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September 14th, 2008, 01:59 PM
Myth world: ancient Babylon visits Britain

A tower which has haunted the imagination of artists and writers for thousands of years will rise again in the first exhibition devoted to the art, archaeology and dreams of ancient Babylon.

"When we asked people about Babylon many weren't quite sure whether it was a real place or a kind of fairytale, but what they had heard of was the Tower of Babel and the Hanging Gardens," said Irving Finkel, curator of the British Museum exhibition. "We have lavish evidence for one and not a scrap for the other, but we'll do our best."

The exhibition will recreate a lost city renowned for its engineers and mathematicians but also for its magicians and dream interpreters, with displays including brilliantly-coloured tile panels of lions and dragons taken from the great processional way towards the towering Ishtar gate.

More . . . (http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2008/sep/13/heritage.exhibition)

September 14th, 2008, 02:06 PM
Joel Rosenberg predicted this.. watch his interview on youtube with Glenn Beck..Watch all 5 parts.

September 24th, 2008, 08:09 PM
Promoting a Vision of Tourist Bliss in Baghdad’s Dusty Rubble

Humoud Yakobi gazes at the rubble-strewn parking lot, the maze of blast walls and the clusters of dusty palm trees on the island around him and sees hotels, restaurants and shopping malls, with throngs of people enjoying refreshments by the swimming pool or playing a round of golf.

“I always imagine it as some kind of heaven,” he said.

Mr. Yakobi, the chairman of Iraq’s Board of Tourism, is charged with attracting foreign visitors to his beleaguered country. Jazirat A’aras, an island in the Tigris that is just across from the fortified Green Zone and the new American Embassy, is central to his plans. He is seeking investors who might want to spend $2.5 billion to $4.5 billion to build on the island, which was a honeymoon resort before it was bombed and looted in 2003 and then taken over by the Americans for use as a construction yard for the new embassy.

As Mr. Yakobi and his colleagues envision it, the development would include “a six-star hotel,” spas, a yacht club, an amusement park, a shopping center and luxury villas, built in the architectural style of the Ottoman Empire-era buildings in Old Baghdad. The complex would also have an 18-hole golf course, the “Tigris Woods Golf and Country Club,” as it is called in preliminary sketches prepared by the Tourism Board.

More . . . (http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/21/world/middleeast/21tourism.html?hp)

September 24th, 2008, 08:11 PM
The Hot Holiday Destination: Iraq?

The way Barack Obama talks of Iraq, you'd think the whole county is a sea of fire and blood, created by the United States. So he might be surprised to learn that tour operators in Europe and the Middle East are touting this "sea of fire and blood" as a new holiday destination.

One program just put on the market by Terre Entiere, a leading French tour operator, offers a "Christmas Pilgrimage" in December to Iraq's biblical sites, some of which date back more than 2,000 years.

Another program starts in January. Called "Forgotten History," it includes visits to some of the most ancient sites of human civilization in Iraq, the ancient Mesopotamia.

"Frankly, we were surprised by the positive echoes we had as soon as we launched our program," says Pierre Simon, a spokesman for the French company marketing the Iraqi holidays. "People from many European countries, not just France, are showing interest. They want to go and see for themselves."

More . . . (http://frontpagemagazine.com/Articles/Read.aspx?GUID=E81306D2-9183-45EE-A691-9FEAC26EE49D)

September 29th, 2008, 01:33 PM
Iraq to take control of Babel

Iraqi security forces will take control of the central Shi'ite province of Babel within a month, the provincial governor Salem al-Saleh Meslmawe told AFP on Sunday.

"We have discussed with the government and the coalition forces and there is an agreement to transfer security. This will be done within a month," Meslmawe said.

Babel will be the 12th out Iraq's 18 provinces where security responsibilities are to be transferred to Baghdad by the US-led coalition forces.

"The security (in Babel) is very good and Iraqi security forces can control it," the governor said, adding that the transfer would take place between mid to late October.

More . . . (http://www.news24.com/News24/World/News/0,,2-10-1462_2400838,00.html)

September 29th, 2008, 01:37 PM
Iraqi Christians, Muslims Unite in Seeking Peace

Interreligious peace-seeking in Iraq can take on many forms, ranging from meetings with high-ranking leaders of both religions to parish dinners that gather ordinary people regardless of creed.

On Monday, Cardinal Emmanuel III Delly, patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans and archbishop of Baghdad, met with Abdul Aziz Hakim, leader of the Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council (SIIC), the Shiite party with the largest number of representatives in Parliament.

Cardinal Delly acknowledged "the efforts of the Baghdad government to promote security and stability, as well as unity among all Iraqis." For his part, the SIIC leader recalled "the historic ties that the country has with the Christian community."

More . . . (http://www.zenit.org/article-23726?l=english)

September 30th, 2008, 09:13 AM
"I saw one of his heads
as if it has been mortally wounded
and his deadly wound was healed.
And all the world marveled
and follow the beast." - Rev.13:3

October 23rd, 2008, 08:09 PM
Another Iraqi province handed back

The US military has handed control of security in the province of Babil, to the south of Baghdad, to Iraqi forces.

It is the 12th of Iraq's 18 provinces to be handed back to the Iraqis.

November 7th, 2008, 05:15 PM
Syriacs, "Assyrians" and "Chaldaeans" are all Aramaeans

A few days ago, the Patriarch of the Chaldean Church of Babylon, Mgr. Emmanuel III Delly, admitted that the ethnic identity of all the different names´ Christian groups is Aramaean.

This statement can play a great role in reuniting all the conscious parts of the multi-divided (due to Anglo-French colonial infiltrations and machinations) Aramaean nation; this would augur a completely different future for the entire Middle East.

Before republishing a feature well elaborated by the Aramaeans of Aram Nahrin, I briefly expand on the historical background of the different appellations employed by the various Aramaean ethno-religious groups of the Middle East.

More . . . (http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/80293)

November 7th, 2008, 05:28 PM
Audio Slideshow: 'Babylon' - myth and reality

(click link for slideshow)

The ancient city of Babylon - in modern-day Iraq - has engendered a rich legacy in art and thought, from great paintings to contemporary film and music.

Next month, the British Museum brings together such works of imagination with archaeological treasures - to try to reveal the reality behind the legends.

The exhibition will look at famous myths and stories - including the Tower of Babel, the Hanging Gardens, and King Nebuchadnezzar's madness.

Here - for Radio 4's The World At One - the museum's Assistant Keeper Dr Irving Finkel shows off some of the main exhibits.

More . . . (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/7697854.stm)