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Name of source: Jerusalem Post
SOURCE: Jerusalem Post (3-23-08)
According to Defense Ministry records, 140 monuments throughout the country commemorate soldiers and units who fought in the 1948 war. At least 60 are in dire need of renovations. The project, which is being overseen by the Defense Ministry's Families and Memorial Department, is being funded in conjunction with the finance and interior ministries.
Hundreds of high school students from across the country are expected to participate in the project. They will be provided with tools to clean the monuments as well as written material on their histories. The Defense Ministry has also published a book containing pictures and descriptions of all the 1948 memorials.
Name of source: BBC
SOURCE: BBC (3-23-08)
The ceremony was attended by Irish President Mary McAleese and taoiseach Bertie Ahern, along with Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.
The events mark the attempt in 1916 to seize Dublin from British imperial forces. The rebellion was put down with many ringleaders captured and executed.
SOURCE: BBC (3-21-08)
It suggests male European settlers mated with native and African women, and slaughtered the men.
But it adds that areas like Mexico City "still preserve the genetic heritage" because these areas had a high number of natives at the time of colonisation.
The findings appear in the journal Public Library of Science Genetics.
SOURCE: BBC (3-20-08)
It had its first public outing 50 years ago on a chilly Good Friday as thousands of British anti-nuclear campaigners set off from London’s Trafalgar Square on a 50-mile march to the weapons factory at Aldermaston.
The demonstration had been organised by the Direct Action Committee Against Nuclear War (DAC) and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) joined in.
SOURCE: BBC (3-20-08)
Tim Parry, 12, and Johnathan Ball, three, died and 56 people were hurt in the two explosions on 20 March 1993.
Survivors joined the boys' families, town leaders and community members to lay white lilies at the scene.
Among the dozens attending the ceremony was Tim's brother Dominic, 29, who took his six-month-old daughter Olivia.
Name of source: Telegraph (UK)
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (3-25-08)
Ministers are expected to publish a white paper which will include proposals to allow schools, hospitals and council buildings to fly the flag all year round.
Legislation dating from 1924 means public buildings can only fly the Union flag 18 days a year, including the Queen's birthday and Remembrance Day.
The white paper proposes to allow them to erect flagpoles and fly the flags of the Union and those of its constituent countries, including the cross of St George, the Saltire of Scotland and the red dragon of Wales.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (3-25-08)
The French president, who is visiting London on Wednesday, will speak in the Royal Gallery. The room is dominated by two large frescoes that stretch along opposite walls, one of Trafalgar, the other of Waterloo.
While not expected to embarrass the president, photographs of his speech will struggle to avoid the backdrop of the works, which were painted by the Irish artist Daniel Maclise in the 19th century.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (3-23-08)
In a corner of northern Moscow bulldozers began churning the earth his week in a section of wasteland where Mr Putin and Stalin, the dictator he is said to revere, could one day be laid side by side.
The Federal Military Memorial Cemetery, its designers boast, will be Russia's answer to America's Arlington. Arguably the most ambitious architectural project undertaken since the fall of the Soviet Union, it remains to be seen whether the cemetery, due to be completed by 2010, will become the landmark the Kremlin hopes.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (3-21-08)
The children, aged between four and ten-years-old, confused the war time Prime Minister with the American astronaut Neil Armstrong, despite the fact they were born in different centuries and different countries.
But their lack of knowledge comes as little surprise. Last month a similar poll of British teenagers revealed a quarter think that Sir Winston never existed at all.
It transpired they associate the name Churchill with a nodding dog that stars in an advert for insurance, rather than the Second World War leader.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (3-20-08)
A new curriculum should place greater emphasis on broad skills such as team working and interpreting evidence rather than learning dates by rote, said the Association of Teachers and Lecturers.
Mary Bousted, general secretary, also said that excessive school tests were making children mentally ill.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (3-20-08)
Princess Helena Davidovna Palavandova was 27 when she died a year after following her husband, the Somme veteran Lendon Fitz Payne, to Britain.
Descendants of the princess's late husband found that she lay in an unmarked grave. They have now travelled from far and wide to commemorate her and mark her plot.
Name of source: AP
SOURCE: AP (3-23-08)
He walked over and saw an envelope tucked inside. After slicing the bottle open, Brandell found a message from an elementary school student in a suburb of Seattle. The fact that the letter traveled 1,735 miles without any help from the U.S. postal service is unusual, but that's only the beginning of the mystery.
About 21 years passed between the time Emily Hwaung put the message in a soda bottle and Merle Brandell picked it up on the beach.
"This letter is part of our science project to study oceans and learn about people in distant lands," she wrote. "Please send the date and location of the bottle with your address. I will send you my picture and tell you when and where the bottle was placed in the ocean. Your friend, Emily Hwaung."
SOURCE: AP (3-21-08)
The White House revealed new information about how it handles its computers in an effort to persuade a federal magistrate it would be fruitless to undertake an e-mail recovery plan that the court proposed.
"When workstations are at the end of their lifecycle and retired ... the hard drives are generally sent offsite to another government entity for physical destruction," the White House said in a sworn declaration filed with U.S. Magistrate Judge John Facciola.
SOURCE: AP (3-20-08)
An amendment being considered by the state Senate is intended to address problems with a 2006 law that recognized Abenakis as a minority population, but not as a tribe for the purposes of selling their crafts as Native American.
The bill grants immediate conditional recognition to three bands -- Koasek Traditional Band of the Sovereign Abenaki Nation, the St. Francis/Sokoki Band of the Nation of Missisquoi and the Nulhegan Band of the Abenaki Nation -- provided that they apply to the commission by Aug. 1 for recognition.
The attorney general's office, which has questioned the Abenaki's heritage in Vermont and opposed federal recognition for the tribe, also would review the application and make recommendations to the commission, which has until Jan. 1, 2009 to decide whether the recognition should stand or be revoked.
SOURCE: AP (3-21-08)
Eric Hunt is charged with attempted kidnapping, false imprisonment, battery and elder abuse charges for allegedly accosting Wiesel on an elevator at the Argent Hotel in February of last year.
Shortly after the incident, Wiesel told police that Hunt had asked him for an interview, then dragged him off an elevator.
Hunt has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.
SOURCE: AP (3-20-08)
Brigitte Zypries said the so-called Enabling Act — passed by Germany's parliament on March 23, 1933 — signaled the legislative body's own demise.
"With the passage of the Enabling Act, the parliament disempowered itself — the abandonment of the division of power destroyed the foundations for our liberal democracy," Zypries said Thursday.
"Today we think of those parliamentarians who at that time — without consideration for themselves — fought for democracy and defended the people against the coming dictatorship," she added.
Name of source: http://www.columbusdispatch.com
SOURCE: http://www.columbusdispatch.com (3-18-08)
In the April issue of the Journal of Archaeological Science, University of Vienna archaeologist Michael Doneus and colleagues report the results of a LiDAR survey of the Iron Age hill fort of Purbach in eastern Austria.
Name of source: ANI
SOURCE: ANI (3-22-08)
The team, led by Ted Goebel, an anthropology professor at Texas A and M and associate director of Texas A and M's Center for the Study of the First Americans, said that their theory indicates that the Americas wasn't settled until as late as 15,000 years ago.
He said that their hypothesis, which suggests that the migration from Alaska started about 15,000 years ago, could shift historic timelines.
Name of source: Independent (UK)
SOURCE: Independent (UK) (3-22-08)
But this vessel will not be taking fishermen on their daily trip up and down the coast. It is destined for a greater adventure – one that could solve a mystery which has baffled archaeologists for centuries.
The adventure begins not in Arwad but in Dorset, where an Englishman has taken it upon himself to try to prove that the Phoenicians circumnavigated Africa thousands of years before any Europeans did.
Name of source: Globe and Mail (Canada)
SOURCE: Globe and Mail (Canada) (3-22-08)
"This find is quite rare," said Shane Bond, a senior archeologist with Victoria-based I. R. Wilson Consultants, the company leading the archeological work. "I was terribly excited; my adrenalin was jumping."
The researchers have been meticulously sifting through remains of a large below-ground house, clay oven and fire pit unearthed at a housing development, about 200 metres from the Esquimalt Lagoon in Colwood, a Victoria suburb.
Name of source: NYT
SOURCE: NYT (3-24-08)
What Mr. McCain almost never mentions are two extraordinary moments in his political past that are at odds with the candidate of the present: His discussions in 2001 with Democrats about leaving the Republican Party, and his conversations in 2004 with Senator John Kerry about becoming Mr. Kerry’s running mate on the Democratic presidential ticket.
There are wildly divergent versions of both episodes, depending on whether Democrats or Mr. McCain and his advisers are telling the story.
SOURCE: NYT (3-23-08)
The dynamic had been different once — when African-Americans had begun to vote Democratic as well as Republican and presidential candidates of both parties competed for their votes; in 1948, Harry Truman, courting swing voters in a close election, became the first presidential candidate from a major party to campaign in Harlem (and ordered an end to segregation in the armed services right after he won the Democratic nomination). In the early 1960s, opinion polls found that a majority of Americans saw civil rights as the dominant issue facing the country. And President Lyndon B. Johnson, in one of several memorable 1965 speeches on race, said, speaking before a joint session of Congress after the “Bloody Sunday” voting-rights march from Selma, Ala.: “Their cause must be our cause too. Because it is not just Negroes, but really it is all of us, who must overcome the crippling legacy of bigotry and injustice. And we shall overcome.”
Yet it was President Johnson, too, who foresaw the end of what Glenda Gilmore, a Yale historian and author of “Defying Dixie: The Radical Roots of Civil Rights, 1919-1950,” described last week as a 20-year “national conversation on race” in the 1950s and 1960s. After signing the Civil Rights Act in July 1964, the president is said to have observed that he had just handed over the South to the Republicans for at least a generation. The Republicans seized the opportunity to peel off Democratic states. They studied the campaigns of George Wallace, the Alabama governor who ran as an independent presidential candidate in 1968, to see how he appealed to whites. They developed the “Southern strategy” that helped Richard Nixon and later Ronald Reagan. With blacks voting overwhelmingly Democratic by now, and their party struggling to hold onto white working-class ethnic voters in the North, there was little incentive for presidential candidates of either party to bring up race in a serious way....
Name of source: LAT
SOURCE: LAT (3-24-08)
"These girls are A-1, USDA-certified racists. All of 'em," the friend said while the two teenagers wolfed down French fries, as the story goes in Obama's memoir.
As far back as that sort of exchange in high school, a recurring character type has played a role in the life of Obama: a friend or associate who is quick to blame white America for the troubles of the black community.
The Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., whose racially explosive sermons now threaten to undercut Obama's presidential campaign, is the latest example. Before Wright, there was "Ray," Obama's angry high school friend depicted in his 1995 book, "Dreams From My Father," and later there was "Rafiq," a black Muslim in Chicago who, Obama wrote, blamed the city's white power structure for the struggles of public housing residents.
But to some who know Obama, there is an irony in how he is now being criticized for Wright's fiery comments.
In his political life, disaffected black figures have helped Obama shape and project the identity that is now the center point of his presidential campaign and that has proved appealing to much of the Democratic electorate, black and white.
SOURCE: LAT (3-20-08)
Which raises the inevitable question: Could another Great Depression be lurking over the horizon?
TV news programs show grainy footage of Depression-era bankers as reporters tick off grim economic statistics. The Federal Reserve invokes powers it hasn't used since the 1930s. Critics of President Bush's economic policies are emboldened to use the H-word: "Hoover."
On the surface, there are disquieting parallels between economic conditions in the early 1930s and those of today. There is the popping of enormous asset bubbles -- stocks then, housing now.
And, as in the Great Depression, the financial system is in disarray. It was symbolized back then by the failure of thousands of banks, mostly small, local outfits -- 2,300 in 1931 alone.The parallel today is the crippling of onetime giants such as Bear Stearns Cos., Countrywide Financial Corp. and Ameriquest Mortgage Co.
Many economists believe that the U.S. will find it almost impossible to avert a recession, if one has not started already. Housing remains mired in a deep slump,with some analysts projecting that Southern California home values could plunge 40% from their peaks last year.The Commerce Department reported this week that new residential building permits nationwide plummeted 36.5% in February from a year earlier.
Then, like now, stock prices were highly volatile. The S&P 500 index, which fell more than 56% from 1928 through 1940, nevertheless recorded four up years in that span, including a 46.5% gain in 1933.
The shadow of the '30s looms over every economic downturn or crisis, no matter how modest. Pundits were quick to invoke the Depression as a cautionary model during the stock market crash of 1987, the bailout of the giant hedge fund Long-Term Capital Management in 1998 and the dot-com meltdown of 2000 and 2001.
But there are vast differences between the 1930s and today. U.S. unemployment reached 25% during the Depression; last month it was reported at 4.8%. The international industrial economy was a shambles in the '30s. Today it is coming off a global boom....
Name of source: TheCuttingEdge
SOURCE: TheCuttingEdge (3-24-08)
"Did you ever wonder why the Gestapo always had all those very well-laid-out prints of where the Jews lived?" reporter Paul McDougall quoted Smith as saying. "Because IBM made it happen."
Smith's comments about IBM helping to enable the Holocaust referred to investigative author Edwin Black's 2001 book "IBM And The Holocaust," which extensively documents IBM's role in enabling the Nazis to efficiently exterminate over 7 million people, including about 6 million Jews using IBM's technology. IBM has never denied its 12 year highly profitable relationship with Nazi Germany in which it used its information technology--punch cards--to help plan the Third Reich's war against the Jews. This including such campaigns as the census and other identification programs, asset seizures, extermination by labor which matched job skills to useful slave labor details, and the train schedules and factories serving Auschwitz.
Name of source: WSJ editorial
SOURCE: WSJ editorial (3-24-08)
Naturally, it's getting little or no attention. Press accounts have been misleading or outright distortions, while the Bush Administration seems indifferent. Even John McCain has let the study's revelations float by. But that doesn't make the facts any less notable or true.
The redacted version of "Saddam and Terrorism" is the most definitive public assessment to date from the Harmony program, the trove of "exploitable" documents, audio and video records, and computer files captured in Iraq. On the basis of about 600,000 items, the report lays out Saddam's willingness to use terrorism against American and other international targets, as well as his larger state sponsorship of terror, which included harboring, training and equipping jihadis throughout the Middle East.
"The rise of Islamic fundamentalism in the region gave Saddam the opportunity to make terrorism, one of the few tools remaining in Saddam's 'coercion' toolbox, not only cost effective but a formal instrument of state power," the authors conclude. Throughout the 1990s, the Iraqi Intelligence Service (IIS) cooperated with Hamas; the Palestine Liberation Front, which maintained a Baghdad office; Force 17, Yasser Arafat's private army; and others. The IIS gave commando training for members of Egyptian Islamic Jihad, the organization that assassinated Anwar Sadat and whose "emir" was Ayman al-Zawahiri, who became Osama bin Laden's second-in-command when the group merged with al Qaeda in 1998.
At the very least the report should dispel the notion that outwardly "secular" Saddam would never consort with religious types like al Qaeda. A pan-Arab nationalist, Saddam viewed radical Islamists as potential allies, and they likewise. According to a 1993 memo, Saddam decided to "form a group to start hunting Americans present on Arab soil; especially Somalia," where al Qaeda was then working with warlords against U.S. humanitarian forces. Saddam also trained Sudanese fighters in Iraq.
The Pentagon report cites this as "a tactical example" of their cooperation. When Saddam "was ordering action in Somalia aimed at the American presence, Osama bin Laden was doing the same thing." Saddam took an interest in "far-flung terrorist groups . . . to locate any organization whose services he might use in the future." The Harmony documents "reveal that the regime was willing to co-opt or support organizations it knew to be part of al Qaeda -- as long as that organization's near-term goals supported Saddam's long-term version."
For 20 years, such "support" included using Fedayeen Saddam training camps to school terrorists, especially Palestinians but also non-Iraqis "directly associated" with al Qaeda, continuing up to the fall of Baghdad. Saddam also provided financial support and weapons, amounting to "a state-directed program of significant scale." In July 2001, the regime began patronizing a terror cartel in Bahrain calling itself the Army of Muhammad, which, according to an Iraqi memo, "is under the wings of bin Laden."...
Name of source: WaPo
SOURCE: WaPo (3-23-08)
The rough-and-tumble diplomatic strategy has generated lasting"bitterness" and"deep mistrust" in Washington's relations with allies in Europe, Latin America and elsewhere, Heraldo Munoz, Chile's ambassador to the United Nations, writes in his book"A Solitary War: A Diplomat's Chronicle of the Iraq War and Its Lessons," set for publication next month.
"In the aftermath of the invasion, allies loyal to the United States were rejected, mocked and even punished" for their refusal to back a U.N. resolution authorizing military action against Saddam Hussein's government, Munoz writes.
SOURCE: WaPo (3-21-08)
The record of longtime Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan -- worshipped by business leaders and dubbed "Maestro" in a 2000 biography by The Post's Bob Woodward -- is getting a critical look as his successor Ben S. Bernanke wrestles with problems that began on the Maestro's watch.
Many economists blame Greenspan for lax bank supervision and for keeping interest rates too low, too long from mid-2003 to mid-2004. That, the theory goes, fueled the housing bubble and spawned subprime and adjustable-rate mortgages for low-income people, vast numbers of whom can't make their payments now. Banks bought those mortgages in bundles that are worth far less than they originally were. That has led to big write-offs, shaking the entire financial system.
In an interview yesterday, Greenspan said the Fed wasn't to blame. He said that global forces beyond the control of the Federal Reserve had kept long-term interest rates low, fueling the housing bubble earlier this decade. "Those who argue that you can incrementally increase interest rates to defuse bubbles ought to try it some time," he said. "I don't know of a single example of when interest rate policy has been successful in suppressing gains in asset prices."
SOURCE: WaPo (3-21-08)
State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said the violations of McCain and Clinton's passport files were not discovered until Friday, after officials were made aware of the unauthorized access of Obama's records and a separate search was conducted.
The incidents raise questions as to whether the information was accessed for political purposes and why two contractors involved in the Obama search were dismissed before investigators had a chance to interview them. It recalled an incident in 1992, when a Republican political appointee at the State Department was demoted over a search of presidential candidate Bill Clinton's passport records. At the time, Clinton was challenging President George H.W. Bush.
SOURCE: WaPo (3-20-08)
Name of source: Calgary Herald
SOURCE: Calgary Herald (3-21-08)
Those few French citizens who have heard of the man, sometimes dubbed Canada's founder, don't even consider him the most important native of Brouage, this historic fortified city that draws 400,000 visitors a year.
That title goes to Marie Mancini, King Louis XIV's first true love.
Legend has it that the so-called Sun King, who would be forced to marry Maria Theresa of Spain in 1660 for political reasons, walked up the stone steps to the ramparts surrounding Brouage and wept so powerfully over the forced termination of their romance that a river of tears flowed down the steps.
"The French people prefer this story because it's a lovers' story," explained Loic Guitton, manager of historic sites here that include the Maison Champlain, a $3.3-million museum built in 2004 - jointly funded by the Canadian and local French regional government - in order to heighten the explorer's profile.
Name of source: Financial Times
SOURCE: Financial Times (3-22-08)
The town’s history dates back at least 7,000 years, with traces of Assyrian, Roman, Byzantine, Artuqid, Ayyubid and Ottoman civilisations. Though dilapidated from years of neglect, Hasankeyf still enchants – fish seem to jump into the nets of fishermen, storks roost on the peaks of ancient minarets. It is fitting that they nest here: Kurdish children learn that storks, leg leg in Kurdish, come from the south, the direction of Mecca and Medina, and so are referred to as hajis – one who has made the pilgrimage – or haji leg leg.
But 80km downstream from Hasankeyf – which means “rock fort” from the Arabic hisn, rock, and keyfa, fort – lies a very serious threat to its future. At the village of Ilisu, a huge dam is being planned and constructed by the Turkish government. When the project is finished, Hasankeyf will be inundated, submerging thousands of years of history.
Name of source: http://www.azzaman.com
SOURCE: http://www.azzaman.com (3-19-08)
The head archaeologist Mohammed Yahya said the town is more than 20,000 square meters in area and includes administrative quarters, temples and other buildings of “magnificent and splendid design”
Yahya, who is the head of the provincial Antiquities Department in the Province of Diwaniya, where the new Babylonian town was discovered, said he still lacks evidence on the town’s ancient name.
Name of source: Fox News
SOURCE: Fox News (3-22-08)
It might not have mattered if they had.
Current state law does not specifically list hanging a noose as a crime. The No Nooses Act attempts to change that by adding the hanging of a noose to a list of actions already specifically identified as crimes, including the burning of objects and the defacing of property.
The legislation "creates a whole separate crime," said Delegate Victor Ramirez, D-Prince George's, one of the bill's four sponsors.
Name of source: NYT op ed
SOURCE: NYT op ed (3-23-08)
While there is no doubt that she had an intimate view of foreign policy during her husband’s presidency, her claims that she was a central player on counterterrorism, Ireland, Africa and the Balkans have come under intense scrutiny in recent weeks.
The release last week of more than 11,000 pages of her public schedule as first lady presents an opportunity for a closer examination of those claims.
SOURCE: NYT op ed (3-21-08)
The long-awaited documents, released in response to a Freedom of Information Act request and a lawsuit, show her daily activities, from meeting with foreign dignitaries to designing the White House Christmas card.
In some ways, they provide support for her assertion that she played a central public and private role in the policies of the Clinton administration. But there are redactions on more than 4,400 pages, and most days contain an entry for a “private meeting” that gives no clue as to with whom she was meeting or about what.
SOURCE: NYT op ed (3-22-08)
A new, more detailed analysis of a fossil thigh bone found eight years ago in Kenya yielded strong evidence that the species Orrorin tugensis stood and walked on its hind limbs. The scientists said this was the earliest known example of bipedal locomotion.
Name of source: The Newsletter of the New York American Revolution Round Table
SOURCE: The Newsletter of the New York American Revolution Round Table (3-19-08)
Name of source: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk
SOURCE: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk (3-20-08)
The leaders of the four main churches in Ireland - including Catholic Cardinal Sean Brady - came together at St Patrick's Church of Ireland Cathedral in Armagh, Ireland's ecclesiastical capital, to watch Her Majesty distribute Maundy Money at the traditional pre-Easter religious service.
It was the first time that the historical service, which dates back more than seven centuries, had taken place outside England or Wales.
Name of source: http://news.yahoo.com
SOURCE: http://news.yahoo.com (3-21-08)
The program comes after years of heated debate with Germany's neighbors on how best to memorialize the hardship suffered by millions of Germans left homeless after borders shifted westward in 1945, without diminishing the crimes of the Nazis during the war.
The center in downtown Berlin will include a permanent exhibit on the displaced Germans but also will provide information on expulsions of other peoples throughout history and around the globe, said Thomas Steg, a spokesman for Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Germany sparks Polish anger with war museum
Name of source: http://www.telegraphindia.com
SOURCE: http://www.telegraphindia.com (3-21-08)
There’s little for Charlie to check now, but he may still have a point. At a euro a shot for shutterbugs, his act on the sandbags earns him a healthy daily wage. And for five euros more, he’ll emboss your passport with all the visas you no more require to go this way or that. “Original,” he says, as he assumes the concurrent consular authority of many nations present and gone. “Original and totally legal, and you won’t get it anywhere else.”
Name of source: Times (UK)
SOURCE: Times (UK) (3-21-08)
Pieter de Grebber’s Study of a Reading Man will be returned to the family of Abe Gutnajer, an antiques dealer murdered in the Warsaw ghetto in 1942 by the Nazis, who confiscated his property.
Name of source: USA Today
SOURCE: USA Today (3-19-08)
Jewish organizations are alerting the estimated 20,000 survivors in the USA who worked in ghettos. The German government estimates that 50,000 people around the world are eligible for the Ghetto Labor Compensation Fund.
The U.S. Congress and Jewish organizations lobbied Germany after the country denied 90% of the pension applications from ghetto workers, says Volker Schmidt, a lawyer with Bet Tzedek Legal Services. Bet Tzedek, based in Los Angeles, helps survivors file applications.
Name of source: Haaretz
SOURCE: Haaretz (3-20-08)
Stephan Kramer, secretary general of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, said in Hamburg, "we charge Google with aiding and abetting racial hatred and discrimination on its YouTube video- platform subsidiary.
"We applied this week for an injunction from a court in Hamburg."
Name of source: http://www.timesonline.com (PA)
SOURCE: http://www.timesonline.com (PA) (3-21-08)
Key, who served with the 4th Regiment of U.S. Colored Troops and was disabled by a Confederate bullet in 1864, lies in an unmarked grave at Freedom’s Oak Grove Cemetery.
That could soon change thanks to Ron Ciani and Pat Riley, two Beaver County men with an interest in history, but no ties to Key.
“This man put his life on the line for his country in the face of slavery and prejudice,” said Ciani, who has been researching Key’s life for 10 years. “Can you imagine what the Confederates would have done if they had captured him?”
Ciani of Freedom and Riley, president of the Legion Ville Historical Society, are working to get Key a military tombstone through the Veterans Administration. Chances are good that they will succeed.
Name of source: International Herald Tribune
SOURCE: International Herald Tribune (3-20-08)
And, in contrast to the Korean tradition of aligning graves toward the south, those here, arranged in neat rows, all face north. In other words, they all look homeward.
Decades after they fell in combat during the 1950-53 Korean War or their postwar espionage missions ended in gunfights with South Korean troops, the Communist warriors buried here still await a trip home. Their remains are unclaimed by their government, which denies sending armed infiltrators into the South.
Name of source: Gateway Pundit (Click here to view charts.)
SOURCE: Gateway Pundit (Click here to view charts.) (3-19-08)
Batan Death March (one week)-- 10,000
Battle of Guadalcanal (186 days)-- 7,099
Battle of Guam (20 Days)-- 3,000
Operation Market Garden (9 days)-- 3,664
Battle of the Bulge (41 days)-- 19,276
Battle of Iwo Jima (39 days)-- 6,821
Battle of Pusan Perimeter (61 days-Korea)-- 6,706
Name of source: Live Science
SOURCE: Live Science (3-20-08)
The researchers examined genetic markers across the human genome, in hundreds of individuals drawn from 13 mestizo populations found in seven Latin American countries. The picture obtained is that of a great variation in ancestry within and across regions, linked to and led by the colonization that occurred. It also appears that mostly Native and African women and European men contributed genes to the subsequent generations.
Interestingly, despite the fact that the European colonization occurred centuries ago, Latin Americans still preserve the genetic heritage of the local (in many cases now extinct) Native populations that mixed with the immigrants. This connection with the past has not been erased despite the current high mobility of individuals. Furthermore, it brings to life the "brotherhood" of each Latin American population to the Native populations that currently inhabit different countries.
In addition to providing a window into the past, the authors hope that these analyses will contribute to the design of studies aimed at identifying genes for diseases with different frequency in Native Americans and Europeans.
Name of source: Hartford Courant
SOURCE: Hartford Courant (3-21-08)
State legislators took up the issue Thursday of Connecticut's witch trials, the result of efforts by 14-year-old Addie Avery and her mother, Debra Avery, descendants of a Hartford woman accused of witchcraft and probably hanged. The judiciary committee discussed a resolution that would absolve the approximately 40 residents accused of practicing witchcraft in the mid- to late-17th century.
Clearing the names of the victims of Connecticut's witch hysteria has been a project of the Averys, who live in Washington, Conn., since they learned a few years ago that they are directly related to Mary Sanford, one of the accused.
Because all but two of those executed were women, the Averys and Cayer also see the resolution as a women's rights issue.
Debra Avery has also said that the topic is close to her because of her family's spiritual beliefs, which she describes as pagan.
If the resolution gains full legislative approval, Connecticut would be the third state — after Massachusetts and Virginia — to clear the accused of wrongdoing.
Name of source: Secrecy News, written by Steven Aftergood, is published by the Federation of American Scientists
The five-volume report affirmed that there was"no 'smoking gun' (i.e., direct connection) between Saddam's Iraq and al Qaeda." But it also said there was"strong evidence that links the regime of Saddam Hussein to regional and global terrorism."
Although the report was publicly released on March 13, the Department of Defense declined to publish it online, offering instead to provide copies on disk. The full five-volume study has now been posted on the Federation of American Scientists web site. See"Iraqi Perspectives Project: Saddam and Terrorism: Emerging Insights from Captured Iraqi Documents," Institute for Defense Analyses, November 2007, redacted and released March 2008:
The study was first reported prior to release by Warren P. Strobel of McClatchy Newspapers. The first of the five volumes was previously posted on the ABC News web site. The latter volumes include hundreds of pages of captured Iraqi documents, declassified and translated into English.
The Defense Intelligence Agency"made every effort to balance national security concerns, requirements of law, and the needs of an informed democracy and focused the redactions to the necessary minimum," the report states.
The Iraqi documents themselves are an eclectic, uneven bunch.
One of them, a fifty-page Iraqi"intelligence" analysis, disparages the austerely conservative Wahhabi school of Islam by claiming that its eighteenth century founder, Ibn 'Abd al Wahhab, had ancestors who were Jews.
In what must be the only laugh-out-loud line in the generally dismal five-volume report, the Iraqi analysis states that Ibn 'Abd al Wahhab's grandfather's true name was not"Sulayman" but"Shulman."
"Tawran confirms that Sulayman, the grandfather of the sheikh, is (Shulman); he is Jew from the merchants of the city of Burstah in Turkey, he had left it and settled in Damascus, grew his beard, and wore the Muslim turban, but was thrown out for being voodoo" (at page 20 of 56).
The analysis, produced by the Air Defense Security System of Iraq's General Military Intelligence Directorate, is not a very reliable guide to Islamic or Jewish history, though it may explain something about Iraq's air defenses.