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Rare Snowstorm Hits the Middle East

Rare Snowstorm Hits the Middle East | Als Return to Education | Scoop.it
Unusual cold and precipitation affected Jerusalem and surrounding areas
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Just looking at this picture is amazing.  Seems everybody is getting some snow this season.  The Western Wall and the Dome of the Rock are both covered in snow. A strange storm in the Middle East that also dumped some snow in Cario and Alexandria in Egypt.  It even put a stop to the fighting in Syrian at Aleppo for aong with the snow the tempertures in these are are right around 0.......global warming anyone???!!!  Going to be an interesting year!

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Space archaeologist unlocks secrets of ancient civilizations

Space archaeologist unlocks secrets of ancient civilizations | Als Return to Education | Scoop.it
Dr Sarah Parcak uses satellite technology to unearth Egypt's ancient settlements, pyramids and palaces lost in the sands of time.

Via Seth Dixon
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I love the iconic opening of this video clip with the Indiana Jones movie clip which I actually saw at a drive in, yes I'm that old.  Great how we can use technology to find these area that might have gone undiscovered.  As a history guy the implications of using this technology in finding out about the pass is exciting with limitless possibilities.

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Jessica Rieman's curator insight, April 4, 2014 12:10 AM

It is interesting to find out that in this specific article there is controversy over the looting of tombs over 5,000 years ago as soon as the deceased were buried there were many more looting acts taken place. The Arab spring is an important landmark to think of when relating this to the reading.

Lauren Sellers's curator insight, May 20, 2014 11:51 AM

This describes human characteristics that defined this region because it shows how ancient artifacts are being unearthed through new-age technology.

Felix Ramos Jr.'s curator insight, March 19, 2015 10:49 AM

Space archaeology only makes sense.  If we have the capability for satellites to take pictures of earth from above why shouldn't it be used for archaeological analysis?  I am sure that this is only the tip of the iceberg as far as what we will see in the future from this specific field. This article/video just lends more credibility to the fact that Archaeology should function as an interdisciplinary field.

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The Grand Scam: Spinning Egypt’s Military Coup

The Grand Scam: Spinning Egypt’s Military Coup | Als Return to Education | Scoop.it
The Grand Scam: Spinning Egypt’s Military Coup Mohammed E lBaradei meeting former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon by ESAM AL-AMIN Counterpunch Every coup d’état in history begins with a military General announcing the overthrow and arrest of...

Via Ramy Jabbar رامي
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Another view of the coup in Egypt against the Muslim Brotherhood.  Eveyone has their spin on these issues.  Militray Coups in Egypt have been part of their history.  The Free Officers movement in 1952 led by Nasser and Naguib that overthrew King Farouk is prme example.  Later this led to a conflict over the Suezx Canal in 1956 when Nasser nationalized the canal prompting Great Britian, France and Israel to invade.  Eventually, under pressure from the US, USSR and the UN, they withdrew from Egypt.  Alot going on here that is goning to shape the situation in the Middle East.

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Egypt: Military may turn to Russia for aid and alliance | North Africa

Egypt: Military may turn to Russia for aid and alliance | North Africa | Als Return to Education | Scoop.it
Egypt has threatened to go it alone on foreign policy issues effectively disregarding its tradition allies - the United States or Israel – after Washington cut military aid.

Via Meagan Harpin
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There is a fine line here that the US needs to be carefu on.  Geographically Egypt is extemely important to the US given that it controls the Suez Canal.  It is also an important ally in the fight against terrorism and has the only Arab peace treaty with Israel.  The cut of military aid could all end this.  In driving Egypt to seek aid from the Russians they is no need to keep that peace treaty with Israel, even though I do not think they wil end it, but there is always the possibility.  This is also important geopolitically, with the Chinese making inroads into this area, see http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/24/us-turkey-china-defence-usa-idUSBRE99N09X20131024 and Russia making its move in this area the US may be n the process of losing influence in this area of the world, something I do not think the US afford.

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Meagan Harpin's curator insight, October 17, 2013 5:40 PM

After Washington cut military aid Egypt has begun threating to go alone on foreign policy. Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy said that Egypt should turn to Russia for military aid to manage its civil war with terrorism. 

Brett Sinica's curator insight, October 29, 2013 4:40 PM

There always seemed to be a tension between the United States and Russia and its former Soviet partnerships.  The military hostility and even threats within the last few years show that relations among the world's superpowers and countries in the Middle East are always up for debate and controversy.  It's no wonder that Egypt threatening to turn to Russia for aid has rasised eyebrows among the international relations and trading traditions.  Though the U.S. can have a tough time assuring the relations among many of the Middle Eastern countries, they are necessary to be fulfilled given the rough history of all participating countries.

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History of revolts and future geopolitics in the Middle East | Pakistan Tribune

History of revolts and future geopolitics in the Middle East | Pakistan Tribune | Als Return to Education | Scoop.it
Regularly, when spring comes, people expect flowers and green shoots and optimism prevails. Alas, things in the Middle East are quite different. With every
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A view from Pakistan on the Arab sprink and the future on the Middle East.  A very interesting read. 

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Egypt's 1952 revolution and military rule, a history in photos

Egypt's 1952 revolution and military rule, a history in photos | Als Return to Education | Scoop.it
On July 23, 1952 a group of Egyptian army "Free Officers" engineered a coup d'etat. Military leaders have kept a firm grasp on power ever since.
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Also happened at the end of the Ottoman Empire, of which Egypt once belonged.  Mustafa Kemal with what was left of the Ottoman Military supported Turkish nationalsim and deposed the Sultan and gave birth to Modern Turkey.  So here is a question to ponder, is a military coup detat to change governamnets part of the culture in this area? If it is, does anyone have the right to interfere?

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