Big Bang aftermaths

June 3, 2016

The Glory of  The Creator  is to hide things and the glory of the human being is  to discover things.


Ban Ki-moon‘s final flagship initiative for his tenure as UN Secretary-General, the World Humanitarian Summit, was held in Istanbul, Turkey, last week (May 23–24). The meeting, the first of its kind, was marred in controversy before it started, with Médecins Sans Frontières boycotting the event because it did not believe that it would address the weaknesses in humanitarian action and emergency response. Other non-governmental organisations (NGOs) were sceptical too. Were they right?

Syrian Churches

June 3, 2016

Ancient Syria was home to the Canaanites, Assyrians, Persians and Babylonians.

Antioch (now in Turkey) was the Christian centre of the eastern part of the Roman empire.

With the Arab conquest and Islamization in the 7th century, Christians became a minority. Syria was part of the Ottoman empire until 1918, and under French rule until it achieved independence in 1946.

After a brief union with Egypt (1958-61), the socialist Ba-ath party seized power and established a radical regime. A military coup in 1970 brought president Hafiz al-Asad into power, until his death in 2000. He was succeeded by his son.

Syria’s economy is based on agriculture, some manufacturing industry, and oil production and export.

The main Orthodox churches in Syria are the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate, which is Arab and uses the Arab liturgy, the Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate (Oriental), and the Armenian Apostolic Church, also Oriental.

There are six Catholic rites: Melkite, Armenian, Syrian, Maronite, Latin and Chaldean.

The Ancient Church of the East (Assyrian) is also present, and is part of the WCC through its patriarchate in the USA.

The main Protestant churches are the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon, and the Union of Evangelical Armenian Churches.

The churches in Syria are also portrayed on the Keeping the Faith website.

Syrian News

June 3, 2016

Damascus, SANA- The Cabinet held its weekly session on Tuesday, discussing the adopted measures to improve the exchange rate of the Syrian Pound and the plans for rationalization of water resources.

Chairing the session, Prime Minister Wael al-Halaqi said the new intervention operations are taken by the Central Bank of Syria (CBS) contributed to improving the price of the SYP against the USD, affirming that the stability of the Syrian Pound exchange rate is one of the top priorities of the government, and its recovery should reflect positively on prices in the market.

He also directed the Internal Trade and Consumer Protection Ministry to continue to improve its measures to stabilize the prices in markets, adding that the intervention process will continue till the exchange rate reaches acceptable levels.

The Premier talked about his recent visit to Sweida province, which involved inaugurating a number of services and development projects and laying the foundation stones of others, noting that the province has witnessed considerable activity in the field of construction in parallel with establishing of new projects which will create new job opportunities, adding that this experience will be applied in the other provinces.

He stated that the establishment of new investment projects recently in Damascus Countryside, Homs, Lattakia, Tartous, and Sweida reflects the strength of the state, despite the systematic destruction of the Syrian economy, the unjust economic blockade imposed on the country, and attempts to weaken the Syrian Pound.
On another note, al-Halaqi stressed that climate change in the region has adversely affected the water situation in Syria, which requires the government and the society to set up short-term and long-term strategic plans for rationalizing water consumption and utilizing the current water resources in optimal ways, as well as looking for new water sources.

In turn, Health Minister Nizar Yazigi reviewed the results of his participation in the 69th session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva.

Manar al-Freih / Hazem Sabbagh

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