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This page features brief excerpts of news stories published by the mainstream media and, less frequently, blogs, alternative media, and even obviously biased sources. The excerpts are taken directly from the websites cited in each source note. Quotation marks are not used. Because most of our readers read the NYT we usually do not include the paper's stories in HIGHLIGHTS.
Name of source: National Post (Canada)
SOURCE: National Post (Canada) (7-30-07)
Prime Minister Stephen Harper placed sixth on the list, and ex-PMs Brian Mulroney (fourth) and Jean Chretien (eighth) also made the top 10.
The Beaver's plan to rank the most-loathed Canadians had stirred advance media interest around the world, largely because the concept seemed to run counter to Canadians' international reputation for never saying a bad word about anybody.
The survey drew 15,000 responses, according to the Beaver's Winnipeg-based publisher, Canada's National History Society.
Name of source: International Herald Tribune
SOURCE: International Herald Tribune (7-31-07)
For a decade now, historians, carpenters, boat builders, craftsmen and blacksmiths have lovingly - if slowly - sought to recreate the Hermione, the 44-meter, or 145-foot, 32-gun, three-masted frigate that in 1780 carried a young French nobleman known as the Marquis de Lafayette on a 38-day voyage to Boston.
Lafayette already had made his reputation two years before, fighting for the cause of American liberty alongside General George Washington against the British. The mission this time was to inform the general that King Louis XVI would send half a dozen ships and 5,000 infantry soldiers to help the rebels.
SOURCE: International Herald Tribune (7-22-07)
What had just been narrowly averted, he said, was not a new jihadist act of war but instead a criminal act. As if to underscore the point, Brown instructed his ministers that the phrase "war on terror" was no longer to be used and, indeed, that officials were no longer even to employ the word "Muslim" in connection with the terrorism crisis.
In remarks to reporters, Brown's new home secretary, Jacqui Smith, articulated the basic message. "Let us be clear," she said, "terrorists are criminals, whose victims come from all walks of life, communities and religions."
Name of source: BBC
SOURCE: BBC (7-31-07)
Kang Kek Ieu, also known as Duch, was in charge of the notorious S21 jail in the country's capital, Phnom Penh.
Duch is the first of five suspects whom prosecutors have asked the tribunal to investigate over their role in the brutal Khmer Rouge regime.
More than a million people are thought to have died during the four years of Khmer Rouge rule between 1975-79.
SOURCE: BBC (7-31-07)
German media say the voices of gang members Andreas Baader, Gudrun Ensslin, Ulrike Meinhof and Jan-Carl Raspe can be heard on the audio tapes.
The trial in 1975-1977 took place at Stuttgart's Stammheim prison.
The 21 tapes, with about 12 hours of recordings, were obtained by researchers for a TV documentary.
The Monument's stonework will be cleaned and repaired and the famous golden orb re-gilded during the work.
There are also plans for live views from the top of the tower to be relayed to visitors on the ground unable to climb the 311 steps to the top.
Every year more than 10,000 people visit Sir Christopher Wren's monument to the Great Fire of 1666.
Andrew Patterson, Project Manager, said: "The work will involve redoing all of The Monument from the very top to the very bottom."
The symbolic and non-binding resolution was passed during a voice vote in the House of Representatives.
Up to 200,000 "comfort women" were part of Japan's wartime military brothel programme that started in the 1930s.
Japan says it has shown sufficient remorse over the issue, but survivors and relatives say it should go further.
More than 10,000 academics have signed a declaration saying they would not join any project which barred Israelis.
The group, Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (SPME), said the boycott plans attacked academic freedoms.
The UK's University and College Union voted in May to debate a boycott, and suspects this has been misunderstood.
Harry Patch, 109, from Somerset, made the trip to Belgium to recall his part in the Battle of Passchendaele which claimed 250,000 British casualties.
He also went to pay homage to the tens of thousands of German soldiers who lost their lives.
SOURCE: BBC (7-26-07)
Dr David Alston researched the region's links with slavery for a series of lectures in Inverness.
He found the city's old infirmary and academy, along with Fortrose Academy received money from the trade.
Dr Alston said during the 1700s and 1800s Highlanders sought their fortunes in the colonies.
SOURCE: BBC (7-26-07)
The Ballyvolan brooch, described by experts as "exceptional", was found in the ruins of Ballyvolan Fort near Kilmartin in County Wicklow about 1900.
It had until recently been in an English private collection.
The brooch was accepted by the British government in lieu of inheritance tax, and allocated to the Art Fund.
Name of source: Newhouse News Service
SOURCE: Newhouse News Service (7-31-07)
Historians gleaning descriptions from written accounts of Spanish explorer Hernando De Soto's expedition across the South say the earliest and bloodiest battle between Europeans and Indians happened at Mauvilla, a fortified village that researchers spell a variety of other ways, including Mabila and Mavila.
It sat between two rivers, likely in Alabama. The accounts describe the landscape, the village, the daylong battle and the weeks of recovery the Spanish spent there after Mauvilla burned to the ground.
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) (7-31-07)
In an article in the Washington Post, National Archives spokeswoman Susan Cooper emphasized that the deal between the Archives and CustomFlix was non-exclusive. Last year the Smithsonian Institution was sharply criticized for entering into a semi-exclusive deal with the Showtime Networks, Inc. that limited access to the Smithsonian’s holdings for filmmakers. No details were released concerning the financial arrangements made between the Archives and CustomFlix....
Name of source: HNN summary of article in New Yorker
SOURCE: HNN summary of article in New Yorker (7-31-07)
The initiative, which would appear on the June 2008 ballot, would apportion most electoral votes by congressional district instead of by the traditional winner-take-all method. Some twenty districts in CA almost certainly will vote Republican in 2008.
Few voters are expected to participate in the June 2008 election since the primary has been moved up to February.
A similar measure is under consideration in North Carolina. It would result in extra electoral votes for Democrats.
Name of source: http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/News
SOURCE: http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/News (7-31-07)
In its submission to the International Criminal Court (ICC), the National Society for Human Rights (NSHR) accuses Sam Nujoma of gross human rights violations as well as responsibility for the disappearance of about 4 200 people during his country's struggle for independence.
"The ICC sent us a letter earlier this month that they would decide on our submission," said NHSR executive director Phil ya Nangoloh.
Name of source: Sydney Morning Herald
SOURCE: Sydney Morning Herald (8-1-07)
The proportion of the world's people living on less than $US1 a day has dropped from 21.4 per cent to 17.3 per cent since 2000 and the number surviving on that income has fallen by 132 million since 1990, says a report by Australia's biggest overseas aid agency, World Vision.
As the number of people living in abject poverty has fallen, child mortality has dropped, the number of children completing primary school has risen and more people have access to sanitation.
Name of source: Inside Higher Ed
SOURCE: Inside Higher Ed (7-31-07)
"Right from the time it was unveiled as one of the options, it has generated a lot of energy and a lot of heat, some good, some bad,” says City College’s chancellor, Philip R. Day Jr. In response to the opposition — led by the Hilton — Day says, supporters of the community college’s Chinatown campus have “dug in their heels a little bit.”
Name of source: Press Release--David Wyman Institute
SOURCE: Press Release--David Wyman Institute (7-31-07)
The Bergson Group, also known as the Emergency Committee to Save the Jewish People of Europe, was a maverick 1940s political action committee that used newspaper ads, rallies, and lobbying on Capitol Hill to publicize the plight of the Jews under Hitler and the need for U.S. rescue action.
In a letter to The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies, dated July 30, 2007, Dr. Steven Luckert, chief curator of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, pledged to make changes in the Museum’s Permanent Exhibit “by early spring of 2008” in order to acknowledge “the positive contributions that the Bergson Group made in raising American awareness of the Holocaust and in advocating Jewish rescue.”
The changes will be made in the Museum’s segment concerning the War Refugee Board, a U.S. government agency that was belatedly established by President Franklin Roosevelt, in 1944, as a result of pressure by the Bergson Group, Members of Congress, and Treasury Department officials.
The Museum’s current exhibit panel on the creation of the War Refugee Board mentions only the role of the Treasury officials, not Bergson or Congress. But the revised panel will include “visual materials and artifacts relating to the Bergson Group,” Dr. Luckert pledged in his letter to the Wyman Institute.
Wyman Institute director Dr. Rafael Medoff said:
“The Wyman Institute applauds the U. S. Holocaust Museum’s pledge to correct the omission of the Bergson Group from its Permanent Exhibit. We trust that the corrected exhibit will clearly acknowledge the Bergson Group’s vital role in the process leading to creation of the War Refugee Board, including its march by 400 rabbis in Washington and its crucial work with Members of Congress to promote rescue.”
In August 2002, Dr. Rafael Medoff sent the chief curator of the U.S. Holocaust Museum, Dr. Steven Luckert, information about the Bergson Group’s role in the creation of the War Refugee Board, and urged the Museum to correct its omission of the Bergson Group from its panel on the Board. On September 5, 2002, Dr. Luckert wrote back that the Museum’s panel on the Board would be “redone,” and “the contribution of the Bergson Group to the formation of the WRB should be mentioned.”
On March 8, 2005, Dr. Medoff and a delegation of sons and daughters of Bergson Group activists met with Dr. Luckert; Stephen Goodell, Director of Exhibitions; and Alice Greenwald, Associate Director of Public Programs, to again explain why the Bergson Group should be added to the Museum’s Permanent Exhibit.
On June 17, 2007, Nobel Prize Laureate Elie Wiesel, in his keynote address to the Wyman Institute’s national conference in New York City, urged the U.S. Holocaust Museum to add material about the Bergson Group to its Permanent Exhibit.
On July 22, 2007, the Wyman Institute sent the Museum a petition signed by 110 prominent Holocaust scholars and Jewish leaders --including top leaders of Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox Judaism-- urging recognition of the Bergson Group’s efforts.
On July 29, 2007, the Wyman Institute faxed the Museum a petition signed by 185 relatives of the 400 rabbis who took part in the Bergson Group’s 1943 march in Washington, urging the Museum to add Bergson and the march to its Permanent Exhibit.
On July 30, 2007, Dr. Luckert wrote to the Wyman Institute that the Museum will change its Permanent Exhibit “by early spring of 2008” in order to acknowledge “the positive contributions that the Bergson Group made in raising American awareness of the Holocaust and in advocating Jewish rescue.” The changes, in the segment concerning the War Refugee Board, will include “visual materials and artifacts relating to the Bergson Group" and its role in bringing about creation of the Board, Dr. Luckert wrote.
(For the text of the petitions and a list of the signatories, please call the Wyman Institute at 202-434-8994.)
Name of source: IHT
SOURCE: IHT (7-31-07)
"The resolution's approval was regrettable," said Abe, who provoked anger in Asia and the United States in March by denying that the Japanese military had directly coerced women into sex slavery during World War II.
News of the resolution's approval, which had been expected, came as Abe faced more calls to resign after his governing Liberal Democratic Party's crushing defeat in the election on Sunday for the upper house of Parliament.
Asked whether he would comply with the resolution's call for an official apology, Abe said: "The 20th century was an era in which human rights were violated. I would like to make the 21st century into an era with no human rights violations."
Name of source: Chicago Sun-Times
SOURCE: Chicago Sun-Times (7-30-07)
"Dear Pastor," Army Pvt. Edmund C. Lust wrote on Jan. 25, 1944, while stationed in Kansas. "Hope & pray our church doesn't have any more casualties. It's so hard on the families & if there is no Holy Spirit present the grief is very much harder to take."...
And Pastor Oden safely stored away all of his precious letters.
Last fall, two members of Irving Park Lutheran Church, Lloyd DaMask and Darcie Wadycki, discovered a tattered old cardboard box in a second-floor storage area of the church, at 3938 W. Belle Plaine. In the box, they found more than 1,000 letters written by 239 of those 388 church members who had served in World War II.
The letters had been posted from around the world, sent back home to Chicago by neighborhood kids who had never seen much before. They were posted from Pearl Harbor and Africa, Italy and Australia, England and New Guinea. Even from a submarine.
Name of source: Robert Townsend in the AHA Blog (Click on SOURCE for embedded links.)
SOURCE: Robert Townsend in the AHA Blog (Click on SOURCE for embedded links.) (7-29-07)
English Language Arts (ELA) and Math—the two subjects that are regularly tested under NCLB—are taking up an increasing amount of student time. In a survey of 491 school districts they found that 58 percent increased the amount of time in the elementary schools allocated to ELA, and 45 percent increased the time devoted to math.
Given a finite amount of time in the day something has to go, and as often as not, it turns out, the social studies lose. The CEP found that over the past five years 36 percent of the departments surveyed decreased the time allocated to the social studies, more than science (cut by 28 percent of school districts), art and music (cut by 16 percent), and even lunch (cut by 20 percent)....
The findings in the CEP report validate the AHA Council’s decision, made reluctantly this past January, to support adding history to the areas of assessment under No Child Left Behind. Following on policy alerts from the National Council for History Education, Council concluded that, “if history is to be a high-priority subject in the public-school curriculum, then it must be assessed and evaluated.”
Name of source: Indian Country Today
SOURCE: Indian Country Today (7-30-07)
Name of source: San Francisco Chronicle
SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle (7-30-07)
At a barracks half a mile away, 20-year-old Irvin Lowery was relaxing with friends just after 10 p.m. when reverberations from a massive explosion shattered his windows and sent him flying across his room. The blast, the largest stateside disaster during the war, killed 320 people -- 202 of them black -- and catalyzed military desegregation by drawing attention to race-based assignments. Lowery, a specialist A first class, spent the next two days collecting body parts of the bowlers and basketball players he worked with as a physical instructor on the recreation staff.
Now 83, Lowery hopes a new bill could help to preserve the Port Chicago story by increasing the public's access to the site and making it easier to pursue funding for an information center there.
Among the tales he wants told is the public outcry that followed the courts-martial of 50 black ammunition loaders, who were charged with mutiny for refusing to return to the same work conditions. In general, the loaders were black men who worked under the supervision of white officers and had little training in how to handle heavy munitions. ...
Name of source: NYT
Mr. Obama did not bring revolution to Springfield in his eight years in the Senate, the longest chapter in his short public life. But he turned out to be practical and shrewd, a politician capable of playing hardball to win election (he squeezed every opponent out of his first race), a legislator with a sharp eye for an opportunity, a strategist willing to compromise to accomplish things.
He wrote a letter to his grandchildren.
“A souvenir for them to have down the road someday,’’ Mr. Cheney said today, during an interview with Mark Knoller of CBS Radio.
During the 14-minute interview in his West Wing office, the vice president touched on a range of topics. On the felony conviction in the C.I.A. leak case of his former aide, I. Lewis Libby Jr., whose prison sentence was commuted by Mr. Bush, Mr. Cheney said he disagreed with the jury’s guilty verdict. He also backed Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, saying he should keep his job. “I do. I’m a big fan of Al’s.”
And if her mother, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, manages to become the first female president of the United States, Chelsea Clinton could be in a historic, head-spinning position of her own: the first first child twice over.
She certainly brings experience to the job. At 12 years old, she appeared in Bill Clinton’s “Man From Hope” video, testifying to his fatherly virtues. (Mr. Clinton also told viewers of his daughter’s forgiving reaction to his admissions about marital transgressions.) During the Monica Lewinsky scandal six years later, she was photographed hand in hand with her parents, seemingly holding them together.
SOURCE: NYT (7-29-07)
Which they did, prodigiously, exchanging dozens of letters between the late summer of 1965 and the spring of 1969. Ms. Rodham’s 30 dispatches are by turns angst-ridden and prosaic, glib and brooding, anguished and ebullient — a rare unfiltered look into the head and heart of a future first lady and would-be president. Their private expressiveness stands in sharp contrast to the ever-disciplined political persona she presents to the public now.
“Since Xmas vacation, I’ve gone through three and a half metamorphoses and am beginning to feel as though there is a smorgasbord of personalities spread before me,” Ms. Rodham wrote to Mr. Peavoy in April 1967. “So far, I’ve used alienated academic, involved pseudo-hippie, educational and social reformer and one-half of withdrawn simplicity.”
SOURCE: NYT (7-28-07)
The firebrand orator was Max Bunzel, a 23-year-old actor from New York, juggling the role between movie auditions — for a fee, although he said that the speech, originally delivered by Paul Potter, the president of Students for a Democratic Society, during the 1965 march on Washington, genuinely moved and affected him. Most of the college-age spectators gathered there in a clutch were fully aware they were witnessing art, but by the end they also seemed not to be simply playing along but to be genuinely engaged by Mr. Potter’s arguments.
Mark Tribe, an artist and assistant professor of modern culture and media studies at Brown University, has organized a series of such re-enactments at sites where important speeches of the New Left originally took place, and he says his intention was precisely to create such a strange cultural and political straddle. The goal was to use the speeches not just as historical ready-mades or conceptual-art explorations of context, he said, but also maybe as a genuine form of protest, to point out with the help of art how much has changed, yet how much remains the same.
Name of source: Times (UK)
SOURCE: Times (UK) (7-30-07)
Two new manuals for teachers have been accused of glossing over the horrors of the Soviet Union and of including propaganda to promote Mr Putin’s vision of a strong state.
One, for social studies teachers, presents as fact Mr Putin’s view that the Soviet collapse was “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century”. It describes the United States as bent on creating a global empire and determined to isolate Russia from its neighbours.
Many of those behind the second book, a history of Russia from 1945 to 2006, have close links to the Kremlin. Its final chapter is titled Sovereign Democracy, a term coined by a key Kremlin aide, Vladislav Surkov, as an ideological justification for Mr Putin’s authoritarian rule.
SOURCE: Times (UK) (7-27-07)
The Times explained that it was publishing this vile, anti-Semitic rant on the grounds that “readers will find it illuminating as a psychological revelation [which] will show how Hitler came to hate the Jews”. Even so, the Editor of the day, George Dawson, was plainly holding his nose as he placed Mein Kampf (“My Struggle”) in the public domain.
Name of source: Boston Globe
SOURCE: Boston Globe (7-29-07)
Launched in 2005, this project asked public television managers to develop media projects that "measurably improve" how middle and high school students learn civics and history. Public television was asked to work with educators, filmmakers, and high-tech content providers. This month, the corporation announced that seven of 88 proposals would get funding to develop prototypes.
Among these are "Virtual Congress," a Web-based game about getting bills passed; "Flashback," a reality show and online game about completing historic missions; and "American Dynasties," an online role-playing game in which students interact with historic figures.
Name of source: AP
SOURCE: AP (7-29-07)
Two artists are selling hot pink underwear screen-printed with the word "Ypsipanty" as part of an effort to keep alive the city's historical place in the underwear business.
Linette Lao and Mark Maynard have sold nearly 200 pair of Ypsipanties.
"We were just thinking about Ypsi-positive things that we could make," Maynard told The Ann Arbor News for Sunday editions. To them, he said, the idea was "fun and playful without being disrespectful."
"And it drew on Ypsi's history as an underwear capital," he said.
Ypsilanti, about 30 miles west of Detroit, was home to the Ypsilanti Underwear Co. From its factory on the banks of the Huron River, the company at one time helped link the city's name with underwear.
SOURCE: AP (7-26-07)
The remains of the mastodon, which was similar to the woolly mammoth but had straighter tusks as well as different teeth and eating habits, were found in an area about 250 miles north of Athens where excavations have uncovered several prehistoric animals over the past decade.
SOURCE: AP (7-27-07)
Russia has fallen out with the United States on a raft of issues, clouding relations and leading some commentators to draw parallels with the Cold War.
Gorbachev, who won the 1990 Nobel Peace Prize for his role in ending the Cold War, expressed strong support for President Vladimir Putin's stance on most questions. He traced the roots of the chill with the West to the collapse of the Soviet Union, which, he said, put Washington in an empire-building mood.
After the Soviet demise, "the idea of a new empire, of sole leadership, was born," Gorbachev, 76, said at a news conference.
SOURCE: AP (7-23-07)
Yad Vashem officials said the material released Sunday should finally put an end to what it said was an unjustified smear campaign against Rudolf (Israel) Kasztner.
Kasztner was hailed by admirers as a Holocaust hero for saving thousands of Jews. But critics reviled him as a collaborator who "sold his soul." In 1957, after a campaign of vilification, he was assassinated by Jewish extremists.
Kasztner, a Zionist leader in Hungary during World War II, headed the Relief and Rescue Committee, a small Jewish group that negotiated with Nazi officials to rescue Hungarian Jews in exchange for money, goods and military equipment.
In June 1944, the "Kasztner Train," with 1,684 Jews on board, departed Budapest for the safety of neutral Switzerland. Kasztner's negotiations also saved 20,000 Hungarian Jews by diverting them to an Austrian labor camp instead of a planned transfer to extermination camps, according to Yad Vashem.
Name of source: Guardian
SOURCE: Guardian (7-29-07)
Culture Ministry officials say the four-storey architectural gem designed by Vassilis Kouremenos commits the cardinal sin of blocking a visitor's view of the Parthenon from the vantage point of the New Acropolis Museum's dining terrace. Unrivalled vistas have been the biggest selling point of the stunning museum built at the foot of the Periclean masterpiece to promote its golden age wonders - including one day, Greeks hope, the Elgin Marbles, currently housed in the British Museum.
Name of source: Seattle Times
SOURCE: Seattle Times (7-28-07)
They're about 8 feet high, and they're staring out from the wall of the Working Waterfront Maritime Museum. The faces are part of a brand-new mural on the street side of the museum, the beginning of a multiyear, $28 million renovation. It's an 80-foot-long scene of turn-of-the-century Tacoma, peopled with shipping employees, American Indians, tugboats and canoes.
Name of source: BlackFarmers.org
SOURCE: BlackFarmers.org (7-27-07)
John Boyd, president of the National Black Farmers Association, said it is something that needs to happen."At least the farmers will get their cases heard on their merits," said Boyd, who raises corn, soybeans and chickens in southern Virginia."I'm very hopeful that this will be added to the farm bill."
The legislation would allow about 73,800 black farmers to file in U.S. District Court for damages and would delay foreclosures against farmers who can prove discrimination.
In 1997, dozens of black farmers sued the Agriculture Department, saying the agency treated them differently from white farmers in approving loans, and a settlement was reached in 1999. The USDA has paid out nearly $1 billion in claims to about 15,000 black farmers who said they suffered discrimination. But tens of thousands of black farmers missed the Sept. 15, 2000, deadline.
Name of source: National Journal
SOURCE: National Journal (7-27-07)
Today's pundits feel free to confer lame-duck status on the occupants of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue no matter how much time is left in their terms. The Houston Chronicle, the largest paper in Texas, pronounced the state's favorite son a lame duck on the day in 2005 that he took the oath of office for the second time. The Associated Press made that same assertion on the day that he was re-elected in 2004.
"This president is a lame duck," Stuart Rothenberg, author of The Rothenberg Political Report, recently intoned after the latest defeat of the latest version of the immigration-bill-that-wouldn't-die (or pass). "A president who was not a lame duck would have been able to muscle at least some Republicans to support his position on immigration."
Political science professors Samuel Popkin of the University of California (San Diego) and Henry Kim of the University of Arizona went Rothenberg one better: "President Bush is a lame duck and an albatross," they wrote. Given the way that Republicans are seeking to shed their association with this president, albatross may be the better metaphor. Bush might be thankful that while dispensing their avian cliches, Popkin and Kim didn't call him a dodo....
"President Bush may be a lame duck politically, but he is not a lame duck as chief executive and will lose many of his powers only on January 20, 2009," said James Pfiffner, professor of public policy at George Mason University. "He is still head of the executive branch and commander-in-chief, and has many unilateral powers that he can -- and has -- used, including executive orders, pardons, control over many regulations, control of executive branch execution of the law, secrecy, and classification of documents."
Name of source: http://www.splcenter.org
SOURCE: http://www.splcenter.org (6-1-07)
Given its diverse student body, it would seem that CSULB would be the last place to find a tried and true anti-Semite and white supremacist lecturing. But that is where Kevin B. MacDonald, a 63-year-old man who developed a deep-seated mistrust for Jewish activists while protesting the Vietnam War, is employed as the psychology professor for those seeking degrees in child development.
From an office inside the bunker-like, six-story Psych building, a tall, thin, bespectacled MacDonald pumps out pages and pages of material on how Jews are genetically driven to destroy Western societies. According to MacDonald, who considers himself an evolutionary psychologist, Jews, who have typically been in the minority in countries around the world, are compelled by an evolutionary strategy that makes them push for liberal policies, like immigration and diversity, with t
Name of source: Salt Lake Tribune
SOURCE: Salt Lake Tribune (7-27-07)
But the ninth annual conference of The Foundation for Apologetic Information & Research (FAIR), which begins Thursday in Sandy, is especially needed given recent high-profile anti-Mormon developments, the nonprofit organization's president, Scott Gordon, said.
Gordon, reached by phone in Redding, Calif., pointed to offensive comments swirling around Mitt Romney's campaign and to the distribution in March of some 350,000 DVDs that likened The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to a cult. He also mentioned concerns about the soon-to-be released film, "September Dawn," which uses the highly controversial Mountain Meadows Massacre as a backdrop and explores various conspiracy theories that put the church in a bad light.
"We are not afraid to take on the tough issues," he said. "We pick controversial topics and talk about them from a believer's perspective."
Name of source: LAT editorial
SOURCE: LAT editorial (7-27-07)
"History is written by the victors," as Winston Churchill said, and for the last 59 years, Israeli elementary school textbooks have taught only the Jewish version of events: The outcome of the Arab-Israeli war was justifiable because of Jews' historic roots in the Holy Land and their need for a permanent refuge from persecution. The Palestinian exodus from Israel, called the Nakba (catastrophe) by Arabs, was nowhere to be found.
The education ministry's apparent openness, however, is deceptive. For the new, balanced textbooks will be printed only in Arabic and distributed only to Arab classrooms. Hebrew editions of "Living Together in Israel" won't be revised. Some education officials sought to amend Jews' textbooks too, but they were overruled by those who said Jewish third-graders cannot understand divergent interpretations of history.
Education Minister Yuli Tamir says the new books will help Arab children reconcile the history they learn at home with the history they are taught in school. But Jewish children, who are less likely to hear the Palestinian version of events in their homes, need this information even more than their Arab peers, who at least may have the personal experiences of family and friends to educate them. If Israel acknowledges the fact of the Palestinian exodus, then it should be taught to all children. Instead, the ministry seeks to placate Palestinians without standing up to hard-line Jewish conservatives, who oppose the revisions even for Arab classrooms.
History is continually being revised. Although written first by the victors, over time the voices of the defeated and disregarded demand inclusion. China and Korea insist that Japan acknowledge wartime atrocities; Native Americans, that their 4,000-year history become a part of this country's founding narrative; and women, that their deeds get equal scrutiny with those of men.
Whether most Palestinians fled their homes voluntarily or through coercion and force, and whether they have a right to return, will likely be argued until the end of time. But that thousands did flee and have spent subsequent decades living in refugee camps -- the United Nations says that descendants have swelled the number of refugees to 4 million today -- is not at issue. Why not teach that truth?
By amending history textbooks for Arab children, Israel has acknowledged the validity of the Nakba. And if it's valid for Arabs, it should be valid for Jews as well.
Name of source: Inside Higher Ed (Click on SOURCE for embedded links.)
SOURCE: Inside Higher Ed (Click on SOURCE for embedded links.) (7-27-07)
That’s not from a think tank primer prepared in 2003, but from a pamphlet prepared 60 years earlier and just published in book form by the University of Chicago Press. Instructions for American Serviceman in Iraq During World War II could be unusually successful for the press, at least as reprints of obscure government documents go. The press has shipped out 20,000 copies in the first 10 days it has been available.
Carol Kasper, marketing director for the press, said that the idea came indirectly from the University of Oxford. Chicago distributes books published by the Bodleian Library at Oxford, where in 2004 scholars decided to publish the U.S. Army’s World War II guide for soldiers stationed in Britain. In the pre-D-Day period when increasing numbers of American soldiers were stationed in Britain, the guide was intended to help the allies understand one another. One bit of advice: “The British don’t know how to make a good cup of coffee. You don’t know how to make a good cup of tea. It’s an even swap.”
The book wasn’t a huge success in the United States, but Kasper said that sales in Britain were impressive. So the press approached the Bodleian about whether it was interested in publishing more volumes in the series, especially one on Iraq (World War II having been a truly global war, the Army produced country guides for just about everywhere). When the Bodleian passed on the idea, Kasper said press decided it should track down a copy of the Iraq guide and it found one in the University of Chicago’s Regenstein Library....
Name of source: China Daily
SOURCE: China Daily (7-26-07)
Why did Japan plunge into the quagmire of what the Japanese call the "Sino-Japanese War" and what actually was the War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression?
Why did Japan wage war against the US despite lacking resources?
What caused the Japanese military to go on "kamikaze" attacks?
Could Japan have prevented the atomic bomb attacks?
Was the Tokyo Tribunal beset by problems?
For answers to these and many other questions, it was necessary to re-examine Japan's responsibility and pinpoint those who were to blame for the war that killed a great number of people and caused boundless suffering across Asia Pacific. And that's exactly what Yomiuri Shimbun group chairman Tsuneo Watanabe started in the summer of 2005.
Watanabe was opposed to the war as a student, but he was forced to become "one of the Imperial Japanese Army's last group of privates" to prepare to fight US troops on Japanese soil.
Name of source: Jerusalem Post
SOURCE: Jerusalem Post (7-27-07)
The following is the first in a new feature titled 'History Revisited', where we will show you images of those magnificent front pages - which you will be able to read (including the small text by using the zoom option - the plus sign - icon in Acrobat Reader) - from 1932 onwards....
Name of source: Reuters
SOURCE: Reuters (7-27-07)
But on Friday the three now elderly men shook hands and blinked back tears during a meeting that the former U.S. servicemen said finally helped them come to terms with their traumatic past.
"You feel terrible towards the people who did this to you and as the years go on and we get older, it's a terrible burden to carry," said Fred Mitchell, an 81-year-old survivor of the U.S.S. Drexler, a destroyer sunk by kamikaze off Okinawa in 1945....
The meeting was arranged by the makers of a documentary on the kamikaze released in Tokyo on Saturday, which shows that not all the young men who trained for the missions faced their almost certain death gladly.
Name of source: Secrecy News, written by Steven Aftergood, is published by the Federation of American Scientists
"Not later than 30 days after the end of each fiscal year beginning with fiscal year 2007, the Director of National Intelligence shall disclose to the public the aggregate amount of funds appropriated by Congress for the National Intelligence Program for such fiscal year," states the House-Senate conference agreement on H.R. 1 (section 601), the massive bill to implement recommendations of the 9/11 Commission.
The conference bill has already been approved in the Senate and is expected to win final approval in the House as early as today. If enacted into law, it would lead to the first authorized disclosure of current U.S. intelligence spending since the aggregate budgets were disclosed in 1997 ($26.6 billion) and 1998 ($26.7 billion) in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit brought by the Federation of American Scientists. (Those figures included spending on"national" as well as"tactical" intelligence.)
The Bush White House has expressed opposition to intelligence budget disclosure but is not expected to veto the entire 9/11 bill on that basis.
"The Administration strongly opposes the requirement in the bill to publicly disclose sensitive information about the intelligence budget," according to a February 28 statement of administration policy.
"Disclosure, including disclosure to the Nation's enemies and adversaries in a time of war, of the amounts requested by the President and provided by the Congress for the conduct of the Nation's intelligence activities would provide no meaningful information to the general American public, but would provide significant intelligence to America's adversaries and could cause damage to the national security interests of the United States."
Hardly anyone agrees with that assessment.
The bipartisan 9/11 Commission came to almost the opposite conclusion:"The top-line figure by itself provides little insight into U.S. intelligence sources and methods.... But when even aggregate categorical numbers remain hidden, it is hard to judge priorities and foster accountability." (Final Report, p. 416)
In a compromise with Administration opponents, the House-Senate conference agreed that, beginning in 2009, the President could waive the disclosure requirement by submitting a statement to Congress that budget disclosure in that particular year could damage national security. The legislation does not allow for a waiver in 2007 or 2008.
The conference legislation also includes provisions to strengthen the Public Interest Declassification Board, and to require declassification of the executive summary of a CIA Inspector General report on events leading up to 9/11.
Name of source: AFP
SOURCE: AFP (7-27-07)
The fake toe, which is made of wood and leather and is currently on display at the Cairo Museum in Egypt, dates from between 1000 and 600 BC.
Researchers at Manchester University in north-west England hope to prove it was used to help someone who had lost their original big toe to walk.
If they do, it could mean that prosthetic body parts were in use up to 700 years earlier than was previously thought.
Name of source: Telegraph
SOURCE: Telegraph (7-27-07)
William Young, a former trench-based radio operator, was the last known veteran of the Royal Flying Corps (RFC), the forerunner of the Royal Air Force.
William Young pictured during the First World War
He died in his sleep earlier this week in Perth, Western Australia, where he lived with his wife May and their son.
SOURCE: Telegraph (7-27-07)
"Attempts to Islamise the West cannot be denied," Monsignor Georg Gaenswein was quoted as saying in an advance copy of the weekly Sueddeutsche Magazin to be published today.
"The danger for the identity of Europe that is connected with it should not be ignored out of a wrongly understood respectfulness," the magazine quoted him as saying.