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1. Study: Israel has the healthiest diet in the West by Itamar Eichner 2. At least 20 jihadists 'exploiting German army for training' By Justin Huggler 3. Collusion between Asad of Syria and ISIS? New EU sanctions prove Assad's collusion with ISIS: British foreign secretary List includes businessman accused of brokering oil deals between the group and the Syrian regime by Abdullah Mustafa Syria gasses its own people!


Contents:
1. Study: Israel has the healthiest diet in the West  by Itamar Eichner
2. At least 20 jihadists 'exploiting German army for training'  By Justin Huggler
3. Collusion between Asad of Syria and ISIS? New EU sanctions prove Assad's collusion with ISIS:
British foreign secretary List includes businessman accused of brokering oil deals between the group and the Syrian regime by Abdullah Mustafa
Syria gasses its own people!
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1. Study: Israel has the healthiest diet in the West  by Itamar Eichner
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4633821,00.html

Extracts:

Research published in The Lancet Global Health journal ranks quality of Israeli nutrition as ninth in the world, best among Western countries.

Published: 03.07.15, 23:25 / Israel Culture

Israel's is the country with the healthiest diet in the West, and the nine healthiest diet in the world, according to a new global study published in The Lancet Global Health journal.

Israel's Mediterranean neighbors, especially Turkey, Greece and Italy, received compliments in the research as well.
 
The Israeli nutrition is considered healthy because it is based on increased consumption of fresh vegetables, olive oil, fruit and grains and on moderate consumption of proteins.
 
In addition, Israel does have a culture of eating processed food, but not as much as in the United States, Canada and other Western countries. In fact, the study places Israel in the same category as poor African countries like Somalia and Sierra Leon, which have alarming hunger rates, but the research shows that there is no correlation between money and the quality of nutrition: Vegetables and grains, which are considered the healthiest food items, cost very little compared to processed foods which include flavoring and preservatives.
 
The study was led by Dr. Fumiaki Imamura of the University of Cambridge, who looked into the eating habits in 187 countries with almost 4.5 billion adult residents.
 
According to the researchers, healthier people eat more grains and legumes, milk, dietary fiber, omega-3s, fish and fruit.
 
The researchers explained that African countries received the highest ranking thanks to their simple and unprocessed menu and the lack of junk food. While these countries' residents suffer from hunger and poverty, they actually have the healthiest food in the world.
 
Chad, one of the poorest countries in the world, was ranked as the country with the healthiest diet overall, followed by Sierra Leon, Mali, Gambia, Uganda, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Israel and Somalia.
 
The country with the least healthiest diet overall is Armenia, followed by Hungary, Belgium, the Czech Republic and Kazakhstan.
 
According to British newspaper The Independent, the study shows that high-income nations, such as the US, Canada, Western European nations, Australia and New Zealand, have better diets based on healthy items but substantially poorer diets when unhealthy food was considered.
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2. At least 20 jihadists 'exploiting German army for trainin'  By Justin Huggler, Berlin, The Telegraph, March 9, 2015
http://pamelageller.com/2015/03/at-least-20-jihadists-exploiting-german-army-for-training.html/

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 Jihadists could be exploiting the German armed forces to get military training ahead of staging attacks in Europe or travelling to the Middle East, the head of German military counter-intelligence has warned. At least 20 former German soldiers have been identified fighting for Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) and other groups in the Middle East, said Christof Gramm, the head of the MAD counter-intelligence agency. 'We see a risk that the Bundeswehr could be used as a training camp for violent Islamists,' Dr Gramm told Welt newspaper in an interview. The warning follows the discharge of a soldier from the German army after jihadist material was found on his computer. A court last month upheld the discharge of the soldier, who has not been named under German privacy laws. He had refused to disclose the reasons for a trip to Egypt in 2013 during which he visited a radicalised madrasa, and called for the introduction of sharia law in Germany. ... The attacks on Charlie Hebo and other targets in Paris in January heightened concerns that jihadists had access to military training, the intelligence chief told Welt. 'I had been in office three days when we saw the attack in Paris. The assassins obviously had some basic military skills,' he said. 'It would be negligent if a MAD chief didn't wonder: ... No currently serving soldier has been found fighting for extremist groups', Dr Gramm said. In addition to the 20 former German troops in the Middle East, one former soldier has been identified fighting for pro-Russian militants in eastern Ukraine.
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3. Collusion between Asad of Syria and ISIS?
New EU sanctions prove Assad's collusion with ISIS:
British foreign secretary List includes businessman accused of brokering oil deals between the group and the Syrian regime by Abdullah Mustafa,  Asharq Al-Awsat 8 Mar, 2015
 https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-welcomes-new-eu-syria-sanctions-listings
http://www.aawsat.net/2015/03/article55342136/new-eu-sanctions-prove-assads-collusion-with-isis-british-foreign-secretary
Extracts:

New European Union sanctions targeting aides of the Syrian regime prove that President Bashar Al-Assad's claims of being the last bulwark against jihadist groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the country are a 'sham,' Britain's Foreign Secretary Phillip Hammond said on Saturday.
The EU issued sanctions against 'seven persons and six entities providing support to the Syrian regime as well as benefitting from it' on Friday. They included George Haswani, a prominent Syrian businessman said to be in direct contact with Assad and accused of brokering oil deals between the regime and ISIS. The Syrian government has maintained since the beginning of the conflict in the country in 2011 that it is battling terrorist groups such as ISIS and the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Nusra Front and not its own people. But in the statement, Hammond said the EU's including Haswani on its sanctions list gave 'yet another indication that Assad's 'war' on [ISIS] is a sham and that he supports them financially.'
 The sanctions against Haswani represent one of the first official positions taken by Western countries acknowledging the links between the terror group and the Syrian regime, a position long maintained by those in the region and beyond. The sanctions, which comprise asset freezes and travel bans on individuals, also targeted those responsible for the Ghouta chemical attack in August 2013, which killed up to 1,729 people in the Damascus suburb, according to estimates. 'We are targeting developers, proliferators and users of chemical weapons,' Hammond added. They included businessman Bayan Al-Bitar, who heads two manufacturing and information technology companies under the authority of the country's defense ministry, and is said to have helped the Syrian regime manufacture chemical weapons Another is Ghassan Abbas, who is in charge of a scientific research center in Jamraya, 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) northwest of Damascus, and accused of being directly involved in the Ghouta attack. Hammond also said in the statement the sanctions were targeting 'businessmen and companies supporting the brutal Shabiha militias' allied to the Syrian regime and accused of committing numerous atrocities against civilians. They included Hamsho Trading, a manufacturing company accused of helping fund the Shabiha, as well as its chief executive Emad Hamsho and its subsidiary Syria Steel, which Hamsho uses to manufacture arms for the Syrian regime. This brings the total number of EU-sanctioned individuals and entities involved in the Syrian conflict to 218 and 69, respectively. Hammond stressed that the EU would 'continue applying pressure to the regime until it reassesses its position, ends the violence and engages in meaningful negotiations with the moderate opposition'.
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