Detailed LCCC English News Bulletin For February 05/201


Detailed LCCC English News Bulletin For February 05/201

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Titles For Latest LCCC Bulletin analysis & editorials from miscellaneous sources published on February 04-05/18
Death: The Puzzle And Mystery/Elias Bejjani/February 04/18
Lebanon will be blown back to the ‘Stone Age,’ Minister Katz warns/Attila Somfalvi, Alexandra Lukash/Ynetnews/February 04/18
How Lebanon sees Israel’s war threats/Smadar Perry/Ynetnews/February 04/18
Anti-hijab protesters defy Iranian authorities after the arrest of nearly 30 women for not wearing headscarves/Daily Mail/February 04/18
Iranian Womens’ Anti-hijab Protest Gains Momentum Despite Dozens of Arrests/Reuters/February 04/18
Hamas ‘Prepares for Imminent War’ With Israel in Gaza/Jack Khoury/Haaretz/February 04/18
Europe: Judeo-Christian Symbols Vanish, Islam Rises/Giulio Meotti/Gatestone Institute/February 04/18
Caroline Mulroney to officially join PC leadership race Monday: source/The Canadian Press/February 04/18
The ‘of course we agree’ conference in Sochi/Mohamad Dughmosh/Al Arabiya/February 04/18
The bitter taste of civil wars/Abdullah bin Bijad Al-Otaibi/Al Arabiya/February 04/18

Titles For Latest LCCC Lebanese Related News published on February 04-05/18
Death: The Puzzle And Mystery
Qaouq Says Hizbullah, Army Deterring Israel and U.S., Gulf Meddling in Elections
Sami Gemayel: Rift Not Sectarian but between Thugs, Decent People
Kataeb Wants ‘7 Seats’ to Accept Alliance with LF
Report: Hizbullah Wants to Move ‘Missile Factories’ to Chouf
Berri Reportedly Says Aoun Reconciliation ‘Does Not Involve Bassil’
Al-Rahi Hails Aoun for Contacting Berri
Lebanese Diaspora Conference calls for Lebanese identity preservation, nationality restoration
Zeaiter to Radio Lebanon: Page of disputes and sectarian provocation turned, apology still needed
Riachi: We rely on the presence of women in politics to develop society and create a new Levant
Lebanon defeats China’s Taipei in the Tennis Davis Cup
Sarraf: We will not accept any threats by the Israeli enemy or any other
Lebanon will be blown back to the ‘Stone Age,’ Minister Katz warns
How Lebanon sees Israel’s war threats

Titles For Latest LCCC Bulletin For Miscellaneous Reports And News published on February 04-05/18
Syria’s Afrin Urges Russia to Oppose Turkish-Led Assault
Syria Blasts U.S. Accusations on Chemical Weapons Use as ‘Lies’
France Says to Work with Turkey on Syria ‘Road Map’
Exit Polls Predict Win for Incumbent in Cyprus President Vote
Iran Says U.S. Nuclear Policy Brings World ‘Closer to Annihilation’
Iraq Lists 60 Most-Wanted Jihadists and Baathists
Bodies of 16 Migrants Recovered Off Morocco Coast
Netanyahu Says Will ‘Defend Ourselves’ after Report of Sinai Strikes
Israel ‘Legalizing’ Rogue Settlement in Response to Rabbi Killing
Israel begins distributing deportation notices to Africans, legalizes West Bank settlement
Israel Begins Telling African Migrants to Leave
Palestinian shot dead by Israeli army during West Bank raid
Pakistan Taliban Claims Responsibility for Attack against Soldiers in Swat Valley
Raghad Saddam Hussein responds after being named on Iraq’s most-wanted list
Graphic testimony in Paris court by Tariq Ramadan’s second victim
Five Turkish soldiers killed in attack on tank in Syria’s Afrin

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Death: The Puzzle And Mystery/لغز الموت: غموض وحيرة

Elias Bejjani/February 03/18
Far from politics, terrorism, the Middle East chaos, and the on going world wide Jihadists’ and terrorism wars, my editorial today dwells with thorough and deep personal contemplation on death; this mystery that has puzzled and pre-occupied man since God created him with Eve.
How much of an awakening and spiritual realization would it be if each and every one of us attended a funeral at least once every year, and fully utilized this short yet precious and odd period of time to deeply meditate and contemplate the very human reality of this inevitable and irreversible journey?
During this short, internal procession of great solemnity and silence, from the funeral home to the church, and then to the cemetery, one should mentally and physically relax and release his self, putting aside all of his every day life burdens.
To truly learn and benefit from this spiritual experience, one must temporarily forget who he is, his fortunes, his poverty, all problems that he is encountering, his enemies and friends, physical ailments he suffering from, and marital, or family difficulties he may be going through.
One needs to imagine that his body is so light, so clean, and innocent, and his mind and soul so pure, free of sin with no conflict of any kind or magnitude.
One needs to reminisce and go back in time to the period when he was an innocent child, not yet polluted with human evil deeds and thoughts, hatred, grudges, greed, selfishness and fear.
When one feels that every kind of evil feeling and venomous instinct inside him is numb, he needs to ask himself sincerely and honestly, what this dead person who is now just a cold corpse resting motionless and breathless in the coffin, is going to take with him from this mortal world to whichever world the dead go to? No matter how rich, powerful, fearless, intelligent, famous, or mighty this dead person was while alive, would he now be able to carry with him any of his riches, or ask any of his beloved ones to join him in death, and be buried with him in the cemetery?
At this scary, terrifying, contemplative and somber moment, the individual needs to relate with the dead person and accept death, imagining himself actually lying in the casket!
By the end of the funeral procession, and after the coffin has been buried, the dead person who could not take anything with him, becomes just a memory and his body returns back to dust. “By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return” Genesis 3:19 19
To be the actual creatures that almighty God has created us in His own image, and to be wise, humble and forgiving, we need to occasionally ask ourselves these simple questions:
Can we not die?
Can we not escape death’s inevitable journey?
What can we take with us when leaving this mortal life?
These questions should be asked whenever we are engaged in bloody competitions, conflicts, disputes, grudges, hatred and struggle for power and money.
The one and only answer to all these questions is a definite, NO!
Attending funerals at least twice a year helps us to get back in touch with reality; to know who we are, and where we are going; to wake up and to always remember that God, on the judgment day, will judge our deeds, and not the magnitude of our earthly riches, nor our earthly power.
Does any one of us, rich or poor, weak or powerful, sick or healthy, know when almighty God will reclaim his soul? Definitely not!
So let us live each day of our lives as if it were our last.
Let us always be ready to face our Creator on the day of judgment with a set of righteous deeds.
Let us solidify our trust and faith in almighty God, and ask Him to lead our lives and grant us the graces of patience, humbleness, hope, love and forgiveness, so that we can carry with courage our life burdens.
Let us remember in the face of every difficulty and crisis what the Holy Bible teaches us: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for your selves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.” (Matthew 11, 28-30).
Death, this mystery that has worried, perplexed and confused man since his first day on earth, has been defeated by Jesus’ resurrection and made conceivable by man’s mind. We do not die, but sleep on the hope of resurrection!
“Behold, I tell you a mystery. We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we will be changed”, (Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians 15 / 51-52).
N.B: The Above editorial was first published in 2014