Category: Community News

Ron DeSantis picks Julia Nesheiwat for Chief Resilience Officer

21687543_837014269808896_8065446902026925414_n“Congratulations to fellow Arab American Julia Nesheiwat on being named Florida’s first-ever Chief Resilience Officer! Happy to see Dr. Nesheiwat continue to keep us all out of harm’s way” (Arab-Americans in Foreign Affairs Agencies)
Ron DeSantis picks Julia Nesheiwat for Chief Resilience Officer
Nesheiwat will serve as the state’s first-ever Chief Resilience Officer
After less than six months, Florida’s first chief resilience officer, the person tasked with helping the state survive climate change, is leaving…more: floridapolitics.com

Leaked records expose China’s Xinjiang camps

east turkistanNewly leaked Chinese records have revealed for the first time the system by which hundreds of thousands of Uyghurs have been monitored and detained in heavily fortified internment centers across Xinjiang. According to the leak, Chinese citizens can be sent to the camps for reasons such as growing beards, owning passports, or having too many children and their release may depend on how well their family behaves. CNN’s Ivan Watson reports. 



Sanction Lebanese Officials For Fakhoury Detention, Senator Says

A U.S. senator says she is drafting sanctions legislation against Lebanese officials over the detention of a senior official of a former Israel-linked militia that tortured hundreds of Lebanese detainees. Amer Fakhoury, a member of the Israeli proxy South Lebanon Army, is accused of the torture and murder of Lebanese inmates …….MORE: Dailystar

ISWM Shared “Taking Fifth Oath of Office, Domenic Sarno Becomes Longest serving Mayor in Springfield History

1/6/2020 - Springfield mayor Domenic Sarno takes the oath of office from Judge John Payne at Springfield Symphony Hall Monday morning. Sarno's wife Carla is standing next to him. (Hoang 'Leon' Nguyen / The Republican)SPRINGFIELD — As he looked at his daughters — who were just 6 and 9 years old when he took office in January 2008, and are now in college — Mayor Domenic J. Sarno reflected on his administration’s achievements over the past 12 years.

“This is the fifth time I have taken this oath and as of today I am the longest serving mayor in the city of Springfield’s 384 year history,” …more: masslive

In this Historical1/6/2020 - Wissam Abdel Baki of Imam of the Islamic Society of Western Massachusetts gives his prayers to Springfield mayor Domenic Sarno and to the city of Springfield during Sarno's historic inauguration at Springfield Symphony Hall Monday morning. (Hoang 'Leon' Nguyen / The Republican) inauguration ceremony Imam Wissam Abdul Baki Prayed:

“O God of Abraham -Allah-  on whom we all rely on for our lives,  our families , our
communities, our land, and for our inner peace and  success, help us all to be responsible  creatures to you, fulfilling our obligations — both as individuals and as a society . O God, Allah in Arabic,  give us the humility and the good sense to  be fair and merciful with ourselves and with everyone. Bless Mayor Domenic Sarno, bless the Cabinet and all the public servants. Help Mayor Sarno to make Springfield the best city in America. Help him and help his wife to help him”.