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Name of source: CNN
SOURCE: CNN (4-30-07)
Ex-CIA intelligence officer Larry Johnson responded to comments by former CIA Director George Tenet which aired on CBS' "60 Minutes" on Sunday. Tenet said the consensus in the U.S. intelligence community was that Iraq did possess WMD, which the Bush administration said was its reason for invading in March of 2003.
Johnson told CNN on Monday that although Tenet knew intelligence indicating that Iraq had WMD "was a problem," he still played a role in the Bush administration's message to the American people that Iraq was a threat...
Johnson said Tenet "was willing to tell the president, 'Yeah I'll go out and help manipulate public opinion to build the case for war.' That's not the role of an intelligence chief. The role of the intelligence chief of the United States government is to tell the facts to the president and to the Congress regardless of what the political import of those are."...
On Saturday, Johnson and five other ex-CIA officers released an open letter to Tenet calling their former boss "the Alberto Gonzales of the intelligence community," and describing his book as an "admission of failed leadership." (Read more about the letter and its accusation that Tenet was a "failed leader")
The letter calls on Tenet to return the Presidential Medal of Freedom he received from President Bush and to donate royalties from his book to U.S. military casualties of the war and their families.
SOURCE: CNN (4-27-07)
Twenty feet tall and weighing three tons, this single work is considered the gateway to the Italian Renaissance, an upheaval so fundamental to how we see our world and think of ourselves that centuries later no Western culture is left untouched by it...
Legend has it that Michelangelo himself is the one who dubbed these doors the "Gates of Paradise."
And as [Atlanta's] High Museum of Art opens its exhibition of three of the doors' 10 gilt panels on Saturday, the conservation effort that brought them here will have lasted 25 years -- just two years less than it took to make the work itself...
Once the High showing closes on July 15, the exhibition travels to the Chicago Institute of Art and the Metropolitan Museum in New York.
The panels -- depicting the biblical stories of "Adam and Eve", "Jacob and Esau", and "David and Goliath" -- then will be moved back to Florence to be reassembled in the original doorway for permanent, hermetically sealed display at the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo. They are expected never to travel again.
[Story has links to photo gallery, audio slide show.]
Name of source: Times (of London)
Bernstein, who was played by Dustin Hoffman in the film All the President’s Men, has spent eight years researching the unauthorised 640-page biography, A Woman in Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton.
“Bernstein reaches conclusions that stand in opposition to what Senator Clinton has said in the past and has written in the past,” said Paul Bogaards, a spokesman for Knopf, which publishes the book on June 19.
With the thoroughness for which he is famous, Bernstein spoke to more than 200 of Clinton’s friends, colleagues and adversaries. He stops short of accusing the New York senator of blatantly lying about her past, but has unearthed examples of where she has played fast and loose with the facts about her “personal and political life”, according to Knopf...
The Sunday Times has learnt that Bernstein has been given unprecedented access to the private papers of Diane Blair, Clinton’s closest friend and confidante, who died of lung cancer aged 61 in 2000. The collection is still being sorted at the University of Arkansas library and is not yet available to the public.
SOURCE: Times (of London) (4-30-07)
Stonehenge was built by the Romans, and Hadrian’s Wall is in China –- these are two of the misconceptions in the poll of 3,000 people commissioned by UKTV History...
A quarter say that the Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall, are among the Seven Wonders of the World, confusing them with the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. According to one in five, the Pennines are between France and Spain; and for 18 per cent, Stonehenge was built when the Romans were here –- rather than dating back to three millennia previously.
Adrian Wills, of UKTV History, said that the survey showed how little people knew about Britain, “from traditions to landmarks”...
Not quite . . .
1. Official UK animal is bulldog: 39%
2. Leeds Castle is in Leeds: 34%
3. White Cliffs of Dover made of sandstone: 28%
4. Lost Gardens of Heligan, in Cornwall, are one of Seven Wonders of the World: 23%
5. Pennines are between France and Spain: 21%
6. Do not know who is on back of £10 note: 20%
7. Stonehenge was built during Roman Empire: 18%
8. Hadrian’s Wall is not in UK: 15%
9. Nelson’s Column is not in Trafalgar Square: 12%
10. Lake District has an entrance fee: 7%
SOURCE: Times (of London) (4-30-07)
The photographs, which are being shown at the Royal Naval Museum, show a sailor removing a manacle from a slave, as well as Marines with slave traders, in about 1907. They were donated by Samuel Chidwick, 74, of Dover, whose father, Able Seaman Joseph Chidwick, took them on board HMS Sphinx off the East African coast.
Jacquie Shaw, of the museum, said: “The collection comprises a fascinating and important snapshot of life on antislavery duties off the coast of Africa.” The exhibition runs until January.
She will be landing in the middle of a row over political correctness after officials in Virginia banned the use of the word “celebration” for the anniversary. It is being called a “commemoration” out of respect for the suffering of native Americans, who were attacked after the colonists arrived in 1607.
Africans begin to appear in the English settlement’s records as indentured servants in 1619 and were later codified in Virginia’s statutes as slaves. Virginia passed a resolution earlier this year expressing “profound regret” for the enslavement of millions of Africans.
“Leaders and heads of state have a responsibility to set the tone and it would be a welcome move for the Queen to express regret,” said Virginia state representative Donald McEachin, a descendant of slaves, who sponsored the resolution.
The demolition of the Guanghe theatre, where opera has been performed since the last years of the Ming emperors four centuries ago, is the latest assault on the ancient fabric of the city.
The theatre stands in the Qian-men district, once a fabulous warren of temples, apothecaries and aristocratic courtyard mansions huddled in the shadow of the Forbidden City.
There is no place for such untidiness in mayor Wang Qis-han’s £19 billion plan to fulfil the slogan “New Beijing, Great Olympics”. The Games have sealed the fate of an old Beijing that had survived the wars and revolutions of modern Chinese history.
SOURCE: Times (of London) (4-28-07)
The jacket was worn by Mabel Francatelli, secretary to the socialite Lucy Duff-Gordon, who was with her husband, Sir Cosmo Duff-Gordon.
All three escaped in a lifeboat, designed to hold 40, with only nine others, seven of them crew. Sir Cosmo was accused of bribing the men to help them escape.
[Story includes photo.]
Name of source: Virginia Tech press release
SOURCE: Virginia Tech press release (4-30-07)
It is also available to the general public of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the United States of America, and the world at large as we come to terms with a local, national, and global event that will have ramifications for years to come.
This archive works actively to deploy electronic media for the collection, interpretation, preservation, and display of stories and digital objects related to the tragedy of April 16, 2007 and its many effects as text, image, and sound.
Developed in cooperation with George Mason University's Center for History and New Media (CHNM), this project is receiving technical, curatorial and administrative support from Virginia Tech students, faculty, and staff.
The archive will preserve a diverse record of the events surrounding April 16, 2007 by collecting first-hand observations, photographic images, sound recordings, media reports, personal writings, official statements, individual blog postings, and any other documents that can be stored as digital files.
In addition to local reactions, the archive welcomes responses from across the globe in any language. Through this archive, we aim to leave a positive legacy for the larger community and contribute to a collective process of healing, especially as those affected by this tragedy tell their stories in their own words.
The larger trend exemplified by this project is the"digital memory bank." Memory banks are being used to preserve the richness of the present as it transitions to the past, thereby ensuring that the collected records can be both readily accessible and carefully preserved for future access.
The April 16 Archive welcomes contributions from the Virginia Tech community, as well as from anyone around the world who wants to share words of support or reflection following the events of April 16, 2007. The attacks happened in Blacksburg, Virginia, but they were experienced around the world through mass media and community ties.
The accounts of that day from any site across the globe are, therefore, very important to the April 16 Archive as it documents the full impact of this tragic event.
For more information, visit http://www.april16archive.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For media inquiries, contact Brent Jesiek, Manager of the CDDC, at (540) 231-7614 or email@example.com.
Established in 1998, Virginia Tech's Center for Digital Discourse and Culture is one of the world's first university based digital points-of-publication for new forms of scholarly communication, academic research, and cultural analysis.
Virginia Tech's College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences (CLAHS) as well as the Institute of Distance and Distributed Learning (IDDL) actively support the Center for Digital Discourse and Culture. The CDDC is also working with Virginia Tech's newly established Institute for Society, Culture, and the Environment (ISCE) to develop new scholarly initiatives, such as the April 16 Archive, tied into the practices of rhetoric, representation and the public humanities.
Name of source: German Press Agency
SOURCE: German Press Agency (4-30-07)
The vast store of unique papers managed by the International Tracing Service (ITS) is kept in the German town of Bad Arolsen.
The ITS, an arm of the International Committee of the Red Cross, helps survivors of the camps and the press-gangs to claim pensions and compensation and assists families who want to know where their loved ones suffered.
But the ITS has always withheld the papers from history researchers. Even the survivors have only seen ITS transcripts of their own data, not images of the yellowing original documents.
Name of source: BBC News
SOURCE: BBC News (4-29-07)
Stuart Mitchell, 41 and his father Tommy, 75, said they had deciphered a musical code locked in the stones of Rosslyn Chapel [already famous for The Da Vinci Code] for more than 500 years.
They will reveal the music in May at a concert in the 15th century chapel...
Stuart Mitchell discovered a series of figures which he calls an "orchestra of angels" at the base of elaborate arches round the altar, each angel holding a musical instrument.
He worked with his father to decipher the patterns on cubes which jut out from the arches.
SOURCE: BBC News (4-29-07)
Dutch creationist Johan Huibers built the ark as testament to his literal belief in the Bible.
The ark, in the town of Schagen, is 150 cubits [225 feet] long -- half the length of Noah's -- and three storeys high...
Life-size models of giraffes, elephants, lions, crocodiles, zebras and bison are included in the ark's interior.
The Bible's Book of Genesis says Noah kept seven pairs of most tamed animals and one breeding pair of all other creatures in the boat, which survived a catastrophic flood sent down by God to punish man.
SOURCE: BBC News (4-28-07)
Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets after new clashes erupted over the removal of a Soviet war memorial.
Police were confronted by mainly ethnic Russian demonstrators, some of whom threw petrol bombs and were involved in looting.
Estonia says the memorial symbolised Soviet occupation. Supporters say it celebrated heroes who fought the Nazis.
The monument was removed on Friday and taken to a secret location.
Name of source: AAP (Australia)
SOURCE: AAP (Australia) (4-20-07)
Former museum pest controller Hendrikus van Leeuwen, convicted of the theft, was today jailed for up to seven years for what a judge described as "enormous, incalculable harm".
Name of source: Telegraph
SOURCE: Telegraph (4-30-07)
The gathering in Paris appeared to be a final rallying cry from the centre-Right contender at what he called a defining moment in French history, when the country was plagued by "doubts"...
He summoned memories of the student revolt of 1968, saying: "In this election, it is a question of whether the heritage of May '68 should be perpetuated or if it should be liquidated once and for all."
If elected, Mr Sarkozy promised to break with the" cynicism" of the"gauche caviars", who he blamed for a crisis of"morality, authority, work and national identity". Citing the recent mini-riot in Gare du Nord, he repeated his accusation that the Left"systematically takes the side of thugs, troublemakers and fraudsters against the police".
SOURCE: Telegraph (4-30-07)
Highland Council has decided that the island, immortalised in the Skye Boat Song about Bonnie Prince Charlie's flight, should drop its "Anglicised slave name" in favour of its Gaelic nickname, Eilean a' Cheo.
The new name, which means Island of Mist and is pronounced "ellan-uh-cheeyaw", will be formally adopted on Thursday. All council documents will feature the Gaelic name and tourists inquiring about travelling to Skye will be encouraged to use the new version...
Gaelic scholars, meanwhile, have accused the council of choosing the wrong name.
Most Gaels know Skye as An t-Eilean Sgitheanach, meaning the Winged Isle, referring to a series of headlands which jut out into the sea like wings. The name chosen by the council is a romantic nickname used in poems and songs.
SOURCE: Telegraph (4-28-07)
Leslie Croft was injured by shrapnel while fighting alongside the Yorkshire and Lancashire Regiment in Italy in 1943.
He died aged 86 on Dec 31 from bronchopneumonia and a coroner has ruled that his illness was contracted because of the 63-year-old injury to his bowel.
Stanley Hooper, the Rotherham coroner, told the inquest into the old soldier's death: "I would rather speculate that Leslie Croft, with regards to his age, will be one of the last men to die from a wound suffered in World War Two.
Name of source: Washington Post
SOURCE: Washington Post (4-30-07)
A new review of the fossil record from that period has come up with a provocative conclusion: The two groups saw each other as kindred spirits and, when conditions were right, they mated.
How often this happened will never be known, but paleoanthropologist Erik Trinkaus says it probably occurred more often than is generally imagined.
In his latest work, published last week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Trinkaus, of Washington University in St. Louis, analyzed prehistoric fossil remains from various parts of Europe. He concluded that a significant number have attributes associated with both Neanderthals and the modern humans who replaced them.
SOURCE: Washington Post (4-27-07)
Jointly administered by the National Park Service and the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities, Historic Jamestowne features (along with such magnets for archaeology buffs as the ruins of a 17th-century church tower) a handsome, high-tech new museum dedicated to the display and interpretation of some of the million-plus artifacts that have been unearthed since the fort was uncovered in 1994.
Name of source: AP
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Sunday disputed Tenet's claim that the Bush administration, before the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003, never had a serious debate about whether Iraq posed an imminent threat or whether to tighten existing sanctions.
"The president started a discussion practically on the day that he took power about how to enhance sanctions against Iraq," she said. "You may remember that in his first press conference, he said the sanctions had become Swiss cheese."...
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said he does not accept assertions from Tenet that the U.S. government saved lives through some of the agency's most aggressive interrogation techniques...
Critics have started picking apart the book's accuracy...
The [site,] 160 miles southeast of Denver on Big Sandy Creek in Kiowa County, pays tribute to those killed in the attack of Nov. 29, 1864.
Seeking revenge for the killings of several settlers by Indians, 700 volunteers who had signed up to be soldiers for 100 days slaughtered nearly everyone in the village. Most were women or children.
Descendants of some of the victims were among several hundred people at Saturday's dedication on the rolling hills of the southeastern Colorado plains...
"It's a site of shame, but it's finally being memorialized properly," said David Halaas, a former state historian. He said even though the militia members weren't soldiers, they were paid and armed by the federal government.
The country's chief archaeologist, Zahi Hawass, said the Foreign Ministry would send letters this week to France, Germany, the United States and Great Britain requesting that the ancient artifacts be loaned to Egypt.
Hawass has previously demanded the permanent return of many of the artifacts, claiming some of them were taken illegally.
This time, the country is requesting museums loan the artifacts so they can be exhibited either at the 2011 opening of the Egyptian Museum, near the site of the Great Pyramids at Giza, or the Atum museum, which is set to open in the Nile Delta city of Meniya in 2010, the Supreme Council of Antiquities said in a statement.
SOURCE: AP (4-27-07)
Yushchenko was in Warsaw briefly to mark the 60th anniversary of the expulsion of 140,000 Ukrainians, who were ruthlessly removed from their homes in southeastern Poland in 1947 in an attempt by the communist authorities to consolidate control of the region.
"History has left us some not very good pages," Yushchenko said, but added that relations were improving.
SOURCE: AP (4-20-07)
"That dust mask is going to be an important artifact some day," Ramirez recalled the friend telling her.
Today, the mask has become a museum piece, one small part of the largest records trove ever assembled to document a single event.
Millions of pieces of paper documenting government investigations, BlackBerry messages written by survivors as they fled, children's finger-paintings and family photographs are also part of the archive, preserved in many different places including state offices, museums and on the Internet.
Saving all things Sept. 11 was a mission embraced from the time of the attacks by professional archivists and grassroots collectors...
Three years after the find by workers digging up the cloisters of a 17th-century Franciscan convent, forensic experts and historians say they have solved the mystery.
They say the estimated 3,000 dead in the grave were victims of the earthquake that devastated Lisbon in 1755, and that this is the first mass grave of its kind ever found in the Portuguese capital.
The collection was given to Emory by Elizabeth “Betty” Hester...in 1987 on condition that they remain sealed for 20 years.
English High was founded in 1821 as the United States’ first public high school, and its graduates include J. P. Morgan and Maj. Gen. Matthew Ridgway from the Korean War. Today, its student body, dressed mostly in baggy jeans and do-rags, is one of the most diverse in the city, and one of its lowest-performing, too.
Most schools that scored as poorly on standardized tests as English High School would have been shut by now, Superintendent Michael Contompasis of Boston said.
“I would have closed English, if it wasn’t English,” Mr. Contompasis said.
Instead, the state has moved to salvage English...
SOURCE: AP (4-27-07)
CIA analysts wrote the warning at the start of August 2002 and inserted it into a briefing book distributed at an early September meeting of President Bush's national security team at Camp David, he writes.
The agency analysis painted what Tenet calls additional "worst-case" scenarios: "a surge of global terrorism against U.S. interests fueled by deepening Islamic antipathy toward the United States"; "regime-threatening instability in key Arab states"; and "major oil supply disruptions and severe strains in the Atlantic alliance."
Early Tenet book review (NYT)
Name of source: ABC News
SOURCE: ABC News (4-29-07)
The beating happened just hours after four police officers accused of attacking black motorist Rodney King were acquitted in court, enraging many blacks who had long felt unfairly treated by the Los Angeles Police Department.
The mayhem at the intersection soon consumed much of the city -- 54 people would be killed and $1 billion in damages would be done before the riots were calmed five days later.
Name of source: New Orleans Times-Picayune
SOURCE: New Orleans Times-Picayune (4-29-07)
Artifacts -- everything from a blue tarp to a Coast Guard helicopter rescue basket to Fats Domino's flood-damaged piano -- will tell some of the story. In addition to photographs and audio-visual presentations, the museum also may engage storm survivors to tell their stories in person.
The 9,500-square-foot Katrina exhibit is just one of several innovations envisioned by the museum's director, David Kahn.
Name of source: Canadian Press
SOURCE: Canadian Press (4-28-07)
Horned headdresses, painted bags with porcupine quill fringes, shell necklaces and fish-skin quivers are among the items in "First Nations, French Royal Collections."
The exhibition, which runs June 5 to Oct. 14, features 85 artifacts from the collections of the Musee du Quai Branly in Paris...
The objects were typically acquired by the French during diplomatic ceremonies (such as the Great Peace of Montreal in 1701), in commercial trading, or as gifts during aboriginal chiefs' formal visits to Versailles, the museum says.
They were made by, among others, the Naskapis from Labrador; the Mi'kmaq from Acadia; the Mohawk, Huron and Abenaki of the St. Lawrence Valley; the Ojibwa from the region west of the Great Lakes; and the Illinois of the Mississippi Valley...
The Musee du Quai Branly holds one of the richest collections of 18th-and 19th-century aboriginal artifacts from the eastern part of North America, says the Pointe-a-Calliere museum.
Name of source: Harrisburg (Pa.) Patriot-News/PennLive
SOURCE: Harrisburg (Pa.) Patriot-News/PennLive (4-29-07)
The term comes from the book of Leviticus, where it refers to a goat that was to bear the sins of the children of Israel into the wilderness.
He aims to share such knowledge with Northern Lebanon High School students in his proposed course, "Bible in History and Literature," which he hopes to teach next year.
Wentling, who teaches courses in American history and government, is awaiting final approval of the Northern Lebanon School Board, which is expected to vote on it May 8. The board, by a 9-0 vote, gave the course tentative approval earlier this month...
More schools around the country are introducing the Bible into the curriculum. The Georgia Legislature last year approved courses in the Bible that public schools could offer as electives. Two groups are publishing lesson plans to teach the Bible in public schools, and they are used by hundreds of school districts around the country.
Name of source: Lisa Gray, Houston Chronicle
SOURCE: Lisa Gray, Houston Chronicle (4-29-07)
Too many of them are already gone. The Shamrock Hotel made mythic by Giant? Leveled to make way for a parking lot. The Fourth Ward that gave us Lightnin' Hopkins and Arnett Cobb? Buried under Midtown, with "historic district" signs denoting nothing much but irony. The 1930s Jeff Davis hospital? The Gulf Publishing building? Countless Victorian houses, entire blocks of bungalows? Gone, gone, gone.
But last summer Houston roused itself.
That's when the Greater Houston Preservation Alliance declared three buildings endangered...
Now the first domino is about to fall.
Never mind that Houstonians erupted when they heard the news. Never mind that City Hall strengthened Houston's preservation ordinance, once the weakest in the nation, so that now it's ... well, probably still the weakest in the nation, but stronger than it used to be...
Name of source: San Francisco Chronicle
SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle (4-29-07)
The five-minute ceremony was held late at night, without notice, after a day of backbreaking work digging irrigation canals, followed by a routine, hours-long indoctrination session at the hands of the Khmer Rouge.
With 21 of her female friends, all in soiled work clothes, she was summoned to a bare room lit by a single lightbulb where male workers were waiting. A party official instructed her to clasp the hand of a complete stranger and promise to stay with him for life. Everyone pledged allegiance to the party. Then she was sent back to the women's quarters of her labor camp to snatch some sleep before another day of toil.
Prum kept the details of that joyless day a secret from her four children until early this year, when she finally had a chance for a traditional wedding to her husband of nearly three decades. She was 50 -- the oldest woman ever to marry in her village of Kbal Sen, near the capital Phnom Penh.
This time it was a proper Khmer ceremony with chanting monks, a silk wedding dress, traditional music, friends and family, paid for by an American Vietnam War veteran who was aghast to learn that so many Cambodians had been forced into miserable marriages...
Name of source: Deseret Morning News (Salt Lake City)
SOURCE: Deseret Morning News (Salt Lake City) (4-29-07)
Located on the extreme north end of Las Vegas Boulevard, at Washington Avenue —- in downtown Las Vegas —- this is where the settlement of Vegas began. If you blink, you might miss this corner of rural flavor amidst the heavy traffic and all the new buildings in the area...
Name of source: New York Times
SOURCE: New York Times (4-29-07)
Standing in front of an expensive-looking apartment loft building in TriBeCa the other day, Ethan Andrews, who works for the public-art organization Creative Time, was trying to conjure up the late 1970s, when the building housed the Mudd Club, the art world dance hall that served as a second home for luminaries like Jean-Michel Basquiat and Julian Schnabel...
The reason for this rummaging through the city’s artistic past was not exactly nostalgia. It was part of a plan by Creative Time to celebrate its own history...
To commemorate its 33rd year of helping realize large and sometimes unwieldy projects, the nonprofit organization has chosen 32 sites around the city...where famous, infamous and sometimes almost secret yet significant art has been made.
And the sites, chosen with the help of artists and art world denizens like the director John Waters, are being memorialized with a kind of art project unto itself. Called “One Day It Will Please Us To Remember Even This,” it involves the installation of acrylic plaques at all 33 places.
Creative Time says the plaques, which will be in place by Tuesday, are intended to remain for “infinity (or until they fall off),” in keeping with the ephemeral nature of much of the artwork itself.
Name of source: DPA (German Press Agency)
SOURCE: DPA (German Press Agency) (4-28-07)
Name of source: Andrew Hoyem, Los Angeles Times
SOURCE: Andrew Hoyem, Los Angeles Times (4-28-07)
We love to celebrate anniversaries. Two years ago, it was the centenary of the theory of relativity, and Albert Einstein was the honoree. Last year it was Samuel Beckett's 100th birthday, and performances of "Waiting for Godot" abounded. In 2007, it's the 50th anniversary of Jack Kerouac's novel "On the Road" — and the 50th anniversary of a typeface called Helvetica.
Amazing! A type of type, an alphabet of a certain style used for printing, is being celebrated for turning half a century old, with an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, a documentary film by Gary Hustwit and lots of attention in the media.
Going back to Gutenberg, if typefaces survived, they were mere adolescents at the age of 50. Classic faces still in use today, such as Caslon (English), and Bodoni (Italian), date to the 18th century, and Garamond (French) to the 16th century. Why should upstart Helvetica rate so many cakes and candles?
Name of source: UPI
SOURCE: UPI (4-29-07)
The Vietnam Dogs of War monument, which stands in the shadow of a retired helicopter in Cincinnati's Veteran's Memorial Park, has gained attention as a result of the Cincinnati Enquirer's effort to put together a list of all war monuments in the area in time for Memorial Day.
The monument, bearing the silhouette of a German shepherd, honors the 4,000 dogs that went with troops to Southeast Asia. Only an estimated 200 of those dogs returned home. Most of the dogs, the Enquirer reported, died in combat - sniffing out booby traps, landmines and enemies.
By government calculations, the dogs that served in Vietnam prevented an estimated 10,000 casualties.
Name of source: AFP
SOURCE: AFP (4-29-07)
"The Estonian government will begin preparatory works today (Sunday) at the military cemetery in central Tallinn to relocate the Bronze Soldier," the foreign ministry said in a statement.
The 2.5-metre (eight-feet) high statue was removed early Friday from the site in central Tallinn where it had stood for decades, after rioters raged through the capital the night before...
"The government plans to move faster with the relocation of the monument to the new site. It may be done by May 8," government spokeswoman Inga Jagomae told AFP.
Estonians mark the anniversary of victory over the Nazis in World War II on May 8, while the country's ethnic Russian community, which makes up a quarter of the population of 1.34 million, celebrates the end of the war the following day.
Name of source: Sydney Morning Herald
SOURCE: Sydney Morning Herald (4-28-07)
Representatives of the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre, Greg Brown and Caroline Spotswood, arrived in London yesterday to mediate with the Natural History Museum in London, to stop it scientifically testing the remains of 13 Tasmanian Aborigines before they are returned to Tasmania after 200 years. These tests include drilling into bones and teeth to extract DNA and making plaster casts of teeth and jaws.
"Testing is culturally offensive to us; we see that for us to lay our old fellas and their spirits to rest we need to bring them back intact without this experimentation," Mr Brown said.
Name of source: Detroit Free Press
SOURCE: Detroit Free Press (4-27-07)
The campaign will involve a marketing blitz next year that will spread the word through public service announcements on radio stations, notices in black publications and faxes sent to black churches.
"It is our responsibility as African Americans to get this story out," said Brian Smith, a General Dynamics engineer who is chairman of the museum's capital campaign committee. "No one else has been willing to tell the story."
The campaign committee, which represents the fewer than 400 surviving airmen, has signed a 50-year lease with the Coleman A. Young Airport to house the museum there, Smith said. It would replace the small but well-maintained museum at Historic Ft. Wayne.
Name of source: Mehr News Agency (Tehran)
SOURCE: Mehr News Agency (Tehran) (4-28-07)
[The curator of the National Museum of Iran, Mohammadreza Kargar, said] “I visited the Louvre’s curator and saw the relevant sections, and asked him to take into account Iranians’ sensitivity towards the distortion of the Persian Gulf’s name, and requested that he correct the mistakes. The museum’s officials recently wrote a letter announcing to the embassy that corrections had been made,” he added.
The substitution of the false name “Arabian Gulf”, for the Persian Gulf, in the Louvre’s catalogue and also on maps set up in the museum’s halls, created a media frenzy in early December last year.
Name of source: Long Beach Press Telegram
SOURCE: Long Beach Press Telegram (4-25-07)
QSDI declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy in March 2005 and has been searching for a developer to take over the lease ever since...
The company has released no detailed plans for the Queen Mary's 40-acre site...[but the company is] considering a hotel and marina for the Queen Mary site. As for the ship itself [which is owned by the city of Long Beach], he said he believed the company planned to refurbish, but make few other changes to its operations.
O&S Holdings' $41-million bid...coincides with the 40th anniversary of the ship's 1967 arrival in the Long Beach harbor...
Name of source: Allentown (Pa.) Morning Call
SOURCE: Allentown (Pa.) Morning Call (4-17-07)
But before the first brick is laid, hulking remnants of that legacy must come crashing down.
On April 26, demolition will begin on 10 Steel buildings to clear the way for 5,000 slot machines and a 10-story hotel and conference center -- 11 years and several failed plans after Bethlehem Steel first floated the idea of turning the old plant into a museum and entertainment complex.
Nearly two dozen other Steel buildings will eventually be preserved, but three months of demolition by Brandenburg Industrial Services of Bethlehem will turn the century-old buildings into 7,000 tons of scrap metal.
Name of source: Al-Ahram (Cairo)
SOURCE: Al-Ahram (Cairo) (4-26-07)
[Plans for] the two-storey Al-Arish National Museum (ANM)...were drawn up in 1994 -- shortly after the return of Sinai's archaeological collection taken by Israel during their occupation...
The 2,500-square-metre museum tells the history of Sinai from the pre-dynastic to the Islamic eras, displaying 1,500 objects carefully selected from eight museums in Egypt: the Egyptian, Coptic and Islamic museums in Cairo, the Recovered Antiquities Museum at the Citadel, the Graeco-Roman Museum in Alexandria, the Sinai Historical Museum in Taba, the Port Said Museum, and the Beni Sweif museological storehouses in Ashmounein. Artefacts unearthed at excavation sites in Sinai such as the Horus military road in Qantara East and Tel Basta in the Nile Delta are also on display.
The museum stands opposite the Al-Arish Ethnographic Centre at the town's eastern end, on the very spot where the Egyptian flag was raised after the Israeli withdrawal from this part of Sinai in 1979. It is set in an expansive 16,000-sq-m garden of trees and plants.
Gaza's ancient treasures revealed at Geneva exhibit
Name of source: Foreign Policy magazine 'Passport' blog
SOURCE: Foreign Policy magazine 'Passport' blog (4-28-07)
It begins eloquently:
Many Cambodians have tried to put their memories of the regime behind them and move on. But we cannot progress—much less reconcile with ourselves and others—until we have confronted the past and understand both what happened and why it happened. Only with this understanding can we truly begin to heal.
Name of source: Xinhua/China View
SOURCE: Xinhua/China View (4-27-07)
According to Yonhap, the second-term South Korea-Japan joint history research committee will convene a meeting on June 23 in Japan to discuss the future path of their activities.
The committee will be composed of 17 historians from each side and decide items for joint history research after plenary meetings.
Name of source: Gulf Daily News (Bahrain)
SOURCE: Gulf Daily News (Bahrain) (4-27-07)
Bahrain University Islamic History Professor Ali Al Shehab said while Bahrain and other Gulf countries were developing their infrastructure, historical sites were suffering.
"Developing countries need more land, so they demolish historical sites such as the graves in Saar and A'ali," he told the [Gulf Daily News]...
"We are speaking with governments in the Gulf to protect these (historical sites), it is very important to our civilisation."
[He] was speaking on the sidelines of a four-day scientific conference...The GCC Society for History and Archaeology Eighth Scientific Forum has attracted 150 archaeologists and historians from the GCC [Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf].
Twenty-eight papers are being presented on various topics, including Oman's civilisation, history of the Arabian Peninsula, the role of statues in the Tylos era, history of rituals during the Dilmun era, and commercial ties between the Arabian Gulf and East Asian countries.
Name of source: William Grimes, New York Times
SOURCE: William Grimes, New York Times (4-27-07)