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Amtul Q Farhat

A Retired Asst Professor of Pediatrics currently working in Canada.

Jerusalem’s Festival of Lights

The light shines on Jerusalem JERUSALEM — When night falls on the Old City of Jerusalem this week, the walled enclave sheds its role as one of the world’s most contested pieces of real estate to become a luminous carnival of art installations and performances. Jerusalem’s Festival of Lights, now […]

Ginger and feverfew ease migraines

Migraine sufferers treated with a homeopathic preparation of ginger and the herb feverfew may find some pain relief, according to a preliminary study. Feverfew, which is derived from a flowering plant, has long been thought to be a remedy for headaches. It might offer an alternative to standard migraine medications, […]

‘Biggest porcelain haul’ found in Indonesia

JAKARTA — A $70-million haul of Ming Dynasty porcelain has been found in a 16th-century shipwreck off the Indonesian island of Java, a Portugal-based salvage company said Friday. Arqueonautas Worldwide (AWW) and its Indonesia-based partner RM Discovery Inc. said an “archaeological reconnaissance operation” had confirmed the discovery of the “biggest […]

Why Google Earth Pixelates Israel

If Google Earth maps the trees, the oceans, and the annals of history, why is a country, Israel, so hard to make out? An article from Mother Jones explores how U.S. policy makers have pixelated Google Earth and why that might change in 2013. Israel’s low-resolution e-presence can be traced […]

Bali named RI’s cleanest province

Despite recent criticism about severe land and water pollution, Bali has the best environment of all of the provinces, a government study shows. The report on Indonesia’s environmental quality index in 2010 conducted by the Environment Ministry showed that Bali had a score of 99.65, the highest of all the […]

Conservative youth support democracy

Although most young Indonesian Muslims see religion as a salient identity emphasizing Islamic values and attitudes, they approve democratic values, a survey shows. The survey came amid increasing concern about radicalism among young Muslims, as students are reportedly the primary targets of radical Islamic movements. An Indonesian Survey Institute (LSI) […]

Israel’s new energy

In the first 25 years after Israel’s founding in 1948, it was repeatedly attacked by the large armies of its Arab neighbours. Each time, Israel prevailed on the battlefield, only to have its victories rolled back by Western powers who feared losing access to Arab oilfields. The fear was and […]

Israel’s top 10 nature reserves

ISRAEL21c lists the country’s top 10 nature reserves and national parks to visit. Fancy an outdoor adventure in Israel? Whether it’s woodlands, wetlands, sand dunes, or cliffs – Israel has it allIt’s no simple task to identify the top 10 nature reserves and national parks in a country with about […]