Beirut - one of the most diverse cities in the Middle East

Thursday, 2 July 2009, 15:59 | Category : Crumbs, Politics, Human Rights & Other Serious Stuff
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In the report below, Al Jazeera interviewed people in Beirut about their city and about their views on many issues. It looks like a fascinating place :)

The Father of Science: al-Hassan Ibn al-Haytham (965-1039)

Tuesday, 6 January 2009, 18:39 | Category : Crumbs, Uncategorized
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The first physicist to use mathematics to describe and prove what he had discovered was a man called al-Hassan Ibn al-Haytham, who was born in what is now Iraq, over a 1000 years ago. Many key European scientists (like Newton and Copernicus) developed ideas that originated with al-Hassan Ibn al-Haytham.
In fact, amongst many things, he [...]

Internet and phone communication between Europe, the Middle East and Asia disrupted

Monday, 29 December 2008, 14:16 | Category : Computer Stuff, Crumbs
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It’s a little freaky to think that something like this can happen so easily… Basically three of the four cables that run below the ocean between Europe, the Middle East and Asia have snapped.
Communication with the Middle East is already difficult in the present state and the disruption may bring massive losses to businesses, but [...]

USA-Syria relations after the raid

Saturday, 1 November 2008, 20:04 | Category : Crumbs, Politics, Human Rights & Other Serious Stuff
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I’m following up my previous post. It’s been a few days and the USA still hasn’t even owned up to conducting the raid.

MY BOOK DIARY: August, September & October 2008

I had intended to post a little about the books I’m reading, but as you may have noticed I haven’t so far ;-P I’m far from being an avid reader, but (amazingly enough) I have read a few books since moving my blog here, so it’s high time I told you about them *grin* [...]

A shipwreck that has changed the perception of ancient Asian cultures

Monday, 20 October 2008, 15:57 | Category : Crumbs, Uncategorized
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The Arab dhow, the first of its kind ever found, proves something equally startling - that mariners from the Persian Gulf were trading on a scale, and over distances, unmatched by human beings until Vasco da Gama set sail for India at the end of the 15th Century.
See the article here.