Ancient Stone Age aurochs depiction discovery


A 38,000-year-old engraved stone (left), depicting an aurochs, or wild cow, covered with dots, was unearthed at a French rock-shelter. Symbolic elements of Europe’s earliest human culture appear in the engraving, its discoverers say. Drawings of the find (center) and of the aurochs separated from the dots show the scene more clearly. P. Jugie/Musée National de Préhistoire (photo), R. Bourrillon et al/Quaternary International 2017

From Science News:

Cow carved in stone paints picture of Europe’s early human culture

Symbolic dots, style link 38,000-year-old engraving to other famous cave art finds

By Bruce Bower

7:00am, February 3, 2017

This stone engraving of an aurochs, or wild cow, found in a French rock-shelter in 2012, provides glimpses of an ancient human culture’s spread across Central and Western Europe, researchers say.

Rows of dots partly cover the aurochs. A circular depression cut into the center of the animal’s body may have caused the limestone to split in two, says Stone Age art specialist Raphaëlle Bourrillon of the University of Toulouse-Jean Jaurès in France. Radiocarbon dating of animal bones unearthed near the discovery at Abri Blanchard rock-shelter put the engraving’s age at roughly 38,000 years, Bourrillon and colleagues report online January 24 in Quaternary International.

The rock art is similar to some engravings and drawings found at other French and German sites, including the famous Chauvet Cave (SN: 6/30/12, p. 12), and attributed to the Aurignacian culture, which dates to between 43,000 and 33,000 years ago. Like the new find, that art includes rows of dots, depictions of aurochs and various animals shown in profile with a single horn and a long, thin muzzle.

Within a few thousand years of arriving in Europe from Africa, Aurignacian groups developed regional styles of artwork based on images that had deep meaning for all of them, proposes anthropologist and study coauthor Randall White of New York University, who directed the excavation.

French racist politician Valls, buh bye!


This video from France says about itself:

More protests in France over expulsion of asylum seekers

Amid cries of “education for all” and “support for Leonarda“, protests will continue today over the expulsions from France of several students.

Leonarda Dibrani, a 15-year-old [Roma] girl who French authorities removed from a school bus and deported to Kosovo, has become a focal point in France’s ongoing migration debate.

Protesters are unhappy about how she was expelled and are calling for a revision of France’s immigration policies.

French Interior Minister Manuel Valls defended Leonarda’s expulsion as fully legal. However, not everybody agrees with Valls, as some members of his own Socialist party have spoken out against him, accusing him of “betraying the left’s values with tough immigration policies”.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Benoît Hamon will be the socialist candidate in the French presidential election. In the second round of the primaries of the Socialist Party the former Minister of Education defeated former Prime Minister Manuel Valls.

With over 60 percent of the votes counted it is clear that the 49-year-old Hamon is well ahead of the more moderate

only if one calls Blairism, violence against trade unions and anti-Roma racism ‘moderate’

Valls. Hamon is on 58 percent of the vote and Valls on 41. Valls has admitted his loss.

The result is a blow to President Hollande, who was for Valls. Hamon in 2014 left the government in protest against the austerity policies of Hollande.

After the downfall of Valls, one should hope that the downfall of the presidential candidate of the neo-fascist National Front, Marine Le Pen; and of the candidate of the ‘center’ right, Fillon, will be next.

Extreme right meeting in Germany


This video says about itself:

(6 Apr 2016) Jean-Marie Le Pen, founder and former head of France’s far-right National Front party, has been convicted of denying crimes against humanity for repeating that the Nazi gas chambers are a “detail” of World War II history.

A Paris court convicted then sentenced Le Pen on Wednesday to a 30,000 euros (34,000 US dollars) fine plus paying damages to three associations, plaintiffs in the case.

Le Pen, 87, was convicted of the same offence in 2012 for claiming the Nazi occupation of France was not “particularly inhumane”.

Decades ago, Le Pen was convicted for saying the gas chambers were “a detail of the history of the Second World War”.

He repeated the remark last year.

From Avaaz:

Dear friends,

It sounds like a far-fetched conspiracy — the top fascist leaders in Europe are coming together to plot their takeover from a remote German castle. But that’s exactly what’s happening this weekend, and we can expose them.

This affects all of us everywhere. There are elections in France, Germany, and the Netherlands this year — and the far right wants a clean sweep. If they get it, they’ll … rip-up human rights, and gut environmental and climate protections — causing irreversible global harm.

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Let’s stand up to reject the rise of fascism.

Here’s just a smattering of some of these politicians:

Marine Le Pen, France’s Front National.

Geert Wilders, Netherlands Party for Freedom: “Islam is not a religion, it’s an ideology, the ideology of a retarded culture.”

We’ve already got Trump in the United States, let’s not lose Europe to this tide of hate!

In just 4 days, Europe’s far right hopes to show the media that they are on the rise. But if we can launch a million-person strong movement to stop this extremism, Avaaz staff can deliver our voices to press in Germany and turn the story on its head.

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More information:

Europe’s Rising Far Right: A Guide to the Most Prominent Parties (New York Times)

Germany’s AfD Divided by Le Pen Meeting (EU Observer)
https://euobserver.com/political/136514

Europe’s far right parties are holding their first-ever “counter-summit” in Germany (Quartz)
Europe’s far-right parties are holding their first-ever “counter-summit” in Germany

What Europe’s Far Right Sees in Trump’s Win (The Atlantic)
http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2016/11/trump-far-right-europe/507314