George Clooney's Future Mother-in-Law

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George Clooney's Future Mother-in-Law
Fri 02-05-2014

The world is not getting enough of Amal Alamuddin, who became an overnight celebrity once she got engaged to George Clooney.

We shared many details and updates on Amal Alamuddin in the past few days...but here are some extra information about her mother, who will soon be George Clooney's mother-in-law, Bariaa Alamuddin.

Bariaa Miknas (Alamuddin) grew up in Tripoli, before moving to Beirut to pursue her journalism career with Dar Sayyad in the sixties then with the Lebanese national TV.

She later married Ramzi Alamuddin, and the couple escaped war-ravaged Lebanon to London, where Bariaa joined Al-Hayat newspaper and raised her two daughters Amal and Tala.

Jihad Khazen, a veteran Arab columnist and former editor in chief of Al-Hayat, met Bariaa more than three decades ago. Khazen describes her to Al-Arabiya News as a “Roman goddess”, speaking of unmatched beauty during her youth that dazzled many in the Middle East, and an intellect that made her journalism career.

Since moving to Al-Hayat in the nineties, Alamuddin has interviewed global figures such as former U.S. President Bill Clinton, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, former Cuban President Fidel Castro, and former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

Bariaa Alamuddin also stands out as a networking powerhouse and tireless socialite. Abdul Wahab Badrakhan, a former deputy editor in chief for Al-Hayat and who worked with Bariaa until 2006, describes her to Al Arabiya News as a juggernaut networker, with direct access to leaders from the Arab world to Pakistan to Brussels.

Badrakhan stresses mostly her connections to royal families in the Gulf and having built personal relations with many Princesses and officials. Helping her in this networking effort, according to many of her colleagues, is her brother Akram Miknas, a leading businessman in Bahrain and the founder of Promoseven Holdings. People who attend the exquisite parties at the family’s home in London speak of Bariaa as a very generous and warm host.

Another colleague Eyad Abu Shakra, a managing editor of Al-Sharq Awsat, describes Bariaa Alamuddin as a “feisty reporter”. In fact, this feistiness came across in some of Bariaa’s TV appearances during the Israeli 2006 war on Lebanon. She is an Arab at heart and has taken many positions against the Israeli occupation. “Her politics are fitting with the Arab street” says Badrakhan, adding that “she has no prejudice against anyone and supports Arab rights.” Alamuddin has come under attack from right wing writers for interviewing Suha Arafat, the wife of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

Source: Al Arabiya