How Long is History According to Islam?

Alan Cleaver (CC BY 2.0)

Alan Cleaver (CC BY 2.0)

Kenitra – My previous article ‘The First People’ hints at the idea that history of mankind is longer than what people generally assume. Some readers and friends have pointed out that history cannot be more than 6,000 years old. This view is inconsistent with the NASA estimation for the astronomical cycle of the vernal equinox precession that lasts 25,800 years and which had been observed in the remote past. This conservative viewpoint of history, which some people cling to, stems from the influence of the Judeo-Christian calendar as well as the lack of historical records beyond 6,000 B.C. Islam however is silent about the length of history or at least indirect.

This article is an attempt to demonstrate how vast history is and to determine a conservative estimation of its length according to Islam. Before we proceed to that, we need to take a look at what the Judeo-Christian tradition view on history’s span.… Read the rest

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Syria’s President Assad: US Airstrikes a Recruiting Bonanza for ISIS

Charlie Rose and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus. (Image: CBS News)

Charlie Rose and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus. (Image: CBS News)

Jon Queally via Common Dreams:

In an interview with Charlie Rose that aired on CBS News’ 60 Minutes Sunday night, Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad said American airstrikes that began last year against Islamic State (or ISIS) inside his country are doing little to benefit his own fight against the militant force but are having the undesirable side effect of increasing the number of fighters from across the region (and the world) who are flocking to join the group.

“How much of a benefit are you getting from American airstrikes in Syria reducing the power of ISIS?” Rose asked in the interview that took place just days ago in Damascus.

Al-Assad responded by pointing out that the U.S. government and its allies want to “sugar coat the situation” inside Syria by telling the world that ISIS “is being defeated” and that airstrikes are making things better.

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Andrew Cohen, Or the Guru Who Disappeared

Eliezer Sobel at The Daily Beast has written a piece, “What Happens When Your Guru Disappears?” covering the 2-year sabbatical of Andrew Cohen, founder of EnlightenNext magazine (formerly WIE, or What is Enlightenment?) and former leader of a global spiritual organization. Two years ago – despite multiple allegations of psychological abuse and cultish behavior – Andrew seemed to be at the peak of his success. He’d just published a new spiritual book crystallizing two decades of teachings, Evolutionary Enlightenment, with a forward written by Deepak Chopra and endorsed by the likes of author Howard Bloom, Jean Houston, Michael Murphy and Barbara Marx Hubbard. Andrew was also old chums with the midwestern integral philosopher Ken Wilber (see: Sex, Ecology, Spirituality)interviewing him each issue for the “Guru and Pandit” dialogues. Core teachings in Andrew’s evolutionary spirituality owe much to Wilber’s intellectual synthesis of Eastern spirituality and Western psychology, a meta map of human consciousness evolution.… Read the rest

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‘The Best Movie of All Times?': Jim Henson’s “Dark Crystal” as Warning Against the NWO and WWIII

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Via the YouTube Description:

This series of clips is aimed at giving an interpretation of the message left to us by the makers of “The Dark Crystal.” The original movie is available in internet and rental stores. This is an artistic effort (not popularity contest) and, therefore, there will be those who appreciate the effort and those who don’t. “To each his own.”

The uploader has disabled embedding of the videos, so please click here to watch them.

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New streaming apps could boost citizen journalism

If any disinfonauts are live streamers let us know via twitter (@disinfo) so we can let the rest of y’all know to check you out. AFP via Yahoo News says you’re the future of citizen journalism:

When three buildings collapsed and ignited a blaze in New York, a smartphone app brought the live video feed to anyone online wanting to watch.

The disaster took place, coincidentally, the same day as the launch of Twitter’s new livestream app Periscope, which became a window for the breaking news event.

The event showed how Periscope and rival app Meerkat, which can deliver live video through Twitter to anyone online, could become an important tool for citizen journalism.

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By feeding live video through Twitter to anyone online, these apps eliminate the need to upload to YouTube or transfer to broadcasters like CNN to get a wide audience.

While social media has empowered citizen journalism for years, the use of live video could become a powerful tool for these reporters and change the way people get news.

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Inmates Drink Ayahuasca As Therapy In Brazilian Prison

Imagine this: a prison system that actually wants to turn its inmates into better people. As unlikely as that might seem in a world where the prison-industrial complex is spreading its dark shadow worldwide, in Brazil one prison is actually trying to send back prisoners to society as improved people by treating them with ayahuasca (for more information on ayahuasca review our archive). The New York Times reports from:

JI-PARANÁ, Brazil — As the night sky enveloped this outpost in Brazil’s Amazon basin, the ceremony at the open-air temple began simply enough.

Dozens of adults and children, all clad in white, stood in a line. A holy man handed each a cup of ayahuasca, a muddy-looking hallucinogenic brew. They gulped it down; some vomited. Hymns were sung. More ayahuasca was consumed. By midnight, the congregants seemed strangely energized. Then the dancing began.

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The foul brew: Ayahuasca. Photo by Sascha Grabow (CC)


Such rituals are a fixture across the Amazon, where ayahuasca has been consumed for centuries and entire religions have coalesced around the psychedelic concoction.

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Prisoner Escapes Prison After Sending Fake Bail Email


Neil Moore, a convicted fraudster in Wandsworth prison, used an illicit cell phone to concoct an email with bail instructions. Moore, 28, sent the email to prison staff who released him on March 10, 2015. Authorities didn’t realize what had happened until they went to interview him three days later. Moore, from Ilford, East London, eventually turned himself in.

via BBC:

He then emailed the prison’s custody inbox with instructions for his release.

The court heard Moore registered the bogus website in the name of investigating officer Det Insp Chris Soole, giving the address and contact details for the Royal Courts of Justice.

Prosecutor Ian Paton said: “A lot of criminal ingenuity harbours in the mind of Mr Moore. The case is one of extraordinary criminal inventiveness, deviousness and creativity, all apparently the developed expertise of this defendant”.

The judge, Recorder David Hunt QC, described the behaviour as “ingenious” criminality.

Moore had previously used four different aliases to commit fraud worth £1,819,000 in total.

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