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Name of source: Hindustan Times
SOURCE: Hindustan Times (6-12-07)
The 3,500 bombs, still lethal and weighing more than 40 tonnes, were found buried in a rectangular pit at the foot of the hill in Dunhua's Shaheyan Township, which was once the site of a Japanese military airport, police said.
The bombs were discovered by three local farmers from Daqiao Township on June 3 using a metal detector to find scrap iron left by the Japanese troops, which they hoped to sell for money, the police said.
Name of source: AP
SOURCE: AP (6-12-07)
Ahmadinejad reportedly has appointed a 15-member panel—dubbed the Council of Policy-Making and Supervision over Publication of President's Works and Thoughts—and made up of his closest allies, to compile and publish the works.
The move provoked derision from the growing ranks of his critics at home, who dismiss the council as a propaganda machine that will waste public money to promote Ahmadinejad ahead of the 2009 presidential election.
"This council is nothing but an early election campaign using public money for the populist president," said Saeed Shariati, a senior official of the largest reformist party, the Islamic Iran Participation Front.
No details were released about the council's plans, and Ahmadinejad's advisers could not be reached for comment.
But the published works are likely to include Ahmadinejad's letter lambasting Bush for his handling of the Sept. 11 attacks as well as a series of defiant speeches on Iran's disputed nuclear program.
SOURCE: AP (6-10-07)
The intricately decorated blade is 32 inches long and curves gently -- an inspiration Napoleon drew from his Egyptian campaign, auctioneer Jean-Pierre Osenat said.
"He noticed that the Arab swords, which were curved, were very effective in cutting off French heads" and ordered an imitation made upon his return, Osenat explained.
The last of Napoleon's swords in private hands, it has an estimated value of at least $1.6 million, according to the Osenat auction house managing the sale.
SOURCE: AP (6-10-07)
The union landed the Lovings in jail, and then before the U.S. Supreme Court, and finally in the history books; 40 years ago Tuesday, the court ruled in favor of the couple, overturning laws prohibiting interracial unions and changing the face of America.
Mildred Loving is a matriarch to thousands of mixed couples now sprinkled in every city. But she hardly considers herself a hero _ just a girl who once fell in love with a boy.
SOURCE: AP (6-6-07)
President James Madison's Montpelier and the Orange County African American Historical Society are hosting the reunion Friday through Sunday at the central Virginia estate in Montpelier Station. It it meant to educate and celebrate the cultural history of the descendant community.
The reunion is 1 of a series of events commemorating the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown. It also comes in the midst of a $23 million renovation to restore the home that Madison shared with his wife, Dolley, in the 1800s.
Name of source: The Chronicle of Higher Education
SOURCE: The Chronicle of Higher Education (6-12-07)
"There is no good explanation for why I was denied tenure," Mehrene E. Larudee, an assistant professor of international studies, said in an interview on Monday. "So one has to look elsewhere."
Praised as "outstanding" by the dean of her college and recommended unanimously by distinguished faculty peers during the tenure process, Ms. Larudee was 19 days away from becoming director of DePaul's program in international studies when she learned on Friday of the decision against her.
She and the program's current director, Michael A. McIntyre, had been discussing the responsibilities she would be assuming when he received, via e-mail, a letter from DePaul's president, the Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider.
"Hey, this is great, I'll get to congratulate Mehrene right now," Mr. McIntyre recalls thinking, until he read the letter. "Our jaws just dropped, hit the floor, when we saw the decision went the other way," he said.
In the letter, Father Holtschneider said that the University Board on Faculty Promotion and Tenure had decided against awarding tenure to Ms. Larudee and that he accepted that decision
SOURCE: The Chronicle of Higher Education (6-12-07)
But by last March, with no visa forthcoming, the American institution came up with an alternative plan. Mr. Lafta would deliver his lecture at Simon Fraser University, in Vancouver, British Columbia, and it would be broadcast by video to a public meeting long planned for the purpose at Washington.
The day before his mid-April flight, however, the British consulate in Amman, Jordan, turned down his request for a transit visa to change planes at London's Heathrow Airport. So Mr. Lafta, a faculty member at Baghdad's Al-Mustansiriya University, had to make the long and dangerous trip back to the Iraqi capital.
His American research partners say they think they know why he never received a U.S. visa: The Iraqi was one of the principal authors of an October 2006 study published in the British medical journal The Lancet that controversially estimated that more than 650,000 Iraqis — far more than officially reported — had died as a result of the American-led invasion.
Academic and civil-liberties groups say Mr. Lafta's case is troubling, but not unique. They assert that during the last year or so the Bush administration has increased its use of heightened security measures, introduced after the 2001 terrorist attacks, to keep out foreign scholars whose politics or ideas it does not like. In such cases the government does not give reasons for denying a visa, making it nearly impossible to challenge the decision, academic advocates say.
"Each new case seems to underscore the doubts that the administration has any justifiable security basis" to exclude the scholars, says Jonathan Knight, director of the program on academic freedom and tenure at the American Association of University Professors.
The pattern not only hurts the scholars in question, but also damages America's reputation for academic freedom, those groups say. Some academic associations have felt forced to move their meetings to Canada to ensure that members from other countries can attend. They also report that the United States has become a less appealing destination for foreign scholars.
"There are many people who simply don't think of teaching or attending a conference in the United States because they don't want to put up with the humiliation of the visa process," says Barbara Weinstein, president of the 14,000-member American Historical Association...
Name of source: The San Francisco Chronicle
SOURCE: The San Francisco Chronicle (6-12-07)
Months later, Uratsu was told to report to San Francisco's Presidio along with three other Japanese American privates. At the military post, rumors abounded among the dozens of Japanese American rank-and-file soldiers. Organized to fight a suicide mission? Assigned to wash dishes and do menial jobs?
On Nov. 1, they learned the truth: They were enrolled in a secret Japanese language school to train military interrogators and translators. Though Japan's surprise attack on Pearl Harbor was more than a month away, deteriorating relations between the two countries had prompted the War Department to comb the Army ranks for potential linguists. They were known as nisei, the American-born children of immigrants.
Name of source: The Telegraph
SOURCE: The Telegraph (6-12-07)
The identities of operatives from the intelligence services are normally closely guarded, even after long periods of time have passed since their retirement.
However, an apparently innocuous file released by MI5 to the National Archives earlier this year has allowed a number of agents who operated during World War Two to be identified.
The information is contained in a schedule from the body's secret wartime interrogation centre, Camp 020, in which captured German agents were interrogated and "broken".
A series of names and date on the schedule can be cross-checked against other files where the names of agents have been blacked out, allowing their identities to be confirmed.
Stephen Dorril, an historian of the intelligence services, said: "It's really surprising that here is a file that can be used to identify agents.
"Its one of the 'no-no's' of the intelligence world that you don't identify agents."
Camp 020, based in Latchmere House in Middlesex, achieved unprecedented wartime successes and was crucial to detecting German spies entering Britain and turning them into double agents.
The camp was run by Lt Col.Robert 'Tin Eye' Stephens, so called because of a thick monocle worn over his right eye.
"Much like Stephens himself, Camp 020 made for an ominous first impression," states MI5's own website.
SOURCE: The Telegraph (6-11-07)
But, taken as a boy to Victorian England by British soldiers who ransacked his father's mountain-top palace, Prince Alemayehu died alone aged 18 in Leeds, 128 years ago.
Now the Ethiopians want his body returned to mark their millennium which, according to the Ethiopian calendar, falls on Sept 12 this year.
SOURCE: The Telegraph (6-10-07)
In her first interview for almost five years, the former prime minister has revealed her disappointment at failing to persuade Deng Xiaoping, the former Chinese premier, to let Britain extend its lease on the colony.
In a rare dropping of her guard, she admits to feeling "sad" when, seven years after she had left office in 1990, Britain's and Hong Kong's 145-year relationship ended, bringing down the final curtain on the British Empire.
SOURCE: The Telegraph (6-10-07)
Research suggests that, even if the ocean liner had not struck an iceberg during its maiden voyage, structural weaknesses made it vulnerable to any stormy sea.
The flaws, uncovered by researchers who found, filmed and analysed previously undiscovered portions of the Titanic's keel, also reduced the length of time the vessel remained afloat after hitting the iceberg on April 14, 1912 - scuppering the chances of rescue boats sent to the scene arriving in time and thus condemning hundreds of passengers and crew stranded on board to death.
To date, the received wisdom has been that after striking the iceberg, water flooded into the ship. The weight of the water in the bow forced the vessel's stern to rise until, when it reached an angle of 45 degrees, the ship snapped in half and sank.
advertisementHowever, the findings of the new research project, a collaboration between the History Channel and Lone Wolf Documentary Group, an American film company, suggest that the Titanic broke in half when its stern had reached an angle of just 10 degrees - a scenario that could have occurred in heavy seas during any severe storm, never mind in the aftermath of hitting an iceberg.
Name of source: Deutsche Welle
SOURCE: Deutsche Welle (6-12-07)
The Remembrance, Responsibility and Future foundation to compensate Nazi-era forced laborers paid 1.7 million people more than 4.4 billion euros ($5.8 billion) in recent years.
The money has been paid and everything has run its course without a problem," Otto Graf Lambsdorff, a German politician and the fund's vice chair, said in a radio interview on Monday.
Both German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Horst Köhler are expected to make official announcements about the successful end of the payments on Tuesday.
The fund was conceived as a way to compensate victims of Nazi-era forced labor policies. The money is intended for those who were sent to Nazi concentration camps such as Auschwitz in which they were forced to work in rough conditions and take part in sadistic medical experiments. Six decades later, many of those who survived the camps still bare the physical and emotional scars.
Money from the fund also went towards victims and their descendants who currently live in Europe including the former Soviet Union, Israel and the US. The largest group of recipients are non-Jews in Poland and the Ukraine, who survived the war.
Name of source: BBC News
SOURCE: BBC News (6-12-07)
The documents were sent to the UK's Royal Society for safekeeping by James Chadwick, discoverer of the neutron, during World War II.
He felt their contents, which described cutting-edge science, were far too sensitive to publish at the time. The envelopes were recently discovered in the science academy's archives.
They were opened on Thursday to mark the 75th anniversary of the neutron's discovery. The publication of James Chadwick's paper, The Existence of a Neutron, kick-started the field of nuclear physics.
Keith Moore, head of library and archives at the Royal Society, said: "The papers have only recently been discovered as part of our ongoing programme to catalogue the Society's archives.
Name of source: The Age
SOURCE: The Age (6-12-07)
The manual recommends a flogging to get them to perform better. And the same went if they drank too much mead or behaved disgracefully with the local maidens.
The marble tablet was found in 2003 in the town of Alexandria Troas in Turkey, and deciphered only recently by academics at the University of Muenster in Germany. Applied to professional football players today, the whip would undoubtedly replace the half-time talk as the favoured discipline of choice.
The 1.8-metre-high, 90-centimetre-wide tablet was inscribed with the name of Hadrian, the emperor who built a wall in northern England. He sought to get the best out of his athletes.
The tablet, according to research leader Professor Elmar Schwertheim, also listed entry fees to games such as discus and javelin throwing.
Name of source: The Virginian-Pilot
SOURCE: The Virginian-Pilot (6-12-07)
"The Lost Colony story is the biggest unsolved mystery in the history of America," said Roberta Estes, owner of DNA Explain, a private DNA analysis company based in Brighton, Mich. "I don't know what we'll find in the end. Part of the big question for me is, did the Lost Colony survive? Who is their family today? And where did they go?"
As director of DNA research for the Lost Colony Center for Science and Research, Estes will manage a multidisciplinary approach to tracking roots from a "most-wanted list" of people who might have connections to the Roanoke colonists or to the 16th century American Indians - or to both.
Estes said the team includes a professional genealogist, an anthropologist, a geneticist and a family tree DNA expert...
Name of source: Agence France Presse
SOURCE: Agence France Presse (6-12-07)
US President George W. Bush Tuesday likened the Cold War to today's struggle against terrorism at the unveiling of a new memorial that mourns the tens of millions killed under communism.
"And like the communists, the followers of violent Islamic radicalism are doomed to fail," said Bush, who has often compared Islamist extremists to Germany's Nazis or Soviet communists."By remaining steadfast in freedom's cause, we will ensure that a future American president does not have to stand in a place like this and dedicate a memorial to the millions killed by the radicals and extremists of the 21st century," he said. The memorial near the US Congress resembles the papier-mache statue raised by pro-democracy demonstrators on Beijing's Tiananmen Square before they were massacred by Chinese troops in 1989. Accusing the West of having a"moral blind spot" to communism, backers of the Washington tribute said:"We cannot allow the atrocities of Lenin, Stalin, Mao and Castro to fade into the background of history." The non-profit Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation was created by an act of Congress in 1993 with the aim of emulating memorials to victims of Nazi totalitarian rule. The foundation's honorary chairman is the first president George Bush, and its principal officers include conservative luminaries such as historian Lee Edwards and Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist."While the horrors of Nazism are well known, who knows that the Soviet Union murdered 20 million people? Who knows that China's dictators have slaughtered an estimated 60 million?" the foundation said."Yet, until now, our nation's capital had no monument to the victims of imperial communism, an ideology that took the lives of an estimated 100 million innocent men, women and children," Bush said."So it's fitting that we gather to remember those who perished at communism's hands, and dedicate this memorial that will enshrine their suffering and sacrifice in the conscience of the world." The foundation's website recounts how Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin"destroyed hundreds of thousands of Cossacks" before his successor Joseph Stalin"starved more than six million in Ukraine." Ukraine's government hopes that by the 75th anniversary of the 1932-33 famine in 2007-2008, the United Nations will recognize the disaster as a"genocide" against the Ukrainian nation. Mao Zedong"murdered tens of millions of Chinese peasants during his 'land reforms'" while Ho Chi Minh"sent 850,000 Vietnamese to their graves in 'education camps'," the foundation said. The ceremony was attended by nearly 1,000 people, organizers said, including members of the Czech and Hungarian parliaments, foreign ambassadors, and"survivors of communist oppression" like Chinese dissident Harry Wu. Wu has said that Mao, in his"lunatic" zeal to re-fashion China,"killed just as many people as (Adolf) Hitler, maybe even more." Along with World War II and Vietnam War memorials, Washington also has a national Holocaust museum dedicated to the approximately six million Jews murdered by Hitler's Nazis. Conservative commentators say that history is not buried for those still living under communist rule."To even contemplate inscribing the names of the victims on a wall or a pillar is incomprehensible," Diana Furchtgott-Roth, senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, wrote in an opinion piece last week."How much room should be left on such a monument for the future generations of victims in Cuba, North Korea and China, where communism still exists, or in Russia, where it has not completely been eradicated?"
Name of source: NYT
SOURCE: NYT (6-12-07)
This year, Italian archaeologists reported discovering the long-lost cave under the Palatine Hill that ancient Romans held sacred as the place where the twins were nursed. The grown brothers fought over leadership of the new city, the story goes, and Romulus killed Remus and became the first king.
The cave was no surprise to Andrea Carandini, a historian and an archaeologist at the University of Rome, who has said, ''The tale of the birth of Rome is part myth and part historical truth.'' He had already found remains of an ancient wall and ditch and also ruins of a palace that he said was built in the eighth century B.C.
''When I excavated the Romulean-age wall on the Palatine, I realized that I was looking at the very origins of Rome as a city-state,'' Dr. Carandini said in a long interview in the July-August issue of the magazine Archaeology.
Dr. Carandini said the wall, built on the slopes occupied by huts of the pre-Roman settlement, was dated through a number of foundation deposits to about 775-750 B.C. He said that the wall was possibly the sacred boundary in Rome's foundation legend and concluded that it was ''archaeological evidence of the existence of Romulus and Remus.''
SOURCE: NYT (6-11-07)
Searing portraits from victims’ case files found in the archives of the secret police are displayed, along with a grim month-by-month chart of executions, in front of a small wooden church in the field.
SOURCE: NYT (6-11-07)
But even for the many Mormons who support Mr. Romney, the moment is fraught with anxiety because his candidacy is bringing intense scrutiny to their church, and could exacerbate longstanding bigotry.
SOURCE: NYT (6-9-07)
There were existential worries about destruction by Arab armies, fierce denunciations of the political leadership and deep anxiety about a sinking economy.
Forty years later, Israel is rich and its army one of the best in the world, yet the public mood is oddly similar. There is a quiet panic about a potentially nuclear Iran, condemnations of the leadership as weak, indecisive and corrupt, and deep concerns about “two Israels” — religious versus secular, settler versus beachgoer, Jerusalem versus Tel Aviv, Jew versus Arab.
SOURCE: NYT (6-7-07)
Ford issued the pardon on Sept. 8, 1974, pre-empting the possibility of a trial for Nixon, who had resigned on Aug. 9 because of the Watergate scandal without being charged with any crimes.
Explaining his decision, Ford described the Nixon family’s situation as “an American tragedy in which we all have played a part.”
“It could go on and on and on, or someone must write the end to it,” he said. “I have concluded that only I can do that, and if I can, I must.”...
SOURCE: NYT (6-8-07)
While all the previous iterations of the suit — from John Glenn’s to Gene Cernan’s — are on display at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, the model used in the most recent spacewalks is not for a number of reasons, according to CollectSpace, a website about preserving the history of space exploration.
First, it’s a fashion issue. NASA splurged on custom spacesuit couture for the Grissoms and the Armstrongs, but later switched to off-the-rack separates that are mixed and matched to assemble outfits for crew members on one mission, then are remixed and rematched to fit the next crew on the next mission. That makes attributing a particular suit to a particular spacewalk or an individual astronaut is hardly possible, the writer explains....
Name of source: Earth Times
SOURCE: Earth Times (6-12-07)
In her new role, Moseley will spearhead all marketing, promotional and branding campaigns for The History Channel and its domestic networks including History International, The History Channel en espanol and Military History Channel across all content platforms as well as history.com. She will be responsible for the creative implementation of major marketing strategies, including advertising, on-air consumer marketing and branding. She will report directly to Ms. Dubuc.
Name of source: Washington Post
SOURCE: Washington Post (6-11-07)
Kearse, 64, a Massachusetts pediatrician, says she hopes to prove something the mansion's walls have so far kept hidden: that she, an African American, is a direct descendant of the man known as the father of the Constitution.
Kearse was one of dozens in attendance this weekend at the Montpelier Slave Descendants Reunion, where African Americans thought to have ties to the Orange County estate gathered to swap stories, learn about the home and submit DNA samples to help trace their roots. The estate is about a year away from completion of a $24 million restoration.
Madison had no children with his wife, Dolley, but Kearse says she has long believed her family's oral tradition, which holds that Madison fathered a child named Jim with a slave cook named Coreen, Kearse's great-great-great-great-grandmother. To prove it, Kearse has been working with Bruce Jackson, co-director of the Roots Project, which helps African Americans trace their genetic histories.
The plan is to compare the Y chromosomes -- which are identical across generations -- of male descendants in Madison's family to the Y chromosomes of some of Kearse's male cousins. Jackson and Kearse have been searching for Madison relatives in England but recently located a descendant of one of Madison's brothers in North Carolina.
SOURCE: Washington Post (6-11-07)
From ancient times to the modern era, Einolf found, states have largely used such torture against people "who are not full members of society." This is true whether you look at those ancient times when torture was considered perfectly moral, or modern times when it is considered repugnant. Torture, Einolf found, has been largely reserved for slaves and foreigners, and religious and ethnic minorities -- in a word, outsiders. When it has been used against citizens, torture has usually been used to unearth or punish treason. (Heresy, Einolf argues, was a special kind of treason.)
The reason the past century has seen so much torture, the sociologist argues, is that the number and intensity of conflicts have increased greatly, especially along religious and ethnic lines: More societies have to deal with more outsiders than ever before.
The nature of treason, moreover, has changed. During Nero's time, treason had to involve a plot to kill the emperor. With the dissolution of monarchies, the nature of sovereignty has changed, said Einolf at the University of Virginia.
"In the past, treason was violence against the sovereign," he said. "But when the sovereign is defined as the people or the revolution or the Islamic movement, then treason can become anything.
"The Khmer Rouge [in Cambodia] had such an extreme ideology that failing to meet your rice quota was considered treason," he said. Torturers would tell farmers: "The reason you didn't meet your target was because you are trying to undermine the revolution."
Einolf's work complements three decades of research by Stanford psychologist Philip Zimbardo, author of "The Lucifer Effect," a recent book that explores how situations -- not individual aberrations -- turn ordinary people into torturers. The book includes a lengthy description of the Stanford Prison Experiment, in which Zimbardo showed that ordinary students randomly assigned to play the roles of guards employed cruel and sadistic techniques to control other volunteers who had randomly been picked to be "prisoners."
"The Stanford prison study shows, in these situations, the individual is compromised by the social situation," Zimbardo said. "He or she would do things he would never do under ordinary circumstances . . . anyone can become a torturer."
Zimbardo has helped to defend some of the U.S. Army reservists who tortured Iraqis at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. In "The Lucifer Effect," he quotes then-Cpl. Charles A. Graner Jr., who was responsible for committing many horrific acts, explaining his reasons for torturing Iraqi prisoners to another reservist:
SOURCE: Washington Post (6-10-07)
The transition has been long underway, but members of the dwindling Hadzabe tribe, who now number fewer than 1,500, say it is being unduly hastened by a United Arab Emirates royal family, which plans to use the tribal hunting land as a personal safari playground.
The deal between the Tanzanian government and Tanzania UAE Safaris Ltd. leases nearly 2,500 square miles of this sprawling, yellow-green valley near the storied Serengeti Plain to members of the royal family, who chose it after a helicopter tour.
Name of source: Inside Higher Ed
SOURCE: Inside Higher Ed (6-11-07)
Finkelstein’s tenure bid has attracted an unusual degree of outside attention and his research has been much debated by scholars of the Middle East. In evaluating his record, DePaul faculty panels and administrators praised him as a teacher and acknowledged that he has become a prominent public intellectual, with works published by major presses. But first a dean and now the president of DePaul — in rejecting tenure for Finkelstein — have cited the style of his work and intellectual combat. Finkelstein was criticized for violating the Vincentian norms of the Roman Catholic university with writing and statements that were deemed hurtful, that contained ad hominem attacks and that did not show respect for others.
Given that line of criticism, the Finkelstein case is emerging as a test of whether a range of qualities grouped together as “collegiality” belong in tenure cases. Many colleges and universities consider collegiality — perhaps not surprising given that a positive tenure vote can make someone a colleague for the duration of a career. But many experts on academic freedom, as well as the American Association of University Professors, view skeptically the practice of treating collegiality as a major, independent factor in the tenure process. They fear that collegiality can provide cover for squelching the views of those who may hold controversial or cutting edge views or who just get on their colleagues’ wrong sides.
Adding to the tensions over the Finkelstein case is another element to it. His tenure bid was backed by his department and a collegewide faculty committee, and hit roadblocks when a dean weighed in against him. And the same day DePaul’s president denied Finkelstein tenure, he also denied tenure to another professor — who had backing from her department, the collegewide faculty panel, and the dean who weighed in against Finkelstein.
While most tenure processes are layered, several people at DePaul said it was unusual for tenure candidates there to advance several steps in the review process — only to be rejected — and that the cases raise questions about how much deference should go to a department.
Name of source: HNN Staff
SOURCE: HNN Staff (6-8-07)
The Liberty was attacked on June 8, 1967 during the Six-Day War. 34 died and 171 were injured. Israel claimed it was an accident. But in an op ed today Ward Boston Jr. says "I know from personal conversations with the late Adm. Isaac C. Kidd – president of the Court of Inquiry – that President Lyndon Johnson and Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara ordered him to conclude that the attack was a case of 'mistaken identity.' "
Ward goes on to say:
For decades, I have remained silent. I am a military man, and when orders come in from the secretary of defense and president of the United States, I follow them. However, attempts to rewrite history and concern for my country compel me to share the truth.Ward's charges have been rebutted by Jay Cristol, the author of The Liberty Incident: The 1967 Attack on the U.S. Navy Spy Ship. Cristol, a judge, concluded after 17 years of research that Israel did indeed attack the Liberty in error.
Adm. Kidd and I were given only one week to gather evidence for the Navy's official investigation, though we both estimated that a proper Court of Inquiry would take at least six months.
We boarded the crippled ship at sea and interviewed survivors. The evidence was clear. We both believed with certainty that this attack was a deliberate effort to sink an American ship and murder its entire crew.
I am certain the Israeli pilots and commanders who had ordered the attack knew the ship was American. I saw the bullet-riddled American flag that had been raised by the crew after their first flag had been shot down completely. I heard testimony that made it clear the Israelis intended there be no survivors. Not only did they attack with napalm, gunfire and missiles, Israeli torpedo boats machine-gunned at close range three life rafts that had been launched in an attempt to save the most seriously wounded.
I am outraged at the efforts of Israel's apologists to claim this attack was a case of “mistaken identity.”
Adm. Kidd told me that after receiving the president's cover-up orders, he was instructed to sit down with two civilians from either the White House or the Department of Defense and rewrite portions of the court's findings. He said, “Ward, they're not interested in the facts. It's a political matter, and we cannot talk about it.” We were to “put a lid on it” and caution everyone involved never to speak of it again.
I know that the Court of Inquiry transcript that has been released to the public is not the same one that I certified and sent to Washington. I know this because it was necessary, due to the exigencies of time, to hand-correct and initial a substantial number of pages. I have examined the released version of the transcript and did not see any pages that bore my hand corrections and initials. Also, the original did not have any deliberately blank pages, as the released version does. In addition, the testimony of Lt. Lloyd Painter concerning the deliberate machine-gunning of the life rafts by the Israeli torpedo boat crews, which I distinctly recall being given at the Court of Inquiry and including in the original transcript, is now missing.
Name of source: Sofia News Agency
SOURCE: Sofia News Agency (6-11-07)
The artifact was unearthed near the village of Golyam Dervent. Dichev and Agre were researching a dolmen (dolmens were the first Thracian tombs) when they noticed a frieze of intertwined zoomorphic and geometrical elements carved on the entrance of the tomb. The most interesting part of the discovery is the double-axe (labris) - a symbol of power in the Thracian society - placed inside a circle. The labris has lots of additional ornamentation on it, Dichev said. The frieze includes the images of snakes, which were the symbol of the king in the Thracian religious beliefs.
Name of source: Reuters
SOURCE: Reuters (6-11-07)
"Rome Reborn" was unveiled on Monday in a first release showing the city at its peak in 320 AD, under the Emperor Constantine when it had grown to a million inhabitants.
Brainchild of the University of Virginia's Bernard Frischer, Rome Reborn (www.romereborn.virginia.edu) will eventually show its evolution from Bronze Age hut settlements to the Sack of Rome in the 5th century AD and the devastating Gothic Wars.
Name of source: Racine Journal Times
SOURCE: Racine Journal Times (6-11-07)
The stories of the Germans have gotten little attention so far, but the Senate took a step toward changing that last week, voting to look into the treatment of Germans and other Europeans in the U.S. during World War II.
The legislation's status is uncertain because it was passed as an amendment to the immigration bill, which stalled in the Senate last week.
Still, just getting a vote on the issue was an accomplishment for Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., who represents a large German population. For the last six years, a hold placed by an anonymous Republican senator had kept it from coming up for a vote.
"Congress and the U.S. government did the right thing by recognizing and apologizing for the mistreatment of Japanese Americans during World War II," Feingold said. "That same respect has not been shown to the many German Americans, Italian Americans, and European Latin Americans."
Feingold's "Wartime Treatment Study Act" would set up a commission to examine the treatment of German, Italian and other Europeans; and a second commission to look into how Jewish refugees fleeing persecution were treated.
Name of source: ESPN
SOURCE: ESPN (6-10-07)
Now, a Santa Cruz, Calif., couple are hoping to restore some popularity to one of the classic early views of Yosemite, reopening a 19th-century door on what Muir came to regard as a holy vista — the "sanctum sanctorum of the Sierra.''
Donna and Peter Thomas, a husband-and-wife team of artists who spend most of their time producing hand-bound fine-press books, have rewalked a long-forgotten trail from San Francisco to Yosemite that Muir took, also mostly on foot, for his first Sierra visit in 1868.
Name of source: The Press Telegram
SOURCE: The Press Telegram (6-10-07)
Adolph died Friday and had been "very sick," according to his grandson, Tobias Friedrich AdolphThe Graf Spee was considered one of the most sophisticated battleships of its time.
The battleship prowled the South Atlantic, sinking as many as nine allied merchant ships before warships from Britain and New Zealand tracked it down and damaged it during the "Battle of the River Plate" that began on Dec. 13, 1939.The damaged Graf Spee limped into Montevideo harbor where injured and dead sailors were taken ashore. To prevent it from falling into enemy hands, the Graf Spree's German captain later dynamited it and sank it a few miles from Montevideo
Name of source: NYT Editorial
SOURCE: NYT Editorial (6-7-07)
The plaintiffs’ argument was laced with references to Plessy v. Ferguson, the U.S. Supreme Court’s notorious 1896 decision which justified racial segregation under a deplorable standard of “separate but equal.” Although startling, the analogy is apt. In establishing civil unions two years ago, Connecticut lawmakers created a separate and inherently inferior institution that continues to deny gay couples the equality they seek and deserve.
Name of source: Lee White at the website of the National Coalition for History (NCH)
SOURCE: Lee White at the website of the National Coalition for History (NCH) (6-8-07)
The subcommittee approved $120 million for the Teaching American History grants program at the U.S. Department of Education. While this reflects level funding from FY 2007, the subcommittee rejected the Bush administration’s request that the program be cut by nearly 60 percent, to a level of $50 million.
Name of source: Romensko
SOURCE: Romensko (6-8-07)
In selecting Charlie Savage for the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency in 2006, the judges issued the following statement.
"As White House reporter for The Boston Globe, Charlie Savage exposed a persistent and unprecedented expansion of Presidential authority that infringed on the separation of powers imbedded in the Constitution. Compiling the record of President Bush's actions on new legislation, Savage recognized and reported a clear pattern: In public ceremonies the President would sign bills passed by Congress, then quietly add signing statements asserting the right to ignore provisions with which he disagreed. In six years as President, Savage reported, President Bush challenged some 750 statutes, far more than all previous Presidents combined. Broadening the impact of his articles, Savage quoted legal scholars on how the President's practice of approving bills only to defy them diminished the rule of law. Members of Congress, alerted by Savage's reporting, moved to counter the President's reach for greater power by demanding that the President execute all statutes duly debated and legislated into law.
Name of source: http://www.interfax
SOURCE: http://www.interfax (6-8-07)
"I went as far back as the middle ages and discovered one of Lenin's ancestor who lived in the 13th century", Kruse reported after spending several years in archives, drawing up the Western European branch of Lenin's family tree.
According to Kruse, the witch who was burnt at the stake by the Inquisition is the most intriguing member of the Ulyanovs family, though almost no information about her has survived.
Name of source: http://www.djournal.com/
SOURCE: http://www.djournal.com/ (6-8-07)
The 300 feet or so left of the first concrete road built in Mississippi, stands as a reminder of the work that has pushed Lee County forward in so many ways.
Bobby Smith, District 2 supervisor, knew that when he had to pave most of what is now known as County Road 681. But he left the strip for posterity, notified the state Department of Archives and History and wants to see the patch of roadway marked with a sign that will give itss history and significance. Smith has yet to hear from the state.
"Obviously, saving a piece of our history is important," he said, "from the standpoint of our children, when they grow up, can ask questions and understand the history of Saltillo, the history of this area."
[It's the oldest concrete road in the state and second oldest in the South.]
Name of source: http://www.sys-con.com
SOURCE: http://www.sys-con.com (6-7-07)
Based in Mountain View, California, the Computer History Museum is home to the world's largest collection of computer artifacts. With more than three decades of collecting efforts, CHM preserves a comprehensive view of computing history, encompassing the machines, software and social implications of the computer. The museum's holdings include nearly 50,000 objects, photographs and films, as well as 4,000 linear feet of documentation and several hundred gigabytes of software.
Name of source: http://www.tallahassee.com
SOURCE: http://www.tallahassee.com (6-6-07)
Local historian Ann Roberts spoke of the history of the community that started in the 1700s as a 6-by-6-mile stretch of land that developed into a prominent black enclave, full of thriving business up until the end of segregation.
Later, the area became a magnet for crime, drugs and prostitution.
But don't despair, Roberts said. “The best is yet to come."
Frenchtown is the future home for the headquarters of the Tallahassee branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Name of source: http://in.news.yahoo.com
SOURCE: http://in.news.yahoo.com (6-7-07)
The sexagenarian country has spawned quite a few books, including historian Ramachandra Guha's magnum opus India After Gandhi and India 60, an anthology of 30 articles and two photo essays edited by Ira Pande. "An anniversary celebration is a nice way to introduce the side of India that few know of," says Guha.
The publishers' sense of history -and profits-is extremely keen. Pramod Kapoor, publisher of Roli Books, says, "We normally chart out the calendar two-three years in advance to release books on anniversaries." Like India Remembered: Personal Account of the Mountbattens During the Transfer of Power by Pamela Mountbatten and India Hicks.
Roli will also be rolling out books on the 1857 Revolt-Boria Majumdar's 1857 Revisited will be launched next month, and Rudrangshu Mukherjee's Dateline 1857 will be out in July. Roli will also come out with a book on the last Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar's court proceedings.
Name of source: http://www.thepresstribune.com (Roseville, CA)
SOURCE: http://www.thepresstribune.com (Roseville, CA) (6-8-07)
Students in Lisa Wegsteen's class last week staged several performances of an original play shedding light on the city's history. But in a unique twist, students' hands did all the acting.
Using specially decorated hand puppets, actors played a group of contemporary Cirby School students who want to learn more about their area's past.
So they jump inside a magic tree house that takes them back in time.
Name of source: http://www.state-journal.com
SOURCE: http://www.state-journal.com (6-6-07)
That's how Eastern Kentucky University visiting scholar and Frankfort resident Karen McDaniel describes her late friend.
Once, when the two were getting out of a car at Holmes' house, McDaniel tried to help the feeble woman to the door.
"She smacked my arm and said, "I don't need no help,'" McDaniel said. "I never tried to help her again like that. She was independent."
Holmes, former president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's Frankfort chapter, helped organize the 1964 March on Frankfort in support of civil rights legislation before the Kentucky General Assembly. The march drew 10,000 protesters and appearances by Martin Luther King Jr., Jackie Robinson and musical group Peter, Paul and Mary.
She also organized a boycott of taxi stations, organized sit-ins at Kentucky State University where she was an English professor, and got students involved in equal rights demonstrations during the civil rights era.
"She was at there in the forefront," McDaniel said. "She was just amazing in all the things she was involved with and all the things she did."
That's why McDaniel is including her friend as one of the hundreds of entries in the Kentucky African-American Encyclopedia she is working on.
McDaniel, one of three editors on the project, is a Kentucky native who has spent the last 30 years living in Frankfort.
The book, scheduled to be complete in 2011, is a way of filling gaps in Kentucky's written history where blacks have been missing, she said. It will serve as an authoritative reference on blacks in the state and document the state's diversity.
Name of source: http://www.sonomanews.com
SOURCE: http://www.sonomanews.com (6-8-07)
Now a collection of interested citizens is working with the living descendants of Vallejo to attempt to get this error fixed.
"We can actually set the date straight," said Martha McGettigan, great-great-granddaughter of Vallejo. "I think it's an honor to be the ones to correct it."
By most accounts, the error was first publicized in 1959, when J.N. Bowman, a historian with the California State Archives, looked up Vallejo's baptismal record from the Archives of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Monterey, where the general was born.
The record clearly stated he was born July 4, 1807, not July 7, 1808, as the tombstone reads. Bowman released his findings in an article published in 1959 titled "Vallejo's Birth Date."
"The family, for years now, has tried to correct it," said Paula Vinson, who's aiding in the effort to correct the tombstone.
Name of source: http://miningjournal.net
SOURCE: http://miningjournal.net (6-6-07)
“Vanished: German-American Civilian Internment, 1941-48,” put on by the Traces Museum in St. Paul, Minn., told the story of 15,000 German-Americans who were forced into internment camps.
The exhibits were displayed in one of the museum’s two converted buses, called a “BUS-eum.” The BUS-eum includes exhibits in half of it and a 25-person seating area that shows two videos. A “Dateline NBC” documentary tells the story of more than 5,000 Latin American Germans and Japanese being forced into internment camps; a second film was from 1945 about the internment camps.
Name of source: http://www.dailypress.com
SOURCE: http://www.dailypress.com (6-8-07)
The sky was clear and the sea calm. Suddenly, Israeli war planes swooped down and ships approached, firing at the deck as sailors aboard the Liberty struggled to save the Norfolk-based ship.
The assault--40 years ago Friday--lasted as long as 75 minutes, killing 34 U.S. sailors and wounding 173 others.
Almost immediately, the Israeli government took responsibility and called it a grave error made in the fog of combat. The U.S. government agreed.
The battered Liberty crew believed then--and now--that the attack was deliberate and that their government covered up the truth. The sailors kept quiet at first, as the Navy commanded. But over the years, their doubt and candor festered.
Now, the veterans want the case reopened, and to know why they were attacked. ...
Name of source: Buffalo News
SOURCE: Buffalo News (6-8-07)
Final sales from Thursday’s auction of 25 antiquities from the gallery’s permanent collection totaled $35.8 million, bringing profits from the gallery’s recent series of auctions to more than $64 million, not including Sotheby’s commission.
Name of source: KUTV News (SLC)
SOURCE: KUTV News (SLC) (6-7-07)
The bones were discovered by contractors digging in Nephi, about 70 miles south of Salt Lake City, last summer for a house that now stands over the site.
The victims, all males about 13 to 35 years old, are believed to have been Goshute Indians who were unwitting casualties of the Walker War, a nearly yearlong clash between Mormons and other Indian tribes under the leadership of Ute Chief Walkara.
Name of source: Telegraph (UK)
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (6-8-07)
Amid the carnage, they fell in love, and the pilot - known to this day only by his nickname, Panny - promised to return after the war was over to find her.
It took 60 years, and the arrival of a package containing his long-lost love letters, before Rita Wong learned how he had tried, but failed, to keep his promise.
The letters had reached a cousin but when he tried to forward them to her deep inside Communist China, they were ''returned to sender''. Now, after her death on Tuesday at the age of 95, her son has spoken of the love his mother won and lost in war and in China's post-war chaos.