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Name of source: Times (of London)
SOURCE: Times (of London) (3-26-07)
The gown was found at Sudeley Castle in Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, recently the setting for Liz Hurley’s wedding. [Story includes photo.]
In the 1880s experts authenticated the garment, worn by Henry VIII’s daughter at her baptism at Greenwich in 1533, but it was then left in a box of textiles and forgotten.
SOURCE: Times (of London) (3-25-07)
The police have already interviewed Abraham Hirchson, one of the most senior members of the cabinet, under caution over allegations in the Israeli press that £662,000 was embezzled from Nili, a nonprofit wing of the National Workers Union that he once headed. They talked to him for seven hours last week.
As the investigation has widened, police have been examining a web of American and Israeli charitable foundations controlled by Hirchson, 66. Some are linked to the March of the Living, an annual event in Poland that he founded in 1987, long before he joined the government.
The March of the Living sees several thousand young Jews and dignitaries from America, Europe and Israel walk a mile from the Auschwitz concentration camp to the Birkenau gas chambers in memory of the estimated 1m Jews killed there by the Germans during the second world war.
SOURCE: Times (of London) (3-24-07)
Yasuhiro Nakasone, a former prime minister, admitted that Japanese forces forced women to serve on “comfort stations”, the euphemism for military brothels. He denied allegations, based on an account he wrote 29 years ago, that he organised brothels as a military logistics officer in the Imperial Navy on Borneo.
“They were civilian engineers, not military people, and they just wanted a place for rest or entertainment,” he told a press conference. “They wanted entertainment such as [the board game] Go or Japanese chess. We simply established facilities where such [diversions] could be offered.”
In a 1978 essay, published in a volume entitled The Eternal Navy, he wrote about his time in the former Dutch East Indies: “Before long some [people] started attacking local women and indulging in gambling. I took great pains to set up a comfort station for such people.”
SOURCE: Times (of London) (3-23-07)
The 15th-century Rosslyn Chapel in Midlothian has been given £4.5 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund and £2.68 million from Historic Scotland. [The total is about $14.1 million.]
Since featuring in Dan Brown’s bestseller and the subsequent film, visitor numbers have increased from 30,000 a year in 2000 to 120,000 in 2006. New visitor facilities are planned.
Name of source: BBC News
SOURCE: BBC News (3-25-07)
Joyce's estate has agreed not to sue Carol Schloss if her research is only made available in the US.
The Joyce estate said it wanted to"protect the privacy and memory" of Lucia, who was mentally ill. [Lucia died in 1982.]
Ms Schloss's book, Lucia Joyce: To Dance in the Wake, says she was Joyce's muse in his last novel Finnegan's Wake.
To support her theory, the Stanford University scholar made use of Lucia's medical records, European archives containing records on her life and James Joyce's papers in university collections.
But the estate said she would be infringing its copyright on Joyce's image, and several citations were cut from her book to avoid legal action.
But critics then said Ms Schloss's book was short on documentary evidence, so she sued Joyce's grandson, Stephen James Joyce, and estate trustee Sean Sweeney, accusing them of destroying papers and intimidating academics.
SOURCE: BBC News (3-22-07)
I was actually there in the huge room frescoed with scenes from ancient Roman battles, when the six frock-coated founders of the Europe of the Six appended their signatures to the Treaty.
Crowded into the room were members of parliament, city authorities and, I seem to remember, a single red-hatted cardinal from the Vatican.
It was a very formal and quite impressive ceremony, which had been assigned to the Reuters office junior to help him cut his reportorial teeth.
There were speeches in Italian, French, German and Dutch -- not a word in English of course, because Prime Minister Harold Macmillan had already decided against joining the nascent European community...
Name of source: Guardian
SOURCE: Guardian (3-26-07)
Professional marine treasure hunters working with the British government have reportedly been given the go-ahead to recover gold and silver pieces from what is thought to be the wreck of the HMS Sussex, which took 560 sailors to a watery grave off Gibraltar in 1694.
Although the Spanish government had given its approval, authorities in the regional government of Andalucia had been blocking progress towards recovering the 10 tonnes of gold and silver believed to have gone down with the vessel. On Friday, however, they gave the go-ahead for the Odyssey Explorer to go after the wreck, El País newspaper reported yesterday.
The American ship, belonging to the Florida-based Odyssey Marine exploration company, has been scanning the sea bed off Gibraltar for almost a decade. The 400 square miles of Mediterranean sea bed have turned up what appear to be dozens of ancient and modern wrecks, including some believed to date back 2,000 years to Phoenician and Roman times.
SOURCE: Guardian (3-25-07)
He was the reclusive, mentally ill son of one of the most powerful and feared figures of the 20th century, and his 84-year life echoed one of the deepest traumas of modern history.
Yesterday a brief notice in the China News Service recorded the death of Mao Anqing, who survived his father to live on into a new China that the dictator would not have recognised.
Mao Zedong's second child, who died on Friday, lived through civil war, the execution of his mother, street life in Shanghai, and a journey to Paris and to Moscow, where he studied under Stalin's surveillance. Eventually he returned to China, where he was largely ignored by his father.
Name of source: BBC News
SOURCE: BBC News (3-26-07)
It was not simply Thompson's fame and wealth that guaranteed his disappearance would become one of South East Asia's greatest modern mysteries -- it was his past.
He had spent World War II with the OSS, the US intelligence agency that was the precursor to the CIA.
After the war he settled in Bangkok and in 1948 started the Thai Silk Company...
It made Thompson a millionaire.
But it was also rumoured that Thompson maintained his links with American intelligence.
So when he vanished it was front page news and the theories about his disappearance started to multiply...
Name of source: Independent
SOURCE: Independent (3-26-07)
The experts were wrong. This week, those works will emerge out of storage where they were obscured by varnish and dirt, to be triumphantly displayed to the public. [A spokeswoman for the Royal Collection said the two Caravaggios would appear in public for the first time since confirmation of their authenticity.]
For The Calling of Saints Peter and Andrew andA Boy Peeling Fruit are in fact authentic paintings by the Italian Baroque master.
Art historians spent six years studying the paintings, which are estimated to be worth more than £50m. Finally, they were identified as originals last year. In total there are only 50 surviving canvases by the 17th century artist...
The paintings will form part of The Art of Italy exhibition which opens at the Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace on Friday.
The show will be the first of Italian art from the Royal Collection for more than four decades and will bring together 90 paintings and 85 drawings from royal palaces and residences. Among the items on show will be drawings by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and Michelangelo.
SOURCE: Independent (3-26-07)
The Nairobi-Mombasa train left the cool of Kenya's capital 15 hours ago. It was supposed to arrive in Mombasa at 8 o'clock this morning but three breakdowns -- make that four now there is a burst pipe -- have delayed it...
This railway heralded the birth of modern-day Kenya and Uganda. Stretching 657 miles from the humid coastal port of Mombasa, climbing through the desert of eastern Kenya, dipping into the Rift Valley, heading towards Lake Victoria, then turning once more towards Uganda's capital, Kampala, the railway enabled Britain to impose imperial rule across east Africa...
Dismissed by opposition parliamentarians as a "gigantic folly", the railway took six years and £5m to build -- a colossal sum in 1895. More than 600 workers died -- many from malaria, some from attacks by lions.
It was nicknamed the "Lunatic Express" and over the past few decades that name has become pertinent once more. Chronic underinvestment and corruption has left the railway a shadow of its former self...
A new consortium aims to change that. Rift Valley Railways, backed by a South African transport firm, took over the company late last year and plans to return the Lunatic Express to its former glory. They will have a lot of work to do. New track needs to be laid, new engines and carriages introduced, and services need to be improved.
SOURCE: Independent (3-25-07)
Mr Mandela had been invited to Bristol, once one of the busiest slave ports in Britain, by the Lord Mayor, councillor Peter Abraham, for a service of remembrance due to take place today.
But South Africa's former president declined the invitation after local black organisations contacted him to say his presence would be seen as condoning an overwhelmingly white city council which is accused of riding roughshod over the wishes of the city's black population.
SOURCE: Independent (3-24-07)
Published: 25 March 2007
Time has passed, but the memories will never fade for Tony McNally. There are "Bogies incoming", Argentine jets in attack formation sweeping across San Carlos Bay. There are the nights spent shivering in trenches, hoping the enemy will not attack. And there are explosions and men screaming in the agonies of death.
Mr McNally, then a gunner in the Royal Artillery, is still consumed by the events of 25 years ago on rain-sodden islands 8,000 miles from Britain. As the anniversary of the Argentinian invasion of the Falkland Islands approaches next week, an act that prompted "Maggie's Army" to steam from England to the South Atlantic, Mr McNally lives day and night with the horrors of war. And he is not alone.
Like thousands of British service personnel who have fought in the Falklands, Iraq and Afghanistan, he has battled mental health problems for years...
SOURCE: Independent (3-23-07)
Should Britain be proud of its role in abolishing slavery?
* Slave trading was a highly profitable business, abolished when Britain was embroiled in a war with France
* Abolitionists such as Wilberforce had nothing to gain from the campaign; most were motivated by religion
* Britain's example inspired abolitionists such as John Brown and Abraham Lincoln to end slavery in the US
* Slave trading was a disgusting crime and its whole story is a stain on British history
* We continue to honour slave traders, among them Sir Francis Drake and the 'Grand Old' Duke of York
* Britain ended the trade, but allowed the practice of slave owning to continue in British colonies
SOURCE: Independent (3-23-07)
Pompeii is Italy's most popular tourist destination, drawing 2.5 million visitors every year. And the house of Obellio Firmo is one of its most important. The villa's owner was a leading figure in the city's political life: at his funeral - before the fatal eruption of AD 79 - 10kg of incense was burned in his memory, at vast expense.
The column stood in the villa's garden. No one yet knows exactly how or why it toppled over.
Name of source: Navy Times
SOURCE: Navy Times (3-25-07)
After nearly 39 years of service, the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy was decommissioned the morning of March 23 at Naval Station Mayport.
"In my judgment, the legacy of this ship is the role she played in winning the Cold War,” said Adm. John B. Nathman, commander of the Navy’s Fleet Forces Command and himself a naval aviator. “This ship sent a powerful message to the Soviet Union and made them quit..."
Nathman recounted how the ship had also fought in Lebanon in 1983 and was the first aircraft carrier to arrive in the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Shield and stayed to play a major part in Desert Storm.
Its final combat cruise took JFK again to the Persian Gulf, where its aircraft flew strikes against the Taliban in Afghanistan and finished up supporting the Marines during their November 2004 fight against insurgents in Fallujah, Iraq.
But the Kennedy will live on not only in the hearts and minds of former skippers and crew, but its in-port cabin, designed by Jacqueline Kennedy and outfitted by her with Kennedy family artifacts.
“It’s a one-of-a-kind captain’s in-port cabin,” said retired Vice Adm. Gerry Hoewing, a former Kennedy skipper who now heads the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation in Pensacola, Fla. "We have just gotten the word that we will be preserving that as an exhibit at the museum in Pensacola."
Name of source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
SOURCE: Atlanta Journal-Constitution (3-25-07)
The resolution has been framed as a political issue, but it also raises a moral question that's divided people in countries as diverse as Japan and Australia: Should people apologize for something their ancestors did?
Similar debates are taking place abroad. In Japan, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ignited an emotional political debate recently when he said his country would not apologize to thousands of Asian women forced to work in army brothels during World War II. Australia's prime minister, John Howard, also sparked criticism when he rebuffed a similar call for his country's treatment of Aborigines. Howard said his generation shouldn't apologize for something their ancestors did.
But Robert Franklin, the Presidential Distinguished Professor of Social Ethics at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, disputes those arguments.
People routinely accept their connections to their ancestors when it benefits them, he says. People gladly accept prosperity passed down from previous family members.
Name of source: Live Science
SOURCE: Live Science (3-23-07)
And researchers are very excited about finding chunks of Earth's outer crust that are 3.8 billion years old. Most stuff that old has been folded back into the planet and lost forever or spat back out after being melted into unrecognizable magma.
The discovery, detailed in today's issue of the journal Science, provides solid evidence that Earth had crustal plates way back then that were banging into each other much as they do today in a process that drives earthquakes and reshapes continents. That activity, and the chemical changes to land, sea and air that accompany it, are thought to have been crucial to the instigation of life on Earth, an event that remains utterly mysterious in terms of timing and method.
Name of source: NYT
SOURCE: NYT (3-25-07)
He was denouncing the swap Italy made last week with the Taliban: five Taliban prisoners held in Afghan jails for an Italian reporter kidnapped in southern Afghanistan. The trade, officials around the globe warned, was wrong all around: It rewarded terror and encouraged more abductions.
But steely conviction often melts away where hostages are concerned, and not just for Italy, which famously refused to negotiate in 1978 for the life of its kidnapped former prime minister, Aldo Moro, who was then killed by his abductors.
The reason is that kidnapping, as old as war itself, entangles the personal and the political, with real harm possible for hostage and politician alike. Now the problem spots are Iraq and Afghanistan, where soldiers roam the country along with less-protected reporters, aid workers, diplomats, builders and high-priced private security guards.
SOURCE: NYT (3-25-07)
IT is not easy to think of Spain as Poland. Stroll around this southern city at dusk, beneath the palms, beside the handsome bridges on the Guadalquivir River, past the chic boutiques and the Häagen-Dazs outlet, the Gothic cathedral and the Moorish palace, and it is scarcely Warsaw that comes to mind.
But, insisted Adam Michnik, the Polish writer, “Poland is the new Spain, absolutely.” He continued: “Spain was a poor country when it joined the European Union 21 years ago. It no longer is. We will see the same results in Poland.”
If history is prologue, Mr. Michnik is likely to be right. The European Union, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of its founding treaty this weekend, is more often associated with Brussels bureaucrats setting the maximum curvature of cucumbers than with transformational power. But step by step, stipulation by stipulation, Europe has been remade.
What began in limited fashion in 1957 as a drive to remove tariff barriers and promote commercial exchange has ended by banishing war from Europe, enriching it beyond measure, and producing what Mr. Michnik called “the first revolution that has been absolutely positive.”
Name of source: Washington Times
SOURCE: Washington Times (3-25-07)
Q. What do you consider the EU's biggest achievement in its first 50 years?
A. It's important to say at the outset that the European Union was conceived as a political project. The founders of the organization attempted to harness closer economic cooperation as a way to reconcile nations that had long been warring with one another. Certainly, other factors contributed to peace and security in Western Europe, including the alliance with the United States, but the EU was always seen as a political force for peace.
I think the biggest recent triumph of the EU has to be the steady process of enlargement. We went from six nations to 10 to 15 to 27 today, and at all stages, this was done with the unanimous support of the existing members. When you consider that each round of expansion means a dilution of power for existing members and a larger sharing of financial resources, that is quite an impressive achievement.
And simply by the fact of its existence, the EU has made historically difficult relationships between neighbors easier to manage -- and not just with France and Germany. My own country, Ireland, has long had an inherently unequal and difficult relationship with Great Britain, but when we both joined the European Union, that all changed. We were equals within the EU, and the British actually found Ireland could be a useful ally in the context of discussions with other EU members. ...
Name of source: Discovery News
SOURCE: Discovery News (3-16-07)
If the charred 2,460 grape seeds and 300 empty grape skins were used to make wine, as the researchers suspect, the remains might have belonged to the second oldest known grape wine in the world, edged out only by a residue-covered Iranian wine jug dating to the sixth millennium B.C.
Since the Greeks influenced the Romans, who in turn influenced virtually all of Europe, it is possible that a drink made in a humble, post-framed house in eastern Macedonia influenced much of the world’s wine.
"For the Neolithic or the Bronze Age, we have no evidence for markets and a market economy," lead author Tania Valamoti told Discovery News..."Production was on a household or communal basis."
Valamoti and her team excavated four homes at a Neolithic site called Dikili Tash.
Name of source: AP
The budgetary amendment from Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, was unanimously approved on a voice vote.
The measure is not binding and still must be approved during the House-Senate budget process. But Grassley said it sends a message to Smithsonian Secretary Lawrence M. Small, who will earn $915,698 this year in total compensation.
"It signals to the Smithsonian that a champagne lifestyle at taxpayer expense is unacceptable," Grassley said.
In the Sky TG24 documentary program "Controcorrente" (Countercurrent), Irving is filmed walking down the remains of railroad tracks in the former death camp in southern Poland as he insists that engineering techniques back his claims that mass gassings by the Nazis during World War II didn't occur there...
Earlier this year, Irving told Sky in an interview that there was no doubt the Nazis killed millions of Jews, but said the killings did not take place at Auschwitz.
Gibson was answering questions from the crowd at California State University, Northridge, Thursday night when Alicia Estrada, an assistant professor of Central American studies, accused the actor-director of misrepresenting the Mayan culture in the movie.
Gibson directed an expletive at the woman, who was removed from the crowd.
"In no way was my question aggressive in the way that he responded to it," Estrada said. "These are questions that my peers, my colleagues, ask me every time I make a presentation. These are questions I pose to my students in the classroom."
Gibson's publicist, Alan Nierob, characterized the professor as "a heckler."
That's better than it first sounds. It was that ancestor, Martin Harris, who mortgaged his farm to get the $3,000 needed to print the first 5,000 copies of the Book of Mormon, the central text of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Family folklore holds that the soft, caramel-brown wallet carried the cash to the printer, Russell Harris said...
The wallet will now rest in a glass case at the Museum of Church History and Art, near the press used in 1830 to print the Book of Mormon, which Mormons believe chronicles Jesus' dealings with ancient Americans.
Church founder Joseph Smith is said to have dictated a translation of the book from gold plates given to him by an angel. Martin Harris was one of three people besides Smith said to have seen the plates, and he took dictation from Smith.
But the legacy of the late Chiang —- who formerly led China's once-dominant Nationalist Party but fled to Taiwan with his followers after his defeat on the mainland by Communist forces —- is under attack by the Taiwanese government, making the massive monument an object of controversy.
The special status of the monument, in an immense downtown park, has been called into question by a government campaign to attack Chiang's legacy.
Scientists also said Thursday they have recovered a second coin from the hand-cranked sub — a silver dime to go along with a $20 gold piece recovered in 2001.
With a mint date of 1841, the dime shows Lady Liberty seated in robes, surrounded by 13 stars. It was found with the remains of a European crewman known only as Lumpkin...
The Hunley and its eight-man crew sank the Union blockade ship Housatonic off Charleston on Feb. 17, 1864. The Hunley also sank in the battle. It was raised in 2000 and is now held in a conservation lab. The crewmen's remains were buried in 2004.
The details, emerging for the first time at the trial of two former Serbian commandos, shed light on how the regime of late Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic tried to conceal atrocities against ethnic Albanians in the 1998-99 Kosovo war.
Thousands were killed in the Serbian crackdown against Kosovo separatists in 1998-99. When NATO launched air strikes to stop the carnage, hundreds of bodies of Kosovars were dug up and moved more than 200 miles to three locations in central Serbia, reburied in mass graves to cover up the killings.
The staircase, which several people used to escape the debris-filled complex in the moments after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, has been named one of the nation's most endangered places by a preservation group. It is the only remnant of the complex that is above street level.
Historians first lobbied to keep the staircase in place, and lately have lobbied to move it intact to a nearby park or plaza while officials prepare the land to build one of three office towers.
The staircase sits on the footprint of a tower proposed by British architect Norman Foster. That building is one of three planned to complement the 1,776-foot-tall Freedom Tower skyscraper.
Views of WTC staircase (Google Images)
SOURCE: AP (3-21-07)
The voluntary review by a panel of seven prominent museum directors gives recommendations to strengthen each museum and is similar to an external examination of the Smithsonian's science programs in 2003. The review was adopted by the Smithsonian Board of Regents in January, though it was not released until Wednesday.
"It needs to be looked at," George Hardeen told The Associated Press. "His death shocked the entire nation, if not the world. Now, maybe it's time to take a second look."
Houdini's family scheduled a news conference for Friday to give details on the plans.
Name of source: New York Times
SOURCE: New York Times (3-25-07)
One can only imagine that those presidents would be rubbing their eyes in disbelief this week.
Not only at the sight of John Edwards, the North Carolina Democrat and presidential candidate, telling the nation in a news conference that his wife’s cancer had returned in an incurable form. But also at the slew of other presidential contenders who are dealing with illness in a decidedly 21st-century fashion...
SOURCE: New York Times (3-23-07)
Massive terraces wrap around the upper story. Below, a vast living space is surrounded by floor-to-ceiling glass walls that look out on the garden below, so that even on a rainy day it is bright, almost cheerful. The space is divided only by a semicircular wood wall that creates a dining nook and a free-standing wall of solid onyx that separates the main seating area from a study, and that glows in the afternoon light. Two of the exterior walls even roll down like car windows, letting in the sound of chirping birds...
[But] it is in dire need of restoration.
The house, a World Heritage site, was “fundamental to the development of Modern architecture,” according to Barry Bergdoll, the chief curator of architecture and design at the Museum of Modern Art. But it is also growing increasingly dilapidated, or “wasting away,” as The Prague Post put it in a recent article.
Views of Tugendhat House (Google Images)
Name of source: Reuters
SOURCE: Reuters (3-24-07)
The charge was made in an affidavit filed in Manhattan federal court in an ongoing case filed in 2005 by family members of those killed in the attacks against the city. They say the city did not do enough to search for remains, denying victims a proper burial.
Dozens of colonial buildings and beautiful squares in Old Havana have been restored since the U.N. cultural agency UNESCO designated it a world heritage site in 1982. But the rest of the city of 2.2 million people is falling into decay.
"The situation has become critical. There are areas of the city where buildings collapse every few days. The overcrowding is tremendous," said leading Cuban architect Mario Coyula, who fears Havana's architectural beauty is damaged beyond repair.
In teeming, pot-holed Central Havana, poverty coexists with some of the world's finest examples of neo-Baroque and Art Deco architecture built before Fidel Castro came to power in 1959.
But Henry Rice, a"sixth generation descendant" of the writer of classics such as"Emma,""Sense and Sensibility" and"Pride and Prejudice," believes the sale of a picture that has divided experts will not be without controversy.
In 1948, a leading Austen scholar dismissed the authenticity of the portrait, saying the style of costume the subject wears does not match the date.
The old buildings of Freedmen's Town in Houston are being bulldozed to make way for new homes in a transformation that preservationists say is wiping out an important piece of history.
The loss of Freedmen's Town is particularly significant because historians believe it was the largest of the freed slave settlements that was still intact architectually and to some degree culturally. Its long rows of narrow wooden houses, interspersed every block or two by churches, stood as a monument to the will of its founders to thrive despite bitter racism that forced them into isolation.
Freedmen's Town was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985, with more than 530 buildings in a 40-block area in the shadow of downtown Houston. Today, only about 30 of those buildings remain and their fate is uncertain.
SOURCE: Reuters (3-22-07)
As a departure point for thousands of Africans on the perilous crossing to the New World, the once proud castle on Bunce Island is a crumbling monument to the horrors of the Transatlantic slave trade.
"There are probably tens of thousands of African Americans trying to trace their roots to Sierra Leone right now," U.S. professor Joseph Opala of James Madison University told Reuters.
Opala has worked for 30 years on the links between descendants of slaves and their West African origins.
"Sierra Leone is the most frequent result for DNA tests in the U.S.," he said.
Name of source: Chicago Tribune
SOURCE: Chicago Tribune (3-22-07)
Though the museum is now safe--its doors bricked shut and collections entombed behind welded cellar doors--the country's 12,000 archeological sites are mostly unprotected and the Iraqi government is hard-pressed to stop their plunder....
Concerned and unable to get into the country, Mesopotamia scholars from around the world have been forced to rely on satellite images that show the cratered landscape left by thieves at southern Iraqi sites where important cities once stood nearly 2,000 years ago.
The images show holes as small as a few feet in diameter spreading across sites throughout the autumn of 2003, a pattern that continued in some places through 2005. The destruction appeared to slow in the last satellite photos available, in early 2006, but the impact of the damage is clear.
Name of source: HNN Staff summary of New Yorker article
SOURCE: HNN Staff summary of New Yorker article (3-26-07)
Name of source: International Herald Tribune
SOURCE: International Herald Tribune (3-7-07)
Ice cream trucks hit the streets. Money changers, unarmed and unguarded, push cash through the market in wheelbarrows. Politicians from three distinct parties get ready for another day of debate, which recently included animated discussion on registering nomadic voters.
It is all part of a Somali puzzle: how one area of the country, the northwest, also known as Somaliland, can seem so peaceful and functional —- so normal, in fact —- while the rest continues to be such a violent, chaotic mess...
"It all goes back to the Brits," according to Hajji Abdi Waraabe, an 89-year-old member of Somaliland's upper house of Parliament.
When the colonial powers sliced up the Horn of Africa in the 19th century, the British got Somaliland and the Italians got southern Somalia.
While the British relied mostly on clan chiefs to govern, the Italians created an entire Italian-speaking administration and imported thousands of people from Italy to farm bananas, build cathedrals and teach the people how to pour espresso.
SOURCE: International Herald Tribune (3-23-07)
The families have been resettled in a nearby planned community with running water and telephones. But 80 families are holding out, saying they want more from a government so far reluctant to use brute force.
The Gurna standoff near the famed Valley of the Kings illustrates the challenges facing an authoritarian government...
Name of source: UPI
SOURCE: UPI (3-23-07)
"Like we need this now," laughed Nancy Zorena, president of the Monroe Historical Society, as she held up a slip of paper with the combination to the safe, the Connecticut Post reported.
The safe, discovered behind a Monroe church furnace in December, also contained some newspaper clippings, a poem and four wooden tokens from Missouri.
Name of source: Mary K. Miller, Smithsonian Magazine
SOURCE: Mary K. Miller, Smithsonian Magazine (3-1-07)
As a Webcast producer for the Exploratorium science museum in San Francisco, I have been documenting this experimental use of one of the most sophisticated tools of modern science, to decipher a 1,000-year-old book made of goatskin. Known as the Archimedes Palimpsest, dubbed Archie for short, it looks terribly fragile. The edges of most of the book's 174 pages are burned, and tears, holes and spots of purple mold dot their surface. The parchment is smaller than I thought it would be, not much larger than a hardback novel.
Name of source: Telegraph
SOURCE: Telegraph (3-23-07)
This jigsaw map of Scotland used to teach geography to King George III's children, on show at Kew Palace
This jigsaw map of Scotland is one of many used to teach geography to King George III's children
The mahogany cabinet houses a collection of dissected maps –- precursors of the jigsaw puzzle –- and was a main feature in the nursery at Kew, the King's main home, in the mid-1700s.
It was through assembling the carved wooden pieces that a young George IV and William IV first learned the geography of Europe, the Empire, Africa and the American colonies they believed they would one day head.
Name of source: The Statesman (Accra, Ghana)
SOURCE: The Statesman (Accra, Ghana) (3-22-07)
The young and very promising politician told his audience that Paa Grant, the founder and sponsor of the group that formalised the struggle for independence from 1947, Paa Grant was in fact first to have called for Positive Action, a phrase more associated with the man who did more with other's ideas than the originators could have ever imagined, Kwame Nkrumah.
Paa Grant said in 1947, "The time for negative resistance is over. This is the time for positive action."
As Ghana celebrates its 50th anniversary of Independence, we are now celebrating Positive Change. Yet, the historical reflections have been many; as Nkrumaists take the opportunity to revere their founding father, freedom fighter hero, and Pan-Africanists sing of the progress he brought to the continent.
Yet 50 years since the Independence of Ghana is also 60 years since that freedom ball was fully set in motion...
Name of source: Kyodo News
SOURCE: Kyodo News (3-22-07)
But the committee members, during their two-day meeting in Tokyo through March 20, failed to discuss this time whether they will deal with the issue of Japan’s forcing women to provide sex for its soldiers before and during World War II and responsibility for the 1937-1945 Sino-Japanese war, Japanese Foreign Ministry officials said.
About 10 experts from each side formed the Japan-China Joint History Research Committee in an effort to narrow the bilateral gaps over the interpretation of history, which has been a source of bilateral diplomatic disputes.
Name of source: Belfast (Ireland) Telegraph
SOURCE: Belfast (Ireland) Telegraph (3-17-07)
A team of archaeologists removed the souterrains this week, which date back to the early Christian era. ['Souterrain is a name given by archaeologists to a type of underground structure associated with the Atlantic Iron Age. Regional names include fogous and Pictish houses and they appear to have been brought northwards from Gaul during the late Iron age.'--Wikipedia]
The National Roads Authority says historical buildings like this were relatively common in Ireland.
Siobhan Rice of the TaraWatch lobby group says she is heartbroken over the works.
"We have asked time and time again that independent archaeologists be allowed to inspect these sites -- and to no avail. All of our pleas have fallen on deaf ears. I don't think it would happen in any other country in Europe -- it's an absolute disgrace," she said.
Name of source: Press Release -- The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies
SOURCE: Press Release -- The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies (3-22-07)
That’s the Passover eve appeal issued by fifty prominent attorneys and legal scholars to Polish museum authorities, urging the return of seven paintings that California artist Dina Babbitt was forced to paint in Auschwitz in 1943.
Mrs. Babbitt, 83, was forced by the infamous Nazi war criminal, Dr. Josef Mengele, to paint portraits of Gypsy prisoners on whom he was performing sadistic medical experiments. The Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, in Poland, later acquired seven of the paintings from a private source but has refused to return them to Mrs. Babbitt. Museum officials have suggested that they regard Mengele as the legal owner of the paintings.
The petition says it is “shocking and offensive” to suggest that the paintings belong to Mengele, since “a war criminal does not deserve to enjoy the fruits of his crimes ... If this matter goes to court, we are horrified at the thought that the director of a museum dedicated to teaching about the Holocaust might take the stand in defense of the right of a Nazi war criminal or his heirs to claim paintings that were created because of his war crimes.