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Name of source: Reuters
SOURCE: Reuters (9-24-08)
At least 600 firefighters are battling the blaze high in the Andes mountains. They have brought the fire under control at times, only to see it whipped up again by winds.
Two ancient sites, Wayna Q'ente and Torontoy, were hit by flames, though the government did not say how extensive the damage was.
SOURCE: Reuters (9-24-08)
It was the 10th mass grave found in the village of Kamenica, in an area labeled "Death Valley," that contained the remains of many of about 8,000 Muslim men and boys killed by Bosnian Serb forces as they fled Srebrenica in July 1995.
Name of source: BBC News (Click here to watch clips.)
SOURCE: BBC News (Click here to watch clips.) (9-23-08)
The National Museum of Wales says the Romans probably planted domesticated varieties to flavour their stews.
The museum has recreated a Roman-design garden at the National Roman Legion Museum in Caerleon, near Newport.
SOURCE: BBC News (Click here to watch clips.) (9-24-08)
Name of source: Telegraph (UK)
The eight-inch-wide green note was issued by the Treasury on August 30, 1948, in connection with the Marshall Aid Plan after the Second World War.
The note, which is no longer legal tender, is expected to fetch up to £40,000 when it is auctioned by Spink, the specialist auctioneers, on October 1.
River proprietors claim it would be "recklessly irresponsible" to release the mammals in the wild without studying the likely impact on fish stocks.
They are concerned that the return of the European beaver, which is due to be released as part of a trial reintroduction next spring, could damage salmon and sea trout numbers.
The moment was greeted with little fanfare in a Tesco store in west London, but marked one of the most important landmarks in the colourful history of weights and measures.
Strict laws, stretching back to Assize of Bread and Ale of 1266, have meant that no baker in England has been allowed to bake a loaf unless it conforms to a certain weight.
Until yesterday, all bread that went on sale – from a sliced white loaf, to a baguette, ciabatta or bloomer – had to weigh 400g or multiples thereof, unless it was a small bun or "morning pastry", as the legislation phrases it.
The plan to abolish the Act of Settlement could ultimately lead to the disestablishment of the Church of England.
The Act also prevents Muslims and other non-Protestants from succeeding to the throne.
It was mentioned in medieval travellers' accounts but Soviet dictator Josef Stalin banned any research into the city and the Khazars, fearing it would prove Russia was descended from a Jewish state.
The city made a fortune from trade but its prosperity declined and in the 14th century it was flooded by the Caspian Sea.
Now a nine-year dig has unearthed the city including the foundations of a fortress, according to archeologists at Russia's Astrakhan State University....
Yevgeny Satanovsky, director of the Middle Eastern Institute in Moscow, said he believes the Khazar elite chose Judaism out of political expediency – to remain independent of neighboring Muslim and Christian states. "They embraced Judaism because they wanted to remain neutral, like Switzerland these days," he said.
The study of the Khazar empire was discouraged in the Soviet Union. Stalin detested the idea that a Jewish empire had come before Russia's own. He ordered references to Khazar history removed from textbooks because they "disproved his theory of Russian statehood," Mr Satanovsky added.
The properties include Middlethorpe Hall near York, a William III country house that served as a nightclub for an inglorious decade before being rescued by businessman Richard Broyd.
Hartwell House, a Jacobean and Georgian property set in 90 acres of grounds near Aylesbury, Bucks, has also been handed to the Trust along with Bodysgallen Hall in North Wales, which dates back to the 13th century.
Mr Broyd has handed over the properties, which are all hotels, to ensure they are protected in perpetuity. Paperwork on the deal to transfer the freehold on the properties is to be signed this week.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (9-23-08)
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (9-23-08)
Maria Gracinda Teixeira, 77, described the Republican presidential nominee as romantic and a "good kisser".
In a 1999 autobiography, Faith of My Fathers, Mr McCain fondly related his whirlwind passion for the beautiful Brazilian, but did not reveal her name.
"We danced on the terrace overlooking the bay until 1am, when I felt her cheek was moist," he wrote. "'What's the matter?' I asked. 'I'll never see you again,' she replied."
Ms Teixeira, who was tracked down by Brazilian reporters, said she was thrilled the Arizona senator had written about her.
"We met because I used to have lunch near the docks," she said. "He is so cute. But I never imagined he would write about me, that was a surprise."
Name of source: MSNBC
SOURCE: MSNBC (9-25-08)
Name of source: Spiegel Online
SOURCE: Spiegel Online (9-17-08)
Linz is taking on a lot. On New Year's Eve the Austrian city will kick off a three-day opening festival with fireworks and drum rolls, to celebrate its year as Europe's 2009 Capital of Culture. Under the direction of Martin Heller, it's planning an intensive program of exhibitions, concerts, festivals, theater performances and readings.
Name of source: WSJ
SOURCE: WSJ (9-25-08)
Dictator Josef Stalin made the final cut Wednesday in a Kremlin-backed contest to identify Russia's most significant historical figure, though he was stripped of almost one million votes organizers called "illegal."
The "Name of Russia" contest is part of a broad effort by the Kremlin and state media to strengthen national pride, drawing on Russia's Soviet and Czarist past. But the campaign has turned into a political minefield.
When the online contest kicked off in June, Internet voting gave Stalin a huge lead, before a grass-roots campaign pushed Czar Nicholas II into first place. Other figures went on to occupy the top slot but Stalin always remained a close second.
Name of source: Los Angeles Times
SOURCE: Los Angeles Times (9-24-08)
Rice's written response to investigators on the Senate Armed Services Committee marks the first time a high-ranking White House official has formally acknowledged the White House discussions, which led to the CIA's use of waterboarding and other coercive methods.
In particular, Rice wrote in the Sept. 12 statement that officials discussed simulated torture techniques that elite U.S. soldiers were subjected to as part of a survival training program, and that she and other officials were told that such methods "had been deemed not to cause significant physical or psychological harm."
Rice, who was serving as national security advisor at the time of the discussions, did not identify the source of that assertion. She was referring to a U.S. military program known as Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape, or SERE, which at times has included waterboarding and other controversial methods subsequently employed by the CIA.
SOURCE: Los Angeles Times (9-24-08)
They know that for many Americans, Ole Miss means little more than the deadly 1962 riot sparked by the matriculation of the first black student, James Meredith, and the 1990s-era controversy over the display of the Confederate flag at football games.
But if the debate goes off as planned, it will provide the 160-year-old school with the opportunity to show, once and for all, that it has moved beyond its old, infamous and self-destructive reputation as a bastion of white supremacy.
First, of course, the school will have to wait and see if the debate takes place...
Name of source: History Today
The decree of 31st March 2003 formally incorporated the journée nationale into the calendar of national commemorative ceremonies. It stipulated that an official ceremony would be held in Paris every 25th September and that the regional prefects were responsible for the organisation of local celebrations in their department.
In previous years, however, there has been very scant coverage of the journée nationale in the national press. This year, news of the programme of celebrations is similarly very difficult to find in both the national and local press. On the websites of three of the biggest national newspapers Le Figaro, Le Monde and Libération there is no mention of the journée nationale; nor is there any coverage of the ceremony in Paris in the local Parisian paper Le Parisien.
Name of source: Times (UK)
SOURCE: Times (UK) (9-25-08)
A City of London restaurant is offering a menu inspired by the exploits of Sir Ernest Shackleton that packs in a massive 6,000 calories.
The £75 four-course blow-out includes pork scratchings, a 20oz steak and “hoosh”, a thick stew eaten by the pioneering explorer, all washed down with wine, beer and an ice cream shake. There is a modern twist on the hoosh - while Shackleton and his men made it with penguin, the 21st century version will use goose.
The meal, which is being offered at the Green Door Bar and Grill in the City of London, contains three days worth of an adult woman’s recommended calorie intake. For every meal sold the restaurant will donate £10 to the Shackleton Foundation, a new charity to fund projects embodying the adventurer’s spirit and hunger for “calculated risk”
The feast's calorific value matches the amount that seven-strong British team hoping to complete Shackleton’s failed journey to the South Pole a century ago must eat each day to maintain their strength.
Henry Worsley, leader of the modern-day adventurers and a descendant of Frank Worsley, Shackleton's skipper on the Endurance, said: “Obviously this isn’t a meal for the faint-hearted, but I’m sure there are a few people in the City who’ll be up for the challenge.
“There will, of course, be honour and recognition in the case of success.”
Mr Worsley and two fellow adventurers, also descended from members of the original team, will set off on October 29 on the same 900-mile, 80-day route chosen for Shackleton’s 1908/09 Nimrod expedition. They will meet the other four 97 miles from the Pole, where their predecessors were forced to turn back on January 9 1909 in the face of howling icy blizzards and dwindling rations.
Name of source: Telegraph
SOURCE: Telegraph (9-25-08)
The Act also prevents Muslims and other non-Protestants from succeeding to the throne.
Scrapping it would also end the practice of primogeniture where male heirs are given priority in the succession. That could pave the way for a first-born daughter of Prince William to ultimately succeed him as monarch.
It was reported last night that Chris Bryant, a Labour MP drawing up options for contstitional reform, is backing the scrapping of the Act.
Mr Bryant, an aide to Harriet Harman, the Labour deputy leader, has now passed his recommendations to Wilf Stevenson, one of the Prime Minister's advisers.
SOURCE: Telegraph (9-22-08)
Forme of Cury, which was written in 1390 in Middle English, details more than 200 recipes that were cooked in the royal household, including blank mang (a sweet dish of meat, milk, sugar and almonds) and mortrews (ground and spiced pork).
The book is one of 40 rare manuscripts that are being digitally photographed and put on the internet by the University of Manchester's John Rylands University Library.
Other Middle English manuscripts include one of the earliest existing editions of the complete Canterbury Tales by Chaucer, John Lydgate's two major poems Troy Book and Fall of Princes, and 500-year-old translations of the Bible into English.
The work, which will be carried out using a state-of-the-art high-definition camera, will begin next month and is due to be completed by late 2009.
Name of source: FoxNews.com
SOURCE: FoxNews.com (9-24-08)
The university's chancellor, Robert Khayat, a former Ole Miss football star, sees the debate as an unprecedented opportunity to supplant the image of the university formed in 1962, when white students and residents rioted, leaving two dead, in protest against the enrollment of the university's first black student, James Meredith.
"For many people, 1962 is locked in their memory, as far as Ole Miss is concerned," Khayat said. "Now, 46 years later, we're hosting the presidential debate and one of the candidates is an African-American. That, I think, speaks volumes about where we were and where we are."
SOURCE: FoxNews.com (9-23-08)
Win Tin, 78, a journalist-turned-activist who helped found Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition party in 1988, was one of at least seven political prisoners released, according to Amnesty International. There are still an estimated 2,100 political prisoners held in Burma, the rights group said.
Name of source: WFSB
SOURCE: WFSB (9-24-08)
Name of source: CNN
SOURCE: CNN (9-24-08)
Prosecutors said they lodged a request for an investigation against Hungarian citizen Sandor Kepiro with the Belgrade war crimes court. The move is the first step toward an indictment and a trial.
Prosecutors also urged the court to seek Kepiro's extradition to Serbia.
SOURCE: CNN (9-24-08)
And while he insisted Iran's nuclear activities are peaceful, Ahmadinejad blamed the same powers for seeking to hinder it "by exerting political and economic pressures on Iran, and threatening and pressuring" the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Those powers, meanwhile, are building or maintaining nuclear stockpiles themselves, unchecked by anyone, he said.
As Ahmadinejad spoke, the only person at the United States table was a note-taker; no U.S. diplomat was present. When President Bush spoke earlier Tuesday, however, Ahmadinejad was in the room.
Name of source: AFP
SOURCE: AFP (9-23-08)
"The Universal Heritage Committee of UNESCO has agreed to add the city of Samarra to its list of world heritage sites," a statement said.
Samarra, north of Baghdad in Sunni Salaheddin province, gained prominence after the Shiite Al-Askari shrine there was bombed on February 22, 2006, by Al-Qaeda fighters.
That attack sparked nationwide brutal sectarian violence which killed tens of thousands of people, mostly in Baghdad.
Name of source: AP
The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation announced Wednesday that it was creating The Peopling of America Center within the museum to tell the history of those who arrived before and after the peak immigration years between 1892 and 1954.
The story of the migration to America "goes back to the beginning of the country and comes up to the present. So there were a good number of people whose stories weren't told at Ellis Island," said Stephen Briganti, the foundation's president and chief executive...
Exhibits will focus on the arrival of Native Americans, who are believed to have migrated to North America more than 10,000 years ago across the Bering Sea from Asia; Europeans who landed on the Eastern seaboard from the 1600s through 1892; Africans brought here forcibly by slave traders; and today's immigrants from all over the globe.
The dispute has arisen over whether to open the grave of Federico Garcia Lorca, widely considered Spain's best 20th century poet and playwright.
At the start of the 1936-39 war, Viznar, near the ancient city of Granada, became one of many execution grounds for perceived opponents of Francisco Franco, the army general who unleashed the conflict by rising up against the elected, leftist Republican government...
Garcia Lorca was shot along with a schoolteacher named Dioscoro Galindo Gonzalez and two labor union activists — Francisco Galadi and Juan Arcolla — on Aug. 18, 1936. Their bodies are believed buried near an olive tree near Viznar...
While his executioners may have wanted to erase all memory of Garcia Lorca, a dispute over whether to open his grave is now a focus of a broader effort to give proper burial to the thousands believed murdered by Franco's militias.
The boxy neoclassical building on the grounds of the immense chateau at Versailles reopened Wednesday after a yearlong, $7.34 million renovation funded by Swiss watchmaker Breguet, which once made a timepiece for the queen...
Curators said they wanted to avoid a stuffy museum feel, making it seem as though the 18th-century French queen and her entourage had just stepped away for a moment.
Instead of glass cases to hold period china, for example, curators had cupboards rebuilt in keeping with period plans. They restored servants' quarters, giving a clearer idea of how royalty and their help would have interacted.
SOURCE: AP (9-23-08)
"When the stock market crashed, Franklin D. Roosevelt got on the television and didn't just talk about the, you know, the princes of greed. He said, 'Look, here's what happened,"' Barack Obama's running mate recently told the "CBS Evening News.Except, Republican Herbert Hoover was in office when the stock market crashed in October 1929.
FDR was elected three years later when voters denied Hoover a second term. The Democratic challenger appealed to the "forgotten man" by promising a "new deal" to solve the Depression era.
Democrats usually like to remind the public that a Republican was president during the 1929 stock market crash. During the 2004 presidential election, John Kerry's campaign repeatedly cited Hoover as the last president until George W. Bush to oversee a loss of jobs during his time in office.
Biden was commenting on the stock market crash when he said leaders should explain the current economic crisis and how to solve it to the public.
Name of source: WaPo
SOURCE: WaPo (9-24-08)
The stock market has gone nuts, and the federal government is treating Wall Street with experimental cures that will cost nearly $1 trillion. An unpopular foreign war, now in its sixth year, has resulted in more than 4,100 American deaths. For the first time in history, the presidential campaign includes an African American candidate for president and a Republican female candidate for vice president.
Taken together, these data points give this moment in American history a once-in-a-great-while feel of Something Large. But if this is truly a pivot in time, its most peculiar feature may be how un-peculiar it feels. For all the social and political upheaval, for all the 60-point headlines and for all the bipartisan calls for change, there is plenty of unease -- but a very notable lack of unrest.
It's as though the gods of turmoil threw a party and nobody came. When was the last time you saw a street protest? Or a burning effigy? Or a teach-in? Or a boycott? It's kind of odd: We have the sense that this is an emergency, but open the window and give a listen. There aren't any sirens.
SOURCE: WaPo (9-23-08)
The position was created more than a year ago in the wake of scandal at the institution. Stonesifer will take over from current chairman Roger Sant in late January.
SOURCE: WaPo (9-21-08)
The county played a key role in the war's early stages, hosting the first major battle -- the First Battle of Bull Run, or First Battle of Manassas -- at what is now Manassas National Battlefield Park. Although that event and other large battles in Prince William are more well known, there are other, smaller events to commemorate in the county that will help deepen knowledge of the war and its social, political and economic significance, said Brendon Hanafin, director of the county's historical preservation office.
Name of source: BBC News
SOURCE: BBC News (9-24-08)
Mr Pean wrote that the Tutsis had a culture of lies and deceit, and this had somehow spread to the Hutus.
He said it made investigating Rwanda "an almost impossible task". Some 800,000 Rwandan Tutsis and moderate Hutus were slaughtered in 1994.
A French rights group, SOS Racisme, filed the lawsuit against Mr Pean.
The case against him is backed by the public prosecutor. It centres on four pages in Mr Pean's book Noires Fureurs, Blancs Menteurs (Black Furies, White Liars), published in 2005.
In remarks broadcast on French radio on Wednesday, Mr Pean said he "wrote a book on lies, misinformation, which were, I believe, conducted through extremely elaborate methods, whereby a dictatorial regime wanted people to believe in lies".
An investigative journalist, Mr Pean wrote a bestseller about former French President Francois Mitterrand, among other works.
Name of source: BBC
SOURCE: BBC (9-23-08)
Yet current events are clearly not in the same league.
"I don't think so, considering that the Great Depression had thousands of banks failing and people losing their life savings, 25% unemployment and social unrest and tent cities of the poor," says Allan Sloan, Washington Post and Fortune magazine columnist.
The US government may end up spending trillions of dollars dealing with the problems, but so far, with unemployment at about 6% and arguments going on about whether the US economy is even in recession, it seems frivolous to mention the current crisis in the same sentence as the Great Depression.
However bad things seem at the moment, they could be a great deal worse.
SOURCE: BBC (9-23-08)
For some scholars, a historical connection to Islam is a "missing link" that explains why English common law is so different from classical Roman legal systems that hold sway across much of the rest of Europe.
It's a controversial idea. Common law has inspired legal systems across the world. What's more, calls for the UK to accommodate Islamic Sharia law have caused public outcry.
Name of source: NYT
SOURCE: NYT (9-23-08)
“It’s not harder than the current exam,” said Alfonso Aguilar, chief of the citizenship office at Citizenship and Immigration Services, the agency that devises and administers the test. “In fact, for some it may be easier.”
At the crux of the debate is a list of 100 questions that applicants will have to study to prepare for the new test, which takes effect on Oct. 1.
During the naturalization interview, an immigration officer will ask the applicant 10 of the questions spanning a range of difficulty. The applicant must correctly answer six questions to pass that portion of the interview.
Name of source: http://www.winchesterstar.com
SOURCE: http://www.winchesterstar.com (9-24-08)
To their surprise, the response was greater than expected, especially after the guide got some exposure in a Richmond Times-Dispatch story.
“We were inundated,” said Elizabeth Stern, the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation’s associate director for policy and communications, of the telephone requests that came pouring into her office. “We couldn’t get an outside line for days.”
“Shenandoah at War” provides a comprehensive story of Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson’s Valley Campaign. It features 15 battlefields between McDowell and Win
Name of source: AHA Blog
SOURCE: AHA Blog (9-22-08)
Name of source: Chronicle of Higher Ed
SOURCE: Chronicle of Higher Ed (9-22-08)
Until Reagan ran for reelection in 1984, debates were a hit-and-miss thing. Only when both candidates thought it was in their interest to debate would debates take place. In 1960, the younger and less experienced candidate, John F. Kennedy, wanted to debate in order to close the stature gap with Vice President Richard Nixon. Nixon wanted to debate because he was trailing in the polls and thought he was a really great debater.
In each of the next three elections, no debates occurred because one candidate believed he had more to lose than to gain. President Lyndon B. Johnson, who was way ahead in the polls in 1964, and President Nixon, who was way ahead in 1972, saw nothing to be gained from appearing side by side on live television with their debate-hungry opponents. Nixon avoided debates in 1968 because — surprise! —he’d gotten skunked in 1960.
In 1976 and 1980, debates occurred because the interests of the candidates coincided. Former Georgia governor Jimmy Carter wanted to debate President Gerald Ford in 1976 to establish his presidential bona fides, and Ford wanted to debate Carter because he was way behind in the polls. In 1980 it was the incumbent Carter who was way behind and the challenger Reagan who wanted the luster of a joint appearance with the president.
Nineteen eighty-four was the crucial year. Reagan was both the incumbent president and miles ahead, the exact formula for backing off from debates. But Reagan just thought debates were something a candidate ought to do, and two debates took place between him and his opponent, Walter Mondale. (The first one, in which Reagan seemed doddery at times, cost him dearly until he turned in a strong appearance in the second.)
Name of source: McClatchy
SOURCE: McClatchy (9-22-08)
But should someone's health, vigor and resting pulse rate make a whit of difference as a barometer of performance as president? And is it fair to compare the health and wellness of candidates who have a 25-year age gap, as is the case with Barack Obama and John McCain?
Yes, says presidential historian Allan Lichtman, author of "The Keys to the White House" and other political books.
"Sure, it reflects the superficiality of politics, but it also reflects a reality a modern president has to go through," says Lichtman, a professor at American University in Washington, D.C. "Health and fitness of a candidate is a legitimate issue. The president is under enormous pressures and tensions.
"And when you look at the two candidates, the electorate is bound to make (physical) comparisons. Robust health has been a positive image for a president for over a century."
Name of source: http://www.dailymail.com
SOURCE: http://www.dailymail.com (9-9-08)
"They hated the blue devils (Union troops), and they had nice hearts," he said of Confederate soldiers. "The rebels stood strong. They didn't have anything, but they still held together."
A fifth-grader at St. Francis Assisi School in St. Albans, Zane shared his love for Civil War history last weekend by hosting a re-enactment at St. Albans City Park. With the help of adult re-enactors, Zane and about 20 of his classmates staged The Battle of the Wilderness, a bloody Civil War skirmish in central Virginia that was a draw between Confederate and Union troops.
Name of source: http://www.thecentralvirginian.com
SOURCE: http://www.thecentralvirginian.com (9-22-08)
Name of source: LiveScience
SOURCE: LiveScience (9-22-08)
Investigators have assumed that our ancestors also quickly realized the advantages of flame-cooked food — easy chewing and digestion — though clear evidence has been hard to find. A new study bolsters that idea, showing that we share our fondness for cooked grub with our wild cousins, the great apes.
Name of source: Newsletter of the American Revolution Round Table of New York
SOURCE: Newsletter of the American Revolution Round Table of New York (9-22-08)
The treaty also meant the end of the two years of menacing uncertainty that followed the American victory at Yorktown in 1781. Far from ending the war, Yorktown left the United States bankrupt and deeply divided about its future. The Continental Congress owed millions of dollars in back pay and pensions to George Washington’s soldiers. The congressmen could not persuade the 13 states of the shaky union to give them the power to raise so much as a penny in taxes. Meanwhile, inflation ravaged the millions of paper dollars issued by Congress until "not worth a Continental" became a wry synonym for worthlessness.
The Treaty of Paris rescued America from these embarrassments. On December 2, 1783, when news of the treaty reached Philadelphia, elation swept the city. The woes of the present receded and people began remembering the Revolution’s glory days. That unforgettable first week in July, 776, when Congress defiantly ratified Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence even though they knew a huge British fleet and army were about to attack New York. The wild excitement of the last week of that tumultuous year, when General Washington’s do or die victories at Trenton and Princeton rescued Philadelphia from capture by a seemingly unbeatable British army. The heroic patience of the suffering army at Valley Forge in the following year and its emergence from that ordeal on the highest imaginable point: Ben Franklin had negotiated an alliance with France!
To celebrate the Treaty of Paris, the Pennsylvania Assembly voted to erect a triumphal arch that spanned Market Street between Sixth and Seventh Streets. On it were thirteen paintings by Charles Willson Peale. Some honored General Washington and the alliance with France. Others hailed the future prosperity of the United States. The arch soon became the centerpiece of a boisterous celebration, with fireworks, oratory, parading soldiers and martial music.
On September 10, 2008, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts launched a visual celebration of the Treaty of Paris, in collaboration with the American Revolution Center. It is a veritable feast of historic paintings and fascinating artifacts that bring the Revolution to life in all its variety and drama. On September 12, Tom Fleming spoke on "The Mind and Heart of the Indispensable Man, George Washington." He was joined by Peter Lillbach, who has written a fascinating book, The Sacred Fire, about Washington’s religious faith.
Name of source: http://www.newsline.com.pk
SOURCE: http://www.newsline.com.pk (9-23-08)
Known as 'Udyana' (garden) in the Hindu scriptures, the valley has turned into a hotbed of violence since Maulana Fazlullah, a firebrand cleric-turned-Taliban commander, started propagating extremist religious messages through an illegal FM radio station in July 2006, and the Taliban took over.
Audio shops, girls' schools and public places were attacked, killing and injuring hundreds of innocent people. Fazlullah's militants did not even spare Buddhist statues, monasteries and rock carvings, as they viewed these sites as being the remnants of an infidel civilisation whose obliteration would give them a high place in paradise.