Saturday, November 17, 2007

Photos From Iraq

Photos From Iraq is a blog made by "Morbid Smile". It has a collection of pictures from old and new Iraq, well, new is not the right word, but Iraq after 2003. Unfortunately, the blog has not been updated since 2006, however, I see it as a source of comparison between yesterday and today. I am not saying that yesterday Iraq used to be a paradise, but if there are pictures from the past where people are smiling to the camera with joy and fun, now people smile to the camera (if they do) because of sarcasm!

A nice thing about this blog is that Morbid Girl categorized the pictures based on several themes or topic, such as art, history, sport... etc

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Oldest Map In The World

The oldest map in the world is from Iraq, by the Babylonians more than 4000 years ago. The map has been engraved on clay tablets. It shows a region in the form of a circle, these are the areas where King Sargon the Akkadian conquered with his armies. It includes Babylon, Ashur, the mountains in the north and the marshes to the south (2300 B.C). The triangles coming out of the diameter of the circle indicates a number of islands!

Below is a picture of the map, on the right side of the picture is how the back side of the clay looks like and on the left is the front. The map is on exhibition at the British Museum, item number E153 / 92687

Sunday, November 4, 2007

King Faisel II In The United States

Below are various pictures of King Faisal II during his visit to the United States in 1952. King Faisal (b. 5 May 1935) is the last king of Iraq, from 4 April 1939 to 14 July 1958.

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