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A dead dog as a playmate? The plight of children in Rukban is heartbreaking | Marwa Awad

I witnessed the constant hunger and thirst of those trapped in the remote Syrian desert, where aid rarely makes it throughBetween the southern border of Syria, Jordan and Iraq lies a stretch of land akin to purgatory. More than 40,000 people are stranded in Rukban, almost 300km from Damascus.Families here are cut off from the world, facing hunger and lacking healthcare, transport and education. Continue reading...
Tags: Iraq, Society, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Aid, Global development, Humanitarian response, Damascus, Migration And Development, Syria Jordan, Conflict and arms, Rukban, Marwa Awad


I witnessed the purgatory of people trapped in Syria's Rukban camp | Marwa Awad

Constant hunger and thirst haunt those stranded in the desert, where escape means paying vast sums to smugglersBetween the southern border of Syria, Jordan and Iraq lies a stretch of land akin to purgatory. More than 40,000 people are stranded in Rukban, almost 300km from Damascus.Families here are cut off from the world, facing hunger and lacking healthcare, transport and education. Continue reading...
Tags: Iraq, Society, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Aid, Global development, Humanitarian response, Damascus, Migration And Development, Syria Jordan, Conflict and arms, Rukban, Marwa Awad


Exclusive: Robert Rodriguez on Those Big Alita Cameos & Sequels

BEGIN SLIDESHOW Exclusive: Robert Rodriguez on those big Alita cameos & sequels 20th Century Fox provided ComingSoon.net the opportunity to have an exclusive 1:1 chat with Alita: Battle Angel director Robert Rodriguez. During our chat we got into major SPOILER TERRITORY about those three major Alita cameos, as well as the roles those characters could play in a possible sequel. Check out what Rodriguez said below! PB = PB || {}; PB.gptStandAlone = PB.gptS...
Tags: Movies, Mahershala Ali, Fox, Cameron, Ed, Mars, Edward Norton, James Cameron, Damascus, Robert Rodriguez, Sin City, Nova, Michelle, Jai Courtney, Laeta Kalogridis, Jim


Assad: Only the state can protect groups in northern Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Only the Syrian state can protect groups in northern Syria and the army will “liberate every inch of Syria” from foreign troops, Syrian President Bashar Assad said Sunday. He did not specifically mention the planned withdrawal of 2,000 American troops from northern Syria, but in a televised speech in Damascus he […]
Tags: News, Syria, Nation, Damascus, Bashar Assad, Damascus Syria


Assad: Only Syrian army can protect groups in northern Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad says only the Syrian army can protect groups in northern Syria. In a speech in the Syrian capital Damascus on Sunday, he appeared to be referring to U.S.-allied Kurdish groups, which fear a Turkish assault once American troops withdraw from northeastern Syria. Assad said any foreign troops […]
Tags: News, Syria, Nation, Damascus, Bashar Assad, Damascus Syria, Syria Assad


The collapse of Isis will inflame the regional power struggle

From Russia to Turkey and Iraq, the rout of the caliphate brings new political considerations and shifting alliancesThe collapse of the Isis caliphate’s last stronghold in Syria is sending shockwaves across the region, changing the calculations of the major powers as they jockey for advantage. Triumphalism in Washington, Moscow and Damascus risks obscuring the human cost of a “victory” that may quickly prove transitory.Of immediate concern is the fate of civilians, mainly women and children, dis...
Tags: Isis, Islamic State, Iraq, Russia, Turkey, Iran, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, International Rescue Committee, Arab and Middle East unrest, Damascus, WASHINGTON MOSCOW


Saul’s Name Didn’t Change at Damascus, His Eschatology Did

Despite popular belief, Saul did not become Paul on the road to Damascus. Those are simply two versions of the same name: Saul the Hebrew version, Paul the Roman. However, what did change when Christ appeared to Paul—and it’s perhaps the most overlooked part of the story—was Paul’s eschatology. In Paul’s encounter with Christ, he saw the end breaking into the present. In fact, Matthew Aernie and Donald Hartley, authors of The Righteous & Merciful Judge, suggest that for Paul, his vision was ...
Tags: Usa, Israel, Religion, Jesus, Damascus, Christ, Eschatology, Joel, Hartley, PAUL, Saul, Jeremiah, Micah, Ezek, apostle Paul, Lexham


Taxidermy Preserving History at 2019 SCI Hunter’s Convention

Editors Note: The North America model of conservation that has hunting as its core management tool is the greatest conservation system ever devised by mankind. For those that are against hunting please recognize what this system has and continues to accomplish and put aside your personal feelings while giving credit where credit is due. Taxidermy Preserving History at 2019 SCI Hunter's Convention Nevada – -(AmmoLand.com)- A few weeks ago I attended the 2019 SCI (Safari Club International) Hu...
Tags: Guns, Colorado, America, United States, Las Vegas, Nevada, North America, Damascus, Reno, Lions, Charlton, Mike, Reno Nevada, Hunting News, SCI Convention, SCI Foundation


Children’s Dream: The Less-Known Theme Parks in Florida

Photo by Jeremy Thompson Florida is one of America’s most comfortable states in terms of climate and nature. It’s here that the majority of the US resort business is concentrated. As a result, Florida has become the epicenter of dizzying entertainment venues. Many tourists, especially families with children, come there to visit Orlando with its famous parks of Disney World, Sea World, Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios, as well as Wet and Wild. However, Florida may offer some less-known, b...
Tags: Travel, Sponsored, Florida, Africa, US, Jerusalem, America, United States, Tigers, Damascus, Tampa, Orlando, Herod, Busch Gardens, Jaffa, Congo River


A Visit to the Holy Land: Israel and Beyond

There are a lot of destinations that call themselves holy.  With that said, few places can claim that three of the world’s major faiths call the place sacred.  The land we speak of is Israel.  We recently returned from a two week visit and want to give you the ultimate guide to seeing the sacred sites.  This will be a two part post, with the first highlighting the religious sites of Israel, and the second will be about a side trip into Jordan.  Both are must dos, and compliment each other well....
Tags: Travel, Facebook, General, Wikipedia, Israel, US, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Armenia, Jesus, Toyota, Catholic, John, Homepage, Damascus, Christ


Venezuela's Maduro Is Doomed? They Said That About Syria's Assad

Neighboring states absorbed those who fled, creating a refugee crisis. No, Syria in 2011, when you had to look pretty hard for an analyst or Western official who believed President Bashar al-Assad could survive the combined assault of domestic revolt and international boycott. Although the U.S. recognized the Syrian opposition as the legitimate representatives of the nation, Assad remains in the presidential palace in Damascus, stronger than ever.
Tags: News, Syria, Venezuela, Assad, Damascus, Bashar Al Assad, Maduro


Scripture Speaks: Fishers of Men

Sunday’s readings make us wonder: Why does God pick the unworthy to do His work in the world? Gospel (Read Lk 5:1-11) St. Luke tells us that one day, Jesus was teaching an enormous crowd of people by “the Lake of Gennasaret,” also called the Sea of Galilee.  He saw two empty boats, and He decided that it would be easier to address the people from one of them, if it were “put out a short distance from the shore.” He chose the boat that belonged to Simon, one the fishermen who were cleaning thei...
Tags: Featured, Church, Religion, Jesus, John, Damascus, Eden, James, Simon, St Paul, St Luke, Galilee, Adam, Isaiah, Eve, Simon Peter


Aid convoy headed to isolated Syrian camp near Jordan

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The United Nations and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent are dispatching more than 100 trucks of humanitarian aid from Damascus to Syrians stranded near the border with Jordan. The convoy is described in a statement Wednesday by the Syrian Arab Red Crescent as the largest to reach more than 40,000 residents […]
Tags: News, Nation, United Nations, Jordan, Damascus, Damascus Syria, Syrian Arab Red Crescent


'I want my family with me': Syrian refugee calls for change to UK immigration rules

Fashion student Ammar Alsaker, 23, hopes his story will challenge negative stereotypes of refugeesSat in a studio at London College of Fashion, surrounded by faceless mannequins, bent coat-hangers and ripped fabric, Ammar Alsaker grins indefatigably as he recounts his journey from his home of Damascus to these most unlikely of surroundings.After enduring three years of conflict in Syria, he fled Damascus alone for London, a journey that took nine months and saw him negotiate with people-smuggler...
Tags: Fashion, UK, London, Scotland, UK News, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Refugees, Damascus, London College of Fashion, Ammar Alsaker, Lebanon Turkey Greece Belgium Spain


Erdogan says Turkey keeping 'low-level' contact with Syria

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday said his government maintained "low-level" contact through its spy agency with the Syrian regime despite being one of its most fervent critics. Ankara fell out with the regime of President Bashar al-Assad following the 2011 crackdown on popular dissent, with Erdogan denouncing him as "killer Assad". The Turkish leader has ruled out any direct talks with Assad and Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in December Ankara was only in contact with ...
Tags: News, Russia, Turkey, Syria, Erdogan, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Assad, Damascus, Bashar Al Assad, Ankara, Mevlut Cavusoglu


New Benchmade Knives for 2019: Including A $700+ EDC Knife!? ~ VIDEO

USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- One Christmas a few years ago, Dear Ol’ Dad gifted me not one but two (2) Benchmade knives. One was a Sequel (the particular model I had is now discontinued) and the other a Triage. Sadly, the Sequel walked away at some point over the years. Was it stolen, or did I lose it? I do not know. It goes without saying that this was an outstanding and generous gift. These were my first Benchmade knives, and I’ve been a fan ever since. Benchmade knives have an excellent, made-in...
Tags: Usa, Guns, US, America, Gear, Brian, Damascus, Benchmade, Troy, Ammoland TV, Knife Reviews, Every Day Carry, Elk Hunter, Brian Rev Norris, Benchmade Booth, Oregon Mountains Troy


‘Alita: Battle Angel’ Early Buzz: Robert Rodriguez Delivers a Beautiful Mess

Alita: Battle Angel has been a passion project for James Cameron for nearly two decades, but since he became busy in the world of Pandora for his Avatar sequels, he decided to step back into a producer role and let Robert Rodriguez (Sin City, Desperado) take the directing reins. Now we’re on the brink of the film’s release, and after the first positive wave of early buzz, the first full reviews have hit the web. What do critics think about the new sci-fi action film?  /Film’s Peter Sciretta s...
Tags: Movies, Sci-fi, Pandora, Cameron, Adaptation, James-Cameron, 20th Century Fox, Shell, Damascus, Irobot, Robert-Rodriguez, Ali, Sin City, Time Out, Salazar, Peter Bradshaw


8 Perfect Weekend Trails

Thru-hiking for months on end is out of reach for most of us. But a weekend backpacking trip? Most of us can carve that time into our schedules. Luckily, the Southern Appalachians are chock full of sub-100 mile trails that offer a thru-hiking experience in just a few days. Wild Oak Trail, VA This 25-mile National Recreation Trail forms a perfect weekend loop moving from easily accessible front country to some very remote corners of the George Washington National Forest. The loop begins along ...
Tags: Florida, Camping, Kentucky, Virginia, Hiking, West Virginia, Sport, Pennsylvania, Cycling, Tennessee, John Muir, North Carolina, Swimming, Damascus, Iron Mountain, Boone


A Syrian Chocolatier's Legend Lives On In Europe — But Stays Close To Its Roots

Ghraoui chocolate in Damascus was a place fit for queens — literally. But the family that owned it since 1805 moved from war-torn Syria to Hungary to start over, and ended up thriving.(Image credit: Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images)
Tags: Europe, News, Syria, Hungary, Damascus, Louai Beshara


Eyeing reconstruction, Syria and Iran strike deal to allow bank transfers

The governments of Syria and Iran have agreed steps that will allow bank transactions between the countries, officials said on Tuesday, a move aimed at boosting trade and investment as Damascus looks to its ally Tehran to help rebuild from war. The deal was one of several concluded during a visit to Damascus by Iranian Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri, whose country's support has been vital to President Bashar al-Assad during the war. Shunned by Western states that backed the opposition, Damascu...
Tags: News, China, Iran, Syria, Tehran, Damascus, Bashar Al Assad, Iran Russia, Eshaq Jahangiri


Syria and Iran sign 'strategic' economic agreement

Syria and Iran signed 11 agreements and memoranda of understanding late Monday, including a "long-term strategic economic cooperation" deal aimed at strengthening cooperation between Damascus and one of its key allies in the civil war that has torn the country apart. The agreements covered a range of fields including economy, culture, education, infrastructure, investment and housing, the official Sana news agency reported. Syrian Prime Minister Imad Khamis said it was "a message to the world ...
Tags: News, Iran, Syria, Damascus, Sana, Imad Khamis


Iran strikes economic deals with Syria during VP visit

DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Iran struck economic and trade deals with Syria on Monday, as it widens its role there after helping Syrian President Bashar al-Assad reclaim most of his country. Tehran has reached "very important agreements on banking cooperation" with Syria, Iranian Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri said in the Syrian capital Damascus. Iran will also help repair power stations across Syria and set up a new plant in the coastal province of Latakia, he added. ...
Tags: News, Iran, Syria, Tehran, Damascus, Bashar Al Assad, Latakia, Reuters Iran, Damascus Iran, Eshaq Jahangiri


God Can Bring Wonders From Our Limitations

“So keep still, and let Him do some work.” ~ Thomas Merton, OCSO Earlier in January, as the Christmas season progressed, we heard from the First Letter of John during the weekday Mass readings. One morning, out of curiosity, I grabbed a handy New American Bible at home to refresh my memory about the Epistle’s backstory. I read the Introduction, and then, my curiosity further stirred, I turned to the Introduction for the Second Letter of John. “Written in response to similar problems,” it began, ...
Tags: Featured, Israel, Religion, Npr, John, Damascus, Mediterranean, Corinthians, St John, Peter, St Paul, PAUL, North Carolina State University, Dunn, Faith & Spirituality, Ananias


Time for president to clean foreign policy house

President Donald Trump rediscovered his core foreign policy beliefs and ordered the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria. Official Washington had a collective mental breakdown. The president’s decision should have surprised no one. He long said he wanted U.S. personnel out of Syria. Once the Islamic State was defeated, he explained, Americans should come home. However, the “adult” foreign policy advisers the president surrounded himself with disagreed with him on almost every issue. Worse, his a...
Tags: Navy, Opinion, Washington, North Korea, Iraq, Russia, Defense, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Turkey, Iran, Syria, Afghanistan, Soccer, Ronald Reagan


Time for President Trump to clean foreign policy house

President Donald Trump rediscovered his core foreign policy beliefs and ordered the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria. Official Washington had a collective mental breakdown. The president’s decision should have surprised no one. He long said he wanted U.S. personnel out of Syria. Once the Islamic State was defeated, he explained, Americans should come home. However, the “adult” foreign policy advisers the president surrounded himself with disagreed with him on almost every issue. Worse, his a...
Tags: Navy, Opinion, Washington, North Korea, Iraq, Russia, Defense, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Turkey, Iran, Syria, Afghanistan, Soccer, Ronald Reagan


Damascus condemns Turkey presence in north Syria as violation of deal

The Syrian government on Saturday condemned Turkey's military presence in northern Syria as a violation of a 1998 protocol between the two countries. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has insisted the Adana Protocol gives his country the right to intervene militarily in the neighbouring country. Turkey and its Syrian rebel proxies control part of northern Syria, and Ankara has repeatedly threatened another military operation against Kurdish fighters on its southern border.
Tags: News, Turkey, Syria, Damascus, Ankara, Tayyip Erdogan


The Indefensible Morality of Andrew Cuomo

The Catholic Church is no exception — it is, like all churches and all religions, full of sinners. Andrew Cuomo, their brother in baptism, has yet to find his road to Damascus. The governor of New York is proud to be a Catholic, but, like his father before him, only when it suits his political purposes.
Tags: New York, News, Catholic Church, Andrew Cuomo, Damascus


The James Brand Damascus Chapter Knife looks literally and figuratively ‘sharp’

The Chapter remains perhaps one of my most favorite knives ever. This is in part because they’re designed by The James Brand, a company that gets that sharp knives don’t need to look aggressive or tactical, and that they can channel a much more dapper aesthetic. Their knives sport a much more classy, urbane design language, and look like something a secret spy like James Bond would carry in his tuxedo (that’s not why the company is called James Brand, but it would make a great story).The Chapter...
Tags: Deals, Tools, Design, Knife, James Bond, Damascus, Product Design, Edc, EveryDayCarry, Chapter, The James Brand, James Brand, James BrandClick, Damascus Steel Edition


Don’t forget Ananias!

(Ananias caring for Paul, by by Pietro da Cortona, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons .)   Daily Office Readings for the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, January 25, 2019:   AM Psalm 19 ; Isaiah 45:18-25 ; Philippians 3:4b-11 PM Psalm 119:89-112 ; Ecclesiasticus 39:1-10 ; Acts 9:1-22   Our reading today from Acts, of Saul-who-would-later-be-Paul, on the road to Damascus, is such an attention-getter, Ananias sort of falls into the background.  Yet his own story is worth...
Tags: Religion, Rome, Jesus, Damascus, Samuel, St Paul, PAUL, Saul, Isaiah, Speaking to the Soul, Maria Evans, Ananias, St Luke 's Episcopal Church, Kirksville MO, MANCHESTER Mo


The Conversion of St. Paul Gives Hope to All of Us

According to Romans 8:28, “We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” It is no coincidence that the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, traditionally occurs a week after the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter. Throughout Church history the reformed murderer and the simple fisherman frequently are portrayed in art and sacred liturgy together as exemplars for Christians to follow. In fact, Peter and Paul share a feast day together on June ...
Tags: New York, Religion, Vatican, Catholic Church, Jesus, Damascus, Corinthians, Jesus Christ, Peter, St Paul, PAUL, Christian Unity, Saul, Misericordia, Covington High School, Stephen Paul