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Star of Bethlehem
Experts believe the star of Bethlehem which supposedly guided the magi to baby Jesus was really a conjunction of two planets.
A conjunction happens when two celestial objects appear to pass very near to each other from our perspective on Earth. Often, these conjunctions look like one large object rather than separate ones.
“A supernova in 1006, the brightest ever, was as bright as the sun,” he says. “It was visible to the naked eye for more than two years.”
According to Chinese records, there were supernova – or “guest stars” as the Chinese described them – that appeared in the sky right around the time when Jesus may have been born, in 4 and 5 BCE.
In the explosive publication by European Centre of Information Policy and Security (ECIPS) called ISIS in Africa, last friday, the ECIPS established the ISIS tree as divided into two different trees linking the ISIS alliance to several African organizations such as Qibla and Boko Haram. The report makes it clear that our border focuses should not only be on the Syrian epidemic but also urgent attention should be brought to the African continent particularly travellers from Africa such as South Africa. The reports deals the presence of radical Islam that can be felt and seen across Africa and the recent development of the ISIS crises can be seen within Africa with a particular systematic development in South Africa.
ECIPS warns that one of the main part of the problem dogging an effective response to the spread of ISIS is the danger of political correctness and the problem in understanding the language of radical Islam. the report writes : “We could argue and ask what would an effective strategy be ? Is Obama doing the right thing to engage only in airstrikes ? Some might argue yes and some might argue no. The point is that ISIS is swaying the position whilst the US can’t react fearing ISIS sleeping cells, its own problem closer to home, to be awakened in the HIVE cell of ISIS, of which by now, the CIA would have realized ISIS might have acquired the knowhow in how to do things to calculate the probable desirable outcome. The problem we face is, what happens when ISIS has learned from their experiences and pass it on to the next evolving product that will be born from ISIS in the future ? “
For many people religion provides a way to engage with God. Religion can provide a sense of security and reliability as well. However, it can also provide reasons for very bad actions such as the millions that have been killed in the name of religion
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Boko Haram has denied claims by Nigeria’s government that it has agreed to a ceasefire and will release more than 200 abducted schoolgirls.
Last week, Human Rights Watch said in a report that Boko Haram was holding more than 500 women and young girls captive and that forced marriage was common in the group’s camps.
The group called by the Arabic acronym “Da’esh” was originally called in the English speaking press as “ISIS” for ‘Islamic State of Iraq and Syria’. Initially, the western media translated the Arabic name “Shaam” as “Syria” where it could also be translated as the “Levant”. This is the area north of the Arabian Peninsula, below Turkey. As a noun, “levant” is defined as lands bordering the Eastern shores of the Mediterranean Sea. The Levant today consists of Cyprus, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, and part of southern Turkey. “Precise definitions have varied over time, and the term originally had a broader and less well-defined usage.” Thus, the group was later called “ISIL”, which stands for ‘Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’. The acronym “ISIL” is now used by White House, State Department and United Nations. The group is now calling itself with the short version of its name, “IS” which stands for ‘Islamic State’. Some Western media have started to use ‘Islamic State’ for the group. Regional countries and France call the group with its Arabic acronym “Da’esh”.
By Dr. Amirkhizi
Former Senior Director of the Drug and Crime unit in Afghanistan with the United Nations
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