by Kareem Shaheen, The Daily Star
Sofia, SANA – Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Sebastia Atallah Hanna condemned the recent Israeli aggression against Syria two days ago, considering that what Israel has done and the takfiri terrorists’ acts fall within the same scope of taking revenge on Syria because of its principled stances in support of the Palestinian cause.
Archbishop Hanna visited the Syrian Embassy in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia, and expressed condolences to the families of Syria’s martyrs.
Hanna stressed that all Israeli and colonialist plans to destroy Syria’s national unity and coexistence in order to fragment the Arab societies and spread sectarian strife have been foiled thanks to the wise leadership of President Bashar al-Assad. Continue reading Archbishop Hanna: Israel takes revenge on Syria for its support of Palestine
Al-Azhar on Thursday urged Christians in the Arab world to stand firm in the face of ‘jihadist’ violence and not flee into exile.
“We condemn the forced exile of Christians and other religious or ethnic groups,” the Cairo conference organized by Al-Azhar said in a final statement.
“We urge Christians to stay rooted in their homelands and to weather this wave of terrorism we all are suffering.” Continue reading Al-Azhar: ISIS Has No Relationship with True Islam
by Seumas Milne, The Guardian
Four months into the internationally declared Ebola emergency that has devastated west Africa, Cuba leads the world in direct medical support to fight the epidemic. The US and Britain have sent thousands of troops and, along with other countries, promised aid – most of which has yet to materialise. But, as the World Health Organisation has insisted, what’s most urgently needed are health workers. The Caribbean island, with a population of just 11m and official per capita income of $6,000 (£3,824), answered that call before it was made. It was first on the Ebola frontline and has sent the largest contingent of doctors and nurses – 256 are already in the field, with another 200 volunteers on their way.
While western media interest has faded with the receding threat of global infection, hundreds of British health service workers have volunteered to join them. The first 30 arrived in Sierra Leone last week, while troops have been building clinics. But the Cuban doctors have been on the ground in force since October and are there for the long haul. Continue reading Cuba’s extraordinary global medical record shames the US blockade
by Arash Karami, Al-Monitor
The head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jaffari, has rejected claims by Iran’s top nuclear negotiator that the nuclear negotiations between Iran and the UN Security Council have made Iran more secure. Rather, Jaffari praised Iran’s defensive and military capabilities, which he said have allowed the nuclear negotiators to operate from a position of strength.
After a meeting of the top officials of the armed forces, Jaffari told reporters, “The strength of our diplomacy in the nuclear negotiations is indebted to the inspiration of the Islamic Revolution and the defensive and security powers of our system.” Continue reading IRGC denies negotiations are source of Iran’s security
The wife of a Palestinian prisoner who has been jailed for almost 14 years gave birth to twins on Thursday after using her husbands’ sperm smuggled from jail.
Nine months after his wife gave birth to their first daughter, Ziad al-Qawasmi from Hebron spent two years in jail before being sentenced for a further 13 years.
Ziad has five brothers in Israeli jails, while two others were killed by Israeli forces. Another brother was deported to Gaza, where he now lives. Continue reading Palestinian woman gives birth to twins from jailed husband’s smuggled sperm
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – Despite the continuous harassment to him and his family by Israeli soldiers for more than 20 years, and despite the continuous demolition of his humble tin-roofed house near Israel’s separation wall, 60-year-old Ali Salim Mousa from the town of al-Khadr south of Bethlehem remains firm on his land.
Speaking to Ma’an on Sunday, Mousa said his house had been demolished by Israeli forces four times, and “the fifth demolition is on the way.”
His sons, who decided to build a similar houses in the same area, have started to face the same fate. Mousa lives in this house with 38 children and grandchildren. Continue reading Sumud Personified: Palestinian man has defied Israeli forces for 20 years