ISIS’s war on heritage claims a human victim

Originally posted on World Heritage Alert:
Yesterday, Syria’s Antiquities Director Maamoun Abdulkarim announced that ISIS has executed the 82 year old head of antiquities in Palmyra: Islamic State (IS) militants beheaded an antiquities scholar in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra and hung his body on a column in a main square of the historic…

Well, if anybody should know…

Noted civil rights pioneer Mike Huckabee (R-YouSureYouReallyWantToGoHere) on the Black Lives Matter movement: “When I hear people scream, ‘black lives matter,’ I’m thinking, ‘Of course they do.’ But all lives matter. It’s not that any life matters more than another,” Huckabee told Blitzer. “That’s the whole message that Dr. King tried to present, and I… Continue reading Well, if anybody should know…

Mosaddegh, 1953: history swallowed up in legend

Today is the sixty-second anniversary (and the second time we’ve commemorated it here) of the 1953 coup d’etat, carried out by Iranian elements at the behest and with the support of British Secret Intelligence and the US CIA, that forced Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh from office. Mosaddegh was nominally replaced as prime minister by… Continue reading Mosaddegh, 1953: history swallowed up in legend

Mossadegh, 1953: history swallowed up in legend

Today is the sixty-second anniversary (and the second time we’ve commemorated it here) of the 1953 coup d’etat, carried out by Iranian elements at the behest and with the support of British Secret Intelligence and the US CIA, that forced Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh from office. Mossadegh was nominally replaced as prime minister by… Continue reading Mossadegh, 1953: history swallowed up in legend

More people who must not be as smart as Chuck Schumer

Last time it was a bunch of retired generals and admirals demonstrating that they obviously know less about military risk and national security than Chuck Schumer, on account of they think the Iran deal is actually pretty good whereas he knows that it’s terribad. Today we have 75 experts on nuclear non-proliferation demonstrating that, unfortunately,… Continue reading More people who must not be as smart as Chuck Schumer

Today in Middle Eastern history: the Battle of Marj Rahit (684)

The early caliphate was not an especially stable place. In the two centuries after Muhammad’s death in 632, the empire went through four fitnas, or civil wars. It’s fair to say that the second of these, which lasted from 680 to 692, was really almost a do over of the first, with the same factions… Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: the Battle of Marj Rahit (684)

Today in Middle East history: the Battle of Marj Rahit (684)

The early caliphate was not an especially stable place. In the two centuries after Muhammad’s death in 632, the empire went through four Fitnas, or civil wars. It’s fair to say that the second of these, which lasted from 680 to 692, was really almost a do over of the first, with the same factions… Continue reading Today in Middle East history: the Battle of Marj Rahit (684)