Kassarji, Lee G.
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The speaker's export company and its contacts and agents in all parts of the world, including the Middle East, heart of the Arab lands. The speaker's conviction that Canada, with all her vast resources, will become great if she will increase her trade with foreign lands. The need by exporters for more co-operation by Canadian manufacturers, by Great Britain, and by powers in Ottawa, in order to make Canada a greater nation. How the speaker sees Canada in great peril from sinister forces from within and from without which are threatening the integrity of Canadian life. Two phases to the problem under discussion: The Pan-Arab Movement, and The Implications of the Sterling Bloc for Canada. The discussion proceeds under the following headings: What Is The Pan-Arab Movement?; Why Western Interest in Arab Lands?; The Sterling Bloc. Topics addressed in this discussion include the following. The political ideology that is the Pan-Arab Movement, conceived in all the Arabic-speaking lands populated by approximately 75 million Moslems and stretching across 3,000 miles of territory. Repercussions of this political ideology upon Canada, the British Commonwealth, and the entire world. The Pan-Arab Movement as one of the major influences disturbing world unity, a movement basically negativistic, a hatred of all that is Western, with the object of making themselves self-sufficient in every way, particularly economically. What this implies: the conviction by the Arabs that the only motive of the British, of the French, and of the Americans everywhere is exploitation. Origins of the Pan-Arab Movement. The first official conference of Arab leaders on March 17, 1945 in Cairo. Consequences of the Pan-Arab Movement in Syria, Lebanon and Palestine. The aim of the Pan-Arab Movement to unite all the Arab peoples. Repercussions for France and Britain. The speaker's description of Damascus and Beirut. Freedom as it is thought of in the Pan-Arab world. Why the British, the French, the Americans, and the Russians are so intensely interested in the Middle East. The Suez Canal as the life-line of Britain. Interest in oil. The route of the Dardanelles and the Bosphorous which are Russian gateways to the Mediterranean. The vast plains of the Middle East as excellent aerodromes for airplanes in an age bound to increase its air traffic. The relevancy of the Sterling Bloc. Why it is called the Sterling Bloc. How this issue affects even the Canadian housewife. Canada's national welfare resting firmly upon her foreign trade. Consequences of Britain not allowing the Dominion of Canada into the Sterling Bloc on the same basis of equality that this Dominion entered into the War. Conclusions with regard to doing business with the Arabs and appreciating their position and status in international trade; modifying the Sterling Bloc if Canada's trade is to expand, thinking of world security at large.