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Why Sustainability Is Important?

By Lamis Jdid* | In 2008, Thomas Friedman wrote a book that was considered a revolutionary way of rethinking our planet earth explaining the social and ecological challenges facing us and its serious consequences that could threaten life on earth. Spreading awareness on the impact we have on our planet …

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Argentina orders freezing of Hezbollah assets

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Argentinian authorities ordered the freezing of Hezbollah assets in the country on Thursday and effectively designated the Lebanese Islamist group, which it blames for two attacks on its soil, a terrorist organization. The announcement came on the 25th anniversary of the bombing of a Jewish community …

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Ranim Al-Basha presents a new show

Damascus – The Syrian talented anchor Ranim Al-Basha presents an English new weekly program on the Syrian official TV channel, entitled “Syria Insider Weekly”. The program talks about the most important issues of Syria, politically, economically culturally, and socially. The show that started 8 months ago, is produced by Sawsan …

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Why Tehran must negotiate with Trump

By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem* — A year ago, I was invited to a closed seminar with an Iranian diplomat in Beirut, which brought together some 12 researchers and journalists to discuss the implications of the US sanctions imposed by US President Donald Trump on Iran following its withdrawal from the …

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The “Deal of the Century” or a new Nakba?

By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem — The Nakba of Palestine took place due to the Israeli occupation of most of Palestine and the creation of “Israel” entity on May 15, 1948. The 71st anniversary of the Nakba comes this year, weeks before the announcement of the U.S. administration of its peace …

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Is there a solution to the gasoline crisis in Syria?

The Levant News exclusive – DAMASCUS – Safa Salal – Near the line of cars on the street next to the Al-Jalaa fuel station in the Al-Mazza area, west of Damascus, three men were dancing the Dabkeh folklore dance while they are waiting to buy the “Gasoline” for their cars …

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Support Saudi-led war Yemen remains strong

American president Donald Trump remains a strong supporter of the Saudi-led war in Yemen. At the same time the military intervention garners unconditional support at the home front. By Arthur Blok* Trump issued the second veto of his presidency earlier this week halting a congressional resolution that would have sought …

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Synchronisation

By: Sally S. Ali – England — Do not dream of me keep that ignition that missing inside of your nerves. Let them hurt love is a ticking bomb I am your neutraliser keeps you from exploding keeps your ticks on. Meet the people with a still face Keep your …

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My Table Grapes: A Sea Of Grenneries

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  By Ibrahim Alalou —    At 400×100 meters grape trellis, A sea of greeneries is created in semi-desert environment. Grapes(Vitis vinifera) are fruits, botanically a berry of the deciduous woody vines of the flowering plant genus Vitis. The cultivation of the domesticated grape began in the Near East 6000 …

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Islam and The Necessity of Religious Pluralism

Religious Pluralism

By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem – The sectarian and religious conflicts ruling the Islamic world today are not a unique or new phenomenon, nor in the political and authoritarian dimensions when religion was used to mobilize support for rulers or regimes. The Christian west also witnessed conflicts and sectarian divisions between …

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How To Delete Duplicate Photos On Your Computer

By Arina Michel — How To Delete Duplicate Photos On Your Computer   We all have been in the situation, where we see all the identical and similar duplicate on the screen and not able to decide which one is original one with top-notch quality. Keeping too many replica files …

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Lebanon’s Very Special Tribunal

Since its inception in 2009, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) in The Hague has divided Lebanon. Up until now far over half a billion USD has been spent and the meter is still running. In the past years the STL has made no arrests, it will probably never do …

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End of a busy Year: A Fresh Start For Syria

By Areej Zaher* — By the end of 2018, Syria’s isolation days seemed to reach an end, and promising diplomatic ties with neighboring Arab countries were in the atmosphere. The visit of the Sudanese president Al-Bashir to Damascus and the re-opening of the UAE embassy marked a new era of …

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Israeli planes attack targets near Damascus

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Israeli war planes attacked with missiles unspecified targets near Damascus, the Syrian capital, on Tuesday and injured three Syrian soldiers, Syrian state media quoted a military source as saying. “Our air defenses confronted hostile missiles launched by Israeli war planes from above the Lebanese territories and downed …

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The Yellow Anger Over The Green Ambitions

By Areej Zaher* — For the recent fifth weeks, France has gone through inevitable unrest due to the last government statements regarding the sudden rise of the diesel prices. The public’s objection for this laws has escalated, and the yellow anger has marked these outbursts. However, we have to uproot …

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Can An Office Chair Boost Your Business Growth?

  Whether it is a startup or a well-established business, your assets will always be your employees. It is due to their hard work that you are able to generate revenue for your business. Thus, it becomes a major responsibility of the business owners to take care of the needs …

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THE ROLE OF RELIGION IN THE US POLITICAL SYSTEM- PAST TO PRESENT

  BY: SYED MOHAMMAD HUSSAIN —   “There is no attack on American culture more destructive and more historically dishonest than the secular Left’s relentless effort to drive God out of America’s public square.”  Newt Gingrich[1] Perhaps this quote made by Newt Gingrich- former Republican Party presidential nomination and 50th …

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Iran navy launches stealth warship in the Gulf

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran’s navy on Saturday launched a domestically made destroyer, which state media said has radar-evading stealth properties, as tensions rise with arch-enemy, the United States. In a ceremony carried live on state television, the Sahand destroyer — which can sustain voyages lasting five months without resupply — …

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Arab unity council to rive for the digital economy

”A common vision for Arab Digital Economy” is the bold plan driven by the Council of Arab Economic Unity, CAEU, at the League of Arab States to boost political and social stability in the Arab world through a digital economy. Dr. Ali Mohammed Al-Khouri, Advisor to the Council of Arab …

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China calls for Saudi stability at G20 summit

Stability in Saudi Arabia is the cornerstone of prosperity and progress in the Gulf, and China firmly supports Riyadh in its drive for economic diversification and social reform, President Xi Jinping told Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Meeting in Buenos Aires, host of the G20 summit of industrialized nations …

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Delivery on Road

By Dr. Abdul-Salam Ojeili – Translated by Ibrahim AL Alou – We left our hotel in Toronto last fall on an early morning heading to Detroit in the northern U.S.A. As we were pulling our car from the hotel’s parking lot, we were surprised to see the wide open road …

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Small Steps In Syria’s Economic Recovery

By Areej Zaher* — The world Bank has reported that Syrian conflict till 2017 had disastrous effects on about third of the residents and half of the medical and educational institutions, as a result of the collapse of vital economical systems. This caused the ending of 538 jobs of the …

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The Syrian debate over a new constitution

By Areej Zaher* — Recently there have been some arguments in favour and against the new Syrian constitution after what sputnik published as a draft for a new constitution adding new powers to the parliament regarding the declaration of war, the removal of president, appointment of the ruler for the …

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This Amazing Tree That Shows How Languages Are Connected

Did you know that most of the different languages we speak today can actually be placed in only a couple of groups by their origin? This is what illustrator Minna Sundberg has captured in an elegant infographic of a linguistic tree which reveals some fascinating links between different tongues. Using the research …

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Karlie Kloss and Josh Kushner got married

By Eliza Brooke for Vox Some readers may still be reeling from Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande’s broken engagement, but today we close the week on a somewhat happier celebrity wedding note: Josh Kushner and Karlie Kloss got married. Kushner, a 33-year-old venture capitalist and founder of the health care …

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Saudi official provides a new version of Khashoggi death

Jamal_ Khashoggi

by Marwa Rashad – RIYADH (Reuters) – As Saudi Arabia faced intensifying international scepticism over its story about the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a senior government official laid out a new version of the death inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul that in key respects contradicts previous explanations. The …

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Tunisia’s migration dilemma

One of Tunisia’s biggest challenges is how to handle migrants illegally leaving its borders. Tunisia’s location at the tip of Africa makes it a springboard for migrants looking to set off towards the European Union (EU). By Arthur Blok* — This year’s worst migrant disaster in the country occurred in …

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