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asturiana 05-02-2007 04:22 AM

Queen Rania's working visit to the US: May 2007
Seeds of Peace, to Present Peacemaker Award to Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan

At its annual New York Gala dinner, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdulla of Jordan, will be presented with the Peacemaker award by newly appointed President of Seeds of Peace, Nicolla Hewitt. The event will take place at 6pm, New York City on the 7th May, at the Pierre Hotel... (from yahoo news)

Humera 05-02-2007 06:49 AM

Events for May 2, 2007

Noon. Jordan's Queen Rania Al-Abdullah and actress Natalie Portman will help launch a Village Banking Campaign anti-poverty initiative at New York University’s The Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South. New York Observer

asturiana 05-02-2007 02:21 PM

Jordan's Queen Rania tapes an interview about global micro finance loans on the NBC 'Today' television program, in New York Wednesday May 2, 2007. (from yahoo news)

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Godiva 05-02-2007 06:53 PM

2 May, 2007
Queen Rania co-chairs launch Village Banking Campeign, brings FINCA INTERNATIONAL to Jordan

Petra Pictures:

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Humera 05-02-2007 11:36 PM

Natalie Portman on Queen Rania, her involvement with FINCA

you'll find the following excerpt under "2004"

At a meeting with Queen Rania of Jordan ("She’s the smartest, most eloquent, beautiful, kind and giving woman ever." Time Out London August 4, 2004) Portman learned of the Foundation for International Community Assistance (FINCA). Since then she serves as the Ambassador of Hope for the organisation which helps women in the developing world build businesses through micro-loans. "I think it's an amazing way to combat many of the side effects of poverty. [...] It's sustainable, which is key. . . Natalie


Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan speaks on the Village Banking Call to Action Campaign 02 May 2007 in New York. Rania and actress Natalie Portman (R) joined Wednesday in the launch of a major new microcredit program targeting global poverty that will focus initially on the Middle East.(AFP/Don Emmert):
Natalie Portman
Queen Rania

Nawal 05-03-2007 04:37 PM


Originally Posted by asturiana
Jordan's Queen Rania tapes an interview about global micro finance loans on the NBC 'Today' television program, in New York Wednesday May 2, 2007. (from yahoo news)


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asturiana 05-03-2007 04:55 PM


Originally Posted by Nawal

Thank you :flowers: .

Harvard's Women's Leadership Board Offers Scholarships to Jordanian Students in Honor of Queen Rania's Visit

The lush campus of Harvard University exceeds the beauty of pictures, and the challenging learning curriculum there exceeds expectations. Thanks to two fellowships announced by the Women's Leadership Board (WLB) at Harvard in honor of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah's visit, Thursday, a number of Jordanian students will soon be able to experience everything that the university has to offer. (yahoo news)

dazzling 05-03-2007 05:07 PM

evaluating for Queen's efforts Harvard's Women's Leadership Board offers scholarships to Jordanian women

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Humera 05-04-2007 03:57 AM

More from Day 1 - May 2, 2007, New York

Queen Rania co-chairs launch of Village Banking Campaign, brings FINCA International to Jordan

New York, May 2 (Petra)-- Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah co-chaired the launch of the Village Banking Campaign, Wednesday, where FINCA International (the Foundation for International Community Assistance), announced it would bring its considerable microfinance expertise and resources to Jordan and the broader Middle East. International insurance giant AIG (American International Group, Inc.) pledged its support to expand micro-insurance products through a $1.5 million grant.

Announcement of the campaign was made during an event at New York University in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah, who co-chairs the campaign and its prestigious steering committee with FINCA International Ambassador of Hope Natalie Portman. His Royal Highnesses Prince Zeid bin Raad, Jordan's Ambassador to the United States, and Princess Sara Zeid were also in attendance, along with a number of students from public and private universities in the New York area who are affiliated with microfinance. Petra Article - Part 2

Jordan`s Queen Rania, right, tapes an interview about global micro finance loans with NBC "Today" television program co-host Meredith Vieira, in New York Wednesday May 2, 2007. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
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Jordan's Queen Rania relaxes after her taped interview about global micro finance loans on the NBC "Today" television program, in New York Wednesday May 2, 2007. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Little_star 05-04-2007 06:26 AM

The scholarships are an excellent idea. Thanks for the news and pictures everybody

ceci 05-04-2007 01:48 PM

Queen Rania with Natalie Portman in New York
5/3/07 Natalie Portman Gallery | POPSUGAR - Celebrity Gossip & News.

Humera 05-04-2007 04:20 PM

Thank you for the link. Im not sure what the event was but it might have something to with FINCA.
I dont know if its the pictures or her brown makeup but Queen Rania is looking quite tanned these days.

dazzling 05-05-2007 12:43 PM

How long is this visit for ? will she be attending a dinner?

asturiana 05-06-2007 07:12 AM


Originally Posted by dazzling
How long is this visit for ? will she be attending a dinner?

I don't know :rolleyes: . But on monday she will attend another event (look at my first post).

Humera 05-06-2007 10:04 AM

May 4, 2007 - JFK FORUM, HARVARD
Queen Rania stresses common values, urge students to bridge cultural divide

Boston, May 4 (Petra)-- In a speech at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, Thursday, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah warned of the growing rift between East and West, and urged students to concentrate their efforts in bridging that gap.

"The gulf between narratives is wide – and only getting wider," she said, "and as a result, I fear a creeping affliction on both sides of what the philosopher William James called 'the blindness in human beings' that prevents us from understanding the feelings of those 'different from ourselves.'"

"No matter where we come from, what we look like, how we dress, or to whom we pray, when it comes to what makes us laugh or cry, when it comes to what we dream of for ourselves and for our children, when it comes to how hard we work each day, we are usually more alike than we are different, " said Queen Rania. Petra

"On the issue of Palestine, for example, looking out an American window, the first thing you might see is terrorist attacks against Israelis, and Israel’s paramount obligation to protect its people from harm," she said, "But looking through an Arab window, the image in the foreground is generations of Palestinian boys and girls growing up with no country, no rights, and no future – and that image has not changed for 50 years."
Part 2 of above article

Photos from Petra...a couple of them have an odd blurry quality but the rest are good, my favourite is the first one:
Meeting In a Common Room: Queen Rania of Jordan Calls for Spirit of Concern in Public Discourse

May 4, 2007 — Rather than stay hunkered down in their own separate corners, East and West must strive to appreciate their common humanity, Her Majesty Queen Rania of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan said Thursday at the John F. Kennedy Forum. KSG

There's also a link to a Video at the end of the above article.

Humera 05-06-2007 10:09 AM

May 5, 2007 - MIT
Queen Rania visits MIT, briefed on best practices

Boston, May 5 (Petra)-- During her last day in the city of Boston, Friday, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah visited Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where the faculty briefed her on a number of successful initiatives launched there and touched on the upcoming MIT Learning International Networks Consortium (LINC). The initiatives are all in line with Queen Rania's core interests, including eradicating poverty, securing education for all, and empowering women.

. . . Queen Rania will soon be hosting MIT LINC in the Dead Sea, Jordan. It is an educational initiative sponsored by MIT, with the vision to provide quality education to all the world's children, regardless of geographic hindrances, by using today's computer and telecommunications technologies. This will be the fourth MIT LINC ever held. Petra

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Aurora810 05-06-2007 12:19 PM

Wow America is currently hosting 2 queens. However I have not heard anything about Rania all headlines are about Queen Elizabeth II. As I am sure they will continue to be. Big difference is that Rania is doing a working visit with somewhat private(smaller/quieter) initiatives and the Queen of England is on a very public state visit here that is taking place in very historic areas and also our capital. But it's still cool that America currently has 2 queens visiting.

asturiana 05-06-2007 03:14 PM


Originally Posted by Humera
There's also a link to a Video at the end of the above article.

Video is great. Thank you :flowers: .

Little_star 05-07-2007 09:55 AM

Natalie Portman was recently on "The View" talking about the work that FINCA do.
YouTube - Natalie Portman on The View talks about FINCA

Humera 05-07-2007 02:08 PM


Originally Posted by Aurora810
Big difference is that Rania is doing a working visit with somewhat private(smaller/quieter) initiatives

Rania's also a more regular visit to the US. Since 2005, she has been making 2 working visits to the US every year, once in May (solo visit) and once in September (with her husband, attending the Clinton Global Intiative, UN summit etc). This is already her second visit to the States in 2007 (she last visited in March, there was a private dinner at the White House and King Abdullah's speech to Congress).

Getting back to this visit, Im looking forward to tonight's Seeds of Peace Gala Dinner. Queen Noor and President Clinton are on the advisory board (so is President Bush). I hope Queen Noor will show up.

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