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From Syria with Roses

By: Ibrahim Alalou A half acre of roses at my farm in Syria. I have a big farm in northern Syria. The story of the farm is worth telling, at least from my point of view. The reasons are many and it will take several posts but what better to start …

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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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Is Trump Giving Up On Syria Easily?

by Areej Zaher*   President Trump has announced recently his intention of withdrawing US troops, estimated at about 2000, from Syria. This put him under the mercy of criticism by his own administration. This announcement came as he asserted the defeat of Islamic State. This led to a dispute among …

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Sesame: Not just a Street

Ibrahim Alalou   Halavah, A Middle Eastern sweet meal made from crushed sesame seeds and garnished with nuts.   Sesame Street was created by Joan Ganz Cooney and Lloyd Morrisett in 1969. The long running American children’s television series was broadcast in more than 140 countries. In 2001 there were over …

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Trump Moves to Quickly Exit Syria

Those who thought that the US was doomed to stay in Syria indefinitely (as was mentioned by the Pentagon last week) were surprised when the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) published an article saying that the US military had been ordered to leave Syria as soon as possible. The WSJ revealed …

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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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Six factors shaping Iran’s missile decision-making calculus

By Seyed Hossein Mousavian   The UN Security Council convened Dec. 12 to address the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). US Secretary of State Pompeo said that Iran’s pace of missile activities has not diminished since the JCPOA and that the United States seeks to reimpose ballistic missile restrictions that were …

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THE REALIST ANALYSIS OF CHINA’S RISE IN THE 21ST CENTURY

By SYED MOHAMMAD HUSSAIN, LAHORE SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS   INTRODUCTION French revolutionary Napoleon Bonaparte once referred to China as a “sleeping giant, whose awakening would astonish the world”. (Lee, 2007) The giant found itself in slumber for much of its ‘century of humiliation’ characterized by invasions, massacres, occupations, plunder of public property and …

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Disarmament: The Forgotten Premises of Non-Proliferation

by Seyed Hossein Mousavian   In an interview with the daily Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas announced a German-led initiative on global disarmament, warning that technologically advanced weapons can soon transform science fiction into “deadly reality.” This announcement came a few weeks after President Trump declared that the United States plans …

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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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The Changing Face of American Conservatism

This week was a milestone in the history of American conservatism.  President George H. W. Bush died.  He was the one who promised a “kinder gentler” conservatism when he became president.  Yet, he led the first Gulf War and established the principle of interfering in Middle Eastern Politics – a …

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Facebook: The Rising Star in the Marketing World

By Qais Ahmadi* — Marketing is primarily the most important part of any business or organization. An efficient and effective marketing strategy will ensure the success of your business. In this era; the use of technology is on the rise.  There are many channels where you can advertise your business/product …

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Syrian Thyme: A Daily Bread Companion

By: Ibrahim Al Alou   I made this Syrian thyme mix.   What is Syrian thyme? It is a mix of thyme (Thymus vulgaris or Thymus syriacus) in Arabic (alzaater) with other ingredients that are made in semi-powdered form and consumed with pita bread and olive oil at breakfast or it …

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Women and the price of the Syrian war

By Areej Zaher* War and violence affected all, especially women and children. Whether it was internal, cross-border conflicts, religious or political, civilians will be caught in the firing line. And as a result, women will face life-threatening challenges. War can bring violence, sexual violence, abandonment, detention, physical injury or even …

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The Syrian Herbal Tea (Zouhorat Shameea)

By: Ibrahim Al Alou   A Syrian herbal tea blend(zouhorat shameea).زهورات شامية , In a world so stressed with caffeine consumption it is no wonder that many people turn back to local cultures for a relief. Natural plants blends had proven traits that had been passed through generations. In today’s story …

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The Role of Translation in the New World

By Ibrahim Alou Written and spoken languages are traits of human beings and that what makes us unique among all creatures on planet earth. In the animal kingdom different species developed different means to communicate with each other For example bees communicate through dance and convey messages through that practice. …

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The Clinic’s Neighbours

Part 2 By: Dr. Abdul-Salam Ojeili Translated by: Ibrahim Alalou My other neighbor did not come threatening but apologizing. He said he said something and attributed it to me while I had nothing to do with it. My neighbor owns a shop close to the clinic where he sells fresh …

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Learning to Love Robots

By Patricia Marx Robots, no longer mere factory grinds, are being U.P.S.-delivered into our homes. Illustration by Greg Clarke In 2008, I fell in love with a robot. The object of my affection was a darling red Roomba vacuum cleaner. The size and shape of a chunky Frisbee, it bustled to …

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SUMMARY, ANALYSIS, PUBLICATIONS, AND ARTICLES

Think Tanks Activity Summary (For further details, scroll down to the PUBLICATIONS section) The American Foreign Policy Council looks at Trump’s Iran policy.  They note, “Even more important, however, is the current tug-of-war taking place over Iran’s banking sector. The Nov. 7 sanctions round is aimed in large part at …

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Yerba Mate: The Un-Tea

By: Ibrahim AL Alou*   What do say about a drink that has the strength of coffee, the health benefits of tea and the euphoria of chocolate all combined in one drink? Seems strange a bit but there is such a drink that delivers all these benefits at once. It …

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The Oldest Olive Trees

By: Ibrahim AL Alou*   The sisters of Noah, Lebanon. They witnessed the rise and fall of civilizations, stood against plagues and epidemics, greeted the sun rising and setting down over thousands of days, yet stood defiant in glory and glamour. These are the oldest olive trees alive bearing their soulful …

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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 Truffles

By: Ibrahim AL Alou*   I took this picture yesterday at the market showing fresh raw Syrian truffles. Truffles are rare. Since they are wild and could not be commercially cultivated people pick them with passion and eventually demand premium prices. The French gourmet Jean Anthelme Briallat-Savarin called it “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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The Geopolitics of the Khashoggi Murder

By Graham E. Fuller — The grisly details of the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi security goons in their own consulate in Istanbul has riveted global attention like few other recent stories. Not surprisingly, the lurid descriptions of this single sensational case have far greater impact on …

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Will Israel and Iran go to war in Syria?

Israel was dealt a bad hand when it comes to regional security, and Syria is the latest—and trickiest—card in the deck. On the one hand, the weakness of the Bashar al-Assad regime diminishes a leader whose country has never reconciled its past conflicts and territorial disputes with Israel and often …

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Why are Americans giving almost four billion dollars of their money each year to a prosperous state such as Israel?

By Mohamed Mohamed*   From presidents Truman to Trump, US administrations have never actually been an “honest broker” of peace between Palestinians and Israelis, regardless of all the rhetoric and official positions. On the contrary, the US has provided tremendous diplomatic, economic, and military support to Israel ever since its creation …

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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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The Botswana government rebuts elephant killings

Meekaeel Siphambili Gaborone, Botswana: In response regarding the alleged indiscriminate killing of elephants in Botswana, the government has issued a statement rebutting the killings of elephants which were reported after the disarming or withdrawal of arms from Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP) personnel. The government statement reads as …

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Can Human Hibernation take us to Mars?

By Anna Kucirkova   The problems of overpopulation and environmental issues have our world leaders considering what the next step is to ensure the survival of humanity. What are we to do once the population has reached the critical tipping point? What about if the earth become uninhabitable? Our sister …

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The Iran-Saudi/Arab Conflict and the Path to Peace

By Seyed Hossein Mousavian* New Delhi, Iranian ex-diplomat and former nuclear negotiator Hossein Mousavian has reviewed the path to maintain peace with Saudi Arabia and Arab countries. Mousavian recently addressed ‘West Asia Conference’ on Changing Security Paradigm in West Asia: Regional and International Responses which was held with the attendance of …

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Why Iran Prefers The Eastern Bloc Over The West

Hassan Rouhani of Iran, Vladimir Putin of Russia, and Recep Tayyip Erdogan of TurkeyHassan Rouhani of Iran, Vladimir Putin of Russia, and Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey by Seyed Hossein Mousavian* — As the military phase of the Syrian conflict reaches its final stages, the leaders of Russia, Iran, and …

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South African Institute of Race Relation invites South Africans to endorse submission opposing National Health Insurance

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE — by Meekaeel Siphambili — Gaborone, Botswana: South African Institute of Race Relation, a non-governmental organization in South Africa says all South Africans are entitled to decent levels of healthcare, but new proposals by the government will have dire consequences for all citizens, whether they rely on private or public health services. …

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