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I had the pleasure of viewing this documentary on Iran and its people/culture and had to share it. There is so much we do not know about this land rich in history and steeped in culture. Despite the political/religious turmoil and tensions we see displayed in the media and by politicians and warmongers on all sides, the culture lives on. I have always believed that it is the people of a country who can work together to stop war and to plant the seeds of humanity and peace. I surely hope to see this with Iran and all countries around the world. Rick Steves takes you on a mystical and incredible journey through Iran and you come away not only with more knowledge of its people but hope that peace can be achieved. I hope you enjoy this look into an incredible culture as much as I did.I had the pleasure of viewing this documentary on Iran and its people/culture and had... more
Dr Khalid Blankinship provided a rich, detailed look at some of the underlying causes of this increased hatred against Muslims? His astounding historical explorations provides a close look at the concepts of 'nationalism', whiteness, and militarism as key factors in the increased bigotry and resentment which is now being so openly displayed against Muslims
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http://www.lamppostproductions.com/node/280Dr Khalid Blankinship provided a rich, detailed look at some of the underlying causes... more
"history reveals multiple classifications of whites, ranked by power, privilege, and physical characterizations...a less familiar narrative: 'the notion of American whiteness, an idea as dangerous as it is seductive."
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/28/books/review/Gordon"history reveals multiple classifications of whites, ranked by power, privilege,... more
Twenty years ago Iran's revolution began with a popular democratic movement and ended with the establishment of one of the world's primary Islamic states. Today the oppressiveness of such theocracies and the threat of Islamic Jihadists dominate the international agenda. Environmental Graffiti has...
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Source: http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/featured/iranian-revolution-pictures/17667?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+environmentalgraffiti+%28Environmental+Graffiti%29&utm_content=Google+FeedfetcherTwenty years ago Iran's revolution began with a popular democratic movement and... more
The NY Times reports that two World War II Japanese submarines, including one meant to carry aircraft for attacks on American cities, have been found in deep water off Hawaii where they were sunk in 1946. Specifically designed for a stealth attack on the US East Coast — perhaps targeting Washington, DC and New York City — the 'samurai subs' were fast, far-ranging, and some carried folding-wing aircraft. Five Japanese submarines were captured by American forces at the end of the war and taken to Pearl Harbor for study, then towed to sea and torpedoed, probably to avoid having to share any of their technology with the Russian military. One of the Japanese craft, the I-201, was covered with a rubberized coating on the hull, an innovation intended to make it less apparent to sonar or radar; it was capable of speeds of about 20 knots while submerged, making it among the fastest diesel submarines ever made. The other, the I-14, much larger and slower, was designed to carry two small planes, Aichi M6A Seirans that could be brought onto the deck and launched by a catapult. The submarines were meant to threaten the United States directly, but none of the attacks occurred because the subs were developed too late in the war, and American intelligence was too good. 'It's very moving to see objects like this underwater,' says Hans Van Tilburg of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 'because it's a very peaceful environment, but these subs were designed for aggression.
Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/13/science/13wreck.html?_r=1The NY Times reports that two World War II Japanese submarines, including one meant to... more
WHEN Nobel prize-winning atmospheric chemist Paul Crutzen coined the word Anthropocene around 10 years ago, he gave birth to a powerful idea: that human activity is now affecting the Earth so profoundly that we are entering a new geological epoch.
The Anthropocene has yet to be accepted as a geological time period, but if it is, it may turn out to be the shortest - and the last. It is not hard to imagine the epoch ending just a few hundred years after it started, in an orgy of global warming and overconsumption.
Let's suppose that happens. Humanity's ever-expanding footprint on the natural world leads, in two or three hundred years, to ecological collapse and a mass extinction. Without fossil fuels to support agriculture, humanity would be in trouble. "A lot of things have to die, and a lot of those things are going to be people," says Tony Barnosky, a palaeontologist at the University of California, Berkeley. In this most pessimistic of scenarios, society would collapse, leaving just a few hundred thousand eking out a meagre existence in a new Stone Age.
Whether our species would survive is hard to predict, but what of the fate of the Earth itself? It is often said that when we talk about "saving the planet" we are really talking about saving ourselves: the planet will be just fine without us. But would it? Or would an end-Anthropocene cataclysm damage it so badly that it becomes a sterile wasteland?
The only way to know is to look back into our planet's past. Neither abrupt global warming nor mass extinction are unique to the present day. The Earth has been here before. So what can we expect this time?
Take greenhouse warming. Climatologists' biggest worry is the possibility that global warming could push the Earth past two tipping points that would make things dramatically worse. The first would be the thawing of carbon-rich peat locked in permafrost. As the Arctic warms, the peat could decompose and release trillions of tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere - perhaps exceeding the 3 trillion tonnes that humans could conceivably emit from fossil fuels. The second is the release of methane stored as hydrate in cold, deep ocean sediments. As the oceans warm and the methane - itself a potent greenhouse gas - enters the atmosphere, it contributes to still more warming and thus accelerates the breakdown of hydrates in a vicious circle.
"If we were to blow all the fossil fuels into the atmosphere, temperatures would go up to the point where both of these reservoirs of carbon would be released," says oceanographer David Archer of the University of Chicago. No one knows how catastrophic the resulting warming might be.
That's why climatologists are looking with increasing interest at a time 55 million years ago called the Palaeocene-Eocene thermal maximum, when temperatures rose by up to 9 °C in a few thousand years - roughly equivalent to the direst forecasts for present-day warming. "It's the most recent time when there was a really rapid warming," says Peter Wilf, a palaeobotanist at Pennsylvania State University in University Park. "And because it was fairly recent, there are a lot of rocks still around that record the event."
By measuring ocean sediments deposited during the thermal maximum, geochemist James Zachos of the University of California, Santa Cruz, has found that the warming coincided with a huge spike in atmospheric CO2. Between 5 and 9 trillion tonnes of carbon entered the atmosphere in no more than 20,000 years (Nature, vol 432, p 495). Where could such a huge amount have come from?
Volcanic activity cannot account for the carbon spike, Zachos says. Instead, he blames peat decomposition, which would have happened not from melting permafrost - it was too warm for permafrost - but through climatic drying. The fossil record of plants from this time testifies to just such a drying episode.
Continued at link . . .WHEN Nobel prize-winning atmospheric chemist Paul Crutzen coined the word Anthropocene... more
MOSCOW — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's statement that the Holocaust was "a myth" is "totally unacceptable", the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement Saturday.
"Such statements, wherever they come from, contradict the truth and are totally unacceptable," ministry spokesman Andrei Nesterenko said in the statement.
"Attempts to rewrite history, especially as the 70th anniversary of the start of World War II is being marked this year, are an offence to the memory of all victims and all those who fought fascism," he added.
Nesterenko said Ahmadinejad's comment "does not contribute to creating an international atmosphere that would foster a fruitful dialogue on issues concerning Iran."
Iran and six powers -- Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States -- are to meet again on October 1 on Iran's nuclear programme amid fears that Tehran is planning to build an atomic bomb.
Ahmadinejad made the statement as he addressed the annual Quds Day rally in Tehran on Friday, reiterating earlier comments that had sparked outrage around the world.
The United States, Britain, France and Germany all issued statements slamming his latest outburst dismissing the killing of some six million Jews of occupied Europe by the Nazis during World War II.
"The very existence of this regime is an insult to the dignity of the people," the hardline Ahmadinejad said of Iran's arch-foe Israel.
"They (the Western powers) launched the myth of the Holocaust. They lied, they put on a show and then they support the Jews.
"If as you claim the Holocaust is true, why can a study not be allowed?" he said to chants of "Death to Israel" from the crowd gathered for the annual display of solidarity with the Palestinians.
"The pretext for establishing the Zionist regime is a lie... a lie which relies on an unreliable claim, a mythical claim, and the occupation of Palestine has nothing to do with the Holocaust," he added.
"This claim is corrupt and the pretext is corrupt. This (the Israeli) regime's days are numbered and it is on its way to collapse. This regime is dying."
Washington condemned Ahmadinejad's comments as ignorant and hateful.
British Foreign Secretary David Miliband branded the comments "abhorrent as well as ignorant," and said they were "not worthy of the leader of Iran".
"The coincidence of today's comments with the start of Jewish New Year only adds to the insult," he added.
French foreign ministry spokesman Bernard Valero called the remarks "unacceptable and shocking. We resolutely condemn them."
In Berlin German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said they shamed Iran.
Similar comments by Ahmadinejad shortly after his first election as president in 2005 also sparked an international outcry.
Then he said Israel was "doomed to be wiped off the map".MOSCOW — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's statement that the... more
By following blogs from museums and curators, you can get a unique perspective on museums around the world. Check out these 100 blogs to study and see the latest from museums.By following blogs from museums and curators, you can get a unique perspective on... more
Jews for Justice wrote and made available this information that tells us the origins of this conflict and the history of the Jewish and Palestinian people. Excellent read. My favorite 'summing it up' part is spoken by Mahatma Gandhi in 1938:
"Palestine belongs to the Arabs in the same sense that England belongs to the English or France to the French...What is going on in Palestine today cannot be justified by any moral code of conduct...If they [the Jews] must look to the Palestine of geography as their national home, it is wrong to enter it under the shadow of the British gun. A religious act cannot be performed with the aid of the bayonet or the bomb. They can settle in Palestine only by the goodwill of the Arabs... As it is, they are co-sharers with the British in despoiling a people who have done no wrong to them. I am not defending the Arab excesses. I wish they had chosen the way of non-violence in resisting what they rightly regard as an unacceptable encroachment upon their country. But according to the accepted canons of right and wrong, nothing can be said against the Arab resistance in the face of overwhelming odds." Mahatma Gandhi, quoted in "A Land of Two Peoples" ed. Mendes-Flohr.
The map is an ancient map of what Palestine IS...
Go to the link and read and/or download the report. It puts the whole situation in the correct perspective.Jews for Justice wrote and made available this information that tells us the origins... more
This is a dream come true for historians everywhere.. keep it coming Google!
This is one of the most interesting things I've seen about World History and The Rockerfellers, The Rothschilds etc....Central Banks are evil...take a really close look at our President's ancestors....there's even a reference to his great grandfather funding the nazis! I am taking a big risk posting this (I know) but if I were to go out for anything???? It would be this...also, if something just "incidentally" happens to me...you ALL know this stuff is true! WAKE UP!!!!!!This is one of the most interesting things I've seen about World History and The... more
2007 is the International year of solidarity with Saharawi People. The self determination process of the former Spanish Sahara is supported by UN resolutions since 1987. These state was abandoned by Spain in 1975, being immediatly occupied by Morocco and Mauritania.
Western Sahara has been on the United Nations list of Non-Self-Governing Territories since the 1960s when it was a Spanish colony.
The Kingdom of Morocco and the Polisario Front independence movement (and government of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic or SADR) dispute control of the territory. Since a United Nations-sponsored cease-fire agreement in 1991, most of the territory has been controlled by Morocco, with the remainder under the control of Polisario/SADR. Internationally, the major powers such as the United States have taken a generally ambiguous and neutral position on each side's claims, and have pressed both parties to agree on a peaceful resolution. Both Morocco and Polisario have sought to boost their claims by accumulating formal recognition, from largely minor states. Polisario has won formal recognition for SADR from roughly 45 states, and was extended membership in the African Union, while Morocco has won formal recognition for its position from 25 states, as well as the membership of the Arab League. In both instances, recognitions have over the past two decades been extended and withdrawn according to changing international trends.
Learn more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Sahara
Western Sahara Online: http://www.wsahara.net/2007 is the International year of solidarity with Saharawi People. The self... more
"The Mystery of Colombo Revealed" - New evidence shows that Christopher Columbus was a nobleman and a Portuguese spy.
15 years of rigorous and systematic investigation knock down the officially known history.
Colombo was not a Genoese, but a Portuguese spy at the service of King John II.
«(...) this book by Manuel Rosa and Eric Steele (...) proves that, whatever may have been his true name, it is a noble Portuguese lineage that best explains the enigmatic contradictions surrounding the life of Colón.»
«Manuel da Silva Rosa, was born on Madalena do Pico and has lived in the USA since 1973. He is the most illuminated historian of our times in things related to the life of the «discoverer of America» and O Mistério Colombo Revelado is a new book written by this most expert historian in the matter...»
Enter the site, read it, find the forum and enter the discussion! Make pressure for an english version publication! Until there ask the author all your questions, about this 500 years mistery!
I guaranty you'll be amazed!
Thanks... for being curious and for your interess
"The Mystery of Colombo Revealed" - New evidence shows that Christopher... more