EDUCATION: An exploration of ideas, issues and trends in education : Launch Point

This week's subject: Middle East

The Middle East has been called the cradle of civilization because it was the sight of the earliest cities, governments, law codes and alphabets. This region in southwestern Asia and northeastern Africa is home to many nations, which, while separated by deep political differences, offer unique cultural treasures and important natural resources. Take a magic carpet ride through Middle Eastern history and culture by exploring the direct links on The Times' Launch Point Web site. Go to:

http://www.latimes.com/launchpoint/

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