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origin of the arabic numerals

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a book by adel bishtawi The story of natural numbers 3rd Edition From a review by BLUEINK: Along with exploring the earliest systems of counting, the book offers a frequently fascinating overview of ancient trade and linguistics. The narrative– which is enhanced by tables, charts and illustrations–takes place in Egypt and throughout the Middle East, with an emphasis on Arabia and side-excursions...

Only When Desire Screams

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A new POETRY book PRIMED WITH POWERFUL EXPRESSION The heart is the temple of love in which it crowns itself supreme. In unlike all other temples, but like all dictators, love needs no permission to enter, accepts no restrictions, conforms to no rules except its own and rejects all rivals. What it does in this temple is nothing less than one of the greatest miracles of humanity. Every dim corner...

Random Is Not Chaos

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I was absolutely shocked when I discovered in an early translation of Traces of a Tattoo that the translator has decided to spice up the plot a bit by changing the outcome of a crucial scene. “With these changes,” he wrote in an e-mail, “you can call it a a great novel. You may want to consider adding my name as co-author rather than pushing it down almost on the verge of the cropping...

TRACES OF A TATTOO: CHAPTER 10

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Shortly thereafter Aroub went into the bathroom and slammed the door shut. Her panic turning into an elaborate exercise of self-condemnation, she leaned back against the door and started pounding her thighs with her fists and biting at her lower lip with her eyes fixed on her pelvis. “Oh, my God!” she repeated frantically. “What’s happening to me?” Aroub experienced countless natural vaginal...

The Decline and Fall of the American Empire

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Published on The Nation () The Decline and Fall of the American Empire Alfred W. McCoy | December 6, 2010 This piece originally appeared at TomDispatch [1]. A soft landing for America 40 years from now?  Don’t bet on it.  The demise of the United States as the global superpower could come far more quickly than anyone imagines.  If Washington is dreaming of 2040 or 2050 as the end of the American...

ORIGIN OF SATAN

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“Satan (Hebrew: שָּׂטָן Satan, meaning “adversary”; [1] Arabic: شيطان shaitan, meaning “astray” or “distant”, sometimes “devil”) is a figure appearing in the texts of the Abrahamic religions [2][3] who brings evil and temptation, and is known as the deceiver who leads humanity astray. Some religious groups teach that he originated as an angel who fell out of favor with God, seducing humanity into...

HOW OLD IS THE MALTESE LANGUAGE?

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(This is an etymology chat as many Maltese citizens joined us yesterday and today at the Beehive Literary Circle, not a paper I’m going to upload to Academia.edu., so relax a bit). I miss professor Wettinger, Malta’s Outstanding Authority on its Medieval History. I visited his flat several times, one with my eldest son, Sammy, met at the University and we talked at length about the origin...

IS OURS THE AGE OF PORN?

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PROTECT YOUR GIRLS. THEY ARE THE FUTURE MOTHERS OF HUMANITY AND EACH ONE MAY BE A TARGET OF THE PORNOGRAPHY INDUSTRY Guests on Google plus pages would have noticed that aside from a relatively very few cases, those eager to collect the largest number of views may have no easier choice than to engage in promoting soft or softish sex images available from hundreds of websites by the cartful. Not...