Tag Archives: Ottomans

Eunuch

Photo post-card of the Chief Eunuch of the Ottoman Sultan Abdul Hamid II, photographed at the Imperial Palace. The Qizlar Agha, was one of the most powerful and sometimes the richest men in the Ottoman Empire until 1908. He supervised … Continue reading

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ISIL and Sykes-Picot

Fat Chance Several months ago, ISIL, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, announced it’s intention to do away with the borders of the modern Middle-East. It already controls territory spanning the “border” between Iraq and Syria. “Levant”, a … Continue reading

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Return of the Abbasid

  And so yesterday the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham committed another barbarity. A captured American journalist, Steven Sotloff was beheaded on camera as a “message” to America. Presumably this atrocity was ordered by Abu Bakr al-Bagdadi, self-styled “Caliph … Continue reading

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The Iraq War is Over! Did We Win??

(I originally posted this piece in October 2011.   Geez I’m smart!)    Ok. President Obama announced the the Iraq War is now officially over and our troops will be home for the holidays. Did we “win”? We did get … Continue reading

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