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  • Nearly half of the world's population lives in countries where debt service exceeds spending on basic social care.
  • The Red Flag organization calls this the "worst debt crisis since the beginning of global records."
  • Debt service payments in low-income countries have increased significantly, more than twice as much as spending on education and four times as much as spending on health.
  • In the past three years, 18 sovereign debt defaults occurred in 10 countries, surpassing the total of the previous two decades.
  • The IMF's 2022 annual report shows 60% of low-income countries were already on the brink of a debt crisis, with 34 countries facing distress and 25 countries facing high risk.
  • The burden of debt service in the southern part of the world has reached half a trillion dollars annually, forcing more than 100 countries to reduce spending on vital sectors like health and education.
  • The situation is more complex for low-income countries, with African countries bearing interest rates four times higher than the United States and eight times higher than Western Europe.
  • UNCTAD reports low-income countries allocate 23% of export revenues to debt service, surpassing post-war Germany's ceiling.

A recent report by the International Development Finance Corporation revealed that nearly half of the world's population resides in countries where debt service exceeds spending on basic social care.

This dire scenario represents “The worst debt crisis since the beginning of global records,” according to the Red Flag organization, which commented on the report on its website. The report paints a bleak picture of the financial distress experienced by vast areas of the world.

The report's numbers speak volumes: Debt service payments in low-income countries have risen dramatically, more than twice as much as spending on education and four times as much as spending on health.

Over the past three years alone, 18 sovereign debt defaults have hit 10 countries, a number greater than the total of the previous two decades.

  The IMF's 2022 annual report paints an even bleaker picture, noting that 60% of low-income countries were already teetering on the brink of a debt crisis. Although the proportion has ostensibly dropped to 50%, the harsh reality remains, with 34 countries facing distress and 25 countries facing high risk. Although these statistics are described as a slight improvement, the real seriousness of the situation is still very much present.

According to the Red Flag report, the burden of debt service in the southern part of the world has reached an alarming level of half a trillion dollars annually, forcing more than 100 countries to reduce spending on vital sectors such as health and education to meet their debt obligations.

According to the report, any semblance of relief seems distant, as inflation rears its head in the United States, dashing hopes for imminent cuts in interest rates.

For low-income countries, burdened by high borrowing costs, the situation is more complex. African countries, for example, bear interest rates 4 times higher than the United States and 8 times higher than their counterparts in Western Europe, according to the Red Flag report.

The specter of debt refinancing looms large, exacerbated by dwindling creditor support and strengthening foreign currencies versus domestic bids.

According to the same report, the United Nations Trade and Development Organization (UNCTAD) paints a bleak picture, revealing that low-income countries allocate a staggering 23% of export revenues to debt service, far exceeding the minimal ceiling imposed on post-war Germany of 5%.  

Debt-laden economies revolve in a vicious economic spiral that threatens countries, as debts accumulate faster than economic growth. United Nations estimates reveal a net transfer of wealth from the poorest countries to the richest countries, amounting to a huge amount of $10 trillion over the past two decades.

This huge disparity highlights the urgent need for debt cancellation, while poor populations struggle under the weight of insurmountable liabilities, says the Red Flag report.

As the world grapples with existential crises such as hunger and climate change, the pressing reality of capitalism's inequality comes into sharp focus. Red Flag confirms that the current international system, driven by profit motives, fails to meet the basic needs of the most vulnerable groups in the world, which leads to the perpetuation of the cycle of poverty and exploitation.

 

The Unique Wind Towers of Yazd

The traditional homes within the Iranian town of Yazd are regarded for their "Badkir" wind towers, which act as natural air conditioners. These towers not only cool the air however also give the metropolis a unique attraction. Yazd has a hot barren region weather with temperatures accomplishing up to forty levels Celsius.

What are Barajil?

The wind towers, referred to as Badkir in Persian, are called Al-Malaqif in the Gulf. They appear like chimneys at the roofs of houses and paintings to chill the air certainly.

Yazd Heritage

Even though electric powered air conditioners have replaced conventional A/Cs, the citizens of Yazd nevertheless construct those towers on their roofs. The towers supply the city a completely unique elegance, specifically for the duration of dawn and sunset.

Visitors' Delight

Visitors to Yazd love seeing those towers, in particular within the Old City, which is a UNESCO protected cultural area. The towers are manufactured from clay and wood and cannot be repaired if they are damaged, so that they ought to be rebuilt.

Cool Breezes

These towers help cool houses within the wasteland with the aid of reducing the temperature by approximately 6 degrees compared to outside. The air passing through the towers loses heat and gives a fresh breeze inside the homes.

Ducts for Home Ventilation

The towers had been built to create air currents in houses. They serve as ducts for air flow and offer cool breezes at  the hottest hours of the day. The tallest tower in Yazd is 34 meters and is located in the center of the town.

The tallest tower in Yazd is 34 meters high and is located in the city center.

Yazd is a treasure trove of Persian architectural artwork, with ancient homes, wind towers, and underground regions courting lower back to the 12th century.

 

Getting older is natural for everyone, but you can slow how you age.  There are ways to stop the signs of aging. This is through the food we eat. As per experts some foods that contain antioxidants and healthy fats can help maintain a youthful and healthy skin.

Watch Your Weight

It is important to keep your weight in check as overweight leads to faster aging. Obesity increases one’s biological age by several years and predisposes individuals to various diseases.

Healthy eating habits

Olive Oil

Extra virgin olive oil which is a good fat may be used to avoid several age related ailments. Furthermore, it has anti-inflammatory properties thereby keeping you looking younger while taking care of your skin.

Porridge

This kind of meal has lots of roughage which feeds friendly bacteria in your intestines hence bettering the condition of your skin leading to elasticity.

Green Tea

Green tea contains very many antioxidants that can salvage collagen found on the skin from degradation while at the same time working against inflammation, diabetes among other diseases.

Fruits and dark chocolate

Berries and dark chocolate have abundant amounts of antioxidants that shield the body against sun damage, thereby enhancing overall skin health.

Salmon

High in omega-3 fatty acids, an improvement in skin health while retaining moisture levels can be accomplished with salmon.

Lots of Orange Vegetables

Essential for healthy skin, orange vegetables such as pumpkin and sweet potatoes contain beta-carotene.

Flax Seeds

Guarding your skin from the sun, flaxseed oil is capable of softening it.

Tomatoes

Lycopene content in tomatoes is high; a characteristic that can lower risks to heart diseases and shield it against harmful rays of the sun.

Avocado

Fats that are good for your body and vitamins that combat inflammation and protect the skin from solar radiation are contained in avocados.

Pomegranate

For example, pomegranates have anti-inflammatory properties which prevent complications resulting from high blood sugar levels and also help guard against sun damage.

Spices and Herbs

Collagen production may increase while age-related alterations within dermal cells decrease when cinnamon or ginger are administered.

Bone Broth

Skin elasticity improves, keeps moisture content up, reduces wrinkles – all thanks to collagen available in bone broth.

 The Israeli Genocide War has entered its 200th day, as the Zionist occupation forces continue to commit a genocidal war in the Gaza Strip, by launching dozens of air strikes, artillery shelling, and bloody massacres against civilians.

The Ministry of Health in Gaza announced that the occupation committed 3 massacres against families in the Gaza Strip, including 32 martyrs and 59 injuries during the past 24 hours.

It indicated that the toll of the aggression had risen to 34,183 martyrs and 77,143 injuries since October 7, 2023 AD.

While the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) reported that more than 14,000 Palestinian children were martyred by Israeli occupation bullets in the Gaza Strip since the start of the war.

Abu Ubaida: The Enemy is Trapped in Gaza and Will Only Reap Shame and Defeat

In video broadcast on Al-Jazeera Abu Ubaida, spokesman for the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Islamic Resistance Movement, stated that 200 days after the Battle of Al-Aqsa Flood, the criminal enemy is still trying to restore its image, but will only reap shame and defeat.

Below the key points in Abu Ubaida’s speech aired on Al Jazeera:

  • Abu Ubaida, spokesman for the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, says that the Israeli military is stuck in Gaza and will only reap shame and defeat.
  • the enemy will only reap shame, infamy, and disgrace through the defeat of its army and its brutal image.
  • The army is exploiting its predicament on the ground in more barbaric and random revenge from children and women
  • Abu Ubaida says that the IDF will reap more anger, a spirit of revenge, and a willingness to confront the invaders in and around Palestine, and even across the entire world.
  • The spokesman for the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades emphasizes that the resistance will remain firmly established in Gaza as the mountains of Palestine, and its attacks on the enemy will continue as long as the aggression continues.
  • He mentions that the Netanyahu government's lies about the invasion of Rafah, stating that it is a continuous lie to fool the world that it has eliminated the majority of the brigades in the Gaza Strip.
  • He praises the steadfastness and resistance of the Palestinian people in Gaza, stressing that the resistance will not give up the basic human rights of the patient Palestinian people.
  • He calls for the cessation of aggression, the enemy’s withdrawal, the return of the displaced, reconstruction, and the lifting of the siege.
  • Abu Ubaida recalled the continued presence of the two captives, Hadar Goldin and Shaul Aron, in the resistance’s captivity for 10 years.
  • He calls on the masses of the nation to escalate the resistance act in all its forms and in all arenas.
  • He emphasizes the importance of the resistance action from various fronts, especially the front of the occupied West Bank and the Jordanian masses.

Resistance Continues its Strikes

Meanwhile, for the 200th day in a row, the Palestinian resistance continues its operations and confronts the Zionist forces penetrating into several areas of Gaza.

The Al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of the Islamic Jihad movement, said on Tuesday that it bombed Sderot, Niram, and the areas surrounding the Gaza Strip with missile launches in response to the crimes of the Zionist enemy against the Palestinian people.

The Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), announced specific operations against the occupation forces, most notably the sniping of a Zionist soldier in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip, and the targeting of a Zionist D9 military bulldozer with an “Al-Yassin 105” shell in Beit. Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip. They destroyed a gathering of occupation forces penetrating Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip with mortar shells.

Zionist Attempts to Bring “Sacrifices” to “Al-Aqsa”

Today, Tuesday, dozens of extremist settlers stormed the courtyards of the Blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, led by extremist former Knesset member Yehuda Glick, with protection from the occupation army, coinciding with the first day of the “Hebrew Passover.”

 

Palestinian sources reported that 372 settlers stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque from the Mughrabi Gate direction, with heavy protection from the occupation police.

The sources explained that the intruders appeared wearing religious clothing, led by a group of rabbis to perform their Talmudic rituals in Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Yesterday, Monday, the International Jerusalem Foundation reported that the occupation forces arrested 13 settlers who tried to bring “Easter offerings” into Old Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque, where they tried to hide them and smuggle them through cardboard boxes, bags, or baby strollers.

While activists of the “temple groups” confirmed that attempts to bring the “offerings” into Al-Aqsa Mosque will continue throughout the Eid week.

America Arrested Dozens of Demonstrators  

Euro News reported that the most famous American universities are witnessing escalating tensions due to the continuation of sit-ins and protests against the “Israeli” war on the Gaza Strip.

Some universities established; Such as Columbia University in New York, and Harvard University, closed their doors, and the American police arrested dozens of demonstrators at New York University and Yale University.

The website indicated that more than 100 pro-Palestinian demonstrators were arrested at Columbia, the prestigious university in New York City, who had camped in the university’s “Green Square” last week.

American websites said: Dozens of students at other universities joined the student protests in support of Gaza, by setting up tents on campus.

  200 Days of Israeli Genocide War

The occupation continues its aggression against various areas in the Gaza Strip, as Israeli gunboats targeted, at dawn on Tuesday, the beaches of Al-Zawaida, Deir Al-Balah, and Al-Nuseirat, while the areas north of the Strip witnessed a series of violent raids. Which resulted in the death and injury of a number of citizens, and the destruction of homes and property, “according to the Palestinian News Agency” (Wafa).

Today, Tuesday, the government media office published an update on the latest statistics of the genocidal war waged by the “Israeli” occupation on the Gaza Strip.

The data indicated that the occupation army committed 3,025 massacres since the start of its aggression on October 7, resulting in 41,183 martyrs and missing persons.

 

Below is the Outcome of the Israeli Genocide War:

– 34,183 martyrs who arrived in hospitals.

– 14,778 child martyrs.

- 30 children were martyred as a result of the famine.

- 9752 female martyrs.

– 485 martyrs of medical personnel.

– 67 martyrs from the Civil Defense.

- 140 martyrs of journalists.

- 7 thousand missing.

– 77,143 infected.

- 72% of the victims are children and women.

- 17 thousand children live without one or both of their parents.

- 11 thousand wounded people need to travel for treatment to undergo operations.

- 10,000 cancer patients face death and need treatment.

- One million and 90 thousand people are infected with infectious diseases as a result of displacement.

- 8 thousand cases of viral hepatitis infection due to displacement.

– 60,000 pregnant women are at risk due to lack of access to health care.

– 350,000 chronic patients are at risk due to non-administration of medications.

- 5 thousand arrests from the Gaza Strip during the genocidal war.

– 310 cases of arrests of health personnel.

- 20 cases of arrest of journalists whose names are known.

- Two million displaced people in the Gaza Strip.

– 181 government headquarters destroyed by the occupation.

– 103 schools and universities were completely destroyed by the occupation.

– 309 schools and universities were partially destroyed by the occupation.

- 239 mosques were completely destroyed by the occupation.

- 317 mosques were partially destroyed by the occupation.

- 3 churches targeted and destroyed by the occupation.

- 86 thousand housing units were completely destroyed by the occupation.

- 294 thousand housing units were partially destroyed by the occupation and uninhabitable.

- 75 thousand tons of explosives dropped by the occupation on Gaza.

- 32 hospitals were taken out of service by the occupation.

- 53 health centers that were taken out of service by the occupation.

- 160 health institutions targeted by the occupation.

- 126 ambulances were targeted by the occupation army.

– 206 archaeological and heritage sites destroyed by the occupation.

- $30 billion in direct initial losses from the war of extermination on the Gaza Strip.

 

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The regional state emerged from the point of decline in Arab-Islamic civilization, aligning with the selective secular approach (though it's a blurred hybrid), in terms of excluding the concept of religion from the movement of the new society belonging to a global system that began to form on the ruins of the Islamic caliphate (the Ottoman). This new system is based on adopting the concepts of materialistic philosophy in both its Western (capitalist system) and Eastern (communist system) aspects.

The National Bourgeois State is Founded on Liberal Principles in Economy, Politics, Rule of Law, and Constitution

The establishment of the Arab regional state occurred within this ideological framework that transcends religious points, replacing it with secularism, which will represent a blurred Arab approach in governance, administration, and culture, equipped with nationalist concepts - based on superficial adornment - such as Pharaonic, Egyptian, national, Toronian, Phoenician, and other concepts shaping the new era, intentionally disregarding two fundamental concepts: the nation and the caliphate, while elevating the concept of 'state' and promoting it as the new salvation from all forms of poverty, disease, ignorance, and backwardness.

Patterns of the Regional State and Governance Systems

The concept of the regional state did not emerge from the depths of the same Arab environment. Instead, it underwent a regressive process to embrace tribal concepts, paternal authority, and the traditions of despotism and classism rooted in the pre-Islamic Arab environment. In light of this, several patterns have emerged for the image of the new Arab Regional State, aligning with the nature of these traditions and their specificity in their new environment. We can observe these patterns in the following forms(1):

1- The National Bourgeois State:

This type of regional state is based on liberal principles in both economy and politics, advocating for the rule of law, constitutionality, and the preservation of public freedoms. However, this remains until its political system is endangered, leading to a transformation into a despotic regime seeking protection from the military, until its political system and its particular class interests stabilize.

2- The Revolutionary National State:

This image is built upon declaring war against all forms of colonization, aiming to nationalize many economic institutions. Along the way, it also targets political pluralism institutions (parties, press, and media in general) and engages in some social contributions that attract the most deprived and impoverished classes in society, with the aim of forming a social base to support it in wielding power despotically or in the face of potential failures, at the expense of intellectuals, thinkers, opinion holders, and opposition movements that criticize its actions.

The revolutionary state is based on declaring war on forms of colonization, and along the way, it seizes political pluralism institutions

In this pattern, the head of state transforms into the sole leader to whom everyone must submit. He represents the source of law, legislation, and everything else, imposing his idea of security that opposes all ideas of renaissance and progress, which are often sacrificed alongside intellectuals, thinkers, and opinion holders. This image combines "proletarianism" in form and "oligarchy" in governance, using oppression as a weapon to enforce its concepts and policies.

3- Rentier State:

This pattern began to emerge at the beginning of the Arab oil era, driven by the global capitalist system's desire to dominate this region for natural and geopolitical reasons. Simultaneously, with the implantation of the Zionist entity and the signing of contractual agreements for the extraction of fossil fuels and their derivatives using technological tools, in exchange for a life of material prosperity, purchasing technology, and achieving material pleasure for the peoples of these countries.

In terms of governance, the rentier state reintroduced tribal and clan concepts to form a capitalist class allied with the capitalist system, with which it unified in its specific goals (remaining in power, material prosperity).

The rentier state emerged at the beginning of the oil era, driven by the capitalist system's desire to dominate this region

The Regional State and Civilizational Possibilities

Has the regional state in any of its forms achieved an opportunity for civilizational potential? The truth cannot be answered with a simple yes or a half-yes; rather, it can be said that what the regional state has achieved in its various forms is all against civilizational potential. For example, its political subordination to the Western system has been a disastrous outcome for this experience, with the Gaza model being a clearer and more explicit manifestation of this result.

As for the civilizational aspect, westernization and secularism have formed a dangerous turning point for the Arab nation's civilizational status. The late thinker and advisor Tareq Al-Bashri pointed to this by saying: "One of the most dangerous aspects of moral corruption in this regard is that what was considered an internal factor has become an external factor in assessing historical events themselves. The situation has been reflected, so what was once an external factor, like the French campaign in Egypt, is sometimes treated as if it were an internal factor, when some view it as a contributing element to progress and advancement.

This assessment has been made under the dictate of the prevailing concept of the 'unity of the era' in the international and civilizational sense, resulting in estrangement and adherence to the bonds of subordination to the West. The adherence referred to here is not material, political, or economic, but rather related to consciousness. "(2)

The Arabs Have Lost the Potential for the Establishment of Arab Unity on National, Economic, Political, or Civilizational Grounds

And he adds, clarifying the connection and continuation of the westernization movement and the absence of consciousness and the achievement of detachment from roots, history, and civilizational dispersion, saying: “I believe that the prevailing value for us now about contemporaneity or the unity of the modern era in its international and civilizational sense is one of the foundations of what is being promoted of values and concepts that produce a mixing of self-awareness. It is one of the foundations of the estrangement and cultural absorption we suffer from, and its impact is not limited to corrupting our view of our reality and our circumstances from our own distinct perspective. It nurtures our civil and material welfare, but it also extends to our view of our past, reshaping it unlike what actually happened in the past. It also establishes subordination and fragmentation, not only in reality alone, but also in the very consciousness.” (3)

Moreover, the investigation into human rights files and the status of the Arab individual undoubtedly illustrates the regression of any path towards civilizational potential, where repression and deterioration of political rights and social justice prevail, and indicators of basic rights in health and education decline in a large part of the Arab homeland, in exchange for the constant threat of replacing everything in return for stability and security!

The Arabs have also lost any possibility of establishing Arab unity, neither on a national, nor on an economic, nor on a political, nor on a civilizational basis, as the factors of spiritual, cultural, and religious unity have been absent among the new governing systems, each of which has presented its own vision for each state individually.

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(1) See important readings on this topic:

  • Muhammad Said Talib: "The Modern State and the Search for Identity," Amman, Dar Al-Shorouk, 1999.
  • Burhan Ghalyoun: "The Assassination of the Mind: The Crisis of Arab Culture Between Salafism and Subordination," Cairo, Madbuli Bookstore, 3rd edition, 1990.
  • Mohammed Abid Al-Jabri: "The Problematic of Democracy and Civil Society in the Arab World," Beirut, Al-Mustaqbal Al-Arabi Journal, Issue (167), 1993.

(2) Tareq Al-Bishri: "Reform and Renewal in My Nation: A Local and Civilizational Craftsmanship" in: "Reform in the Nation Between Internal and External Factors," Annual of My Nation in the World, Cairo, Civilization Center for Political Studies, 2006, p. 8.

(3) Ibid., p. 8.

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There are a few important abilities that schools simply cannot train your child to do.  Regardless of how much money you spend on school or the quality of the academics, these life skills are critical to your child's future success.  Experts say that competencies like choice-making and trouble-fixing will form your baby's future. But how can parents educate these abilities to their kids, and at what age must they begin?

9 Basic Skills

Teaching those abilities isn't about giving your toddler a lecture. It's about creating practical situations that assist them research essential life lessons. Here are a few key talents that each infant must examine:

  • The Ability to Make Decisions

From deciding on clothes to picking out ice cream flavors, coaching your child on a way to make decisions early on will help them recognize choices and consequences.

 

  • Cleaning and Hygiene

Teaching your child how to easy themselves and their surroundings is crucial. This includes washing fingers, brushing tooth, and maintaining their room tidy.

  • Time Management

Help your infant learn how to manipulate their time by setting schedules for their day. This includes waking up, analyzing, playing, and going to bed on time.

  • Responsibility for Eating

Encourage your child to take responsibility for preparing simple food as they grow older. This can help them make healthy meals picks and analyze primary cooking capabilities.

  • Money Management

Teach your toddler about dealing with cash by giving them monetary responsibilities. This can assist them apprehend the price of saving and make smart spending choices.

  • First Aid and CPR

Even children can study primary first resource capabilities like CPR. This information can help them save lives in emergency conditions.

  • Politeness and Manners

Teach your child how to politely ask for matters and say thanks. This consists of ordering food at an eating place and interacting with others respectfully.

  • Caring for Plants and Pets

Getting your child concerned in looking after vegetation, pets, and household chores can help them develop a feeling of obligation.

  • Preparing for Daily Tasks

Help your toddler learn how to prepare for each day exercises like going to high school or getting ready for bed. This consists of duties like shopping for gifts, getting ready meals, and organizing events.

This is How You Start Training Your Child

According to experts, the nice time to teach those life capabilities is throughout preschool and early youth. You can train your infant those capabilities via direct training and guidance, in addition to through testimonies, songs, and function modeling. By instilling those skills early on, you can assist your toddler emerge as a responsible and nicely rounded character.

 

  • Turkey restricts 54 products from being exported to Israel, including construction iron, flat steel, marble, and ceramics.
  • The restrictions will remain until a ceasefire in Gaza is agreed upon and more humanitarian aid is provided.
  • Turkey hasn't sold military-purpose products to Israel for a while.
  • Israel's Foreign Minister, Israel Katz, accuses Turkey of violating trade agreements and is seeking US sanctions.
  • Economic impact of the restrictions could be severe, particularly in the clothing and electrical goods industries, household appliances sector, and construction sector.
  • French Foreign Minister, Stephane Ségornet, suggests imposing sanctions on Israel and urging them to open more checkpoints for humanitarian aid.

Turkey has put restrictions on 54 products being exported to Israel, like construction iron, flat steel, marble, and ceramics. These restrictions will stay in place until Israel agrees to a ceasefire in Gaza and allows more humanitarian aid to reach the people there. Turkey hasn't been selling any products to Israel that could be used for military purposes for a while now. Last year, Turkey's exports to Israel were $5.43 billion, which is less than the $7.03 billion in 2022.

Israel's Response to the Sanctions

The Israeli Foreign Minister, Israel Katz, said that Turkey broke trade agreements by restricting exports to Israel. He's even talking to the United States to stop investing in Turkey and to stop importing products from there. Tel Aviv is also reaching out to friends in the US Congress to talk about breaking boycott laws and possibly putting sanctions on Turkey.

Economic Impact on Israel

Industries Affected: The clothing and electrical goods industries in Israel might be hit the hardest by these restrictions. The household appliances sector, which gets some products from Turkey, could also feel the impact. The construction sector in Israel is worried that prices for apartments might go up because of the restrictions on Turkish exports.

France Calls for Sanctions

French Foreign Minister's Statement: The French Foreign Minister, Stephane Ségornet, wants to put sanctions on Israel and pressure them to open more checkpoints for humanitarian aid to reach Palestinians in Gaza. France might even impose sanctions on Israel to make them open more checkpoints. But other European countries aren't really on board with the idea of putting sanctions on Tel Aviv.

 

 

   The United States, Israel and Iran did a very good job of remaining silent on Friday after the Israeli strikes near the Iranian city of Isfahan, perhaps because silence is the real message that shows the desire of all parties to prevent escalation in word or deed.

In his column in the Washington Post, Ignatius referred to what he saw as Israel's deliberate decision to reshape its strategy to deter Iran and what he described as its proxies.

The absence of Israeli deterrence

He continued that Israeli deterrence is usually through the intensive use of offensive force and consists of a strong blow to impose compliance through coercion.

But this time it was different, as it used the Iron Dome defense system and the help of allies to absorb the major Iranian strike, then Tel Aviv submitted to pressure from US President Joe Biden and did not respond immediately, even though some Israelis wanted to respond quickly and with great force.

Agreeing to be silent

Then the Israeli response came on Friday, but it was silent - as the writer says - as Iranian and Israeli reports indicate that Israel attacked a site near some of the largest Iranian nuclear facilities, and those facilities were not damaged, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency, but Israel sent a message that it is capable To penetrate Iranian air defenses and strike strategic targets when it so chooses.

Escalation dominance

Israel wanted to have the final say in this military exchange, and it seems that it succeeded in that, as Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said, after talks with officials in Tehran, that “Iran does not want escalation,” and Iranian public statements mocked this limited measure. In this sense, Israel has maintained what strategists call “escalation dominance.”

The writer wondered about Israel's actions, and what explains the restraint it exercised, in a situation in which hawks in the Israeli government were screaming for a comprehensive attack.

He explained that Israel is acting as if it were the leader of a regional coalition against Iran, and therefore its thoughtful response shows that it is weighing the interests of its allies who provided tremendous and quiet assistance in thwarting the major Iranian attack, which means that it is playing the long game.

The writer believed that this was a qualitative shift for Israel, as it realized, instead of viewing itself as “the besieged Jewish state fighting alone for survival against a battalion of Arab and Muslim enemies,” that it had allies, led by the United States, but with it the Arab countries that... It opposes Iran and its proxies.

Enmity flavored with friendship

Ignatius concluded that this is the new shape of the Middle East, and that Israel has gained a valuable asset over the past week, noting that this mature friendship between Israel and its former opponents in the region must, for the time being, remain undeclared.

After absorbing the Iranian missile attack with great skill - as the writer says - Israel is now seen as a victim and a master of high-tech defense, and this is a welcome gain, after 6 months of intense fighting in Gaza, which has severely tarnished Israel's international reputation.

After the series of Iranian missiles and the limited response from Tel Aviv, Israel now appears to have the support of the Group of Seven advanced industrialized countries, Ignatius explains.

According to the writer, regardless of what “Israeli hardliners say, we are seeing something new after the April weapons,” explaining that the worst is yet to come, if Iran decides to “infiltrate” towards obtaining nuclear weapons, or Hezbollah launches attacks from the north, or Israel chooses Launching a devastating preventive war against Hezbollah in Lebanon.

The writer stressed that reaching a quick end to the war in Gaza is necessary now, because it is in the clear interest of Israel, the Palestinians, and the entire Middle East to end this conflict and resume the path of normalization with Arab countries.

Source: Washington Post

 

  The use of wheat as a weapon in the Russian war on Ukraine, which began on February 24, 2022, and the repercussions of this use on the food and lives of people in the world, is a topic that has occupied many analysts and strategists.

One of the most tragic results of this war was the food shortage that affected both the poor and the rich after Ukrainian grain production declined, and farmers in this country faced real problems, whether in production or export, after they had been saving more than 5 million tons. of wheat per month.

Soil of Black Gold

Ukraine is one of the most important wheat-producing and exporting countries in the world, and its wealth is represented by its black soil, which is considered the best in the world. It is very fertile and is called the “soil of black gold,” as Laura Riley, a correspondent specializing in covering food news at the Washington Post, says.

According to Marco Ansaldo - a geopolitical expert and foreign correspondent in Turkey - food has been used as a geopolitical weapon in Russia's war on Ukraine.

In turn, the Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Program, David Muldrow Beasley, warned of the worst food crisis the world has witnessed since World War II, considering the use of wheat as a weapon “a declaration of war on global food security.”

The food crisis that resulted from Russia's war on Ukraine affected Arab countries such as Lebanon and Yemen, which was indicated by the Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa at the World Food Program, Corinne Fleischer, when she said that Yemen imports 90% of its food needs, approximately 30% of which comes from the Black Sea. 16 million Yemenis cannot get enough food.

After the World Food Program was buying Ukrainian grains to feed the Third World, it now works to save Ukraine and distribute food to its population. The program says that 20% of Ukrainians are at risk of food insecurity.

Ukrainian Loses $6 Billion a Month

The food crisis came after the vital system of Ukrainian agriculture, represented by the huge grain silos in which the harvest ready for export from Ukraine to all parts of the world was stored, was damaged.

Dmitrasevich Markyan, Deputy Minister of Agricultural and Food Policy of Ukraine, confirmed that before February 24, 2022, the storage capacity was estimated at about 75 million tons of grain, and about 5 million tons were destroyed due to military actions.

He added that during the first weeks of the war, supply logistics chains inside Ukraine were hit, such as the delivery of flour and the delivery of raw materials for making bread.

The crisis worsened after the closure of the Black Sea ports and the Russian bombing of the port of Odessa, which was one of the most important seaports in the world, as it remained idle for several months.

According to statistics, the Ukrainian economy lost $6 billion per month due to the blockade of ports.

Türkiye's Role in Resolving the Grain Crisis

  Türkiye and its President Recep Tayyip Erdogan played an important role in resolving the Ukrainian grain crisis, which geopolitical expert Marco Ansaldo pointed out by saying, “It must be recognized that the Turkish president has played a role that others have not played, as he takes advantage of his country’s geopolitical position well and places it at the heart of an image that arouses interest.” ", stressing that Turkey has always maintained its position between the two sides, as it communicates with Moscow and Kiev.

Cargo ships resumed their activity to export Ukrainian grains after the signing of the grain agreement on July 22, 2022 in Istanbul.

As of last October 30, more than 400 ships left Ukrainian ports on the Black Sea with a total tonnage estimated at 9 million and 700 thousand tons of agricultural products.

As of last September 14, 27% of ships headed towards third world countries and 47% towards rich countries, while exports to Lebanon and Somalia amounted to only 1%.

It is noteworthy that on July 17, 2023, Russia officially informed Turkey, Ukraine, and the United Nations Secretariat of its objection to extending the “grain deal,” which raises questions about the repercussions of this decision on grain prices - especially wheat - and on global food security in general.

 

Israeli Genocide War on Gaza has entered its 199th day, as the   occupation forces continue to commit a genocidal war in Gaza, by launching dozens of air strikes, artillery shelling, and bloody massacres against civilians.  

The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza announced that the occupation committed 6 massacres against families in the Gaza Strip, including 54 martyrs and 104 injuries to hospitals during the past 24 hours.

Thus, the toll of the aggression rises to 34,151 martyrs and 77,084 injured since the seventh of last October.

Since the beginning of the aggression, more than 14,000 Palestinian children have died in the Gaza Strip by the Israeli occupation bullets, according to a report from UNICEF.

Continuous Bombing of Central and Southern Gaza

The occupation continues its aggression against various areas in the Gaza Strip, as Zionist artillery targeted various areas in the center and south of the Strip, resulting in the death and injury of a number of citizens.

The Palestinian Information Center reported that Zionist artillery bombed the eastern areas of the Al-Zaytoun neighborhood, southeast of Gaza City, and the outskirts of the new town of Abasan, east of Khan Yunis.

There were martyrs and others injured in an "Israeli" bombing of citizens next to the Abu Salim Mosque in Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip.

Citizens were also martyred and others wounded in a raid that targeted Al-Taqwa Mosque in the Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip, according to the Palestinian News Agency (Wafa).

Storming Al-Aqsa before Hebrew Passover

Palestinian sources reported that settlers stormed, Monday morning, the courtyards of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, under heavy security protection from the occupation police and its armed special forces, coinciding with the start of the so-called Hebrew “Passover” celebrations.

The Islamic Endowments Department in Jerusalem reported that dozens of settlers, accompanied by members of the occupation police, stormed Al-Aqsa Square in groups, and performed their rituals in the eastern region of it and in front of the Dome of the Rock, according to the “Palestinian Information Center.”

The Palestinian News Agency (Wafa) quoted local sources as saying that about 300 settlers stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque, from the direction of the Mughrabi Gate, and carried out provocative rounds and performed Talmudic rituals in its courtyards.

 Occupation Army's Military Intelligence Head Resigns

The head of the Military Intelligence Division (Aman), Aharon Haliva, announced today, Monday, his resignation from his position due to his failure to prevent the “Al-Aqsa Flood” operation on October 7, 2023.

Haleva said in the text of his resignation that he submitted to Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi, according to what Al Jazeera website reported. Net: “The Intelligence Division did not carry out the task it was entrusted with,” calling for the formation of a special committee to investigate the events that led “Israel” to what happened on October 7th.

The resigned General Haliva, who has been serving in the army for 38 years, is the first high-ranking official to resign from his position due to his failure to prevent the “Al-Aqsa Flood” operation, according to the BBC Arabic website.

Protests at American Universities in Support of Gaza

Hundreds of activists and students at Columbia University continue their open sit-in for the fifth day in a row, in solidarity with the people of the Gaza Strip.

Gaza Solidarity Camp

Columbia University students are organizing the “Gaza Solidarity Camp” on the university campus in New York State, to express their solidarity and stand by the rights of the Palestinian people to freedom and independence, and to demand the withdrawal of investments from the occupying state and the cessation of financial support for it, according to the “Arabi 21” website.

Several American universities witnessed widespread protests against the arrest of more than 100 students from the Columbia University campus on the grounds of their support for Gaza and their demand to stop the war.

The American police also arrested dozens of students at Yale University and broke up a sit-in denouncing the war on Gaza, according to Al Jazeera.

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