A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press. Daily timeline of events in Iraq as collected from stories and dispatches in the French and Italian media: Le Monde (Paris), Il Corriere della Sera (Milan), La Repubblica (Rome), L'Orient-Le Jour (Beirut) and occasionally from El Mundo (Madrid).
Nur is taking a few days off --to attend the biennial meeting of The Historical Society, which brings together the USA's top historians and foreign "Big Names". An academic expert in the Roman Empire, says he has been invited to the National Defense University several times to explain how the Imperial Rome worked--militarily. He keeps trying to tell them about the other aspects of empire but they don't want to hear it!