Category Archives: Syria

Institutional Via Internet

Concept of institutionalized values and institutionalization processes, developed in Organizational Behaviour. A explanation or justification for conformity, at least in appearance. Issue now being how institutionalized values might change, over time. What was once unacceptable discourse, resulting in loss of … Continue reading

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Image Direction

Previously used this image to convey impressions about people staying in church, long after the service has ended: Looks like a typical scene from so many churches. Not so. The caption: An Assyrian woman prays for abducted Christians at a … Continue reading

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Prejudice seeming to be a focus of frustration against “the other”. Collective prejudice seems to be a unification of such frustration. The tendency to generalize is…well, generalized. In the same way that the use of the “f word” results in … Continue reading

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Jihad to Jay

From the first day I came here, I knew the name was ruined. From Karen Armstrong, as referenced in “Call The Name?“: Jihad is thus a cherished spiritual value that, for most Muslims, has no connection with violence. Last year, … Continue reading

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Marrat al-Numaan II

Wrote about Marrat al-Numaan. In terms of what is left, the minaret is (or was, as of 2013) still standing, plus maybe 3,000 of an earlier population of some 60,000:

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Marrat al-Numaan

Found this short Reuters article in a Metro page one time set aside (Metro, Thursday, June 6, 2011: 8): Troops push north Thousands of Syrians fled the historic town of Marrat al-Numaan on Wednesday to escape troops and tanks pushing … Continue reading

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Cry Blood: $1.3 billion; 87

A repeat from “Open Air Jail“: Have written about Syrian refugees here, here, here and here. Basic point being that a significant number could be resettled in Canada, in smaller towns currently subject to economic challenges, or refurbished ghost towns. … Continue reading

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