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Suitable Iraq pic US strikes Iraqi extremists as RAF aid arrives - http://www.directorstalk.com/suitable-iraq-pic-us%e2%80%88strikes-iraqi-extremists-raf-aid-arrives/ - #GKP

The Most Important Event of the 20th Century? How the Assassination of Franz Ferdinand Can Still Be Felt Now - Made From History

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Babylon , the old area called Mesopotamia, originally known as Sumer, and later as Sumer and Akkad, lies between the rivers Eufrat and Tiger, south of Baghdad today. The Babilonian civilization, between 18 BC sec and 6 BC, was like the Sumerian one that preceded it, with urban characteristics, although based on agriculture. The kingdom was composed of about 12 towns surrounded by villages.

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FRANKENSTEIN IN BAGHDAD is a spellbinding contemporary novel exploring the reality of violence in Iraq and the world at large today by an ascending literary star in Iraqi voices and winner of the IPAF 2014. Publication rights sold in 8 territories, including US (Viking 2017) and UK (Oneworld 2017). Film rights sold to Wigwam Films.

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"Iraq historically has had high literacy rates. A comprehensive literacy campaign in the 1970s and 1980s helped reduce illiteracy to 20% in 1987. However, since then, most adult and non-formal education programmes have stopped, and today illiteracy is widespread with almost 30% of the rural population unable to read or write." #LiteracyDay #Imperialism #Mesopotamia #CradleOfCivilization

from DailyWorth

New Respect for Women Vets

Veteran’s Day was yesterday—with the federal holiday today—and in case you still think of it as an occasion oriented toward men, think again. With the election of Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) to the House last week, a double-amputee Iraq War veteran, female vets are gaining new prominence. And they should be.

from the Guardian

Story of cities #3: the birth of Baghdad was a landmark for world civilisation

The foundation of al-Mansur’s ‘Round City’ in 762 was a glorious milestone in the history of urban design. It developed into the cultural centre of the world

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