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Swiss seize artefacts looted from Syria's Palmyra

Swiss seize artefacts looted from Syria's Palmyra | History | Scoop.it
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The era of the Hellenistic culture in North-Africa, Arabia and Syria was important, because these areas had tigh contacts with each other. The Hellenistic culture was surely elitistic, but was understandable for the Romans. These ancient artefacta have been looted from the war-torn areas, which include also the city of Palmyra. Let's hope, that they find a safe place in thei original country, when returned there.
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Anti-pipeline protesters arrested at North Dakota shopping mall

Anti-pipeline protesters arrested at North Dakota shopping mall | History | Scoop.it
More than 30 activists protesting plans to run an oil pipeline beneath a lake near a North Dakota Indian reservation were arrested on Friday at a retail mall during a rally timed to coincide with the busiest shopping day of the year.
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This article shows, that the Native Americans are getting more and more interested in protecting their environment. This over 1800 km long oil pipeline is already nearly finished and so, this sounds little odd time to protest. On the other way, the small part of the pipeline, which goes beside the Indian reservation, is unfinished and thus, can still be discussed. The Indian reservations have got more power than  in the dark years 1890-1930, but still, they feel not satisfied with the past or the present. I think, that the question of the land, not the money, is crucial here. On the other hand, the Indian people live within capitalism, and money drives the to many paths. Democracy means compromises and I am sure, that it is reached in this question, also.
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His mind and life scarred, Mumbai survivor learns to smile again

His mind and life scarred, Mumbai survivor learns to smile again | History | Scoop.it
Govind is now 38 years old, and slowly rebuilding his life, piece by piece, settling into a new job as an accounts manager with a Dadar-based Parsi institution.
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This article tells a story of an individual survivor of a collective tragedy. This man, who survived the 2008 terror attack in Mumbai, shows, that our mind can be healed, as well as our body. He has been in agony in many years, but is now, little by little, gaining back a will to live. He has, as his supporters, his own parents, while the wife left him, with their son. The terrorists should live this article and begin to think, what the pure violence leaves behind it.  But, this man has not guilty with him, whereas the terrorists surely have it. This same tragedy appears nowdays all the more around the world and tears people away from each other.
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Indore-Patna express train derails in Kanpur: 96 killed, over 100 injured - Times of India

Indore-Patna express train derails in Kanpur: 96 killed, over 100 injured - Times of India | History | Scoop.it
At least 96 people were killed and over 100 injured when 14 coaches of the Indore-Patna Express derailed near Pukhrayan in Kanpur Dehat district today. The tragic accident took place at around 3am near Pukhrayan, about 100 kms from Kanpur, when the passengers were fast asleep.
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Indian Railways administer over 65000 km of railways in a terrain, that is not the most favourable for the rail system. This structure is build, mostly, during the British rule, and not supported by the Western standards. So, with regret, these news are not that much news. People lose their lives in these full-packed, old iron-horses with their age-old wagons. One human tragedy after another. With the families of the deceased!. They talk, with this accident in Kanpur, that there was a problem in the rail-system. On the other hand, so many people are trafiking daily by rail, that they just can't be transported by car or otherway. And nobody is listening to the founding father, who said, that it is highly adverse to a human being to travel by rail...
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China's Xi calls for 'smooth transition' in relationship with U.S

China's Xi calls for 'smooth transition' in relationship with U.S | History | Scoop.it
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday called for a "smooth transition" in Beijing's relationship with Washington and praised outgoing President Barack Obama for strengthening ties between the two nations.
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"China dream" and "Let's make America great again" can be seen parallel or objective to each other. When president Xi Jinping took Office in 2013, after HunJintao, who was seen as a modest leader. The impact of China in South China Sea has risen during the Xi regime and the neighbours of China allege it on inflicting tensions in the region. Now, the coming US president Donald Trump wants to harshen US politics against China and this can be seen as a threat towards China. Was Mr. Obama too blue-eyed towards China? Or, was the appeasement good for the overall regional balance in the Pacific area? This article tells what Mr. Xi had to say in Peru.  It is interesting, what the Trump-Xi meeting, if such is organised, will state. And, then there is the real world, after the meetings...
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For many, demonetisation is a step towards equality - Times of India

For many, demonetisation is a step towards equality - Times of India | History | Scoop.it
Low inflation, more affordable real estate and an outside possibility of lower tax rates as the net could become wider are among the fruits that people hope to reap in the long run.
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Many Indian people are angry, because they don't have enough cash in this monetarian reform. The government is supporting them in their 30-day pain reminding, that they have a pain of 30-year of corruption and black economy. India tries to go on electirc money and diminish the amount of cash. There seems to be place for the government appeasement, because people are getting angry. Modi has much at stake and let's hope, that he will succeed.
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Saudi Arabia announces 48-hour ceasefire in Yemen

Saudi Arabia announces 48-hour ceasefire in Yemen | History | Scoop.it
Press TV- Saudi Arabia has announced a renewable 48-hour ceasefire to begin at noon Saturday in Yemen, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reports. "It h
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Saudi-Arabia is waging a war in Jemen by supporting it's exiled king Hudi. They think, that it is ok to engage war in the neighbouring country. On the other hand, the borders in this area are not exact and the violences can pop up in Saudi-Arabia also. So, there is over 11000 dead already. Maybe this 48 hour ceasefire brings some relief to the Jemenise people, but it is possible, that the warlords may also get some time to get more arms. Great-Britain and US seem to be highly active beside the Saudis.
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Tales from ‘Ramayana’, heroic feats to adorn walls of rail stations

Tales from ‘Ramayana’, heroic feats to adorn walls of rail stations | History | Scoop.it
Twenty-eight railway stations across the country will be redeveloped as part of the railways' mega modernisation programme for 400 stations.
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This idea of developing the railway system and giving space to the multicultural history of India sounds marvellous! It is done by private companies, who have rights to marketing in the junctions and so forth. Many Indians are still illiterate and pictures could be a way to promote peace and cultural identity.
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Iran English language newspaper headlines on Sunday, 13-11-2016

Iran English language newspaper headlines on Sunday, 13-11-2016 | History | Scoop.it
Iran Daily Rouhani: Expanding ties with friendly countries, Iran’s priority President Hassan Rouhani said expanding ties with friendly countries, including
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Here some items from Iranian English-language news: The Iranian counterpart accepts the European Union critizism about Iranian human rights, albeit they do not cross the unnegotiable Islamic laws. They also say, that the American-Iranian nuclear deal is international and that's why it is not dismantley in a minute. Iran also martytises a journalist, who died in Syria. Australia wants to co-operate with Iran in Syria. And more can be read in this article...
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After Bollywood ban, Pakistan counts on Iranian movies - Times of India

After Bollywood ban, Pakistan counts on Iranian movies - Times of India | History | Scoop.it
The move is an attempt for survival as well as to restore the glory of Pakistani cinema, which has been on a precipitous decline over the last few years. Considering extreme popularity of Indian films in Pakistan, it is uncertain whether the move would save the Pakistan film industry but distributors believe that it could be the beginning of a revival.
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This article shows, how everything is connected on this globe. The Pakistani government wholly recognises the importance of cinema. It is a perfect way to cultural export and import, especially for the illiteratete people. Here, because of the Jammu-Kashmir tensions between India and Pakistan, the latter seeks import from Iran and Turkey. When we see this from a religious point of view, I dare to say, that a culture of Islam is highly appreciated in those countries. So, it is easier to the Pakistani people to associate themselves to those films. On the other hand, the ethnical and religious diversity is not highly appreciated in Iran and Turkey, which could give a too simple picture of the world. On the other hand, the Hindu nationalism is high now in India and it surely can irritate countries with Islam as their main religion.
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JNU to have sombre Diwali with sit-in, prayers for Najeeb - Times of India

JNU to have sombre Diwali with sit-in, prayers for Najeeb - Times of India | History | Scoop.it
"Najeeb's mother and his sister will also come at the protest. We will light candles and a torch to remind people of an innocent student who was brutally beaten and then made to disappear," Rama Naga, ex-general secretary of JNUSU told IANS.
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In India this, the mob-violence, seems to be quite common. When a group is committing a crime, it can be assumed, that not all are ever arrested. A group of people can pour the highest possible intelligence- or the lowest possible. In India it seems quite often to be the latter case. Let's hope, that this student is found and that the Diwali can be celebrated in a proper way.
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Nepal re-appoints controversial Indian envoy, Deep Kumar Upadhyay - The Economic Times

Nepal re-appoints controversial Indian envoy, Deep Kumar Upadhyay - The Economic Times | History | Scoop.it
The Oli-led government had leveled three charges against Upadhyaya to justify its decision to recall him and officials had said he was working 'against national interest'.
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Nepal is taking it's former Indian ambassador to the office again. It is interesting, how important the post of the foreign ambassador is. But, the Nepalese government also appointed the Chinese ambassador, so it was good time to review the Indian situation. These people are the cultural, political and economical messengers between the nations and that is why their behaviour is keenly followed.
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Iraqi Shi'ite commander says Mosul battle 'no picnic' as troops advance

Iraqi Shi'ite commander says Mosul battle 'no picnic' as troops advance | History | Scoop.it
Iraqi troops and security forces edged closer to Mosul on two southern fronts on Sunday but a leader of the Shi'ite militias newly participating in the offensive warned that the battle for Islamic State's Iraq stronghold would be long and grueling.
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This battle of Mosul seems to be a kind of climat in achieving power from ISIS. The capital of these terrorists and their so-called caliphate, is crucial point for the multicultural forces attacking ISIS. The problem here is, that a big part of these troops are Shias, whereas the areas they are attacking are Sunnis. We could anyway ask, that why are they enemies, because they all are Muslims, but there has been thorough the history a fierce animosity between these groups. Shias are a clear minority, but in many ways wery alert, both economically and intellectually. So, it won't be easy even if the ISIS is driven away from Mosul and regions close to it.
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This Palestinian official is interviewed about his concept of finding co-operation between Israel and the Palestinians. He states in the end, that keys to a solutions are in the hand of the Israel. He tells, that no Arab country would attack Israel, because of it's army. But, there are many ways of the modern warfare, and they don't necessary need a traditional army. The rockets and throwing stones are an ongoing minor war and let's see, if the Fatah is really activating itself.
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Turkey reinstates over 6,000 teachers suspended after coup

Turkey reinstates over 6,000 teachers suspended after coup | History | Scoop.it
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This article, albeit wery short, tells us the core of the issue: Turkey is giving back the right to teach to thousands of people. This issue of fearing the loyalty of the teachers was prominent also in 
Spain during the Franco period, when thousands of teachers were killed. Also, in Japan, after the WW II, they sacked around 100000 teachers. So, nothing new. But, the emphasis to the education is growing, all the time, so Turkey can't afford let it's kids not to have the education. Teachers think themselves and that can be a fear to the leaders. But, they are generally loyal to the system and concentrate to the substance, not politics.
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Kevin Short / Woodlands decked with colorful fruits in all shades of red, pink and purple

Kevin Short / Woodlands decked with colorful fruits in all shades of red, pink and purple | History | Scoop.it
Early winter is famous for the red and yellow leaves of deciduous trees. Nature, however, has another wonderful world of color to show off. At this time of year the edges of countryside and park woodlands will be decked with small fruits resplendent in all shades of red, pink, purple, blue, orange and yellow.
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The JPost

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Fatah, founded in the 60's, has not been that active than Hamas, founded in the 80's. The latter is denounced by many as a terrorist organisation, whereas Fatah is seen as a more moderate organisation in the Palestinian politics. People are talking in Israel about the third intifada and this kind of Fatah activizations gives clue to this thinking. The problem is, that the Palestinian self governance is split to two different regions (Gaza and the West Bank) and so is the authority split (Hamas/Fatah). Is Fatah able to appeal to a broader Palestinian audience? They have more people in the Fatah-governed West Bank, but, the Hamas goes it's own path with rockets and wanting to ground an Islamist state and destroying Israel. So, we will see, if Fatah is taking a step towards Hamas line or can it activate itself without violence.
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John McCain: 'We will not waterboard. We will not do it' – video

John McCain: 'We will not waterboard. We will not do it' – video | History | Scoop.it
“I don’t give a damn what the president of the United States wants to do or anybody else wants to do. We will not waterboard. We will not do it.”
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John Mc Cain, who was himself waterboarded during the Vietnamese War, is sure, that it will not be retaken during the Trump administration. It was used earlier in the USA by the Bush administration, for example in the interrogstion by Khalid Muhammed, the chief architect on 9/11. He lasted for two minutes, but people last on average 14 minutes in this water-torture. So, it was made illegal during the Obama administration, also to CIA. What should be the methods to the uttermost criminal activity to be curtailed? Is the "establishment" toothless? It seems, when old-new methods are rethought. But, if used especially by the Spanish inquisition and the Rouge Khmer, doesn't sound that appealing...
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Syrian hurt in attack at Greek island refugee camp

Syrian hurt in attack at Greek island refugee camp | History | Scoop.it
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There seems to be growing tension and violence in Greek islands, which are packed full with the refugees. There has been violent attacks both by local residents and the refugees. The governor wants this attacked camp to be removed immediately, but it is still there. These refugees can't fo forward and they don't want to go back. This is called a stalemate and it is a horrible situation to all. EU is not fulfilling it's promises about a common Refugee policy with quotas and the fighting parties in Syria are not willing to make a peace deal. There is much need for a kind of pacifism, at least at grassroot level.  I dare to say, that the extremism, both Islamist, and far-right, is growing, when people feel, that nobody is understanding them.
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Caller warns of plot to kill PM Narendra Modi, cops on their toes - Times of India

Caller warns of plot to kill PM Narendra Modi, cops on their toes - Times of India | History | Scoop.it
Delhi Police on Wednesday received a call about an alleged plot to kill Prime Minister Narendra Modi. While the investigation so far hasn’t thrown up anything particularly alarming, and police suspect it to be
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In this article they tell about a phone call giving some information about the killing of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It is sad to hear about this, but many leaders are targeted in some way. Modi has his past in Gujarat, where he is accused to neglect to protect the Muslims during 2002 riots. On the other hand, his role there as a Chief Minister is regarded highly succesfull in creating economic boost, water and other basic supplies. He has started, after being chosen as Prime Minister, many "smart campaigns" and is doing Yoga in 21:st June. So, the Indian economical development is going on, but has this threat something to do with the riots in 2002, or maybe the ongoing, partially failed cash reform?
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The Past as Future

The Past as Future | History | Scoop.it
The current government’s attempt to disassociate India’s destiny from Nehru’s legacy could actually see his resurgence as the patron of secularism and social democracy.
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This article shows, that the secular India planned by Jawaharlal Nehru is not "in" today. His legacy, as a freedom and independence fighter, as a longstanding Prime minister and a moral leader of the Bandug countries gives him many merits to be followed. But, nowdays India relies in traditional Hindu values and this kind of atheistic and socialistic ideas are highly forgotten in India. They got inspiration from Ireland and Russia, but were not only international imports. The Indian nationalism could also use these ideas to get rid of Britain. The nuclear India could surely use it's more secular start as a moral guide, even nowdays.
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Obama’s Policies and Broader Vision Face Reckoning With History

Obama’s Policies and Broader Vision Face Reckoning With History | History | Scoop.it
The president’s place in history looks considerably different than a week ago. Can the transformation he envisioned survive his administration?
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What is the legacy of Mr. Obama? He got his Nobel Price in 2009, which was quite premature. But, what is his legacy, is also quite premature. The owl of Minerva has not yet rise, and it takes time to see, what is going on. If he fears much, maybe he has his reasons. But, fear is not wery fruitful startingpoint for a politics and we shouldn't be intimidated. This picture, however, shows literally, that there comes time to a president to take a general view of his time in power. There is the domestic policy and the foreign. I think, that divisions have risen in the domestic politics, but fallen in foreign politics.
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Saudi-led strike on security complex kills scores in Yemen - France 24

Saudi-led strike on security complex kills scores in Yemen  - France 24 | History | Scoop.it
Arab coalition warplanes bombed a security complex near the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah, killing 60 people including inmates of a prison on the site, a regional official, relatives and medical sources said on Sunday.
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Saudi Arabia is backing the formal Jemenise President and is conducting quite dubious attacks against the Huthi rebels there. Many international aid organisaations have complained about the Saudi warfare. There seems to be foreign assistance also. This is certainly the proxy-war, of whic the Iranian sources complain also. It is disturbing, that the UN plans to peace are not accepted by the Jemenise president and this cruel war can go on. Who is going to help Jemen after this conflict?
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IRGC commander: US using proxy warfare because of inability to launch direct confrontation

IRGC commander: US using proxy warfare because of inability to launch direct confrontation | History | Scoop.it
TEHRAN (FNA)- Lieutenant Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Hossein Salami said the US has lost its power to fight i
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Is it wrong to say, that this Iranian military person is talking about the co-operation of the US and Saudi-Arabia? The seem to irritate Iran, even when the nuclear deal is done. So, the US military silence and a kind of proxy-warfare is getting zero points from Iran. Iran can't forgive US backing the corrupt zhah Pahlavi and not giving any acceptance to the Iranian revolution. Iran seems to comment again and again about it's role as a defender of the Islam, although it represents the minority in the Islamic world. Maybe it is that Napoleon complex, which is seen here...
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Supporting Iraq among Iran’s long-term strategies: Judiciary chief

Supporting Iraq among Iran’s long-term strategies: Judiciary chief | History | Scoop.it
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani, who is on an official visit to Iraq, reiterated Tehran’s unwavering support for B
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Iran's judiciary chef is visiting Iraq and it is said here, that Iran is the first Arab country to help Iraq in it's fight agains ISIS. If it is so, it seems quite strange. Iran and Iraq are now co-operating to drive ISIS away from Iraq. Iran has, of course, it's own interests to counter attack the Sunni terrost group, because Iran is a Shia country. Also, the government in Iraq is, at least mainland,  a Shia government. Let's hope, that the co-operation between these two countries goes beyond this operation and the conflict, like in 1980-88, will never occur again.
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