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Name of source: Laura Miller at Salon.com
SOURCE: Laura Miller at Salon.com (3-21-07)
The truth is that we can prove very, very little about how prehistoric people organized their social groups, especially when it comes to sex roles. We have bones, some tools and the remains of dwellings and other structures, but these can't tell us for sure who brought home the bacon or wore the pants, to use two inappropriately modern figures of speech. Sometimes these finds can't even tell us for sure who was who; one of the unsettling revelations in "The Invisible Sex" is that Lucy -- the famous Australopithecus afarensis whose 3.3 million-year-old fossilized remains were discovered in 1974 by archaeologists in a remote valley of the Awash River in Ethiopia, could possibly be a Luke instead. The leader of the expedition who found "her" says that the identification of the remains as female is not much more than an educated -- and possibly biased -- guess, based on the relative smallness of the bones.
The biased guessing in a lot of old-school anthropology comes in for some pointed ridicule in "The Invisible Sex." The scientists of generations past -- and the magazine and book illustrators and museum diorama designers who translated their theories into images -- had a fixation on the idea of prehistoric man as a mighty hunter, working in teams to bring down large, dangerous animals like mammoth and bison. A painting from the National Geographic archives (reproduced in this book) pictures a fivesome of well-developed and scantily clad Paleoindian studs battling the fearsome great short-faced bear, a predator the authors describe as "capable of bringing down any prey except perhaps an adult mammoth." This sort of fairy tale, along with scenarios in which bands of doughty hunters chased herds of mammoths off cliffs and returned laden with meat to camps of grateful women and children, "appear now to be mythmaking on the part of the paleoanthropological community," they explain.
Name of source: AP
The project will transform Shanhaiguan, built in 1381 during the Ming Dynasty as a strategic military post to help defend Beijing, the Xinhua News Agency said...
Xinhua said the district has already spent $93 million restoring watchtowers, gates and five memorial arches on the wall in Shanhaiguan.
China in recent years has begun restoring parts of the wall as well as trying to rein in commercial development on and around it.
The government said in October it would use remote-sensing satellites and other high technology to check the wall's length, now estimated at 3,000 to 4,000 miles.
"This isn't a simple act of vandalism, which, while bad enough, could be explained by ignorance," superintendent Giovanni Guzzo said, calling it "an act of intimidation."
Spokeswoman Francesca de Lucia said the force needed to topple the large column, which broke into at least five pieces, suggested that the perpetrators were trying to make a statement.
Authorities were investigating possible motives for vandalism, including disgruntled employees, but had not ruled out an accidental cause despite the effort needed to make the column fall, she said.
Walter Cronkite, one of the 20th Century's most well-known reporters, called March 18, 1937, the "day a generation died." It is an apt description of the loss of nearly three-fifths of that school's students and teachers.
"We weren't allowed to talk about it. We were not allowed to talk about it at all," said Joan Barton, 77, who was a second-grader when leaking gas ignited 13 minutes before school was to close for a three-day weekend...
The screams perhaps seemed endless that night as parents, reporters, oil field workers and anyone who could help descended on the town of New London.
The explosion is considered the third deadliest tragedy in Texas history, ranking behind the Galveston hurricane of 1900 and the Texas City disaster. While no exact count may ever be determined, 298 students, teachers and others are believed to have died...
The park will be built at the scene of the 1950 attack during the Korean War, said Choi Jeong-pil, an official with a government commission on the shootings...
The No Gun Ri killings were documented in a Pulitzer Prize-winning story by The Associated Press in 1999, which prompted a 16-month Pentagon inquiry.
The Pentagon concluded in 2001 that the No Gun Ri shootings were "an unfortunate tragedy" -- "not a deliberate killing."...
Estimates vary on the number of dead at No Gun Ri, 100 miles southeast of Seoul. U.S. soldiers' estimates ranged from under 100 to "hundreds" dead. Korean survivors say about 400, mostly women and children, were killed. Hundreds more refugees were killed in later, similar episodes, survivors say.
The official, Sergio Morales, said the so-called International Consultative Council will include archive specialists from Argentina, Uruguay and the U.S., including Kate Doyle of the Washington-based National Security Archive, a private, nonpartisan research group.
"We want the archive to last so that anyone with interest in knowing what happened to their families can come in the future and investigate," Morales said.
The archives are closed to the public while experts restore and catalog all the materials, many of which have been damaged by water or time. So far, they have restored only 2.1 million documents, 2.5 percent of the total number of archives detailing 105 years of police activity in Guatemala.
They also will attend the Kentucky Derby on May 5, then spend time in Washington May 6-8...She also is expected to visit Virginia's current Capitol, in Richmond.
As two years and $99 million in renovations to the state's seat of government Thomas Jefferson designed 200 years ago near completion, a new urgency has taken hold amid whisperings of a major state visit...
The trip will be the queen's fourth state visit to the U.S. During her first visit, she went to Jamestown in October of 1957, the year of Jamestown's 350th anniversary...
The site of the settlers' original fort —- long thought to have eroded into the James River —- was discovered in the mid-1990s and archaeologists since have unearthed more than a million artifacts.
The piano built by the Paris company of Camille Pleyel, Chopin's favored piano-maker, is in the Cobbe Collection at Hatchlands, an assemblage of antique keyboard instruments housed in an 18th century house southwest of London, Alec Cobbe said.
He said the connection was established a year ago by leading Chopin scholar Jean-Jacques Eigeldinger of the Geneva Conservatoire, but it wasn't publicly disclosed until this week by the Sunday Times newspaper...
Chopin had three pianos in his flat in London -- the Pleyel and instruments by the English maker John Broadwood and the French maker Erard. A different Broadwood piano, made in 1847 and used by Chopin for three recitals in London, is also in the Cobbe collection.
The remains of 13 people were unearthed with help from three foreign experts on the first day of exhumations ordered by Judge Carlos Gajardo. Some of the remains are being uncovered for a second time after the coroner's office acknowledged last year that the misidentified remains of some victims were handed to the wrong relatives...
Forensic bungling during the first exhumation forced families to relive their grief and outraged the nation. The coroner's office said 48 of the 126 bodies exhumed from the cemetery since 1991 were misidentified. In 67 other cases, officials were either not able to identify the bodies or had doubts about the identities. Only 11 bodies were identified correctly.
Emotions over the bill, which its author ultimately pulled after two hours of debate, peaked when two lawmakers were separated during a spat over how the bill even made it to the House floor.
Under the bill, statues of figures like Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee or buildings named after figures such as civil rights activist Cesar Chavez that are on state land could only be removed or renamed with approval from the Legislature, Texas Historical Commission or state preservation board. Current state law only protects monuments of Texans honored for military service.
But proposed amendments that called to possibly deny that protection to Confederate figures or, more specifically, members of the Ku Klux Klan, led to intense and emotional debates on the floor.
The 300-pound safes, discovered behind a furnace in an old farmhouse owned by the society, might hold treasures that help shed light on the 184-year-old town's rich history.
Or, they could be empty.
But it'll remain a mystery until the historical society finds someone who can coax open the old locks, the combinations for which seem to be lost to the ages...
Now, they are putting out a call for a skilled volunteer locksmith capable of opening the Victorian-era safes without damaging them or their contents.
The cube-shaped museum by Saarbruecken architects Wandel Hoefer Lorck is part of the new complex in the central Jakobsplatz square that also houses a new synagogue and community centre.
It's a sign of the revitalization of Munich's community, which now numbers 9,200 members, the second-largest in Germany after Berlin's... The synagogue opened last November, on the 68th anniversary of Kristallnacht, or the Night of Broken Glass when the Nazis attacked Jewish homes and businesses. International Jewish representatives attended and 1,500 police sealed off the route of a procession of Torah scrolls.
Hemingway lived at Finca Vigia, or Lookout Farm, on Havana's southeastern outskirts from 1939 to 1960. He wrote "The Old Man and the Sea" and children's fables at the home, which he shared with nearly 60 cats and at least 10 dogs.
Following his suicide in 1961, Hemingway's widow turned the property over to Cuban leader Fidel Castro, and it became a museum the next year. But time and tropical elements have ravaged the eggshell-colored home and the documents inside, which include the never-published epilogue of "For Whom the Bell Tolls."
SOURCE: AP (3-20-07)
In return, Harvard will receive 18 replicas, which are being cast at a foundry in Russia...
The bells, which have rung in the towers at Lowell House and Harvard Business School's Baker Library for decades, were cast in the 18th and 19th centuries and are decorated with etchings of Jesus Christ and Mary, saints and angels.
SOURCE: AP (3-20-07)
The plan to put more than 12,000 cows within two miles of Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park pitted Sam Etchegaray against environmentalists and park supporters who said the dairies would be an offensive neighbor, bringing stink, flies and pollution to the black utopia founded in 1908 by the former Army chaplain...
"A modern dairy is very different," said Supervisor Steve Worthley. "If I thought for one moment that the proposed projects would be injurious to the state park, I would be the first one to deny the approval."...
Despite finally gaining the permit approval Tuesday, Etchegaray is now considering selling the land or development rights to the Trust for Public Land, said his attorney, David Albers. He first sought the dairy permits eight years ago...
The proposed deal with the Trust for Public Land likely would give the land over to the state parks agency, said Roy Stearns, a spokesman for the state Department of Parks, which also has sought to create a buffer zone.
SOURCE: AP (3-19-07)
"Repentance comes from the heart," Gov. Sonny Perdue said Monday. "I'm not sure about public apologies on behalf of other people as far as the motivation for them."
A resolution acknowledging and apologizing for Georgia's role in the slave trade had been expected Monday but now could come later in the week. Republican Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, who presides over the state Senate, said he's working on the proposal. A resolution, as opposed to a bill, would not require Perdue's approval.
SOURCE: AP (3-19-07)
Seventh-graders at Celerity Nascent Charter School had planned to read a poem based on the book, "A Wreath for Emmett Till," and lay flowers in a circle during the February program.
But school officials said the 14-year-old's story was too graphic for an assembly that included kindergartners and replaced it with a reading on the civil rights struggle as a whole, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday.
"Our whole goal is how do we get these kids to not look at all of the bad things that could happen to them and instead focus on the process of how do we become the next surgeon or the next politician," said Celerity co-founder and Executive Director Vielka McFarlane. "We don't want to focus on how the history of the country has been checkered but on how do we dress for success, walk proud and celebrate all the accomplishments we've made."
Name of source: Radio New Zealand News
SOURCE: Radio New Zealand News (3-23-07)
Dr John Terrell, curator of Chicago's Pacific Anthropology at the Field Museum of Natural History, said it had been considering returning the bones for the past two or three years, but only made the final decision on Monday.
He told Prime Minister Helen Clark of the decision when she visited the museum on Thursday as part of a week-long trip to the United States.
Dr Terrell said a request by Wellington's Te Papa museum to return the bones was genuine and sincere. Further discussions would be held with Te Papa.
Name of source: Washington Times
SOURCE: Washington Times (3-22-07)
The cash infusion will help cover the museum's 2007-08 general operating budget, which includes staffing. The annual price tag to run the museum is estimated at $2.1 million.
Museum officials hope that a combination of budget cuts and emergency fundraising efforts will help them stay in the black for the fiscal year that ends in June.
"We're really happy that the state is helping us out," said Megan Miller, the museum's director of communications.
Name of source: Boston Globe Editorial
SOURCE: Boston Globe Editorial (3-21-07)
The idea is intriguing, but no one should be planning a nautical outing anytime soon. The Navy doesn't abide hasty reuses for its decommissioned warships. And it doesn't appear to be nostalgic in choosing between mothballing a ship and placing it on so-called "donation hold" status -- in which the ship is available for acquisition by a nonprofit organization but can still be brought back to service in an emergency. Nothing less than a superb business plan is likely to get the attention of the secretary of the Navy, warn those who keep such museums afloat.
Of the five US aircraft carriers now operating as museums, the USS Midway Museum in San Diego is the gold standard. Roughly 800,000 visitors board the ship each year, according to Midway's marketing director, Scott McGaugh. The action doesn't stop when the sun goes down. Corporate parties, conventioneer dinners, and dances take place on the flight deck some 200 nights each year. Councilor Stephen Murphy of Boston sensed the spectacular tourism potential of a carrier when he raised the banner for berthing the USS Kennedy in Boston for good. But the gulf between idea and implementation is vast.
Name of source: NYT
SOURCE: NYT (3-18-07)
This list says “Whites,” and that list says “Colored.”
County officials explain that the segregated plaques continue to hang because state law says no publicly owned memorial dedicated to veterans of the United States — or of the Confederate States of America — shall be relocated, removed, concealed, et cetera, et cetera.
SOURCE: NYT (3-21-07)
In a telephone interview yesterday, the former official, Debra S. Ritt, said Mr. Small called her in April 2006, soon after she announced plans for the audit, to say that “he did not think it was a good use of our resources, and that we were being manipulated by disgruntled employees.”
Ms. Ritt said she found his call to be “very unusual, because he urged me instead to investigate the Smithsonian’s construction spending.”
Name of source: Secrecy News, written by Steven Aftergood, is published by the Federation of American Scientists
"managerial dementia," the Director of the Congressional
Research Service this week prohibited all public distribution of
CRS products without prior approval from senior agency
"I have concluded that prior approval should now be required at
the division or office level before products are distributed to
members of the public," wrote CRS Director Daniel P. Mullohan in
a memo to all CRS staff. "This policy is effective
While CRS has long refused (with Congressional concurrence) to
make its electronic database of reports available to the public
online, it has still been possible for members of the press,
other researchers, and other government officials to request
specific reports from the congressional support agency.
But now, "to avoid inconsistencies and to increase
accountability, CRS policy requires prior approval at the
division level before products can be disseminated to
non-congressionals," Director Mullohan wrote.
The new policy demonstrates that "this is an organization in
freefall," according to one CRS analyst. "We are now indeed
working for Captain Queeg."
"We're all sort of shaking," another CRS staffer told Secrecy
News. "I can't do my work."
"There's not a day that goes by that I don't talk to someone in
another agency, another organization, or someone else outside of
Congress and we share information," the staffer said. "Now I
can't do that?"
A copy of the March 20 memorandum from Director Mullohan,
entitled "Distribution of CRS Products to Non-Congressionals,"
was obtained by Secrecy News and is available here:
It was also reported by Elizabeth Williamson in the Washington
None of the CRS personnel contacted by Secrecy News was able to explain exactly what propmpted CRS Director Mulhollan to issue the policy memorandum this week.
While other parts of government strive to eliminate unnecessary
obstacles to information sharing, the new CRS policy may be seen as an experiment in what happens when barriers to information sharing are arbitrarily increased. It probably won't be good.
With some frequency, CRS analysts contact FAS with requests for
information or documents. (A recent CRS report on Chinese naval modernization reprinted a large excerpt of an analysis of
Chinese submarine patrols by FAS analyst Hans Kristensen.) We
haven't been shy about requesting information or documents in
return. And both sides seem to have benefitted.
"More important, Congress has benefitted," a staffer said. But
now such working relationships may be jeopardized.
Name of source: Telegraph
SOURCE: Telegraph (3-22-07)
The note, dictated over the radio and ordering a group of Argentinians to leave the remote island of South Georgia at once, has now gone on show for the first time [at the National Army Museum in central London].
Yesterday was the 25th anniversary of the delivery of the note by Rex Hunt, the Governor of the Falkland Islands, to the leader of 50 men claiming to be scrap metal merchants who had raised the Argentinian flag and claimed South Georgia for their nation...
South Georgia was recaptured on April 25, 1982, by the British fleet. Argentina surrendered the Falklands on June 14, 1982.
SOURCE: Telegraph (3-20-07)
The Government's conservation advisers said special historical and architectural character was at risk of being eroded by insensitive developments, such as "garden grabbing" to build blocks of flats.
Other threats include plastic windows, inappropriately designed extensions and the conversion of front gardens to car parking.
The Greater London Assembly estimates that two thirds of the capital's front gardens have been converted for parking, reducing wildlife habitat and increasing water run-off.
SOURCE: Telegraph (3-21-07)
And the 56-year-old pretender to France's imperial throne has embraced a brand of politics that is decidedly out of character for a Bonaparte.
While both Napoleon I and Napoleon III seized power by force and held imperial courts in Fontainebleau's royal chateau, today His Imperial Highness Charles Napoleon -- or "Napoleon VII" -- plans to recapture this dynastic town through the ballot box.
"In my family elected politics was considered dirty," said the Prince Imperial. "But I love contact with people."
Mr Napoleon -- great-great-grandson of Napoleon Bonaparte's brother Jerome, King of Westphalia -- is standing for parliament in Fontainebleau and environs. A pro-European, he's campaigning under the centrist banner of presidential candidate François Bayrou.
SOURCE: Telegraph (3-20-07)
The Greeks have refused to lend the French an ancient sculpture for an exhibition because, they say, it is too fragile to be moved from Athens.
But Louvre sources believe the bronze artwork is being used as a bargaining chip to pressure the museum into joining Greek calls for the Elgin marbles -- taken from Greece in the nineteenth century and now in the British Museum -- to be returned to Athens.
The Louvre opened its first exhibition dedicated to ancient Greek sculpture yesterday without Praxitelis' sculpture The Ephebe of Marathon.
Name of source: Independent
SOURCE: Independent (3-22-07)
This spring, the 5,000 residents of this corner of Gloucestershire have another celebration to mark, though it is unlikely to attract a single red-top reporter or autograph hunter.
When the bells ring out in Winchcombe this May, they will be marking the anniversary of a long-forgotten municipal oddity.
One thousand years ago, the county of Winchombeshire began its short life under the ill-named Ethelred the Unready. Alas, just a decade later, in 1017, the county was abolished by the invading Dane King Cnut and absorbed into Gloucestershire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Oxfordshire.
Its contribution to history would have remained lost in time but for a small band of the town's residents...
SOURCE: Independent (3-21-07)
But now the cash-strapped Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth, West Yorkshire, has decided that it too should be entitled to some of the money being made from the business of trading in the family's name.
To that end, Richard Wilcocks, the chairman of the Brontë Society, has written to three dozen companies trading under the title to seek support for the running of the house where the family lived.
Name of source: Boston Globe
SOURCE: Boston Globe (3-20-07)
Name of source: PR Newswire
SOURCE: PR Newswire (3-21-07)
The text of the newspapers is fully searchable, and search terms can be limited to a particular state, a specific newspaper, by year or years of publication and even by months. The new site is available at http://www.loc.gov/chroniclingamerica
"Chronicling America" is produced by the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP)...a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress...
Ultimately, over a period of approximately 20 years, NDNP will create a national, digital resource of historically significant newspapers from all the states and U.S. territories published between 1836 and 1922. Also on the Web site, an accompanying national newspaper directory of bibliographic and holdings information directs users to newspaper titles in all types of formats. The information in the directory was created through an earlier NEH initiative, the United States Newspaper Program.
Name of source: Twin Falls (Idaho) Times-News
SOURCE: Twin Falls (Idaho) Times-News (3-21-07)
Today, just 73 acres of the original camp make up the Minidoka Internment National Monument east of Jerome and north of Eden.
On Monday, Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo and Rep. Mike Simpson introduced legislation that would expand the site, according to a press release from the leaders...
The legislation authorizes the expansion of the monument by 128 acres, including Herrmann Farm. It also authorizes an 8-acre site in Bainbridge Island, Wash., as part of the site. [The Bainbridge Island Japanese American Monument Act passed the House by 419-0 in February.]
The island site was the nation's first internment camp, and the first stop for many people who were then shipped to other camps, like Minidoka.
Name of source: UPI
While completion of the $5.2-million memorial to the house shared by Presidents George Washington and John Adams when Philadelphia was the nation's capital is months away, Wednesday's groundbreaking starts three to six weeks of archaeological research, the first ever done on that section of Independence Mall, the Philadelphia Inquirer said.
"We're digging for the truth about the start of this country and the great tragedy of slavery, which affects everything we do in this country today," Philly Mayor John Street told a crowd at the corner of Sixth and Market streets on Independence Mall.
The treaty established the forerunner of the European Community, now part of the European Union.
The exhibition of works from the Stone Age to the 20th century is at Rome's Palazzo Quirinale, the official residence of Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, who asked the 27 European Union heads of state to each lend a "masterpiece that is emblematic of their history," ANSA said Wednesday.
The exhibit includes masters such as Turner, Titian, Velasquez and van Dyck. The earliest work is a Maltese Neolithic statue of a "Fat Lady," symbolizing motherhood and fertility, dating back to 3300-2500 BC.
Romania, Bulgaria and Cyprus contributed Byzantine works of art, while Italy and Germany lent paintings by Renaissance greats Titian and Durer, respectively...
The exhibit runs from Saturday through May 20.
Japanese participants in the study said Tuesday the joint project was ending because both nations were unable to reconcile their positions on how to approach the study of international relations in Asia, the Japan Times reported.
Time constraints also played a significant part in the decision, involved historians said.
"We have never thought of (co-writing a single history) given the time frame. It's impossible," University of Tokyo professor Shinichi Kitaoka said.
The head of Japan's team added that historians from both nations will now write their own versions of past events and compare versions once completed.
SOURCE: UPI (3-19-07)
Brian Fillis has been hired to develop the screenplay, which is expected to key on Thatcher's decision to take Britain to war against Argentina over the Falklands in 1982 at a time when her popularity was at its lowest, Daily Variety said Monday...
The film project about Britain's so-called "Iron Lady" is being pursued by Pathe, the company that helped produce "The Queen," in conjunction with the BBC and independent producer Damian Jones, best known for "The History Boys."
Name of source: Media Matters
SOURCE: Media Matters (3-20-07)
Name of source: BBC News
SOURCE: BBC News (3-20-07)
The preacher's son from Cambridgeshire is one of the great unsung heroes of the fight to abolish slavery and the slave trade.
But what is even less well known is the extent to which Clarkson and his fellow abolitionists set the template for all future protest movements.
Every modern campaigning technique -- from celebrity endorsement to political lobbying and consumer boycotts -- was pioneered by the abolitionists more than 200 years ago.
Name of source: AFP
SOURCE: AFP (3-20-07)
Two newly-released chronicles of Gandhi's life and death, written by his descendants, have sold more than 10,000 copies each in nearly a month since they were launched. In India, a non-fiction book can become a bestseller with more than 7,000 copies sold.
Publishers said the sales proved Gandhi's legacy was relevant 59 years after his death and provided evidence of renewed interest that was sparked last year by a blockbuster comedy movie in which the leader plays mentor to gangsters.
Name of source: Fox News
SOURCE: Fox News (3-20-07)
Matthew L. Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, sent a letter to the museum's executive director, Vonita Foster, last week. Myers said the association with the nation's largest cigarette manufacturer would counter the museum's goal of educating children.
"This is indeed a laudable goal, but by taking receipt of this donation, the museum is joining forces with a company that continues to target children for another form of slavery," Myers wrote.
Name of source: National Geographic News
SOURCE: National Geographic News (3-16-07)
Signs of bloody massacres and fractured societies are emerging from research that used new dating techniques to age prehistoric skeletons and burial sites in southern England.
Name of source: Baltimore Sun
SOURCE: Baltimore Sun (3-21-07)
Now, after an audit found questionable spending by the Smithsonian's chief, watchdogs are wondering who's paying attention.
In January, an internal audit found that since 2000, Smithsonian Secretary Lawrence M. Small had $90,000 in unauthorized expenses and charged the Smithsonian $1.1 million for use of his home. The expenses include $160,000 to redecorate his office and $273,000 for housekeeping at the home.
But even as congressmen promised to scrutinize the expenses, it didn't go unnoticed that six members of Congress sit on the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian, a nonprofit and public trust that receives nearly $680 million annually from the federal government -- about 70 percent of its budget. This is the same board that approved Small's spending and then tried to keep the audit secret -- much to the dismay of nonprofit watchdogs and some Smithsonian curators and scientists.
Name of source: Tennessean
SOURCE: Tennessean (2-18-07)
Butler is one of the newest members of the board of directors at the plantation — the very place where her great-grandmother Jenny White once lived in bondage.
"I've always been taught it's important to learn about the past, but you also don't want to live in the past," said Butler, who works for the state Health Department.
She is one of three African-Americans on the museum's 30-plus-member board.
Name of source: http://www.dw-world.de
SOURCE: http://www.dw-world.de (3-18-07)
The initiator of this museum is Christian Fiala, a doctor who has directed a clinic for abortions and family planning in Vienna for the past 10 years. Fiala is seen as a missionary for women’s health and is the chairman of the International Association of Abortion and Contraception Specialists.
Displayed in two rooms are items Fiala has collected over the decades.
The first room is devoted to contraception, and it displays the wide variety of items used over the centuries to prevent pregnancies. The first birth-control pill is displayed next to ancient condoms made of pig bladders. In the doorway to the second room, pregnancy tests, which were developed in the 1960s, are hanging.
This leads into the abortion room. Up until about 1900, abortions were so dangerous that it was safer for women to carry the child to term and then kill it after it was born. Visitors can even listen to recordings of abortion providers discussing how up until 30 years ago it was still a life-threatening procedure.
Name of source: Reuters
SOURCE: Reuters (3-20-07)
She has not been disappointed.
Eighteen this year, Kristyna has opportunities that Vladka and her computer technician husband, Tomas, could only dream of and the chance to travel and study wherever she likes.
"My husband went out to demonstrate and I sat at home watching the exciting events unfold," said Vladka, now a 45-year-old office worker in the Czech capital of Prague.
"That's when we started to hope that our daughters would live in the freedom that we didn't have. Now we can say our wishes and hopes have been fulfilled."
But with that freedom and choice have also come insecurity, a race for material possessions and, for young people, a degree of uncertainty over the future that their parents did not know.
SOURCE: Reuters (3-19-07)
Pushed through the"door of no return", millions of Africans were shipped from places like this whitewashed fort in Elmina, Ghana, to a life of slavery in Brazil, the Caribbean and America...
As Britain marks the bicentenary of its abolition of the slave trade on March 25, Ghanaians are still coming to terms with slavery's impact on their country's development and the role Africans played in the capture and sale of fellow Africans.
The view from Elmina, built by the Portuguese in 1482 and later held by the Dutch and the British, is picturesque with fishing boats bobbing in the sea off a white sand beach lined with palm trees.
But Elmina has a brutal history -- shared with other slave forts on West Africa's coast, ports in Western Europe and what was then known as the New World, the Americas -- in a triangular trade that fueled Europe's colonial empires.
Name of source: BBC
SOURCE: BBC (3-20-07)
Freetown, as its name implies, was founded in 1787 as a home for freed slaves and many residents have welcomed the move to recognise African heroes on its streets.
"Since the British came and went, they have done nothing for us after slavery. All their names are on the streets. You come into Freetown you see them, the only street with an African name is Siaka Stevens street," says resident Sammy Conteh.
Mohamed Bobson-Kamara, chairman of the city's planning committee for the bicentenary, says the role of black abolitionists has been greatly underplayed.
He hopes this will be partly rectified by changing the street names.
Name of source: Times (of London)
SOURCE: Times (of London) (3-20-07)
Rivers such as the Nile, the Indus and the Ganges are dying because of stresses put on them by mankind, the [World Wildlife Federation] says in a report published today.
Each of the ten river systems identified in the report is beset by man-made problems, including water being siphoned off, dams destroying ecosystems and pollution. They flow across six continents and the damage threatens the lives of people and wildlife, the WWF says.
The ten most endangered river basins are said to be the Danube, Yangtze, Rio Grande, Salween, Nile, Indus, Ganges, Plata, Mekong and Murray-Darling. About 41 per cent of the world’s population live in threatened river systems, and of the 10,000 species of freshwater animals and plants at least 20 per cent are already extinct.
WWF 10 Rivers report (PDF)
Name of source: World Politics Watch
SOURCE: World Politics Watch (3-19-07)
U.S. lawmakers have recently introduced non-binding resolutions that would declare up to 1.5 million Armenians victims of genocide at the hands of Turkish forces almost a century ago. Support is reported to be strong enough in the House to pass the measure if it goes to a vote; the Senate introduced a similar resolution last Wednesday with 21 co-sponsors.
Historians and analysts here say recognition from Washington is long overdue since evidence validating the case for genocide is "clear-cut, more than factual, and very obvious." But Turkey's priority status as a vital strategic ally in a troublesome region stands in the way.