International Association to Save Tyre
Ricardo Karam was a keynote speaker at the International Association to Save Tyre’s event where the Artisanal Center of Ashtart for the Development of Traditional Crafts was inaugurated and where Yasmina Filali and Sylvana Prosperi received the Elissa Didon award established to promote equal rights and duties between sexes around the Mediterranean.
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SLUSH GIA Pitch Competition
Ricardo Karam took part of the jury board at Slush GIA Pitch Competition – Beirut Edition, hosted by Bootcamp. The event was hosted in Beirut Digital District to support startups who are passionate about solving important challenges in emerging markets through technology.
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ASSAMEH, BIRTH AND BEYOUND
Ricardo Karam was the keynote speaker at the “ASSAMEH, BIRTH AND BEYOUND”, a fundraising gala organized for the first time at the Presidential Palace in Beiteddine, to rehabilitate the Karantina governmental hospital and hence provide medical care for underprivileged patients especially premature babies.
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Commencement Speech at AUIS –...
Hello dear soon-to-be graduates, family members, hard workings teachers, mentors and loyal friends, the whole family of the American University of Iraq in Sulaimani. It is a huge, huge honor and a great pleasure to be with you today. First of all, I want to offer you my sincerest congratulations. I know you’ve all been through a lot just to get to this point. Many sleepless nights and sacrifices that you wouldn’t want to repeat. […]
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Plastic Surgery Founding Father Ivo...
Ivo Pitanguy, the world’s most famous plastic surgeon who helped make Brazil a popular destination for the rich and famous to get work done, died. He was 90. During my career, I had the opportunity of meeting and interviewing the 3 big (P)s of Brazil: Pitanguy, Pelé and Paolo (Coelho)…. Famous throughout the world, legend in his native Brazil, he was eclipsed in public recognition only by the soccer god, Pelé. Since 1963 kings, queens, […]
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My Two Cents On Middle...
Below is the clip and transcript of a radio interview that I gave to Bloomberg Boston last week. It deals with my views on the Middle East, and TAKREEM’s place in the seemingly big mess that is our region. One thing that might stand out for you is my optimism. You might even call it a romanticization of our state of affairs. Yet, in this case, ignorance is not bliss. To know the region is […]
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TAKREEM … A Step On...
The Arab world is bleeding. It is time to say, enough is enough. Our sacred soil is saturated with the blood of too many innocent victims. Is it not time to ask ourselves why we, as Arabs, cannot live in peace? Is it not time to live in prosperity and joy like other developed nations? Is it not time for us to stop killing one another in the name of religion, sectarianism and ethnicity? Is […]
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My Beloved Son Nadim –...
My beloved son Nadim- 3 years old- was diagnosed with leukemia with no prior symptoms. With a very low level of red cells and platelets, hence a non-existing immunity, we were unable to travel. A call for blood was therefore imminent for his blood group is very rare, O negative. Social Media was the best tool; the response was prompt. Many blood donors came from very far; I can never forget a widow who came […]
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Helen Thomas (1920-2013)
For over 50 years, she had the honor of opening and closing presidential press conferences in the White House, a destiny that her parents, who emigrated from Lebanon in 1890, would never have thought of. Helen Thomas, who covered every U.S. president John F. Kennedy to George W. Bush, is gone. But who is that lady who made a difference in history? Her father, Gergios Touma and her mother, Marianne Rawadi, came from Tripoli and […]
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I Lost A Friend
Very few are familiar with the name of Camille Aboussouan although it echoed with tunes of high education, artistic sense, love of culture and philanthropy. Camille Aboussouan carved his path with class and knowledge. First and in 1944, he organized with a group of friends “The Persians by Aeschylus” play in the temple of Bacchus in Baalbeck, taking the role of Coryphaeus himself, thereby laying the foundations of what would be eight years later the […]
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TAKREEM 3; That’s A Wrap
When I first thought about establishing TAKREEM, I never imagined that it would grow as quickly as it has in such a short time. TAKREEM was created to portray an alternative image of Arabs – one that speaks of hard work, productivity, creativity, success and excellence. TAKREEM’s inception happened to coincide with turbulence and tension in the Arab world where by people are demanding freedom and better economic conditions. This made us even more determined […]
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The Pope In Lebanon
Early this year, Pope Benedict had a three-day visit to Cuba, where he called for greater freedom and a bigger role for the Catholic Church in the communist-led nation, warning against radicals. Celebrating Mass in Havana’s Revolution Square to a crowd estimated by the Vatican at 300,000, the Pope said both Cuba and the world needed change ”but this will occur only if each one is in a position to seek the truth”. While urging […]
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The Rooster Of The Arab...
The knotted journalistic, political, and diplomatic careers of Ghassan Tueni narrate the history of Lebanon. “Statesman, humanitarian, man of letters, and perhaps above all, social, as well as political conscience”, Ghassan Tueni always described himself as “only a working journalist”. For him the freedom of the press has always been sacred. With thousands of editorials written over the years, Ghassan Tueni has made An-Nahar a persuasive and trustworthy voice in Lebanon and throughout the Arab […]
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William Zoghbi: International Lebanese Success...
William Zoghbi, the chief of the Division of Cardiac Imaging at The Methodist Hospital is taking over the presidency of the 40,000-member American College of Cardiology, today March 26, at the college’s annual scientific session in Chicago. William Zoghbi, M.D, is taking the helm of the world’s largest scientific society for cardiology in the midst of dramatic changes to the national health care landscape. In response to these changes, Zoghbi says he will use his […]
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Venus.. We All Bow To...
Every morning she wakes up, forgetting that she has published 40 books, translated to many languages and she says “but what have I done to deserve the title of a writer?” Today, we shall be dwelling upon the story of a woman inhabited by great anxiety: Venus Khoury-Ghata. I had the chance of having her on one of my shows and this article is dedicated to her at a time where the whole world is […]
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Fassouh Disaster Far From “Camelot”...
This is Lebanon, a country constantly bleeding with almost similarities between the load of grief and the innocent victim. But the form of death is not the same. As mourners return home, they write the name of mercy on their wall and beg that death gives life to their beloved country. Enough coffins in Beirut! Let our people live and our city celebrate in joy and peace of mind. We have mourned thousands of friends, […]
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Huda Shaarawi
88 years, she removed her veil in public at a Cairo train station announcing the beginning of a new path towards equality for the Arab Woman. A couple of weeks ago, we remembered her in the middle of the Arab Spring carrying the flag of justice, freedom, progresses and facing the shadow of fundamentalism and the rise of the salafism claiming the monopoly of the absolute truth. This is an occasion to shed the light […]
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Danielle Mitterrand
When I first met Danielle Mitterrand, it was clear that I was in front of a one of a kind woman. Indeed, our TV interview was uncommon, I have to confess, and I have always said it loudly. Uncommon in every sense of the word; so was her life path, a quest for justice Her life at the Elysees did not affect Danielle Gouze who, as a young woman, was awarded the War Cross for […]
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Pierre Amin Gemayel
I remember Pierre Amin Gemayel in his first TV appearance. It was in 1997 on the eve of our National day, November 22nd, just like today. I wonder how much independent we’ve been since 1943 and Rashaya’s captivity days! Anyhow, I had invited 8 grand-children of the pillars of the Lebanese Independence, among whom Pierre, to my weekly show at that time “Maraya”. When we first met, I was impressed by Pierre’s energy, vivacity, wit […]
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