When Medhat Al-Emawi returned from the war in Syria, his Gaza home had been destroyed.

As he picked through the ruins to see what could be saved, he found something surprising. A video from AJ+ tells his story.


His qanun zither — the video spells it “qannon" — had somehow survived.

Distress over the war in Syria had been keeping the Syrian-born 19-year-old from playing the zither much before he left. But now, pulling notes from the instrument struck a profound chord inside.

It wasn't something literal or even explainable, but the ancient sound and sensation of playing his zither took him out of the ruins to a stronger place.

It made him feel like maybe there was a way back.


And so he plays and plays, each note sending up a clear message from the rubble that “I'm still here — we're still here" to anyone making the mistake of thinking that war had broken, or silenced, his spirit.

Bet you're eager to hear his music.

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Bill Gates, billionaire and founder of Microsoft, is pointing the finger at social media companies like Facebook and Twitter for spreading misinformation about the coronavirus.

In an interview with Fast Company, Gates said: "Can the social media companies be more helpful on these issues? What creativity do we have?" Sadly, the digital tools probably have been a net contributor to spreading what I consider to be crazy ideas."

According to Gates, crazy ideas aren't just limited to the internet. They are going beyond that. He doesn't see the logic behind not protecting yourself and others from coronavirus."Not wearing masks is hard to understand, because it is not that bothersome," he explained. "It is not expensive and yet some people feel it is a sign of freedom or something, despite risk of infecting people."


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