- Published on Friday, 29 March 2013 01:53
- Written by Michael Forrester
A monumental discovery with four years of comprehensive geo-archaeological research has failed to reach mainstream audiences for some reason.The most active pyramid site in the world dating the pyramid complex back 25,000 years has also released scientific evidence supporting the theory that the pyramids were used as an energy source.The recent study reveals energy beams transmitting electromagnetic signals unexplainable by our science in what is now documented as the largest Pyramid complex in the world.Overwhelming evidence, supported by scientific research from all over the archeological community proves that our recorded history is wrong concerning ancient cultures which in turn changes religion, science and academics.
- Published on Monday, 04 February 2013 17:07
- Written by Alexander Kiossev
The label "The Balkans" shares with other cliches a kind of automatic essentialism - it is a geographic metonym that presupposes the existence of a nongeographical referent. In political debates, journalistic essays, and everyday conversations this is a self-evident, unquestionable presumption: The name's usage indicates that the Balkans exists as a region with a certain identity established by certain common features. One can ask what exactly these relevant features are - are they historical? cultural? political? - and this will be one possible "politics of questioning." Unfortunately, it shares the presumptions of the cliches.
It is also possible to ask different questions, ones that don't take these presumptions for granted. For instance, one can ask about the uncertain and dynamic relations between names, territorial spans, borders, social groups, individuals, and identities.
- Published on Saturday, 20 October 2012 20:39
- Written by BC-Stuff
Montenegro's Oct. 8, 1912, declaration of war on the Ottoman Turkish Empire and its Oct. 9 attack on neighboring Albania, an Ottoman protectorate, stunned Europe.
Montenegro, a military midget, attacking Albania, another poor and backwater Balkan nowhere? Can a tiny statelet like Montenegro spark great havoc?
When the spark strikes a powder keg of ethnic, sectarian and nationalist conflict, the tragic answer is yes. This week marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the First Balkan War (October 1912 to May 1913). It was the second in a series of three wars that led to the great and not quite settled tragedy of World War I, the first being the Italo-Turkish War of 1911-1912.
- Published on Saturday, 02 February 2013 04:55
- Written by Elizabeth Drescher
British psychiatry researchers recently stirred the roiling religious affiliation and identification pot with a study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry that concludes that "People who have a spiritual understanding of life in the absence of a religious framework are vulnerable to mental disorder." This week, the news swam the pond to appear in a number of US news outlets.
The research, led by University College London professor Michael King, reveals a population of "spiritual but not religious" Brits that generally tracks to the US population of "Nones" identified in a recent study by the Pew Forum on Religion in American Life. Some 35 percent of the more than 7,000 Brits surveyed indicated that they had "a religious understanding of life." The majority of these identified as Christian. Nineteen percent self-identified as "spiritual but not religious" (SBNR), while 46 percent described themselves as neither spiritual nor religious. American "Nones," however, seem less inclined to embrace the "spiritual but not religious" label, with fewer than half in the Pew population of the religiously unaffiliated identifying as such.
- Published on Thursday, 18 October 2012 04:11
- Written by Ishaan Tharoor
A century ago today, the Balkan wars began. On Oct. 8, 1912, the tiny Kingdom of Montenegro declared war on the weak Ottoman Empire, launching an invasion of Albania, then under nominal Turkish rule. Three other Balkan states in league with the Montenegrins — Bulgaria, Greece and Serbia — rapidly followed suit, waging war on the old imperial enemy while drawing upon a wellspring of national sentiment in each of their homelands. By March 1913, their blood-soaked campaigns had effectively pushed the enfeebled Ottomans out of Europe. Yet by July, Greece and Serbia would clash with Bulgaria in what's known as the Second Balkan War — a bitter monthlong struggle that saw more territory change hands, more villages razed and more bodies dumped into the earth.
The peace that followed was no peace at all. A year later, with Europe's great powers entwined in the fate of the Balkans, a Yugoslav nationalist in the Bosnian city of Sarajevo killed the crown prince of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Europe plunged into World War I.
- Published on Thursday, 13 December 2012 16:11
- Written by FOCUS Information Agency
Macedonian historians gathered at a conference themed 100 Years of the Balkan Wars held in Skopje. The forum was not attended by historians from other countries, the Macedonian media comment on Tuesday.
- Published on Saturday, 25 August 2012 06:49
- Written by Salim Mansur
In the 1990s, western democracies stepped forward to stop ethnic cleansing in former Yugoslavia by dispatching NATO forces in support of UN peacekeeping operations in the Balkans.
The disintegration of Yugoslavia precipitated ethnic strife, and like all such struggles anywhere in the world, the Balkan conflict was complex and layered with history of grievances, identity politics, and religious bigotry. If one reaches back to the early years of the last century, this region was a cauldron of ethno-nationalism that ignited the First World War.
Some 16 years later, the so-called Arab Spring mirrors the conflict that ripped through the Balkans.
- Published on Sunday, 04 November 2012 18:20
- Written by Jasper Copping
Every schoolboy used to know that at the height of the empire, almost a quarter of the atlas was coloured pink, showing the extent of British rule.
But that oft recited fact dramatically understates the remarkable global reach achieved by this country.
A new study has found that at various times the British have invaded almost 90 per cent of the countries around the globe.
The analysis of the histories of the almost 200 countries in the world found only 22 which have never experienced an invasion by the British.
- Published on Monday, 06 August 2012 22:37
- Written by BC-Stuff
ZAMBOANGA, Philippines — A Catholic-run school in the southern Philippines has caused controversy by banning Muslim students from wearing the hijab headscarf.
Mehol Sadain, who heads the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos, said Sunday he had written to Pilar College in the mixed Muslim-Christian port city of Zamboanga to demand it reverse its policy. While the school was right to claim it could exercise academic freedom, Sadain said it should do so with “justice and fair play.”
“Pilar College should realize that while educational institutions can formulate their own policies, the same should not run counter to existing laws and state policies,” Sadain said.
- Published on Sunday, 28 October 2012 02:53
- Written by BC-Stuff
Muir Rejects the Forgery of the Qur’an:
[Note: Anything that is both in brackets and italicized are my explanations].
The orientalists have written a great deal on this subject. We can select a passage by Sir William Muir from his book, The Life of Mahomet, in the hope that those who claim that the Qur’an has been forged (or altered) will realize wherein they have erred, to the detriment of both the truth and their own scholarship. It should be remembered that our author, Muir, is a Christian, an engage and proud Christian, as well as a missionary who never misses occasion to criticize the Prophet of Islam or its scripture.
When he came to speak of the Qur’an and the veracity and precision of its text, he wrote:
- Published on Friday, 06 July 2012 06:45
- Written by BC-Stuff
Pollution is a big problem in many cities around the world. It has been a serious threat to environmentalist in all developed countries. Efforts are being made to overcome the growing pollution in the world but for some cities it’s too much, and those are the ones where it hits the hardest. So if you’re a neat freak avoid these ten cities.
In many cities air pollution is reaching levels that threaten people's health according to an unprecedented compilation of air quality data released today by WHO (World Health Organization). The information includes data from nearly 1100 cities across 91 countries, including capital cities and cities with more than 100,000 residents. WHO estimates more than 2 million people die every year from breathing in tiny particles present in indoor and outdoor air pollution. PM10 particles, which are particles of 10 micrometers or less, which can penetrate into the lungs and may enter the bloodstream, can cause heart disease, lung cancer, asthma, and acute lower respiratory infections. The WHO air quality guidelines for PM10 is 20 micrograms per cubic meter (µg/m3) as an annual average, but the data released today shows that average PM10 in some cities has reached up to 300 µg/m3.
India, Pakistan and Mongolia were also amongst the worst for pollution in cities whilst Canadian and American cities had some of the best scores. For example, Washington has a score of just 18 micrograms per cubic meter of airborne particles smaller than 10 micrometers.