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Name of source: Al Wafd (via MEMRI--Middle East Media Research Institute, Washington DC)
The change is aimed at preserving Egypt's cultural identity and preventing a recurrence of incidents such as that in which a schoolbook claimed that the Jews had built the pyramids.
Name of source: Daily Times (Lahore, Pakistan)
SOURCE: Daily Times (Lahore, Pakistan) (3-10-07)
Mulack said that Germany and France had different cultures, languages and traditions, with a history of wars, and yet they had managed to make a joint history manual. “With similar cultures, Pakistan and India can easily follow their example, as human relations remain strong despite wars,” he said, adding that both Germany and France displayed reconciliation and friendship by making the manual.
SOURCE: Daily Times (Lahore, Pakistan) (3-9-07)
...He praised the smuggled antiques like sculptures of Buddha in meditation in 1st and 2nd centuries and some artefacts of 3rd and 4th centuries.
He said US security agencies were tracing the smugglers, adding bilateral cooperation was needed to discourage the phenomenon of smuggling...
“UNESCO is to make a strong network against smuggling to save heritage of nations,” he said. He said the smuggled antiques belonged to the era of Buddha that gave a message of peace. He said the theft of antiques was a major threat and that the government would allocate a ‘huge budget’ to preserve the national heritage. The antiques, that were returned recently, have been showcased in the Islamabad Museum.
Name of source: Fox affiliate in St. Louis (Video)
SOURCE: Fox affiliate in St. Louis (Video) (2-21-07)
Name of source: NPR
SOURCE: NPR (3-10-07)
He was in a shelter in Gulfport, Miss., and saw a flier left by the Corbin church offering to house displaced families.
Slone didn't know until he arrived that he would be one of only a few blacks living in Corbin, a town still trying to come to terms with a troubled racial history.
In 1919, more than 200 black men worked in Corbin, expanding the railroad yard and paving streets.
But racial violence and labor strife were rampant across the country as soldiers streamed home from World War I.
In what came to be known as Red Summer, white mobs shot and lynched dozens of blacks in more than two dozen locales from Chicago to the Mississippi Delta....
Trouble came to Corbin the following fall, when reports surfaced that a white man had been mugged by two black men there.
Soon, a mob drove nearly all the town's black residents to the train station.
"They swore at us and said: 'By God we are going to run all Negroes out of this town tonight,'" said longtime black resident John Turner in a signed affidavit a few months after the incident. He and his wife were taken to the depot at gunpoint and forced to leave.
In Buried in the Bitter Waters, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Elliot Jaspin writes about racial cleansings from Central Texas through Georgia.
Name of source: Telegraph
SOURCE: Telegraph (3-10-07)
English Heritage called the uncovering of the settlement a "startling discovery", and all the more so because it lies next to 5,000-year-old Silbury hill, which at 130ft is Europe's largest man-made prehistoric monument.
The original purpose and use of the Neolithic hill, which took an estimated 20 million man hours to make, still mystifies archaeologists.
Yesterday's disclosure indicates that a Roman community was equally taken with the Wiltshire hill and established a sacred settlement in its shadow, some 3,000 years after it was created.
The discovery of a settlement the size of 24 football pitches is "quite unexpected" said Dr Amanda Chadburn, an English Heritage archaeologist and team leader.
SOURCE: Telegraph (3-8-07)
In a new book of memoirs about his predecessor, Pope Benedict recalls the events of the World Eucharist Congress at Bologna in 1997, a gathering of 300,000 young Catholic pilgrims who were to be exposed to the singer's iconoclastic songs and their "completely different" message.
Pope Benedict wrote: "The Pope appeared tired, exhausted. At that very moment the stars arrived, Bob Dylan and others whose names I do not remember.
''They had a completely different message from the one which the Pope had.
"There was reason to be sceptical -- I was, and in some ways I still am -- over whether it was really right to allow this type of 'prophet' to appear."
Name of source: Independent
It was not the first row and it won't be the last. From intrigue and conspiracy to sleaze, cronies and cash for peerages, over the course of nearly a thousand years, the House of Lords has seen it all. Lesbians have abseiled joyfully into the chamber. Lord Lucan has disappeared. The seventh Earl of Cardigan abandoned the niceties of gentlemanly debate to lead the Charge of the Light Brigade.
When my Lords Spiritual (the religious lot) and my Lords Temporal (the others) sink into the soft, upholstered, red leather of their grandiose chamber, they can look back to nearly 1,000 of a history which is, in every sense of the word, rich.
Today, most of the Lords and Ladies who sit each afternoon in the chamber are members of the great and the good, former public servants, lawyers, judges, bishops and business figures or former MPs appointed for life for their long public or political service. But throughout history membership has been conferred for political services rendered to monarchs through the ages, or even sold for hard cash...
The document gives Britain's 27 world heritage sites the same protection as national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty, and proposes buffer zones around them. Measures enacted have the potential to thwart high-rise building plans supported by the Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, and other development across the country.
The heritage sites had little previous protection, and the UN heritage body Unesco has voiced fears for those in Edinburgh, London and Oxford. The Government wants to make it easier for projects on such sites to be "called in" to inquiries.
Heritage organisations offered a lukewarm response, accusing the Government of placing some of Britain's most precious buildings at risk by failing to guarantee how they were to be funded.
Name of source: Guardian
SOURCE: Guardian (3-9-07)
The culture secretary, Tessa Jowell...promised to beef up protection for World Heritage sites: Britain's range from the Tower of London to the old iron and coal works at Blaenavon in south Wales, but the honour which flags them up as among the world's most important brings no statutory protection.
The white paper includes the promise of"buffer zones" to protect the perimeters of some World Heritage sites from unsympathetic development...
English Heritage, the conservation quango which will take over responsibility for listing from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport -- in the past it has only recommended listings -- warmly welcomed the reforms...
Conservation groups cautiously welcomed the white paper, but were quick to warn more money will be needed to make it work...The National Trust welcomed the single register but also expressed concern over resources...
Conservation groups welcomed the government's acceptance of their passionate argument for new interim protection during the consultation process, to prevent owners flattening a building as soon as they learn of potential designation.
Name of source: Email from the Nation to subscribers
SOURCE: Email from the Nation to subscribers (3-9-07)
Nation editors have combed the magazine's archives to collect and compile insightful articles that bring back to life the real stories behind the historic episodes that have shaped the American experience. As twenty-first century Nation readers know from our prescient coverage of the Iraq War, the story started well before the invasion and occupation that four years later threatens to inflame the entire region.
Now you can travel back and read The Nation's reporting on The Roots of the Vietnam War, beginning with an article we published in 1947. Or learn about the civil rights movement as it was unfolding during The Montgomery Bus Boycott--years before Rosa Parks inspired the "Miracle in Alabama." Interested in the ongoing battle between evolution and creationism in schools? Go back to The Scopes Trial and read The Nation's coverage of the historic "Monkey Trial," including a piece by H. L. Mencken, one of the country's most legendary journalists. There are also packs on Sacco and Vanzetti, President Kennedy's assassination, Watergate, the Spanish-American War and much more.
Name of source: AP
Mayor Stephen R. Reed spent about $8 million in nontax city money to assemble the collection -— including Annie Oakley's coat, a card table from Wyatt Earp's saloon and the gun that killed Jesse James —- for an Old West museum he wanted to have built in Harrisburg. [WHP-TV reported the items are being sold "to help fill a hole in the city's budget."]
Mayoral spokesman Randy King said the city will retain the collection's most valuable items and put them on display in Harrisburg's National Civil War Museum.
In a nation with an unquenchable need to analyze its racial past, there is now a fresh flow of contrition from public officials for the many wrongs of U.S. history. ...
Why are public officials making amends now?
Because revelations about the past are pushing some people to think about race in America in new ways. Plus, echoes of racial bias remain all too obvious, and politicians may be grasping for new ways to show concern.
Generations after the civil rights movement began, blacks generally remain poorer, less educated and more likely to be in prison than whites.
Many historians, political scientists and public policy experts argue that this is rooted in blacks' unhealed wounds from slavery, combined with widespread tactics during the century or so that followed to keep blacks from equal education, jobs and housing.
“This country is built on their (blacks') backs, so when you talk about some of the ills that we face now in society, I'm sure that some of it's got to trace back to that,” said Maryland Sen. Nathaniel Exum, sponsor of his state's resolution, which will likely be voted on this month.
Sometimes a here-and-now incident casts a long shadow.
Ahter Kutadgu, head of corporate communications for Turk Telekom, told the Anatolia news agency his company had been notified of a court decision to lift the ban...
The Istanbul court that ordered the site blocked on Wednesday had said it would lift the ban as soon as it ascertained that videos insulting Turkey's founding father, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, were removed.
Perincek was ordered to pay a fine of $2,450 and was given a suspended penalty of $7,360.
Perincek was charged with breaking Swiss law by denying during a visit to Switzerland in 2005 that the World War I-era killings of up to 1.5 million Armenians amounted to genocide. He has since repeated his claim, including at his trial earlier this week.
The NJSO had hoped the 30 violins, violas and cellos made by such Italian makers as Antonio Stradivari and Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesu would place it among the world's top orchestras.
But orchestra officials said the debt from the 2003 purchase hasn't been relieved by ticket sales or donations.
With demand for such instruments high, the orchestra expects to make a profit that would provide financial security, orchestra president and CEO Andre Gremillet said in Friday's editions of The Star-Ledger of Newark.
Hirohito [who reigned 1926-89] made the South Seas comment on Christmas Day 1941 -- just weeks after Japan's surprise attack on Pearl Harbor brought the United States into the Pacific War, according to the journal kept by his chamberlain. Excerpts of the journal were published in the monthly Bungeishunju magazine on Saturday...
According to Bungeishunju, the 600-page journal was kept by Hirohito's main aide, Kuraji Ogura, and covered the period from May 1939 to June 1945...
In October 1940, he seemed angry over the situation on the Chinese front, saying Japan had underestimated China's strength. "I did not want to see this war with China begin," he said.
"China is stronger than expected. Everybody made mistakes in war projections," he said...
The Bible already is incorporated into some classes in Georgia and other states, but some critics say the board's move, which makes the Bible the classes' main text, treads into dangerous turf. The U.S. Constitution's guarantee of freedom of religion is often interpreted as implying a separation of church and state.
On a list of classes approved Thursday by the Georgia Board of Education are Literature and History of the Old Testament Era, and Literature and History of the New Testament Era. The classes, approved last year by the Legislature, will not be required, and the state's 180 school systems can decide for themselves whether to offer them.
The performer's son, Jay Richardson, hired Dr. Bill Bass, a well-known forensic anthropologist at the University of Tennessee, to look at the remains in Beaumont, Texas.
There have been rumors a gun might have been fired on board the plane and that the Big Bopper might have survived the crash and died trying to get help.
Bass took X-rays of the body and found nothing Tuesday to support those theories.
"There was no indication of foul play," Bass said in a telephone interview from Beaumont."There are fractures from head to toe. Massive fractures. ... (He) died immediately. He didn't crawl away. He didn't walk away from the plane."
The rock 'n' roll stars' plane crashed after taking off from Mason City, Iowa, on February 3, 1959 -- a tragedy memorialized as"the day the music died" in Don McLean's song"American Pie."
Member nations made the decision knowing that within a year 10 percent of all Holocaust survivors now living may be dead, one American archive director said.
The governing commission of the International Tracing Service, the storehouse of an estimated 30 million to 50 million pages documenting the Holocaust, concluded a two-day meeting with a set of recommendations for copying and transferring files to Holocaust institutions for use by survivors, victims' relatives and scholars.
The battery-powered, touchscreen devices are about the size and weight of a personal stereo — weighing just 270 grams, or 9.5 ounces. Instructions come in four languages —- Greek, English, German and French.
The units will be available at 15 sites around the country including the Acropolis and National Archaeological Museum in Athens, Thessaloniki's archaeological and Byzantine museums, Delphi, Rhodes, Olympia, Mycenae, Vergina, Epidaurus and Knossos in Crete.
The Todo Noticias network and two local news agencies cited unidentified court officials as saying Bignone, 78, was to be held at a military base outside Buenos Aires ahead of a court appearance.
The Diarios y Noticias news agency, also citing an unidentified court official, said the judge ordered Bignone's arrest amid an investigation into killings and abuses when the army was suspected of operating clandestine detention centers in Buenos Aires.
Bignone was the last of four de facto military presidents before the dictatorship gave way to democracy in 1983. He governed from mid-1982 until December 1983, when elected president Raul Alfonsin took power.
"Tonight, we demolished a checkpoint on our side," Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos said from Brussels. "Now we will see whether Turkey's troops will withdraw so that the passage will be opened or not."...
Earlier this year, Turkish Cypriots dismantled a footbridge in the area, angering Greek Cypriots and frustrating plans for a new crossing in the heart of the island capital...
Cyprus has been divided between a Greek Cypriot south, representing the internationally recognized government, and a Turkish Cypriot north since 1974, when Turkey invaded following an abortive Athens-backed coup. The Turkish north is only recognized by Turkey.
Now a group of Norwegian "war children", born as part of a German plan to create a genetically pure race, are taking their case to the European court of human rights, demanding compensation and recognition of their suffering from the government in Oslo.
Up to 12,000 children with a Norwegian mother and a German father were born in Norway during the second world war under the Lebensborn -- Fountain of Life -- scheme, first introduced by SS chief Heinrich Himmler in 1935 to propagate Aryan children. Outside Germany, Norway was the jewel of the programme.
A group of 154 Norwegians, along with four Swedes and a German, have turned to the European court of human rights, arguing that the Norwegian government's inaction to protect them violated their civil liberties. "We want it to be recognised that the government of Norway violated the rights of these people, and we are asking for financial damages," said Randi Hagen Spydevold, a lawyer for the group.
Norwegian courts have ruled that the government cannot be held responsible for failing to sufficiently protect the Lebensborn children before 1953, when Norway signed the European convention on human rights.
"It is time for Georgia, as one of the major stake-holders in slavery, as one of the major players in lynchings, to say it's sorry," said state Rep. Tyrone Brooks, a Democrat. "Sorry for the fact that it was involved in slave trade, sorry for the fact that it was involved in Jim Crow laws."
The measure comes on the heels of a Virginia resolution, passed unanimously in February, expressing regret over slavery.
The properly struck dollar coins, bearing the likeness of George Washington, are inscribed along the edge with "In God We Trust," "E Pluribus Unum" and the year and mint mark. They went into circulation Feb. 15.
The mint struck 300 million of the coins, which are golden in color and slightly larger and thicker than a quarter...
Bailey said it was unknown how many coins didn't have the inscriptions. Ron Guth, president of Professional Coin Grading Service, one of the world's largest coin authentication companies, said he believes that at least 50,000 error coins were put in circulation.
But unless the 11 governing nations overcome legal hurdles, it could take years before the documents are actually released.
The United States is leading a campaign to hasten ratification of an agreement reached last year to unlock the massive storehouse kept at Bad Arolsen, Germany, to researchers.
U.S. officials said a majority of the countries were likely to complete procedures within two months. But under existing arrangements, all 11 must endorse the agreement before it can be implemented, and some require approval from their parliaments.
The governing commission of the International Tracing Service, the arm of the International Committee of the Red Cross that runs the archive, began a two-day meeting Wednesday to review the legal status.
SOURCE: AP (3-6-07)
Headed for the Sotheby's auction block beginning later this month are Chinese ceramics dating to the 13th century B.C., Indian and Southeast Asian works from the second to 11th century, American Indian earthenware, and old master paintings and antiquities. The most famous is a classical bronze statue, "Artemis and the Stag," circa first century B.C. to first century A.D., valued at $5 million to $7 million.
The works have been little displayed and fall outside of the museum's mission as a premier modern and contemporary gallery, say Albright-Knox leaders, who will use the $15 million or more expected from the sale to fortify an acquisitions fund targeting works by artists of the day.
Name of source: Times (of London)
SOURCE: Times (of London) (3-9-07)
The raids reflect the nervousness that is driving policy towards the Islamic republic at a time when the US has stationed two aircraft carriers in the Gulf and is alleging that Iranian Revolutionary Guards are aiding attacks on its soldiers in Iraq. One European diplomat described the raids as evidence of American paranoia.
The F14 Tomcat fighters, made famous by the film Top Gun,had been sawn in half and welded together before being sold by the Ventura naval base as scrap metal in 2005 for as little as $2,000 (£1,000) apiece. Three ended up in museums at Chino Airport, while a fourth was acquired as a prop by producers of the TV show JAG.
Although there is no evidence that the aircraft had been plundered for parts, US customs conducted a 17-month operation to stop any components from entering the black market. Iran’s ageing squadron of F14s dates to before the 1979 Revolution and Tehran has become increasingly desperate to find spare parts despite a US arms embargo against it.
Name of source: New York Times
SOURCE: New York Times (3-2-07)
Governor? Virginia? At the time Jamestown consisted of a paltry isolated settlement of several dozen souls, with disease, starvation and battles with local Indian tribes regularly claiming almost as many lives as Virginia Company could send in delayed relief ships from England, the funds raised from wary investors. But the Smith statue does give an accurate sense of the scale of the leadership, strategic thinking, ruthlessness and courage Smith demonstrated during the brief period (not even two years) he led that first English colony in the Americas...
But now, two months before the 400th anniversary festivities begin , the monumental hardly matters anymore, and neither, it seems, does John Smith. Other kinds of commemoration have been prepared. It isn’t that Jamestown is being treated as less important...
But a different understanding is made explicit here in the two historical museums and outdoor facilities devoted to the Jamestown theme...
SOURCE: New York Times (3-8-07)
The Russian transcript of that momentous summit was published in Moscow in 1993. Fourteen years later American historians are still waiting for their own government to release a transcript.
Now lawmakers and scholars are hoping to pry open the gateway to such archival documents by lifting what they say has been a major obstacle to historical research: a directive issued by the current Bush White House in 2001 that has severely slowed or prevented the release of important presidential papers...
SOURCE: New York Times (3-7-07)
Yet it was here, nearly a century ago, that Allen Allensworth, an escaped slave from Kentucky who became the nation’s highest-ranking black Army officer at the time, forged an idealistic community dedicated to Booker T. Washington’s principles of self-help and self-determination. In 1908 he established Allensworth Colony, which flourished for a fleeting moment in the California heat and dust.
About 220 miles southeast of San Francisco, the colony drew pilgrims like Cornelius Pope, now 77, who recalls his sense of revelation upon entering the two-room schoolhouse, where everyone was black and photographs of Abraham Lincoln and Booker T. Washington hung on the walls. As the child of migrant cotton pickers, Mr. Pope had lived in cow barns and tents with dirt floors...
Now the site of Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park, with its array of board-and-batten buildings restored and rebuilt, California’s first planned black community continues to exert a powerful pull, especially among former residents like Mr. Pope, who helped champion the park’s creation in the 1970s.
So the prospect of a giant dairy with over 16,000 cows and waste lagoons planned near the park’s periphery has elicited a wave of emotion among those protective of its history, including several former residents and black R.V. clubs that gather regularly to speak about the park to the nearly 10,000 tourists drawn here each year.
“You can relocate cattle,” said Nettie Morrison, the mayor of the adjoining hamlet named for the colony. “You can’t relocate history.”
Col. Allensworth's Utopia (slide show)
Name of source: Reuters
SOURCE: Reuters (3-9-07)
Andreas Wiedemann, mayor of Bad Toelz, south of Munich, said the peak near the Bavarian town had been known as Mount Hitler for a short time during the Third Reich but had been given back its original name of Heigelkopf after World War Two.
Google Earth users who call up a map of the area are given both names for the 1,205-meter (3,950 feet) mountain.
Name of source: AFP
SOURCE: AFP (3-9-07)
So does the price tag: more than 1.0 million euros (1.3 million dollars).
To add to the complete break from the aura of cheap Ladas and Volgas produced under communism, the grandiose new coupe by young Russian industrial designer Ivan Shishkin unashamedly harks back to the elitist luxury of the tsars...
"You need to have an extravagant shape to attract attention," he said, casting an eye over his striking handcrafted blend of contemporary and 1930s design, space age carbon fibre and precious wood. [Photos
Shishkin's 30 employees honed the aerodynamic shape of the four-seat, 5.50-metre (18 feet) long coupe over the past two years. Each production model is expected to take 12 to 18 months of painstaking craftship.
The brand name Russo-Baltique revives a company that was founded on the shores of the Baltic Sea in Riga 100 years ago, when Latvia was part of the Russian Empire.
It was an offshoot of one of the largest industrial conglomerates and became the"official supplier of His Highness the Emperor's court."
Tsar Nicholas II bought two of the company's tourers, which were winning prestigious rallies at the time...
However, the Bolshevik Revolution put paid to such extravagance and the car company was closed down in 1919.
SOURCE: AFP (3-8-07)
Avner Shalev, the director of the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, said that the comments showed a “woeful ignorance of history”. “These unwarranted and offensive comparisons serve to diminish the memory of victims of the Holocaust and mollify the consciences of those who seek to lessen European responsibility for Nazi crimes,” Mr Shalev said in a letter to Cardinal Karl Lehmann, who led the visit. The bishops’ statements were also criticised by the Israeli Ambassador in Berlin and the Central Council of Jews in Germany.
Name of source: Bloomberg
SOURCE: Bloomberg (3-8-07)
The Getty, the world's richest art institution, said in November that it was willing to transfer ownership of the "Cult Statue of a Goddess" to Italy after the sculpture is examined for as long as a year. The museum said today in a statement that it invited a group of scientists, archaeologists and art historians to a workshop on May 9 to begin a study of the statue's origin.
The group will analyze "small amounts of pollen and soil that were removed from the statue during its cleaning at the time of acquisition, as well as additional stone analysis to supplement the research," the museum said.
The 7-foot-tall Greek statue was made about 425-400 B.C. in southern Italy or Sicily. The limestone and marble sculpture, with traces of pigment, depicts the Greek goddess of love in flowing robes with her right arm extended. The Getty bought the statue in 1988 for an undisclosed price, museum spokeswoman Julie Jaskol said.
Name of source: NPR Morning Edition (with audio)
SOURCE: NPR Morning Edition (with audio) (3-8-07)
A group of scientists digging northwest of Vesuvius near Naples has found evidence that an enormous eruption during the Bronze Age covered the land almost 15 miles away from the volcano in hot ash and dust. The findings appear in the latest edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
One village was practically petrified in ash, with utensils and pottery still intact. The scientists also found 4,000-year-old footprints of people and animals running away from the destruction.
Name of source: Washington Times
SOURCE: Washington Times (3-8-07)
Mr. Brownback said he has introduced the legislation in the 108th and 109th Congresses, the bill being passed out of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs both times, but he has never been able to get the bill to the floor.
"The arguments against the bill are always that there were atrocities committed on both sides and that apologies lead to financial remedies, but this bill doesn't deal with that, and it is specific to federal actions, not what happened in some town or village during the Western expansion," Mr. Brownback said...
"We want to do a congressional delegation trip to Sand Creek, Colorado, to raise awareness of the atrocities that have been committed," Mr. Brownback said. Sand Creek was the site of an 1864 massacre of an encampment of Cheyenne women, children and elderly at the hands of 700 state militia...
Freshman Rep. Steve Cohen, Tennessee Democrat, has introduced a House resolution of apology for slavery and the 100 years of Jim Crow policy after the post-Civil War Reconstruction...
Mr. Cohen said he was inspired by President Clinton's sentiments of apology 10 years ago. "When Virginia did it last month with bipartisan, unanimous support, that gave me a sense that this could be done," he said.
Name of source: Los Angeles Times
SOURCE: Los Angeles Times (3-9-07)
On a human-interest level, the semi-staged program couldn't help but fascinate. It included excerpts from works by Viktor Ullmann and Erwin Schulhoff, both of whom died in concentration camps. Erich Korngold, who was represented by two arias from "The Dead City," came to Hollywood and became the father of the symphonic soundtrack in the 1930s.
Ernst Krenek, composer of the jazz opera "Johnny Tunes Up," ended up in Palm Springs, a respected if neglected experimental electronic and 12-tone composer. Alexander Zemlinsky, whose hourlong one-act "A Florentine Tragedy" concluded the evening, didn't long survive his escape from occupied Vienna and died in New York in 1942.
History has in recent years warmed to Wednesday's persecuted composers...
SOURCE: Los Angeles Times (3-8-07)
This 3-mile-long stretch of granite crags, flowered meadows, neat cottages and well-behaved Guernsey cows 80 miles off Britain's coast in the English Channel is the last feudal outpost in Europe...
Sark has remained pretty much the same for 442 years, since Queen Elizabeth I declared it a noble fiefdom...
Landownership is divided among 40 "tenants." They are the descendants or successors of the 40 men with muskets recruited by the original seigneur, the ruling lord commissioned to defend the isle against pirates and buccaneers. Government administration is by fiat, with the island administrator, judge, constable and clerk appointed by the current seigneur, a 79-year-old former aeronautical engineer whose family has governed Sark since 1852.
But that was all in place long before the 21st century arrived on the gut-churning, twice-a-day ferry from Guernsey; before it was decreed that, in a modern Europe whose members are signatories to the European Convention on Human Rights, it's just not on to have feudal lords, and not on to have seats in the island's parliament bequeathed across generations to eldest sons, and not on to refuse to adopt divorce laws because you don't like them...
Name of source: Elisabeth Grant in the AHA blog
SOURCE: Elisabeth Grant in the AHA blog (3-5-07)
Name of source: San Francisco Chronicle
SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle (3-8-07)
Preservation groups and city officials had sought to maintain the 160-year-old Juana Briones House, built by one of California's early settlers, which is to be leveled and could make way for a luxury home.
After a trial court and appeals court both ruled that the city's heritage ordinance was unenforceable, Planning Director Steve Emslie issued a letter Wednesday to property owners Jaim Nulman and Avelyn Welczer saying they "should immediately be granted a demolition permit pursuant to their original application."
Before demolition begins, the owners have agreed to allow the Juana Briones Historical Foundation to have an architect and photographer survey the property and home.
Name of source: Dallas Morning News
SOURCE: Dallas Morning News (3-8-07)
The senate voted 13-13 on the resolution, which called on SMU to consider two options: reject any affiliation with the institute, to the point of not allowing it on campus; or make the institute nonpartisan and bring it under SMU's control. Three senators abstained; the measure failed to pass, because it lacked a majority vote.
About 40 senators and other faculty members attended the meeting, which was closed to the press.
The divided vote echoes the larger debate on campus over the Bush library, with most discord focused on its accompanying public-policy institute. As proposed by a library selection committee, the institute would report to a Bush foundation, not SMU.
"There is a genuine division in the faculty," said Professor David Freidel, who wants SMU to oversee the institute but could not vote because he's not a senator.
He said that on one side are professors who want more clarity on the role of the institute, with many fearing it would bring partisan politics to campus. On the other side, he said, are those who worry that the continued debate could make SMU lose the library, damaging the university's reputation and ability to raise money....
Also Wednesday, SMU filed a court motion to keep documents related to its library bid under wraps. The university is being sued by lawyer Gary Vodicka over the University Gardens condos, which SMU might use for part of the Bush library....
Name of source: NYT
SOURCE: NYT (3-8-07)
Inside a hotel there was a so-called comfort station, managed by a Taiwanese but serving only the Japanese military, Ms. Wu said. Forced to have sex with more than 20 Japanese a day for almost a year, she said, she had multiple abortions and became sterile.
The long festering issue of Japan’s war-era sex slaves gained new prominence last week when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe denied the military’s role in coercing the women into servitude. The denial by Mr. Abe, Japan’s first prime minister born after the war, drew official protests from China, Taiwan, South Korea and the Philippines, some of the countries from which the sex slaves were taken....
According to historians, the military established the stations to boost morale among its troops, but also to prevent rapes of local women and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases among soldiers.
Japan’s deep fear of rampaging soldiers also led it to establish brothels with Japanese prostitutes across Japan for American soldiers during the first months of the postwar occupation, a fact that complicates American involvement in the current debate.
Name of source: International Herald Tribune
SOURCE: International Herald Tribune (3-7-07)
The ban followed a week of what the media in Turkey dubbed a "virtual war" of videos between Greeks and Turks on YouTube and came as governments around the world —- including France — grappled with the freewheeling content now readily posted on the Internet.
The ban also coincides with a Turkish struggle to prove its human rights credentials to the European Union.
Name of source: Times (UK)
SOURCE: Times (UK) (3-5-07)
*Ministers and MPs were claiming thousands of pounds on taxis as part of £5.9m in expenses for travel
*The Thatcher Government concocted a plan to search for the Loch Ness monster using a team of dolphins
*Foreign diplomats – who have diplomatic immunity – were accused of rapes, sexual assaults, child abuse and murders while working in Britain
*The Government agreed a £1.5m bailout of one of the most troubled schools in its flagship city academies programme ten days before the 2005 general election
*People charged with certain criminal offences in Warwickshire are 30 per cent more likely to be convicted than those in Bedfordshire. The figures showed huge variations in performance of the Crown Prosecution Service
*Politicians are spending £2.2bn a year of taxpayers’ money on private management consultants
*Ted Heath was once offered concert work by Idi Amin of Uganda. The eccentric dictator made his offer in a 1977 telegram ....
Name of source: Kyodo News
SOURCE: Kyodo News (3-8-07)
Abe, who last week unleashed a storm of criticism by claiming there is no evidence that the wartime army "coerced" women in Japanese-occupied territories into sexual slavery, thinks the state needs to look again at whether there was coercion by the Japanese military because "new documents and testimonies have emerged" in the 14 years since then Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono issued the apology statement, one ruling coalition lawmaker said...
One idea being floated is for Abe to commission historians and other experts to again look at the "relevant facts," the sources said.
Name of source: Radio Prague
SOURCE: Radio Prague (3-6-07)
However, this burial ground is often the target of vandals and some of oldest parts of Olsanske cemetery are in very bad repair. Among the greenery, sandstone tombs, a couple of centuries old, are nearly falling apart, their roofs caved in. Some of them have their doorways bricked up to stop unwanted guests from using them as toilets or places to sleep...
But in the oldest part of the cemetery, the view is a little more optimistic. The eye is attracted by small white tablets scattered among the graves with photos and texts paying tribute to some of the long departed. That's the work of Roman Catholic priest Milos Szabo and his parishioners from the nearby district of Zizkov.
"I had this idea that a history trail could lead through the graveyard with signs telling the visitor which notable people are buried here. Anyone would be able to find the particular grave and pay their respects to the dead. Or for example, professional groups, such as mathematicians, physicists, and philosophers could find their great predecessors. Or teachers could tell their pupils about famous writers."
The first dead were buried in Olsany in 1680 during a plague. A chapel, now outside the cemetery, commemorates the epidemic. In 1787, Emperor Joseph II made Olsany the central cemetery for Prague. Located outside the city walls, it was a safer burial place than the old graveyards in an already overcrowded city.