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middle east

The Middle East is a loosely defined area that spans southwestern Asia, western Asia, and northeastern Africa. The most current CIA map of the area, as of April 2009, can be found here. The history of the Middle East is diverse, depending on the country or territory. A good beginning source is the CIA World Fact Book. The BBC has ... Read More »


Iran is a Middle Eastern country slightly larger in land mass than Alaska, located between Iraq and Pakistan, opening onto the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman in the south and the Caspian Sea in the north. Climate is arid or semiarid mountains and deserts, with the Caspian coast having subtropical climate. It's capital city is Tehran. Iran, dating ... Read More »

current affairs

Current affairs, sometimes called current events, are the cultural, political, and social events of importance and interest in the present time. Current affairs can be found offline in declining print media, on various online news and opinion publications, on television news or opinion shows, and on the radio. Blogs are also a good source for current affairs, from foreign affairs, ... Read More »


Africa is the second largest of the earth’s seven continents, covering about 30,330,000 sq km. It comprises about 22 percent of the world’s total land area. It consists of 54 countries, including its adjacent islands, 53 if you consider Western Sahara part of Morocco. The continent, as of 2009, has a population around 1 billion, with almost 800 languages spoken. ... Read More »


Jesus most often refers to Jesus of Nazareth (7–2 BC/BCE – 26–36 AD/CE), also known as Jesus Christ, the central figure of Christianity, revered by most, but not all, Christian churches as the son of God, or God manifest in the flesh. The history of Jesus Christ is contained in four books or gospels; outside these there is no reliable ... Read More »


A diary, sometimes called a journal, is a chronological record of thoughts, feelings, ideas, and events, in the life of an individual.  Historically diaries were handwritten, however blogging platforms have become a popular place for diaries, and they can also be kept on your computer via various computer diary software.  People of all ages and genders keep diaries.  Diaries can ... Read More »

yahoo maps

Yahoo Maps, is an online map portal, similar to Google Maps, that offers street maps and driving directions for the United States and Canada, with moderate resolution satellite imagery available world-wide. Yahoo has added many new services over the last year, and as of the winter of 2009 Yahoo is pairing with Twitter to create a news-specific search engine. However, ... Read More »

internment camps

Internment camps are camps which confine people, most often a large group of people, to a specific area, usually for political reasons. Internment, as opposed to imprisonment, comes without trial or recourse, and is done often under the auspices of "for your own good," but they are also often used (right or wrong), to protect the larger citizenry from a ... Read More »


Sexism is prejudice or discrimination based on sex. Any attitude, action or institutional structure which systemically subordinates a person or group of people because of their sex, is said to be practicing sexism. Sexism isn't always clearly understood, and the term is used inappropriately at times. One clear simple example of sexism is the not uncommon situation in which a ... Read More »


"Life" distinguishes the fundamental and functional being from the dead. It's a state characterized by ability to metabolize and grow, react to stimuli, and to reproduce. A baseball is an inanimate object incapable of growth, void of metabolic processes, and therefore incapable of life. The dog fetching the baseball in his mouth is capable of all of the aforementioned characteristics, ... Read More »