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نتائج الامتحانات الرسمية 2015
Will Lebanon solve its trash crisis?
The buzz about Lebanon's beekeepers
The elderly and young people from different regions all share a common interest: beekeeping.
One generation after the other is trying to preserve this inherited legacy. Despite difficulties that outweigh the capacities of Lebanese beekeepers, the latest generation has managed to maintain the profession, which can almost be described as a craft or hobby by some.
The Lebanese University held a conference July 22 for beekeepers to focus on the improvements in the honey-making industry in Lebanon. The conference was organized by the Lebanon Industry Value Chain Development (LIVCD), which is funded by the US Agency for International Development. US Ambassador David Hale and Lebanese Minister of Agriculture Akram Chehayeb attended. In the past two years, this project managed to increase exports by 52% in 2014 from 26 tons to 50 tons.
Abdullah Suleiman Ali
Internal divisions lead to 'hemorrhaging' of Jabhat al-Nusra leaders
The dismissal of leaders within Jabhat al-Nusra continues. The latest chapter of this saga is the decision to dismiss one of its first seven founders, Abu Mohammed Saleh al-Hamwi. According to leaks supported by earlier data, the decision also included Iraqi national Abu Maria al-Qahtani, one of Jabhat al-Nusra’s most prominent media officials. Moreover, a few months ago, news published by As-Safir about the defection
Syrian army, Hezbollah advance in Zabadani
The Syrian army and Hezbollah fighters yesterday [July 13] achieved strategic progress in the city of Zabadani as they blocked the main entrance linking the city to neighboring Madaya. Meanwhile, the Syrian army continued to crack down on Islamic State (IS) militants in Palmyra, and this has seemingly pushed IS to expand the engagement circle in a bid to find a way to relieve the existing pressure; it has waged a series of attacks in
Tribal disputes heat up in Syrian desert
The Syrian Desert is an area of geographical conflict given its location at the center of the country, its extension to neighboring countries and the struggle over oil fields.
The cultural and tribal diversity and underground resources in the desert — extending over about half the surface of Syria — turned the battle fought on its territory into a multifaceted war.
The desert’s surface goes beyond the straight border lines as
The Islamic State's organizational structure one year in
A year ago, the Islamic State (IS) chose the month of Ramadan — symbolic as it is — to take a sudden step by declaring the establishment of the caliphate headed by Amir al-Mu’minin Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, whose original name is Ibrahim Awad Ibrahim al-Badri al-Samarrai.
When IS declared this step, it had already succeeded in controlling wide swaths of land, equivalent to half of Syria’s surface area and one-third of
Abdullah Suleiman Ali
Jabhat al-Nusra competes with Ahrar al-Sham in Idlib
Factions affiliated to the Army of Conquest have yet to agree on a unified approach to manage the province of Idlib, months after taking over it. This [lack of agreement] was exploited by Jabhat al-Nusra to fulfill its ambition of establishing an emirate of its own, ruled and managed solely by it.
Jabhat al-Nusra knows that the only competitor that threatens its dream of building an emirate is the so-called “Sharia authority for managing
Aleppo's battle rages on
For the past two days, battles in Aleppo stole the spotlight, only to wind down afterward. In Damascus, fierce battles were fought in Jobar, marring stability in the city, without bringing about any significant change to the map of power. Meanwhile, Syrian army forces and supporting factions continued with their advance into Hasakah, announcing full control over the eastern Nashwa neighborhood, reaching what's known as the
Zabadani battle rages on
The battle underway in the Syrian city of Zabadani is not an ordinary one. Its repercussions upon Lebanon — as well as Syria, of course — are beyond being limited to a mere isolated skirmish in the open conflict that has endured for years with armed factions that threaten Damascus, Beirut and beyond.
A source knowledgeable about the battlefield situation told As-Safir that the push by Syrian army units and Hezbollah forces
Abdullah Suleiman Ali
Is Jabhat al-Nusra behind Ghouta demonstrations?
Syrian citizens who live in areas controlled by armed factions have several reasons to demonstrate against the factions’ practices, which do not conform with the habits and customs of the Syrian people. Such demonstrations have been happening almost daily. But a new phenomenon has emerged recently. Demonstrations and counter-demonstrations have become weapons used by faction leaders against each other as long as the conditions do not allow
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