23 December 2006

Merry Christmas!

I'm thinking about Bethlehem today. These lithographs were done by David Roberts.


  1. Lovely pictures, Amira. Thanks for posting them. May you and all your family have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

  2. Amira, it's Christmas morning and I am spending some time roaming the blogs until it's time to get ready to drive to my brother's for Christmas dinner. I hope your kids let you and your husband sleep in a bit!

    I just wanted to say how much I enjoy your blog--all the wonderful photos and the descriptions of Central Asia and places you've been. The felt nativity is charming and I like the one your husband put together with the little dolls. Very nice.

    I don't comment all that often on my friends' blogs--I need to do that more and let all of you know how much I enjoy what you post.

    Have a Merry Christmas Day!

  3. In April 2003, after bombing of civilians in Iraq, the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem decided to ban forever President Bush and Prime Minister Blair from the birthplace of Jesus Christ.

    "They are war criminals and murderers of children. Therefore the Church of Nativity decided to ban them access into the holy shrine for ever."
    "Their entry into the church will tarnish it as their hands are covered in the blood of the innocent.”

    The Church of the Nativity is under the authority of the Greek Orthodox Church. The US mainstream media has never reported this story.

    Iraqi military sources told the PRAVDA journalists that the reason that the American Secretary of Defense Robert Gates visited Baghdad urgently after two days he received his new post as a Defense Minister was to suppress a mutiny by US troops based in Anbar.

    The sources pointed out that the US military are taking heavy tolls from Iraqi resistance attacks. Defected US military servicemen are asking for political asylum in Turkey and the morale of US troops in Iraq is currently all the time low.

  4. Thank you anonymous for politicizing this post. That was exactly what I wanted people to think of when they saw this.