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 - Vanished Malaysia plane an 'aviation mystery'
2 - Nuns kidnapped by rebels in Syria freed
3 - South Africa expels Burundi diplomat
4 - Ex-Colombia president Uribe wins Senate seat
5 - Charity tells of healthcare disaster in Syria
6 - Israeli troops kill Palestinian at border
7 - Putin weighs Ukraine talks but firm on Crimea
8 - Taliban vow to disrupt Afghanistan elections
9 - Endangered whale washes ashore in Tunisia
10 - Mexico confirms killing of 'dead' drug lord
Ships and helicopters scour sea but wreckage found ruled out as being from missing Malaysia Airways jet.
Nuns seized from town of Maaloula released as part of female prisoner exchange secured by Lebanese-Qatari mediation.
A raid on an exiled Rwandan general's Johannesburg home has sparked tit for tat expulsions in three African countries.
Sunday's vote is seen as a referendum on the country's ongoing peace process with the rebel group FARC.
Save the Children says in new report that some patients are "knocked out with metal bars for lack of anaesthesia".
Man allegedly tried to grab Israeli soldier's gun at Allenby crossing between Jordan and occupied West Bank.
Russia steps towards diplomacy but will not be moved on the fate of Crimea, which it insists has the right to secede.
Group issues its harshest threat yet against anyone participating in April's presidential polls, calling them a "sham".
Nine-tonne mammal died after becoming entangled in a fishing net near the tourist town of Sidi Bou Said.
Nazario Moreno Gonzalez, who had been falsely reported dead more than three years ago, killed in shoot-out with marines.
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