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Archives for December 2010
Al-Safir reports that 2 were killed and 14 wounded in a series of bombings extending over a two-hour period in Baghdad in the late afternoon on Thursday, which targeted Christians. The bloodiest attack took place in the district of of al-Ghadir in the center of the capital, where guerrillas attacked two Christian homes with bombs, […]
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CNN reports on racist letters emanating from ultra-orthodox rabbis or their wives in Israel. Thirty wives of rabbis called on Jewish-Israeli women not to marry Palestinian-Israeli men, alleging that they would universally be subjected to physical abuse. The incident follows an earlier one in which rabbis urged Jewish-Israelis not to rent to Palestinian-Israelis (can you […]
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Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki made news this week with his interview in the Wall Street Journal, in the course of which he insisted that all US troops would be out of Iraq by January 1, 2012: ‘ WSJ: Some American officials have spoken about contingency plans being drawn now in Washington for the possibility […]
Click image for large map. Turkey, 1920 (Shows Allied occupation of Istanbul, plans to give territory to Greece, Italy, in post-Ottoman Turkish-speaking territories plus Eastern Anatolia). From: Atlas of Reconstruction for Schools (New York: Rand McNally, 1921).