Browsing: December 11

A Brief History On December 11, 2012, an Alawite village in Syria, Aqrab, was the scene of horrific tragedy as terrorist bombs went off and killed about 125 people and injured an additional 200.  Known as the Aqrab Massacre, this sad series of events were but a smaller part in the ongoing Syrian Civil War that began in 2011.  Other estimates of fatalities in the Massacre range up to 300 dead.  In the West, the Islamic religion is often portrayed as a monolithic entity, and when differences in Islamic theology are recognized it is usually in the context of the…

A Brief History On December 11, 2017, New York City once again became the target of an Islamic radical terrorist, this time an immigrant from Bangladesh.  Luckily, the pipe bomb used in the attack did not explode properly, leaving the suspect with minor injuries (burns) and 3 innocent people with “headaches and ringing in the ears.”  It could have been so much worse!  President Trump acknowledged the incident as justification for his anti-immigration platform, saying, “There have now been two terrorist attacks in New York City in recent weeks carried out by foreign nationals here on green cards. The first…

A Brief History On December 11, 2005, racial tensions exploded into violence in the Sidney suburb of Cronulla, New South Wales, Australia, with rioting by White Australians against anyone they perceived to be of Lebanese descent.  The riots lasted a few days, and spread to surrounding suburbs. Digging Deeper Australia, not unlike the United States, was originally settled by the people known today as Aborigines.  When British explorers (17th Century) and colonists (18th Century) settled the giant island continent, the indigenous people declined from as many as a million people to a fraction of their previous numbers, mostly due to…

A Brief History Fantasy-drama fans, here is your chance to be among the first in Cleveland to see The Shape of Water on Monday, December 11, 2017 at 7:00 PM at Cedar Lee Theatre in Cleveland Heights, Ohio!  Please visit http://www.foxsearchlightscreenings.com/SHAPEJCU for the chance to download a pass.  Passes are limited and seating is first-come, first-served and not guaranteed.  Please arrive early to increase chance of entry. Digging Deeper From master story teller, Guillermo del Toro, comes THE SHAPE OF WATER – an other-worldly fable, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962.  In the hidden high-security government laboratory…

A Brief History On December 11, 629, the Prophet of Allah and founder of the Muslim religion, Muhammad, led an army of 10,000 converts to Islam into Mecca and conquered the city with minimal casualties. Digging Deeper As often takes place today when Islamists take over an area previously shared by other faiths, the Muslims destroyed all traces of Arabian, Jewish, and Christian statuary, paintings, and other objects of non-Islamic religious significance, although some accounts claim Muhammad spared depictions of Jesus and Mary. The land we now know as Saudi Arabia, or the Arabian Peninsula, was peopled by followers of…

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