Archaeologists digging at an old church site in Turkey say they found a stone chest containing a relic that may be a part of the wood cross on which Jesus died.
Archaeologist: Wood relic found in Turkey may be piece of Jesus’ cross – UPI.com.
Read the story. Then sit back and go… um… what?
The cross of Jesus is long lost. It was nothing special and at the very start, would have be reused time and time again.
The Turkish navy will significantly strengthen its presence in the eastern Mediterranean Sea as one of the steps the Turkish government has decided to take following the release of the UN Palmer report on the 2010 Gaza flotilla, Turkish officials told the Hurriyet Daily News.
“The eastern Mediterranean will no longer be a place where Israeli naval forces can freely exercise their bullying practices against civilian vessels,” a Turkish official was quoted as saying. (here)
Wow… Should be interesting. The other day, Turkey expelled the Israeli ambassador. This is not good
Interesting enough, the some of the this technology – especially that which was used in Egypt – was manufactured in the U.S.:
For a long time, the dominant conversation around internet censorship has focused on two of the practice’s giants: Iran and China.
Arguably owners of the most sophisticated filtering methods, the criticism levied against these two countries has been deserved. And yet, the focus on them has largely been at the exclusion of other countries that also censor the web to varying degrees – including an increasing number of democracies.
In recent weeks, Turkey, Tunisia, and Australia have all made headlines for their various plans to introduce new filtering schemes. Though each country’s plan differs, they all have similar focus: curbing access to obscene content.
But while blocking obscenity may reflect the will of the people, such filters nonetheless have implications for freedom of expression.
Web censorship moves West – Opinion – Al Jazeera English.
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Shucks – it’s the least that the could do.
Turkey has launched a project to conserve an ancient Armenian cathedral and a church in what is seen as a gesture of reconciliation toward neighboring Armenia.
Turkey and Armenia have been locked in a bitter dispute for decades over the mass killings of Armenians in Turkey in the last years of the Ottoman Empire, and efforts to normalize relations have been dealt a setback by the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh. Azerbaijan is a close Muslim ally of Turkey’s government in Ankara.
Turkey, however, says it is committed to improving ties with Armenia, and has already restored the 10th century Akdamar church, perched on a rocky island in Lake Van in eastern Turkey. It has also allowed once-yearly worship at the site as a gesture to Armenia and its own ethnic Armenian minority.
AP News: Turkey to conserve Armenian cathedral, church.
From someone who should know…
I was the archaeologist with the Chinese expedition in the summer of 2008 and was given photos of what they now are reporting to be the inside of the Ark. I and my partners invested $100,000 in this expedition (described below) which they have retained, despite their promise and our requests to return it, since it was not used for the expedition. The information given below is my opinion based on what I have seen and heard (from others who claim to have been eyewitnesses or know the exact details).
To make a long story short: this is all reported to be a fake. The photos were reputed to have been taken off site near the Black Sea, but the film footage the Chinese now have was shot on location on Mt. Ararat. In the late summer of 2008 ten Kurdish workers hired by Parasut, the guide used by the Chinese, are said to have planted large wood beams taken from an old structure in the Black Sea area (where the photos were originally taken) at the Mt. Ararat site. In the winter of 2008 a Chinese climber taken by Parasut’s men to the site saw the wood, but couldn’t get inside because of the severe weather conditions. During the summer of 2009 more wood was planted inside a cave at the site. The Chinese team went in the late summer of 2009 (I was there at the time and knew about the hoax) and was shown the cave with the wood and made their film. As I said, I have the photos of the inside of the so-called Ark (that show cobwebs in the corners of rafters – something just not possible in these conditions) and our Kurdish partner in Dogubabyazit (the village at the foot of Mt. Ararat) has all of the facts about the location, the men who planted the wood, and even the truck that transported it.
via PaleoBabble » Noah’s Ark PaleoBabble Update.
See here and here for the discoveries. And here for the best blog post yet on this ‘news.’
That’s right – Carbon Dating is good only if it reveals data under 6000 years old….
In the news today is the newest (re)discovery of Noah’s Ark. I saw rediscovery, because this happens about once or twice a week or so.
CHINESE and Turkish evangelical explorers believe they may have found Noah’s Ark – 4000m up a mountain in Turkey.
The team said it had recovered wooden specimens from a structure on Mount Ararat in eastern Turkey that carbon dating proved was 4800 years old, around the same time the ark is said to have been afloat.
“It’s not 100 per cent that it is Noah’s Ark but we think it is 99.9 per cent that this is it,” said Yeung Wing-cheung, a Hong Kong documentary filmmaker and member of the 15-strong team from Noah’s Ark Ministries International.
The structure had several compartments, some with wooden beams, which were believed to house animals, he said. (read the rest here)
Jim West has some thoughts, as does Richard Bartholomew who also has some background information on the groups behind the newest, but not that new, discovery.
I do tend to believe the bible, and I don’t mind so much people spending lots of money trying to prove something – except you know, that they could be spending that same money on trying to actually live the bible. I don’t much care for the hypocrisy of certain things, or the money making machine that this is becoming.
April is the cruelest month for the people of Armenia, who every year at this season have to suffer a continuing tragedy and a humiliation. The tragedy is that of commemorating the huge number of their ancestors who were exterminated by the Ottoman Muslim caliphate in a campaign of state-planned mass murder that began in April 1915. The humiliation is of hearing, year after year, that the Turkish authorities simply deny that these appalling events ever occurred or that the killings constituted “genocide.”
You can read the rest here:
Turkey denies history—all the more reason for the rest of the world to tell the truth about the Armenian genocide. – By Christopher Hitchens – Slate Magazine.
This is important to me for various reasons. First, although I am not Armenian, I feel that the genocide which took place upon those people has been largely forgotten. Further, I note that Turkey, a secular Islamic country, is concerned with peace in that part of the world.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton basked in the glow of praise from her Nobel laureate boss on Saturday after spearheading successful efforts to salvage historic accords between longtime bitter foes Turkey and Armenia.
President Barack Obama, who a day earlier was the surprise winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, telephoned Clinton in Switzerland to congratulate her on overcoming a last-minute hitch that threatened to scuttle the Turkish-Armenian deals, a senior State Department official said.
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This might be old news to some of you, but Stephen Smuts post this last week -
Ongoing excavations at the ancient port city of Andriake in Lycia – located in Antalya’s Demre district – have uncovered a centuries-old Jewish temple.
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