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Name of source: JTA
SOURCE: JTA (5-16-07)
Oren said he had learned that, as Israeli forces were poised to go in, then Prime Minister Levi Eshkol made a secret peace overture to King Hussein of Jordan, which controlled Jerusalem and the West Bank. Eshkol's proposal, made via British intermediaries, was that Israel stay out of the Old City -- site of the Temple Mount and Western Wall -- if Jordan agree to an immediate cease-fire, expel Egyptian officers from its ranks, and enter peace talks. But Hussein had no response and Israel took a united Jerusalem.
"It is clear that Hussein could not have accepted Eshkol's offer because the Arab world would have risen up against him," Oren told Ma'ariv.
Name of source: Reuters
SOURCE: Reuters (5-18-07)
Wilfred Greene, the 70-year-old chief of the Wampanoag Nation's Seaconke Indian tribe, says the stone mounds are part of a massive Indian burial ground, possibly one of the nation's largest, that went unnoticed until a few years ago.
"When I came up here and looked at this, I was overwhelmed," said Greene, a wiry former boxer, standing next to one of at least 100 stone piles -- each about 3 feet (1 meter) high and 4 feet wide...
But Narragansett Improvement Co. disagrees, and says it will press on with plans to build a 122-lot housing project over 200 acres (80-hectares) in the area near the Massachusetts border.
The firm has hired an archeologist who studied the stones and concluded they were likely left in piles by early European settlers who built a network of stone walls in the area, said company president John Everson.
"I don't believe any of these Indian artifacts are on my land," he said. "The whole area is very stony."
SOURCE: Reuters (5-18-07)
Taylor, 75, bought the 1889 painting "View of the Asylum and Chapel at Saint-Remy" at a Sotheby's auction in London in 1963 for 92,000 British pounds -- about $257,000 at the time...
The Orkin family, South African and Canadian descendants of Margarete Mauthner, a Jewish woman who fled Germany in 1939, sued Taylor in 2004, claiming that the work had been confiscated by the Nazis and should be returned to them under the 1998 U.S. Holocaust Victims Redress Act.
Name of source: WBIR-TV (Knoxville, Tenn.)
SOURCE: WBIR-TV (Knoxville, Tenn.) (5-18-07)
On Thursday, 12 life-size statues were unveiled in Clinton to commemorate those students who became known as the "Clinton 12." The bronze statues stand outside the Green McAdoo Cultural Center.
On their first day at Clinton High School on August 27th, 1956, the students walked down the hill from their neighborhood and passed a crowd of taunting, angry white people. The governor at the time sent troops to help uphold the law.
Governor Bredesen and other dignitaries attended Thursday's unveiling ceremony, along with the surviving members of the Clinton 12, and their families and friends.
Name of source: AP
SOURCE: AP (5-18-07)
Tennessee's Rosa Parks Act passed the House 88-6 and was approved unanimously in the Senate on Thursday. It now goes to Gov. Phil Bredesen, whose spokeswoman said he had not yet looked at the legislation.
"It's important because it recognizes that people did risk incarceration for social change and that they ultimately prevailed," said Senate Democratic Leader Jim Kyle from Memphis. "They should not have the stigma of that incarceration or be put in the same class as other folks who simply just committed crimes."
SOURCE: AP (5-18-07)
Given that scenario, the question is whether Lincoln would have recovered well enough to return to office, says a doctor and historian who planned to speak Friday at an annual University of Maryland School of Medicine conference on the deaths of historic figures.
While the conference has traditionally re-examined the deaths of historic figures to determine if the diagnosis of the time was correct, this year's event asks if Lincoln could have been saved and what impact that would have had.
Dr. Thomas Scalea, the physician in chief at the University of Maryland's Shock Trauma Center, said brain injuries are unpredictable but Lincoln would have stood a good chance of surviving.
"It's a little hard to know, but I think it's a fair statement to say this is not necessarily a fatal injury, he doesn't have to die," said Scalea, who will explain how Lincoln would have been treated at his center, the world's first dedicated trauma center.
The history and civics tests were given to students nationwide in the fourth, eighth and 12th grades last year, and the results were released Wednesday...
The Washington-based Center on Education Policy reported last year that a third of elementary school districts reported cutting back on time for social studies, which includes history and civics. However, a recent government study showed increases in social studies credits being earned by high schoolers...
More students would be tested under legislation introduced Wednesday by Sens. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., chairman of the education committee, and Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., a former education secretary. They want state-by-state results for history and civics, much like is done with reading and math.
Test results, Nation's Report Card Sampling of what students know about history National Coalition for History: News Story US students aren't history whizzes, but they're improving (CSM) Students Gain Only Marginally on Test of U.S. History (NYT) Martin A. Davis, Jr.: What the new history report card tells us
"It argues that there may be extensive other evidence of Fort Duquesne," [archaeologist Brooke] Blades said. "People always knew where Fort Duquesne was, but the question was how much of it was left?...It is tangible evidence. It's where the permanent occupation of Pittsburgh began."
The discovery, however, won't slow down the [$35 million] renovation of the park.
In fact, Kutys' discovery will be buried as work continues to upgrade the 36-acre park to include a new lawn area, irrigation and electrical systems, landscapes, vendor hookups, benches and wireless Internet in time for Pittsburgh's 250th anniversary celebration next year...
Blades said excavation in another section of the park will begin next week and he hopes to find evidence of the fort's stockade.
The renovation has angered preservationists, who said history was being buried...
Supporters of the renovation, however, said they plan to start an archaeological program at the park sometime in the future.
"We have to figure out who's going to do it, how it's managed and how it's funded," said Laura Fisher of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development. "It has to be real research. The vision is to have an actual program of archaeology. Things like this find help build the case to do it."
Fort Pitt Preservation Society
Underwater archaeologist E. Lee Spence claimed he suffered as much as $309 million in damages because the discovery was credited to author Clive Cussler...
The South Carolina Hunley Commission has credited [Cussler's outfit] with finding the sub off Charleston 12 years ago.
Spence countersued in 2002, asking the court to declare him the finder...
The 40-foot, hand-cranked Hunley rammed a spar with a black powder charge into the Union blockade ship Housatonic sinking the vessel on Feb. 17, 1864.
The sub sank as well and was finally located in 1995. It was raised five years later and brought to a conservation lab at the old Charleston Naval Base.
Nicolas Sarkozy's election as president confounds these premises and stereotypes: The French could have picked Socialist Segolene Royal, a colonel's daughter with something of a Joan of Arc aura. Instead they opted for an immigrant's son with an un-French surname, a man who is part Jewish and doesn't hide it, a capitalist and proud of it.
Whether he can kick the French economy into shape, or lead France to peace with its restive immigrant minorities, were still open questions Wednesday as he took office. But his biography is an intriguing story of an outsider who made it to the top.
Ward Churchill, a tenured professor of ethnic studies, touched off a national firestorm with an essay that compared some of the 2001 World Trade Center victims to Adolf Eichmann, a key planner of the Holocaust.
It was some of his other work, however, that led an interim chancellor of the Boulder campus and another committee to recommend Churchill be fired.
[HNN Editor: 2 of the 5 person committee recommended he be fired. Final punishment is up to CU President Hank Brown.]
The book, titled "May 13: Declassified Documents on the Malaysian Riots of 1969," was released Sunday by author Kua Kia Soong, who says the worst riots in Malaysia's 50-year history were not random acts of communal violence but a coup attempt by a faction within the ruling Malay party.
The book challenges the government's assertion that the violence, which claimed 196 lives, was due to tension between ethnic Malays and minority Chinese. The riots, which started May 13, 1969, and continued for weeks, led to a state of national emergency and suspension of Parliament until 1971.
Zailani Hashim, enforcement chief at the Internal Security Ministry, said officials seized 10 copies of the book from a bookstore chain on Tuesday to review its contents.
Firecrackers and white balloons filled the skies near the border as a five-car train started rolling north on a restored track on the west side of the peninsula. On the eastern side, a North Korean train crossed into the South on another reconnected rail line where it was greeted by children bearing flowers.
It was the first train crossing of the 2.5-mile-wide no man's land dividing the two sides since inter-Korean rail links were cut off early in the 1950-53 Korean War.
It has taken the two Koreas 56 years to send trains -- one starting in the South and one in the North -- across the Cold War's last frontier for the planned runs of about 25 km (15 miles)...
North Korea's military, fearful of increased openings between the isolated country and the outside world, cancelled a planned run a year ago. It agreed last week to a one-off run, despite pressure from Seoul for more crossings.
Adams dollar description, photos (U.S. Mint)
Name of source: BBC News
SOURCE: BBC News (5-18-07)
Ancient history A-level is to be saved from the scrapheap after a high-profile campaign calling for it to continue.
The last exam board in England to offer the subject, OCR, has decided not to abandon the course after pressure from ministers and academics.
Classicists, including shadow education minister Boris Johnson, argued pupils would be denied the chance to study the Roman Empire and ancient Greece.
SOURCE: BBC News (5-16-07)
The SAVE Britain's Heritage Fund has received £7m in donations to keep the historic home and its contents intact.
Completed in 1759, Dumfries House in Cumnock was put up for sale by the Marques of Bute at a price of £6.75m.
The property's contents, which include furniture made by Thomas Chippendale, are due to be auctioned in July and are expected to make a further £12m.
SOURCE: BBC News (5-16-07)
His delight at the five-year cruise is chronicled in a letter, available online [Thursday] for the first time.
The note is one of nearly 5,000 from and to the scientist held in a database at the University of Cambridge.
The Darwin Correspondence project includes summaries of a further 9,000 letters, written from the age of 12.
Darwin Correspondencde Project
Name of source: NYT Book Review
SOURCE: NYT Book Review (5-13-07)
The low point — and there is strong competition — comes when the author examines the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Hunt was falsely linked to the killing by conspiracy buffs, and this chapter can be read only as a twisted form of bitter revenge. He exhumes worm-eaten theories linking C.I.A. officers and their Cuban agents to the case and pretends to take them seriously. Then, with a straight face, he purports to put Lyndon B. Johnson’s finger on the trigger.
Name of source: Independent (South Africa)
SOURCE: Independent (South Africa) (5-18-07)
The 2005 edition of the Oxford Concise Dictionary of World Place Names says Bangalore is a land of Bengalis who took their name from a local chief called Banga, the New Indian Express and Times of India reported on Friday.
Bengali is in fact the language spoken mainly in Bangladesh and the Indian state of West Bengal, while Kannada is the principal tongue of Karnataka, of which Bangalore is the capital.
The Oxford reference book also says that Kempe Gowda, known as the founder of Bangalore, belonged to the Hoysala dynasty - a chronological error because the dynasty had long ceased to be in power, the Times of India said.
Culture secretary Murthy said his department will write a letter to the British publisher, demanding withdrawal of the 2005 edition and an apology for the mistakes, the newspaper reported.
Name of source: BBC
SOURCE: BBC (5-18-07)
State media say researchers identified more than 2,000 pictorial symbols dating back 8,000 years, on cliff faces in the north-west of the country.
They say many of these symbols bear a strong resemblance to later forms of ancient Chinese characters.
Scholars had thought Chinese symbols came into use about 4,500 years ago.
The Damaidi carvings, first discovered in the 1980s, cover 15 sq km (5.8 square miles) and feature more than 8,000 individual figures including the sun, moon, stars, gods and scenes of hunting or grazing.
Until the discovery, the earliest characters included 4,500-year-old inscriptions on pottery from Henan province in central China.
Name of source: New York Times
Until now, a Google search for “I have a dream” would have returned links to the text of the 1963 speech by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and to other historical and informational Web sites about him. But those looking for video clips or photographs of Dr. King’s speech would have had better luck by entering a query in Google’s specialized services for video or image searches.
The same query on Google’s main service will now return a single list of results that will blend text, videos, images, and even excerpts from books. The list will appear in the order that a Google formula deems to be most relevant.
Though the results are preliminary, the study is notable for being financed by the federal government and for being the first to make use of a detailed analysis of sarin exposure performed by the Pentagon, based on wind patterns and plume size.
The report, to be published in the June issue of the journal NeuroToxicology, found apparent changes in the brain’s connective tissue —- its so-called white matter —- in soldiers exposed to the gas. The extent of the brain changes —- less white matter and slightly larger brain cavities —- corresponded to the extent of exposure, the study found.
The bimonthly magazine, which is owned by Forbes Inc., has been for sale since January, and in the absence of a buyer, Mr. Snow said, the publishers have decided to put the next issue, June-July, on indefinite hold. For at least the time being, however, American Heritage will continue to maintain a Web site.
That leaves Mr. Snow and his staff, which has dwindled to four from a dozen, in limbo, where they have been since just before Christmas, when they were informed that the magazine was going on the block. “It’s a little like sailing the Flying Dutchman through the fog,” Mr. Snow said. “On the other hand, I’ve been here for 40 years, so I can’t really bitch about job instability.”
[For example,] Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s turbulent final years as first lady? While Mrs. Clinton, a New York Democrat, frequently invokes husband Bill on the stump, she has managed to avoid any mention of his impeachment and the unpleasantness leading to it...
Name of source: Telegraph
SOURCE: Telegraph (5-18-07)
Officials have made clear that there is to be no role for Hong Kong's former rulers in the ceremonies, which include a flag-raising event on the morning of July 1 and the swearing-in of its chief executive, Donald Tsang, for a new five-year term.
The Communist Party leadership in Beijing will be well represented, on the other hand. President Hu Jintao and the prime minister, Wen Jiabao, are both expected to attend.
"We were rebuffed," one [British] diplomat in Beijing told The Daily Telegraph.
Hong Kong's colonial past is still present
The iron gates of its drive remain the same. The arch under its first floor window, and the long low cottage off to one side are still identical. Only the people inside are different.
Today the buildings are home to middle class Austrian families. Few would guess that until 1945, number 18 was the gatehouse to Gusen concentration camp, and the low cottage was its SS barracks.
Now after decades of silence, the residents are being forced to confront their village's brutal past, taking a new look at homes that once were, or were built on the foundations of, prisoner barracks, the camp brothel, or even its gas chamber. That is the result of a multimedia project that has gathered accounts from both victims and killers of a regime that murdered almost 40,000 people.
Audiowalk Gusen: The Invisible Camp website
The circle derived its name from having met several times at the country estate of Helmuth Count Moltke. Yet though Moltke was the Kreisauers' driving force, they owed their harmony to the more measured temperament of Peter Count Yorck von Wartenburg, Marion Yorck's husband, and it was at their Berlin apartment that the group usually gathered in the later years of the war.
Its members constituted a wide array of anti-Nazis, not merely aristocrats and soldiers, but also trades unionists and teachers. Many had firm Christian convictions, most were influenced by the maltreatment of the Jews, and not a few had rather utopian ideals. Indeed, the circle's original purpose was to plan for the renewal of Germany after the fall of Hitler, and only gradually did it move to plotting to bring about that end itself.
Dr Rowan Williams said that children needed to understand how cultures evolved and the origins of the values and traditions which society now held.
A proper education "would enable a measure of literacy in respect of the language and the imagery of the majority", he said.
"Most importantly, it will set out an understanding of the way in which historical process shaped the culture."
Name of source: Times (of London)
SOURCE: Times (of London) (5-18-07)
The action by hundreds of bearded and black-clad monks belonging to the Old Calendarists, a sect that refuses to follow the modern Western calendar, brought turmoil to the 1,000-year-old community on the rocky peninsula...
For years the Calendarist monks of [the Esphigmenou] monastery have been shunned and boycotted by the more moderate Orthodox establishment as extremist. Its inmates have been known to hang banners over the walls calling the Pope an Antichrist. Calendarists from the mainland are banned from Athos.
The police garrison at Ouranoupolis (Heavenly City) at the narrow gateway to Athos was overwhelmed as Calendarist monks surged into what the Greeks call the Holy Mountain. Other monks got into boats and landed on the rocky western shore of the peninsula. About 50 are believed to be still hiding among the wooded peaks...
The Old Calendarists are those Orthodox who refused to follow the church’s conversion from the Julian to the Western Gregorian calendar in 1925...The Greek state and official church consider the Old Calendarists an illegal organisation.
SOURCE: Times (of London) (5-17-07)
The vast terraced gardens, or Horti, covered what is now the built-up area above the Spanish Steps. The first known attempt in the West to “tame nature” through landscaping, the gardens were laid out around a patrician villa in the middle of the 1st century BC by Lucius Licinius Lucullus, one of Ancient Rome’s most celebrated generals, after he retired in disillusion from war and politics.
They became a benchmark for all Roman pleasure gardens, and were taken over and developed by Roman emperors. The 1st-century mosaics decorated the nymphaeum, an artificial grotto with water features. One depicts a corpulent cupid riding a dolphin and another a wolf’s head in green and gold.
They were found nine metres (30ft) below street level during renovation work on the Hertzian Library (Biblioteca Hertziana), the German art history institute near the Spanish Steps run by the Max Planck Society.
SOURCE: Times (of London) (5-17-07)
The 3,000-mile trek across some of the most inhospitable terrain on Earth took Tarka L’Herpiniere and his girlfriend, Katie-Jane Cooper, 167 days, walking up to 30 miles a day. Their journey took them from baking deserts where temperatures peaked at more than 40C (104F) to snow-capped mountains where it plunged to minus 35C. Between them the pair lost [84 pounds] (38 kg) in weight and more than an inch in height from carrying 66-lb back-packs day in, day out. Only 1 per cent of the Great Wall is open to tourists. Much of the rest has been eroded, buried beneath desert sand or plundered for building materials, and for long stretches the couple had only a shadow on the satellite pictures to follow.
Chasing the Wall (National Geographic)
Name of source: Washington Post
SOURCE: Washington Post (5-18-07)
Carson's book Silent Spring, published in 1962, led to the banning of the pesticide DDT, the launch of modern environmentalism and her enshrinement as a kind of patron saint of nature. In this region, Carson's name has been given to two schools, a park and a hiking trail -- and it is evoked seemingly whenever environmentalists gather.
But this year, as the 100th anniversary of her birth approaches, people across the Washington area are also remembering the personal story that goes with Carson's legend...
SOURCE: Washington Post (5-17-07)
The"evidence used to rule out a second assassin is fundamentally flawed," concludes a new article in the Annals of Applied Statistics written by former FBI lab metallurgist William A. Tobin and Texas A&M University researchers Cliff Spiegelman and William D. James.
The researchers' re-analysis involved new statistical calculations and a modern chemical analysis of bullets from the same batch Oswald is purported to have used. They reached no conclusion about whether more than one gunman was involved, but urged that authorities conduct a new and complete forensic re-analysis of the five bullet fragments left from the assassination in Dallas.
SOURCE: Washington Post (5-17-07)
Beer told staff in an e-mail that he will not attempt to renew his contract in September as chief executive of the seven-year-old Smithsonian Business Ventures. The unit, known internally as SBV, runs museum gift shops, restaurants, theaters and other profitmaking ventures...
The departure of Beer, who earned more than a half-million dollars in 2005, along with the resignation in March of Smithsonian Secretary Lawrence M. Small, signals a move away from the high-flying, private-sector culture installed to make the institution run in a more profitable, market-based fashion.
Name of source: UPI
SOURCE: UPI (5-18-07)
The bog people are a collection of well-preserved remains found in Danish peat bogs. Christian Fischer, director of the Silkeborg Museum, has written Trollund Man -- A Gift to the Gods, a compilation of more than 30 years of studies into the remains. Because the skulls of many of the remains are crushed, researchers previously believed the victims had been brutally beaten. But Fischer says the damage was likely caused by the weight of the peat pressing down on the bodies, the Copenhagen Post said Thursday. The newspaper said Fischer's research supports theories that the bog people were hung during rituals.
Name of source: Steven Aftergood, Secrecy News (Federation of American Scientists)
SOURCE: Steven Aftergood, Secrecy News (Federation of American Scientists) (5-17-07)
Conceived a decade ago as a bold initiative to set a new standard for international transparency and government accountability, the HEU study was released under pressure as an unwilling concession to the rule of law, i.e. the Freedom of Information Act.
The story of the five year campaign to win public disclosure of the HEU study and an initial assessment of its significance for nuclear nonproliferation policy were presented in a paper (pdf) by myself and Princeton physicist Frank von Hippel in the latest issue of The Nonproliferation Review.
See"The U.S. Highly Enriched Uranium Declaration: Transparency Deferred but not Denied" by Steven Aftergood and Frank von Hippel, Nonproliferation Review, Vol. 14, No. 1, March 2007.
The paper was discussed at a forum of the Monterey Institute Center for Nonproliferation Studies on May 17, with a response from Tom Blanton of the National Security Archive.
Name of source: University of Haifa via Newswise
SOURCE: University of Haifa via Newswise (5-15-07)
Urla [is] a port city located near Izmir, with more than 5,000 years of maritime history. Remnants of an ancient port were uncovered during the excavations.
The finds revealed that the port, which served the ancient [1st Millennium BCE] Greek settlement of Klazomenai, sunk following a natural disaster, probably an earthquake, in the 6th century BC. As there is no record of any such event occurring during this period, the actual cause of port's destruction remains a mystery.
During the recent excavation season, it became clear that a wooden log that was found wedged into the ground at the bottom of the ancient harbor in 2003 is actually a wooden anchor with a metal-covered crown. The anchor was found wedged into the ground one and a half meters below the surface and was dated from the end of the 7th century BC, which makes it the oldest wooden anchor found to date.
Name of source: International Herald Tribune
SOURCE: International Herald Tribune (5-16-07)
Cimrman nearly made it to the North Pole before any other human, according to Sverak, but missed the mark by about seven meters, or 20 feet, because he encountered hostile natives. He invented the telephone and dynamite, though others took the credit. He even made the first light bulb but got to the patent office five minutes after Thomas Edison patented his own invention and thus missed another opportunity for worldwide fame...
Before long, the audience was giggling and then guffawing at Sverak's deadpan delivery because Jara da Cimrman, an unrecognized genius of the late 19th century, has never existed outside Sverak's and his associates' fertile minds.
Name of source: Lee White, National Coalition for History (NCH)
SOURCE: Lee White, National Coalition for History (NCH) (5-17-07)
The Senators plan to consider the legislation as part of the upcoming reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act. The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee previously passed a similar bill in September 2006.
S. 1414, the American History and Civics Achievement Act, amends the National Assessment of Educational Progress Authorization Act to direct the Commissioner for Education Statistics to give a priority to conducting national NAEP assessments of student achievement in U.S. History at least once every 4 years in grades 4, 8, and 12. Currently the history assessment is usually given every five to seven years.
It also requires the Commissioner to conduct trial State NAEP assessments, in at least ten geographically diverse States, of student achievement in U.S. history in grades 8 and 12, and in Civics in grades 8 and 12.
The legislation authorizes $7 million for the fiscal years 2008 and 2009, to conduct the trial assessments.
Name of source: Live Science
SOURCE: Live Science (5-17-07)
The researchers suggest Lincoln's physicians downplayed the severity of his illness in an effort to reassure the public that their president was not dying...
Though some historians recognize that Lincoln was ill following his Gettysburg speech in 1863, they implicate a mild and non-lethal form of smallpox that occurs in people who have been immunized against the disease.
The finding, published in the current issue of the Journal of Medical Biography, suggests future writings on the 16th president should include the nature and gravity of "Lincoln's Gettysburg Illness."...
Armond Goldman and Frank Schmalstieg, both of the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, reviewed the symptoms of Lincoln's illness cited in various sources. Then they compared this clinical profile with non-smallpox diseases, including monkeypox, chickenpox and herpes simplex type 1 infections, which could mimic smallpox...
Goldman and Schmalstieg found it was improbable Lincoln suffered from a disease other than smallpox...
10 ailing presidents
Name of source: DPA (German Press Agency)
SOURCE: DPA (German Press Agency) (5-17-07)
The revelation was the latest in a litany of security oversights, unheeded warnings and miscommunication among security officials in the days before Air India Flight 182 was blown from the sky, killing 329 people.
The lapses are a catalogue of missed opportunities: repeated warnings as early as 1984 and up to days before the disaster of an attack by Sikh extremists; absent sniffer dogs at Toronto airport; a malfunctioning x-ray machine; a tardy policeman.
On Wednesday, the special tribunal heard from a baggage screener who testified that he overheard officials saying that keeping the plane on the tarmac was too costly to justify searching baggage already on board, even though three suspicious bags had been found among those being loaded onto the plane.
Name of source: The Australian (Sydney)
SOURCE: The Australian (Sydney) (5-18-07)
The History Teachers Association called yesterday for a rethink of the type of Australian history being taught in schools and the way in which it is taught.
History Teachers Association of [New South Wales] executive officer Louise Zarmati said..."This is a somewhat delicate subject but they don't like the indigenous part of Australian history"...
"The feedback I get is they're not prepared to wear the guilt. They find it's something that's too personal, too much of a personal confrontation for them. I think it sparks a lot of racism; it certainly did in my classroom. It makes it an unpleasant learning experience."
Australia's indigenous history has been a contentious issue in the ongoing "history wars" over the interpretation of European colonisation.
Name of source: USA Today
SOURCE: USA Today (5-16-07)
From the ancient Greeks to today's techno-geeks, many have asked this question: How was something this huge built with such precision?...
Now French architect Jean-Pierre Houdin has reopened this conversation with a controversial proposal that the giant tomb of the pharaoh Khufu (Cheops to the Greeks), who reigned from about 2589 B.C. to 2566 B.C., was built from the inside out with the use of internal ramps.
The theory challenges decades of archaeological thought about how the pyramid was built, and graces the cover of the current Archaeology magazine, published by the Archaeological Institute of America. But Egypt's chief archaeologist isn't impressed."I receive a theory every day," says Zahi Hawass, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities...
In Cairo last week, Hawass heard Houdin's presentation of his belief that the pyramid builders constructed a series of ascending internal ramps to lift the blocks from the ground and into place. The ramps remain inside the pyramid, detectable by sensors, Houdin says...
Microgravimetry, which can detect hollows beneath closed spaces, along with ground-penetrating radar could reveal the hidden internal ramps, Houdin says. But Hawass says he's not in favor of such testing, for now."The pyramids built directly after Khufu's do not have any evidence of an internal ramp," Hawass says by e-mail.
And [John Romer, author of The Great Pyramid: Ancient Egypt Revisited, released in April] dismisses Houdin's idea."In reality, huge amounts of well-documented facts exist concerning the genuine building methods employed," he says."Quite simply, we see the outline where a ramp ends in a quarry."
How to build a pyramid (Bob Brier, Archaeology)
Name of source: Discovery News
SOURCE: Discovery News (5-17-07)
From at least 1250 B.C. until around 550 A.D., residents of what is now the Persian Gulf worshipped snakes in elaborate temple complexes that appear to have been built for this purpose, the studies reveal.
The first paper, by archaeologist Dan Potts of the University of Sydney, describes architecture and relics dating to 500 B.C. from Qalat al-Bahrain in Bahrain.
Two rooms in what is now known as the Late Dilmun Palace each contain 39 pits, some of which surround what appears to have been an altar. At least 32 of the pits housed ceramic vessels containing bones from rat snakes and sea snakes.
Name of source: eWeek
SOURCE: eWeek (5-17-07)
The National Park Service on May 17 declared the site where Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard began their partnership in 1938 a National Historic Landmark, among those sites and some 2,400 others considered historically significant by the agency.
The garage, which first appeared in Palo Alto city records in 1924, housed the Hewlett and Packard workshop as the former Stanford University classmates tooled around with a used Sears Craftsman drill press to create an audio oscillator in 1938. They formalized their partnership as Hewlett-Packard the following year and moved on to larger quarters in 1940, but 367 Addison is regularly considered the birthplace of Silicon Valley...
HP purchased the property in 2000 and since restored the garage to its original state.
Name of source: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
SOURCE: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (5-17-07)
The baroque-style complex, located near Belarus's main Orthodox cathedral, includes a former monastery and a former Roman Catholic church, which currently houses state archives.
The protest coincided with Solidarity Day, which has been observed by the Belarusian democratic opposition on the 16th day of every month since September 16, 2005, with the intention of expressing solidarity with the families of missing politicians and political prisoners in Belarus.
SOURCE: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (5-11-07)
The removal of monuments has attracted little attention -- unlike in Estonia, where the recent relocation of a Soviet war memorial from the center of the capital, Tallinn, provoked violent protests and diplomatic furor. But in contrast to the Estonia, World War II memorials in Tajikistan have been left untouched.
In the southern Tajik city of Kulob, authorities have decided to remove statues of two Red Army commanders, Efim Shatalov and Nikolay Tomin. Those two Russian generals came to Tajikistan in the 1920s to fight locals and foreigners who opposed the creation of a Soviet government in the region.
Ahmad Ibrohimov, a Kulob resident and an informed observer of social affairs, commented..."The statues of Tomin, Shatalov, and many others have been removed because they have run their historical courses...This is not vandalism or breaking the law -- but, incidentally, it should not be seen as any kind of heroic act, either."
Name of source: Independent
SOURCE: Independent (5-17-07)
After the traditional, rather stiff ceremony of inauguration...Sarkozy added a gut-wrenching speech paying tribute to young resistance martyrs of the Second World War..
He said his first act as president would be to order the final letter home of a condemned resistance hero to be read out to all French schoolchildren aged 15 to 18 each September...
During the campaign, M. Sarkozy had implicitly criticised the outgoing president, Jacques Chirac, for adopting what he called a "posture of repentance": apologising for dark periods in France's past, such as the role of the French state in the Holocaust.
By going to a resistance shrine in the Bois de Boulogne as one of his first acts as president, M. Sarkozy signalled that he plans to resurrect the very different post-war approach of his political hero, Charles de Gaulle. Like De Gaulle's France, Sarkozy's France will glorify acts of patriotism and achievement. It will not dwell on past failures, wickedness or betrayals.
SOURCE: Independent (5-17-07)
Construction of the $2m (£1m) ultra-modern design began in 2005...
Yesterday, Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves and Israeli Vice-Premier Shimon Peres presided over the opening ceremony at the new, 180-seat synagogue...
Before the Second World War, there were about 5,000 Jews enjoying cultural autonomy in the country. In 1940, the Soviet occupation of Estonia led to the deportation of hundreds. As war intensified, many fled to the former Soviet Union. Of those that remained, almost all were slaughtered during the Holocaust. It is believed that fewer than 20 survived. Estonia was the only country in Europe to be declared "free of Jews" by the Nazis. Until yesterday, it was also the only country in Europe not to have a synagogue.