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Gertrude Bell, third from left, was flanked by Winston Churchill and T.E. Lawrence on a visit to the Pyramids in 1921. Credit The Gertrude Bell Archive, Newcastle University.

‘Queen of the Desert’

Gertrude Bell Scaled the Alps, Mapped Arabia, and Midwifed the Modern Middle East

In a picture taken to mark the Cairo Conference of 1921,?Gertrude Bell?- characteristically elegant in a fur stole and floppy hat, despite being on camel back – sits right at the heart of the action. To one side is Winston Churchill, on her other TE Lawrence.

Bell was his equal in every sense: the first woman to achieve a first (in modern history) from Oxford, an archaeologist, linguist, Arabist, adventurer and, possibly, spy. In her day, she was arguably the most powerful woman in the British Empire?- central to the decisions that created the modern Middle East and reverberate still on the nightly news.

Yet while Lawrence is still celebrated, she has largely been forgotten.

Newspaper articles of the time show she was known all over the world. The minutes of the Cairo Conference record her presence at every key discussion but not one of the men mentions her in their memoirs. It?s as if she never existed

How to chart the life of an Englishwoman ? an explorer, spy, Mountaineer, translator, and archaeologist ? who?s been all but written out of colonial Middle Eastern history? Luckily Gertrude Bell was a prolific letter writer? and ?early photography enthusiast and? she left behind some 1,600 letters and over 7,000 photographs.?It was an interest in archaeology that helped propel Bell?s many trips into the desert, beginning in 1900 to Palmyra. She nurtured the ambition of being the first to discover and document a site. Early in her travels, she recognised the importance of photographic documentation, along with notes, drawings, rubbings and casts. Bell was a complex, fascinating woman who was pivotal in the tangled history of the modern state of Iraq.

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Terrorists are “definitely” hiding among Syrian refugees

Trump was right again.

In an interview with Yahoo News’s Michael Isikoff, the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said that terrorists were definitely hiding among the more than 4.8 million people who have been displaced by the Syrian Civil War.

Asked if some of those who fled are “aligned with terrorists,” Assad quickly replied: “Definitely.”

“You can find it on the Net,” Assad went on. “Those terrorists in Syria, holding the machine gun or killing people, they [appear as] peaceful refugees in Europe or in the West.”

“You don?t need a significant number to commit atrocities,” he noted. He also said that the 9/11 attacks were pulled off by fewer than 20 terrorists, “out of maybe millions of immigrants in the United States. So it?s not about the number, it?s about the quality, it?s about the intentions.”

So Trump wanted to put a lid on it, and a liberal activist judge got in the way. ?In New Zealand, politicians don’t even acknowledge the potential problem in the first place – a refugee is a refugee, no matter what. ? Read more »

Syria doesn’t even know who the enemy is, but McCully knows who the non-ISIS refugees are

It seems that it’s such a mess in Syria that even those who are doing the fighting can’t quite understand what side everyone is actually on.

The fresh clashes in Syria’s Idlib region between a dozen important Islamist and extremist rebel movements are battles for turf and authority on the ground – but they also mirror northern Syria’s ever-changing complexities, as local, regional and international actors change policies and tactics. ?? Read more »

Test: See if you can find six countries listed in this text, $1000 prize

This is the full text of President Donald Trump’s executive order.

See if you can find any mention of the words Muslim, Islam, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen in the text below.

A real $1,000 to anyone who can and prove it.


PROTECTING THE NATION FROM FOREIGN TERRORIST ENTRY INTO THE UNITED STATES

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America, including the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq., and section 301 of title 3, United States Code, and to protect the American people from terrorist attacks by foreign nationals admitted to the United States, it is hereby ordered as follows: ? Read more »

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Bill English misses the point entirely on immigration and Trump’s executive order

Bill English is proving to be the most hopeless PM we’ve had in a long time, and as dreadful as I predicted he would be.

His gutlessness over Donald Trump’s executive orders adding Syria to the list of countries Obama already had put a travel ban in place for is just more gutlessness from a weasel of a politician.

The prime minister says he disagrees with the United States’ entry restrictions on citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries, but has not made his views known to President Donald Trump.

Under Mr Trump’s executive order, people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia and Sudan have been prevented from entering the United States for 90 days. This would include any New Zealand resident who was a citizen of one of the seven countries.

Mr Trump also put a four-month hold on allowing refugees into America and an indefinite ban on taking refugees from Syria.

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He won’t respond over UNSC 2334, but upset a few Muzzies and Muzza is all over the media

Murray McCully won’t respond to the hundreds, if not thousands of requests for an explanation over the back-stabbing of Israel.

But President Trump honours an election pledge, the media and luvvies scream blue murder and Murray McCully is responding in public on behalf of his Islami and terrorist mates.

Foreign Minister Murray McCully says US President Donald Trump’s ban on travellers from Muslim-majority countries is causing “considerable concern” but he has stopped short of directly criticising it.

The National-led Government and Prime Minister Bill English are being urged by Opposition parties, support partner United Future and the Human Rights Commission to follow other international leaders in condemning Trump’s policy.

In a statement this morning, McCully said: “It is clear that the immigration announcements out of the US are causing widespread confusion and considerable concern.” ? Read more »

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This will end in tears…or worse

There are none so stupid as the left-wing:

Two and half thousand Europeans plan to march into Aleppo waving white flags in a three month long, 2,000 mile demonstration against the civil war taking place in Syria.

This year, like last, has been characterised by the massive flow of people northwards through Europe, many of them Syrians fleeing the bombs of Assad and the opposition factions. But a group of Europeans has decided to make the trek in the other direction in order to bring an end to the war, now in its fifth year.

?We?re carrying these white flags to let the whole world know our message: Enough is enough. This war has to stop!? the group say in their manifesto.

The march, which departs Berlin on Boxing Day, 26 December, was organised by journalist Anna Alboth.

?I was having dinner with Syrian women I know in a refugee centre and they were showing me photos of a lot of people who had died,? she told the BBC. ? Read more »

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Key: ISIS Kiwis are dead. No problem revoking their passports then

Hopefully this clown is dead.

Hopefully this clown is dead.

Great news, the Kiwi bad wogs who went off to war for Daesh didn’t make it.

Some of the five New Zealanders who went to Syria two years ago to fight with Islamic State rebels are dead, Prime Minister John Key says.

In November 2014 Mr Key said it was known five New Zealanders were in Syria fighting with IS, nine others had intended going but their passports were cancelled, and 40 were on a watchlist because of their involvement with or support for IS.

On Tuesday he was questioned by media about the fate or whereabouts of the five. ? Read more »

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ISIS scumbag and three of his mates got their beans from a British sniper at 1500m

The SAS marksman fired a single round from his Barrett .50 calibre sniper rifle at the terrorist, who was about to use a flame thrower to kill 12, from 1,500m

The SAS marksman fired a single round from his Barrett .50 calibre sniper rifle at the terrorist, who was about to use a flame thrower to kill 12, from 1,500m

An ISIS scumbag and three of his mates got their beans from a British sniper at 1500m.

A British sniper took out a feared ISIS executioner as he prepared to murder several hostages by shooting a fuel tank on his back and incinerating him.

The SAS marksman fired a single round from his Barrett .50 calibre sniper rifle at the terrorist, who was about to use a flame thrower to kill 12, from 1,500m. Read more »

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I can’t hardly wait to see what the liberal left say about this

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When France banned the burqa the liberal left attacked calling it racist, intolerant and everything under the sun. They ran memes across the internet about how France was making, nay forcing, women to undress.

What the hell are they going to do or say about the latest burqa ban?

ISIS has outlawed the burka at their security centres in a northern Iraqi city, despite previously brutally enforcing a law requiring them to be worn.

The terror group have banned women entering the buildings in Mosul while wearing the full-face covering after a number of commanders were killed by veiled women. ? Read more »

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