Christmas festivities in Bethlehem

Bethlehem, West Bank (AP) – Palestinians are preparing to host pilgrims from around the world in celebrating Christmas in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the top Roman Catholic cleric in the Holy Land, crossed an Israeli military checkpoint from Jerusalem on Monday ahead of midnight Mass at the Church of the […]

Remarkable discovery about the Great Pyramid

What began as an expedition to record the inscriptions of ancient Egyptian quarry workers produced a remarkable discovery about the Great Pyramid at Giza. My colleagues and I in the Anglo-French joint archaeological mission to the ancient quarry site of Hatnub recently revealed the existence of a well-preserved haulage ramp dating to the time of […]

Artist Rebuilding war destroyed Baghdad Library

History repeating itself over and over, Iraq and its Capital City Baghdad know how the first to pay is as always those that the mob instinctively understand as being the seat of power. Knowledge that is; so destroying the libraries was like getting rid of the symbols of the civilisation. However, unlike their predecessors, the […]

The world’s weird self-organizing economy seen from the MENA

Excerpts of the first 3 points of a brilliant article posted on July 11, 2018 by Gail Tverberg are republished here for their undoubtful interest. It is about how today’s world economy is perceived from the USA as things are unfolding under Trump’s leadership. Meanwhile, the world’s weird self-organizing economy seen from the MENA would seem […]

Ramblings of an Arabic Student in Tamazgha

Many tourists come not just for sand baths but also for breath-taking sunsets over Merzouga’s shifting sand dunes in the Moroccan desert. So why are Merzouga’s sands therapy for Tourists ?  This write-up could do well with the following article of one student’s capricious, bumbling, and sometimes fun journey through the Arabic language (with some […]

Who owns Science and Technology?

The French say “La technologie est neutre ! Tout dépend de l’usage que l’on en fait“, but what about Science? Here is  Rohan Deb Roy, of University of Reading ‘s view on the issue. Not all international collaborations are equal. We selected the above picture of US Army Africa/Flickr, CC BY so as to best  illustrate this […]

English is spoken in 101 countries, while Arabic

English has achieved prime status by becoming the most widely spoken language in the world – if one disregards proficiency – ahead of Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. English is spoken in 101 countries, while Arabic is spoken in 60, French in 51, Chinese in 33, and Spanish in 31. From one small island, English has […]