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Middle East Winter Storm Threatens Refugees (Video)

info-pictogram1 A winter storm is bringing snow to Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Israel and Turkey. Those without homes in Gaza, the West Bank and refugee camps are the least prepared. Two Syrian refugees have already died in the cold.

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Journalist Dies In Mysterious Crash, Shortly After Being Accused Of Spying By Turkey

A Lebanese-American reporter working for Iranian channel, Press TV, Serena Shim has been killed in a car crash in Turkey, following her reports of accusations from Turkey’s intelligence agency that she had been “spying.”

info-pictogram1 Shim was killed on Sunday as she was on a working mission in Turkey to cover the ongoing war in the strategic Syrian town of Kobani.

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10 Things Everyone Should Know About the Middle East

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Source: danielmiessler.com

Most people–especially in the West–know very little about the Middle East and the people that live there. This lack of knowledge hurts our ability to understand, and engage in intelligent discussion about, current events.

For example, frighteningly few know the difference between Sunni and Shia Muslims, and most think the words “Arab” and“Muslim” are pretty much interchangeable. They aren’t. So here’s a very brief primer aimed at raising the level of knowledge about the region to an absolute minimum.

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The Historic Scale of Syria’s Refugee Crisis

 Source: nytimes.com

Photographs by: Lynsey Addario

The Syrian refugee crisis has exploded from about 270,000 people a year ago to today’s tally of more than two million who have fled the country. The pace of the diaspora has been characterized by the United Nations as the worst since the Rwandan genocide in 1994. In addition, an estimated 4.25 million Syrians have been displaced within their country, bringing the total number forced into flight to more than six million.

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Lebanon sceptical of ‘save water’ effort

Lebanese campaign to save water amid a shortage is unlikely to work without government regulation, experts say.

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More than 80 percent of farmers in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley said they face water shortages this year

By: Sophie Cousins

Source: http://www.aljazeera.com

Beirut, Lebanon – Plastered across billboards, flashing across television screens, and splashed on pamphlets and stickers, a new message is suddenly everywhere you look in Lebanon: “If you love me, save me some water.”

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The Yinon plan: “Greater Israel”, Syria, Iraq, and ISIS

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By: ANON

Sourcehttp://www.timesofpol.com/

The Zionist Plan for the Middle East, also known as the Yinon Plan, is an Israeli strategic plan to ensure Israeli regional superiority. It insists and stipulates that Israel must reconfigure its geo-political environment through the balkanization of the surrounding Arab states into smaller and weaker states.

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Syrian refugees are suffering in Ramadan (Video)

Source: http://www.aljazeera.com/

info-pictogram1 Syrian refugees across the Middle East are having to spend another Ramadan away from the festivities and extravagant meals associated with the month.

Many say they feel abandoned during a month when Muslims are meant to remember the less fortunate.

At one camp in Lebanon, charities are only able to provide meals for families to break their fasts every other day.

Al Jazeera’s Rula Amin reports from Sabra refugee camp just outside of Beirut.

AHMAD SAKR LECTURE PACK 1 (AUDIO, MP3)

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info-pictogram1 Dr. Ahmad H Sakr was born in Beirut, Lebanon. He received his academic education at the American University in Beirut, and the University of Illinois where he got his Ph.D. While in Lebanon, he got his Islamic education through tutoring from the late Grand Mufti of Lebanon as well as from a large number of Muslim scholars from neighboring countries. He served as Director of the Islamic Center of Beirut.

While studying in America, he was a founding member and president of the Muslim Students’ Association of the U.S.A and Canada, currently known as the Islamic Society of North America (or ISNA), a mother organization in North America. Dr. Sakr was also a founding member of the World Council of Mosques whose headquarters is in Makkah. He was the first director and representative of the Muslim World League to the U.N.

Dr. Sakr’s approach is to build a bridge of understanding through commonalities with Muslims and non-Muslims. The latest visit was to the Vatican in Italy where he participated in a Dialogue with the Bishops, Cardinals and the Pope.

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SNOW IN PALESTINE (IMAGE)

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Palestine is located on the east coast of Mediterranean Sea, located to the west of Jordan and south of Lebanon. The territory of Palestine covers almost 10,435 sq miles which includes 10,163 sq miles of land area and the rest consists of water. The Dead Sea, Huleh Lake, Tiberia Lake are the main water bodies. The diverse topography consists of coastal and inner plains, the mountains and hills and the southern desert. The geographical coordinates of the location of Palestine are 32° North latitude and 35° 15″ East longitude.