Thanks to Feldman et al , we got our first look at the ancient Anatolians from the Pleistocene. Due to the strong cultural links with later peoples, such as Boncuklu, I kind of figured that the hunter-gatherers would be pretty similar to the first farmers. To take a look at the formation of the first farmers of West Asia, I used the samples from Feldman et al , Lazaridis et al , and van de Loosdrecht et al to see what kind of picture emerges. The first graph is a simple set up of the base populations that are the most likely contributors to the formation of Boncuklu and Barcin. While there may be a better source in Eastern Anatolia or Syria, these will do for now.
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The big picture for West Asia, and specifically Anatolia, after Pinarbasi – Population Genomics
As the Asian Cup kicks off this Saturday night in Abu Dhabi, now is the perfect timing to check out the mood of the 12 Middle Eastern teams to play in the tournament. Saudi Arabia won it three times , , , Iran also , , , while Israel , Kuwait and Iraq have won it once. With dozens of players floating the European market; names like Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Alireza Beiranvand, Karim Ansarifad, Saman Ghoddos and Sardar Azmoun; and an impressive World Cup campaign, Iran is ranked as the best football team in Asia in the past three years now. A clear favourite to win the Asian Cup and to celebrate for the first time since , three years before the revolution. As their slogan says: One team, 80 million people, one heartbeat. Iran is going for the title. Saudi Arabia The Saudi League has improved remarkably.
The big picture for West Asia, and specifically Anatolia, after Pinarbasi
Workers produce desks for export to the US, France, Germany and other countries, at a factory in Nantong in China's eastern Jiangsu province on September 4, China said on September 2 it had lodged a complaint against the United States with the World Trade Organization WTO , one day after new tariffs imposed by Washington on billions of dollars worth of Chinese goods came into force. S-China trade negotiations. A Brave New World in Kashmir?
West Asia has rarely been in control of its own destiny. While the ancient Sumerians, Assyrians and Hittites sought to control its trade routes and its limited agricultural land for expanding their own empires, the Persians soon swept in to dominate the landscape. Saudi Arabia, meanwhile, has seemingly awakened from its stupor, and sought to achieve transformational domestic reforms combined with regional coercion of its erstwhile Gulf monarchies and democracies.