Want to know more about the Middle East?
Here are a few links to get you started:
1 - Al Jazeera's Middle East blog - blogs.aljazeera.net/middle-east
An English-language blog by the Qatar-based news network.
2 - Albawaba - albawaba.com
Albawaba provides news from a local perspective across the Middle East.
3 - Imperial history of the Middle East - goo.gl/KXppc
A map presentation shows 5,000 years of the takeovers and reformations of the Middle East in 90 seconds.
4 - Informed Comment - juancole.com
University of Michigan professor Juan Cole blogs daily about Middle East history, news, and religion.
5 - Islamic history and civilizations - islamfortoday.com/history
Links to resources about the history of Islamic culture and civilization, including art, architecture, law, medicine, science, and finance.
6 - Middle East Media Research Institute - memri.org
An independent nonprofit group dedicated to exploring the Middle East through the region's media.
7 - Middle East Studies Association at the University of Arizona -mesa.arizona.edu
The University of Arizona's non-political organization that promotes study of the Middle East.
8 - Middle Eastern languages - goo.gl/VOOkq
A collection of links to resources for learning about languages spoken in the Middle East, such as Arabic, Hebrew, Kurdish, Turkish, and Persian.
9 - The Ancient Egypt site - ancient-egypt.org/index
An interactive site covering the history, monuments, language, and culture of Ancient Egypt.
10 - Timelines of Middle East history - goo.gl/DE6h5, goo.gl/QE4QC
A compilation of links to various historical timelines of the Middle East, particularly the Eastern Mediterranean.
Current Map of the Middle East
Middle East News
AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
1 - Massive protests continue to sweep Brazil
2 - US to hold direct peace talks with Taliban
3 - G8 calls for urgent Syria peace conference
4 - NSA chief defends US spying programme
5 - Scores detained in Turkey police swoop
6 - Torrential rains devastate north Indian state
7 - US House passes measure restricting abortion
8 - Deadly clashes erupt in south Lebanon
9 - Mali signs ceasefire deal with Tuareg rebels
10 - Egypt and Ethiopia agree to bridge dam divide
11 - Stuntwoman sues News Corp over hacking
12 - UN warns of Nigeria refugee crisis
President acknowledges demonstrators' grievances as thousands hold rallies for a second night over poor governance.
White House announcement coincides with opening of political office by Afghan anti-government group in Qatari capital.
Leaders back peace talks "as soon as possible" and call for pact on transitional government "formed by mutual consent".
General Keith Alexander says electronic surveillance helped thwart more than 50 attacks since September 11, 2001.
Interior minister says 85 arrested in police raids across cities following two weeks of anti-government protests.
Death toll rises to 64 as army scrambles to rescue thousands stranded due to flooding and landslides.
Republican-sponsored symbolic legislation limiting abortion to first 20 weeks after conception faces presidential veto.
Two people killed in gunfight between pro-Hezbollah group and followers of Sunni cleric in Sidon, local media reports.
Deal would pave way for army and civilian administrators to return to rebel-held region before planned polls next month.
Foreign ministers try to quell tensions over Ethiopia's plans to divert Blue Nile in controversial dam project.
Stunt double for Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie accuses Rupert Murdoch's media company of hacking into her phone.
Thousands of civilians flee Nigerian military offensive against Boko Haram as new refugee crisis beckons in Africa.
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