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نتائج الامتحانات الرسمية 2015
Is Jabhat al-Nusra behind Ghouta demonstrations?
Abdullah Suleiman Ali
Renewed activity near Suwayda and Mount Hermon
A series of developments have occurred during the past few hours along the southern front, from Suwayda, where armed factions have admitted lately to ending their attack on al-Thula military airport, all the way to Mount Hermon, where the recently formed Hermon army, composed of many factions, including Jabhat al-Nusra, launched a new attack in an attempt to take control of two villages that would allow them to link the
Aleppo’s bloody June
In a new attempt to shuffle the cards in northern Syria, which is currently witnessing conflicts at different levels, the jihadist and extremist factions have launched rocket attacks, mostly reaching the government-controlled neighborhoods in the southwestern part of Aleppo. Meanwhile, Jabhat al-Nusra has deployed its forces near demarcation lines with the Syrian army, as a way to lead the battle after other groups have failed to break into the
Waste treatment tenders are launched tomorrow: what is the fate of sites and workers
The tenders for the first three service areas (i.e. the regions affiliated with the Beirut and Mount Lebanon governorates) will be [were] launched on Feb. 5, 2015. These tenders fall within the scope of the Solid Waste National Plan in application of Article 8 of the council of ministers decision No. 46 dated 30/10/2014 as amended by virtue of decision No. 1 dated 12/01/2015. This was announced by Minister of the Environment Mohammad Machnouk on Feb. 3, 2015 after meeting with the president of the Council for Development and Reconstruction (CDR) Nabil El-Jisr, who confirmed that a site near Costa Brava has been added to the list of sites approved in the plan.
Waste will soon fill the streets!
The time of maneuvers has ended. The issue of waste [in Lebanon] has entered into a new crisis. The council of ministers has been very delayed when it comes to deciding on the new waste management plan. Some [MPs] provide a distraction by demanding a reduction in the value of the current commitment [to waste management] by 4%, while others rush to demand plans that cannot be applied and which have been previously rejected by the local communities. Others are greedy to invest [in waste management] … This has resulted in stalled plans and delays in decision-making … and waste will soon return to the streets.
The time for maneuvers has truly ended this time, not only because the current contract [for waste management] has ended — nor just due to the promises that were made to close the Naameh landfill after a month from now (on 17/1/2015) — but because the landfill is in fact full. According to sources monitoring the Naameh landfill, the latter has reached a peak stage and it inevitably must be closed at the specified time. This is because the total area of the landfill, amounting to 300,000 square meters, has been used up. This requires a change of facilities, especially since methane gas could soon leak, and any unstudied additional burying [of waste at the landfill] could lead to disaster.
Waste management in developed and developing countries
How do the world’s countries manage their household waste? This is a question on the mind of every Lebanese citizen following up on or interested in the waste management crisis nowadays. This is especially true in light of the government’s failure to find solution to this chronic issue that emerged by the end of Lebanon’s civil war, and has been worsening without any sustainable solution in sight.
Many of the world countries have long settled the dilemma of which technique is the most appropriate to measure local pollution and detect the emission levels produced by each technique, which would contribute to changing the global climate.
Today, these countries are carrying out studies to evaluate the contribution of the household solid waste treatment section in the greenhouse gas emissions in developed and developing countries.
The minister is not convinced
The Minister of Environment, Mohammad Machnouk, did not seem convinced with the waste bids in our elaborate interview with him last week. Instead, he adopted most remarks that we had made in the past. The ministry’s initial plan, as Machnouk explained, was to rely on the Burj Hammoud landfill as a main center to treat the wastes of Mount Lebanon and Beirut in order to solve the historical dump issue. But, the local forces in the said region rejected the project, which pushed the MPs of the Northern Metn region to refuse it too. Under the pressure of closing the Nehme landfill within a certain deadline and refusing to extend this period again, a new emergency plan was needed. Since the main issue that the previous governments could not solve was finding an alternative site for waste treatment, the option was left for contractors to choose the techniques and sites. Machnouk admitted that there is no room to jump from one technique to the other or from one region to another except with the acceptance of the concerned political parties. He also believed the bids depend on the ability of the bidders to convince the people with the new plans and sites.
The expected solid domestic waste treatment crisis can qualify as a “civilizational crisis.” Accordingly, no plan set by any party can solve it. Also, no book of terms, regardless of its nature, and no awarded companies, regardless of their identity, can address it. The solution cannot even emerge from a traditional Lebanese system of governance or a full-fledged government with a president of the republic, let alone from a government where all ministers take themselves for presidents.
The solution to the waste issue and to other similar “civilizational issues” requires a revolutionary government to say the least. Such a government should emerge from a comprehensive and radical revolution and should be ready to bring about radical change in the regime structure, which is characterized by favoritism and sectarianism. Also, this government should change the prevailing “free” economy structure, which interprets freedom as a way to abuse resources, imposes no restrictions and is open for the interests of traders and multifaceted mafias and sectors.
Abdullah Suleiman Ali
Islamic State at the gates of Palmyra
The Syrian army has sent large reinforcements to the eastern countryside of Homs to stop the advance of the Islamic State (IS) and prevent it from storming the city of Palmyra.
IS attacks on the Syrian desert areas, specifically in al-Sukhnah and its surroundings, are not new, as the group has previously made several unsuccessful attempts to enter the area. However, the last attack, which coincided with the approach of Ramadan, bears
Abdullah Suleiman Ali
Jabhat al-Nusra launches war against IS in Qalamoun
Jabhat al-Nusra’s emir in Qalamoun, Abu Malek al-Talli, turned against his previous convictions regarding his relationship with “the advocates of the same ideology” in the Islamic State (IS) whom he had refused, until recently, to describe as Kharijites. He had always sought to protect them and forbid other factions from attacking them. However, he declared war against them and started fighting them without any preludes. What
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