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Iran weighs options in Syria after the Caesar Act

The US Treasury imposed mandatory sanctions on Syria on June 17, targeting foreign persons and entities for economic activities that support the Syrian government’s ability to wage war. The Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act targets beneficiaries of the Syrian conflict including Iran, and signals that the United States will not …

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Trump, Biden fight for primacy on social media

On an average day, US President Donald Trump sends about 14 posts to the 28 million Facebook followers of his campaign account. His Democratic rival, Joe Biden, delivers about half that many posts to an audience of just 2 million. The numbers are similarly skewed in other spheres of the …

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Cheaters will be caught

Late one night I heard a very subtle knock upon the door. I just went with my gut and answered. I drew the door back slowly and I saw nothing through the crack and still nothing even as the door became wide-open. I was puzzled. Something made me look down …

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Saudi Arabia: UN Aramco attacks report ‘leaves no doubt’ over Iran’s hostile intentions

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomed Tuesday a UN report confirming Iranian involvement in attacks on Saudi Aramco facilities in September 2019. A foreign ministry statement said the findings of UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres’ report “leaves no doubt for the international community about Iran’s hostile intentions towards the …

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Definitely a plan (part I & II)

Again sitting high up in the crow’s nest of the good ship Moo-La, Angel recalls watching closely the first time President Trump visited Poland, shortly after he entered office. What a beautiful meeting. And now watching closely Poland visiting The White House, it is even more clear that of course …

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Dream about July 4

It is late afternoon. As she is napping high up in the crow’s nest of The Great Ship The Moo-La, Angel has a dream: She is presenting to her little group of friends. “We are so pleased to have Barron in our story now. With us, he will assure that …

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Baabda Conference: crisis in Lebanon more dangerous than war

Stable security is essential for political, economic and financial stability, while confronting attempts to incite strife is the collective responsibility of all the country’s political parties, top leaders said in a statement Thursday after attending “national talks” at Baabda Palace boycotted by key opposition figures. President Michel Aoun chaired a …

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Full moon money eclipse

Sitting together out back of the White House. Watching the full moon rise. Having cookies and milk. “Let’s rap a little.” Barron nods. And Angel begins the exchange: “ I think we should write a speech for your Dad about The Basic Income with demurrage, to be used as a …

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Uncle Tom’s cabin revisited

The slave ships of long ago never returned to their country of origin empty-handed. The ship’s captain sold slaves for lots of cash and then he bought goods. And the cash which they received for the slaves they sold was much more than what was needed to fill the boat …

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Chess, Trump and Angel

continuing from the previous chapter: As Angel is standing there just soaking up the sun, Barron walks up. “Game of Chess?” Barron asks. “Sure” Angel replies. Barron: “ I have a great place to play.” He leads her to The Black Barracuda, and soon they are at The White House, …

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Bhebbak ya lebnan [I love you Lebanon]

Lebanon: whenever you hear this word, it is usually in some American film, most probably linked to a terrorist group, a war, or something similar. Not the land of Cedars – which are almost gone anyways – not the bridge between east and west, not the land of the best …

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Where has pennywise gone

New moon Angel sits at the opening to the street drain for a long time she has been sitting there. She heard so much talk; gossip about IT IT IT. She’s been coming to sit by the drain for days now waiting on Pennywise to appear. She’s not afraid. Why? …

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Corona lockdown awakening

People all around the globe are currently directly, or indirectly, affected by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. The Levant News publishes voices from a wide variety of people with different backgrounds. After stories from the Netherlands, Lebanon and Italy today Mohammed Hussein Aldosari writes from Saudi Arabia. The Covid-19 crisis and …

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VAT increased from 5% to 15% in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s government is suspending the cost of living allowance and raising the value added tax (VAT) threefold, as part of measures aimed to shore up state finances, which have been battered by low oil prices and the coronavirus. “Cost of living allowance will be suspended as of June first, …

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A modern witch hunt in coronavirus times

In times of crisis and panic, going against the flow is seen by many as inconvenient. This is precisely the case in the current Covid-19 pandemic where people who dare to oppose the official information coming from institutions such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and other local health institutions …

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Will llamas become the new Coronavirus heroes?

Antibodies from Winter, a 4-year-old llama with great eyelashes, have neutralized coronavirus and other infections in lab experiments. Some scientists hope she might be an important figure in the fight against the coronavirus. Winter is not a superpowered camelid, she was simply the lucky llama chosen by researchers in Belgium, …

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Kim Jong Un is cutting ribbons again

Kim Jong-un finally emerged back onto the world stage earlier this week after a 20-day absence, which led to much speculation about his health and well-being. The weeks of speculation about the North Korean dictator’s health brought home an alarming fact: no one really knows who will control North Korea …

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Returning to the New Normal

I am starting to prepare to return to work and to the new normal as we start to ‘flatten the curve’ progressively. I believe that our success as individuals and that of our businesses will be assessed how we have handled the situation in resilience. By Emile Fakhoury It goes …

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Trump Leverage Card

In his hand President Trump holds The demurrage card; his authority to declare demurrage on The US dollar. He doesn’t have to use it yet however. It’s enough that The Fed know that he has this card which makes them more of a listening partner and investor. It is important …

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Man in the mirror

People all around the globe are currently directly, or indirectly, affected by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. The Levant News publishes voices from a wide variety of people with different backgrounds. After stories from the Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and Italy today Erwin Sanders writes from Rotterdam. In 1988 Michael Jackson released …

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Some lessons to be learned from the current crisis

People all around the globe are currently directly, or indirectly, affected by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. The Levant News publishes voices from a wide variety of people with different backgrounds. After stories from the Netherlands, Lebanon and Italy today Saleh Abdulwahed writes from the Saudi capital Riyadh. While driving through …

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