Archive for February, 2009

Nothing new under the sun.

Posted in ANALYSIS on February 26, 2009 by aelag
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Map of the World

Babylonian, about 700-500
Probably from Sippar, southern

Map of the World

This tablet contains both a
inscription and a unique map of the Mesopotamian world. Babylon is
shown in the centre (the rectangle in the top half of the circle),
and Assyria, Elam and other places are also named. The central area
is ringed by a circular waterway labelled
‘Salt-Sea’. The outer rim of the sea is surrounded
by what were probably originally eight regions, each indicated by a
triangle, labelled ‘Region’ or
‘Island’, and marked with the distance in between.
The cuneiform text describes these regions, and it seems that
strange and mythical beasts as well as great heroes lived there,
although the text is far from

The map is sometimes
taken as a serious example of ancient geography, but although the
places are shown in their approximately correct positions, the real
purpose of the map is to explain the Babylonian view of the
mythological world.

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US of A and Z

Posted in ANALYSIS, analysis, Current Affairs, Passing Comments, REFLECTIONS, THE WAY OF THE WORLD on February 23, 2009 by aelag
The Muslims in General and the Arabs in particular have been telling us that genocide was being committed by the Israelis in Palestine, aided and abetted by the US and rest of the West. We chose to criticize Iran instead. The Israelis are using the Holocaust to keep us quiet, it is about time we spoke up.
THIS IS GENOCIDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
They cannot get away with this.
This is Nazi behaviour at it’s worst.
Shame on us.
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Our research team recently found evidence of U.S.-made weapons in Gaza, including the misuse of white phosphorus munitions.
Urge Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to immediately call for an investigation into Israel’s use of U.S. arms in Gaza.

A new report released just hours ago reveals that U.S.-made white phosphorus artillery shells among other U.S. weapons were found throughout Gaza. When white phosphorus munitions are used in densely-populated civilian areas as Israel has, it violates international humanitarian law’s prohibition on indiscriminate attacks and amounts to a war crime.

  • an investigation into Israel’s use of U.S. arms in Gaza
  • a suspension of U.S. military aid to Israel and
  • to urge the United Nations to impose an arms embargo on all parties in the conflict

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les affaires sont les affaires

Posted in ANALYSIS, Current Affairs, Passing Comments, THE WAY OF THE WORLD on February 13, 2009 by aelag
U S MBA in marketing!
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ONE THIRD of all the weapons procured for the Afghan security forces are missing and can be presumed sold onto the black market. Worth roughly $40 million at wholesale cost (and weighing in excess of 200 tons) to the Pentagon, would anyone like to guess at the black market value? The report has been compiled by congressional auditors, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO).

Business is business!
Democracy, free market and other American values.
The American forces are teaching the Afghans the finer points of commerce.
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Posted in ANALYSIS on February 8, 2009 by aelag
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Posted in ANALYSIS on February 3, 2009 by aelag
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A genetic study of modern Maltese poves that half of them carry Phoenician genetic identifiers and their language seems to be very close to the Lebanese language.

The National Geographic study, discussed elsewhere in this site, made some remakable discoveries regarding the ethnic origin of the Maltese people. Science and genetics came to prove what history could not make certain. Despite the claims that upon the Arab occupation of Malta it was vacated of
ALL its inhabitants around the year AD 869, carrying ‘one and all’ into
slavery and leaving no Punic or Latin survivors behind, genetics prove this to be untrue. The National Geographic study indicates that more than half of the Y chromosome lineages in today’s Maltese population came in with the Phoenicians, and there is a very close genetic relationship between the Maltese and the Lebanese Phoenicians.

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