Tag Archives: Geography

Modern Saudi Arabia, Part 3: Fighting the Hashemites

Prelude – Part 1 – Part 2 – The Ottoman forces in Medina surrendered after the war, but the end of World War I did not meant the end of hostilities in Arabia, as the Saudi forces continued to expand … Continue reading

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Splitting Sudan

Does the map below look strange? Believe it or not, Sudan could be split along these lines in a few short months. In Darfur in the west, under the terms of the Darfur Peace Agreement, the Transitional Darfur Regional Authority … Continue reading

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JFK must have failed Geography 101

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Which Balochistan?

Previously: Which Iberia? – Which Alexandria? – Which Albania? – Which African Nation? – Which Guinea? – Which Thebes? – Which Georgia? – Which Galicia? – Which Victoria? I was wrong in thinking that this series was finished–truth be told, … Continue reading

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Dirhams, Dinars, Fils and Riyals: The Currencies of the Middle East

The drachma is the Greek word for a unit of weight that was the currency of the Byzantine Empire. It was used not just in Byzantine territories of Egypt, Anatolia and the Levant, but through commerce, across the greater Middle … Continue reading

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Ancient Empires, Modern States

It seems natural for countries such as Egypt and India to have those names. But what we don’t realize is that the names that we use for these countries actually have no connection to the modern country but in fact … Continue reading

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The Crescent and Sacred Green: A Postscript to the Arab Flags Series

Part 1: Trucial State White – Part 2: Arab Flag Colors As previously described, the flags of many Persian Gulf states contains large sections of white for historical reasons, while many Arab States in the Middle East, from Sudan to … Continue reading

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Goodbye Axis of Evil…

Hello Committee to Destroy the World. You’ve got to hand it to FP Magazine for their relentless push to sell foreign policy as a chic and hip subject to a popular audience with a limited attention span. CA readers won’t … Continue reading

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Cosmic Perspective

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Time Travelling with Google Maps

Dubai is famous for its rapid development and construction projects. It turns out that you can see some of these projects on Google maps by merely zooming in and zooming out. For example, take the “Business Bay” project, which involves … Continue reading

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