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May 23rd is National Taffy Day

Five Facts about Taffy:  Salt water taffy was “invented” in Atlantic City in 1883. Modern technology allows confectioners to produce 1,000 pieces of taffy a minute. In one hour enough pieces of taf… Source: May 23rd is National Taffy Day

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أم كلثوم; Umm Kultūm – ‘al-Sitt’ (the Lady of Egypt)

Originally posted on DIANABUJA'S BLOG: Africa, The Middle East, Agriculture, History and Culture:
37 years ago, on the 3rd February, the great Egyptian diva and songwriter – Umm Kalthum – died, well into her 70s.  Last night BBC Worldservice …

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Easter Season in Egypt, 1834: ‘Smelling the Breeze’, Making Kishk, Eating Colored Eggs & Salted Fish

Originally posted on DIANABUJA'S BLOG: Africa, The Middle East, Agriculture, History and Culture:
A bowl of kishk topped with sautéed onions, an Egyptian dish made with thickened milk or yogurt and topped with fried onions. It is described in the…

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Meenakshi’s sacred forest

Originally posted on Voices and Visions:
? ? On the left, the forest caretaker, on the right, Mr. Selvapandian. ? The sun was warm in early February. The trees were beautiful and tall, having grown up in just a few…

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THE OLDEST KNOWN COPTIC ICON: CHRIST AND ABBOT MENA

Originally posted on ON COPTIC NATIONALISM في القومية القبطية:
The oldest known Coptic icon was found in Bawit in Middle Egypt in 1900 by the French archaeologist Jean Clédat (1871 – 1943) who discovered the large Coptic Monastery of St. Apollo that once stood…

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The politics of wages & violence in the FARDC

Originally posted on Rachel Strohm:
Photo from Richard Mosse’s series of infrared portraits in eastern DRC Grant Gordon has a fascinating new working paper which offers a reinterpretation of the connection between violence against civilians and the FARDC’s inability to…

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An Eternal Curse upon the Reader of These Lines (with Apologies to M. Puig)*

In retribution for the ‘prying’ or ‘intrusive curiosity’ inherent in the reading of another’s words, the Argentine novelist Manuel Puig entitled a 1980 work ‘Eternal Curse on the Reader of these Pages.’ The same sentiment appears in Egyptian magic. A … Continue reading

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