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Salah al-Din: Characteristics of Conquest – Part III

Section III: Four Key Aspects of Salah al-Din’s Character In the final analysis, Salah al-Din was a multi-layered character who, it seems, gave careful thought to how best to achieve his goals. Though contemporary chroniclers and modern historians differ in opinions as to Salah al-Din’s abilities and motivations thereby coloring the lens through which we…

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Salah al-Din: Characteristics of Conquest – Part II

Section II: Salah al-Din’s Victories at Hattin and Jerusalem While there is debate as to Salah al-Din’s abilities in the realm of military tactics and strategy , his victories at the Horns of Hattin and Jerusalem were both decisive. In the case of Jerusalem, it was the accomplishment of a long-stated goal – the liberation…

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Piracy in the Barbary – Part I

It will suffice to say that an extreme ignorance, a grossness without equal, and an inconsistency which disconcerts the most measured approaches are today the foundation on which the government rests. The dey is an imbecile who has outbursts of puerility like a child and who reflects on nothing, before or after giving his orders[1].…

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Mamluk Heraldic Devices in Jerusalem – Part III

Section III: Four Key Aspects of Salah al-Din’s Character In the final analysis, Salah al-Din was a multi-layered character who, it seems, gave careful thought to how best to achieve his goals. Though contemporary chroniclers and modern historians differ in opinions as to Salah al-Din’s abilities and motivations thereby coloring the lens through which we…

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Hamas and the Indoctrination of Palestinian Children-Part III

Note: this section contains the list of works cited at the end Section III: Unconventional Education and its Impact Hamas’ Extra-Curricular Methodology Hamas, not content to rely exclusively on school textbooks to accomplish their goal of radical Islamic indoctrination, masterfully employs a number of media to promote their focused message to children. These media all…

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Hamas and the Indoctrination of Palestinian Children-Part II

II: Educational Philosophy of Hamas Fateh and Hamas: Educational similarities “Palestinian education and propaganda are more dangerous to Israel than Palestinian weapons.” – Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon Any discussion of the education of Palestinian children has to take into consideration the influence of the Fateh-led Palestinian Authority , for this was the organization…

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Hamas and the Indoctrination of Palestinian Children-Part I

“For Palestine is a sacred Islamic land that has been forcibly seized by the Zionists, and it is the duty of Muslims to conduct a holy struggle to regain it and to expel the invader from it.” –Hamas Introductory Memorandum, Article 7 . “…exterminate the Zionist germ…” [an 8th grade Palestinian textbook, page 117.] “We…

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Piracy in the Barbary – Part II

Section II. Failure of European Powers to Suppress Corsair Activity At the end of the 18th century the Barbary regencies had survived two centuries of pressure, of blockades and bombardments by the much more powerful European states. Better yet, they had known how to exploit the threat of capture to obtain regular presents and payments greater…

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Salah al-Din: Characteristics of Conquest – Part I

Had there been no slaughter of the Muslims of Jerusalem in 1099, the name “Salah al-Din” might never have risen from obscurity to become one of the greatest names in the history of “Holy War”.  Yet the slaughter did take place and as a result, locked the Franks and Muslims in a bloody battle of…

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Iraqi Reconciliation-Economic Proposal: Hydrocarbon Revenue Sharing

This was a proposal I crafted in 2008 to address the dispute over equitable distribution of Iraqi hydrocarbon revenues. Goal of Proposal: This proposal seeks to address the issue of the equitable management of the Iraqi hydrocarbon sector, and the equitable distribution of the revenues generated therein. Overview: The government of Iraq will form a…

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