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Belgium defies UN and Israel in name of free speech

A satirical Belgian carnival parade decried by Israel’s foreign minister as “hateful” went ahead on Sunday despite being withdrawn from the United Nation’s list of recognized cultural events over accusations of racism and anti-Semitism. After a float in 2019 featured caricatures of ultra-Orthodox Jews standing with bags of money, organizers …

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US approves polygamy for Mormons

The Utah state Senate voted unanimously on Tuesday effectively to decriminalize polygamy among consenting adults, reducing penalties for a practice with deep religious roots in the predominantly Mormon state. The bill, which would treat the offense of plural marriage as a simple infraction on par with a parking ticket, now …

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West is right, East is wrong, hints Pompeo

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo defended on Saturday his nation’s global role despite misgivings in Europe, vowing that Western values would prevail over Russian and Chinese desires for “empire”. Seeking to reassure Europeans troubled by U.S. President Donald Trump’s “America first” rhetoric, his ambivalence over the NATO military alliance …

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Iran preparing for elections

Iran’s week-long parliamentary election campaign started on Thursday, state TV reported, a vote seen as a popularity test for the clerical establishment at a time when relations with Washington are at their worst since the 1979 Islamic revolution. The Guardian Council, which must approve candidates, has rejected around 6,850 moderate …

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Turkey arrests Iranian rapp artist

Iranian rapper Amir Tataloo has been detained by Turkish authorities in Istanbul after he was flagged as a wanted person by Interpol, police say. Turkish police said Interpol issued a “red notice” for Tataloo, real name Amirhossein Maghsoudloo. The notice, which is not an arrest warrant, was for a drug-related …

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Israeli education minister in row over homosexualty

Several Israeli school districts held impromptu tolerance classes on Sunday after the country’s education minister, an Orthodox rabbi, angered LGBT campaigners by implying homosexuality was unnatural. The furor over the remarks by Education Minister Rafael Peretz – who last year spoke favorably about gay “conversion therapy”, a widely discredited method …

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Is Jesus Christ a Palestinian Superstar?

By: Emily Devereaux | This Christmas season, let’s reflect on Jesus’ life and the historical areas of that far away land. While there is a debate about who is Jesus, still, there is some evidence o His Palestinian heritage. He especially represents Palestinian heritage in many of his teachings and …

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Turkey in solidarity with rape victims in Chile

Female Turkish lawmakers sang a Chilean song in parliament that has been taken up in demonstrations globally to protest violence against women, and displayed photographs of women who have been killed. Unofficial data compiled by a Turkish advocacy group shows men murdered 440 women in the country last year, more …

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Legend about Khiva

There are many interesting legends that tell about the origin of Khiva. Allegedly, the city grew around the well Hewvakh, with tasty and cool water. The well was dug by the order of Shem, the elder son of Biblical Noah. Today one can see this well in the old part of Khiva, …

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Khiva, Uzbekistan

We can attract more tourists with our history and values Shavkat Mirziyoyev Khiva – The City Museum Khiva is the most peculiar Uzbek city. Its history is inextricably connected with the history of the legendary Khorezmshah’s State with its capital in Urgench before. Khiva is a very ancient city. In the 10th …

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Itchan-Kala: Open-air Museum

What is Itchan-Kala? In ancient Khiva, as well as other eastern cities, was divided into three parts: the fortress – Kunya-Ark, suburb – Dishan-Kala and the city – Itchan-Kala. Today Itchan-Kala (Ichan Kala) is open-air museum. It is the old part of the city, surrounded with wall and turned into the …

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Sangbur Open-Air Museum

If the city of Navoi is still “nothing at all”, then in six or seven kilometers south of the city of Navoi one of the most ancient settlements of craftsmen “Sangbur” is located.  The name comes from the words “Sang” – stone and “drill” – to drill, break, that is, …

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UNESCO designates Beirut Creative City for Literature

On the occasion of World Cities’ Day, celebrated on 31 October, UNESCO designated Beirut Creative City for Literature. With this annoucement, Beirut joins the Organization’s Network of Creative Cities, which now number a total of 246 members. The Network brings together cities that base their development on creativity, whether in …

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A STORY ABOUT THE BASIC INCOME

By Russell Morris   Regarding The Basic Income with Demurrage as a distribution mechanism, and  our Agent of Transformation A message from Silvio, embedded in a book of magic; ShiBboLeTh. “After 30 YEARS of watching closely what was happening with The Two “No Eyes Guys”  (The Cash Mob Elite) and …

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Captured by Two Winged Soldiers on Horseback

By Russel Morris   New moon Dear Beast, I have been ceased By Two Winged Soldiers on horseback. Gently. Actually, They just showed me a document And asked me To come along. I know this document very well. It is Aktive Currency Policy. Silvio shared it with us In the …

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Unexpected Meeting

By Russell Morris   Unexpected Meeting In The War Room Abraxas watches as The Shipping Empire and The Land Lords begin to clash. Pretty much out of the blue Abraxas exclaims in a peaceful but firm way; “I’ve surrendered” Puzzled looks from JD and JP “But,   what about …the, the …

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World’s oldest pearl found in Abu Dhabi

The oldest known natural pearl in the world has been discovered by Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi archaeologists working at a Neolithic site on Marawah Island, just off the coast of Abu Dhabi. Dubbed the ‘Abu Dhabi Pearl’, it was found in layers that have been radiocarbon …

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Constantine Truevtsev praises Islamic knowledge resurgance

Islamic countries are reembracing the world of knowledge they commanded during the ancient and medieval period of history but conflicts prevent that resurgence, said a prominent Russian scholar in Arabic and Islamic studies. The role of technological progress in the UAE is an example for such a resurgence to knowledge, …

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Emirati woman elected to UN’s GISD Alliance

An Emirati woman has been elected as a member of the Global Investors for Sustainable Development, GISD, Alliance, in a bid to scale up private sector investment for sustainable development. On Tuesday, the United Nations announced Habiba Al Mar’ashi Al Hashimi, Co-Founder and Chairperson of the Emirates Environmental Group, as …

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Another letter from The Beast

Ahoy, Yes, I am familiar with The Shipping Empire. I want to confess to you What I do with my massive Hoards of hidden CASH. First of all, It just sits in The Vault deep underground. It can sit there for years and years Because it does not decay or …

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Sharjah Archaeology Museum showcases prehistorical artifacts from Kuwait

Sharjah Archaeology Museum, part of Sharjah Museums Authority, SMA, has announced that it is hosting a six-month long exhibition that showcases Kuwait’s ancient history. Held in cooperation with the Kuwaiti National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters, KNCCAL, “The Splendid Archaeology of Kuwait” exhibition includes artifacts excavated from different locations …

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Casa Arabe highlights common civilisational heritage

Emirati artist and critic Ali Al Abdan has stressed that His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, has been committed to ensure that Sharjah’s urban development is firmly rooted in, and an extension of, the Arab and Islamic architectural aesthetics that …

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Sharjah ruler in Madrid’s El Escorial Library

H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, visited the El Escorial Library, St. Jerome Royal Church (Hieronymus Monastery), several museums, monasteries and other historical buildings in Madrid, Spain, on October 10, 2019. Once the historical residence of the King of Spain and …

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