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Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

House of Culture, Varela, Buenos Aires Province

Posted on YouTube: August 9, 2016

The Undersecretary of Culture and Education showed up at this Arab Dance workshop in the House of Culture. It was in Varela, a suburb of Buenos Aires. This was a municipal workshop which offered free courses: in this case, Arabic Dance.

Notice the young girls in the background.

This is considered an art form in Latin America, suitable even for young ladies.

It could not be any more mainstream.

Friday, July 29th, 2016

Argentina Accepted Syrian Refugee

Source: Télam July 15, 2016

La joven refugiada Siria llegó a la Argentina

Hannen Nasser, de 24 años, la primera siria refugiada que es fotógrafa y traductora, llegó el viernes por la noche al Aeropuerto de Ezeiza donde fue recibida por familiares con quienes había contactado a través de Internet.

La joven es fotógrafa y traductora y fue recibida esta noche en el Aeropuerto de Ezeiza por sus familiares e integrantes de la Asociación Arabe de La Pampa, donde se instalará en la localidad de Parera.


Young Syrian Refugee [woman] arrived in Argentina

Hannen Nasser, 24, the first Syrian refugee who is a photographer and translator, arrived on Friday night to Ezeiza Airport where he was received by relatives with whom they had contacted over the Internet.

She is a photographer and translator and was received tonight at Ezeiza Airport by their families and members of the Arab Association of La Pampa, which will be installed in the town of Parera. … (Read More)

Translation was chiefly by translation app.

Ezeiza Airport is Buenos Aires’ main airport, outside the city itself, officially called Ministro Pistarini International Airport, in the town of Ezezia.

Sunday, July 24th, 2016

Who Would Even Notice the Food?


Posted on YouTube: May 9, 2016

At the Fairuz Arab Restaurant, in Buenos Aires (BsAs).

Again, Arab dancing and food are much bigger phenomena in Latin America than in the USA. Arab Dancing is a subculture adopted by mainstream, non-Arab women.

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

South America Taking in Syrians

South America Welcomes Syrian Refugees
US News & World Report
Sept 30, 2015

… countries such as Argentina are receiving praise for their open-door policies.

… Compared to Europe, South America receives just a fraction of the people fleeing conflict from the Middle East … But the continent is increasingly becoming a destination for refugees. Venezuela announced in September that it would accept 20,000 Syrians, while Chile said it would accept 50 Syrian families. Argentina and Uruguay also have installed programs to accept Syrians.

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South America has a history of absorbing large numbers of Arabs and assimilating them. It only makes sense that some refugees from Syria would be making their way to the continent.

In the past, most Arab immigrants to South America have been Christian. This new batch of refugees will be mostly Muslim. Hopefully, things will go well. We can only hope they assimilate.

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