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  • Update: Pope Francis and One-World Religion [Pope Picked to Lead One-World Church]

    11/20/2014 8:57:24 PM PST · by ebb tide · 37 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | 10/11/14 | Cornelia R. Ferreira
    Isn’t it extraordinary how something long in existence can be suddenly re-proposed as a brilliant new idea? Politicians and educators, hoping we have memory problems, often do this to fool us into thinking they are working hard to improve a situation. Another audacious example of this strategy was recently provided by the Holy See’s support of a proposal for a “United Religions”. The proposal came from former Israeli President and Nobel Peace Prize-winner Shimon Peres. At a private audience with Pope Francis this September 4th, Peres “proposed the founding of a United Religions organization — modelled after the United Nations...
  • Huge building complex unearthed in Iraq near ancient civilisation of Ur

    04/05/2013 3:10:43 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    ukmail ^ | UPDATED: 11:17 EST, 4 April 2013 | Hugo Gye
    British archaeologists have unearthed a giant complex near the ancient city of Ur in southern Iraq. The area is believed to have been home to Abraham, father of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. As the find is 4,000 years old, roughly the same age as Abraham himself, it raises the tantalising possibility of a direct link with one of history's most significant religious figures. Complexes of that size from 2,000BC are extremely rare, according to Dr Campbell.
  • From Ur's Royal Tombs

    12/30/2009 9:01:56 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies · 659+ views
    Wall St Journal ^ | December 28, 2009 | Julia M. Klein
    Crammed into a single large gallery, the Penn Museum show -- filled with delicate cylinder seals and alabaster pots, and glittering strings of gold, carnelian and lapis lazuli beads -- is at once frustratingly old-fashioned and deliberately retro in its design. Musical selections from the expedition's record collection play in the background. The texts are well-written but long and somewhat dense. They are supplemented by archival and contemporary images of the site and computer terminals displaying the exhibition's Web site and other Web resources and offering visitors a chance to "live blog" about the show.
  • Deployed Soldiers tour Great Ziggurat of Ur

    11/25/2009 6:51:45 PM PST · by SandRat · 30 replies · 1,268+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Spc. Shane P.S. Begg, USA
    An Iraqi tour guide looks on as Soldiers from the 4th Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade, 1st Armored Division explore what is thought to be the biblical home of Abraham. The ruins were discovered near the Great Ziggurat of Ur, built by the Sumerians four thousand years ago to honor their moon god, Nanna. Photo courtesy of the 1st Armored Division. COB ADDER — More than 40 Soldiers from 4th Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade, 1st Armored Division "Strike Force," were recently given the opportunity to tour the historical Great Ziggurat of Ur here. A local Iraqi man who has...
  • BYE-BYE, BABYLON EXITING IRAQ'S CITIES, VICTORIOUS

    06/30/2009 3:13:48 AM PDT · by Scanian · 5 replies · 919+ views
    NYPost ^ | June 30, 2009 | Ralph Peters
    OUR effort in Iraq passed a major milestone today: Our troops are leaving the cities. Advisers remain in place. Joint patrols will still occur. And our forces will wait nearby to respond to Iraqi calls for support. But the last of the bases and US-only outposts within Iraq's urban centers will be vacated. Terrorists have already begun testing the new security arrangements. Iraqi forces won't always pass with flying colors. Yet this situation seemed a pipe dream not so long ago: Iraq's security forces, serving an elected government, assume primary responsibility for the good order of their own country. We...
  • Pro-Terrorist Students Win Concessions at University of Rochester

    02/11/2009 6:50:51 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 10 replies · 581+ views
    FrontPageMag.com ^ | 2/10/09 | David Horowitz
    As reported at Socialist Worker.org, a Communist website: Socialistworker.org February 9, 2009 STUDENTS AT the University of Rochester (UR) and their supporters from the community occupied a campus building February 6 in solidarity with the victims of Israel's siege of Gaza--and in a matter of half a day declared victory after winning important concessions from the administration. The university agreed to a public forum to discuss UR's financial policies, and its investments in Israel and companies that do business in Israel. It also promised support for a campus-wide fund drive for Palestine, donations to Gaza of surplus supplies, and international...
  • So Much for the 'Looted Sites' [Iraq]

    07/14/2008 9:52:55 PM PDT · by Uncle Ralph · 22 replies · 409+ views
    WSJ.com ^ | July 15, 2008 | Melik Kaylan
    A recent mission to Iraq headed by top archaeologists ... found that, contrary to received wisdom, southern Iraq's most important historic sites ... had neither been seriously damaged nor looted after the American invasion. This, according to a report by staff writer Martin Bailey in the July issue of the Art Newspaper. The article has caused confusion, not to say consternation, among archaeologists and has been largely ignored by the mainstream press. Not surprising perhaps, since reports by experts blaming the U.S. for the postinvasion destruction of Iraq's heritage have been regular fixtures of the news. Up to now ......
  • Archaeologists debunk claim of looting in S. Iraq war zone

    07/07/2008 5:47:35 AM PDT · by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus · 7 replies · 189+ views
    World Nut Daily ^ | 6 July 2008 | Staff Writer
    An unpublicized survey last month of eight of southern Iraq's most important archaeological sites by a team of international specialists found no evidence of looting since the invasion of the country in 2003 by the U.S. coalition, despite earlier, widespread claims of extensive damage. The 25-person mission, titled the Cultural Heritage Initiative, included four international archaeologists, three Iraqi archaeologists, a helicopter crew and military personnel for protection, reported the Art Newspaper. The group began their three-day survey on June 3 from Basra, staying overnight at another airbase 180 miles southeast of Baghdad. The helicopter and armed protection was provided by...
  • Gunman on the loose at University of Richmond?

    05/06/2008 12:51:19 PM PDT · by rotstan · 59 replies · 418+ views
    My friend who works at the University says they are in lockdown mode because there is a gunman on the loose in the library. Anyone have more info?
  • University of Richmond on Lockdown

    05/06/2008 3:39:00 PM PDT · by paltz · 5 replies · 157+ views
    Fox News ^ | 5/6/08 | AP
    Va. —  The University of Richmond was placed on lockdown Tuesday afternoon while police searched for a man who was reportedly seen carrying a gun. University spokeswoman Linda Evans and police said no shots were fired. Evans said witnesses reported seeing a man with a handgun in Boatwright Memorial Library at about 2:50 p.m.. She said the man was wearing a dark-colored shirt or jacket with the word "Sheriff" on the back, and maybe a fake beard. Evans said the man refused to identify himself to library workers.
  • French Archaeologists Says Ur Tomb Artifacts Came From Burnt City

    12/15/2006 10:46:47 AM PST · by blam · 18 replies · 1,455+ views
    Mehr News ^ | 12-15-2006
    French archaeologist says Ur royal tomb artifacts came from Burnt City TEHRAN, Dec. 14 (MNA) -- French archaeologist Michèle Casanova said that the artifacts unearthed from the royal tombs in the ancient Sumerian city of Ur came from Iran’s 5200-year-old Burnt City, the Persian service of CHN reported on Friday. “Now, we are almost certain that the beautiful artifacts discovered in the city of Ur had been brought from the Burnt City, Jiroft, and Central Asia. This fact raises many questions, including why trade relations were established between the regions,” Casanova said. Casanova, who is also an expert on ornamental...
  • Italians Find Ancient Ur Tablets (Iraq)

    03/28/2006 10:53:21 AM PST · by blam · 44 replies · 1,278+ views
    ANSA ^ | 3-28-2006
    Italians find ancient Ur tabletsWritings could lead to buried library (ANSA) - Rome, March 28 - Italian archeologists working in Iraq have found a trove of ancient stone tablets from the fabled civilisation of Ur . The tablets bear around 500 engravings of a literary and historical nature, according to team leader Silvia Chiodi . "This is an an exceptional find," she said, noting that the area in question had previously only yielded prehistoric artefacts . She said the tablets, made of clay and bitumen, were discovered by chance at an archaeological site not far from the location of the...
  • Media ignores homegrown Islamic terror trial

    03/07/2006 7:51:41 AM PST · by GeorgiaDawg32 · 13 replies · 828+ views
    townhall.com ^ | 3/7/06 | by Joel Mowbray
    Unbeknownst to most Americans, federal prosecutors opened their case recently in the terrorism trial of a young American who studied under two Taliban-tied imams in California and whose grandfather was Pakistan’s minister of religion in the 1980’s. The trial of Hamid Hayat, 23, is not taking place in the dark of night nor in a military tribunal from which the media is barred. It is in an open California courtroom, the very kind that has been overrun for trials of the likes of Scott Peterson and O.J. Simpson. Yet in the month of February, the New York Times had exactly...
  • Defense Lawyers Plan Challenges Over Spy Effort

    12/27/2005 7:23:57 PM PST · by ThePythonicCow · 73 replies · 2,011+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 28, 2005 | By ERIC LICHTBLAU and JAMES RISEN
    December 28, 2005 Defense Lawyers Plan Challenges Over Spy Efforts By ERIC LICHTBLAU and JAMES RISEN WASHINGTON, Dec. 27 - Defense lawyers in some of the country's biggest terrorism cases say they plan to bring legal challenges to determine whether the National Security Agency used illegal wiretaps against several dozen Muslim men tied to Al Qaeda.The lawyers said in interviews that they wanted to learn whether the men were monitored by the agency and, if so, whether the government withheld critical information or misled judges and defense lawyers about how and why the men were singled out. The expected...
  • UR student killed by ex-boyfriend

    12/08/2005 8:37:32 AM PST · by kiriath_jearim · 15 replies · 765+ views
    Richmond Times-Dispatch (Virginia) ^ | 12/7/05 | MARK BOWES AND MARK HOLMBERG
    UR student killed by ex-boyfriend Gunman kills himself; victim detailed 2 months of torment BY MARK BOWES AND MARK HOLMBERG TIMES-DISPATCH STAFF WRITERS Dec 7, 2005 "I am living in fear and I want it to end." De'Nora Hill's desperate plea came in a criminal complaint she filed a week before the person she most feared, former boyfriend Joe Casuccio, gunned her down Monday night. The 24-year-old University of Richmond senior had just returned home from her part-time bartending job when she was shot in the face, back and lower body. After shooting Hill, Casuccio ended his own life with...
  • Va. University President Comes Under Fire

    12/01/2005 1:15:38 PM PST · by ncountylee · 5 replies · 651+ views
    AP via TBO ^ | December 1 | ZINIE CHEN SAMPSON
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Insulting alumni and donors probably isn't the best way to show that you are trying to improve your university's national profile, as the president of the University of Richmond has found. During a "state of the university" speech in October at the private liberal arts college, William E. Cooper discussed the school's efforts to become more academically competitive by attracting more talented students. "The entering quality of our student body needs to be much higher if we are going to transform bright minds into great achievers instead of transforming mush into mush, and I mean it,"...
  • Third-generation Iraqi looks after Abraham's birthplace

    08/20/2005 7:07:10 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 19 replies · 895+ views
    AFP /Yahoo News ^ | Aug. 20, 2005 | AFP
    UR, Iraq (AFP) - Dhia Mhesen rattles off fact after fact about this ancient mud brick city, the site of a giant ziggurat and the reputed birthplace of Abraham -- the prophet revered by Judaism, Christianity and Islam alike. "The ziggurat was the temple of the moon god," said Mhesen. "And over there is the house of Abraham. The bible calls this place Ur of the Chaldeans." Mhesen, 46, is the third generation caretaker at Ur, a 4,000 year-old city located near Nasiriyah, 375 kilometers (235 miles) southeast of the Iraqi capital. The site is also known as Tell Muqayyar....
  • IRAQ IN THE BIBLE -- INTERESTING FACTS

    06/16/2005 5:11:43 PM PDT · by Paul Ciniraj · 5 replies · 17,702+ views
    SALEM VOICE MINISTRIES ^ | 16th June, 2005 | Pastor Paul Ciniraj
    1. The garden of Eden was in Iraq. (it sure doesn't look much like Paradise on earth today thanks to Saddam). 2. Mesopotamia which is now Iraq was the cradle of civilization! 3. Noah built the ark in Iraq. 4. The Tower of Babel was in Iraq. 5. Abraham was from Ur, which is in Southern Iraq! 6. Isaac's wife Rebekah is from Nahor which is in Iraq. 7. Jacob met Rachel in Iraq. 8. Jonah preached in Nineveh - which is in Iraq. 9. Assyria which is in Iraq conquered the ten tribes of Israel. 10. Amos cried out...
  • Advocate for Women to Open Speaker Series at University of Richmond

    10/03/2004 2:55:03 PM PDT · by CThomasFan · 20 replies · 504+ views
    University of Richmond hosts speaker series featuring: Nathan Long, "The Space between 'Boy' and 'Girl': Facts and Fictions," March 29, 4 p.m., Brown-Alley Room, Weinstein Hall. Long is a professor, poet, essayist, playwright and short story writer whose work has appeared in such journals as The Sun, Indiana Review and Glimmer Train. He will talk about intersexuality -- having sexual characteristics between those of a typical male and a typical female -- and the plurality of sexes. He also will read from his novel-in-progress about an intersexual person growing up in rural mid-America.
  • Unearthing The Bible In Iraq, our religious history is being obliterated

    08/25/2004 6:17:55 PM PDT · by missyme · 45 replies · 2,326+ views
    Newsweek | August 25,th 2004 | Christopher Dickey
    What there was in the beginning, in the world of the Bible, is what there was in the land now called Iraq. There is nothing left of the Garden of Eden, no artifact at the confluence of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers where myth has placed the Temptation and the Fall. But the great cities and empires from the Books of Genesis and Kings and Chronicles have left their traces: Ur, where Abraham was born; rapacious Assyria with its capital, Nineveh, and Babylon, where the ancient Israelites were carried into captivity and where, as the psalm tells us, they wept...
  • Ambushed in Baghdad

    06/04/2004 6:12:10 AM PDT · by Ligeia · 6 replies · 209+ views
    RIchmond Times-Dispatch ^ | June 4, 2004 | GORDON HICKEY
    <p>Scott Erwin came from his job in Iraq to walk across the stage with his University of Richmond graduating class on May 9.</p> <p>Last year Scott Erwin put his college education on hold to go to Iraq and teach democracy.</p> <p>He risked his life because he wanted to help.</p>
  • Pope poems top one million copies

    03/03/2004 12:22:38 PM PST · by presidio9 · 6 replies · 228+ views
    BBC News ^ | Wednesday, 3 March, 2004
    More than one million copies of a poetry anthology by Pope John Paul II have been published in 20 languages, the Vatican has announced. The pontiff first published the poems in 2003 but the print run was expanded after sales topped 300,000 in his native Poland. An aide said the Pope worked alone on his poems though he was given advice by his friend and poet Marek Skwarnicki. Many of his verses are about nature, including river poem The Stream. The collection, titled Roman Triptych, has been translated into languages including Romanian, Korean and Japanese. About 600,000 copies have been...
  • Decking the Halls Can Have Pitfalls (Idiot Professor /Anti-Christmas Alert)

    12/22/2003 10:54:18 AM PST · by talleyman · 25 replies · 387+ views
    Richmond Times Dispatch ^ | Dec 21, 2003 | Carol Hazard
    <p>A Christmas tree in the company lobby may send the wrong message, said University of Richmond professor Douglas A. Hicks. It could alienate workers not from Christian backgrounds.</p> <p>"America is the most religiously diverse country in the world," he said, and U.S. companies should convey respectful pluralism.</p>
  • University of Richmond senior Scott Erwin is helping to build a democratic Iraq

    11/28/2003 10:15:56 AM PST · by mrsmith · 10 replies · 191+ views
    RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH ^ | Nov 28, 2003 | GARY ROBERTSON
    Talk about a senior trip. Scott Erwin, a senior at the University of Richmond, is spending this academic year in one of the most dangerous places in the world - Baghdad - where bullets fly, trucks explode and heavily armed helicopter gunships skim the rooftops. It's a long way from the tall pines on the UR campus. In e-mail exchanges recently, the 21-year-old Erwin discussed what he's doing in Iraq and how he got there. Erwin, now a civilian employee of the U.S. Department of Defense, is a budget adviser for the Coalition Provisional Authority's Ministry of Interior. The authority...
  • Potter Comes Away Impressed With Today's Military

    09/06/2003 10:06:13 AM PDT · by Ex-Dem · 10 replies · 233+ views
    Daily Globe ^ | September 5, 2003 | Andy Hill
    IRONWOOD -- A brief tour of duty in Iraq was an eye-opener for physician's assistant Jim Potter. "Our generation is good, but I found out we're in great hands with the next generation," said 1st Lt. Potter, who served with the 1st Infantry Division in the early 1970s, but only joined the U.S. Army Reserve in 1999. "They did all they were called to do, and more." Conditions were rough when Potter arrived in Iraq in April. "I first worked out of a foxhole, then from a sleeping bag, to a tent, from the tent to the back of an...
  • Professor calls for looters to be shot

    07/08/2003 4:46:36 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 20 replies · 369+ views
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 07/09/03 | Will Bennett
    Looters are systematically stripping many of Iraq's 10,000 archaeological sites and should be shot on sight by coalition forces, an expert said yesterday. Gangs of up to 400 people are stealing antiquities for the international market and some sites have been largely destroyed, said Elizabeth Stone, an American archaeology professor. "I would like to see helicopters flying over there shooting bullets so that people know there is a real price to looting this stuff," said Prof Stone, of Stony Brook University, New York. "You have got to kill some people to stop this." Prof Stone, who has been at the...
  • Tablets That May Reveal El Nino Secrets Are Feared Lost In Iraq

    06/08/2003 4:10:20 PM PDT · by blam · 43 replies · 493+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 6-9-2003 | Ben Russell
    Tablets that may reveal El Niño secrets are feared lost in Iraq By Ben Russell, Political Correspondent 09 June 2003 The secrets of El Niño, one of the most mysterious and destructive weather systems, could be unlocked by hundreds of thousands of ancient clay tablets now feared lost or damaged in the chaos of Iraq. Researchers believe the tablets, written using a cuneiform text, one of the earliest types of writing, form the world's oldest records of climate change and could give vital clues to understanding El Niño and global warming. Academics are demanding that ministers act to protect the...
  • Postwar Iraq … it's not just for Bechtel -

    04/25/2003 1:03:46 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 1 replies · 638+ views
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Friday, April 25, 2003 | David Armstrong, Vanessa Hua, Chronicle Staff Writers
    <p>Carolyn McIntyre can hardly wait to go back to Iraq.</p> <p>The Middle East director for San Francisco adventure travel company Geographic Expeditions last saw Baghdad in the late 1970s, just as Saddam Hussein was taking over and long before the first Gulf War and trade sanctions put Iraq off-limits for U.S. companies.</p>
  • U.S. infantry protects treasures of Ur

    04/20/2003 12:40:33 AM PDT · by AFPhys · 7 replies · 332+ views
    WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | April 20, 2003 | Betsy Pisik
    <p>UR, Iraq — Shortly after the 392nd U.S. Infantry Brigade captured this desolate flatland in southern Iraq, soldiers were dispatched to guard monuments and archeological sites older than the rocks themselves.</p> <p>The infantry surrounded the Ziggurat of Ur, a famous pyramid temple to the moon god Nanna, and the purported birthplace of Abraham. There was no disturbance in this sparsely populated area, but U.S. commanders decided to ensure that U.S. forces protected these sites — revered by major religions and cherished by the Iraqi people — from sabotage and vandals.</p>
  • Ur: From Dawn of Civilization to 21st Century War

    04/15/2003 9:06:02 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 6 replies · 305+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 4-15-03 | Denis D. Gray
    UR, Iraq (AP) - This is the place where civilization arose, where an ingenious race of people irrigated fields, forged agricultural tools and devised the written word. Some 6,000 years after this glorious beginning, U.S. forces drove sophisticated machines of war through the cradle of mankind. But the fighting, which was heavy in the nearby city of Nasiriyah, spared the sand-swept ruins of Ur and the two families who remain the site's guardians and guides. "We are proud," said Dhief Nauos of his job as custodian of one of Iraq's greatest historic treasures. Five other men standing outside two humble...
  • 13 Points Agreed for New Iraqi Government

    04/15/2003 12:57:23 PM PDT · by Retrofire · 53 replies · 1,244+ views
    Sky News ^ | 04/15/2003 | Sky News
    REBUILDING PLAN AGREED Free Iraqis have drawn up a 13-point plan to rebuild their country following the collapse of Saddam Hussein's regime. The plan was agreed at US-hosted talks at Ur, the birthplace of the biblical prophet Abraham. The delegates also voted to meet again in 10 days' time. In a statement they said a future Iraqi government must be democratic, no leader must be imposed from outside, and the Baath party must be dissolved. As the meeting began, hundreds marched through the streets of nearby Nasiriyah protesting about US involvement in their country's future. They were concerned that the...
  • U.S. Marching in the Footsteps of Abraham

    03/30/2003 10:53:51 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 5 replies · 219+ views
    AP | Monday, March 31, 2003 | By ROBERT H. REID
    U.S. Marching in the Footsteps of Abraham By ROBERT H. REID .c The Associated Press DOHA, Qatar (AP) - As the U.S.-led coalition rolls by the rivers of Babylon, American troops are marching through the cradle of Western civilization, following in the footsteps of Biblical prophets and ancient conquerors. The modern names - Karbala, Afak, Nasiriyah - may be unfamiliar to most Americans. But the history written around those towns resonates throughout Western civilization thousands of years later. Take Nasiriyah, a Euphrates River crossing where U.S. Marines have been battling Iraqi troops and militiamen for nearly a week. About 20...
  • Allied troops bypass holy sites

    03/27/2003 3:18:19 AM PST · by kattracks · 4 replies · 383+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 3/27/03 | Larry Witham
    <p>The U.S. military expedition into Iraq has skirted ancient sites named in Jewish and Christian scriptures and apparently avoided sacred turf where Shi'ite Muslims had their historic and bloody showdown with rival Sunnis.</p> <p>Troops that invaded from the south crossed territory called the cradle of civilization and traditionally considered the site of the Garden of Eden. The troops passed by Abraham's birthplace of Ur and the heart of ancient Sumer, whose poetry told of a creation and flood like that in the book of Genesis.</p>
  • In Message to Saddam, John Paul II Prays for Peace in Iraq

    07/26/2002 11:42:06 AM PDT · by Plummz · 6 replies · 299+ views
    VATICAN CITY, JULY 22, 2002 (Zenit.org).- In a message addressed to Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, John Paul II said he prays for peace in that country and in the region. According to a report of the official agency INA, the Holy Father's message was sent on the 34th anniversary of the Baath Party's coming to power. In his message, the Pope said that he "implores God to bless Iraq and its people, and to make peace reign in the region." On numerous occasions, John Paul II has urged the United Nations to end the embargo imposed on Iraq since 1990....