The forces of ISIS continue their wanton destruction of cultural heritage and historical sites.
The Islamic State has destroyed another archaeological treasure – the ancient Mashqi Gate in the biblical city of Nineveh, adjacent to modern Mosul, Iraq, reported United Press International.
The Mashqi Gate, excavated in the 1960s and subsequently restored, dated back to the 7th century B.C. during the reign of King Sennacherib, also mentioned in the Bible. Sennacherib invaded Judah in 705 B.C. during the reign of the Jewish King Hezekiah and laid siege to the city of Jerusalem – an event so momentous, it is told in three different places in Scripture.
Sennacherib himself recorded the military expedition in a bas-relief along the walls of his palace, located near the now destroyed Mashqi Gate. Those original artifacts are safely displayed today in the British Museum.
English: Temple of Bel, Palmyra, Syria Français : Temple de Bel, Palmyre, Syrie (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
ISIS has left a path of destruction through the archaeological sites of Iraq and Syria, often destroying major structures with explosives and bulldozers, while salvaging for sale on the black market items more easily transported. The group has only recently been forced out of Palmyra, Syria, but not before destroying the iconic Temple of Bel, the Arch of Triumph and the Temple of Baalshamin in August 2015.
In July 2014, ISIS blew up the tomb of the Prophet Jonah at the Nineveh site, despite the fact a mosque had stood over the shrine since the Muslim conquest.
How many more sites, that are important to the history of the world, will these barbarians destroy? If you erase history, it never happened. Is this the goal of ISIS, to eliminate historical context of the region so that their view of history is the only thing that remains? They seem to be out to show that their religion and culture are the only views that matter in the Middle East.
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A friend of mine on Facebook posted this…..
[She is feeling] a bit heartbroken when her kiddo is explaining that someone at school keeps saying he’s weird… not really so much because someone is saying that… but because she maybe hasn’t instilled in him yet, enough of the joy and the gift of being weird.
Weirdos live outside the box, they create, they invent, they discover… no one who dwells solely in their tidy pigeonhole will ever get to revel in the wonders and the freedoms of reaching beyond it. Yes, my child, you ARE weird. Brilliantly, beautifully, singularly weird. I’m weird too, and I love and treasure every weird little molecule of you and your weirdness. Never stop being weird; never stop having big feelings and big ideas and a big heart. Never ever let someone clip those wings that will let you soar. Never stop dreaming and doing. Be weird.
The world will tell you that you don’t fit in, and of course, it will be right, but why on earth would you want to? There will only ever be one marvelous you. It would be far weirder to try to be someone else.
Written by: Holly Gage-Hennecke
A man in Britain claims he can predict warming and cooling trends just by watching the Sun.
Is it possible that the Sun controls our #climate and that climate change is to be expected because of this? Watch this video and decide for yourself.
Can One of the World’s Most Important Archaeological Sites be Saved?
[tx_calltoact]ISIS Continues it’s war on the past, can these brigands be stopped?[/tx_calltoact]by FRANKLIN LAMB
The ancient city of #palmyra (Tadmur) has been in existence for 30 centuries and is one of the world’s most cherished archeological and cultural heritage sites. Will it cease to exist within the next 30 days?
According to Da’ish (also known as ISIS, Islamic State or IS), the answer is yes and they will see to it. The destruction of these ancient pre-Islamic pagan idols, which they see as akin to devil-worship, is a religious obligation in their jaded view.
According to some Syrian government officials, as well as Irina Bolova, #unesco’s Director of World Heritage Sites List (Palmyra has been on this list since 2013), the answer is also yes – unless. She means that unless the UN takes immediate action under Chapter 7 of the UN Charter and acts now, with force if necessary (and it is), to save Palmyra.
“The situation is very bad,’ Syria’s antiquities chief Dr. Mamoun Abdel-Karim told reporters yesterday. ’If only five members of IS go into the ancient buildings, they’ll destroy everything. Our fear is also for the museum and the large monuments that cannot be moved.” Dr. Abdel-Karim is calling on the US-led military coalition against IS to prevent the group destroying the ancient site. “This is the entire world’s battle!” he exclaimed.
Read more @ Counterpunch
[su_box title=”About the Author” box_color=”#464fc0″]Franklin Lamb is a visiting Professor of International Law at the Faculty of Law, Damascus University and volunteers with the Sabra-Shatila Scholarship Program (sssp-lb.com).[/su_box]
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Verizon’s acquisition, driven largely by an interest in AOL’s ad tech and video assets, wasn’t universally positive news for those at The Huffington Post, TechCrunch and Engadget, which still aren’t sure what the AOL move means for their websites and jobs.
Tim Armstrong (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
While AOL CEO Tim Armstrong has repeatedly assured those inside and outside the company that AOL plans to keep and continue investing in its editorial brands, the feeling among many AOL content staffers is that the ultimate decision will be out of his hands.
The telecoms giant has landed on the wrong side of topics such as net neutrality and user privacy over the years, which hasn’t won it many friends among tech journalists, and even fewer at Engadget.
His vitriol in part stemmed from the controversy surrounding Verizon’s failed tech blog Sugarstring, which was reportedly unable to write about topics such as American spying or net neutrality, which Verizon had a stake in.
Read full article @ Digiday.
What other parts of AOL could be disrupted by the buy-out?