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Could You Stomach the Horrors of ‘Halftime’ in Ancient Rome? – Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz/LiveScience

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The Christian Martyrs' Last Prayer by Gérôme

The enormous arena was empty, save for the seesaws and the dozens of condemned criminals who sat naked upon them, hands tied behind their backs. Unfamiliar with the recently invented contraptions known as petaurua, the men tested the seesaws uneasily. One criminal would push off the ground and suddenly find himself 15 feet in the air while his partner on the other side of the seesaw descended swiftly to the ground. How strange.

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The Infinite Intifada

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There is no stopping the ongoing knifing on the streets of Jerusalem and the West Bank.  A whole generation of young Palestinian teens have willfully placed themselves on the front lines of an urban armed resistance.  They asked nobody’s permission – not their parents, not their preachers, teachers, and certainly not Mahmoud Abbas or Hamas.  Child army of resistors, not marching in traditional single or double file, but springing their cause forward through zigzag martyrdom; paying the high cost of liberation in pure vestal blood – because for Palestinian youth, remaining still is tantamount to a slow death in chains.  Undignified.  Unacceptable.  To be resisted at early age and at all cost.  “Give me liberty or give me death” is their sacred, evident manifesto.

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Republican Presidential Debate – New Hampshire/February 6th, 2016

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Interview with Arab investors in Davos – Jay Yarow/Business Insider

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Arab billionaire in silouhette

At the World Economic Forum in Davos, we interviewed an Egypt-based Arab billionaire investor.

This is the second year in a row we spoke with this investor.

Last year, the investor agreed to answer our questions, but only if we redacted his name and only referred to him as an “Arab” investor and billionaire. We went with the same set up this year so we could get the most honest outlook on what’s happening in the Middle East.

With Russia dropping bombs in Syria, ISIS attacking around the planet, and Iran about to open to the outside world, it was a good opportunity to get a sense of what’s really happening in his part of the world.

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