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In the Land of Israel

10 Aug

Diary of an Aesthete

Israel, that ancient and mysterious land, a name, a word so evocative, a place like no other, with the vast waters of the Mediterranean on one side, and a whole host of powerful Arab nations surrounding on all other sides, has been a strong and fascinating country for me to explore… and another key destination on my Global Pilgrimage.

Behold this new world, a land you always dreamed to explore but never imagined would so soon
become such a magnificent reality…

A melting pot for the world’s most influential faiths, a land of believers, the setting for some of history’s greatest and most terrible stories, legends, wars, and of course holy books like the Quran, Torah and the Bible. Israel is considered the Holy Land by all three of the major Abrahamic religions, being the place where God was said to have given life to Adam and Eve…

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Taliban attack on Pakistan school leaves 148 dead, mostly children

22 Feb

“They can shoot my body, but they cannot shoot my dream.”
Malala Yousafzai

Global News

WATCH: At least 148 people, mostly children and teenagers, have been killed in an attack on a Pakistani school in the north western city of Peshawar. As Stuart Greer reports, Pakistan is now under more intense pressure than ever to destroy the Taliban.

Editor’s note: Original reporting indicated there were 141 people killed in the attack. The final number of deceased is 148.

PESHAWAR, Pakistan – In the deadliest slaughter of innocents in Pakistan in years, Taliban gunmen attacked a military-run school Tuesday and killed 148 people – almost all of them students – before government troops ended the siege.

The massacre of innocent children horrified a country already weary of unending terrorist attacks. Pakistan’s teenage Nobel Peace laureate Malala Yousafzai – herself a survivor of a Taliban shooting – said she was “heartbroken” by the bloodshed.

Even Taliban militants in neighboring Afghanistan decried the killing spree, calling it “un-Islamic.”

If the Pakistani…

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