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Name of source: Independent
SOURCE: Independent (10-1-07)
Some 5,000 years later, the custodians of Europe's most complete prehistoric village no longer have the luxury of land to shelter them from the sea. Slowly but surely, erosion has brought the sea ever closer to the grey rock-built dwellings and now spray from the wind-whipped Atlantic regularly soaks the World Heritage Site.
Name of source: http://www.nature.com
SOURCE: http://www.nature.com (9-27-07)
More than 2,000 years ago, seafarers from Samoa and Tonga ventured eastward to settle on more remote archipelagos in the Pacific Ocean, including the Cook Islands, Tahiti, and the Marquesas Islands, colonizing most of these places by 900 AD. Eventually, the travellers set foot on Hawaii.
Name of source: AP
SOURCE: AP (9-29-07)
The GAO noted some progress in addressing maintenance issues since its last report in 2005. But it urged the Smithsonian to more thoroughly consider alternatives to government funding — including charging admission — to address the maintenance problems.
The new backlog estimate is an increase from $2.3 billion in 2005, the report said.
SOURCE: AP (9-30-07)
The Museum of Black World War II History is run by Bruce Bird, a white, retired factory worker who sold his home and used the proceeds to convert a two-room 19th century schoolhouse to house it. The museum, which opened in June 2006, offers display cases filled with World War II weapons, models of tanks and aircraft and other memorabilia.
At best, it gets a handful of visitors a week.
Bird doesn't know where the money will come from to pay his next fuel oil bill.
But he's steadfast in his resolve to recognize the service and sacrifice of more than 1.1 million black servicemen and women who fought for their country in WWII or filled support jobs in every theater of war while suffering the indignities of institutional racism.
SOURCE: AP (9-30-07)
The furnishing dealer said the name stands for "New Arrival Zone for India" and was not meant to be anti-Semitic.
But Jewish groups said they would file a lawsuit against the company.
"This is an enormous insult to Jews and all right-thinking people and must be retracted," said Jonathan Solomon, chairman of the Indian Jewish Federation.
There are about 5,500 Jews living in India, a predominantly Hindu nation of 1.1 billion people.
SOURCE: AP (10-1-07)
But 50 years later, it emerges that the momentous launch was far from being part of a well-planned strategy to demonstrate communist superiority over the West. Instead, the first artificial satellite in space was a spur-of-the-moment gamble driven by the dream of one scientist, whose team scrounged a rocket, slapped together a satellite and persuaded a dubious Kremlin to open the space age.
And that winking light that crowds around the globe gathered to watch in the night sky? Not Sputnik at all, as it turns out, but just the second stage of its booster rocket, according to Boris Chertok, one of the founders of the Soviet space program.
In a series of interviews in recent days with The Associated Press, Chertok and other veterans told the little-known story of how Sputnik was launched, and what an unlikely achievement it turned out to be.
Name of source: Fox News
SOURCE: Fox News (10-1-07)
Kindergarten and first-grade students at Alma J. Brown Elementary School were being taught why nooses are a symbol of racism, an article from the historically black university's student newspaper said.
The article said the children also were being taught about the "Jena Six" — black high-school students who are accused of beating a white schoolmate.
Name of source: WSBTV.com (Atlanta)
SOURCE: WSBTV.com (Atlanta) (10-1-07)
Members of the Justice Department's elite Nazi tracking force said Paul Henss, 85, served as a prison guard and attack dog handler at the notorious Dachau and Buchenwald Concentration Camps in Nazi Germany.
"It is not 100% true, what they charge me," said Henss Monday afternoon. Henss appeared confused as he tried to answer a barrage of questions from reporters Monday afternoon.
The Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security have asked an immigration judge in Atlanta to deport Henss.
Name of source: Reuters
SOURCE: Reuters (9-28-07)
The report to Congress, by an interagency group that examined the United States' use of German and Japanese war criminals during and after the war, also said the CIA had no set policy for hiring former war criminals to spy on postwar foes including the Soviet Union.
The group, created by the Nazi War Crimes Disclosure Act of 1998 and Japanese Imperial Government Disclosure Act of 2000, has released more than 8.5 million pages of previously classified government documents dating back to 1933.
SOURCE: Reuters (10-1-07)
Dink had angered Turkish nationalists with his comments on the massacres of Armenians in Ottoman Turkey during World War One. More than 100,000 people turned out at his funeral to show solidarity and protest against violent nationalism. Lawyers were expected to question the suspects for the first time at Monday's hearing. Eight suspects are in custody.
Media reports have said one of the suspects had repeatedly tipped off police about a plot to kill Dink and that these tip-offs had been conveyed to the Istanbul police headquarters.
Several officials, including the head of police intelligence in Istanbul, have been sacked or reassigned to other jobs over their handling of the Dink case.
Ankara denies Armenian claims, backed by many historians and by a growing number of foreign parliaments, that the killings amounted to a systematic genocide. It says large numbers of both Muslim Turks and Christian Armenians died in ethnic fighting as the Ottoman Empire collapsed during World War One.
Name of source: http://www.northamptonchron.co.uk
SOURCE: http://www.northamptonchron.co.uk (9-29-07)
The Nazi leader hatched a plan to land his forces on the south coast in 1940.
They were then expected to take all the major towns and cities in their path, as far north as Northampton.
Once they had conquered the town, Hitler expected the rest of the demoralised nation would crumble and quickly succumb to German occupation.
The details of Hitler's doomed masterplan, known as Unternehmen Seelowe – which translates as Operation Sealion – are revealed in a book published this week by Oxford's Bodleian Library.
German Invasion Plans for the British Isles, 1940 is a compilation of three Nazi portfolios which have been stored deep in the library's archives for decades.
Name of source: Secrecy News, written by Steven Aftergood, is published by the Federation of American Scientists
But the lessons learned from declassifying the"extraordinary collection" of documents may prove even more important than the documents themselves, wrote Steven Garfinkel, the chairman of the interagency working group (IWG) that led the program.
In particular, he said, the effort"has demonstrated that disaster does not befall America when intelligence agencies declassify old intelligence operations records."
"Before the Nazi War Crimes Disclosure Act, intelligence agencies, supported by the President, the Congress, and the Federal courts, routinely and consistently exempted files containing intelligence sources and methods from declassification, regardless of the age or actual sensitivity of the information."
The Act deliberately rejected that policy of absolute denial and authorized the publication of intelligence sources and methods, albeit historical ones.
And so the newly disclosed records do"indeed reveal the vast interrelationship between British intelligence and the OSS [Office of Strategic Security, a U.S. predecessor to the CIA]."
Yet"it is preposterous to suggest that releasing OSS records under the [Act] is a threat to our current working relationship with the United Kingdom," Mr. Garfinkel wrote in the preface to the new report.
"The declassification lessons learned during the implementation of the Disclosure Acts can and should be applied to other intelligence records of similar age, and may even be applied to records of somewhat more recent vintage, no matter how sensitive the information within these records once was," said Mr. Garfinkel, who served as director of the Information Security Oversight Office from 1980 to 2002.
It is essential that such lessons be learned, he said, because in practice the declassification process is arbitrary, unpredictable and subject to the whims of individual declassifiers.
"Whether a request for declassification is answered with a yes or a no is essentially determined by whoever happens to make the disclosure or non-disclosure decisions," Mr. Garfinkel candidly stated.
"All of the laws and orders and regulations, all of the classification and declassification guides and guidance can be cited to support either answer this person cares to give."
"The individual in charge makes the call based on his or her experiences, biases, proclivities, knowledge, or ignorance, and for many years thereafter, all of us may be stuck with it," he wrote.
In light of this unsatisfactory situation, Mr. Garfinkel expressed the hope that classification officials throughout the government might learn that"government secrets, even intelligence secrets, are finite," and should be subject to ultimate declassification.
Name of source: AFP
SOURCE: AFP (9-30-07)
Remains from the slope-browed hominid have previously been found over an area stretching from Spain to Uzbekistan, but the new study extends the eastern boundary of their wanderings another 2,000 kilometres (1,250 miles) deep into southern Siberia, just above the western tip of what is today China.
The fossils underpinning the study are not new, but the techniques used to analyse them are.
Name of source: National Security Archive
SOURCE: National Security Archive (10-1-07)
As the documents illustrate, the perceived need to persuade segments of the public that the U.S. would be able to effectively monitor Soviet compliance with the strategic arms limitation agreements served as the catalyst for the acknowledgment. They also show that the Nixon administration had also considered acknowledging U.S. satellite reconnaissance activities in 1972 as a means of providing reassurance that any Soviet cheating would be detected, but the idea was rejected by national security adviser Henry Kissinger.
The documents published include memos stating the positions of various individuals and institutions on the issue in both the Nixon and Carter administrations, assessments of the risks and benefits of declassification, an assessment of the reactions to President Carter's disclosure, and presidential directives from the Carter, Reagan and Clinton administrations specifying the classification associated with the "fact of" different types of satellite reconnaissance.
Name of source: NYT
SOURCE: NYT (10-1-07)
His arrival was orchestrated by the Plaza’s first manager, who wanted the new hotel to open with a splashy, attention-getting stunt.
The Plaza will celebrate its anniversary tonight with another stunt, a party in its front yard — Grand Army Plaza, on Fifth Avenue at Central Park South — as this storied New York institution enters its second century with a new look and fresh challenges.
Name of source: Der Spiegel
SOURCE: Der Spiegel (10-1-07)
Bundeskriminalamt (BKA) President Jörg Ziercke has launched a series of conferences to shed light on the history of the BKA. At one such conference last month at the BKA's headquarters in Wiesbaden, he said the aim wasn't to point fingers but to analyze what role former Nazi organization members played in setting up the new force and to what extent it was damaged in the process.
Only if the BKA takes responsibility for its history "can it fulfil its role in the democratic legal state and live democracy with conviction each day," he told the conference, the first of three such meetings which may be followed by a research project.
The recruitment of Nazi police officers and agents into the security apparatus of West Germany after World War II is a well-known fact -- the country lacked personnel with the relevant experience who hadn't been involved in the Nazi machine.
The BKA is the first of Germany's security organizations to own up to its past in this way. The foreign and domestic intelligence services, the Bundesnachrichtendienst and Bundesverfassungsschutz respectively, also drew heavily on Nazi personnel in their early days.