About El Marada

The Green Attitude

IF -Rudyard Kipling ...

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:


If you can dream--and not make dreams your master,
If you can think--and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:


If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"


If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings--nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much,
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And--which is more--you'll be a Man, my son!





About The El Marada Leader - Mr. Sleiman Tony Frangieh

  • Born in Zgharta on November 18, 1965
  • Son of the minister and deputy, the martyr Tony Frangieh (1/9/1941- 13/6/1978) and of Vera Cordahi (20/3/1945- 13/6/1978) from a noble Egyptian family.
  • Grandson of the late President of the Republic Sleiman Frangieh (from September 1970 to September 1976)
  • Married to Rima Karkafi since summer 2003

 

He started his political life at an early age in 1982 as chief of the Maradas. After the disbandment of the militias according to the resolutions of the Taef agreement, this movement became an institution active in politics, culture, education, health, social and  environmental affairs. 

He entered the Parliament for the first time on June 7, 1991 and was then the youngest MP. He was elected for three successive mandates in 1992, 1996 and 2000 and ranked first in the caza of Zgharta- Zawiah in the three aforementioned electoral sessions despite the different prevailing electoral laws: the goveranorate basis in 1992 and 1996 and the intermediate circonscription in 2000. He was candidate to the Maronite seat in the caza of Zgharta in the second circonscription in the north during the elections of June 2005. He ranked first in the cazas of Zgharta, Koura and Batroun but did not win the elections which took place on the basis of the 2000 electoral law.

He was in charge of the following ministries:

24/12/1990- 10/5/1992
State Minister in the government of Rachid Karame 

16/5/1992- 30/10/1992
Minister of Housing and Cooperatives in the government of Rachid Solh

31/10/1992- 25/5/1995
Minister of Municipalities and Rural Affairs in the government of late the martyr Rafic Hariri

7/11/1996- 3/12/1998
Minister of Public Health in the government of late the martyr Rafic Hariri

4/12/1998- 25/10/2000
Minister of Agriculture and Housing in the government of Salim El Hoss

26/10/2000- 15/4/2003
Minister of Public Health in the government of late the martyr Rafic Hariri

17/4/2003- 26/10/2004
Minister of Public Health in the government of late the martyr Rafic Hariri

26/10/2004- 19/4/2005
Minister of the Interior and Municipalities in the government of Omar Karame

His hobbies: Photography, Aerial photography, Flying, Sea and scuba diving, Nature, Hunting and Skiing.

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History of The El Marada

THE MARADAS

Maradas are among the earliest Semitic natives of the region stretching from Lebanon, to Syria, Jordan and Palestine down to Iraq and Iran. They were known, since 2300 years B.C, for being a specific genuine people and one of the diverse ethical groups in the countries of the East. Because of repeated invasions and wars, they massed further in their native stronghold, i, e, Lebanon and Syria. They withdrew, in a large extent, towards Mesopotamia and Persia.

Being the earliest genuine inhabitants of this land, they waged wars and resisted all kinds of colonization, incursions and conquests from all sides, which made many covetous people band together against them, in an attempt to dispose of those noncompliant people who were unwilling to bargain.

Three features historically distinguished the Maradas:

  1. 1. Inhabitants of mountainous and hilly areas. They won further strength, steadfastness, devoutness and attachment to their land and roots.
  2. 2. Immunity and resistance. They experienced and endured all kinds of hardships and never gave in. Hellenic historian Thoipahnaus gave them the nickname “The copper dam”, i.e. the tight dam.
  3. 3. Freedom and independence trend. They were called Liberals.
Maradas form a blend of Canaanites, Amorites, Aramaics and various ethnic groups. They were called Maradas referring to the God "Marado" whose name stands for "Mar" i.e. "Lord" and "Do" i.e. "Power", "The Lord of power". Later, their name assumed other meanings such as "Mared": The Giant, or "The rebellion": the revolution.

The term Al Jarajima is thought to assume an ambiguous signification, but their name simply dates back to Maradas who lived in Mount Jarijima in the heart of the mountains surrounding Aleppo, including Mount El Loukam. Thus, they were nicknamed Jarajima referring to their district.

From the seventh century A.D and more specifically with John Maron, lots of Maradas embraced the Christian faith and called themselves Syriac, but they descended originally from various confessional groups: according to history written by Patriarch Estefan Douaihy, both historians Philippe Hitti and Jawad Boulos, as well as Father Boutros Baou and Father Youssef Yammine, they come from various descents. They lived in full harmony, and the majority converted to the same confession: Christianity.

Maradas form an incongruous blend of peoples and ethnic groups that have exemplified a formula of understanding that reflects the image of Lebanon. Besides, if they are to be succinctly defined as being Arab Lebanese Oriental, such a brief definition has been determined by history and cemented by the present.

Orientals: they are the earliest people of the region. They were neither passing inhabitants nor intruders.

Arabs: although they formed many ethnic groups, they adopted Arab nationalism as an option, a decision and an identity 300 years before Islam, more specifically before the Hira and Ghassassina tribes. Nevertheless, Arab nationalism, according to their concept, means opening up to all civilizations in the East and in the West as well. Such openness has been accounted for in Patriarch Estefan Douaihy's book "History of times".

Lebanese: Maradas chose Lebanon, since the remotest times, as a homeland and stronghold. Princes descending from Maradas ruled between 500 years and 600 years B.C and lived in Lebanon Mountains. This is why they won further steadfastness, power and faith in their native land which they always defended, in such a way that the Hero of Lebanon Youssef Bey Karam called himself Marada in his correspondence.

Starting from a shining history and a specific and in-depth conception of such history, the late president Sleiman Frangieh founded the current Maradas and breathed an independence spirit therein, which justifies once again their craving for freedom, their faith in their land, roots and identity. With president Frangieh's impulsion, the Maradas proved to be more eminent, more genuine and more able to persevere thanks to their faith in their land and in the human being, while being moved by an independent mind and constant craving for freedom outside sectarian, communal or regional influences.

2300 years ago B.C to our days, the Maradas have been relying on the time equation which testifies to their present and survival: History, Present and Future

  • History: starting point and reference
  • Present: awareness-taking
  • Future: planning for the future.

That time equation won them further steadfastness that became their own symbol and motto.

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Principles of The El Marada Movement

POSTULATES AND PRINCIPLES OF EL MARADA

In defence of Lebanon's unity, sovereignty, independence, freedom of decision and conformation of its belonging to the Arab environment, El Marada Movement started with the late President Sleiman Frangieh's values and thoughts to turn into a popular political current in Lebanon and abroad enjoying an organizational framework and a developed structure based on democracy and effective participation.

THE POSTULATES

  • Lebanon, final homeland to all its citizens and having, as a guarantee, the national commitment of the society and the State to keep away from strives and crises aiming at turning spiritual families into conflicting sects and communities.
  • Lebanon, a sovereign, free and united country, rejecting all kinds of partitions and federations, of Arab indenty and belonging, open to all States of the world.
  • Rejection of all plans to permanently settle Palestinian refugees while insisting on their right to return to their homeland.
  • Lebanon is committed to the Arab League stands and to Arab concerns, along with the confirmation of the legitimacy of the national resistance in order to attain a fair and global peace in the region.
  • Lebanon, founding member of the United Nations Organization committed to its Charter and its international human values.
  • El Marada long for Lebanon to be a state that ensures freedom, in words and action, as a global and unifying value, a sovereign state enjoying free decision opposed to all forms of guardianship.

THE PRINCIPLES

  • Lebanon, state of institutions where all resources and skills shall be valued and all sorts of quotas and favouritism are rejected.
  • Lebanon, state of social justice and balanced development so that all citizens rights are secured, the internal migration and its consequences reduced and emigration and its causes controlled.
  • Lebanon, state of free economy in continual modernisation and consistent with the worldwide growth, provided that the public sector assets are maintained and managed by private administrations.
  • Lebanon, state of independent justice that embraces the citizens and groups rights and dignity, and optimizes the belonging of citizens to their homeland and fostering their confidence in the State.
  • Lebanon, state of consensual democracy making way to a secular State that guarantees the rights of all Lebanese. A state that enjoys a democracy of consensus experienced by countries with ideal political stability.
  • Democracy of entente reflecting the will of the Lebanese people longing for coexistence far from all kinds of hegemonies.
  • After having achieved the stability following the consensual democracy, strive to set up the secular State able to safeguard the rights of all, with a presidential regime enjoying wider powers.
  • Adopt a fair electoral law that would not change to suit certain political motives, but would rather be based on national standards.
  • Establishment of a free democratic regime of entente, the respect of freedom of expression, together with continuous updating of the educational curricula and exercising efforts to completely eliminate illiteracy.
  • Supporting public schools and Lebanese universities so that education is within all citizens reach.
  • Backing both agricultural and industrial sectors according to an up-to-date plan.
  • Backing the tourism sector, protecting monuments, safeguarding the heritage and laying down a tourism map.
  • Respecting and preserving the environment, so as to safeguard natural, vegetal, water and animal wealth.
  • Granting priority to hygiene and hospitalization and providing social securities, especially old age annuity.
  • Emphasising woman's rights as a key partner in an integrated Lebanese society.
  • Stressing the child's right to a secure and solid future.
  • Communicating with the Lebanese abroad and thoroughly involve them in the national, economic and cultural life.
  • Striving for the achievement and the consolidation of the concept of citizenship as to reinforce the culture of belonging to Lebanon.
  • Backing and spreading culture: publications, theatre, motion pictures and various arts.
  • Fostering sports and laying down a comprehensive plan intended to encourage sporting clubs in all districts, by resorting to public sector donations and to civil society resources.

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