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  • China's New Silk Road | DW Documentary

    03/06/2018 8:30:01 PM PST · by cba123 · 11 replies
    Published on Feb 16, 2018 A modern trade route between Asia and Europe is under construction. The gigantic project is the brainchild of Chinese president Xi Jinping. (please see the link, for full text)
  • Can mapping conflict data explain, predict and prevent violence?

    02/18/2018 6:05:25 AM PST · by Theoria · 6 replies
    BBC ^ | 16 Feb 2018 | Gordon Corera
    It was December 2015, and Dr Weisi Guo was having dinner and listening to the grim news about the conflict in Syria. Over the previous decade, Dr Guo had grown increasingly troubled by the amount of violence towards civilians. He had worked in UNHCR refugee camps in Algeria and seen the human cost at first hand. His own expertise - as an academic specialising in communication networks and telecoms - seemed a world away. But as a physical scientist he wanted a model to help understand the nature of conflict, and so a highly innovative approach began to take shape....
  • Silk Road

    02/07/2018 6:26:29 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | February 7, 2018 | John Stossel
    Ross Ulbricht was a quiet nerd -- an Eagle Scout who never cursed. Then he became a libertarian, and he decided, "I want to use economic theory as a means to abolish the use of coercion." By coercion, Ulbricht meant force. He viewed laws against drugs as coercion -- government force that stops people from living the way they want. So he created a website called Silk Road. Silk Road let people buy and sell contraband -- mostly drugs -- using bitcoin. The site became successful quickly. It soon carried a billion dollars in transactions. Because Silk Road didn't use...
  • Ancient Wheat Suggests Early China, Middle east Trade

    12/07/2007 1:50:54 PM PST · by blam · 32 replies · 1,567+ views
    Radio Australia ^ | 12-7-2007
    Ancient wheat suggests early China, Middle East trade The Xinjian mummies, discovered in 1987, may be linked to new carbon dating evidence of early East-West trade. Wheat grains nearly 5,000 years old found at a Chinese archaeological site two years ago, have revealed that western man travelled to China much earlier than previously thought. The research, published by Professor John Dodson and Professor Xiaoqiang Li, shows there are no modern wild varieties of the wheat and barley, which were found in the region in a domesticated form, and carbon dated to 2,650BC. It is now thought they originated in the...
  • Ancient barley took high road to China

    11/26/2017 3:45:54 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    Popular Archaeology ^ | Wednesday, November 22, 2017 | Washington University in St. Louis
    First domesticated 10,000 years ago in the Fertile Crescent of the Middle East, wheat and barley took vastly different routes to China, with barley switching from a winter to both a winter and summer crop during a thousand-year detour along the southern Tibetan Plateau, suggests new research... "Wheat was introduced to central China in the second or third millennium B.C., but barley did not arrive there until the first millennium B.C.," Liu said. "While previous research suggests wheat cultivation moved east along the northern edge of the Tibetan Plateau, our study calls attention to the possibility of a southern route...
  • China Plans $1 Trillion New ‘Silk Road’: Aims to re-create Marco Polo's ancient trade route

    05/12/2017 6:42:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    NBC News ^ | 05/12/2017
    BEIJING — China is aiming to re-create Marco Polo's ancient "Silk Road" that connected Europe to Asia. But instead of the camels and caravans that transported spices and silk hundreds of years ago, a $1.4 trillion network of modern trading routes would be built. On Sunday, Chinese President Xi Jinping will host 28 heads of state at the opening of a two-day summit focusing on the so-called "Belt and Road" initiative. Analysts suggest the project could shift the center of global economy and challenge the U.S.-led world order. Beijing hopes the gathering will rally international support for the plan. Xi's...
  • US federal agent investigating Silk Road admits $800,000 bitcoin theft

    09/01/2015 7:05:19 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 6 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 9-1-2015 | Reuters
    A former US secret service agent has pleaded guilty to stealing over $800,000 worth of bitcoin during an investigation into online drug marketplace Silk Road. Shaun Bridges, 33, appeared in federal court in San Francisco and admitted to money laundering and obstruction of justice. Silk Road operated for more than two years until it was shut down in October 2013 having generated more than $214m in sales of drugs and other illicit goods using bitcoin, prosecutors said. Ross Ulbricht, Silk Road’s creator, who authorities say used the alias Dread Pirate Roberts, was sentenced to life in prison after a federal...
  • DEA Agent Sentenced for Extortion, Money Laundering and Obstruction in Silk Road Investigation

    10/23/2015 4:28:21 PM PDT · by ExyZ · 5 replies
    US Department of Justice ^ | October 13, 2015 | US Department of Justice
    A former Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent was sentenced today to 78 months in prison for extortion, money laundering and obstruction of justice, which crimes he committed while working as an undercover agent investigating Silk Road, an online marketplace used to facilitate the sale and purchase of illegal drugs and other contraband.
  • China Heads West: Beijing's New Silk Road to Europe

    08/31/2016 4:11:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | August 31, 2016 – 06:40 PM | Erich Follath
    China is building new roads, railroads and pipelines from Central Asia to Europe in an effort to build new connections to the rest of the world. The results may be good for the Chinese — but less so for the other countries involved. […] Xi Jinping, 63, the president of China and general secretary of the Communist Party, wants to revive the myth and build a New Silk Road, in large parts along the old trade route. It would mark the return of a legend. For some time now, many of his speeches have included references to “yi dai yi...
  • Mysterious tombs discovered on Pamirs Plateau [ interior of China ]

    10/16/2011 7:42:27 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Xinhua ^ | Wednesday, October 12, 2011 | unattributed
    Chinese archaeologists have discovered an unidentified cluster of tombs on the Pamirs Plateau, unveiling a new mystery on the crossroads of the ancient Silk Road. Eights tombs, each two meters in diameter, were arranged on a 100-meter-long and 50-meter-wide terrace, with lines of black stones and lines of white stones stretching alongside like rays, according to the archaeology team with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences that found the tombs in Xinjiang's Taxkorgan Tajik Autonomous County, a border region neighboring Afghanistan and Pakistan, in October. "The tombs are peculiar. No similar ones had been detected before on the Pamirs Plateau,...
  • Rethinking silk's origins

    02/18/2009 7:03:32 AM PST · by BGHater · 10 replies · 559+ views
    Nature ^ | 17 Feb 2009 | Philip Ball
    Did the Indian subcontinent start spinning without Chinese know-how? New findings suggest that silk making was not an exclusively Chinese technological innovation, but instead arose independently on the Indian subcontinent. Ornaments from the Indus valley in east Pakistan, where the Harappan culture flourished more than 4,000 years ago, seem to contain silk spun by silk moths native to the region. What's more, the silk seems to have been processed in a way previously thought to have been a closely guarded secret within China. There is hard and fast evidence for silk production in China back to around 2570 BC; the...
  • Opening Of Silk Road Weaves India Closer To China

    07/06/2006 6:38:54 PM PDT · by blam · 2 replies · 368+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7-7-2006 | Catherine Elsworth
    Opening of Silk Road weaves India closer to China By Catherine Elsworth (Filed: 07/07/2006) To the music of military brass bands, China and India set five decades of hostility behind them yesterday, opening a long-closed Silk Road pass across the Himalayas. Both governments enthused about improving trade between the two rising powers of Asia, which is surprisingly low for growing economies with a population of more than a billion people each. A Chinese trader greets Indian soldiers on the Silk Road But the opening agreement restricts border trade to items such as goat fur and yak tails, on the Chinese...
  • Ancient Porcelain Clue To Maritime Silk Road

    09/23/2005 4:19:25 PM PDT · by blam · 18 replies · 835+ views ^ | 9-23-2005 | China,org
    Ancient Porcelain Clue to Maritime Silk Road In June, local fishermen discovered the wreckage of a Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) ship in the "Bowl Reef" or Wan Jiao in Pingtan County, Fujian Province. Archaeologists identified the wreck as having been manufactured during the reign of Emperor Kangxi (1662-1723) and named it "Bowl Reef No. 1", Wan Jiao Yi Hao. To their surprise, the archaeological team also found rare pieces of blue and white porcelain among the wreckage, loot that could hold the key to an ancient maritime trading route. Excavation works began on September 17, conducted by research staff from the...
  • Scientists Discover Ancient Sea Wharf (Marine Silk Road)

    12/30/2004 11:46:01 AM PST · by blam · 14 replies · 782+ views
    East Day.Com ^ | 12-30-2004
    Scientists discover ancient sea wharf 30/12/2004 7:32 Archeologists say that they have found the country's oldest wharf and it is believed to be the starting point of an ancient sea route to Central and West Asia. The discovery has reaffirmed the widespread belief that the ancient trade route started in Hepu County, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, archeologists said at yesterday's symposium on the nation's marine silk road. After three years of excavation, archeologists have unearthed a wharf that is at least 2,000 years old in Guchengtou Village, according to Xiong Zhaoming, head of the archeological team. At the same site,...
  • Siberian Graveyard's Secret (More Redheads)

    01/08/2004 9:41:32 AM PST · by blam · 102 replies · 4,042+ views
    Siberian Graveyard's Secrets YEKATERINBURG, Russia In a medieval Siberian graveyard a few miles south of the Arctic Circle, Russian scientists have unearthed mummies roughly 1,000 years old, clad in copper masks, hoops and plates - burial rites that archaeologists say they have never seen before. . Among 34 shallow graves were five mummies shrouded in copper and blankets of reindeer, beaver, wolverine or bear fur. Unlike the remains of Egyptian pharaohs, the scientists say, the Siberian bodies were mummified by accident. The cold, dry permafrost preserved the remains, and the copper may have helped prevent oxidation. . The discovery adds...
  • Nestorian Tablet in China

    07/21/2004 11:04:48 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies · 767+ views
    This remarkable record of the fact that Christianity flourished in medieval China is a huge stone about ten feet high. Carven dragons and a cross adorn its summit, and its main shaft is completely covered with some two thousand Chinese characters. It stands now in the Peilin or "Forest of Tablets" in Sian-fu, this Peilin being a great hall specially devoted to the preservation of old historic tablets. Up to a few years ago the ancient stone stood with other unvalued monuments in the grounds of a Buddhist monastery, exposed to all the assault of the elements. Only European...
  • Silk painting, brassiere unearthed from ancient tombs in N. China(1,000 year-old golden brassiere)

    06/07/2004 10:42:01 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 65 replies · 1,945+ views
    Xinhuanet ^ | 06/07/04 | N/A
    Silk painting, brassiere unearthed from ancient tombs in N. China 2004-06-07 15:47:45 HOHHOT, June 7 (Xinhuanet) -- Chinese archeologists have announced their recent discovery of a fragmented silk painting and a brassiere in tombs at least 1,000 years old. Fragments of a silk painting of steeds were unearthed from a Liao Dynasty (916 - 1125) tomb in a village in Xinhui town, Aohan Banner of the Inner Mongolian Autonomous Region in north China. "Unlike frescos that are often found in Liao Dynasty tombs, this one is an independent painting scroll and must have been the tomb owner's favorite," said...
  • Scientists May Have Solved the Secret of Silk

    08/27/2003 11:44:51 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 30 replies · 403+ views
    Reuters ^ | Wed, Aug 27, 2003
    Scientists say they may have worked out how spiders and silkworms are able to produce such strong fibers to spin their webs and cocoons. They say that if they are right, their research could be used to produce silk in the laboratory for extra-strong protective clothing, sports equipment and even replacement bone tissue. Silk is the strongest natural fiber known to man but scientists have yet to replicate its strength. They have managed to purify silk into powder but have not been able to turn it into material. "The problem is that when people take these purified powders and try...
  • Silk Road Paved With Christian Tradition (1,500 Y.O. Church In Western China)

    12/22/2002 4:04:11 PM PST · by blam · 3 replies · 433+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 12-20-2002 | Andrew Greely
    Silk Road paved with Christian tradition December 20, 2002 BY ANDREW GREELEY Martin Palmer, an English Sinologist, was searching western China in 1998 for a pagoda, which was all that was left of the monastery of Da Qin. He believed the pagoda was a remnant of the Christians who for several hundred years flourished along the ancient Silk Road. One day he and a couple of his colleagues came upon a pagoda in a field, time-worn but still standing. He asked a woman (a Buddhist nun, as it turned out) what the pagoda was. All that remained of a great...
  • Archaeologists Find Silk Road Equal

    06/12/2002 3:30:44 PM PDT · by blam · 24 replies · 353+ views ^ | 6-12-2002
    <p>Local Ababda nomads dig in one of the streets in Berenike, which holds an array of artifacts that scientists say reveals an "impressive" sea trade between the Roman Empire and India.</p> <p>LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Spices, gems and other exotic cargo excavated from an ancient port on Egypt's Red Sea show that the sea trade 2,000 years ago between the Roman Empire and India was more extensive than previously thought and even rivaled the legendary Silk Road, archaeologists say.</p>