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Newswise: Plant seed and fruit analysis from the biblical home of Goliath sheds unprecedented light on Philistine ritual practices
Released: 26-Feb-2024 2:05 AM EST
Plant seed and fruit analysis from the biblical home of Goliath sheds unprecedented light on Philistine ritual practices
Bar-Ilan University

While many aspects of Philistine culture are well-documented, the specifics of Philistine religious practices and deities have long remained shrouded in mystery. The study by Frumin et al. on "Plant-Related Philistine Ritual Practices at Biblical Gath," recently published in Scientific Reports by researchers at Bar-Ilan University, contributes valuable new data to our understanding of the Philistine's ritual practices. The discovery of numerous plants in two temples unearthed at the site unraveled unprecedented insights into Philistine cultic rituals and beliefs – their temple food ingredients, timing of ceremonies, and plants for temple decoration.

Released: 16-Oct-2023 11:05 AM EDT
Experts available to discuss many facets of Israel-Hamas conflict
Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech has several experts available to speak on various topics surrounding the Israel-Hamas conflict. Israeli politics and foreign policy Joel Peters is a professor of government and international affairs in the School of Public and International Affairs at Virginia Tech located in the Washington, D.C., metro area. His research interests and publications cover Israeli politics and foreign policy, the Arab-Israeli peace process, regional cooperation in the Middle East and Europe’s relations in the Middle East and the Mediterranean.

Newswise: Why Is Democracy So Elusive in the Oil-Rich Middle East?
Released: 12-Oct-2023 4:05 PM EDT
Why Is Democracy So Elusive in the Oil-Rich Middle East?
Tufts University

The oil-rich nations of the Middle East have resolutely spurned democracy, even as countries in other parts of the world have transitioned away from authoritarianism in the past several decades. What explains the stubborn hold of these authoritarian regimes? Is it related to the wealth of the region? Nimah Mazaheri, an associate professor and chair of Tufts University Political Science Department, explores these questions in his new book, Hydrocarbon Citizens: How Oil Transformed People and Politics in the Middle East. He’s especially interested in the resilience of authoritarian regimes throughout the Middle East in the wake of the pro-democracy movements of the Arab Spring in the early 2010s.

Released: 12-Oct-2023 7:05 AM EDT
Experts on the Israel-Gaza conflict from Bar-Ilan University
Bar-Ilan University

Experts on the Israel-Gaza conflict from Bar-Ilan University are available to speak to the media on matters such as the role of government during crisis, Hamas and terrorist organizations, military strategy, and Communications in times of crisis.

Newswise: Using Gemstones’ Unique Characteristics To Uncover Ancient Trade Routes
27-Jul-2023 12:05 PM EDT
Using Gemstones’ Unique Characteristics To Uncover Ancient Trade Routes
American Institute of Physics (AIP)

Gems' unique elemental composition and atomic orientation act as a fingerprint, enabling researchers to uncover the stones’ past, and with it, historical trade routes. In AIP Advances, Khedr et al. employ three modern spectroscopic techniques to rapidly analyze gems found in the Arabian-Nubian Shield and compare them with similar gems from around the world. The authors identified elements that influence gems’ color, differentiated stones found within and outside the region, and distinguished natural from synthetic.

Released: 27-Jun-2023 4:25 PM EDT
Why Saudi Arabia's "The Line" isn’t a revolution in urban living
Complexity Science Hub Vienna

In October, the excavation work for the superlative construction project began. What some consider an ideal ecological city, others call a promotional gimmick. Researchers from the Complexity Science Hub now show why The Line should not be a showcase for future cities.

Newswise: Judicial reform and protests in the Middle East; expert available to discuss political implications
Released: 30-Mar-2023 2:00 AM EDT
Judicial reform and protests in the Middle East; expert available to discuss political implications
Virginia Tech

Labor strikes and protests by Israeli military officers have decried moves by the government of Prime Minister Benjamin (“Bibi”) Netanyahu to overhaul the judiciary system, potentially reducing the power of the country’s Supreme Court. After firing a defense minister who opposed the overhaul last week, Netanyahu agreed to delay the judicial review for now.

Released: 9-Mar-2023 8:05 AM EST
Cleveland Clinic Opens New Cancer Center in Abu Dhabi
Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic has opened a new state-of-the-art cancer facility, named the Fatima bint Mubarak Center, at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, located in the United Arab Emirates capital.

Newswise: Virginia Tech expert comments on latest earthquake to strike Turkey and Syria
Released: 20-Feb-2023 5:00 PM EST
Virginia Tech expert comments on latest earthquake to strike Turkey and Syria
Virginia Tech

Residents of Southern Turkey were again jolted by a new earthquake Monday, this trembler reported by the U.S. Geology Survey (USGS) as 6.3 in magnitude. News reports state that scores of buildings that were damaged in powerful quakes on February 6 have been further damaged or outright collapsed. Virginia Tech’s Robert Weiss, who studies natural hazards, calls the devastating trio of earthquake “unusual,” but not “impossible.

Newswise: Cedars-Sinai, No. 2 Hospital in the USA, Attending Arab Health 2023
Released: 23-Jan-2023 11:05 AM EST
Cedars-Sinai, No. 2 Hospital in the USA, Attending Arab Health 2023
Cedars-Sinai

The Cedars-Sinai International team will participate in Arab Health, Jan. 30-Feb. 2, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, highlighting Cedars-Sinai’s expanded global presence and innovative, advanced medical care offered to millions of patients every year.

Released: 7-Nov-2022 5:40 PM EST
دراسة تسلط الضوء على جينوم أمراض الشريان التاجي في الشرق الأوسط
Mayo Clinic

مدينة روتشستر، ولاية مينيسوتا — في دراسة جديدة من دراسات الروابط على نطاق الجينوم الخاصة بأمراض الشريان التاجي للمقيمين في قطر، لقد ألقى الباحثون الضوء على البنية الجينية للمرض في مجموعة سكانية محددة.

Released: 19-Sep-2022 11:05 AM EDT
University of Iowa will become one of the few providers of executive education to small business in Africa and the Middle East
University of Iowa Tippie College of Business

Small and mid-sized businesses in Africa and the Middle East want executive education services but few business schools will provide it. The University of Iowa's Tippie College of Business will fill that void with its Institute for International Business.

Newswise: In new book, historian explores archaeologists’ and Egyptologists’ social networks
Released: 1-Aug-2022 12:35 PM EDT
In new book, historian explores archaeologists’ and Egyptologists’ social networks
Missouri University of Science and Technology

When most of us think of social networks, we think of connecting digitally with others through sites like Facebook, TikTok or Twitter. A new book by Dr. Kathleen Sheppard, an associate professor of history at Missouri University of Science and Technology, discusses a different type of social network – a physical network of archaeologists, Egyptologists, tourists and other travelers who were drawn to Egypt in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Newswise: University of Michigan Health rehab doctor joins USA Swimming for World Swimming Championships in Abu Dhabi
Released: 14-Dec-2021 1:55 PM EST
University of Michigan Health rehab doctor joins USA Swimming for World Swimming Championships in Abu Dhabi
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

A former Division I swimmer, now a physician at University of Michigan Health, will join USA Swimming for international competition in Abu Dhabi on Dec. 16. The competition will feature several Olympic medal-winners.

Released: 26-Oct-2021 8:35 AM EDT
Eureka! A cost effective and quick way to find groundwater in arid regions
University of South Australia

Water is a scarce commodity in many countries worldwide, but new cost effective technology pioneered by researchers in Australia, Egypt and Saudi Arabia could ensure sustainable water supplies for decades to come.

Newswise: Life-sized camel carvings in Northern Arabia date to the Neolithic period
Released: 15-Sep-2021 3:30 PM EDT
Life-sized camel carvings in Northern Arabia date to the Neolithic period
Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History

The monumental reliefs at the Camel Site in northern Arabia are unique: three rock spurs are decorated with naturalistic, life-sized carvings of camels and equids. In total, 21 reliefs have been identified.

Released: 8-Sep-2021 11:05 AM EDT
As COVID-19 and Online Misinformation Spread, Children and Teens Were Poisoned with Hand Sanitizer and Alcoholic Drinks
Research Society on Alcoholism

During the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, as false health information spread on social media, the number of children and teens poisoned with hand sanitizer or alcoholic beverages surged in Iran. These poisonings resulted in hundreds of hospitalizations and 22 deaths. Misinformation circulating on social media included the false suggestion that consuming alcohol (methanol) or hand sanitizer (ethanol or isopropyl alcohol) protected against COVID-19 infection (it does not). A major alcohol poisoning outbreak sickened nearly 6,000 Iranian adults, of whom 800 died. It was not known, however, to what extent children and adolescents were affected. For the study in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, investigators compared pediatric hospitalizations for ethanol and methanol poisoning during the early COVID-19 pandemic in Iran with the same period the previous year. They also looked at types of exposure and how those were linked to the children’s ages and clinical outcomes.

     
Released: 19-May-2021 3:15 PM EDT
Israeli-Palestinian conflict: A primer on the long-standing dispute over Gaza
University of Michigan

Since May 10, more than 200 Palestinians and a dozen Israelis have died in fighting in Israel and the occupied territories.

Released: 27-Apr-2021 4:45 PM EDT
Middle East and North Africa: Heatwaves of up to 56 degrees Celsius without climate action
CMCC Foundation - Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change

The Middle East and North Africa Region (MENA) is a climate change hot spot where summers warm much faster than in the rest of the world. Some parts of the region are already among the hottest locations globally.

Released: 2-Feb-2021 2:35 PM EST
SEHA, Mayo Clinic mark first anniversary of Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City joint venture
Mayo Clinic

Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA) and Mayo Clinic are marking the first anniversary of their joint venture that launched and operates Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City (SSMC), one of the United Arab Emirates' largest hospitals providing care for patients with serious and complex medical conditions.

Released: 28-Aug-2020 12:40 PM EDT
Sending Aid to Lebanon
RUSH

After the cataclysmic explosion in Beirut, Lebanon on Aug. 4, Rush University Medical Center sprang into action to help those significantly impacted by the catastrophe.

Released: 18-Mar-2020 1:40 PM EDT
Should the United States Rethink Its Relationship with Saudi Arabia?
Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

In this episode of our special Election 2020 series of The President’s Inbox, Yasmine Farouk and Bernard Haykel join host James M. Lindsay to discuss U.S. policy toward Saudi Arabia.

   
Released: 18-Mar-2020 10:25 AM EDT
The Killing of Qasem Soleimani
Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

In this episode of our special Election 2020 series of The President’s Inbox, Steven A. Cook, Philip H. Gordon, and Ray Takeyh join host James M. Lindsay to discuss the killing of Qasem Soleimani and its consequences for the Middle East.

Released: 13-Mar-2020 10:20 AM EDT
Should the United States Pursue the Israeli-Palestinian Two-State Solution?
Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

In this episode of our special Election 2020 series of The President’s Inbox, Michael Doran and Lara Friedman join host James M. Lindsay to discuss the future of the two-state solution.

Released: 24-Feb-2020 9:00 AM EST
Cedars-Sinai Surgeon Restores Hand Movement for a Girl Severely Injured in Syrian Bomb Blast
Cedars-Sinai

Five-year-old Aysha Al Saloom was sound asleep in her bed when a barrel bomb exploded outside her home in northern Syria. The blast left her severely burned and disfigured, turning her hands into stiff, painful balls of flesh. She couldn't even hold a crayon or feed herself. After 20 surgeries, her hands have been rebuilt and she's back to writing, drawing and dancing. Downloadable video available.

Released: 17-Feb-2020 11:55 AM EST
Reducing the epilepsy treatment gap in Pakistan: Start small, stay flexible, never give up
International League Against Epilepsy

In retrospect, Pakistan's effort to reduce the treatment gap can appear painstakingly planned, like the blueprints for a shopping complex or a neighborhood. But the secret of the country's success is not rooted in elaborate planning. Nor did it rely on generous funding or government support.

Released: 5-Feb-2020 7:05 AM EST
Oslo Accords Diplomat Beilin on “Between Oslo and Trump: A Review of the Peace Process”—Feb. 11
New York University

NYU's Taub Center for Israel Studies will host Israeli diplomat Yossi Beilin for “Between Oslo and Trump: A Review of the Peace Process,” a public lecture, on Tues., Feb. 11.

Released: 4-Feb-2020 2:50 PM EST
The Road Ahead With Iran: A Conversation With Tony Blair
Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

Against the backdrop of the recent U.S. strike that killed Qasem Soleimani, Tony Blair discusses the current tensions with Iran and the implications for international policymakers. Mr. Blair discusses the critical role of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), including ways the IRGC mobilizes and radicalizes its fighters for violence at home and abroad, and the road ahead for the United States and Europe.

Released: 4-Feb-2020 2:45 PM EST
Is Lebanon Becoming A Real Nation?
Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

Amir Asmar is a Department of Defense analyst and CFR’s national intelligence fellow. Throughout his intelligence career, his primary area of focus has been the Middle East. He held a wide range of analytic, senior analytic, and leadership positions for the Department of the Army, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the National Intelligence Council. The statements of fact, opinion, or analysis expressed in this blog post are strictly those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of Defense (DoD) or the U.S. government. Review of the material does not imply DoD or U.S. government endorsement of factual accuracy or opinion.

Released: 30-Jan-2020 11:50 AM EST
Trump’s Lopsided Mideast Peace Plan
Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

The long-awaited plan presented by President Donald J. Trump paves the way for broader Israeli annexation of occupied territories, has no real chance of Palestinian support, and risks provoking violence.



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