How do you save a truly corrupt country like Lebanon? It’s a question with an almost impossible answer

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The poison that is killing the country will require an international reaction not seen in decades if it is to be leached out, writes Robert Fisk

The blast at Beirut's port has killed dozens and injured thousands
The blast at Beirut’s port has killed dozens and injured thousands ( AFP via Getty )

 Well, we can all agree that the sea took 70 per cent of the blast!” a close Lebanese friend announced to me this week, with intriguing if doubtful science. I had asked him – because I knew the answer – which of Lebanon’s religious communities had suffered most grievously from the explosion that changed the nation. Or did not change the nation, as the case may be.

Like everything in Lebanon, his calculation may have been right. Because Beirut, like Tripoli – and Haifa, for that matter – is built on one of those ancient east Mediterranean promontories, like “the face of an old fisherman”…

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I was the first reporter to wear a hijab on Scottish news. It shows how much diversity is still needed

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I was once asked by someone in the industry whether I would consider removing my hijab if I wanted to progress in my career and that I had all the ‘skills and potential’ but didn’t really have the right ‘look’ for TV

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Last month, I was able to break through a glass ceiling that I felt had cast a shadow over me for so long – when I, a woman wearing a hijab, did my first TV report for STV news in Scotland. It was a massive step for me, yet there is so much more that needs to be done for better representation in the UK media.

Currently in Scotland, there is a real lack of representation from black and Asian ethnic minority media…

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Kamala Harris: Where does Biden’s running mate stand on Middle East issues?

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Joe Biden’s pick for vice president has been a staunch supporter of Israel and an outspoken critic of Saudi Arabia
Kamala Harris has said Washington should ‘fundamentally reevaluate’ its relationship with Riyadh (AFP/File photo)
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The American constitution does not grant the vice president much power. Other than the ability to cast a tie-breaking vote in the senate, the VP’s main responsibility is to assume the presidency in case of a sudden vacancy in the Oval Office.

But being so close to the centre of action, vice presidents can forge substantial roles for themselves. Mike Pence leads the Trump administration’s coronavirus taskforce. Joe Biden oversaw Barack Obama’s plan to withdraw thousands of American troops from Iraq. And Dick Cheney all but ran George W Bush’s White House.

At 77, Biden would become the oldest American president on his inauguration day…

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Russia’s unproven Covid-19 vaccine will be available to other countries by November, funder says. But safety concerns remain

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Red square moscow Moscow.  The Muslim Times has the best collection of articles for the war against Covid 19, especially the vaccines.

By Helen Regan

(CNN) Russia’s coronavirus vaccine will be gradually rolled out to high-risk people before a mass vaccination of Russians begins in October, the head of the group funding the research said on Wednesday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the approval of a coronavirus vaccine for use on Tuesday, claiming it as a “world first,” amid continued concern and unanswered questions over its safety and effectiveness.

Speaking to CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta on Tuesday, Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) head Kirill Dmietriev said “safety is at the core of the vaccine.”

“We know the technology works and we will publish the data in August and September to demonstrate that,” Dmietriev said.

Developed by the Moscow-based Gamaleya Institute, the vaccine has yet to go through crucial…

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WORLD WAR ‘C’: These 5 Countries are the Real COVID-19 ‘Success Stories’

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Source – jordanschachtel.substack.com

– “…Belarus strongman Alexander Lukashenko flatly rejected the idea that his country should lock down to “save” his nation from the coronavirus. Instead, Belarus kept society completely open (well, for an authoritarian state, at least), and became one of the few countries in the world to continue professional sports and other events that involved large gatherings. Lukashenko “suggested drinking vodka, going to saunas and driving tractors to fight the virus,” Reuters reported in April”

SM:…’Drinking vodka, going to saunas & driving tractors to fight the virus’ – finally some semblance of sense amongst the all the madness…

These 5 countries are the real COVID-19 ‘success stories’

And they’re not the ones the media is talking about

We are told by much of the institutional press and the global “public health expert” class that the countries that imposed the most restrictive lockdowns and the most widespread surveillance states…

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AMERIKA: ‘Escape From New York’, Wealthy Residents Flee the City In Droves

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Source – themostimportantnews.com

“…Roughly 5 percent of residents — or about 420,000 people — left the city between March 1 and May 1. In the city’s very wealthiest blocks, in neighborhoods like the Upper East Side, the West Village, SoHo and Brooklyn Heights, residential population decreased by 40 percent or more”

Escape From New York: Wealthy Residents Flee In Droves As The City Degenerates Into A Hellhole – By Michael Snyder

Hundreds of thousands of wealthy residents have already left New York City, and more are leaving every day as America’s biggest city rapidly degenerates into a hellhole.  This is incredibly sad to watch, because in many ways New York had been an incredible success story over the past several decades.

The 1970s and 1980s were nightmarish times for the citybut over the past several decades it was transformed into a virtual paradise for the wealthy and…

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Ever wondered why The Gambia is called ‘The Smiling Coast’, here’s why

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Ama Nunoo Mar 19, 2020

Ama Nunoo is an optimist. She believes every situation has its upside no matter how devastating some may be. She has a Master’s degree in International Multimedia Journalism from the University of Kent’s Centre for Journalism and a Bachelor’s in English and Linguistics.

Photo: My Gambia

The Gambia is arguably one of the smallest countries in Africa, but its people are said to have the biggest hearts. The country is famously nicknamed ‘The Smiling Coast’ and it has over the last decade become a tourist hotspot.
The Gambia is believed to be one of the friendliest and safest places to visit in the world.

The country’s economy is heavily reliant on its tourism sector because of its hospitable and welcoming citizens. Also, due to its position on the map of Africa it has earned the nickname ‘The smiling Coast’.

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Family loses seven-year legal battle as loyal manservant inherits $24m estate from master after 30-year service

Thought provoking I dire say

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AMA NUNOO Oct 4, 2019
Ama Nunoo

AMA NUNOO | Staff Writer

October 04, 2019 at 07:00 am | NEWSOPINIONS & FEATURES

Lord Glenconner and his trusted manservant Kent Adonai, Photo: The Telegraph

At a will reading, every relative of the deceased present expects the lawyer to mention their name when the property is being distributed.

For the family of Lord Glenconner it came as a surprise when the lawyer allocated all his estates to his black manservant Kent Adonai.

Colin Tennant became 3rd Baron Glenconner when his father passed on in 1983, his wife Lady Anne Glenconner was the Lady-In-Waiting for…

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The Sting of Desire: Hugo Marcus’s Theology of Male Friendship

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In this chapter, we turn to Hugo Marcus (1880–1966) at a time when the turn-of-the-century German emancipatory debates and his encounter with Indian Muslims in the interwar period were culminating in his theological writings on exalted male friendship. What did this German homosexual of the 1880s make of the distinguished Ahmadi gentlemen from faraway Lahore? What actually happened when the latter made a place for this elderly man who described himself as painfully shy? And how was his theology received? To answer these questions, I continue my earlier discussion of Hugo Marcus, which addressed his conversion to Islam and role as leading thinker of the mosque community in Berlin.1

As an adolescent, Hugo Marcus acquired the habit of writing on a daily basis and kept faithful to it for the rest of his life. His writings were on the thoughts that…

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Mauritius races to contain oil spill from grounded ship, protect coastline

Exposing the Big Game

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Thousands of residents and environmental activists had been working to contain the damage before the Japanese-owned tanker breaks apart.

Drone footage shows oil spill snaking towards Mauritius coast

AUG. 9, 202001:14Aug. 11, 2020, 1:43 AM PDT/UpdatedAug. 11, 2020, 7:19 AM PDTByAriel Saramandi

MAURITIUS — Within minutes of hearing about the oil spill, David Sauvage raced to the waterfront.

The MV Wakashio, a Japanese-owned ship heading to Brazil and carrying an estimated 4,000 metric tons of oil, ran aground on Mauritius’ southeast coast on July 25.

Tons of oil have gushed from cracks in the vessel, streaking the island’s turquoise water black and threatening to ruin its coral reefs, protected lagoons and shoreline.

Sauvage, an environmental activist, wasn’t confident that officials in this Indian Ocean island nation would act in time to protect the pristine coastline for which it’s renowned.

So along with members of a local political party…

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Former Jehovah’s Witness elders call for mandatory reporting of child sexual abuse

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Jehovah Suggested reading: We Will be Judged by Our Compassion and Deeds and Not Our Dogma

Source: The Guardian

By Harriet Sherwood

We Will be Judged by Our Compassion and Deeds and Not Our Dogma

Two ex-members tell independent inquiry the church believes it is ‘answerable only to God’

Two former Jehovah’s Witness elders have called for mandatory reporting of child sexual abuse, saying the organisation believes it is “answerable only to God”.
Duncan Corbett, who was an elder for 18 years, told the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse that the protection of minors and the handling of abuse claims must be taken out of the church’s hands. “Let them deal with the sin and the authorities handle the crime,” he told a hearing in London.

Lloyd Evans, another former elder who now campaigns against religious fundamentalism, said: “This is a group that feels they are answerable only to God … They…

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Religion has become a powerful hammer driving a wedge between ‘us’ and ‘them’

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bible of Trump In June, protesters were tear-gassed and cleared in order for President Trump to secure a photo of himself holding a Bible in front of a Washington, D.C., church. The Muslim Times has the best articles for pluralism. Suggested reading: Are Religions Pluralistic or Myopic and Parochial?

Source: Miami Herald

By David Elcott

Democracy is under assault every day. Journalists are called enemies of the people. Judges are threatened by vicious tweets. Those who try to sustain government institutions are arbitrarily fired when they challenge the president. Dissenting governors and mayors face political blackmail from the White House. Violence against dissenters is as real as the cars plowing into peaceful demonstrators, or badge-less federal “agents” in desert camouflage battling demonstrators on urban streets. The science on public health and climate change is demeaned.

A deadly pandemic is fitting punishment for globalization because, we are told, elements from other countries, like “Kung…

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Latest Insights About Cellular Immunity Against Covid 19

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Epigraph:

Every human life if precious and sacred and saving one is like the saving of the whole of humanity. (Al Quran 5:32/33)

Coronavirus Outbreak The Muslim Times has the best collection of articles for the war against Covid 19, especially the vaccines.

Why does COVID-19 strike some and not others? Fauci sees an answer in new study

Source: Miami Herald

By Michael Wilner

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, said a new study could explain the extraordinary range that people experience with the novel coronavirus, from having no symptoms at all or a mild case to hospitalization or death.

The discovery, which found potential signs of immunity in people who had previously been exposed to other types of coronavirus, could also expand the hunt for a long-lasting COVID-19 vaccine.

Fauci and other scientists said the study published in Science this month held promising findings for understanding…

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Latest Insights About Cellular Immunity Against Covid 19

The Muslim Times

Epigraph:

Every human life if precious and sacred and saving one is like the saving of the whole of humanity. (Al Quran 5:32/33)

Coronavirus Outbreak The Muslim Times has the best collection of articles for the war against Covid 19, especially the vaccines.

Why does COVID-19 strike some and not others? Fauci sees an answer in new study

Source: Miami Herald

By Michael Wilner

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, said a new study could explain the extraordinary range that people experience with the novel coronavirus, from having no symptoms at all or a mild case to hospitalization or death.

The discovery, which found potential signs of immunity in people who had previously been exposed to other types of coronavirus, could also expand the hunt for a long-lasting COVID-19 vaccine.

Fauci and other scientists said the study published in Science this month held promising findings for understanding…

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Joe Biden picks Sen. Kamala Harris as his 2020 vice presidential running mate

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Biden and Harris

Harris, who early on was a Biden opponent for the nomination, brings the political prowess of winning statewide election in the largest state while also personifying the diversity that key Democratic activists have said is crucial to building grassroots enthusiasm for the ticket.

Biden tweeted the news about Harris to supporters at 4:16 pm, saying, “Together, with you, we’re going to beat Trump.

Amid nationwide protests for racial justice and a reform of policing, Harris served five years as attorney general in California and as a prosecutor in San Francisco. In the Senate, Harris bolstered her reputation as a shrewd debater and questioner of administration officials such as Attorney General William Barr.

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