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“Protection. Conservation. Restriction. Deep ecology. Give me deep technology any day. They don't scare me. "I'm damned if I'll crawl, my children's children crawl on the earth in some kind a fuckin' harmony with the environment. Yeah, till the next ice age or the next asteroid impact." (Moh Kohn, The Star Fraction)/ "This is the fight between God and the Devil. If His Grace is with God, he must join me, if he is for the Devil he must fight me. There is no third way" King Gustavus Adolphus

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University graduate, currently working as an Information Assistant for the NHS. Interested in politics, history, sci fi etc.

Monday, May 31, 2004

Muslims told not to vote for Labour

Crisis hits Saudi oil industry as al-Qa'ida claims slaughter of 22

Arafat: We prevented attacks on Israel

Sharon Government, Pullout Plan in Danger

No human rights for Muslims

Sharon puts Gaza pullout on hold

US frees Palestinian envoys in Iraq

U.S. Tanks Fight Iraq Militia, President Talks Stall

Rania’s Husband Gets Six Months’ Jail, 300 Lashes

UNRWA: Rafah residents need $16 million

Bad News for the Americanized

Draft dilemma

UN launches appeal for Rafah aid

Pending Draft Legislation Targeted for Spring 2005

Sunday, May 30, 2004

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Publius Ovidius Naso (Ovid)

The Metamorphoses


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Publius Vergilius Maro (Virgil)


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from Musilm Philosophy

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Israeli air strike kill Palestinians

Many dead as Saudi hostage crisis ends

We’ll Wipe Out Terrorists, Says Abdullah

Bloodbath in Alkhobar

Saudi horror sparks fears of oil crisis

Innocent Egyptian Boy Pays Terrible Price

British hostility to Muslims 'could trigger riots'

Kerry: Bush's Iraq choices undermined American leadership

Poor Countries to Be Paid for Brain Drain

Bush Doctrine Breeds Terror and Tyranny

Israel Renews Death Threat Against Hezbollah Chief

Israel attacks BBC 'tricks' in taping Vanunu

Saudi Commandos Free Hostages from Militants

Hostages freed after 'Al-Qa'ida militants' kill 16

Netanyahu slams PM's accusation of Gaza plan manipulation

Sharon Threatens Rebellious Ministers on Gaza Pullout

Britons to break through £1 trillion debt level

President Clinton's Efforts to End Terrorism

Former Vice President Al Gore's May 26 Speech on Iraq

Stop Violence Against Women

BNP hit city mosque

A Long, Hot Summer Begins by Dahr Jamail

Lying or Confused? by Charley Reese

Friday, May 28, 2004

Sharon cancels 'doomed' cabinet vote

Pinochet stripped of immunity

Protests in Beirut for second day

Arab States Call for Nuclear-Free ME

Death toll rises in Iran earthquake

Chilean court revokes Pinochet's immunity

CIA-Linked Former Exile Picked as Iraqi Premier

Future Iraqi prime minister named

Sharon shelves vote on Gaza plan

Analysis: Sharon's pullout crisis

The Strange Case of Dr. Ahmed Chalabi

Call for Independent Investigations into War Crimes of Torture in Iraq

Sudan crisis

Israel and the Occupied Territories: Stop destruction of homes and land by Israeli army

The Sassanid Empire

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Sassanid dynasty

Achaemenid Empire

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Achaemenid dynasty

Safavid Empire 1502 - 1736

Safavids Dynasty

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Parthian Empire

Thursday, May 27, 2004

Al-Sadr army pullout from Najaf on hold

Scepticism over new US terror warning

A Small State for Palestinians: A Great Step for Middle East

Rights group: Genocide in Sudan

Lebanese demonstrators shot dead

Two Shrines Intact, but U.S Reputation Still Marred After Clashes With Rebels

Israeli Cabinet to Vote on Cut-Down Gaza Pullout

Israel: British journalist arrested

Doubtful About Democracy Russia's Next Generation Sees Some Virtue in Past

US Muslims struggle to be heard

Sharon woos cabinet on Gaza plan

Democrats Wonder if Kerry Should Stay on Careful Path

Israel 'to free British reporter'

The fall of the vulcans

Some more pics from Rafah found on Reuters

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Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Battles continue in Najaf

Iraqi Islamic shrine damaged in attack

Bashir 'called off' Israeli embassy attack

Bush Speech Dismays Iraqis

Amnesty condemns War on Terror

Human rights climate 'worst in 50 years'

The trail to Tehran

Arabs Dismiss US Offer of ‘Sovereignty’


Israel Destroyed 45 Buildings in Gaza Strip, Says UNRWA

Palestinians stranded on Rafah border

US condemned over rights abuses

Iraqi inmate: 'Treated like dogs'

UK accused of major rights abuses

A Long Way From Home

Arab League Turns On Itself

Israeli army faces growing criticism of bloody Rafah incursion

Bloody vengeance or assault on terrorists: can the truth emerge from Rafah's ruins?

Israel 'pauses' Rafah operation

In pictures: Gaza aftermath from the BBC

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Israel reviews tactics after Gaza raid

Clashes as Gaza buries its dead

Palestinian health crisis warning

Poverty not terrorism threatens peace

Speculation rife over Iraq's government

Humanitarian crisis follows Rafah raid

The Six Day War

Watched last night a really interesting programmed on the House of Saud on BBC4, and I reached the conclusion the only reason the US bothers with the Middle East is to secure its oil interests, its as simple as that.

The Middle East 1916 - 2001 : A Documentary Record

Saudi Arabia - A Profile

Amnesty International Report 2004

Tuesday, May 25, 2004

The Penisular War

British Attack
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French Retreat
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Map of the Peninsular War
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Bush outlines strategy for Iraq

Bush Iraq plan offers 'nothing new'

Holiest Shi'ite Shrine in Iraq Damaged in Attack

Friend of US and Iran has too many enemies

Israel Army Leaves Rafah After Punishing Raid

Israel leaves Rafah?

Iraq UN Resolution Has No Exit Date for Foreign Troops

Egypt snubs G8 invitation

Iraq's day of reckoning

Israelis Fire on Funeral Procession

Bulldozers threaten Gaza 'school of hope'

Israeli troops pull back from Rafah camp

Neocons Go Macho on Iraq

Mr. President, What Planet Are You On?

A Government to be Named Later
- You Call This 'Sovereignty'?

Monday, May 24, 2004

Bombed Iraqi wedding video released

Israel remains in Rafah, storms Nablus

Palestine, occupation and self-criticism

Arab Leaders Embrace Reform Plan

'I will always hate you people'

Israeli Troops Attack UN Official

Lapid Finds Holocaust Parallel

PA Rejects Israel’s Compensation Offer for Demolished Houses

Jordan Says Conviction Against Chalabi Stands

Tehran warns US over Iraq policy

Army lifts siege on Gaza district

'Wedding video' clouds US denials

Surveying the ruins of Rafah

Sunday, May 23, 2004

The Byzantine Empire

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The Byzantine Empire evolved from the Roman Empire’s eastern territories after the Roman Empire’s western regions fell in the 5th century. Initial harmony between church and state fortified the early empire (4th-6th centuries). The Crusades taxed the territories during the 11th century, precipitating a decline. Constantinople, the capital, was sacked in 1204 by Venetian Crusaders, and in 1453 was captured by the Ottoman Turks.

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The Byzantine Empire

Timeline of the Byzantine Empire

A Brief Summary of Byzantine History

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Julian the Apostate

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List of Byzantine Emperors

The Byzantine Empire

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Basil II "Bulgaroktonus" (Bulgar Slayer)

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Empress Irene

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Theodosius I (The Great)

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Alexius I Comnenus

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Constantine I (The Great) of the Roman Empire

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The Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey

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Example of Byzantine Art - Virgin and Child

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John I Tzimisces

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Constantine XI Paleologos - Last Emperor of Constainopal

Many dead in Iraq clashes

Tehran warns US over Iraq policy

'Little hope' for Rafah's children

UN man highlights Rafah aid needs

Muslim Tory MEP slams 'racist' party

Report: US general witnessed Iraq abuse

US grapples with worse abuse images

Editorial: Arab League Summit

Introducing Israel to Democracy

Manmohan Sworn In as India’s New Premier

UK memo criticises US tactics in Iraq

Jordan jail cell still awaits Chalabi

US soldiers killed in ambush near Falluja

Arab summit adopts joint reform document

Many dead in Iraq clashes

Arafat appeals for international protection

Saturday, May 22, 2004

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Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (1058-1111)

Abu Hamid Muhammad ibn Muhammad al-Ghazali

Ancient Palestine

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The day the tanks arrived at Rafah zoo

Saleh Urges Arab Leaders to Adopt Joint Vision

An old refrain that stabs the heart

Israeli forces kill Palestinian child

Anti-US demonstrations shake Bahrain

Turks Question Alliance With Israel After Gaza Carnage

Last Spanish troops leave Iraq

Israelis Quit Rafah Areas After Devastation

Rafah: The Movie

Gaza: Somewhere Over the Rainbow...

Girl dies in new Rafah incursion

Report: 3-year-old girl killed by gunshot to the head in Rafah

Arafat: Talks based on int'l resolutions will lead to peace with Israel

Soldier, 4 Palestinians hurt in Jordan Valley suicide attack

Friday, May 21, 2004

Spanish newsman released, troops leave Iraq

Spanish rally against Iraq occupation

Al-Sadr: Leave the Spanish alone

Bahrain demonstrators clash with police

Israeli forces redeploy in Rafah

Rafah under fire
In pictures

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Is It a Crisis of Existence or the Existence of a Crisis?

Gloom ahead of Arab League meet

Yet more photos of US brutality published

Israeli withdrawal leaves trail of debris

Gaza fury after Israeli pullback

In pictures: Gaza after the withdrawal

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Images taken from the The BBC

Thursday, May 20, 2004

Israeli court finds Barghuthi guilty

Israel ignores UN and world condemnation

Israel continues killing in occupied Rafah

Occupation bombs Iraq wedding party

Karbala clashes continue

Ten die as Israeli tanks fire on peaceful protest

Palestinian doctors despair at rising toll of children shot dead by army snipers

New photos show Abu Ghraib abuse

Stopping the carnage in Rafah

Rafah Carnage Continues

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Bodies Fill Gaza Farm Fridge After Morgue Overflows

Can Ethnic Cleansing Bring Back Jesus? an article by Juan Cole

10 die as Israelis fire on children's march

Death and Rage in Gaza

The IDF's excuses are lies

Israel Continues Offensive Despite Outcry

Wednesday, May 19, 2004

from the BBC

Israelis fire on crowds in Gaza

Rafah dominates Mid- East press

Israel seeks mass Gaza surrender

Israeli demolitions 'a war crime'

Settlers fight outpost evacuation

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Rafah Turns Into Killing Field