By: Creede Newton and Patrick Strickland
Southern Golan Heights – Heavily subsidised Jewish-only settlements, large Israeli military areas and tanks dot the rolling green hills in this part of the Golan Heights; Syrian territory occupied by Israel since the 1967 Middle East war.
In addition to the ubiquitous signs warning of landmines, remnants of Syrian life are everywhere; bombed-out homes, dilapidated schools, crumbling hospitals. Most of the region’s indigenous Syrians – an estimated 90,000 Christians, Muslims and Druze – were expelled from the 70 percent of the Golan Heights under Israeli control.
If someone handed you a peach 6,000 years ago, you might be surprised: the sour, grape-sized lump you’d be holding would hardly resemble the plump, juicy fruit we enjoy today.
Throughout the 12,000 years or so since humans first developed agriculture, the foods we eat have undergone drastic transformations. Farmers have found ways to select for different traits when breeding plants, turning out generations of larger, sweeter, and juicier crops.
By: Abdullah Hakim Quick
In actuality he was lost and bumped into the Americas on his way to India. We should not celebrate “Columbus Day” as a time of discovery but a day of mourning over the millions of indigenous people who died during the subsequent conquest. May Almighty Allah, the Creator, the Great Spirit bring peace and justice back to the land and cure the mental and physical wounds of the oppressed people!
It’s been a little over two weeks since the Gaza – Israel ceasefire. The United Nations has just released a report detailing what the 50 day war has cost Gaza so far, including the death toll.
By: M.B. David
The imprisoned football legend and movie star says that he has found a new faith in the Nevada prison, where he has been living since 2008. O.J. Simpson’s sentence stems from charges of kidnapping and armed robbery in relation to an incident where he claims he was taking back memorabilia that he was never fully paid for.
Heaviest downpour since records began dumps 305mm of rain in Nanchuan district in three days, official news agency says.
Downpours have battered a large area of southwestern China, triggering flash floods, cutting off power supplies and disrupting transport in some parts, state media has reported.
Sanquan township in Nanchuan district, Chongqing, has received 305mm of rain in the past three days, the heaviest downpour since records began, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Tuesday, citing meteorological authorities.