A great drying
When attempting to piece together the fragments of history, historians we need to take into account the ice ages and climatic changes. So what has been going on?
It is said that the drying out of the Sahara desert began some 20 or 30,000 years ago. In fact much of the region was an inland sea which over time dried out giving way to vast freshwater lakes and rivers. It seems probable that much of the region spreading from North Africa to central and southern Asia was well watered during the ice age and it seems likely that there were many great tracts of forest and wetlands across the region.
It is generally thought that about 5000
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China on the move
China recently unveiled this god of war statue symbolising its new direction. A Tumblr image.
Western interest in China began in the 1620s and this country that was content within it’s own borders and economy had no interest in the rest of the world. There were of course Chinese sailors who ventured far from home but these travels were very limited and the most significant Chinese-Western relations occurred as the British East India company imposed itself on China causing the opium Wars and a consequent subjugation of China which some say it has not been forgiven.
In recent times we have seen China emerge as a economic and military superpower able to take on Europe
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Updated from 2016
Gaia – The World Tree. How do you want to live?
Why travel and how to stay safe? Actually very few countries are safe, you can get shot or blown up in almost any country and even in relatively safe countries like New Zealand, many foreign drivers die in road accidents through their own negligence.
With the spread of terrorism, some people are becoming afraid just to go to work let alone travel. The violence the Middle East continues to escalate with recent attacks in Paris, Egypt and Turkey as Europe struggles to maintain law and order due to the influx of refugees.
Therefore, wherever you go in the world your own safety
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Tourist, Traveller or Pilgrim?
There are many ways to see the world, and we must if we wish to travel, consider how and where we want to go. But often, travel is the least of our concern because we simply want to get to a particular destination. Therefore we need to consider our means of travel as well as our destination and reasons for wanting to be there.
The world’s first travellers were those undertaking some form of business. They may have been defining national territories, maintaining diplomatic relations between countries or travelling for trade and exchange.
As a consequence, trading routes were developed across the world to share goods and ideas. With the arrival of Christianity in Europe, many
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Where to holiday in 2016
Taj Mahal, India
In terms of travel and communication, our world for a long time has been getting more accessible. Package holidays from Europe and North America to many exotic destinations have been popular for many years but unfortunately many of these destinations are becoming inaccessible due to the escalation of global conflict.
Many North African resorts and Middle Eastern heritage sites have become conflict zones, but many of the worlds great cities are becoming increasingly unsafe which also make the USA an unsafe destination. In regard to all this conflict which is generally labelled as terrorism, neither side is going to give ground, therefore it’s something we’ll have to adapt to.
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Russia bashing and the spread of ISIL
Most cultures throughout history have indulged in moral superiority, but prior to the arrival of Christianity the scale was very localised. With the spread of Christianity around the world, it was used to help subjugate and plunder entire non-Christian regions of the world and even ‘other’ Christian areas.
Islam at its inception was already hemmed in by Christianity and yet it too has managed to spread around the world with its own version of moral superiority, but underlying all of this is capitalism.
It seems that capitalists are the most unfortunate people, they cannot be happy until the entire world is shaped as they want it and the world’s population obedient to their
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The Paris to Dakar Rally
Because Russia is such a vast and rugged country, they had to build trucks that could survive the conditions and they have since proved to be a hit when it comes to the relatively new sport of truck racing.
These tough trucks are designed to endure the rigours of Siberia, to negotiate every terrain imaginable without falling apart. Below you can see a couple of representative videos and your find tons more on YouTube.
Master truck drivers in action and other vehicles
MAN trucks Argentina – Bolivia 2016
Russia’s Administrative Capital
Central Moscow with Saint Basil’s Cathedral and the Spasskaya Clocktower
The political, economic, cultural and scientific centre of Russia and one of the most important cities in Eurasia.
Reputed as being one of the most expensive cities in the world to live in, Moscow is situated on the Moskva River in the Central Federal District of European Russia.
It is one of the world’s most populated inland cities that’s well known for its unique architecture, historic buildings like Saint Basil’s Cathedral and it is one of the greenest capitals of the world with an urban forest in an area within the city boundary.
Almost everyone takes a walk through Red Square to see the Spasskaya Clocktower
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Yet another of the USA’s Proxy Wars
With the pulling down of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union, most people in the world thought that the cold war between East and West was over. But the USA never ceased to treat Russia as an adversary.
It is well documented that the United States administration has interfered in the internal politics of more than 60 countries. It has replaced many democratically elected governments with dictators happy to tow the US line and facilitate the exploitation of their countries by US corporations.
The Ukraine today
Bankrupt and almost a failed state, ever since the Ukraine became independent of Soviet control, it has remained conflicted with a minority seeking
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Ukrainian Rebels or Ukrainian Military?
When Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 went down on July 17, 2014, we were immediately inundated with base propaganda trying to convince us that the shootdown could be traced back to the Kremlin, however all evidence points to the Ukraine’s military.
MH17 Departs Amsterdam and over the conflict zone, it is ordered to decrease height and change course. This brings it into range of Ukrainian military jet which shoots it down.
The BUK missile theory:
When launched, this missile causes a small earthquake and it can clearly be seen from far off. There are no witness reports to this effect. The damage to the aircraft is not characteristic of a missile strike. The damage is consistent
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