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Chief Whip of European People’s Party Evokes Wannsee Conference

When chief whip of the accumulation of conservative and right-wing populist European People’s Party (EPP) in the European Parliament, Manfred Weber, uttered his expectations for 2018 on the occasion of his national party CSU’s New Year’s reception in Seeon, Bavaria, … Continue reading

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It’s Cold in Tromsø

The past couple of days have seen temperatures eventually approaching long-term normal values in Tromsø, at 69° 40′ 58″ N the world’s northernmost city. Provided clear skies, today’s the last chance for seeing the sun rising above the horizon, for the next two months … Continue reading

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No Kufic Script on Viking Funeral Garment

Couple of days ago, it had been reported that a funeral garment, datable to the 9th and 10th century, which had been found in Sweden contains the words Allah and Ali (the name of the Prophet Muhammad’s cousin and son-in-law) … Continue reading

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Ophelia Hits Ireland

For the first time in my memory, a major hurricane is going to hit Europe. Ophelia, on her long way from north of the tropic of cancer northwards, has strengthened and will make landfall later today in Ireland. The tenth … Continue reading

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Qur’an in Context

The above picture from a famous 14th century manuscript, celebrated as one of al-Biruni’s (d. 1048) major works, shows two determined riders approaching a watchtower with a fearful looking guard. One rider has mounted a camel while the other is … Continue reading

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