* Dr. Adel Aulaqi commented in an email that "A very long time ago I read this haunting book. It links the Celts of Scotland and Ireland so tightly with Palestine. You amy have read it already, if not it is fascinating to read. Indeed when you visit Roslyn Castle outside of Edinburgh and the Island of Iona, you can glimpse this historic connection."
The author Keith Laidler's quest takes him into the heart of the most fascinating mystery of all. His thesis may shock, even outrage, but the evidence is there before our eyes.
A review of the book by a reader said, "Laidler traces an unbroken historical line from the origins of the House of David, via an Egyptian Pharoah (daringly placing Jesus as a descendant of a Pharoah) and follows the dispersion of that House and the cult into Southern Europe after the culmination of New Testament events, through the Dark Ages and Medieval Europe and eventually formulating into that group known to us as the Templars. For periods left buried in Jerusalem the treasure is a secret motivator for many parties interest in the Crusades. Centuries later the Templar's arcane knowledge of the cult attracts increasing interest from the conventional body of the church and results in their persecution. However, the inner tradition of the cult is preserved throughout the ages."
The book title is "The Head of God: The Lost Treasures of the Templars" is available at amazon website.
* Dr Shihab M Ghanem is honoured by Chiranthana Samskarika Vedi, a socio-cultural organization in association with UAE Exchange, which announced its first literary awards in 2016 for translating poems from Arabic into Malayalam and vice-versa.
Dr Shihab M Ghanem, winner of various literary awards, will receive the Lifetime Achievement award for his literary works. Dr. Ghanem won the prestigious UAE Exchange Chiranthana Literature Prize for the year 2015, introduced by Chiranthana Samskarikavedi, Dubai.
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* A poll by the US National Sleep Foundation (NSF) revealed that two-thirds of women experience a sleep problem at least a few nights each week and up to half said they wake up feeling unrefreshed. Both men and women need high-quality sleep to function optimally, but women are far less likely to achieve this than men.In a separate NSF poll, women were more likely than men to report experiencing insomnia at least a few times a week, and the average woman between the ages of 30 and 60 reported sleeping just six hours and 41 minutes on weeknights (even though closer to eight hours is optimal).
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* A thesis presented to the Faculty of the US Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, USA by British Army Major Stephen Andrew Campbell was entitled "An Exit Strategy not a Winning Strategy ? Intelligence Lessons Learned From The British 'Emergency' In South Arabia, 1963-1967. The thesis was first published in 2014.
The thesis expressed that it is useful to examine a less well-known conflict - the war in South Arabia (better known as the Aden Emergency). although the war was part of the decolonization of the British Empire in the 1960s, the South Arabian conflict has much in common with recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan: challenging terrain and people; intricate local politics; a de facto nation-building task; an externally-sponsored insurgency with safe heavens in a neighboring state; finally, an unexpected major change in strategy- in this case to unilateral withdrawal (an 'exit' strategy).
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* Can you imagine living without Wi-Fi? You have women to thank for it. It is true. When we talk of inventors, the first people who come to mind are Albert Einstein and Thomas Alva Edison. Naturally, most people assume that with the exception of Madame Marie Curie, most big inventors were all men. But here are 10 cool inventions that men would never believe to be the work of women.
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* The ancestors of the Irish may have come to the Emerald Isle from as far away as the Middle East and Eurasia, a genetic study has found.
The startling discovery was made after the DNA of a woman who lived near Belfast 5,200 years ago and three Irish men dating back to the Bronze Age around 4,000 years ago was mapped.
All the genetic sequences showed clear evidence of "massive migration", said the researchers.
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