The Original Statue of Liberty Was Muslim – The Daily Beast

Bartholdi originally planned for his statue to be a Muslim peasant woman guarding the approach to the Suez Canal. Instead, she stands in New York’s harbor.

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Bartholdi originally planned for his statue to be a Muslim peasant woman guarding the approach to the Suez Canal. Instead, she stands in New York’s harbor, and we should not forget her message in this moment of fear.
—The Statue Liberty was originally conceived as a Muslim peasant woman and was to have stood at the approach to the Suez Canal, a lantern in her upraised hand serving as both lighthouse and a symbol of progress.
—But the sculptor, Frederic Auguste Bartholdi of France, proved unable to sell the idea to the khendive of Egypt, Ishma’il Pasha. Bartholdi remained determined to erect a colossus on the scale of the one in ancient Rhodes. He sailed to America with drawings of the Muslim woman transformed to the personification of Liberty.
—At first, Bartholdi considered the tip of Manhattan and Central Park as possible sites. He was on a ferry to Staten Island when he decided that Bedloe’s Island would be just the spot.


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A History of Ancient Rome

By Mary Beard

A British college student named Megan Beech recently published a poetrylead_960-1 collection called When I Grow Up I Want to Be Mary Beard. Beech is not alone in her admiration for Beard, who was for a time the only female classics lecturer at Cambridge University and has since become the most prominent representative of a field once associated with dusty male privilege. In 2013, Beard was appointed to the Order of the British Empire for “services to Classical Scholarship.” A prolific authority on Roman culture, she construes those services broadly. Her academic work ranges from studies of Roman religion and Roman victory practices to reflections on Roman laughter, and she has written lively books about Pompeii and the Colosseum. As the erudite docent on a BBC series three years ago titled Meet the Romans, Beard introduced a bigger audience to a bigger Rome: a citizenry far beyond the handful of Latin-speaking men who populated the Senate, served as emperors, or wrote (often dictating to their slaves) the books that we call “Roman literature.”

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Acting on secret Obama-Putin Syria deal, Moscow’s air strikes focus first on rebels, next on ISIS


The secret Obama-Putin deal on a political solution for Syria that was reached on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Antalya has radically changed and intensified Russia’s air strike tactics in the last 24 hours. For the first time, Russian air force planes took off for Syria Tuesday, Nov. 17 from a home base, and for the first time, they lofted heavy Tupolev Tu-160 and Tupolev Tu-95 bombers. Their targets were 85 percent Syrian rebel groups and the rest ISIS, acting on the Putin-Obama assent to force recalcitrant rebels to come to the table. 


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ISIS Paris attacks mastermind Abdelhamid Abaaoud ‘killed’ during Saint-Denis flat raid | [and much more]

Armed officers stormed a flat in Saint-Denis today believing Paris massacres mastermind Abdelhamid Abaaoud, 27, was inside with six terrorists but the French authorities will not say if he is alive or dead.


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Charlie Hebdo cover after Paris attacks -“they have arms; we have champagne”

In its new issue, the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo reacted to the gruesome attacks that shook Paris on Friday.


Islamic State’s Goal: “Eliminating the Grayzone” of Coexistence Between Muslims and the West

In a statement published in their online magazine Dabiq this February, the militant group 144767551558134Islamic State warned that “Muslims in the West will soon find themselves between one of two choices, they either apostatize .?.?. or they [emigrate] to the Islamic State and thereby escape persecution.” Weeks earlier, a massacre had occurred at the Paris offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. The attack stunned French society, while bringing to the surface already latent tensions between French Muslims and their fellow citizens.
—While IS initially endorsed the killings on purely religious grounds, calling the murdered cartoonists blasphemers, in Dabiq the group offered another, more chilling rationale for their support.
—The attack had “further [brought] division to the world,” the group said, boasting that it had polarized society and “eliminated the grayzone,” representing coexistence between religious groups. As a result, they said, Muslims living in the West would soon no longer be welcome in their own societies. Treated with increasing suspicion, distrust and hostility by their fellow citizens as a result of the deadly shooting, Western Muslims would soon be forced to “[migrate] to the Islamic State, and thereby escape persecution from the crusader governments and citizens,” the group stated, while threatening of more attacks to come.

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The Belgian Connection

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After the terror attacks in Paris, Belgian police and special forces searched a house Taub-Terrorism-pipeline-from-Brussels-to-France-1200in the Brussels suburb of Molenbeek.
After the terror attacks in Paris, Belgian police and special forces searched a house in the Brussels suburb of Molenbeek. Credit Photograph by Danny Gys / Reporters / Redux
—On Sunday morning in Molenbeek, a heavily Moroccan neighborhood of Brussels, a man in a brown jacket leaned out of his front door on Rue Dubois-Thorn and peered cautiously down the block, toward the Osseghem metro station. It had been fifteen hours since this street had been sealed off, while Belgian police conducted a raid and arrested a young man with suspected ties to the attacks in Paris. Now the armed officers had been replaced with television crews; the inhabitants of the brick houses that line the street had closed their blinds. I asked the man if he knew why the press had come. Frowning, he shook his head. In a café nearby, a little later, I overheard him detail the raid to a friend.

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Today’s selection — from The Richest Man Who Ever Lived by Greg Steinmetz. For centuries, lending (or usury) stood as one of the worst sins in Christianity, proscribed in such biblical texts as Luke 6:35, “Lend and expect nothing in return.” The sin was defined as either lending at all or charging interest rates that were too high, but in any event, the practical effect was that the business of lending was left to those of the Jewish faith. That is, until the business became too profitable to ignore, and Renaissance-era families in Venice and Florence elbowed their way in, side-stepping the theological problem by using other names for interest such as penalties, processing fees, gifts and loss charges. [Note that this is the same issue Islamic bankers struggle with today]. In a monumental historical milestone, the matter was ultimately settled by the German Jacob Fugger, the wealthiest man of his era, and his actions set the stage for the modern era of capitalism:

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