Vicious economic war

The unfair economic sanctions against the Syrian people were the main reason behind the delay and difficulty of delivering oil and nutritional substances imported to the country. The US tendency to impose unilateral coercive measures against the countries which refuse to succumb to its diktats is illegal. It contravenes the UN Charter, international law and the multilateral trade system, and magnifies the humanitarian suffering of nations hit by these sanctions. Imposing sanctions is a step   in line with the US policies aimed at undermining regional peace and security. 

Celiac Disease … Stay away from Gluten



 Celiac disease is a common autoimmune  disorder that is estimated to affect 1 in 100 people worldwide. It is a condition in which the absorptive surface of the small intestine is damaged by a substance called gluten. Gluten is a group of proteins present in wheat, rye and barley .The damage to the intestine can lead to a variety of symptoms and result in an inability of the body to absorb nutrients such as protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals, which are necessary for good health.

To know more about Celiac disease, the Syria times e-newspaper met pediatrician, Dr. Rania Shakair who said: “Celiac is a disease that seriously affects  the small intestine as a result of the immune system's sensitivity to gluten in the food , so the body overacts to the protein and damages their villi, which are very small finger-like projections found along the wall of the small intestine, when these cilia and absorption bristles are damaged , the small intestine cannot properly absorb nutrients from food. Celiac can cause a range of symptoms including frequent abdominal pain, flatulence, diarrhea or constipation,  indigestion and malabsorption of vitamins.  Eventually this can lead to malnourishment, anemia, osteoporosis and infertility. It can even cause a number of neurological disorders or  certain cancers”.

What causes coeliac disease?

Dr. Shakair  clarified: “In addition to genetics and the environment, there are a number of other health conditions can increase the risk of developing celiac disease, including: type 1 diabetes, thyroid conditions, ulcerative colitis, neurological disorders and Down's syndrome and Turner syndrome.”

How can celiac disease be diagnosed?

 “In the suspected cases of celiac disease, blood tests for the anti-TTG can help doctors diagnose the disease.. This test is highly accurate in diagnosing the disease. Doctor may also need to examine a small piece of tissue from the small intestine where the full disappearance of the absorption bristles confirms the diagnosis of the condition”.

Treating celiac disease

“Currently, the only treatment for celiac disease is a lifelong strict gluten-free diet. People living gluten-free must avoid foods with wheat, rye and barley. So gluten-free diet should help control symptoms and prevent the long-term consequences of the condition. A few weeks later , one should start to feel better, as his small intestine begins to heal”, Dr. Shakair concluded.

Educational and supportive sites for patients

“With the aim of educating people, increasing  their awareness of this serious disease and help patients overcome all the difficulties they face with the disease ,Syrian voluntary groups have been established under the supervision of specialists , such as Gluten Free – Syria and The Syrian Group of Wheat Allergy Patients . These groups provide patients with information about this disease and allow them to communicate with specialists to answer their health concerns as the groups include doctors, nutritionists and pharmacists, a large number of them are patients with Celiac. Educational and practical sessions for patients helping them to make their own food have also been held. Recently we have organized an entertainment activity for a group of sick children with both diabetes and celiac disease,  appropriate meals were served for the participating children at the end of the event.” This was said by Mr. Abo Shafik who is an activist and group supervisor in these groups.

Why Do Others Progress?

A question raised since the Renaissance in the middle of the nineteenth century, a question worthy of standing and answer it with the aim of moving the Arab societies to the global civilization.

 No doubt that this question was raised by the pioneers of the Arab Renaissance, where the focus is on the production of knowledge, Here is the need to focus on the tools, concepts and educational curricula, which are able to bring about the change required through its role in the formulation of creative and productive mind.

The progress of any society stems from the element or actors and this is the case of ancient and modern societies.

Philosophy was the essential element of the Greek experience, And science and experimentation were the essential element of the Western cognitive field. Galileo and Descartes brought European culture from the theology to the age of physics and chemistry, from dealing with the supernatural to research in nature itself.

If the two main elements of Greek and European culture are philosophy, science and experimentation, the analysis of the Arab cultural mind indicates that it focuses primarily on rhetoric, literature, jurisprudence and grammar, which means that the main element in the field of Arabic knowledge is language, statement, jurisprudence or language sciences.

A great difference between the Arab cultural output and the Western one , this deals with nature and the universe and that deals with the statement and the verbal formula and explain the tone and create them without doubt.

Dealing with the texts is quite different from dealing with nature and the universe because the texts are characterized by their steadiness and serenity, unlike nature, where it characterized by change and depth.

Science, knowledge and experience are the basis of  Western societies, which explains their progress and success while we find the opposite in Arab and Islamic societies, where political power dominated the reality of economic, social and intellectual life.

Therefore, in order to achieve real renaissance we need to free minds and societies from all the mistakes of the past and to move into a society of knowledge and innovation and to deal with the present and the culture of science, knowledge and respect for man as a human and culturally productive.

Dr.Khalaf al-Miftah

E&T: Lama Razzok

Continued crimes against children

The salient feature of the Israeli occupation is its atrocious and criminal nature. From the very beginning of the Israeli occupation of the Arab territories, the Zionists resorted to perpetrating savage massacres against defenceless Palestinians with the aim of terrifying the Palestinians and expelling them out of their indigenous homeland.

 These include the massacre of Deir Yassin perpetrated by the Hagana gang led by former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin in 1948 and Kafr Qassem atrocity in 1956. The Zionist criminal acts continued unabated over the past 70 years. 

Erdogan encourages new chemical attacks

The Turkish regime’s non commitment to the Sochi Agreement on Idleb encouraged the terrorist organizations to continue targeting civilians in Aleppo, Hama and Lattakia. The non- commitment of the Turkish regime in implementing Astana understandings regarding de-escalation zone in Idleb also enabled the terrorist organizations to target Aleppo city with shells containing chemical substances more than once in an indication that there is a decision to escalate terrorism by those who support the terrorist organizations positioned in Idleb, especially Jabhat al-Nusra and Daesh (ISIS) and their affiliated groups.