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 Hadi al-Bahra Elected as President of the Syrian Coalition

 " Hadi al-Bahra was elected president of the Syrian Coalition during its general meeting which concluded at dawn today. Al Bahra was born in Damascus in 1959 and holds a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from Wichita State University in the United States. He managed several hospitals and businesses in Saudi Arabia between 1983 and 2005, and has been CEO of Techno Media since 2005. Bahra has dedicated his expertise in communications to the service of the Syrian Revolution, and has helped establish communications channels between media activists in Syria and media outlets abroad. Bahra has been part of the Syrian Coalition for more than a year, and was elected a member of the political committee besides heading the opposition delegation to the Geneva II talks. (Source: Syrian Coalition)"
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"I wonder why Palestinian lives are cheaper than Jewish Israeli lives."
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The Third Intifada ?
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yes  we  are  in The Third Intifada now
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 Two key developmental tasks frequently compromised by exposure to violence are children's adaptation to school and academic achievement. Children exposed to either familial or community violence (or both) often demonstrate lower school achievement and poorer adaptation to the academic environment. Exposure to violence affects these developmental tasks both directly and indirectly. Violence exposure can lead to disturbances in cognitive functioning, emotional difficulties such as depression and anxiety, and behavior and peer problems. Before examining how each of these effects can interfere with children's adaptation to school and academic competence, it is important to consider three issues related to children's violence exposure.
 
First, violence exposure rarely occurs only once or only in one form. That is, most children who are exposed to violence are rarely exposed to only one incident or one type of violence. Researchers have determined that there are high rates of cooccurrence between exposure to community violence and intrafamilial violence, and within the family, high rates of co-occurrence have been detected between interparental violence and parent-to-child violence. Moreover, it also has become clear that these different forms of violence are frequently recurring events.

Read more: Children's Exposure to Violence - Community Violence, Domestic Violence - GENERAL EFFECTS - School, Exposed, Social, and Academic - StateUniversity.com http://education.stateuniversity.com/pages/2531/Violence-Children-s-Exposure.html#ixzz36y6aammn
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"Concerns about media violence are as old as the technology of television, and psychological research on media violence is almost as old as the concerns. Research has consistently shown that exposure to violent content–on television, in the movies, in music, and now in video games and on the Internet–leads to aggression. Responses have typically ranged from “no it doesn’t,” to downplaying the significance of the research, to “what’s so bad about aggression?” After all, when a successful athlete like Tiger Woods plays “aggressively” in a golf tournament, there is nothing but praise for his actions."
In the summer of 2000, a committee of scholars was commissioned to write a chapter on the effects of media violence on youth for the Surgeon General’s Report on Youth Violence, published in January 2001. But their chapter was not included in the Surgeon General’s final report. The reason for the omission was unclear; however,…
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"Women are head of household for one in four refugee families, struggling to provide food and shelter, UN report says."
 
More than 145,000 war widows have become the sole breadwinners for their families, struggling to provide food and shelter for their children, often facing harassment, humiliation and isolation. #Syria http://aje.me/1meNRU8
Women are head of household for one in four refugee families, struggling to provide food and shelter, UN report says.
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 Syrian Coalition’s New Leadership: We Will Spare no Effort to Serve the Revolution
 
  "The General Assembly of the Syrian Coalition elected Hadi al-Bahra as president of the Coalition, Mohammed Qaddah, Nora al-Ameer and Abdul Hakim Bashar as his deputies, and Nasr al-Hariri as Secretary General. Al Ameer vows that “we will spare no effort to support the Syrian people politically, legally and militarily in their battle against the Assad regime. We will also strengthen the relationship between the people and political figures of the revolution to protect it from the regime’s attempts to undermine it and to sow division among the Syrian people." Al Ameer also said that “we will activate the role of women in the political field so as to restore their rights which were usurped by the Assad regime, which has marginalized women and assigned them meaningless positions in its government.” Mohammed Qaddah, Vice President of the Syrian Coalition, said that "our top priority will be the restoration of the political relationship with the revolutionary movement, as the legitimacy of any political bloc is achieved through the support it receive from the grassroots movement. Furthermore, we will carry out projects in the next phase to provide adequate support to the Syrian refugees in neighboring countries." Qaddah also said that “we will work on consolidation of the Syrian Coalition relations with the international players to achieve total reconciliation with revolutionary movement and the international powers, and also to unite all our political efforts that seek to help topple the Assad regime. (Source: Syrian Coalition)" 
 
 
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"If such confirmation was needed, we now have it: Jewish terrorism exists alongside Palestinian terrorism.
Read the full article: The Post-Oslo Generation, Poised For Third Intifada?
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 anxious, stressed and afraid !
 
Earlier this year, we talked to 135 Syrian refugee women who were looking after and providing for their households, alone. Most said they felt anxious, stressed and afraid. Many said their number one difficulty was not having enough money.

Read their stories: http://womanalone.unhcr.org
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 Mortar Barrage on and Around Damascus

 " Violent clashes broke out between regime forces and rebels in East Ghouta near Damascus, alongside artillery shelling on Mleiha and Kiswah. Mortar shells struck the neighborhood of Bab Touma, while regime forces stationed on Mount Qassioun fired a barrage of mortar shells on Jobar, Yalda and Saqba near Damascus, with reports of civilian casualties. Barrel bombs struck Jarrod Qara in Al Qalamoun, and east of Al Zabadani, while Daraya was shelled with heavy artillery. (Source: Syrian Coalition + LCC)"
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Syrian Coalition: ISIS Surge in Ain al-Arab May Lead to Syria’s Division 
 
 "Abdul Basit Sida, member of the Syrian Coalition, said that ISIS’s latest attempts to extend its control on the predominantly Kurdish town of Ain al-Arab (Kobanî) can be attributed to the town’s strategic location near the Turkish border. “This terrorist organization follows a policy of sowing chaos and instability in the region as a step towards incorporating it into its so-called state. However, ISIS’s aggression against Ain al-Arab serves only to promote Assad’s claims that the Kurd’s interests are in allying with it to counter ISIS’s extremism. However, the Assad regime seems oblivious to the fact that the Syrian Kurds are an integral part of the revolution, and that they cannot be persuaded otherwise by Assad’s propaganda machine. The synchronized military operations of regime forces and ISIS aim to divide Syria, a step that is being faced with international resistance. The Assad regime’s intensification of its attacks on Aleppo and Homs, coincided with ISIS’s surge in eastern Syria, proves Assad’s intentions to divide Syria as an alternative plan to recapturing the large swaths of Syria that he lost to the armed opposition.” Sida concluded his statement calling on the international community to shoulder its responsibility towards the blockade imposed by Assad and ISIS on the Syrian Kurds in the town of Ain al-Arab, which has been witnessing a severe humanitarian crisis as a punishment for rebelling against the Assad regime since the early days of the revolution.  (Source: Syrian Coalition)." 
 
 
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Introduction

بین تھامس  

 

Бен Томас  

 

بن توماس   

 

 בן טאמעס

 

بین تھامس

 

โทมัสเบน

 

Бен Томас

 

 

 
 Key interests:
 
Community Interests, including Comunity development. By Managing the Message !.My Vehicle for this is called The Broadarms Alliance.

 

 My general Interests:

 
I am also Interested in: Heritage, Culture, and History.  As well as Public Health and Safety issues.

Especially that in and around Cardiff UK. 

 

 I find the Environment and Energy issues an interesting challenge !. Along with Public Safety !.

I am also interested in the developing, "International Global Village".

I am interested in "quality of life issues".

The ability to "create wealth", and to maintain a "disposable income" !.

The problems associated with a "change of scale".

I would like to understand more about "leadership" ?.

  A developing interest of mine is "Energy and Power Generation", in Particular Electric Power !. Since March 2011, this has become associated, with disaster avoidance, and disaster recovery !. I take the view that we should look to make Nuclear Safe, so that in reality means safer, as nothing in this life is totally safe  !. I take the view that a good way of approaching this is to look at what happens when Nuclear Power, escapes in the form of contamination, beyond the boundaries of its site !. I see this as a question of Public Protection !. The basis of this protection being knowledge in the public domain of prevailing radiation levels !.

 

Since 2011

 I have been interested in understanding the Events at Fukushima Japan

  I am interested in understanding the developing Arab Spring, and the Events in Syria. In particular; understanding the striving for Freedom, and the resistance against it !.

 I regard Physical Conflict as being often a failure of Diplomacy !. I regard Diplomacy, as being a product of Education, Understanding and Experience !. Often Disadvantage  and even Poverty, may be at the root of these issues !.

 

Syria, and the Arab Spring

 I take an interest in this region, from the point of view of its Social-Economic implications, and the rights of Syrians to self-determination, in a fair and just way.

My Political position
 
 I am not political, in the Party-Political sense !. But will engage with Politicians and Political organisations who are willing to benefit the community !. In this sense I am interested in Good and Just governance !.
 
 

My religious Beliefs

 I believe that: In the being, was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God !.

  I  think: The Word was at first heard, then spoke, and later written. Today (2013) the word can be captured.  Soon after the Word was first heard, it became remembered, and being remembered became spoken more. With increased speaking the Word evolved into more words, which became words to make things cleared, and better understood. As the use of Words grew, then understanding grew. At the same time the presence of God, became less apparent to human kind. As over familiarity tends to bread contempt ?..  As has been both said and written “God Defieth all understanding” !.

 

I believe
 

 An understanding History, our own, or others, can lead us to learn, by other peoples experiences (and by implication, by other peoples mistakes.). Though the past is like a foreign land, of which we may know very little !. The past is often obscured, by the mists of time, and by evolving cultures.

I believe that freedom of movement and access, is important !.

 

Conflict

 Winning a Battle can in some cases lead to loosening a War !.  Winning a War may not lead to winning the Peace !. Battles and Wars, that do not secure the Peace, are Hollow victories !.

 Hollow victories are likely to lead to renewed conflict ?.

 

My local language variant

Wenglish.    a Wenglander.

 

Personal Observations !.

 The mode of production, is to a large extent dependent on the mode of transport !. Sustainable places of personal residence, can be dependent on both of these !.

 Increasing technology,produces increased complexity for understanding, and can lead to new divisions of labour, or rather intelligent knowledge !. New technologies, appear to be greatly dependent on access to specific natural resources !. This appears to be fueling Globalisation, and, an increasing interdependency, across cultures, and states !.

 Emerging Electronic Technology appears to be changing peoples perception of Political Decision Making. ?. A demand for more direct involvement in the political process, appears to be emerging World wide, and is especially apparent in what the West calls, underdeveloped Countries !.

 

 In the UK, we pass on the left, except when at Sea, when we pass on the right !. So perhaps we tend to regard others then ourselves, as being at Sea ?.

 

The UK Army by tradition, when on Parade, Dresses to the right, hence the saying “I’m all right Jack”

 

 Should the key effect of government not be the application of the Multiplier Factor? That is to say the organising of human effort so that the sum of the whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts !.

 

 
It may all come down to:

A Matter of time !.
The expectation of competition, appears to put pressure on time, and as such things tend to become “a factor of time “!. This appears to lead to a speeding up, of things !. With the effect of certain things coming into view !. While other things disappear from view !. These things which disappear from view, may suddenly disappear, or gradually fade out of view !. The gap between the extremes of what is seen and what is not, can become confusion !. This confusion can be compounded, with the stresses caused, by the demands to adjust !.

Due to uncertainty, about what is being observed!.. The culture of communications, and the cultures participating in this, will play a part, and the outcome of this will be, that cultures will fragment, and or combine !. So adding to the degree of uncertainty.

The effect on preconceived organisation, appears to be a possible cause of the downfall of some organisations, as their sense of identity as an organisation, appears to constrain their ability to adjust, making them slower, to both respond, and to comprehend !.

Clearly then the speed and effectiveness of response, along with the ability to comprehend, could be a key factor in navigating, for future progress, and a decent life !.

Hence the old expression of, “the  quick and the dead”, becomes a reality !.
 
  
  

European Union

 Since Cyprus and the European move, to break the Savings Guarantee, I “no-longer” support Britain being in Europe !.

 
I like

  I like drawing other people’s attention, to the existence of things. By distributing links, to online pages on which that sort of information appears !.

 These days (March 26th 2013) one finds oneself, submersed with information to digest, from a wide variety of sources !. The information originates from who knows where, for who known’s what reason ?  Working out the possible relevance of this information, can prove a particular challenge !. Working out how to make productive and constructive use, of the information, can become another challenge !.

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 From time to time, I appear to experience, what may be, a manifestation of suppressed precognitive capacity, within myself !.

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