Damascus, Syria. Here is where I will wander ancient streets and think about all the history around me. But I will make friends there among the ladies, and together we will marvel at the architecture and giggle about things beneath our veils and go shopping in the market and barter with the sellers.

Merchants and craftsmen have sold their wares outside the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus, Syria for hundreds of years. A UNESCO World Heritage Site. by Christopher Herwig, Aurora

This map shows how many Syrian refugees have entered into surrounding countries. It is estimated that a total of 4.1 million people have died in the civil war in Syria. Almost 2 million people have fled to Turkey in search of safety.

This Graphic Shows the Astonishing Scale of Syria's Refugee Crisis

We would have had to face this force is already in its territory. They would have acted in the Caucasus, in Central Asia, in the Volga region. Would have problems with a much higher degree. We broke the backbone of the LIH in Syria. In fact, our armed forces to crush the enemy on the distant approaches to the borders of our state.

Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, Army General Valery Gerasimov: “We have broken the backbone of the shock forces of terrorism” Auto Translate: The defeat of the a…

not sure if i agree with some of the conclusions drawn at the end, but an interesting topic    http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2012/02/syria_uprising_twitter_and_social_media_revolution_fatigue_.html

Why Aren’t Social Media Users Paying More Attention to Syria?

Data source: The Gulf/2000 Project and United Nations ReliefWeb (The Washington Post)

40 more maps that explain the world

The religious lines dividing today's Middle East. Religious distinctions are deeply important for many of the problems in today's Middle East, particularly between Sunni and Shia Muslims in Syria and Iraq. This map shows not just that those divisions

Ugaritic cuneiform was named after Ugarit, the city state where it was used in what is now Syria. It was probably created sometime during the 14th century BC. Ugaritic cuneiform outwardly resembles other cuneiform scripts and has a sound system based on consonant alphabets such as Phoenician/Canaanite. Ugarit flourished from the 14th century BC until 1180/70 BC, when it was destroyed.

Ugaritic cuneiform outwardly resembles other cuneiform scripts and has a syllabic sound system such as Etruscan. Ugarit an independed Canaanite city-state flourished from C. 2600 BC until it was utterly destroyed in 1205 BC.

An Associated Press investigation reports that a vast array of pharmaceuticals show up in the water of 41 million Americans. The drugs are concentrated in the water in tiny quantities, but some scientists worry that there could still be harmful effects for humans.

Study Finds Drugs Seeping Into Drinking Water

Composer Todd Hahn says at the peak of a political campaign season he scores as many as 18 ads a day.

Another middle east Christian for the lefties to ridicule. This Christian will see more adversity then thier first world problems could ever touch. Shameful hypocrites

Another middle east Christian for the lefties to ridicule. This Christian will see more adversity then thier first world problems could ever touch.

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In Syria the unemployment rate is with million homeless due to conflict and 2 million children having to drop out of school.

3rd century Rome had a major woman problem. Her name was Zenobia, and she took over a huge chunk of their empire in her brief and tumultuous career as rebel queen.

century Rome had a major woman problem. Her name was Zenobia, and she took over a huge chunk of their empire in her brief and tumultuous career as rebel queen.

It's a new year. But the outlook on some of the world's biggest problems is as dismal as ever - January 9, 2018.    Injured people receive treatment at a hospital after airstrikes hit the city of Mesraba in Eastern Ghouta, Syria, on Jan. 3. (BADRA / EPA-EFE / REX/Shutterstock)

It's a new year. But the outlook on some of the world's biggest problems is as dismal as ever

It's a new year. But the outlook on some of the world's biggest problems is as dismal as ever - January 9, 2018. Injured people receive treatment at a hospital after airstrikes hit the city of Mesraba in Eastern Ghouta, Syria, on Jan. 3. (BADRA / EPA-EFE / REX/Shutterstock)

How to Change the World...great practical resource/list of organizations.

How to Change the World

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