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Fergana Valley tasty destinations for tourists

The Ferghana Valley (also transliterated as Fergana or Farghana) is historically the main Silk Road route between Kashgar and Samarkand. It is a relatively fertile, populous and prosperous area though much of the surrounding country is mountains, steppe or desert. Two rivers, the Naryn and the Kara Darya, flow into …

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Andijan: the birthplace of the great Bobur

Andijan region is the birthplace of the great Bobur, the smallest in the area, and at the same time the most densely populated region of Uzbekistan. The history of this region begins with the ancient Dayuan State founded here in the VI century BC. Agriculture with artificial irrigation and cattle …

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Gazan artists try to preserve Mamluk era homes

The grand, 500-year-old brick walls of the Al-Kamalaia School slowly emerged from years of accumulated garbage as grassroots preservers began the long process of restoring it to its former glory. Located in the heart of the old quarter of Gaza City, the Mamluk era building is one of an ever-dwindling …

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‘Writing for the sake of collective survival’ – the emotional brilliance of the Palestine Writes Festival

BY ALICE ROTHCHILD  DECEMBER 9, 2020   This past year, the isolated loneliness of being a writer has been magnified by the cruelties of the pandemic. Spending five intense virtual days at the Palestine Writes Literature Festival with over 3,000 people from 75 different countries was an exhilarating and welcome relief, even though it …

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Iraq wants Gilgmesh tablet back

US prosecutors are seeking to confiscate a rare ancient tablet from a Christian museum co-founded by the president of retailer Hobby Lobby. The 3,500-year-old artefact, from what is now Iraq, bears text from the Epic of Gilgamesh, one of the world’s oldest works of literature. Prosecutors allege that an auction …

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Why should we remember the Armenian genocide?

On this day, one hundred and five years ago, Armenian leaders in Constantinople were rounded up by Ottoman authorities and murdered. This day therefore marks the commencement of the Ottoman plans to systematically kill and annihilate the Armenian minority. By Darlene Schembri By the end, around one and a half …

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Gaps and Omissions in Europe’s New Memory Wars

In Russia, the proposed revision of the constitution has become a fight over history. One of the amendments on which Russians will vote at some point this year declares the right and obligation of the state to “protect historical truth.” It seems the establishment of a Russian equivalent of the …

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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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Holocaust survivors second-class citizens in Israel

Holocaust survivors in Israel are better off financially than in the past thanks to the efforts of campaigners after decades of government neglect and bureaucracy, but some still live in poverty. World leaders joined some of the survivors in Poland on Monday to mark 75 years since Soviet troops liberated …

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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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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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Umm Al Qaiwain temple could be world heritage site

With its programme of conservation of the pre-Islamic temple at the 2,000 year old archaeological site of ed-Dur now completed, the Department of Tourism and Antiquities of Umm Al Qaiwain is now keen to have the temple and the whole area of ed-Dur inscribed on the World Heritage list of …

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700 year old porcelain discovered in UAE

Collaboration between the Department of Antiquities and Museums of the northern emirate of Ras Al Khaimah and the Forbidden City Foundation, a Chinese institution based in Beijing, is shedding new light on the ancient trading relations between China and the southern Arabian Gulf, according to a lengthy report published in …

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Married to a Bedouin

A New Zealand nurse visited the ancient city of Petra in Jordan, where she met a Bedouin seller of souvenirs and loved him and lived with him in his cave. By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem — ‘”Where you staying?” the Bedouin asked. “Why you not stay with me tonight – in …

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ARABIC SCIENCE FICTION – Demigods in Time

by Emad El-Din Aysha, PhD     The shower of His merciful bounty gratifies all, and His             banquet of limitless generosity recognizes no fall. The inner secrets             of His subjects, He does not divulge, nor does He, for a rogue’s             slight frailty, in injustice indulge.               …

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100,000-year-old archeology site discovered in Riyadh

Archaeologists in Saudi Arabia have uncovered a 100,000-year-old site in the mountain range south of Riyadh dating back to the Paleolithic period. The joint Saudi-French mission was carried out at archaeological sites under the supervision of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, which included field surveys at the …

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