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  • The Dignitude Problem at the Root of Muslim Rage

    05/05/2015 4:11:43 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | May 5, 2015 | Mark Nuckols
    Once again, Muslim religious fanatics are striking out against our values of freedom of speech and open expression. And again, they claim that somehow they have been so deeply offended by cartoons depicting Muhammad that murder and mayhem are somehow justified. At the root of this insane rage against Western civilization is Muslim dignitude. “Dignitude” is dignity’s shabby imitation, the unfortunate tendency of some people to have an exaggerated sense of their own dignity and to be ready at any moment to be deeply offended at the slightest perceived affront. And among Muslims it is accompanied by a hypocritical...
  • Ancient 'lost city' home to a vanished civilisation found deep in jungles of Honduras

    03/03/2015 2:39:00 PM PST · by BBell · 51 replies ^ | 3/3/15 | Philip Sherwell
    The jungle-choked remains of a "lost city", abandoned by a mysterious civilisation several centuries ago and long fabled for reports of its gold and "monkey children", have been uncovered in the depths of the rainforests of Honduras. A team of American and Honduran archaeologists, aided by the bushcraft and survival skills of former British SAS soldiers, has just emerged from one of the most remote locations on Earth with news of their stunning discovery. The expedition was seeking the site of the legendary "White City", also known as the "City of the Monkey God", a goal for Western explorers since...
  • Clash of civilizations?

    09/26/2013 2:26:13 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 11 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 24 September 2013 | Enza Ferreri
    Q: So, we are now facing "the clash of civilizations": the West and Islam, two civilizations which are equally great. A: Yes. Q: On one side, we have the civilization that gave the world democracy, the concept of rights, Roman law, Greek tragedy, Plato, Socrates, Aristotle, Galileo, Leonardo da Vinci, Newton, Einstein, Darwin, modern science, technology, Michaelangelo, Caravaggio, Raphael, Giotto, Brunelleschi, perspective in art, Picasso, Beethoven, Mozart, Vivaldi, Verdi, Homer, Virgil, Dante, Shakespeare, Euclid, Saint Peter's Basilica, the Empire State Building, Kant, Voltaire, ... A: OK, let me stop you. We've got an idea. Q: On the other side,...
  • Modern culture emerged in Africa 20,000 years earlier than thought

    08/04/2012 11:31:28 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 67 replies
    Los Angels Times ^ | 30 July 2012 | By Thomas H. Maugh II
    Modern culture emerged in southern Africa at least 44,000 years ago, more than 20,000 years earlier than anthropologists had previously believed, researchers reported Monday. That blossoming of technology and art occurred at roughly the same time that modern humans were migrating from Africa to Europe, where they soon displaced Neanderthals. Many of the characteristics of the ancient culture identified by anthropologists are still present in hunter-gatherer cultures of Africa today, such as the San culture of southern Africa, the researchers said. The new evidence was provided by an international team of researchers excavating at an archaeological site called Border Cave...
  • Samuel Huntington's Warning-He predicted a 'clash of civilizations,' not the illusion of Davos Man.

    12/30/2008 1:41:44 PM PST · by BGHater · 20 replies · 931+ views
    WSJ ^ | 30 Dec 2008 | FOUAD AJAMI
    The last of Samuel Huntington's books -- "Who Are We? The Challenges to America's National Identity," published four years ago -- may have been his most passionate work. It was like that with the celebrated Harvard political scientist, who died last week at 81. He was a man of diffidence and reserve, yet he was always caught up in the political storms of recent decades. "This book is shaped by my own identities as a patriot and a scholar," he wrote. "As a patriot I am deeply concerned about the unity and strength of my country as a society based...
  • Relics Of Three Civilizations Found

    06/09/2008 5:45:01 PM PDT · by blam · 5 replies · 70+ views
    The News ^ | 6-9-2008 | Saadia Khalid
    Relics of three civilisations found By Saadia Khalid 6/9/2008 Islamabad The remains of more than 2,400-year-old Buddhist era are nurturing silently under the lap of Margalla Hills as the murals of Buddha appeared on the walls of caves at Shah Allah Ditta. At the distance of 15 kilometres from the main Golra intersection, the site needs immediate attention of the Department of Archaeology and Museums as it possesses not only the relics of Buddhist era but also 8th century AD Hindu period and the 300-year-old Aurangzeb period. According to archaeologists, the cages belong to Buddhists where monks used to perform...
  • Unearthing Clues Of Catastrophic Earthquakes 'An Inviting Tale Of Destruction' (Archaeoseismology)

    04/16/2008 8:19:19 PM PDT · by blam · 7 replies · 505+ views
    Eureka Alert ^ | 4-16-2008 | Seismological Society of America
    Contact: Nan Broadbent 408-431-9885 Seismological Society of America Unearthing clues of catastrophic earthquakes 'An inviting tale of destruction' SANTA FE, New Mexico -- The destruction and disappearance of ancient cultures mark the history of human civilization, making for fascinating stories and cautionary tales. The longevity of today’s societies may depend upon separating fact from fiction, and archeologists and seismologists are figuring out how to join forces to do just that with respect to ancient earthquakes, as detailed in new studies presented at the international conference of the Seismological Society of America. "It's an idea whose time has come, "...
  • Islamic summit seeks dialogue with Christian world (to promote a "dialogue of civilizations")

    03/14/2008 9:26:48 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 456+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 3/14/08 | Daniel Flynn and Lamine Ghanmi
    DAKAR (Reuters) - World Muslim leaders on Friday condemned extremism and terrorism as incompatible with Islam and proposed a high-level international meeting to promote a "dialogue of civilizations" with the Christian world. Leaders of the 57-nation Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), which represents 1.5 billion Muslims from across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, made the "Dakar Declaration" after a two-day summit in Senegal's capital. "We continue to strongly condemn all forms of extremism and dogmatism which are incompatible with Islam, a religion of moderation and peaceful coexistence," the declaration said. "We believe that it is important to plan...
  • Studying Early China, To Learn Why Civilizations Rise And Fall

    04/25/2007 2:17:59 PM PDT · by blam · 19 replies · 796+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 4-25-2007 | University Of British Columbia
    Source: University Of British Columbia Date: April 25, 2007 Studying Early China, To Learn Why Civilizations Rise And Fall Science Daily — In the Yellow River valley of northern China, Zhichun Jing digs through the remains of long-ago cities to find insights for modern survival. Over the past 10 years, Jing has been excavating the cities of the late Shang Dynasty. Flourishing between 1,200 and 1,050 BC, the Shang was one of the first literate civilizations in China and East Asia. Its last capital city was Yinxu, where the present-day city of Anyang now stands. Zhichun Jing studies the dynamics...
  • Collapse Of Civilisations Linked To MonsoonChanges

    01/04/2007 10:32:54 AM PST · by blam · 12 replies · 628+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 1-4-2007 | Catherine Brahic
    Collapse of civilisations linked to monsoon changes 11:13 04 January 2007 news service Catherine Brahic The downfall of the one of the greatest Chinese dynasties may have been catalysed by severe changes in climate. The same climate changes may have simultaneously led to the end of the Maya civilisation depicted in Mel Gibson's new film Apocalypto. So says Gerald Haug of the GeoForschungsZentrum in Germany and colleagues, who studied geological records of monsoons over the past 16,000 years. They have found a startling correlation between climate extremes and the fall of two great civilisations: the Tang dynasty in China...
  • Pope in 'Crusader conspiracy' with Bush says Sheik

    09/27/2006 6:45:48 PM PDT · by LiteKeeper · 47 replies · 1,269+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | September 27, 2006 | Aaron Klein
    Sheik: 'Only dialogue we want is when all religions agree to convert to Islam' Posted: 1:00 a.m. Eastern By © 2006 Pope Benedict XVI JERUSALEM – Pope Benedict XVI's meeting this week with a delegation of Muslim leaders and his calls for interfaith dialogue following earlier remarks about Islam are really "Crusader conspiracies" to subjugate the Islamic faith and force "Christian-Zionist" worldviews upon Muslims, a prominent Gaza Strip preacher told WorldNetDaily in an interview. Sheik Abu Saqer, leader of Gaza's Jihadia Salafiya Islamic outreach movement, which seeks to make secular Muslims more religious, called the pope a "puppet" for...
  • Kissinger warns of possible "war of civilizations"

    09/14/2006 6:04:43 AM PDT · by Esther Ruth · 95 replies · 2,991+ views ^ | Sep 13, 1:23 PM ET
    Kissinger warns of possible "war of civilizations" Wed Sep 13, 1:23 PM ET WASHINGTON (AFP) - Former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger warned that Europe and the United States must unite to head off a "war of civilizations" arising from a nuclear-armed Middle East. In an opinion column in the Washington Post, the renowned foreign policy expert said the potential for a "global catastrophe" dwarfed lingering transatlantic mistrust left over from the Iraq war. "A common Atlantic policy backed by moderate Arab states must become a top priority, no matter how pessimistic previous experience with such projects leaves one,"...
  • Scientists Debate Role Climate Change Plays In Creating Civilizations

    07/07/2006 4:04:55 PM PDT · by blam · 32 replies · 534+ views
    Dispatch.Com ^ | 7-4-2006 | Bradley T Lepper
    Scientists debate role climate change plays in creating civilizations Tuesday, July 04, 2006 BRADLEY T . LEPPER One of archaeology’s "big questions" is explaining the origins of civilization. In anthropology, "civilization" has a technical definition. To qualify as a civilization, a society must have all or most of the following characteristics: cities with large populations; a hierarchical social organization, with a king, pharaoh or president at the top of the organizational chart; an economy based on agriculture; monumental architecture; and a system of record-keeping. The earliest civilizations arose in Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Indus Valley and northern China. Based on this...
  • The 10 Greatest Countries in the History of the World

    06/10/2006 10:36:51 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 23 replies · 673+ views
    Yeah, we're childish. But these are exactly the kinds of questions that pop into our head all the time -- especially as Cathy is forcing us to watch Extra or somesuch. So we decided to put this list together and welcome your input. Here are the ground rules: 1. By "countries," we mean current countries based on current boundaries. 2. Any past accomplishments are credited to the current country; modern Iraq, for example, gets credit for Mesopotamia. 3. Seminal achievements score the biggest points; however, some points are deducted for long periods of backwardness. 4. For our descriptions, our own...
  • Ancient Civilizations: Six Great Enigmas

    08/16/2005 1:39:57 PM PDT · by jb6 · 77 replies · 3,787+ views
    We stand today at an unprecedented turning point in human history. In recent years two versions of ancient history have formed. One, we shall call ‘alternative’ history, the other we shall refer to as ‘official’ history. The former ponders over a variety of anomalies and tries to make sense out of the corpus of evidence, i.e., the pyramids and timelines, why they were built, by whom and when. The latter conducts digs, catalogues pottery shards, and tries to defend its proposal there are no enigmas, and virtually everything is explained. At one point perhaps as late as fifteen years ago...
  • UN seeks to bolster ties between West and Islam

    07/14/2005 7:46:59 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies · 524+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 7/14/05 | Reuters
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations, acting after deadly suicide bombings apparently driven by Muslim extremism hit London, launched an initiative on Thursday to build new bridges between the West and Islam. The campaign's aim was to "bridge divides and overcome prejudice, misconceptions, misperceptions, and polarization which potentially threaten world peace," U.N. chief spokesman Stephane Dujarric said. Recent events had "heightened the sense of a widening gap and lack of mutual understanding between Islamic and Western societies -- an environment that has been exploited and exacerbated by extremists in all societies," he said. Secretary-General Kofi Annan was pursuing the...
  • The Search for Moderate Islam: Part I

    01/29/2005 12:17:04 PM PST · by rmlew · 75 replies · 1,058+ views ^ | January 28, 2005 | Lawrence Auster
    Does it Exist? A leading intellectual figure and stalwart fighter in America's confrontation with radical Islam, Daniel Pipes is perhaps best known for his idea that "radical Islam is the problem, moderate Islam is the solution." As Pipes argues, radical Islam, though currently the dominant political force in the Muslim world, is supported by only 10 to 15 percent of Muslims worldwide, while moderate Islam represents the great, though so far mostly silent, majority of Muslims. He further points out that radical Islam, also known as militant Islam or Islamism, is a very recent phenomenon, having more in common with...
  • The Ends of the World as We Know Them

    12/31/2004 10:17:55 PM PST · by neverdem · 71 replies · 4,028+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 1, 2005 | JARED DIAMOND
    GUEST OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR Los Angeles — NEW Year's weekend traditionally is a time for us to reflect, and to make resolutions based on our reflections. In this fresh year, with the United States seemingly at the height of its power and at the start of a new presidential term, Americans are increasingly concerned and divided about where we are going. How long can America remain ascendant? Where will we stand 10 years from now, or even next year? Such questions seem especially appropriate this year. History warns us that when once-powerful societies collapse, they tend to do so quickly and...
  • Science Is Eating His Dust (Adventurer exploring Chachapoya civilization of Peru)

    12/08/2004 10:31:09 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 36 replies · 883+ views
    LA Times via Yahoo News ^ | Dec. 7, 2004 | Thomas H. Maugh
    Gene Savoy plunged into the Peruvian jungle half a century ago in search of the fabled El Dorado, a lost Incan city so wealthy that its king reputedly walked coated in gold dust. Now semiretired, Savoy never found El Dorado. But along the way, he became the world's foremost chronicler of a forgotten civilization known as the Chachapoya — and a blight to traditional archeologists. Savoy, 79, is among the last of a dying breed — the swashbuckling adventurer whose expeditions plow through the world's rain forests in search of lost history. The tension between Savoy and the archeological establishment...
  • Grains Found in Ga. Traced to Asteroid

    08/24/2004 11:32:23 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies · 754+ views
    Yahoo / AP ^ | August 24 2004 | editors
    Microscopic analysis, reported in the current issue of the journal Geology, revealed a 3-inch-thick layer of "shocked quartz" — a form of the mineral produced only under intense pressure like that of an impact — that dated to 35.5 million years ago, when a space rock slammed into the Earth about 120 miles southeast of present-day Washington.

    06/09/2003 5:25:21 PM PDT · by Mike Darancette · 75 replies · 1,488+ views
    The Times ^ | 7 June 2003 | Robin Shepherd
    IF IT had hit Central London, Britain would no longer have a capital city. The force of the meteorite that hit eastern Siberia last September destroyed 40 square miles of forest and caused earth tremors felt 60 miles away. An expedition from Russia's Kosmopoisk institute has only recently reached the site in a remote area north of Lake Baikal because of bad weather and difficult terrain, the Interfax news agency said yesterday. Fragments of the meteorite had apparently exploded into shrapnel 18 miles above the Earth with the force of at least 200 tonnes of TNT. At the time, Russian...
  • Militants in Europe Openly Call for Jihad and the Rule of Islam

    04/26/2004 7:53:48 AM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 192 replies · 651+ views
    The New York Times ^ | April 26, 2004 | PATRICK E. TYLER and DON VAN NATTA Jr
    LUTON, England, April 24 — The call to jihad is rising in the streets of Europe, and is being answered, counterterrorism officials say. In this former industrial town north of London, a small group of young Britons whose parents emigrated from Pakistan after World War II have turned against their families' new home. They say they would like to see Prime Minister Tony Blair dead or deposed and an Islamic flag hanging outside No. 10 Downing Street. They swear allegiance to Osama bin Laden and his goal of toppling Western democracies to establish an Islamic superstate under Shariah law, like...
  • From Golden Age To An Embattled Faith: Islam once was at forefront of civilization

    02/08/2004 10:11:45 AM PST · by quidnunc · 28 replies · 265+ views
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | February 8, 2004 | Stevenson Swanson
    Granada, Spain – As the fiery orange sun sinks behind the mountains, the stones of the 800-year-old Alhambra take on a rosy glow. Against the backdrop of the snowcapped peaks of the Sierra Nevada, the fortress' rugged towers stand out in the gathering dusk. As the lights of this long-ago capital of al-Andalus — Islamic Spain — blink to life, about 30 men kneel in neat rows inside a whitewashed mosque atop a hill facing the Alhambra. Palms held upward, they recite the evening prayers and bend forward until their heads touch the floor. Behind a thin screen, the shadowy...
  • The Atlantis between Spain and Morocco. The Expedition Revealing discoveries.

    10/30/2003 12:36:28 PM PST · by Maria Fdez-Valmayor · 20 replies · 16,570+ views
    The Atlantis between Spain and Morocco Revealing discoveries  Expedition: "The Ibero-Marroqui Atlantis '"   By Maria Fdez-Valmayor  A Scientific Expedition has started off at the end of this summer for the area of the Straits of Gibraltar in search of possible ruins of the well-known civilization like Atlantis by Plato. According to the project? Atlantis Ibero-Moroccan, between the coasts of southwest of the Iberian Peninsula and the northwest of Africa evidences of cities or submerged coastal villages of the Age of the Bronze would have to be, that could belong to the Island or Peninsula of Atlantis. The expedition...
  • Spotting the Losers: Seven Signs of Non-Competitive States

    09/04/2003 7:29:11 AM PDT · by Voice in your head · 75 replies · 5,243+ views
    Parameters ^ | 1998 | Ralph Peters
    © 1998 Ralph Peters When you leave the classroom or office and go into the world, you see at first its richness and confusions, the variety and tumult. Then, if you keep moving and do not quit looking, commonalties begin to emerge. National success is eccentric. But national failure is programmed and predictable. Spotting the future losers among the world's states becomes so easy it loses its entertainment value. In this world of multiple and simultaneous revolutions--in technology, information, social organization, biology, economics, and convenience--the rules of international competition have changed. There is a global marketplace and, increasingly, a global...
  • 'Know Ye Not Me?' The Face of Evil Is Seen, Defeated

    04/18/2003 6:05:32 AM PDT · by TroutStalker · 9 replies · 240+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Friday, April 18, 2003 | DANIEL HENNINGER
    <p>"Today our nation saw evil."</p> <p>The air fills with prayer this weekend as worshipers, or at least church-goers, attend the rites of Holy Week and Passover. These rituals call forth traditions and ideas born centuries ago, not least the idea that mankind is redeemable. It seems, however, that one other idea that for centuries had been a constant through these few days has declined and is out of favor. That is the idea of evil. There is something about evil today -- the word, its implications -- that discomfits up-to-date sensibilities. I think modern discomfort with evil explains, in part, the opposition to making war against Saddam Hussein.</p>
  • "I'm Right, You're Wrong, Go To Hell"

    04/17/2003 6:41:13 AM PDT · by Valin · 43 replies · 983+ views
    The Atlantic Monthly ^ | May 2003 | Bernard Lewis
    <p>For a long time now it has been our practice in the modern Western world to define ourselves primarily by nationality, and to see other identities and allegiances—religious, political, and the like—as subdivisions of the larger and more important whole. The events of September 11 and after have made us aware of another perception—of a religion subdivided into nations rather than a nation subdivided into religions—and this has induced some of us to think of ourselves and of our relations with others in ways that had become unfamiliar. The confrontation with a force that defines itself as Islam has given a new relevance—indeed, urgency—to the theme of the "clash of civilizations."</p>
  • Comets,Meteors & Myth: New Evidence For Toppled Civilizations And Bibical Tales

    08/11/2002 5:32:56 PM PDT · by blam · 19 replies · 3,661+ views
    Science Tuesday/ ^ | 11-13-2002 | Robert Roy Brit
    Comets, Meteors & Myth: New Evidence for Toppled Civilizations and Biblical Tales By Robert Roy Britt Senior Science Writer posted: 07:00 am ET 13 November 2001 "...and the seven judges of hell ... raised their torches, lighting the land with their livid flame. A stupor of despair went up to heaven when the god of the storm turned daylight into darkness, when he smashed the land like a cup." -- An account of the Deluge from the Epic of Gilgamesh, circa 2200 B.C. If you are fortunate enough to see the storm of shooting stars predicted for the Nov. 18...
  • The Clash of Civilizations. By Samuel P. Huntington

    04/11/2002 5:51:39 PM PDT · by dennisw · 22 replies · 9,714+ views
      Written about 1994 is my guess. An excerpt from:   The Clash of Civilizations?by Samuel P. HuntingtonSAMUEL P. HUNTINGTON is the Eaton Professor of the Science of Government and Director of the John M. Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard University. This article is the product of the Olin Institute's project on "The Changing Security Environment and American National Interests."Almost without exception, Western countries are reducing their military power; under Yeltsin's leadership so also is Russia. China, North Korea and several Middle Eastern states, however, are significantly expanding their military capabilities. They are doing this by the import...