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CAPTION: Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan smiles as she accepts the first International Women of Spirit Award presented by Carlow College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 19, 2005. The International Poetry Forum hosted Her Majesty fwho delivered an address, "Women and Peace, Poetry in Action."

I think Noor looks absolutely stunning. The colour of her dress is so pretty. The embroidery is similar to some of the other caftans she has worn but its a pretty outfit. And the jewellery is beautiful as well.
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Old 06-21-2005, 02:18 PM
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I agree with you Humera, Queen Noor looks really wonderful and happy.
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Old 06-21-2005, 04:06 PM
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She looks much younger than her 50+ years and so elegant! She does eem to favour wearing that style of kaften often, though I'd like to see her in some western outfits often.
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I agree with you Humera, Queen Noor looks really wonderful and happy.
i have to agree too
she looks very beautifull and her hair seems a bit lighter again^^
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Old 06-22-2005, 12:16 PM
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Really all of you are right. The Queen looks very beautiful and marvelous.
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Another picture and article about the event

Queen Noor calls women vital to peace

By Karen Roebuck
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Monday, June 20, 2005

While women remain on the fringes of power, they are crucial to world peace and nations' recoveries after wars, Queen Noor of Jordan told nearly 800 people Sunday evening in Oakland.

"Women have a unique position at the heart of society but on the fringes of power," she said. "Perhaps women's greatest strength is to do what many men find so difficult -- to reach out and build relationships."

At a dinner following the speech at the Carnegie Music Hall, Queen Noor was given the Carlow University International Women of Spirit Award by Sister Grace Ann Geibel, Carlow's president. Queen Noor exemplifies the university's ideals and missions of competence and compassion in leadership and service to others, Geibel said.

Although her speech was sponsored by the International Poetry Forum, Queen Noor said she was not a poetry expert but quoted numerous poets during her speech.

She quoted Lebanese, Israeli and Palestinian female poets, saying, "These poets are women united in their horror of war and their longing for peace."

She said she has worked with women all over the world struggling to overcome deprivation and conflicts, "a form of poetry in motion."

Dressed in a flowing, floor-length light turquoise gown with beaded beige and lime trim, she began by saying it was her first visit to "the home of Andy Warhol but also the Steelers, the Pirates, the Penguins and their infamous fans." She noted Pittsburgh also is home to medical achievements and Mister Rogers.

"I live in quite a turbulent neighborhood myself and wish more would reach out and say 'I would like to be your neighbor,' too," she said.

The American-born Queen said she was privileged to live at the center of both the Arab and Western worlds, and the one lesson has been repeated throughout her life: "How much we are so fundamentally alike in what we dream of, what we aspire to, what we pray for."

During a question-and-answer session with the audience following her speech, Queen Noor was both lauded for her role in peace efforts in Israel, Palestine and the Middle East and asked to defend what one Israeli-American audience member viewed as anti-Israeli and anti-American statements she had made previously. The man did not say what those comments were.

Queen Noor said she was not sure what statements he was talking about -- and denied being either anti-Semitic or anti-American -- but said she felt it was important for her to discuss the needs and suffering of both Israelis and Palestinians.

"If we don't take account of both sides, we'll never find peace in the region," she said.

Queen Noor, 53, who was born Lisa Halaby, and King Hussein were married June 15, 1978. She was his fourth wife, and his son by a previous marriage is now Jordan's King Abdullah. Queen Noor and King Hussein's son, one of his 12 children, is the crown prince and next in line for the throne.

Saying she was from Israel, Nitsa Ford, 35, of Squirrel Hill, began crying as she recalled "the very sad day that King Hussein had left us" and was unable to say what she longed to ask his widow. King Hussein died in 1999 of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Queen Noor remained poised as she assured Ford that many Jordanians and Arabs felt the same when Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated. Rabin and her husband were great leaders who shared a common thread of seeing the light at the end of a long tunnel and inspiring others, she said.

That gave Ford, seated in the balcony, time to calm down to ask what Jordan's role will be in the peace process now without Hussein.

"I certainly hope and pray that Jordan will continue to be a key element not only in the search for peace, but in mediating and providing an inclusive spirit in the region," the queen said.

Afterward, Ford said she could not explain why she had become so emotional. "I can't explain it. I think the peace or the struggle for peace is so overwhelming. It's within us," she said.

Another woman asked the queen what ingredients were needed for peace. "It would have a lot of X chromosomes in it," Queen Noor said.
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Old 06-25-2005, 09:51 PM
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It was nice to see her in Jordan again with Sarvath, Hassan at their daughter's wedding. Everyone looked happy and, while everyone dressed tastefully, no one tried to outshine the bride--who looked gorgeous! I liked seeing Sarvath and Noor standing side by side for the official group photos. Maybe bygones will be bygones and they'll begin appreciating one another more and have a good relationship. From all reports--and common sense thinking, things were strained for awhile after the succession change in 1999.
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You know there was one pic wher eboth were walking side by side going into a church for a funeral. I thought it was very touching cuz they looked like friends and not enemies. I am sooo glad that the el hassans know the importance of family unity and respect above all. That is what makes monarchies survive.
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I think that queen Noor does make a PLASTIC surgerie. Her face is not normal as a few years ago.
Wat do you think?
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I think that queen Noor does make a PLASTIC surgerie. Her face is not normal as a few years ago.
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Yes, it is true. She had many plastic surgeries.
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Old 06-27-2005, 09:15 AM
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Yes, it is true. She had many plastic surgeries.
im not sure.
she seems not the type for plastic surgeries.when you think about which clothes and so on she weared when she met king hussein.
she seemed a very simple woman.
i dont think that her whole face changes maybe she lost so much weight?
but i think her side profile changed.
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she uses BOTOX . I'm sure
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You're right Iman
I think she also had her lips done (look at how big they are compared to what they were before).

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Jordan's queen upbeat on Tajik economic development
Jun 27, 2005, 12:06 GMT



Text of report by Tajik Avesta website on 26 June

Dushanbe, 26 June: Jordan's Queen Nur [al-Husayn] believes that Tajikistan is now at the turning period for transition to a new level of development, she told journalists following her talks with Tajik President Emomali Rahmonov. The meeting was held at the government Pugus country residence on Sunday [26 June].

She said economic development would lead Tajikistan to achieving its set objectives. "The government of the country has viewed the Millennium Development Goals very seriously and undertaken certain obligations, and the international community will assist in it achieving these goals. Tajikistan is a leading country in the region since it openly speaks about its existing problems," Nur said.

Her Majesty said that she would support all Tajikistan's initiatives and would help it obtain grants for the implementation of the [UN] Millennium project. She expressed confidence that Tajikistan would achieve all the goals set by the project before 2015.

Source: Avesta website, Dushanbe, in Russian 1318 gmt 26 Jun 05

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Text of report by Tajik Avesta website on 26 June

Dushanbe, 26 June: Jordan's Queen Nur [al-Husayn] believes that Tajikistan is now at the turning period for transition to a new level of development, she told journalists following her talks with Tajik President Emomali Rahmonov. The meeting was held at the government Pugus country residence on Sunday [26 June].

She said economic development would lead Tajikistan to achieving its set objectives. "The government of the country has viewed the Millennium Development Goals very seriously and undertaken certain obligations, and the international community will assist in it achieving these goals. Tajikistan is a leading country in the region since it openly speaks about its existing problems," Nur said.

Her Majesty said that she would support all Tajikistan's initiatives and would help it obtain grants for the implementation of the [UN] Millennium project. She expressed confidence that Tajikistan would achieve all the goals set by the project before 2015.

Source: Avesta website, Dushanbe, in Russian 1318 gmt 26 Jun 05

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You're right niki. Her lips are big than a few years ago. She is like ... .

Not beautiful at all.
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Jordan's Queen Noor and Tajikistan's President Imomali Rakhmonov (R) look on during their meeting at the presidential residence outside the capital of Dushanbe in Tajikistan June 26, 2005. REUTERS/Nozim Kalandarov
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Queen Noor wearing that lovely turqoise again...
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More pics from Tajikistan
Queen Noor wearing that lovely turqoise again...
Thanks for the pictures ~*~Humera~*~! :) Queen Noor does look lovely in this vibrant colour. (I also think she looks lovely in pink!)

What is the reason for her presence in Tajikistan? Is she there as part of her anti-landmine crusade or for another one of her charitable causes?
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Queen Noor looks really wonderful . thanks for the pics ~*~Humera~*~! :)
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you're welcome Alexandria and Amira

I dont know if this visit to Tajikistan is exclusively part of Queen Noor's anti-landmine campaigns like her visit last year.

Here's an article related to the visit

TAJIKISTAN: Poverty reduction initiative announced

DUSHANBE, 26 Jun 2005 (IRIN) - A new initiative to reduce poverty in Tajikistan was announced on Sunday by President Emomali Rakhmonov, the day one day before National Reconciliation and Consent Day, a public holiday marking the end of the civil war that ravaged the former Soviet republic between 1992 and 1997.

The announcement was made at a meeting with Professor Jeffrey Sachs, the United Nations Millennium Development Director, as part of a three day visit to Tajikistan which ended on Monday.

President Rakhmonov gave a copy of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Needs Assessment Report on Tajikistan to Sachs and also to Queen Noor of Jordan. Queen Noor, who was also on the trip, has become a strong international advocate for Tajikistan after her official visit to the country in 2004.

"The report was prepared by five working groups together with the Tajik government and the UN. It includes measures which the government should undertake and determines the necessary amount of external aid required to achieve those measures," Khakim Soliev, Tajikistan's economy minister, said.

According to the report, it will be necessary to double international aid from the current US $ 180 million a year in order to achieve the MDGs.

Soliev said that much progress had already been made in recent years and that the poverty level had dropped by 22 percent since the 1990s. Nevertheless, the standard of living in Tajikistan remains low being the poorest of all the Central Asian republics. Gross national income per person per year was only $190. Of the country's 6.3 million inhabitants, 64 percent live below the national poverty line, according to the latest World Bank figures.

"Tajikistan is the only country in the Central Asian region, which has completed the UN Millennium Development Goals Needs Assessment Report and identified its needs," William Paton, the UN Resident Coordinator in Tajikistan, said.

The memorandum on cooperation between Tajikistan and the UN was signed on Sunday afternoon by economy minister Soliev on the part of the Tajik government and Paton on behalf of the UN.

Queen Noor noted that an increase in aid could be achieved rapidly if donors would only meet earlier commitments.

"Many countries promised to provide much aid to Tajikistan, but these promises remained unfulfilled," Queen Noor said. "It is important that such countries as Tajikistan really try to achieve these goals. The world community should support them."


http://www.irinnews.org/report.asp?R...try=TAJIKISTAN
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