It is argued in the previous paragraphs that the fences Ceuta andMelilla will continue to influence negatively Morocco's relations withSpain and the EU. Spain's policy to fence the two enclaves' bordersreflects contradictory pressures in the region. While the Mediterraneansphere has witnessed an increasing number of cultural and economiccooperation projects in the last two decades, new physical and virtualwalls are being built in the region to achieve "Fortress Europe".
The U.S.-Mexico border wall marks the fault line between two differentworlds. Regardless of how many billions of dollars will be spent onthe further fortification and militarization of the common border, illegalcross-border activities will continue so long as there is a huge disparityin economic prosperity, political stability and social security betweenthe two countries.Regional integration and advanced partnerships may reduce theattractiveness of emigration, but they cannot erase the American dreamfrom the mind of millions of Latin Americans who will continue to seeknew ways to reach the America El Dorado -- regularly or irregularly.
The common denominator of new immigration policies takenby the host countries in the last two decades is the linking betweenimmigration policy and border-control management on one hand,and between the immigration policy and security issues on the otherhand.[...]Security concerns remain a main determinant of the current border-control policies which aim at preventing infiltration of members ofarmed groups, irregular migration, goods smuggling, drug traffickingand other clandestine cross-border activities. In some cases, borderfortification reflects the desire to impose unilaterally the de facto border.[...]One of the paradoxes of "globalization" is that an increasinglyinterconnected and interdependent world is simultaneously marked byintensified militarization and fortification of national borders. Today,some regions -- whether in North America, the Mediterranean or someAsian sub-regions -- are being pulled in two different directions: onetoward more complementarity and integration (e.g., NAFTA, Union forMediterranean, ASEAN, SAARC) and another toward the erection offurther tangible and intangible border barriers.Despite relentless efforts by receiving countries to preventunauthorized border-crossing by immigrants, drug smugglersand dissidents, these groups have not been deterred. Rather, theyhave adapted to the strategies designed to impede their movement,developing new ways and means to circumvent such barriers.[...]Though military walls may reach some short-term goals bydestabilizing the enemy, armed groups can adapt to the new situationby developing missiles that can exceed the height of these barriers,by digging tunnels or by penetrating the enemy lines using forgeddocuments as has been seen in Palestine and Kashmir.
AN ABRIDGED KORAN recreates the historical order of the Koran of Mohammed's day. The first chapters start with Mohammed's first recitation and the last chapters are those he recited before he died. Mohammed's life gives the Koran clarity, meaning, and order. When the Koran and Mohammed's life are brought together, the Koran becomes a powerful epic story.AN ABRIDGED KORAN is identical to A SIMPLE KORAN except it has all of the repetition removed. For instance, the story of Moses and the Pharaoh is told 39 times. In AN ABRIDGED KORAN the story is told only once. Read AN ABRIDGED KORAN. It will change the way you see the world.
how much of the doctrine was influenced by (or has influenced) the way how the text was (wrongly) translated.
The way I "read" books like these is to skim through intro and conclusion to see if there's a chapter I want to delve into deeper. I'd argue it's slightly better than reading the newspaper summary of a book.
[Koran] has its moments but overall it's terrible. Much more so than the Bible, imo.
shame on you Belfrager
Shadows from the Walls of Death, printed in 1874 and measuring about 22 by 30 inches, is a noteworthy book for two reasons: its rarity, and the fact that, if you touch it, it might kill you. It contains just under a hundred wallpaper samples, each of which is saturated with potentially dangerous levels of arsenic.The book is the work of Dr. Robert M. Kedzie, a Union surgeon during the American Civil War and later professor of chemistry at Michigan State Agricultural college (now MSU). When he came to serve on the state's Board of Health in the 1870s, he set out to raise awareness about the dangers of arsenic-pigmented wallpaper. Though a lethal toxin, arsenic can be mixed with copper and made into beautiful paints and pigments, most commonly Scheele's Green or Paris Green. This was no fringe phenomenon: near the end of the 19th century, the American Medical Association estimated that as much as 65 percent of all wallpaper in the United States contained arsenic.
Apparently there's such a thing as poisonous books.
Of course. For example, in Umberto Eco's Name of the Rose, Aristotle's Poetics Book II was poisoned.
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