace George Corrigan, Henry Saad, Thad McCotter and so many more - all in Tribute to Lebanese Leadership in America. Those who supported the establishment and creation of the Chamber are committed to its success and are to be highly commended for their dedication.
Once again, the USA was graced with the presence of Cardinal Boutros Sfeir, Patriarch of the worldwide Maronite community. What a blessing it was to have been a Member of the Cathedral of St. Maron Maronite Church Parish Council under the leadership of Father Ghattas Khoury during the planning stages of his visit. So special to me was the task of formally welcoming His eminence at the Pastor's Residence prior to the Mass of the faithful which drew nearly one thousand persons this past summer.
More recently, I cannot but be proud of our accomplishment in the November Statewide election here in Michigan. Though the election did not turn out the way we had hoped, I am thankful to the 1.3 Million citizens of the Great State of Michigan who cast their ballot for me to lead Wayne State university for the next eight years. I look forward to crossing paths again with so many of our supporters as we continue to work for the very best in our educational system throughout the state.
2007 promises to be filled with new challenges and exciting opportunities! As we wind down 2006, I have so much to be thankful for and I wish to express my sincerest appreciation to all of you for your longtime continued friendship, love and support. Without you, we could not advance our mission. May you and yours experience peace, joy and the love of family during the upcoming Christmas season. Let us rejoice in remembering the birth of the Saviour of the world & share in the hope and inspiration He brings us all.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
John Akouri

Friday, December 15, 2006


Wednesday, December 13, 2006

President's Statement on the Government of Syria

Syria should disclose the fate and whereabouts of the many missing Lebanese citizens who "disappeared" following their arrest in Lebanon during the decades of Syrian military occupation. -George W. Bush
The United States supports the Syrian people's desire for democracy, human rights, and freedom of expression. Syrians deserve a government whose legitimacy is grounded in the consent of the people, not brute force.
The Syrian regime should immediately free all political prisoners, including Aref Dalila, Michel Kilo, Anwar al-Bunni, Mahmoud Issa, and Kamal Labwani. I am deeply troubled by reports that some ailing political prisoners are denied health care while others are held in cells with violent criminals.
Syria should disclose the fate and whereabouts of the many missing Lebanese citizens who "disappeared" following their arrest in Lebanon during the decades of Syrian military occupation. The Syrian regime should also cease its efforts to undermine Lebanese sovereignty by denying the Lebanese people their right to participate in the democratic process free of foreign intimidation and interference.
The people of Syria hope for a prosperous future with greater opportunities for their children, and for a government that fights corruption, respects the rule of law, guarantees the rights of all Syrians, and works toward achieving peace in the region. -The White House

Sunday, December 10, 2006

TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE for Detroit's Premiere Chrstmas Show

Friday, December 08, 2006

Gebran Tueni Lives

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Kazem Al Saher Live in Concert in Detroit

Monday, December 04, 2006

United American Lebanese Federation Extravaganza!

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