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It takes a liar…

There is a saying, and a song by the American rock group “Taking Back Sunday”, that it takes a liar to know a liar. In the case of Oliver North, the newly elected president of the National Rifle Association (NRA), in 1987 he lied to congress about his role in the Iran-Contra scandal. In 1989 he was convicted of obstructing the work of Congress More...

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By Daniel Martin Varisco On måndag, maj 7th, 2018
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A Kingly look at Islamic Astronomy

All societies have star lore, using the movements of stars and other celestial phenomena to tell time and direction. The formal science of astronomy, with roots in ancient Mesopotamia and Greece, evolved in the More...

By Daniel Martin Varisco On lördag, maj 5th, 2018
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Popular Costumes of Turks in 1873

In 1873 the Turkish Imperial Commission for the Universal Exposition in Vienna published a beautifully illustrated, large-sized book entitled Les Costumes Populaires de la Turquie en 1873. It was published in Constantinople More...

By Daniel Martin Varisco On lördag, april 28th, 2018
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Meanwhile in Yemen…

The episode in early April of a poison gas attack in Douma, a city near Damascus, that led to a measured missile attack by the U.S., Britain and France, has understandably been the focus of media attention for the More...

By Daniel Martin Varisco On måndag, april 9th, 2018
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Isolating Qatar

On June 5, 2016 Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain began a boycott of its Gulf neighbor Qatar, the richest country in the world, cutting off land and air travel over their space. No doubt the same countries that More...

By Sara El-Zelit On onsdag, april 4th, 2018
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President Trump expresses solidarity with Saudi Arabia

President Donald J. Trump spoke on Monday with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia.  King Salman thanked the President for hosting Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the White House.  President More...

By Daniel Martin Varisco On tisdag, april 3rd, 2018
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No Alibi for Tit for Tat

The Saudi-led bombing campaign of Yemen has entered its fourth year with no end in sight. The humanitarian crisis created by the bombing runs is one of the worst in the world, so bad that the UN has just asked donors More...

By Daniel Martin Varisco On lördag, mars 31st, 2018
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Mapping the Islamic World

Maps make the world go round, even when the mapmakers still thought the world was round. There is a wealth of literature on Islamic miniatures found in manuscripts stemming back centuries, but there is less knowledge More...

By Daniel Martin Varisco On lördag, mars 24th, 2018
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Washington, Jefferson, Trump, Bin Salman

The Saudi Crown Prince and de facto owner-in-chief of the kingdom’s vast oil wealth and investments visited President Trump at the White House on Tuesday, but he was not alone. Looking down from portraits on the More...

By Daniel Martin Varisco On lördag, mars 10th, 2018
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America, Britain and the Saudi War on Yemen

As the humanitarian crisis in Yemen drags on, the Saudi-led coalition has managed to buy off opposition in most of the media and among politicians in the West. Protest Sign on Bus about MBS Visit to England A notable More...