@HelenClarkUNDP Tartous: Growing mushrooms 2 enhance livelihoods

 

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Since the start of the Syria crisis, Tartous has been one the most stable governorate and is thus a natural refuge for IDPs escaping nearby conflict areas. It is a home to approximately 452,000 IDPs who came mostly from Homs, Hama, Idleb, Aleppo, Ar-Raqqa, and Deir-Ez-Zor and reside in rented apartments and shelters.

Source: Tartous: Growing mushrooms to enhance livelihoods

Khawla is one of those IDPs who used to live with her family in Aleppo governorate in peace before the crisis. Their neighborhood became suddenly under siege and violence and they suffered from malnutrition and bad health conditions as they were unable to meet their basic daily needs of food and water. A year ago, when the conditions in their area became unbearable, they fled to Tartous governorate taking refuge in Al-Kharab area.

 

“One of my brothers is missing, and the second one has fled out of the country” said Khawla; the 21 year old single women who found herself the sole breadwinner of her family in spite of her young age. She was living in a small apartment with 12 members including the families of her both brothers. “The rent was very expensive and we no longer could afford it. I spent long time searching for a decent work but I had no previous experience” said Khalwa, adding “I never imagined that I’ll see my family in need for the basic things in life such as food, I had to find a job to save my family”.

 

In response to the dire situation of the IDPs in Tartous, UNDP implemented a mushroom cultivation project to provide job opportunities for IDPs and their host community members and enhance their living conditions. Mushroom cultivation can help reduce vulnerability to poverty and strengthens livelihoods through the generation of a fast yielding and nutritious source of food and a reliable source of income, in addition that it does not require access to land.

 

Khawla was one of the beneficiaries who joined the project from its early beginning. She is working eight hours per day in growing mushrooms and receiving a monthly wage that has significantly improved her conditions.

 

“Thanks to this project, I can buy food and clothes for my small brothers’ and help my family to pay the rent of our apartment” she said with a smile, adding “I also learnt new skills and got more experience in growing mushrooms, I feel I’m a productive person and I have more confidence in myself”.

 

The mushroom cultivating project helped creating 50 job opportunities for IDPs and their host community members, in addition to providing 1690 kg of mushrooms to the local market at reasonable prices.

Suspecting fraud, U.S. suspends some Syrian aid programs – The Washington Post

The decision has affected the delivery of medicines, food and other vital assistance.

Source: Suspecting fraud, U.S. suspends some Syrian aid programs – The Washington Post

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Suspecting fraud, U.S. suspends some Syrian aid programs
A Syrian child receives medical treatment at a field hospital in Douma, Syria, on July 21, following airstrikes on rebel-controlled areas. (Mohammed Badra/EPA)
By Louisa Loveluck July 26
While the White House has placed humanitarian aid at the heart of its Syria policy, the government agency charged with disbursing it has frozen more than $200 million in contracts, fearing significant fraud.

As fighting deepens night­marish conditions across northern Syria, the suspensions have affected the delivery of medicines, food and other life-saving aid to hundreds of thousands of civilians since December. An investigation into the suspected fraud was formally announced in April, but details did not emerge until a congressional hearing this month.

In Aleppo, a city shattered by violence, leading hospitals were brought to the brink of closure when they were left without financial support. Elsewhere, civilians displaced in baking heat received tarpaulins too small to cover an adult and food kits in which lentils had been replaced with salt.

“Despite our goodwill, bad characters have taken advantage of the complex situation for personal gain, ultimately denying Syrian people the food, clothing, health care and other aid they urgently need,” Ann Calvaresi Barr, inspector general of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), told the House Foreign Affairs Committee this month.

[A midnight strike killed a 2-day-old infant in Aleppo’s Children’s Hospital]

The agency has received at least 116 complaints of abuse, and 25 investigations have been opened, some two-thirds of which relate to theft and fraud. Contracts worth $239 million have been suspended.

At the House committee’s hearing, Thomas Melito, a senior official at the Government Accountability Office, which issued a report this month on improving oversight of Syria aid programs, said he did not believe USAID or the State Department had “any inkling” of how much money had been lost.

The problems underscore a wider dilemma: how to deliver aid in a war zone where most fear to travel. The U.S. is the leading humanitarian donor in Syria, but most of the $5.5 billion in American aid has been distributed through the United Nations and a host of partner organizations.
The United States closed its embassy in Damascus in 2012.

“When you work cross-border and without a consulate, things become very complex, very high risk, and very dangerous,” said Nancy Lindborg, president of the U.S. Institute of Peace and a former senior official at USAID. She likened the challenges of the cross-border operation to aid efforts in Somalia. There, as in Syria, aid workers have been kidnapped and killed for their work.

Earlier this month, Secretary of State John F. Kerry announced nearly $439 million in new humanitarian funding for Syria and neighboring countries.

USAID said this month that most partner organizations had not assessed the risk of fraud within their operations. The agency said that it is working to rectify this problem and that it has supplied partners with a new handbook on how to spot malpractice.

“When USAID learned about possible fraud in humanitarian aid for Syrians, we took immediate action to halt several activities in Turkey and to suspend individuals and third-party vendors from receiving U.S. funding,” spokesman Ben Edwards said. “USAID has learned from this experience and is taking additional measures to protect our assistance, including limiting the amount of relief supplies in any one warehouse, enhancing program monitoring, and ensuring that programs are immediately suspended or terminated in the event of fraud or diversion.”

International Medical Corps (IMC), a Los Angeles-based charity, said Friday that some of its USAID-funded procurement remained on hold, pending the outcome of the investigation.

In southern Turkey, current and former IMC employees said in interviews that a “mafia” of suppliers had conspired to rig bids, accepting substandard goods that did not meet invoiced specifications. “It was like a cartel,” said one senior employee, who, like others, was not authorized to speak to the media or feared repercussions.

IMC said Friday that it had also fired a handful of staff members suspected of involvement in ­“sophisticated fraud schemes.” “We are fully prepared to move swiftly should we find additional staff are involved,” said Rebecca Gustafson, a spokesperson.
The funding suspension led IMC to cut 800 employees, the organization said, most of them Syrians living in the war zone. Each of “those salaries would have supported about 10 people,” a former staffer said.

Also under investigation are the International Rescue Committee (IRC), a global charity headed by former British foreign secretary David Miliband, and GOAL, an Irish nonprofit group that supported dozens of bakeries in northwest Syria.

The IRC said Friday in a statement that it was working “openly and collaboratively with USAID to investigate this issue.” It said its Turkey-to-Syria cross-border programs have served more than 2 million people, “notwithstanding the scale, risk and obstacles associated with operating within a war-torn environment.”

GOAL said Tuesday that it also was cooperating with the investigation and that U.S. funding for procurement parts of its aid program had been suspended.

Although remote programming has brought serious challenges, aid officials say it’s now the only option to serve areas of Syria outside of government control.

U.N. aid operations run out of Damascus are limited in scope, their activities affected by the demands of President Bashar al-Assad’s government, according to some critics. The Syria Campaign, a pro-opposition advocacy group, accused the United Nations in a report last month of abandoning its neutrality through a “culture of compliance” that allowed the government to veto aid deliveries to besieged areas where figures compiled by the Syrian Network for Human Rights suggest more than 400 people have starved to death.

At a news conference after its release, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, said the report “discredits the work of national and international humanitarian aid workers.”

“The U.N. has never shied away from calling out the parties in the conflict, including the Syrian government, for hampering the humanitarian work of the U.N. in Syria,” he said.

Reflecting on the corruption, a former IMC staffer said the investigation should act as a “wake-up call” for aid groups.
“You can’t get away with that sort of poor oversight and lack of procedure anymore,” the staffer said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

Over 700 vital medical personnel killed in Syria: U.N.

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Attacks on hospitals since Syria’s war broke out five years ago have left more than 700 doctors and medical workers dead, many of them in airstrikes, U.N. investigators said Tuesday.

Source: Over 700 vital medical personnel killed in Syria: U.N.

 

GENEVA: Attacks on hospitals since Syria’s war broke out five years ago have left more than 700 doctors and medical workers dead, many of them in airstrikes, U.N. investigators said Tuesday.

The U.N. Commission of Inquiry on Syria also condemned horrific violations by militants and voiced concern that Al-Qaeda-affiliated militants may have recruited hundreds of children into their ranks.

Commission chief Paulo Pinheiro told the U.N. Human Rights Council that widespread, targeted aerial attacks on hospitals and clinics across Syria “have resulted in scores of civilian deaths, including much-needed medical workers.”

“More than 700 doctors and medical personnel have been killed in attacks on hospitals since the beginning of the conflict,” he said.

Pinheiro, who was presenting the commission’s latest report to the council, said attacks on medical facilities and the deaths of so many medical professionals had made access to health care in the violence-wracked country extremely difficult – and in some areas completely impossible. “As civilian casualties mount, the number of medical facilities and staff decreases, limiting even further access to medical care,” he said.

Pinheiro also denouncedfrequent attacks on other infrastructure critical to civilian life, such as markets, schools and bakeries. “With each attack, terrorized survivors are left more vulnerable,” he said, adding that “schools, hospitals, mosques, water stations … are all being turned into rubble.”

Pinheiro said the commission was investigating allegations that the Nusra Front “and other Al-Qaeda-affiliated groups have recruited hundreds of children under 15 in Idlib.”

The brutality of Syria’s conflict is preventing millions of children from attending school, and activists have warned this is helping fuel militant recruitment drives.

Pinheiro also condemned violations committed by Daesh (ISIS).

In a report published last week, the commission warned that Daesh militants were continuing to commit genocide against the Yazidi minority in Iraq and Syria. In 2014, extremistsmassacred members of the Kurdish-speaking minority mainly based around Sinjar mountain in northern Iraq, forcing tens of thousands to flee, and captured thousands of girls and women.

“As we speak, Yazidi women and girls are still sexually enslaved, subjected to brutal rapes and beatings. They are bought and sold in markets, passed from fighter to fighter like chattel, their dignity being ripped from them with each passing day,” Pinheiro said Tuesday.

“Boys are taken from their mother’s care and forced into [Daesh] training camps once they reach the age of seven,” he said, as he called on the international community to act “to stop the genocide.”

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How Turnbull’s Siberian gold play ended up in the Panama Papers

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Scott Santens – A Guide to Basic Income: Frequently Asked Questions about UBI

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Ending Tax Break for Ultrawealthy May Not Take Act of Congress

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Increase Your Return on Failure

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Armed clashes drive growing displacement in western Colombia

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Rebuilding post-earthquake Nepal with the strength of its volunteers

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UN rights experts urge Cambodia to stop attacks against civil society and human rights defenders

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Queen Rania: The Syrian refugees I met are experiencing something worse than death

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Donald Trump kisses Vladimir Putin on wall of Lithuanian restaurant

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African rhinos to be flown to Australia to escape poachers

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Landmark ruling in Guatemala a victory against sexual violence in armed conflict

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Workshop teaches Tuareg artisans new skills in exile

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Rich Refugees Saving Sad Switzerland

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These Twitter Accounts Nail The Absurdity Of Denmark And Switzerland’s Refugee Policies

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Unicef denuncia la elevada cifra de menores palestinos abatidos por fuerzas israelíes

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Russia Warns Of ‘Ending’ NATO Missile ‘Threat’

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Panama’s ex-dictator Noriega has brain tumor: doctor

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Poland’s president on NATO, his critics and the burden of history – Macleans.ca

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Syria: armed opposition group committing war crimes in Aleppo – new evidence

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Is there a leadership gap in humanitarian relief?

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Top Hezbollah Commander Badreddine Killed in Syria

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Frontline Club

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On the Ground in Yemen: Six Questions with Safa Al Ahmad

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Iran: Teenager tortured into ‘confessing’ days away from execution

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Diala Brisly: Paintings of hope for Syria’s children – BBC News

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Danish imam urges govt to accept child marriages among refugees

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Giving Global Citizens Confidence in the UN

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Greece / Migrant crisis: UN expert launches follow-up visit to assess impact on human rights

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ohchr.org – GENEVA (9 May 2016) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau, will visit Greece from 12 to 16 May 2016 to gather information on the complex manageme…

The Missing Men in Violence Against Women

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The UNDP’s take on the humanitarian-development nexus and #WHS16

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devex.com – Questions about how best to shrink the gap between humanitarian relief and development are nothing new. Twenty years ago, when Izumi Nakamitsu, who is now the director of the United Nations Develop…

French leaders backtrack on support for UNESCO resolution on Temple Mount – Jewish World News

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haaretz.com – French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Tuesday lamented his country’s vote in favor of a controversial UNESCO resolution on the Temple Mount, saying its wording was “unfortunate and clumsy” and shou…

ISIS’s Unprecedented Campaign Promoting Sinai

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huffingtonpost.com – In an unprecedented move, the Islamic State launched an extensive coordinated campaign in which 14 of its “provinces” (regional divisions) released propaganda videos promoting Egyptian affiliate Wi…

Let The Fire Burn, And Ferguson

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Here’s How a Trump Presidency Could Actually Happen

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Gen. Lori Robinson becomes first woman to lead top-tier U.S. combat command

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Wikileaks revela supuestas reuniones de Temer con funcionarios de EU en Brasil

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‘Lesser evil is not a solution’: Green Party candidates debate on RT America

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rt.com – Three out of five candidates for the party’s presidential nomination – Jill Stein, Kent Mesplay and Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza Curry – joined RT America’s Tyrel Ventura, Tabetha Wallace an…

Gaza red carpet event ‘mirrors Cannes Film Festival’ – AJE News

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Iran Sends Afghan Refugees Off to Jihad in Syria | Clarion Project

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David Miliband wants work rights for refugees – BBC News

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Almost 200 refugees on Nauru arrested as police crack down on peaceful protests

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Poland Refuses To Accept Any Refugees “As They Pose A Threat To Security”, Will Not Comply With European “Blackmail”

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Up in smoke: 45 arson attacks carried out on refugee centers in Germany in 2016

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rt.com – Holger Munch, president of the German Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA), revealed the alarming statistics.  “This year there have already been 45 arson cases at refugee centers,” Munch said in a…

The Palestinians of Yarmouk and the shameful silence when Israel is not to blame | Mehdi Hasan

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Life as a North Korean Refugee

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Mission accomplished for refugees? Think again

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Palestinian refugees mark 68th Nakba Day in Haifa – Days of Palestine

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Burundi Refugees Tell of New Horrors

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Hackers, lawmaker put reporters at risk in Ukraine

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UN News – UN refugee agency reports some 1,000 refugees and migrants rescued off Italian coast

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Palestinian Refugees in Gaza Recall, ‘Torn Bodies’ and Long for Return – Palestine Chronicle

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Egypt’s Atlantis: Amazing artifacts from ancient underwater world go on display (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

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Edward Hopper: Realismo americano del siglo XX y Escuela Ashcan – Trianarts

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5 Signs You Need to Hire a Social Media Manager

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VOTE for HEROES – Bournemouth

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America’s Best Cities for Italian Food

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‘The Buddha Said All Were Equal’: Thailand’s Female Monks Fight for Recognition | Broadly

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Psycho-social assessments help address needs of women and girls in Fiji

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Zoe Saldana: Why Our Children Need Us to Rally for Change – Global Moms Challenge

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Period Shaming in India Must Stop

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(Not So) Fearsome Two-Headed Dragon

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How patience can be a better balm for trauma than resilience – Samira Thomas | Aeon Essays

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The air is teeming with Picasso’s molecules

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architectsjournal.co.uk – MONDAY An international meta-competition exploring the perception of human imagination has been announced by the World Federation of Plasmic Artistry. Thank God I renewed my subscription last month…

Crazy Tokyo: 5 of The Best Theme Restaurants In Tokyo!

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Food in Your City: Exploring Tokyo’s Culinary Scene

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foodabletv.com – On the opposite side, in terms of the finished product, is Japan’s uprise of more modern approaches to culinary consumption, interpretation, and presentation. Take Le Musée, for example. While this…

The Debate: Is NAS whisky the enemy? | Scotch Whisky

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The Very First Color Photographs of the United States

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22 ways to spot a Californian in NYC

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“El socialismo no es una idea mala; la mala era la versión rusa”: Svetlana Alexiévich

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elespectador.com – Dice estar cansada de sí misma después de viajar mucho, tras obtener el Premio Nobel de Literatura en 2015. Sin embargo, la bielorrusa Svetlana Alexiévich ofreció este viernes en Barcelona una larg…

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Cuban refugees arriving in El Paso getting lost

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Here’s How To Use Social Media At Each Stage Of Your Career

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To Paint Is to Love Again: Henry Miller on Art, How Hobbies Enrich Us, and Why Good Friends Are Essential for Creative Work

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The Badass Thing *Game of Thrones*’ Daenerys Targaryen Wears Under Every. Single. Dress.

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More than 20 latin superstars perfom in Miami for Ecuador Earthquake survivors

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The deeper meaning of things: Does Everything Really Happen For A Reason – Magnificent Truths

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Here’s a list of 245 movies directed by women, on Netflix right now

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qz.com – If you’re looking for a way to help combat gender discrimination in Hollywood, try watching movies directed by women. A network of female filmmakers called Film Fatales has compiled a list of all o…

Summer Reading Recommendations: a Dive Into Young Adult Fiction

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edutopia.org – If you’re looking for some good summer reads, consider diving into the world of young adult fiction. For those of you who teach grades six to nine, these novels will equip you with reading recommen…

Fempads Bring Freedom to Women and Girls in Rural DR Congo

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Q&A: Ex-Mayor Michael Nutter recalls the night Amtrak 188 derailed in Philly

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Sapulpa senior denied request to wear traditional Native American moccasins to graduation

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Cannes Review: ‘American Honey’ Proves Andrea Arnold is One of the Best Working Filmmakers and Finds a Breakout Star in Sasha Lane

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Theater Listings for May 13-19

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James Corden Needed Carpool Karaoke as His Late-Night Staple

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Betraying Syria

 

 

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Betraying Syria
Syria hovered over the negotiations with Iran. Leon Panetta, who served as Obama’s head of the C.I.A. and later Secretary of Defense said that Obama was obsessed with avoiding a conflict with Iran, even if it was at the expense of ignoring Syria’s tragedy, “If you ratchet up sanctions, it could cause a war. If you start opposing their interest in Syria, well, that could start a war, too.” When the author of the article asks Rhodes about the ability of White House officials “to get comfortable with tragedy” in reference to Syria, Rhodes’ answer is startling; “Yeah, I admit very much to that reality,” he says. “There’s a numbing element to Syria in particular. But I will tell you this,” he continues. “I profoundly do not believe that the United States could make things better in Syria by being there. And we have an evidentiary record of what happens when we’re there — nearly a decade in Iraq.”

When the author asks Rhodes why the Obama administration is “spending so much time and energy trying to strong-arm Syrian rebels into surrendering to the dictator who murdered their families, or why it is so important for Iran to maintain its supply lines to Hezbollah.” Rhodes mumbles something about John Kerry, and then says something to the effect, “that the world of the Sunni Arabs that the American establishment built has collapsed. The buck stops with the establishment, not with Obama, who was left to clean up their mess.” This cowardly denial and the claim that Obama is absolutely blameless in the slow death of Syria, is the most jarring in the article.

The Obama administration’s claims that Syrian tyrant Assad and his cohorts should have no place in the new Syria that emerges after the negotiations rings hollow. When the author describes Rob Malley, Obama’s senior advisor on ISIS and Syria as the official “currently running negotiations that could keep the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad in power” the circle of deceit and the betrayal of Syria is complete. Les enfants terribles of Obama are like him; conceited, arrogant, contemptuous and proud of it.

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Hisham Melhem is a columnist and analyst for Al Arabiya News Channel in Washington, DC. Melhem has interviewed many American and international public figures, including Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen, among others. He is also the correspondent for Annahar, the leading Lebanese daily. For four years he hosted “Across the Ocean,” a weekly current affairs program on U.S.-Arab relations for Al Arabiya. Follow him on Twitter: @hisham_melhemimg_0429-1012

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