Göbekli Tepe Remastered

— Filed under: People & Culture

I found the article on Göbekli Tepe thought provoking. However the comments went off in several directions and motivated me to write this continuation of the topic.

First, look at this photo on the right, from EssayWeb.

Then consider who the people were who built the site, which was probably in rudimentary form 14,000 years ago. They were hunter-gatherers who were as smart as were are. They had not discovered metal working nor pottery. They were superstitious. There were dangerous animals in the areas where they hunted. They needed courage and teamwork to complete a successful hunt. They were using spears and other stone tipped weapons and clubs.

People did not live at Göbekli Tepe. They met there. Why? Some have proposed that the place was a temple. Perhaps in a distant sort of way.… Continues …

Göbekli Tepe: Older Than Stonehenge, Pyramids, Anything

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Part of a megalithic structure at Göbekli Tepe...

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Monolith at Göbekli Tepe

When people think of ancient temples, they often think of Stonehenge, which most archaeologists agree was built about 5,000 years ago. But Stonehenge is actually trumped handily by a little-known site in modern-day Turkey called Göbekli Tepe, which is 11,500 years old. The site is composed of circular rings and T-shaped monoliths, many with carvings of animals on them.

Although Göbekli Tepe (which means “potbelly hill”) got a bit of press in 2008 when The Guardian and Smithsonian Magazine ran articles about its newly realized importance, it didn’t really receive the wider public acclaim and notice that it deserved. According to many archaeologists, this is one of the most exciting finds ever unearthed, a real game-changer in terms of our understanding of civilization, settlement, agriculture, and religion.… Continues …

Turkey and Its Denial of Genocide

— Filed under: Politics & Government, People & Culture

Armenian Deportees walking to SyriaArmenian Deportees walking to SyriaI am writing this article in response to an earlier discussion when a person disputed that these genocides ever occurred. In fact to this day Turkey continues to deny that in the period from 1914 to 1923 it deliberately exterminated and deported its Christian minorities. Today in Turkey, referring to these events as genocide is considered a crime. Recently the Prime minister of Turkey Erdogan warmly embraced Sudan's leader, Omar Hassan al-Bashir. Bashir has been accused of genocide by the International Criminal Court. Erdogan's response? "A Muslim can never commit genocide."

Dr. Akcam, Associate Professor of History and Chair of Armenian Genocide Studies at Clark University, explained that the “continuity” of the “military and civilian bureaucracy,” which has been ruling Turkey ever since the inception of the Republic in 1923, is a key reason for denial of the Armenian Genocide. “The founders perceived the ethnic-cultural plurality of society at that time to constitute a problem for the continuity and security of the state.”

Turkish Troops in Iraq

Iran Throws Down Gauntlet, Offers to Escort Ships to Gaza

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Ali Khamenei has been the supreme leader of Ir...

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Ayatollah Ali Khameini

After scattered reports last week that Turkey was planning to escort the next aid flotilla to Gaza, new information is trickling in now that Iran has entered the fray by offering to provide protection to ships trying to enter Gaza.

The Guardian reports that Ali Shirazi, representative of the supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khameini, said:

"Iran's Revolutionary Guard naval forces are prepared to escort the peace and freedom convoys that carry humanitarian assistance for the defenceless and oppressed people of Gaza with all their strength."

Turkish Navy to Escort More Ships to Gaza

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MEKO 200 TN type frigates of the Turkish Navy ...

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In a late-breaking development, Turkey has announced that they will send more ships to aid Gaza, and that this time they'll be accompanied by the Turkish Navy. This is a provocative and dangerous move, and one that is sure to raise tensions in the region.

The implications of Turkey's threat are unknown at this time. Avi Trengo, a columnist at an Israeli news site, implies (before Turkey's announcement) that in a showdown between the two countries, Israel is likely to cave first.

You read it here first!… Continues …

Israel Attacks Flotilla, Shoots Themselves in Foot

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In a development which is somehow both surprising and not surprising at the same time, the Israeli military has attacked the flotilla of aid ships that was heading from Turkey to Gaza. Anywhere from 10 to 19 civilians have been killed, with many dozens more injured.

After appearing remorseful at first, Israel has now taken a very defensive stance, claiming that its commandos were attacked and possibly even fired upon. Of course the activists claim to be the true victims of aggression, with Greta Berlin, one of the organizers, saying by telephone:… Continues …

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