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Name of source: Spiegel Online
SOURCE: Spiegel Online (11-11-08)
When it comes to remembering the World War I, most of us have had to content ourselves with a visual inheritance almost exclusively limited to black and white photography. No longer.
In a new book edited by historian Peter Walther, an extraordinary set of color images from the wartime photographer Hands Hilderbrand will be published for the first time. The pictures force us to alter our impression of the war as a gray and cloudy affair, confronting us instead with an unsettling portait of devastating iridescence.
As Europeans massacred one another with unprecedented efficiency on the fields of Flanders, they were greeted with sunshine and lush landscapes. As rounds of amunition dimpled the topography of Belgium and France, a new season would cause flowers to bloom over the craters left by explosive shells.
Name of source: Deutsche Welle
SOURCE: Deutsche Welle (11-12-08)
Fritz Kirchmeier, spokesman for the German war graves authority VDK, said 330 soldiers would be buried on Wednesday, Nov. 12, in the cemetery in the western Czech town of Cheb.
The rest, including 450 civilians, would be buried over the next two or three weeks, he added.
The bodies were found at sites across the Czech Republic by the VDK, which takes responsibility for about two million German graves from the two world wars in 830 cemeteries throughout Europe.
According to Kirchmeier, about 300 living families related to the dead soldiers have been identified. A ceremony on Wednesday was to be attended by some 20 officials, while the relatives would be invited at a later date.
SOURCE: Deutsche Welle (11-10-08)
The head of the office, Kurt Schrimm, said he hopes the prosecutors in Munich will seek extradition of 88-year-old Demjanjuk from the United States, where he immigrated in the 1950s and worked in the car industry.
Ukrainian-born Demjanjuk is accused of having having participated in the murder in 1943 of at least 29,000 European Jews at the death camps in Sobibor and Treblinka, Poland, during World War II.
"We have managed to obtain hundred of documents and have also found a number of witnesses who spoke out against Demjanjuk," Schrimm told the Reuters news agency.
"For the first time we have even found lists of names of the people who Demjanjuk personally led into the gas chambers. We have no doubt that he is responsible for the death of over 29,000 Jews," Schrimm added.
US authorities extradited him to Israel in 1986 after his alleged role in the Holocaust became known in the 1970s.
He was accused of crimes committed at the Treblinka death camp, where survivors said he was given the nickname Ivan the Terrible for his alleged crimes.
Name of source: CNN
"I regret saying some things I shouldn't have said," Bush told CNN's Heidi Collins when asked to reflect on his regrets over his two terms as president. "Like 'dead or alive' and 'bring 'em on.' My wife reminded me that, hey, as president of the United States, be careful what you say."
The interview, aboard the USS Intrepid in New York, came after the president addressed a Veterans Day ceremony.
Acevedo shows few emotions as he scans the pages of his diary. But when he gets to one of his final entries, the decades of pent-up pain, the horror witnessed by a 20-year-old medic, are too much.
"We were liberated today, April the 23, 1945," he reads.
His body shakes, and he begins sobbing. "Sorry," he says, tears rolling down his face. "I'm sorry."
Acevedo's story is one that was never supposed to be told. "We had to sign an affidavit ... [saying] we never went through what we went through. We weren't supposed to say a word," he says.
The U.S. Army Center of Military History provided CNN a copy of the document signed by soldiers at the camp before they were sent back home. "You must be particularly on your guard with persons representing the press," it says. "You must give no account of your experience in books, newspapers, periodicals, or in broadcasts or in lectures."
Not long after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Harry and Ken Akune were sent to live in an internment camp in Amache, Colorado. When the U.S. Army's Military Intelligence Service came to their camp to recruit Japanese-speaking volunteers as interpreters, they joined so they could prove their loyalty to their country.
Across the world in Japan, their father Ichiro was raising the rest of his large family -- which had returned to his home country after the death of his wife -- in a fishing village, Kagoshima, on the island of Kyushu. The youngest brothers, Saburo and Shiro, were just teenagers when they were drafted into the Imperial Japanese Navy.
Farrakhan said he feared his support would hurt Obama's campaign.
At the call to prayer Sunday at Mosque Maryam, Farrakhan praised President-elect Barack Obama.
"President-elect Obama's rise has not only given hope to us, but it has given hope to the world," Farrakhan said.
The fiery, and at times controversial, Farrakhan says he stayed out of politics recently as to not hurt Obama's chance to win the White House.
Edith Shain of Los Angeles, donning a white nurse's uniform like the one she wore back in 1945, went to see the musical revival of "South Pacific" and posed for pictures, being hoisted off her feet on stage by five of the actors in their Navy whites.
On Tuesday, she'll ride in the parade at the head of a contingent of World War II veterans.
Only 16 percent of those questioned in a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Monday say things are going well in the country today. That's an all-time low. Eighty-three percent say things are going badly, which is an all-time high....
The all-time low on the public's mood may have something to do with the poll's finding that President Bush is the most unpopular president since approval ratings were first sought more than six decades ago. Seventy-six percent of those questioned in the poll disapprove of how he is handling his job.
That's an all-time high in CNN polling and in Gallup polling dating back to World War II.
"No other president's disapproval rating has gone higher than 70 percent. Bush has managed to do that three times so far this year," Holland said. "That means that Bush is now more unpopular than Richard Nixon was when he resigned from office during Watergate with a 66 percent disapproval rating."
Before Bush, the record holder for presidential disapproval was Harry Truman, with a 67 percent disapproval rating in January of 1952, his last full year in office.
Name of source: WaPo
The last commander is tired. His old Army pals are worn out. They're sick, they're bent with age, they're disappearing from this Earth.
So Lester Tenney, the 88-year-old commander of a dwindling group of Bataan Death March and Japanese prison camp survivors, plans to commemorate Veterans Day at Arlington National Cemetery today for the last time, closing a 62-year tradition. The organization, American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor, voted in May to officially disband next June for lack of able-bodied members.
HNN Hot Topics: Veterans Day
Out of breath and sweating, he rummaged through the forest-floor vegetation and excitedly pulled out rusted parts of an aircraft engine strewn atop a hill here in India's northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh. His eyes scanned for clues as he sifted through the debris.
Pugnaciously defending his version of Japan's role in a war that killed millions across Asia, Toshio Tamogami, 60, told parliament Tuesday that he does not see "anything wrong with what I wrote."
The ousted general's revisionism, together with revelations that 94 air force staff members might have written similar essays this year, has triggered demands in parliament for a full-scale investigation of the training given to military officers to determine if it is consistent with government policy, which states that Japan deeply regrets and apologizes for its wartime aggression.
SOURCE: WaPo (11-10-08)
The complex, which officials stressed was built for present and future generations, was opened for a series of press tours and will not open to the public until Dec. 2, when a gala open house will be held.
The three-level center, built completely underground adjacent to the east front of the Capitol, includes a large gathering place called Emancipation Hall, two 250-seat orientation theaters, a historical exhibition that contains, among other things, the black-draped bier on which Abraham Lincoln's body lay, and a 530-seat restaurant.
The center is designed as a place where visitors can assemble for tours of the Capitol or experience the exhibits and other amenities without taking a Capitol tour. No tickets are required for entrance to the center. Tickets are required for tours of the Capitol, which will originate in the center.
Name of source: http://www.poligazette.com
SOURCE: http://www.poligazette.com (11-10-08)
Agents found out that Logan had items in her possession which belong back in Iraq, after a video profile on the beautiful reporter was aired called “Lara Logan’s Spoils of War.”
In the video, Logan shows off mementoes from Iraq and Afghanistan which she keeps in her Washington office. She explained she found the pieces in the ruins of the Olympic committee building after it was bombed by American forces.
Name of source: http://www.wdsu.com
SOURCE: http://www.wdsu.com (11-11-08)
Name of source: NYT
SOURCE: NYT (11-10-08)
What may have ended on Election Day, though, is the centrality of the South to national politics. By voting so emphatically for Senator John McCain over Mr. Obama — supporting him in some areas in even greater numbers than they did President Bush — voters from Texas to South Carolina and Kentucky may have marginalized their region for some time to come, political experts say.
The region’s absence from Mr. Obama’s winning formula means it “is becoming distinctly less important,” said Wayne Parent, a political scientist at Louisiana State University. “The South has moved from being the center of the political universe to being an outside player in presidential politics.”
Name of source: AP
SOURCE: AP (11-10-08)
The committee will recommend renaming the Ora Wildermuth Intramural Center the William L. Garrett/Ora L. Wildermuth Fieldhouse, IU vice president Terry Clapacs told the Indiana Daily Student.
Garrett, who died in 1974, was the first black basketball player at IU.
University President Michael McRobbie will take the recommendation to the trustees during a facilities committee meeting on Nov. 19, Clapacs said.
Clapacs said the panel opted against removing Wildermuth’s name because it would be unfair to judge what he said decades ago by today’s standards.
Letters written by Wildermuth in the 1940s came to light last year. He was the school’s Board of Trustees president during 1938-49. He died in 1964, and the Wildermuth Intramural Center was named for him in 1971.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Britain's Prince Charles attended the solemn ceremony near one of the conflict's bloodiest battlefields. It was held in the northeastern French town of Douaumont, near the site of the Battle of Verdun.
There, an estimated 300,000 soldiers lost their lives in 300 days of ferocious fighting between French and German troops for control of River Meuse, a key strategic post on the eastern approach route from Germany to Paris. The French forces prevailed in December 1916.
So on Monday at the White House, Bush warmly welcomed Obama, whose dominant win last week was largely seen as a referendum on the Bush years.
The two leaders spent more than an hour discussing domestic and foreign policy in the Oval Office. And then Bush gave Obama a personal tour all around.
The world saw video images that were replayed all day and night: Bush and first lady Laura Bush greeting Obama and his wife, Michelle, as if they were old friends; Bush strolling with the president-elect along the famous Colonnade adjacent to the Rose Garden, both men waving and smiling.
Translation: Smooth transition.
The scene was the latest in a flurry of moves by Bush, all designed to show he is serious about making Obama's start a success on Jan. 20.
The pyramid is said to belong to Queen Sesheshet, the mother of King Teti who was the founder of the 6th Dynasty of Egypt's Old Kingdom.
Egypt's antiquities chief Zahi Hawass made the announcement Tuesday at the site in Saqqara, about 12 miles south of Cairo.
SOURCE: AP (11-9-08)
Now a Mexican archaeologist using long-forgotten testimony from the Spanish Inquisition says a series of caves he has explored may be the place where the Maya actually tried to depict this highway through hell.
The network of underground chambers, roads and temples beneath farmland and jungle on the Yucatan peninsula suggests the Maya fashioned them to mimic the journey to the underworld, or Xibalba, described in ancient mythological texts such as the Popol Vuh.
"It was the place of fear, the place of cold, the place of danger, of the abyss," said University of Yucatan archaeologist Guillermo de Anda.
Name of source: Irish Times
SOURCE: Irish Times (11-11-08)
Denis Bradley, who chairs the Consultative Group on the Past with Lord Eames, warned however that Northern Ireland society must face up to its history if it is to move on.
He said his group would publish its proposals on dealing with the legacy of the Troubles early in the new year, but he warned that everyone must help heal the wounds of what remained a sectarian society.
Name of source: Rasmussen Reports
SOURCE: Rasmussen Reports (11-10-08)
Just a month earlier, only 24% of black voters viewed American society as fair and decent.
Name of source: Yahoo
SOURCE: Yahoo (11-11-08)
Name of source: Daily Mail (UK)
SOURCE: Daily Mail (UK) (11-3-08)
The local authorities claim the terms are elitist and discriminatory, and have ordered employees to use often-wordier alternatives in documents or when speaking to the public.
Bournemouth Council, which has the Latin motto Pulchritudo et Salubritas - beauty and health - has listed 19 terms it no longer considers acceptable for use.
They include ad hoc, bona fide, status quo, vice versa and even via.
Its list of alternatives includes 'for this special purpose', in place of ad hoc and 'existing condition' or 'state of things', instead of status quo.
Mary Beard, a Cambridge professor of classics, said: 'This is absolutely bonkers and the linguistic equivalent of ethnic cleansing.
SOURCE: Daily Mail (UK) (11-11-08)
The Pentagon believed the former Soviet Union would destroy the base as a prelude to a nuclear strike against the U.S. and began flying nuclear-armed B52s continuously over Thule in 1960 in order to retaliate.
Thule Air Base has been a major strategic asset to the U.S. since it was built in the early 1950s, as it allowed a radar to scan the skies for missiles fired over the North Pole.
Greenland is a self-governing province of Denmark, but the carrying of nuclear weapons over Danish territory was kept secret, according to the BBC investigation.
On January 21, 1968, one of the missions went wrong and a bomber crashed into the ice a few miles from the air base.
Military personnel, Greenlanders and Danish workers rushed to the scene to help.
Over the next few months a massive operation took place to recover the debris of the aircraft and collect 500million gallons of ice, some of which contained radioactive wreckage from the bomber.
A declassified U.S. government video, obtained by the BBC, documents the clear-up and gives some ideas of the scale of the operation.
Name of source: Esquire
SOURCE: Esquire (11-7-08)
... Fantasy? To be sure, a speculation into the future as we look ahead from 1958. But a speculation based on realistic appraisal of fact for the march of progress and world events make it quite possible that a member of the Negro race will be appointed to a top cabinet post1 or elected to the Presidency or Vice-Presidency by the year 20002<. And by Negro, I am not quibbling here with regard to the vast but undetermined number of Americans who have 1/32 or slightly more of Negro blood. I am dealing here with a person whose skin pigmentation is obviously other than white. I also believe that racial and religious prejudices will be eradicated so thoroughly that minority group persons -- Catholic, Jewish, or other -- will be able to run for high office without any special handicap; they will run on their merits as racial equals with white Protestants....
Name of source: Time
SOURCE: Time (11-10-08)
This election, given the circumstances and transformational mood, has been compared to Franklin Roosevelt's ouster of Herbert Hoover, another transition that occurred amid economic carnage. Happily for all concerned, this time both the incoming and outgoing President appear inclined to play nicer than their predecessors did.
It didn't help in 1932 that the two men neither liked nor trusted each other: Hoover called Roosevelt a "chameleon on plaid," while F.D.R. preferred the image of Hoover as a "fat, timid capon." In the final days of the campaign, Hoover denounced Roosevelt's "nonsense ... tirades ... glittering generalizations ... ignorance" and "defamation" on his way to losing to him in 42 of 48 states. Since Inauguration Day was not until March 4, 1933, and with the global financial system in tatters, there was urgent need for action — but Hoover's efforts to reach out to Roosevelt in the name of bipartisan cooperation were dismissed by critics as his trying to reverse the election results and force Roosevelt to agree to an agenda that would have effectively gutted the New Deal. Hoover's defenders, meanwhile, saw him as a "man on the verge of victory," notes biographer Richard Norton Smith, "who had arrested the downward spiral only to see it slip out of control through the irresponsible behavior of his successor."
Name of source: Times (UK)
SOURCE: Times (UK) (11-11-08)
In an interview with The Times and two Asian newspapers, Mr Lee made a comparison with the late German Chancellor, Willy Brandt, whose genuflection before a monument to murdered Polish Jews became a symbol of postwar German contrition for the horrors of the Holocaust and the Second World War.
No Japanese leader has made a similar gesture and Tokyo’s repeated verbal statements of regret and apology have failed to erase lingering resentment of Japan, more than 60 years after the country’s wartime surrender.
“Willy Brandt touched a firm emotional chord with the whole of the Polish people, Europeans and indeed the world,” Mr Lee said, speaking to The Times along with Chosun Ilbo and the Mainichi Shimbun newspapers in the presidential Blue House in Seoul.
“That was a turning point in the partnership between the countries of Europe. And the visit of the Emperor of Japan could be a similar occasion when relations between Korea and Japan can really look forward.”
SOURCE: Times (UK) (11-10-08)
Name of source: Telegraph (UK)
"We believe that it's enough," Mr Schrimm said. "We believe that we will get a trial."
Munich prosecutors were asked to file the extradition request because Mr Demjanjuk lived there briefly after the war.
Mr Demjanjuk, a retired autoworker who emigrated to the United States in 1952, denies involvement in war crimes, saying he served in the Soviet army and became a prisoner of war when he was captured by Germany in 1942.
A native of Ukraine who settled in suburban Cleveland, Mr Demjanjuk was extradited to Israel in 1986, when the U.S. Justice Department believed he was the sadistic Nazi guard known as Ivan the Terrible at the Treblinka death camp.
He spent seven years in custody before the Israeli high court freed him after receiving evidence that another Ukrainian, not Mr Demjanjuk, was that Nazi guard.
Osborne's views are contained in the publication 'Advice to a Son; or Directions For your Better Conduct Through the various and most important Encounters of this Life', which was printed in Oxford and published in 1656, four years before the restoration of the monarchy.
The chapter headings on the front cover are: I. Studies etc. II Love and Marriage. III. Travell. IV. Government. V. Religion.
In one section, he declares: "I have heard a well-built-woman compared in her motion to a ship under saile (sic); yet I would advise no wise man to be her owner."
The Bedford-born writer also advised: "Imitate not the wild Irish or Welch, who during eclipses, run about beating kettles and panns, thinking their clamour and vexations available to the assistance of the higher orbes..."
On finance, he wrote: "Never buy but with ready money; and be drawne rather to fix where you find things cheape and good, then for friendship or acquaintance."
He also has advice on how to deal with adultery being discovered: "To make love to married women doth not only multiply the sinne, but the danger. Neither can you, if question'd by her husband, use, with hope of victory, any sharper weapon, than repentance sheathed in a modest excuse."
Osborne warns against visiting prostitutes, and said: "Loose your liberty, & see your leggs rott in the stocks of the physician; they being often unwholsome."
The work seems to have been written with bachelors in mind, as he thought children more trouble than they are worth.
"Fathers give evidence to the truth of that saying, Children are uncertaine comforts, but certaine troubles."
The book turned up in the collection of a book dealer and is expected to fetch £400 at Bonhams in Oxford on December 2.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (11-10-08)
Last week Israel's Supreme Court ruled the project could go ahead after two years of delay over the fate of the cemetery's 400-year-old graves, saying a parking lot built in the area more than 40 years ago had then raised no objections.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (11-10-08)
British officials have meanwhile been left wondering why an exclusively Franco-German battlefield was chosen, rather than an equally evocative site like the Somme.
Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall are due to be among those attending what was meant to be a moving ceremony of remembrance and reconciliation.
But rather than being held in Paris - as is traditional - the 90th anniversary events have been switched by President Nicolas Sarkozy to Fort Douaumont, on the Verdun battlefield in the north east of the country.
Name of source: BBC
SOURCE: BBC (11-11-08)
Mr Kaczynski said he had been insulted by Mr Walesa so often that he did not want subject himself to more.
Mr Kaczynski's slight has angered government and church officials.
Lech Walesa is an icon in his homeland for his role in toppling communism in 1989, the BBC's Adam Easton in Warsaw says.
The former shipyard worker went on to become president in 1990-95. He was also awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983.
SOURCE: BBC (11-11-08)
They led the country in observing two minutes' silence from 1100 GMT.
Among other Armistice Day events across Europe, Prince Charles laid a wreath at a battle site in France.
The three veterans did the same at the Cenotaph, in Whitehall, as part of the service which is the centrepiece of the 90th anniversary commemorations in Britain.
The two-minute silence at 1100 GMT marked the moment - at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month - when the Armistice Treaty signed by the Allies and Germany to end four years of conflict came into effect.
SOURCE: BBC (11-9-08)
Gaer Fawr hillfort at Guilsfield, near Welshpool, Powys, is effectively hidden by woodland, making it impossible to appreciate the scale of it.
Detailed survey by the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales produced a computer model of the site which dates from around 800BC.
The fort features in the BBC Wales programme Hidden Histories on Tuesday.
Under a deal reached with the US in August, Libya agreed to compensate the victims but did not accept responsibility for the attacks.
The US has agreed to pay $300m in compensation to families of victims of retaliatory US air strikes in Libya.
The agreement between the US and Libya was seen as part of Tripoli's attempts to improve its diplomatic relations following decades of isolation.
The US state department said that further payouts were expected "within days".
These include more than $280m to the families of the US victims of a bomb attack in Germany in 1986 that killed three and wounded more than 200.
The findings point to a possible decline in his mental function during his final months in office.
Researcher Dr Peter Garrard suggests this may have contributed to Wilson's decision to resign in April 1976.
The motives behind Wilson's resignation, which came as a surprise to most people, have long been a source of controversy.
Dr Garrard, an expert in neurology, has previously demonstrated the presence of Alzheimer-like linguistic changes in the later writings of the distinguished novelist Dame Iris Murdoch.
He analysed vocabulary trends in transcripts of Wilson's performance in the spontaneous cut and thrust of Prime Minister's question time throughout his two terms of office (1964-70, 1974-76).
A British investigation ruled that it was an accident, but some historians in Poland believe Gen Sikorski died as a result of foul play.
Poland's president and prime minister are backing the current inquiry.
The general's body will be exhumed in two weeks from the crypt of Krakow Cathedral, where it lies next to Polish monarchs and national heroes.
Prosecutors say it may provide clues to help them determine whether Gen Sikorski was assassinated.
Name of source: National Security Archive
SOURCE: National Security Archive (11-10-08)
"This ruling gives the public a clear voice in demanding preservation of our nation's history, even when that history is created at the White House," explained Sheila Shadmand, an attorney at Jones Day who is representing the Archive. "We can now give positive action to that voice and protect these records before they get carted off or destroyed as the current administration packs its bags to leave. In that sense, the ruling itself is as historical as the records it will protect."
"This is a major victory for the public interest in accountability at the White House," added Archive General Counsel Meredith Fuchs. "Through this lawsuit we have preserved over 65,000 computer backup tapes. This decision means those tapes will survive the end of the Bush Administration so that Congress, the courts, and eventually the public will be able to learn about the decision-making that took place over the last 8 years."
The National Security Archive originally filed its case against the Executive Office of the President and the National Archives and Records Administration to preserve and restore missing e-mail federal records in September 5, 2007. A subsequent lawsuit filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has been consolidated with the Archive's lawsuit.
Name of source: International Herald Tribune
SOURCE: International Herald Tribune (11-10-08)
They are in their early 20s and newly enrolled, pimples dotting their faces and polish peeling from their nails.
But there is no discounting the gravity of their assignment: When they complete it, the world will have five more documented languages at its disposal.
One word at a time, they are making dictionaries of languages that they grew up with but that to the outside world scarcely exist. They are oral languages, whose sounds have perhaps never before appeared in ink.
Name of source: FoxNews.com
SOURCE: FoxNews.com (11-10-08)
Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints say they are making changes to their massive genealogical database to make it more difficult for names of Holocaust victims to be entered for posthumous baptism by proxy, a rite that has been a common Mormon practice for more than a century.
SOURCE: FoxNews.com (11-10-08)
The clash broke out between Armenian and Greek Orthodox monks in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, revered as the site of Jesus' crucifixion, burial and resurrection.
It began as Armenian clergymen marched in an annual procession commemorating the 4th-century discovery of the cross believed to have been used to crucify Jesus. It ended with the arrival of dozens of riot policemen who separated the sides, seizing a bearded Armenian monk in a red-and-pink robe and a black-clad Greek Orthodox monk with a bloody gash on his forehead. Both men were taken away in handcuffs.
Name of source: http://www.voicesnewspaper.com
SOURCE: http://www.voicesnewspaper.com (11-10-08)
The Temple of Artemis, or Artemision in Greek, recalled in both Greek and Byzantine anthologies for its magnificence, was once one of the Seven Wonders of the World. After decades of vandalism, religious conflict and decay it is finally to be rebuilt.
Dr. Atılay İleri, the founder of the Selçuk Artemis Culture, Arts and Education Foundation, met with Dr. Anton Bammer of the archaeology institute at the University of Vienna, Austria, a decade ago while Dr Bammer was leading a series of excavations in the area. During this period, experts searched for the techniques on how to rebuild Artemis.
Name of source: http://www.advance.uconn.edu
SOURCE: http://www.advance.uconn.edu (11-10-08)
Kevin McBride, associate professor of anthropology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), says the war, which took place from 1636 to 1638 in southern New England, remains one of the most misinterpreted and least understood events in the history of early America.
McBride is working on the project with Connecticut State Historian Walter Woodward, assistant professor of history in CLAS, State Archaeologist Nick Bellantoni, and the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center.
Name of source: USA Today
SOURCE: USA Today (11-9-08)
"These models suggest that as ecosystems were destroyed by mismanagement or were transformed by global climatic shifts, the depletion of agricultural and wild foods eventually contributed to the failure of the Maya sociopolitical system," writes environmental archaeologist Kitty Emery of the Florida Museum of Natural History in the current Human Ecology journal.
But in that case, she asks in her study, what do the archaeological remains of what the Maya ate tell us about the collapse? To find out, Emery looked to the precious archaeological resources offering the keys to the past.
"We looked mostly at garbage pits," Emery says, 460 of them, left over from former centers of the Petexbatun region of Guatemala, "right in the heart of the central lowlands" where the Maya lived. Petexbatun (Peh-tesh-BAH-toon) is best known for the abandoned pyramid centers of Dos Pilas and Cancuen investigated by a group led by Vanderbilt University's Arthur Demarest for more than a decade. Sorting through trash heaps in the region, Emery and colleagues have collected the bones, shells and scraps thrown away by the Maya who once lived near these sites.
Emery looked at game animal remains from white-tail deer, red brocket deer and peccaries (small pig-like critters native to Central America) to see if the hunting went south on the Maya before the collapse. Did the Maya switch to less tasty animals as the collapse neared and the larder went bare?
Not so much, the study reports. "Resource depression, if it existed in this region during the collapse periods, is reflected by the reduced availability of a single species (white-tail deer) and not the cadre of nutritionally significant prey. It was therefore not a significant factor in the political and social changes ("the Maya collapse") that occurred at the end of occupation in the Petexbatun region."
In fact, looking back at the animal remains dating back to the earliest era of Maya occupation in the region, about 600 B.C., the hunting in Petexbatun seems to have been okay for a long time. Whenever the elite at a site were bent on impressing the neighbors, through marriages, alliances or other means, they went hunting for white-tailed deer, "food that was associated with fertility, leadership and status," Emery says. "They were showing off. It's an old story."
Name of source: Bloomberg News
SOURCE: Bloomberg News (11-10-08)
His first appointment, chief of staff, went to Rahm Emanuel, an Illinois representative and veteran of the last Democratic White House. Leading Obama's transition team is John Podesta, who was President Bill Clinton's chief of staff.
Obama's most dramatic step would be to name New York Senator Hillary Clinton, his defeated rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, as secretary of state. Two Obama advisers confirm the idea has been discussed, though they say they don't know how seriously the president-elect is considering it or whether Clinton would accept it.
Faced from day one with an economic crisis and two wars, Obama's campaign theme of changing the way Washington works is about to be overtaken by getting to work in Washington. For that, experience helps.
``Once you become president-elect, the rubber hits the road, and you're going to want to put people in positions of power who have a proven track record,'' says Chris Lehane, who was a special assistant counsel to Clinton.
The presence of Clinton-era advisers has drawn fire on blogs: from liberals who viewed the Clinton administration as too centrist and conservatives for whom the former president remains a favorite target.
The other risk for Obama is that his administration ``can quickly look like the Clinton administration, now defined, by his campaign, as the status quo,'' says Julian Zelizer, a history and public-affairs professor at Princeton University in New Jersey.
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