Category: History

Apr 18 2007

Lebanon (1890-1900)

Thanks Fadwa.  What a beautiful country!  Whenever I see pictures like these and read accounts from the same time period, I wish I could have walked the countryside paths and ridden on four-legged beasts instead of whizzing around in noisy cars and airplanes.  Imagine the time they had back then, to think, to see and hear, to talk, to think, to think, to think…


Ghazir – circa 1893 – Lebanon


Harajel – circa 1894 – Lebanon


Hasroun circa 1898 – … [more]

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Mar 30 2007

Gravitation toward exlusiveness

 Arthur C. Clarke came to mind when reading your post.  Whether or not this has anything to do with your thesis is probably open to debate, but I think you will find Clarke’s comments entertaining if not enlightening…

The quote that made me think of Sir Clarke:  “Sometimes I think we’re alone in the universe, and sometimes I think we’re not. In either case the idea is quite staggering.”

Of UFOs:  “They tell us absolutely nothing about intelligence elsewhere in … [more]

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Mar 15 2007

Inky wretch

 

Important!

Sept. 20, 2012 — I wrote the email below to Paul Greenberg after hearing from a friend the day before, a Palestinian professor upset that he had been targeted for writing about German bishops who had dared use the word “apartheid” to describe Israeli treatment of Palestinians.  Without reading Greenberg’s editorial (in the comments following), I wrote the following to my friend:

I can imagine that in Mr.  Greenberg’s mind, any modern comparison to the Holocaust is tantamount [more]

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Mar 10 2007

Baptists in Levantium

 Interesting history.  Thank you very much.  I’m curious, because it wasn’t mentioned in the article and perhaps wasn’t germane, but how much Baptist work in Israel/Palestine is with Jewish (secular and confessing) persons and how much is with non-Jewish (i.e., Arab Christians and Muslims and non-Arab visiting pilgrims/tourists) persons?  What are the ratios?  Maybe I’ve been misinformed, but I thought evangelical outreach to Jews was verboten in Israel.

Actually, I was a bit surprised that the Jerusalem Post even published … [more]

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Dec 30 2005

Political catechism

I had always wondered how our nation’s founders (terrorist insurgents that they were) argued the merits of their rebellion to a profoundly Christian population, so I did a little Googling on the subject.  Turns out to still be a pretty hot topic (732,000 hits).  Anyway, I came across an interesting essay at http://www.wallbuilders.com/resources/search/detail.php?ResourceID=40.  Near the end of it, the author quotes “A Political Catechism” written by Francis Hopkinson in 1777.  Hopkinson was a signer of the Declaration of Independence … [more]

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Dec 10 2005

Lines, lines, everywhere lines

I noticed the other day that the border between Israel and the Sinai is not a straight line.  About halfway across, between Gaza and Aqaba, the border has a couple of protrusions into the Egyptian side (there are other places, but these are the most noticeable).  Does anyone know the history of how this border was decided?

Photograph is of an Israeli border check.  http://www.tikkun.org/tikkundaily/2011/05/02/our-stories-overlap-passover-in-palestine/ or http://bit.ly/qZF1Ef or http://tinyurl.com/3ha7j5k [more]

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Sep 29 2005

Border forts

It’s interesting how news about the war in Iraq dribbles out. Today’s local paper has a front-page story about a James Vandenberg, a Little Rock architect who serves in the Civil Engineering Corps, U.S. Navy Reserve Seabees. He recently spent 10 months in the Al Anbar region of Iraq. Here’s the part of the story that makes me wonder what in the heck is going on over there:

He and his team worked to build 32 Beau Geste-style forts, with … [more]

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