Source of inspiration for terrorists

Since the outset of his term as US President, Donald Trump has been a source of inspiration for terrorists and extremists because of his wrong policies, especially towards the Arabs and Muslims. Such policies have focused on supporting takfiri terror organizations in Syria, Iraq and other areas with the aim of destabilizing these states, achieving colonialist objectives and serving the Zionist agenda in the Arab and Islamic world.

 About 49 people were killed and tens of others were injured due to a horrible massacre that targeted two mosques in Christchurch  in New Zealand.

Record of conspiracies

The unholy role played by Britain in the Arab region has been known to everyone. At the beginning of the 20th century, Britain, in cooperation with France, tried to inherit the weak Ottoman empire through signing the Sykes-Picot Agreement through which they divided the Arab states between them as if they were inheritance.

On 28th June 1919, the League of Nations issued the mandates for Ottoman Mesopotamia and Ottoman Syria between Britain and France, with the former taking control over modern day Iraq and Palestine and the latter taking control over the regions of Syria and Lebanon.

US aggressive and interventional plans

Humanitarian and medical aid has been one of the pretexts used by the US and its allies to violate international law and make military intervention against sovereign states with the aim of achieving sinister colonialist projects.  Members of Venezuela's U.S.-backed opposition are collaborating with Trump's administration to bring into the country tons of humanitarian aid and medicine. U.S. officials have repeatedly threatened Venezuelan forces who stand in the way and have described the aid as part of a strategy to oblige the military to defy orders and implement a US agenda.

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.