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نتائج الامتحانات الرسمية 2015
Syrian army advances in al-Taiba, in Rif Dimashq
Saif Omar al Farra
She was a pearl on the shores of a sea that legendary Lebanese singer Fairuz lauded in song, only to now become a withered old lady burdened with the nostalgia of her youth. Her beauty lay in the gracious relationship that she held with her inhabitants and visitors, commensurate to what each of them deserved. Visitors were met with generosity and beautiful scenery, while residents enjoyed their ownership of parcels of land within, even if
Sardinia Symposium Programme 2015
The fifteenth edition of the Sardinia Symposium (5-9 October, S. Margherita di Pula, CA, Italy) will last 5 days and will include more than 500 presentations selected according to quality by the Programme Committee from over 750 offers of papers received.
The Symposium is structured in eight parallel tracks, for a total of 95 oral sessions and 33 workshops.
Parallel sessions A and B will cover general topics of great interest, which will be examined in detail in sessions C, D, E and workshop sessions F and G. Workshops are primarily addressed to experts and seeded by a selected number of introductory lectures delivered in order to open discussion between participants.
Poster papers will be continuosly accessible in a dedicated hall and discussed in the presence of authors on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoon from 17:40 to 18:00.
Abdullah Suleiman Ali
The peculiar case of Syria’s al-Qadam neighborhood
The Yarmouk camp scenario is playing out once again in the al-Qadam neighborhood. The Islamic State (IS) has stormed the neighborhood and made rapid progress, while other factions are reeling back from the shock.
It seems that the sleeper cells, the secretive pledges of allegiances and the vague stances have become part of the flaring scene south of the capital.
On Aug. 31, IS advanced in the al-Qadam neighborhood and took control
9% of emissions in Lebanon caused by waste sector
There are no magic solutions to the problem of all types of wastes. Each option has implications, impacts and costs. The best proof is a recent study made by Amani Maalouf at the American University of Beirut (AUB), under the supervision of professor Mutasem el-Fadel. It consists of 15 scenarios to treat waste and compares them with each other, especially in terms of producing emissions that affect climate change, particularly since we are now on the threshold of a new climate summit that will be held at the end of this year in Paris, in order to adopt a new global agreement to limit climate change.
Following the summit, Lebanon, along with many developing and developed countries, is expected to find itself forced and bound to adopt different policies that are designed to limit climate change, and that will have good consequences on the economy, instead of discussing superficial procedures, such as dumping and random burning or haphazard shipping outside the country.
The waste crisis has been ignored
There is no need to talk about a waste crisis anymore. As bags of waste pile up in the streets and make headlines in newspapers and news bulletins, the crisis speaks for itself.
There is no need to feel “disgust” anymore. It is no longer possible to ignore the overloaded bins and landfills. We may look away, but we cannot escape the acrid smell of garbage lying around.
It is futile to talk about political deals or ploys (as in the crisis is being used as a political pressure card and it would come to a swift end once there is agreement) or blaming companies, a failing government, ministers or municipalities. The problem has become greater than everyone and reflects the crisis of the entire society. One can go as far as to say that
Ahrar al-Sham takes battle against IS to YouTube
The Islamic Front-Ahrar al-Sham movement posted Aug. 17 a YouTube video dubbed “They are the enemy; Blessed are those who kill them and who were killed by them,” in reference to the Islamic State (IS), its strong enemy.
The video spoke of the nature of the battles in Aleppo’s northern countryside from Ahrar al-Sham’s perspective. It showed the fighters in military uniform, with their live ammunition,
Saif Omar al Farra
Life in Bloudan goes on, despite nearby fighting
The road crossing the Zabadani plain on the way to Bloudan is not a typical one. To the left, the biggest battle in Rif Dimashq rages on. And as the sound of gunshots echoes in the air between the surrounding mountains, the buses operating between Damascus and Bloudan make their way hastily up the high hill to reach the village square.
Although the Syrian army was able to secure the left side of the road, which overlooks
Zarif hopes nuke deal will help solve regional issues
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif walks into Lebanon's political lounges appearing more like a superstar than a diplomat. His stardom is derived from his success in the nuclear deal following tough negotiations in which he faced the most powerful negotiators from the US, Russia, Britain, Germany, France, the European Union and the United Nations. The arduous negotiation round ended with the triumph of Iran, who
Syria's ever-shifting battle lines
Battles in the Hama countryside, adjacent to Idlib in the Ghab region, all the way to the west countryside of Idlib, are flaring up and branching out. Moreover, breakthroughs in terms of advancement of the Syrian army, on the one hand, and Jaish al-Fatah led by Jabhat al-Nusra, on the other, are becoming more frequent. Therefore, determining the features of the prevailing map has become an imprecise science, as control locations change
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