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French determined to rebuild Notre Dame, in five years time

President Emmanuel Macron pledged on Tuesday that France would rebuild the fire-devastated Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral, saying he hoped the work would be done in five years and the French people would pull together to repair their national symbol. Macron devoted a brief prime-time televised address to Monday’s catastrophic blaze …

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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

Grapes

  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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My Pistachio Trees

By Ibrahim Alalou — A cluster of unripe pistachios on one of my trees The pistachio tree(Pistacia vera) is native to Syria. In Arabic we call it Aleppo pistachio(الفستق الحلبي). It has a rich history. Pliny the Elder wrote in his Natural History that Pistacia was unique to Syria and …

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Normalcy returning to Syrian movie making

On a long-disused film set outside Damascus featuring mud houses, palm trees, alleyways and camels, actors in flowing robes are making a television series that the producers say is part of a gradual revival of their industry. Like most other sectors of the economy in Syria, the film and television …

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Earth Hour slotted for Saturday

On Saturday, 30th March 8:30 p.m. local time, skylines around the world will go dark as millions of people celebrate Earth Hour to show their commitment to protect the planet. As nature declines like never before, coupled with the ever-present challenge of climate change, Earth Hour 2019 will focus on …

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Santa’s Retirement

The Retirement ( loooong overdue ) of Santa, one of the richest guys in the world.   Where Santa  just sits by the fire And warms his toes With Ms. Claus And reads  his story,   And tells all his little green friends They are free To go home, Back …

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Uri Geller speaks out against Theresa May and Brexit

Spoon-bending psychic Uri Geller wants to bend British Prime Minister Theresa May’s will against Brexit using mass-telepathy. From his home in Israel, Geller – who is also a British citizen and a former resident of May’s Maidenhead constituency – wrote an open letter to the prime minister urging her to …

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What’s the boon you’re asking for?

By Gouthama Siddarthan*   My recent article about Washerman community had got more attention. Following that, whether the washerman people around the world will come under in ‘Community’? What is their life condition? In the context of which the answers are not available, it is a small Anthropology walk. About …

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2019 Aga Khan Music Awards Laureates and Finalists Announced

The Master Jury of the Aga Khan Music Awards has announced laureates and finalists for the Awards’ inaugural cycle. The Music Awards were established by His Highness the Aga Khan to recognise exceptional creativity, promise, and enterprise in music performance, creation, education, preservation and revitalisation in societies across the world …

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May the Fortunes Smile on You… A Dialogue with Eslam Abdel-Rahman, Egypt’s answer to Dan Brown!

By Emad El-Din Aysha, PhD     وَإِذْ يَمْكُرُ بِكَ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا لِيُثْبِتُوكَ أَوْ يَقْتُلُوكَ أَوْ يُخْرِجُوكَ ۚ وَيَمْكُرُونَ وَيَمْكُرُ اللَّهُ ۖ وَاللَّهُ خَيْرُ الْمَاكِرِينَ And [remember, O Muhammad], when those who disbelieved plotted against you to restrain you or kill you or evict you [from Makkah]. But they plan, …

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Can a Horror Be an Evilma?

By Gouthama Siddarthan* —     Speculative fiction has, of late, been catching up in the world of writing which is highly enamoured of it.  But there is a great danger of this fascination falling into the groove of popular legal thriller. The danger bristles with the risky possibility of …

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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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Fujairah Social and Cultural Association heading toMorocco’s International Youth and Women Forum’

The UAE, represented by the Fujairah Social and Cultural Association, is participating in the ‘3rd International Youth and Women Forum’, being hosted by the Moroccan city of Tangier until 17th March 2019. The forum, organised by the Moroccan Association for Economic, Social and Cultural Development, under the slogan, ‘Women and …

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Protect Childhood launched in UAE

The Dubai Foundation for Women and Children, DFWAC, launched its 10th annual campaign to prevent child abuse, in conjunction with the UAE Children’s Day, under the slogan “Protect Childhood”, which will continue till the end of April. This year’s campaign focuses on raising awareness of the great impact of the …

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UAE exemplary in empowering young people

H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union, President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation, has affirmed that the UAE – under the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan – is one …

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