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December 23, 2013


Fate of Syrian Christians

December 23, 2013


Fate of the kidnapped nuns

December 23, 2013




» 12/19/2013 15:47
As negotiations for the release of the Maaloula nuns continue, Homs bishop makes an appeal
As the nuns’ fate remains unclear, the authorities and foreign diplomats continue working on their release, said Mgr Mario Zenari. Meanwhile, Boutros Selwanos Alnemeh, Syriac Orthodox archbishop of Homs, slams Islamists for their “crime”, noting that “The abductors want to demonstrate that they show no mercy.”

Homs (AsiaNews) – Negotiations for the release of 12 Greek Orthodox nuns and three other young women from Maaloula continue after Islamic extremists from the Ahrar al-Qalamoun Brigade seized them on 2 December. “Some contacts have been established with the kidnappers,” Vatican nuncio to Damascus Archbishop Mario Zenari told AsiaNews, “but there are no reports at present about their possible release.”

For the prelate, “this kidnapping is very different” from the abduction of Catholic and Orthodox Churchmen earlier this year. The sisters have had the opportunity to contact the outside world by phone. Several foreign diplomats have been working on an agreement with the kidnappers for their release. And “This bodes well for their future release,” he explained.

By contrast, for months there has been silence over the fate of Mgr Yohanna Ibrahim of the Syrian Orthodox Church and Mgr Paul Yazigi, Metropolitan of the Greek Orthodox Church, who were abducted on 22 April, a fate shared by Fr Michel Kayyal, an Armenian Catholic priest, and Fr Maher Mahfouz, a Greek Orthodox, who were seized in February.

The nuns’ abduction shocked local and world public opinion. The sisters are known throughout Syria for their charity work with orphans of any creed and ethnicity.

Despite a video message broadcast by al-Jazeera in which they offer reassurances, there are concerns about the nun’s conditions and fate.

Bishop Selwanos Boutros Alnemeh, Syriac Orthodox Metropolitan of Homs and Hama, made an appeal on 11 December for their release, slamming the serious “crime” committed by Islamic extremists.

“We’ve now reached the point where even nuns are being abducted. What have they done wrong,” the prelate asked. In his view, “The abductors want to demonstrate that they show no mercy”.

Sources, anonymous for security reasons, told AsiaNews that three Maaloula residents – the nun’s driver and two young people – are also being held in Yabrud.

They were abducted during the siege of the Christian village and taken to the rebel-held city, which is under the control of Hamdi Abu Azzam al-Kuwait, a Syrian-Kuwaiti who is also the deputy of Jabat al-Nusra Front commander Malik al-Talli.

The Roman Catholics tell:


King Herod, the childkiller,  belongs to the  Scenatorium of the X-mas, never to forget that.




Syrian Teenage

December 23, 2013


 Current topics  in microbiology and immunology ( Printed 2009)

Ethel-Michele de Villiers, Harald zur Hausen. Editors. TT-viruses- The Still Elusive Human Pathogens.  ISBN 978-3-540-70971-8. 2009 Springer-Verlaqg Berlin Heidelberg


“Within remarkably short period of time it became clear that  TT-viruses (genus Anellovirus, TTV)  are widely spread globally, infect a large proportion ( 90% of adults) of all human population studied thus far and represent an extremely heterogeneous group of viruses, now labelled as Anelloviruses . TT virus-like infections have also been noted in various animal species.

The classification of this virus group turns put to be fdifficult, their DNA contains between 2200 and 3800 nucleotides (nt), related so called TT- mini viruses (TTMV) and a substantial proportion of intragenomic, recombinants further complicate attempts to combine these viruses into  a unifying phylogenetic concept.

Although studied in many laboratories , the medically most interesting question of their possible pathogenic role in human remains unanswered until today ( 2008) .

It is not unreasonable to suspect that persistence of  at least some specific TT virus genotypes may result in some infected individuals in a definable pathogenicity. We believe that this volyme provides first hints in support  of this view” ( Editors  2008)

Ahlin Sofie. Adipose tissue-derived serum amyloid A and adipose tissue macrophages in metabolic disease. ISBN:978-91-628-8812-1.  http://hdl.handle.net/2077/34076

Bienvenu Emile.  Optimization of HIV therapy in patients co-infected with tuberculosis. A pharmacogenetic and pharmacokinetic study of efavirenz in Rwandan adult patients undergoing HIV and tuberculosis co-treatment.  ISBN: 978-91-628-8834-3. http://hdl.handle.net/2077/34069

Enochson Lars. Healing cartilage-Aspects on regenerative methods. ISBN: 978-91-628-8850-3.     http://hdl.handle.net/2077/34068

Grivans Christina. Transpulmonary pressure during mechanical ventilation. ISBN: 078-91-628-8832-9. http://hdl.handle.net/2077/34396

Ingeson Carlson Camilla. Reversal thyroid dedifferentiation and an invasive phenotype by small molecule kinase inhibitors: An  experimental study on normal and malignant cells. ISBN: 978-91-628-8855-8.  https://gupea.ub.gu.se/handle/2077/34070

Norden Rickard. Herpesvirus-induced glycans. ISBN: 978-91-8735-3. http://www.gu.se/omuniversitetet/aktuellt/kalendarium/eventdetalj/?eventId=1784626988

Ulfarsson Trandur. Predictors of long-term outcome after severe traumatic brain injury. ISBN: 978-91-628-8869-5.  http://hdl.handle.net/2077/34395

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