Archive for July 22, 2005
Another view inside the village of Sir`il. (I forgot to say that it is in North Lebanon near Zghorta).
Inside the ancient village of Sir`il.
Yet another book.
One of the oldest books mishandled by Angry fingers.
This is one of the oldest books. The first printing press that produced Arabic books was in the monastery of Khinsharah by `Abdullah Zakhir in the 18th century (I will visit that one next time I am there). The Mar Qizhiyya printing press printed books in Syriac (and some in Karshuni–Karshuni is writing Syriac in [...]
The oldest books are kept behind a glass counter, as is seen in this picture. I talked to the director of the monastery and he kindly permitted me to take out all the books I wanted, and to take pictures of the inside. He did not know how clumsy I can be; I dropped one [...]
Back to the monastery of Mar Qizhayya (I have only 40000 more pictures to go). This is one of the oldest printing machines. The site of the museum (the wall in the picture is visible) is the site of the oldest monastery on the compound. The place is badly managed, and the gift shop only [...]
Commenting on Syrian tightening of the border with Lebanon, Condoleeza Rice says that “neighbors don’t close their borders.” But is that not what US wants Syria to do with its border with Iraq? And is the US, which has been strangling Cuba for decades, in a position to preach here? Of course, Syrian measures on [...]
“Pentagon: Iraq Progress ‘On Track’ (although it describes the insurgency as “capable, adaptable and intent,”)
“Police in India forced nearly 200 cinema goers to do ten sit ups each for watching a porn film”
“Iraq: Bush’s Islamic Republic”
“Amartya Sen offers a brilliant corrective to the myths surrounding his homeland in The Argumentative Indian”
“Remote-controlled robot jockeys have made their debut as camel riders in the United Arab Emirates” (One wrong pull, and you can pull the camel’s neck. What a foolish idea–I saw the footage on TV)