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Western U.S. Faces Worsening Wildfires

Drought and warmth are expected to mark winters in the Western U.S., researchers say, while abnormally cold weather will make the East and Southeast unusually wintry.

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Kim Alaniz (CC BY 2.0)

The Life and Death of Words, People and Even Nature

After Roman legions invaded Egypt, during one of the battles waged by Julius Caesar against the brother of Cleopatra, fire devoured most of the thousands upon thousands of papyrus scrolls in the Library of Alexandria. A pair of millennia later, during George W. Bush’s crusade against an imaginary enemy in Iraq, most of the books in the Library of Baghdad were reduced to ashes.

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Middle East map

Maps of War

This nifty animation shows the myriad empires that have controlled the cradle of civilization over the centuries—and reminds us there’s nothing necessarily permanent about Iraq’s present cobbled-together status.

Posted on Oct 5, 2006 READ MORE


Jon Stewart interviews Vali Nasr

Jon Stewart’s Plan for Peace in the Middle East

During an interview with Vali Nasr on Tuesday, “The Daily Show” host grew frustrated with the increasing violence in the Middle East and offered his own plan for peace in the region.

Posted on Aug 2, 2006 READ MORE


Middle East graphic
From ThinkProgress

Chris Matthews: We Created ‘Frankenstein’ Shiite Monster in Mideast

Chris Matthews said at the conclusion of his Sunday morning talk show: “Our brave soldiers have fought, died and been dismembered in Iraq only to connect the disparate pieces of Shia radicalism into a Frankenstein monster that has come to life right there on our TV screens.”

Posted on Jul 30, 2006 READ MORE


Welcome to the New Middle East Paradigm

If you’re feeling confused about the significance, roots and ramifications of the violence now racking the Middle East, read this brief, piercing essay by NYU professor Noah Feldman.

Posted on Jul 30, 2006 READ MORE


Stephen Colbert

Colbert: Mideast Goes ?Democrazy?

Linguists beware; Stephen Colbert has invented a new word: “democrazy.”  As the host explains, ?there was a time when I thought the key to Middle East peace was representative government, but then democracy gives us a prime minister who sides with Hezbollah, an Iranian president who wants to go nuclear, and a Palestinian government controlled by Hamas.  So, now, I?m thinking maybe we did the wrong thing.?

Posted on Jul 27, 2006 READ MORE


Blogging the Middle East Conflict

Both Wired News and boingboing.net have featured excellent links to blogs from Lebanon and Israel. Check out a collection of links to blogs from both sides of the border.

  • Mazen Kerbaj comicblogging from Lebanon
  • Melly blogging from northern Israel
  • Mana: Manamania blog from Beirut
  • More links on the story pages (Wired, BB)

  • Posted on Jul 21, 2006 READ MORE


    Israeli Soldiers Near Lebanese Border
    AP

    Israel Will Call Reservists for Possible Expansion of Ground Ops

    Reservists called for duty will most likely be sent to Gaza in order to free soldiers in compulsory service for deployment in Lebanon. This is definitely not a good sign of things to come. Hezbollah continued to fire Katyusha rockets while Israel rained down missiles on cities in southern Lebanon. 

    Posted on Jul 21, 2006 READ MORE


    Lebanon Bombed
    AP / Ben Curtis

    Chris Hedges: Mutually Assured Destruction in the Middle East

    The former Middle East bureau chief for The New York Times and author of the bestseller “War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning” argues in this Truthdig column that the bloodshed now engulfing Lebanon and Israel will only worsen as long as extremists on both sides continue to indulge in “collective necrophilia.”

    Posted on Jul 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Sumbawa
    From the BBC

    ‘Pompeii of the East’ Discovered

    In 1815, the largest volcanic eruption in modern times buried the Indonesian island of Sumbawa. Now scholars have uncovered a part of it and are hailing the find as second in importance only to its Italian “time capsule” equivalent.

    Posted on Feb 28, 2006 READ MORE


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