He was a great kid and my children had a special name they called him. I feel so fortunate to have met CJ through the bridge community. Through his suffering and your companionship, you both radiated hope, humour and steadfastness. CJ was an inspiration as he fought a valiant battle with optimism and courage! Condolences Adele and to CJ’s children, Paul and Emma, and family. My condolences to his Adele, children, family and many many friends. Hopefully Adele, Paul and Emma, Jean, Anne, Mary and the rest of the family and loved ones will find great comfort in CJ’s remarkable life and achievements. Memorial donations may be made to the Institute for Stuttering Treatment and Research online at istar.ualberta.ca, or to the Edmonton Humane Society online at edmontonhumanesociety.com, or to a charity of your choice. The University of Alberta respects the sovereignty, lands, histories, languages, knowledge systems, and cultures of First Nations, Métis and Inuit nations. The Middle East — for all its current turmoil, political and civil strife, and economic disparity — forms the cradle of Christianity, and is home to some of the most dynamic Christian communities living the Gospel to the fullest. Role of primary surgery in the treatment of advanced oropharyngeal cancerH Seikaly, VL Biron, H Zhang, DA O’Connell, DWJ Côté, K Ansari, … Primary surgery vs chemoradiation treatment of advanced-stage hypopharyngeal squamous cell carcinomaBN Harris, VL Biron, P Donald, DG Farwell, QC Luu, AF Bewley, AM Chen, … Detection of human papillomavirus type 16 in oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma using droplet digital polymerase chain reactionVL Biron, M Kostiuk, A Isaac, L Puttagunta, DA O’Connell, J Harris, … This newsletter will keep you up to date and notify you of any changes to the application dates and deadlines, exam format and specialty-specific guidelines on applying for Fellowship with The Royal College of Dentists of Canada. It is a priority for CBC to create a website that is accessible to all Canadians including people with visual, hearing, motor and cognitive challenges. By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. A variety of newsletters you’ll love, delivered straight to you. The cabinet of outgoing prime minister Hassan Diab resigned days after the Beirut explosion, and the country has been without a fully functioning government since. If his patients die, Mourad says the blood will be on the government’s hands. George Ghanem, chief medical officer at the hospital, called it “a crime against humanity.” Hala Kilani, the doctor in charge of the dialysis department at the Lebanese American University Medical Center – Rizk Hospital, said medical teams were fighting each day to secure the necessary amounts of filters needed to continue with dialysis and blood tests for patients. The physician is one of many Lebanese health-care professionals speaking out about a shortage of pharmaceutical drugs in the country. When search suggestions are available use up and down arrows to review and enter to select.
He added there was a “high probability” the attack was caused by a suicide bomber with connections to IS jihadists. Electoral observers — the only international monitors in Tuesday’s polls — said the last round of voting took place in a “climate of widespread fear and intimidation.”The results of parliamentary polls took a week to be announced. The presidential elections are likely to be seen in the same light, diplomats said, meaning Nkurunziza — whose nation is heavily aid-dependent — will probably also face international isolation. Naharnet/21 July/15/ French President Francois Hollande has tasked Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius to discuss with Iranian authorities Lebanon’s presidential deadlock, pan-Arab daily al-Hayat reported on Tuesday. The newspaper said Hollande informed Fabius that he should discuss with Iranian officials later this month the importance of ending the presidential vacuum. Baabda Palace has been vacant since President Michel Suleiman’s six-year term ended in May last year. Differences between the March 8 and 14 alliance officials have thwarted attempts by the parliament to elect a successor. Fabius said Tuesday he would visit Iran “next week”, after the historic deal on its nuclear program. Although Fabius did not provide more precise details, his aides told Agence France Presse that the trip would likely take place next Wednesday. Hadi Sabaa, 27, is equally pessimistic about the future of his country, even though he has a steady job on a local newspaper. Like many other journalism graduates, he’s trying to leave for Dubai, “where reporters are appreciated, respected, and decently paid”. “There at least,” he said, “I will not have to worry about where my children are at the time of the next explosion.” On a mission into the camp on Friday afternoon, they were only able to see Shahine not more senior Fatah al-Islam leaders, delegation member Sheikh Fathi Yakan said. “Something is going on within Fatah al-Islam ranks,” the cleric said. By longstanding convention the army does not enter Lebanon’s 12 refugee camps leaving security inside to Palestinian militants. However in an interview broadcast on Friday, Prime Minister Fouad Saniora hinted that those arrangements might have to be reviewed in light of the failure of mainstream Palestinian groups to deal with the Islamist threat. Lebanese troops have pierced into the last stronghold of Fatah al-Islam terrorists in the northern refugee camp of Nahr al-Bared fighting Syria’s allies with bayonets and daggers. At least five soldiers were “martyred” in the face-to-face confrontation Saturday while 20 terrorists were killed. The daily an-Nahar reported ferocious confrontations in the camp to finish off the Fatah al-Islam gang, headed by Jordanian-Palestinian Shaker al-Abssi. It quoted unnamed security sources as saying fighters from all the factions affiliated with Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime are taking part with Abssi terrorists in confronting the army at Nahr al-Bared. An-Nahar also said security forces busted suspected terrorist hideouts in north Lebanon’s Zghorta province and arrested an undisclosed number of suspects, including two Syrian men. The region is a traditional stronghold for Suleiman Franjieh’s pro-Syrian Marada Movement. Four of the main suspects were Syria’s key security generals in Lebanon until Damascus was forced to complete a troop pullout from Lebanon in 2005 after 29 years of military dominance. They include presidential guard chief General Mustafa Hamdan, former general security chief General Jamil Al Sayed, ex-internal security head General Ali Al Hage and former army intelligence director General Raymond Azar. BEIRUT – A controversial international court to try suspects in the murder of Lebanese ex-premier Rafiq Hariri came into force automatically on Sunday, Justice Minister Charles Rizk said. The UN Security Council on May 30, passed a resolution setting Sunday as the date on which a 2006 agreement between the United Nations and the Beirut government to establish the court is to enter into force. “UN Security Council Resolution 1757 concerning the establishment of an international tribunal to examine the assassination Rafiq Hariri came into force on Sunday,” Rizk said in a statement. The leader of a drug-smuggling cult that is believed to have killed fifteen people and buried their bodies along the United States-Mexican border ordered his own killing when the police closed in on him, two of his companions said today. He showed us how to live in the moment and enjoy the thrill of competing at the bridge table. I appreciated his sense of fairness and his commitment to doing the right thing. I will miss him and send my deepest sympathy to you Adele and to his family. For all who have faced disability or feelings of inequity CJ’s life is proof that these challenges can make one stronger and that ‘believing’ is everything. Left to cherish his life are his companion, Adele Lewchuk; his sisters, Mary Wochesen , Jean Rhamey, and Anne Silverthorn ; his nieces, Andra Wochesen , Tara Wochesen, Melanie Lazaris , Jessica Zhi ; and his children, Paul Rhamey and Emma Rhamey. They, along with his bridge and non-bridge playing friends, and his past colleagues, have many fond memories of CJ and will value his contributions to their lives. In 2012, CJ was diagnosed with cancer which necessitated a career end and the commencement of an extensive treatment/recovery period. During this period, CJ believed he had three major blessings to help him with his new challenges. First, he met Adele Lewchuk, his companion, who brought much joy and purpose into his life.
For example, the president went to Cairo in June 2009 and gave a very long speech which served as the foundational document of his administration’s positions on the Middle East. It also touched on many issues vital to Israel’s security, such as America’s relationship with what Obama called the Muslim world, particularly the outreach to Iran and Iran’s right to nuclear energy. Although it had amazing and far-reaching ramifications for Israel, we in the embassy never saw a draft of it, we had no warning of it. Since Tehran views the development of intercontinental ballistic missiles a “defense capability,” Jafari’s words were a warning to the world powers that Iran’s ICBM program was inviolable. The prime minister advises US Congress to match the Iranian parliament by pursuing the opposite tactic. Whereas, Iran’s lawmakers, instead of endorsing the Vienna nuclear deal, enacted measures for circumventing it, US lawmakers must give it teeth to block Iranian evasions. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has switched tactics for his struggle against the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers. The accord was unanimously endorsed Monday, July 20, by the UN Security Council and European Union in the first step towards winding down sanctions. Debkafile’s Washington and Jerusalem sources report that the prime minister has turned aside from his effort to persuade a majority of US lawmakers to thumbs-down on the deal by vetoing a presidential veto. Netanyahu plans instead to put before the US Congress a proposal for new laws to specify in detail the issues on which Iranian violations would make US administration penalties mandatory. This legislation would spell out the penalties and their duration. It is critical for all involved in the process to remember and build on the Skhirat’s achievements, which may be limited but remain the best bet to prevent Libya’s further collapse. What is unrealistic for the two main parties is to hope that without the other one on board there can be any national unity government. Indeed, lack of agreement will only raise risks of further military escalation in the capital, since security forces from the Tripoli faction control access to all government and state institutions there, including the Central Bank and the National Oil Corporation. There is also the schooling factor where there is too much emphasis placed on rote and rituals rather than character building. Some abuse their position of authority by acting venomously in the open, while the cowards prefer the anonymity of the social media. The total lack of extracurricular activities keeps the youth bored and idle. Educational institutions do not provide the means to harness the energies of our young. No school plays, theaters, hobby workshops, or even just plain social work, planned and guided by schools that could help strengthen their moral fiber.
He was a very loyal and hard working guy who took great pride in every detail of the financial services he so capably provided for the division and for the Branch Heads of that organization. I missed him very much when he moved on but was glad to be able to see him once in a while, as we both resided in Sherwood Park. I attended his celebration of life service this morning and thought it reflected the CJ I knew very well. It was also nice to see that he had made so many wonderful new friends in the last few years of his life. Cliff said he had just crossed one thing off his “Bucket list”. I am happy he had a great life and maybe crossed off all the others.
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Al Arabiya News/Tuesday, 21 July 2015/an Emirati officer was killed while taking part in ‘Operation Restoring Hope’ aimed at restoring the legitimacy of Yemen’s president, the country’s news agency reported Tuesday. The officer, who was named as Lieutenant Abdul Aziz Sarhan Saleh Al Kaabi, was killed while performing his duty, the agency said without giving further details. The Saudi Arabian-led military coalition has been conducting airstrikes in Yemen since March, in what was known as Operation Decisive Storm. Operation Decisive Storm ended in April and was replaced by Operation Restoring Hope, which was aimed at reviving political talks and achieve humanitarian goals such as repatriating foreign nationals and providing aid. Aid ship docked Tuesday in Yemen’s devastated port city of Aden bringing desperately needed relief supplies after four months of clashes between rebels and loyalist fighters. The humanitarian aid arrived as forces loyal to exiled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi pressed on with operations to tighten their control over the southern city. “This is the first boat carrying the U.N. flag to dock in Aden since the war began” in late March, provincial governor Nayef al-Bakri told reporters at the port. The World Food Program, which chartered the ship, had tried repeatedly to deliver aid to the port city but failed because of security concerns. The governor said another ship, like the first carrying humanitarian aid from the United Arab Emirates, was expected to arrive later the same day. Vessels sent by the UAE managed to reach Aden in May but not under the UN flag. A humanitarian ceasefire declared by the United Nations earlier this month failed to take hold. The WFP had described the truce as the “final hope” to deliver desperately needed aid. The WFP had delivered aid ahead of the truce to the rebel-controlled Hodeida port in western Yemen, but the insurgents did not allow an aid convoy to travel to Aden. The United Nations had warned then that the impoverished country was just “one step away from famine.” Thirty-two people were killed and more than 100 wounded on Monday when a bomb ripped through a crowd of young socialist activists in a mainly Kurdish region preparing to take aid over the border into Syria. The attack in Suruc was one of the deadliest in Turkey in recent years and the first time the government has directly accused the IS group of carrying out an act of terror on Turkish soil. Hamas police arrested a dozen “mujahedeen” after Sunday’s explosions, which destroyed five cars. The jihadist statement accused Gaza’s rulers of staging the blasts as an excuse to crack down on Salafist extremists. “The results will be catastrophic, will benefit no one, and it will be Hamas who shoulders the responsibility,” it said. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu holds Hamas responsible for any rocket fire at Israel from the coastal enclave. The military struck Hamas facilities in Gaza last week after militants fired a rocket into southern Israel. Hamas is engaged in a power struggle with smaller extremist groups, including Salafists in Gaza, which is home to 1.8 million people and has been ravaged by three wars with Israel in six years. On Sunday, five near-simultaneous explosions targeted members of the armed branches of Hamas and Islamic Jihad, another Islamist group. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blasts that rocked an area in Gaza City. A series of such attacks in recent months is suspected to have been carried out by Salafists, some of whom claim links with the Islamic State group, although experts have expressed doubts over whether there are any true ties between them. Gazans who have gone to fight with IS in Syria recently released a video calling for Hamas to be toppled. Salafist groups have claimed in recent weeks that around 100 of their members or supporters were behind bars. They also criticise Hamas for what they see as its lack of zeal in enforcing Islamic law as well as for its truce with Israel since last year’s war in Gaza. Anti-Nkurunziza protests have been violently repressed, leaving at least 100 dead since late April. Independent media has been shut down and many opponents have fled — joining an exodus of over 150,000 ordinary Burundians who fear their country may again be engulfed by widespread violence. Doctors Without Borders said Monday around a thousand people were fleeing each day into Tanzania, crossing the border “through the forest … many travelling in the dark on foot and without belongings.”In mid-May, rebel generals attempted to overthrow Nkurunziza in a coup. After that failed they launched a rebellion in the north of the country.
- All these contracts, including the arrangement with the International Atomic Energy Agency-IAEA, are, Netanyahu notes, couched in “extremely economical terms” – general enough to give Tehran plenty of room for maintaining that its breaches are legitimate.
- A data collection web portal was designed where the specialist critical care pharmacist reported all interventions at their site.
- The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 46 rebels and 21 members of Hizbullah fighting on the government side have died since pro-regime forces entered the town of Zabadani on July 4.
- Intervention against Qaddafi but nonintervention against Assad.
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Aoun reiterated that the FPM ministers would object the discussion of any item before dealing with the cabinet’s decision-making mechanism. “Issues such as waste management have been previously discussed by the government and the involved ministers can implement such decisions without stirring them” on Thursday, he said. The cabinet has several items on its agenda and is set to discuss Lebanon’s waste management problem in addition to its working mechanism. The government crisis grew earlier this month when a dispute broke out between Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil, who is Aoun’s son-in-law, and Salam. Bassil accused Salam of infringing on the Christian president’s powers in the absence of a head of state. Despite the dispute, the FPM clinched a deal to discuss the government’s decision-making mechanism that was taken as a result of the absence of a president since May 2014. But the government has other items on its agenda and an environmental crisis that erupted over the weekend will likely be thoroughly discussed. The Naameh landfill that lies south of Beirut was closed last Friday in accordance with a government decision. The closure caused trash to spill out of dumpsters after Sukleen, which is responsible for collecting and transporting the garbage in Beirut and Mount Lebanon, failed to dispose of waste following the landfill’s closure. Sukleen said it can no longer fill up its premises with accumulated trash. “Serial killer who killed 5 people sentenced to life in prison” .
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“The constitution is better than the previous one, but it is not the best in general,” said leading civil rights lawyer Nasser Amin, an alternate member of the panel. “Polarization and divisions had its impact on the constitution.” Heba Morayef, the director of Human Rights Watch in Egypt, said the proposed changes also banned soldiers from being tried in civilian courts, giving them “de facto immunity.” She said military prosecutors and courts likely won’t have the independence to prosecute their own over human rights abuses. Among articles the panel will vote on Sunday is one allowing lawmakers to vote out an elected president and call for early elections if they have a two-thirds majority. Another allows parliament to prosecute the president for “violating the rules of the constitution.” The panel voted for an amendment banning slavery, human trafficking and “the sex trade.” The panel’s sole Islamist party representative opposed the amendment, as some say the article restricts early marriages. “This is the path of rescue from the current condition,” said Amr Moussa, the elder Egyptian statesman leading the constitutional panel. “It is the transition from disturbances to stability and from economic stagnation to development.” The constitutional changes come amid a heavy handed crackdown on dissent that’s left the country largely divided between supporters and opponents of the military that toppled Mohammed Morsi, the country’s first freely elected president. Chitty said he had problems with Tallon’s behaviour, but after reviewing the evidence presented during the in-camera session, he was not convinced that Tallon had breached his contract. The only current members of the executive not to vote in favour were Ahimakin, who voted against, and vice-president of services and communications Francesco Caruso, who was absent. Faculty of Arts representative and incoming vice-president of services and communications Kathryn LeBlanc said she was not comfortable accepting a pay raise while the staff who worked with her at the food bank would not receive one for themselves. This worldview has collided with reality and the result looks like patchwork. Intervention against Qaddafi but nonintervention against Assad. Sort of implicitly cooperating with Shiite forces against ISIS in Iraq but kind-of resisting what Saudi Arabia is doing in Yemen against ISIS and definitely opposing what Egypt is doing against ISIS in Libya. I think part of the reaction I’ve received from people in government—notice people in government, not people out of government—has been an oversensitivity to the issues I’m trying to raise. I saw Obama’s election in 2008 as the symptom of a transformative moment. I’m no prophet but I told Israeli leaders back in 2009 that we have to plan for a two-term president because these changes are permanent. The election of 2012 was much more significant than 2008; it confirmed that the changes are permanent and that Israel has to adjust to them. But for the first time in 2009, I returned for an extended period. I had a Rip Van Winkle experience, as though I’d woken after 25 years and didn’t recognize my own village. Middle Easterners simply do not distinguish between diplomatic and security daylight. Daylight in our area of the world, where the sun is very strong, can be blinding and searing.
Second, his mother , his sisters, his many bridge friends at the Edmonton Bridge Centre, and his many non-bridge-playing friends all provided much needed support. Third, CJ enjoyed the company of his dog, Max, whom he adopted in 2013 from the Edmonton Humane Society, but CJ often wondered who was truly being rescued. CJ started his life journey in 1957 and grew up in New Liskeard, Ontario. He was an active Boy Scout and possessed a passion for learning and self-improvement. These characteristics, along with a high level of initiative, a strong work ethic, perseverance and an ability to get along well with others, resulted in his success in developing personal and business relationships based on trust, loyalty and respect.
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No official census has been taken since 1932, for fear of upsetting the delicate power-sharing agreement between Lebanon’s rival sects. “I received a job offer to work as a security officer in the Green Zone in Baghdad, for 10 times the salary I’m paid now,” he said. “Why would I bother to stay? If I’m going to die anyway, I’d rather die rich.” Lebanon has been plagued by a recently re-emerged campaign of bombings, as well as political assassinations, since the murder of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in February 2005. Abdo Asmar is 24, and has been trying to leave Lebanon for years, without any success. He has found work as a security guard for a private company, in what he says is “a flourishing career in Lebanon, given the circumstances”. A poll published in April conducted by Information International, an independent Beirut-based research centre, found that 30 percent of Lebanese – nearly one in three people – wanted to emigrate abroad, and 60 percent in the age bracket. The poll also found that nearly 12 percent of undergraduates want to emigrate, along with over 15 percent of professionals.
According to Adib, the Obama administration is mistaken in its assessment that lifting sanctions on Iran will lead to democratization and political reforms in the country, because the resultant influx of cash to Iran will be channeled to increasing tensions in the region. He also compared the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with the 1938 Munich Agreement signed by British prime minister Neville Chamberlain and Adolf Hitler, adding that many historians viewed the Munich agreement as the cause of Hitler’s megalomania. Going forward, the U.N.-led process would benefit from modification. It needs to shift the parties to face-to-face talks, since the previous format in which the parties negotiated individually with the U.N. Each side would need to empower its delegation to negotiate rather than serve as a mere conduit for proposals requiring approval at every stage. Avenues of compromise are still open, and it’s not surprising that the Tripoli-based GNC didn’t sign the accord, even though some may have been frustrated by the hard-line stances of their president, Nuri Abu Sahmein. The GNC are a significant constituency, and the new State Council offered to their members was endowed little clear power. Meanwhile their HoR rivals in Tobruk got sole legislative authority and a one-year extension in office. Other negotiating tracks, representing municipal councils, political parties and women, also signalled their backing, as did Libya’s neighbours and those regional and international actors that support the dialogue and peace process. Everybody knows how hard it will be to bring this agreement to life, notably because one side refuses to accept it without amendments. Libya remains chaotic and fragmented since July 2014, with two rival sets of parliaments, governments and military coalitions. Islamic State and other extremists are expanding to fill the security void. Khadija Dawood, 30, Sugra Dawood, 34, and Zohra Dawood, 33, whose children are aged between three and 15, are believed to have used British social welfare benefits to pay for the trip, which cost upwards of £13,000 (€18,700; $20,000). Friends said the women took their children to war-torn Syria because they did not want them to grow up in England. In the meantime, Washington is now working hard to “market” the deal through a kind of PR campaign, directly as well as through international friends such as the UK, who are attempting to sugarcoat the deal for Israel. Regarding the Arab countries, however, they are now awaiting the outcome as “the War against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria” suddenly takes center stage, while post-1920 political entities are facing collapse under the welter of escalating religious and sectarian conflicts. The point I’m making is that $100 billion is nothing compared to what gets spent every year in the region. So I am saying – we are saying in the United States we think things can be done far more effectively to push back against proxy activities. And most importantly, we would like to encourage people to find an alternative to any of these activities, and we believe there are ways to try to bring about a different set of relationships and, ultimately, absolutely protect the region’s security and interests. By AFP
Al Arabiya News/Tuesday, 21 July 2015/Iran’s foreign minister defended the nuclear deal he reached with world powers after criticism from hardliners, telling the conservative-dominated parliament on Tuesday that most if not all of the country’s conditions had been respected. We have definitely shown some flexibility,” the minister, Mohammed Javad Zarif said. “I tell you as I told the Supreme Leader, we did our best to preserve most of the red lines, if not all,” Zarif said, referring to arch-conservative cleric Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has the last word on all high matters of state. Iran’s landmark nuclear deal reached with world powers last week is heading to the country’s parliament so that Iranian lawmakers can review it. Under Iran’s constitution, parliament has a right to reject any deal – even one negotiated by the foreign ministry. However, it’s not clear this time whether there will be a vote by lawmakers on the deal or whether they will simply discuss it and possibly express concerns about it. Security Council unanimously endorsed the deal to rein in Iran’s nuclear program and authorized measures leading to the end of U.N.
The coalition has never acknowledged putting boots on the ground in Yemen, but loyalists have been reinforced in Aden by forces freshly trained by the coalition. Exiled Prime Minister Khaled Bahah declared the city to be “liberated” last Friday, although rebels pockets have fought on in some districts. Agence France Presse/Naharnet/21 July/15/A new Kuwaiti law imposing mandatory DNA tests on citizens and foreigners violates the right to personal privacy and should be amended, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday. Parliament endorsed the law in early July, less than a week after an Islamic State jihadist blew himself up in a Shiite mosque in Kuwait killing 26 people and wounding more than 200 others. The new counter-terrorism law has made Kuwait the only country to demand nationwide compulsory DNA testing, HRW said. Agence France Presse/Naharnet/21 July/15/Turkey said on Tuesday it had identified a suspect over a devastating suicide bombing on the border with Syria blamed on Islamic State jihadists, as the government rushed to bolster security on the porous frontier. “Despite a facade of pluralism, this is an election with only one candidate, where Burundians already know the outcome,” said Thierry Vircoulon from the International Crisis Group, a think-tank that has warned the situation has all the ingredients to kick-start renewed civil war. With the elections denounced by the opposition as a sham, the 51-year-old president — a former rebel, born-again Christian and football fanatic — is facing no serious competition. Agence France Presse/Naharnet/21 July/15/Syrian rebels, including al-Qaida-affiliated fighters, have fired hundreds of rockets and mortar shells on two besieged Shiite-majority villages in the northwestern province of Idlib, a monitor said Tuesday. Naharnet/21 July/15/ Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea, a candidate for the country’s top Christian post, has accused Iran of causing Lebanon’s presidential deadlock. “Iran is responsible for the obstruction of the presidential elections in Lebanon,” Geagea told pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat in an interview published on Tuesday. He accused Tehran of using Hizbullah, which “receives orders beyond” Lebanon’s “borders,” to thwart the polls. The interview was carried out after Geagea held talks with Saudi King Salman on Sunday. The LF chief also met on Monday with al-Mustaqbal Movement leader ex-PM Saad Hariri in Jeddah. Baabda Palace has been vacant since President Michel Suleiman’s six-year tenure ended in May 2014. Asked by his interviewer about his latest talks with his rival Free Patriotic Movement chief MP Michel Aoun, Geagea said the meeting ended a 30-year rivalry. “That would help us turn the page of the past and open a new page,” he said. “We have made a single political step which is the importance of approving an electoral law,” Geagea told Asharq al-Awsat. “We are working for our agreement to include other clauses although we know that there is a lot of work ahead of us.”The rivalry between Geagea and Aoun, who is also a presidential candidate, are partly to be blamed for the Baabda vacuum. Our success lies in building a long term relationship and delivering results quickly and efficiently for a “much lower cost”. We are experts in locating the best possible suitable executive and management candidates for placements in all types of hospitality organizations around the world. 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Hamdan accused successive governments of “deliberately neglecting the need for an organised database, so that we don’t know who left and who came back”. “We haven’t been allowed to conduct serious research for over 16 years now, because in Lebanon, this subject is taboo, due to official fear of revealing the new confessional and religious make-up of the population,” said Hamdan, whose own three children have left and have no plans to return.
The constitutional panel, dominated by secularists, has been working on changes as part of a military-backed timeline that calls for voters to approve it. It plans for parliamentary and presidential elections to be held early next year. The constitution before the 50-member committee makes drastic changes in ensuring civil liberties, fighting discrimination, criminalizing torture, protecting religious freedoms and giving lawmakers power to remove the president. Yet the draft also allows Egypt’s powerful military to choose its own chief and try civilians in military tribunals. Drawn from the collection of the Barjeel Art Foundation based in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, the exhibition features nearly 90 works by a diverse group of artists from countries including Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Qatar, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, and the UAE. The exhibition is curated and organized by Suheyla Takesh, Curator at the Barjeel Art Foundation, and Lynn Gumpert, Director of the Grey Art Gallery at New York University. Vice-president social Hadi Wess, who was in favour of the motion, voiced concerns that Tallon used his power as comptroller general for personal matters. Wess highlighted Tallon’s complaints against his opponent Rachiq after the election. In an accompanying PowerPoint presentation, Rachiq said that SFUO executives are paid less than student union executives in Canada per hour, and even less than some employees of the federation. He also said that the executive is not eligible for overtime, though they work in excess of their designated 40 hours per week. Nonetheless, I brought it out now because in the next week or so there is liable to be an agreement signed between the United States, other permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany, with the Islamic Republic of Iran.
What most Middle Easterners saw over the course of the last six-plus years was the United States and Israel drifting quite far apart in spite of increased security cooperation. Because the Obama administration distinguishes between diplomatic daylight and security daylight and it calculated that the closer relations are in the security field, the greater leeway it has to put daylight in the diplomatic field. This amounts to a very interesting intellectual exercise, one that did not work. As for daylight, the president openly said, “Look at the past eight years [a reference to the George W. Bush administration]. During those eight years, there was no space between us and Israel, and what did we get from that? When there is no daylight, Israel just sits on the sidelines, and that erodes our credibility with the Arab states.” Turns out, he put daylight between the two countries on other issues too, like Iran. “Borderline hysteria” is how one Israeli journalist, Ben Caspit, summarized the Obama administration’s response. Last Sunday, July 12, two days before the Vienna accord was signed, President Hassan Rouhani issued an executive order under the heading “Nuclear Achievements Act” for Iran’s Foreign Ministry and its Nuclear Energy Agency AEOI to implement… the Majlis resolution. In other words, for Tehran, the entire Vienna package is still up in the air, held in abeyance for the world powers to obey the condition laid down by the Iranian parliament. Debkafile’s sources note that such legislature would be the US Congress’s answer to the law the Iranian Majlis adopted on June 23 – and the Guardian Council a day later – whereby the nuclear accords signed in Vienna would go into force only if all sanctions were lifted forthwith. Then, too, the foreign minister would be required to report to the Iranian parliament every six months on the performance of the six world powers which signed the deal in complying with their commitments under the accord. A key example of this is the item on monitoring Iran’s nuclear facilities. President Barack Obama and administration officials emphasize tirelessly that inspections will be deeper and more extensive than ever before, and no nuclear activity will escape the notice of US intelligence. But, according to the prime minister, the deal with the IAEA and the secret annexes of the Vienna accord open the door for Iran to conduct covert activity which US intelligence would not be obliged to report. All these contracts, including the arrangement with the International Atomic Energy Agency-IAEA, are, Netanyahu notes, couched in “extremely economical terms” – general enough to give Tehran plenty of room for maintaining that its breaches are legitimate. Is clinging to his seat until the end, while the Syrian people, who have lost hundreds of thousands of their sons and whose cities, villages, and towns have all been destroyed, cannot agree to any compromise or solution that will leave this regime in place. This pulling in two opposite directions will ultimately lead to [Syria’s] division and to the emergence of the sectarian mini-state that the Iranians seek – one that complements the Hizbullah state and will reach from Damascus to Latakia… In his June 13, 2015 column in the official Jordanian daily Al-Rai, former information minister Saleh Al-Qallab blamed the Arabs for Iran’s expansion in the region from Iraq to Syria, Lebanon, and Yemen. It is this helplessness and silence in the face of Iraq’s occupation by Iran, he wrote, that has led to the current situation, in which Iran is occupying several Arab countries. After occupying Iraq, Iran is now striving to divide Syria and to establish there a pro-Shi’ite mini-state, he said, and this could impact the entire region. He concluded by calling on the Arabs to foment internal wars in Iran in order to thwart its regional sectarian plans. Special Representative Bernardino León, 18 out of the 22 participants of the U.N.-facilitated Libyan Political Dialogue signed the preliminary framework agreement. Soeren Kern is a Senior Fellow at the New York-based Gatestone Institute. He is also Senior Fellow for European Politics at the Madrid-based Grupo de Estudios Estratégicos / Strategic Studies Group.