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Saturday, November 17th, 2012

Newspaper Reports on Chilean Protest

This is a news report by El Ciudadano (The Citizen) in Santiago, Chile.

The original is here.
Forgive any errors in translation.

El Ciudadno (the Citizen) is a Chilean Newspaper.

More of the same, but as we note, Chile has a very influential Palestinian population. So the Gaza War is drawing strong interest.

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

A Maronite Visit to Northern Uruguay

Forgive any errors in translation, but this video shows the enormous footprint
of Arabs – in this case Lebanese Maronite Catholics – in Latin America.
(Original Source)

This involves the vist of the World Union of Lebanese Communities’ representatives to 5 major Lebanese communities in Northern Uruguay.

What I did find interesting is that they claim there are 90,000 Lebanese in Uruguay while Wikipedia asserts there are only 70,000.

Again, as noted, the Arabs in South America are woefully under-counted. Also note the Christianity of Latin America Arabs.

Of particular mention in the video is the fact that there are 15 million Lebanese outside of Lebanon. Almost all of these expatriate Lebanese are Christian. About 11 million of them live in Latin America. Right now, only about 1/3 of Lebanon is Christian. Were all those 15 million to return to Lebanon, Lebanon would be over 80% Christian.

What is not mentioned is that a good portion of the Lebanese Christian exodus was ethnic cleansing by the Muslims.

This was a Maronite Catholic group. Almost all the Lebanese in Uruguay are Christian, if not all.

Maronites are a sect affiliated with Roman Catholicism, but where the local priests are allowed to be married before they are ordained. They are particularly noted for Marian (Mary) devotions.

Saturday, September 8th, 2012

Lebanese Youth of Chile

Original Video Source: (Click Here)

The first thing one notices is that the Lebanese of Chile avoid involvement in the politics of the Israel-Palestine Mideast Crisis. A lot of these protests were during the Hezbollah-Israel War in 2006, but there seems to be no condemnation of Israel.

At (0:39) the poster says: A Message of Peace. John Paul II. These Maronites Catholics were not fans of Hezbollah. They may or may not love Israel, but the Lebanese Christians despised Hezbollah for starting the 2006 War.

As noted, the Lebanese in Chile are over 99% Christian, and heavily Catholic. Lebanese are the most Westernized of the Arab peoples, and here they show it. They are usually a moderating influence in the Arab community. No condemnation of Israel.

This video is a shining example of their assimilation and Westernization. They are a credit to Chile.

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