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'Previously unknown massacres': Why is Israel allowed to own Palestinian history?

Irgun Terrorists
© Jim Pringle/AP
Irgun terrorists receiving training from an instructor near the Jaffa Tel Aviv border in the street on March 4, 1948.
Haaretz's investigative report - 'Classified Docs Reveal Massacres of Palestinians in '48 - and What Israeli Leaders Knew' - is a must-read. It should be particularly read by any person who considers himself a 'Zionist' and also by people who, for whatever reason, support Israel, anywhere in the world.

"In the village of Al-Dawayima (...), troops of the 8th Brigade massacred about 100 people," Haaretz reported, though the number of the Palestinian victims later grew to 120. One of the soldiers who witnessed that horrific event testified before a government committee in November 1948:
"There was no battle and no resistance. The first conquerors killed 80 to 100 Arab men, women and children. The children were killed by smashing their skulls with sticks. There wasn't a house without people killed in it."
The Haaretz report of nearly 5,000 words was filled with such painful details, stories of Palestinian elders who could not flee the Zionist invasion and ethnic cleansing of historic Palestine (1947-48), who were lined up against various walls and massacred; of an older woman being shot point-blank with four bullets; of other elders who were crammed inside a home and shelled by a tank and hand grenades; of many Palestinian women raped, and other devastating stories.

Document

Declassified documents show how US lied to Russia about NATO in 1990s

Yeltsin Clinton
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Russian President Boris Yeltsin and US President Bill Clinton, September 2, 1998
In April 2014, President Vladimir Putin addressed Russia's Federal Assembly in the wake of Moscow's reabsorption of Crimea. Over the course of his speech, he laid the blame for an increase in tensions on the West, which he insisted had "lied to us many times, made decisions behind our backs, placed us before an accomplished fact." At the heart of this apparent duplicity was NATO's expansion to the East, "as well as deployment of military infrastructure at our borders," contrary, he said, to its promises.

Ever since, disproving the idea that Western leaders had assured Moscow the bloc wouldn't encroach on its borders has become an obsession for think tanks and lobby groups. For example, UK policy institute Chatham House brands the suggestion that any pledge was made not to enlarge the controversial military bloc one of the key "myths and misconceptions in the debate on Russia," while NATO's own website likewise claims it is wholly manufactured.

Significant evidence to the contrary has long-been easily accessible, but now the National Security Archive has published a tranche of never-before-seen, highly revealing documents detailing how then-Russian President Boris Yeltsin was consistently manipulated by his US counterpart Bill Clinton on the question during the mid-1990s, while bold, false promises of a "strategic partnership" of the countries faded into nothingness.

Boat

Viking-era Afro-Eurasian trade networks pushed back as far as 750CE with new dating technique

Viking
© The Museum of Southwest Jutland
Professor Søren M. Sindbæk has directed the Northern Emporium project in the emporium Ribe, Denmark. The archaeological stratigraphy of the sites has secured an improved understanding of global trade flows in the Viking Age. Photo: The Museum of Southwest Jutland.
Mobility shaped the human world profoundly long before the modern age. But archaeologists often struggle to create a timeline for the speed and impact of this mobility. An interdisciplinary team of researchers at the Danish National Research Foundation's Centre for Urban Network Evolutions at Aarhus University (UrbNet) has now made a breakthrough by applying new astronomical knowledge about the past activity of the sun to establish an exact time anchor for global links in the year 775 CE.

In collaboration with the Museum of Southwest Jutland in the Northern Emporium Project, the team has conducted a major excavation at Ribe, one of Viking-age Scandinavia's principal trading towns. Funded by the Carlsberg Foundation, the dig and the subsequent research project were able to establish the exact sequence of the arrival of objects from various corners of the world at the market in Ribe. In this way, they were able to trace the emergence of the vast network of Viking-age trade connections with regions such as North Atlantic Norway, Frankish Western Europe and the Middle East. To obtain a chronology for these events, the team has pioneered a new use of radiocarbon dating.

Comment: Evidence suggests that, over the last few thousand years, international trade networks have been established along with the rise of civilisations, only to then be severed and lost to history with their fall:

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Dig

Intriguing insights of world's oldest family tree revealed in DNA study of Neolithic mound burial in Britain

Long Barrow
© Corinium Museum, copyright Cotswold District Council
Hazleton Long Barrow: Courtesy of Corinium Museum, copyright Cotswold District Council.
Analysis of ancient DNA from one of the best-preserved Neolithic tombs in Britain has revealed that most of the people buried there were from five continuous generations of a single extended family.

By analyzing DNA extracted from the bones and teeth of 35 individuals entombed at Hazleton North long cairn in the Cotswolds-Severn region, the research team was able to detect that 27 of them were close biological relatives. The group lived approximately 5700 years ago — around 3700-3600 BC — around 100 years after farming had been introduced to Britain.

Published in Nature, it is the first study to reveal in such detail how prehistoric families were structured, and the international team of archaeologists and geneticists say that the results provide new insights into kinship and burial practices in Neolithic times.

Comment: This study provided a wealth of other insights, the rest of which can be found here: New genetic study of Late Bronze Age Britain reveals insights on ancestry, kinship, language, milk

See also: And check out SOTT radio's:


Info

Elamite clay tablet unearthed in mysterious Iranian 'Burnt City'

Elamite Tablet
© Tehran Times
A team of Iranian, Italian, and Serbian archeologists has unearthed an Elamite clay tablet inside the Burnt City, a rare discovery that gives subtle clues about the interaction between the eastern and western sides of the Iranian plateau during prehistorical times.
The discovery of such [clay] tablets is not bizarre in the western regions of Iran but the point is that archaeologists have never made such a unique discovery in the easternmost point of the Lut Plain and southeastern Iran, senior Iranian archaeologist Seyyed-Mansour Seyyed-Sajjadi said on Thursday.

Called "Shahr-e Sukhteh" in Persian, the UNESCO-registered Burnt City is associated with four rounds of civilization, all mysteriously burnt down by catastrophic sets of fire. It is situated in Sistan-Baluchestan province, which was once a junction of Bronze-Age trade routes crossing the semi-arid plateau.

Elaborating on the significance of the discovery, Seyyed-Sajjadi who leads the current excavation on Burnt City, said: "It is the first time that such a significant clay tablet which is an accounting document has been discovered in Shahr-e Sukhteh since 50 years ago when the site underwent archaeological excavation for the first time."

Measuring 11 by seven centimeters, the tablet was found by archaeologist Hossein Moradi some four meters below the surface in the Room 27th of a once residential area, Seyyed-Sajjadi explained.

"The clay tablet bears some signs some of which depict the types and quantity of shipped goods... it also has signs that are still unfamiliar for us."

Arrays of animal and human figurines are amongst other relics discovered recently during the 19th season of archaeology that commenced on November 19 on the magnificent site.

The figurines include various animal designs, especially cows, as well as human statues, which are in the form of sitting women and standing men. Moreover, a kiln has been unearthed as well. However, it is not yet determined to be a pottery oven or a metal smelting furnace, according to Seyyed-Sajjadi.

"So far, four to five percent of Burnt City has been excavated. . . and [conducting surveys on] unexplored areas require a lot of time and funds," according to provincial tourism chief Alireza Jalalzaei.

Bacon

Five ice-age mammoths with evidence of butchery unearthed in England, roamed the country 220,000 years ago

Attenborough mammoth
© Julian Schwanitz/BBC/Windfall FilmsDalya Alberge
Sir David Attenborough with some of the mammoth bones found in the gravel quarry near Swindon.
Five ice-age mammoths in an extraordinary state of preservation have been discovered in the Cotswolds, to the astonishment of archaeologists and palaeontologists.

The extensive remains of two adults, two juveniles and an infant that roamed 200,000 years ago have been unearthed near Swindon, along with tools used by Neanderthals, who are likely to have hunted these 10-tonne beasts.

More are expected to be found because only a fraction of the vast site, a gravel quarry, has been excavated.

Judging by the quality of the finds, the site is a goldmine. They range from other ice-age giants, such as elks - twice the size of their descendants today, with antlers 10ft across - to tiny creatures, notably dung beetles, which co-evolved with megafauna, using their droppings for food and shelter, and freshwater snails, just like those found today. Even seeds, pollen and plant fossils, including extinct varieties, have been preserved at this site.

Comment: See also: And check out SOTT radio's: MindMatters: America Before: Comets, Catastrophes, Mounds and Mythology


Info

Is the Eye of the Sahara 'the Lost City of Atlantis'?


Comment: Short answer; no it is not. It's an impact site (caused by an overhead cometary explosion)...


Atlantis and Richat Structure
© Chubbinsure Net
Could a curious geological formation in the Mauritanian part of the Sahara desert anything to do with the lost city of Atlantis?

If you type the word "Atlantis" into Google, around 120 million results will pop up. Obviously, Plato's legend of Atlantis has long occupied many people, from scientists to mysticists, with many candidates being cited as the possible location of this lost and sunken civilization. But did such a city ever exist at all? And if yes, where could the ruins be?

The only mention of Atlantis by name in historical texts is in Plato's Dialogues (written around 360 B.C.), which gives dozens of precise details about what Atlantis looked like, and where it may have been located in relation to other landmarks in the ancient world. It was this level of detail that has set many people off thinking that Atlantis actually existed.

One of the best clues that Plato gives about Atlantis is that there was a series of concentric circles around the city, black and red stone, and of course it was a seafaring society:
Poseidon carved the mountain where his love dwelt into a palace and enclosed it with three circular moats of increasing width, varying from one to three stadia and separated by rings of land proportional in size. The Atlanteans then built bridges northward from the mountain, making a route to the rest of the island. They dug a great canal to the sea, and alongside the bridges carved tunnels into the rings of rock so that ships could pass into the city around the mountain; they carved docks from the rock walls of the moats. Every passage to the city was guarded by gates and towers, and a wall surrounded each ring of the city. The walls were constructed of red, white, and black rock, quarried from the moats, and were covered with brass, tin, and the precious metal orichalcum, respectively.
So, according to Plato, Atlantis looked something like this:
Atlantis Artist Drawing
© Rocío Espín Piñar

Comment:

Watch Randall Carlson's discussion of the Richat Structure.




Blue Planet

New genetic study of Late Bronze Age Britain reveals insights on ancestry, kinship, language, milk

skeleton
© Wessex Archaeology
A photograph of the skeleton of one of the four individuals who we have sequenced who we think is likely to have participated in the migration we detect into southern Britain and to have displaced half the ancestry of the local population. This skeleton was excavated from the site of Cliffs End Farm in Kent.
New research revealing a major migration to the island of Great Britain offers fresh insights into the languages spoken at the time, the ancestry of present-day England and Wales, and even ancient habits of dairy consumption.

The findings are described in Nature by a team of more than 200 international researchers led by Harvard geneticists David Reich and Nick Patterson. Michael Isakov, a Harvard undergraduate who discovered the existence of the 3,000-year-old migration, is one of the co-first authors.

The analysis is one of two Reich-led studies of DNA data from ancient Britain that Nature published on Tuesday. Both highlight technological advances in large-scale genomics and open new windows into the lives of ancient people.

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Archaeology

Fossil remains reveals giant millipedes as long as cars roamed northern England

fossil giant millipede england
© Neil Davies/PAPA Media
A section of Arthropleura's exoskeleton was found by a 'fluke' on Howick beach by a Cambridge University scientist.
Largest ever specimen, a 2.7 metre-long creature known as Arthropleura, discovered by 'fluke' on UK beach

Giant millipedes as long as a car and weighing 50kg once hunted across northern England, experts have revealed, following the discovery of a 326m-year-old fossil.

The largest fossil of a giant millipede was found by a "fluke" on a Northumberland beach at Howick, after a section of cliff fell on to the shore.

In order to get so big, the creature, known as Arthropleura, must have found a nutrient-rich plant diet and may even have been a predator, feasting on other invertebrates or small amphibians.

Star of David

Meet Ghislaine: Daddy's Girl

Robert/Ghislaine
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Robert and Ghislaine Maxwell
Absent from mainstream discourse on Ghislaine Maxwell's ongoing trial is any mention of the ties, not only of herself, but her family, to Israeli intelligence. Those ties, forged by Ghislaine's father Robert Maxwell, are critical to understanding Ghislaine's history and her role in Jeffrey Epstein's sexual blackmail and trafficking network.

The trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, the alleged madam of Jeffrey Epstein's sexual blackmail and sex trafficking network, has attracted considerable mainstream and independent media attention, though not as much as one might expect given the level of media attention that surrounded Epstein's 2019 arrest and death or given the public interest in the Epstein/Maxwell scandal and its broader implications.

Unsurprisingly, the broader implications of the Epstein/Maxwell scandal have been largely, if not entirely absent, from mainstream media (and some independent media) coverage of Ghislaine Maxwell's trial as well as absent from the case itself. For example, despite physical evidence of sexual blackmail stored at Epstein's residences being shown by the prosecution (with the names of those incriminated being notably redacted), the prosecution chose not to mention even the potential role of blackmail in Ghislaine Maxwell's activities and motives as it related to her involvement in sex trafficking activities alongside Jeffrey Epstein. Not only that, but the names of Ghislaine's close contacts and even some of her defense witnesses, along with considerable information about her role in Epstein's network that is very much in the public interest, is due to be filed under seal and forever hidden from the public, either due to "deals" made between the prosecution and the defense in this case or due to rulings from the judge overseeing the case.