Middle America loving and adoring Beyonce until the moment she even dares suggests that cops killing unarmed black people all the time is not good at all says it all really. Then she gets disowned and boycotted.
You only want this lady as a hot, sexy entertainer. Oh, and isn’t her ass firm and staunch and nice?!
But God forbid she has an opinion, political awareness and critical-thinking ability or anything.
Çatalhöyük was a Neolithic proto-city settlement located in southern Turkey. The site dates roughly from 7500-5700 BCE. It is one of the largest, best-preserved, and densely populated Neolithic sites in the world.
Çatalhöyük have been carried out since 1993 by Dr. Ian Hodder of Stanford University. The report for the 2015 excavation season has been published online. Two remarkable finds were unearthed this past season. One find was a painted plastered head with inlaid obsidian eyes. It is difficult to determine whether the head is that of a human or an animal, but observers believe that it had features resembling anthropomorphic figures previously found on the site. The second find was a stone figurine of a woman. The figurine has an extremely well defined and detailed public triangle - something that is extremely rare among the figurines at
Çatalhöyük. It is one of only eight stone figurines found at the site and is one of the best to ever be found, despite its missing head.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada’s fighter jets will end their fight against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant within the next two weeks.
Canadian bombs will stop falling by Feb. 22, but the complement of military personnel in the region will climb to 830 — up from the current 650 — and will provide planning, targeting and intelligence expertise.
The size of Canada’s “train, advise and assist” mission will also triple, including additional medical personnel and equipment including small arms, ammunition and optics to assist in training Iraqi security forces.
“We know Canada is stronger, much stronger, than the threat posed by a murderous gang of thugs,” Trudeau said. “Call us old-fashioned, but we think that we ought to avoid doing precisely what our enemies want us to do. They want us to elevate them, to give into fear, to indulge in hatred, to eye one another with suspicion and to take leave of our faculties.”
“The people terrorized by ISIL every day don’t need our vengeance, they need our help.”
The new Liberal mission will also include a team of strategic advisers to help Iraq’s defence and interior ministries.
A plan must be made for ‘life after Isis’ in the Middle East
In the Second World War, Allied leaders planned for the post-war world –
a ‘United Nations’ – years before the conflict ended. We must do the
same for the Middle East.
by Robert Fisk
There are times in the Middle East when nightmares
and delusions take the place of the real and growing tragedy which is
consuming the Arab lands. More and more earnest are the calls for peace
as more and more nations launch more and more air raids, from Kabul to
the Mediterranean, and down through Sinai and Yemen and across to Libya.
The bloodbath is real, yet no one plans for a future – for “Life after
Isis”. By my reckoning, there are now 11 different national air forces
bombing five different Muslim countries to “degrade and destroy” their
enemies. But what comes afterwards?
History teaches us that for 100 years now, the people
of this magnificent, dangerous region have sought justice and received
only injustice. Foreign and proxy occupation, corruption and
dictatorship – the hands of the torturer – have taken from them the one
value which so many millions finally sought in the great Arab awakening
of 2011: dignity. Yet what are we doing about this? Why have we never
addressed the great historical injustices which have caused this human
Instead, we conjure up imaginary armies – as if the
real ones aren’t frightening enough. We dream up 35,000 Iranian
Revolutionary Guards in Syria when perhaps there are a thousand – and
20,000 Afghan Hazara Shia and hordes of Iraqi Shia militiamen in Syria
and another 10,000 Hezbollah – and this is before we even remember David
Cameron’s ghost army of 70,000 warriors ready to fight for democracy.
The Turks are about to invade Syria, we are told, but they haven’t. Then
there are the thousands of Saudi soldiers which our favourite Gulf
monarchy is ready to send to Syria to fight Isis – although presumably
they’ll have to leave their air-conditioned Mercedes limousines back at
the start line. As for the Russians, I’m surprised nobody has yet
suggested that they arrived in Syria with snow on their boots.
This is insanity. Europeans react with horror when a
million refugees cross their borders – yet while it’s informative to
know that Hungary thinks it is the frontier of Christendom, no one has
suggested that we need to address the original problems of all these
poor people. We obsess about persuading Turkey to stop the refugees and
asylum seekers pouring into Europe, but without any long-term planning
for a new Middle East which will reduce their numbers.
We blather on about how we are suffering the greatest
movement of refugees since the Second World War. But in the Second
World War (the real one), Allied leaders were planning for the post-war
world – a “United Nations” – years before the end of hostilities. Today,
I cannot find in my files any record of a single Arab or world leader
who has spoken of what the Middle East might look like in the future.
Why can’t we plan ahead now?
At the end of the First World War – the war which
destroyed the Ottoman empire and crushed the last caliphate a few years
later – many of the American diplomats in the collapsing empire and the
NGOs of the time (they were missionaries then, of course) argued for one
great Arab nation; one in which Muslims – and Christians and Jews and
other minorities – would be citizens of a land which stretched from
Morocco to the Mesopotamian-Persian border (the frontier of what is now
Iraq and Iran). But of course the US lost its interest in such Wilsonian
dreams, while the Brits and French had other plans and moved in to take
the “mandates” of their choice.
Thus began the age of humiliation, of Western
occupiers and local butchers and hangmen which stripped all these
peoples of their honour. And now, 100 years on, we see its frightening
apogee in the gruesome “caliphate” which is spreading Ebola-like around
the world. But what the poor old Middle East needs now are not more air
strikes, but an intellectual search by all those who still live there –
and by those who have fled – for what kind of a homeland they want to
What institutions can replace the broken ramparts of
the old Middle East? What can replace, for example, the doggerel Arab
television preachers who have so much to answer for, many of them
encouraged by the Gulf rulers? How did Islam become so weakened by these
people? An old friend of mine (a Sunni Muslim, if you want to know) put
it very well to me at the weekend. “Islam is afraid of Isis,” he said.
“Isis isn’t afraid of Islam.”
So for starters, why not plan for a new Middle East
founded not on oil and gas – though they will remain – but on education?
Not on dictators’ palaces but on universities; not on torture chambers
but on libraries. Islam lay at the heart of the ancient universities of
the Middle East. Scholarship was not dominated by Islam – faith and
religion were themselves enhanced and enriched by knowledge. From
education comes justice. And justice – only justice – will destroy Isis.
This may sound preachy but I suspect it would make a lot of sense to
the Arabs – and the Jews – who lived in Spain, in Andalusia, 700 years
ago (until, of course, we chucked them out).
I have noted before that Abu Dhabi – abjuring the
madness of Dubai – has placed a special need on first-class university
education for its citizens. And across the Middle East, lack of
education – a policy fostered by dictators, of course – lies like a
cancer. For lack of education actually is a substance that spreads. Look
at the tens of thousands of Syrian refugee children in Lebanon who will
one day return to their ruins without even the gift of literacy to pass
on to their own future children.
I cannot stand the old clichés about “when the guns
fall silent”. But schools and universities are going to be more deadly
to Isis than any air-strike. That’s how you deal with nightmares.