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Name of source: AP
SOURCE: AP (3-10-09)
If it is indeed Lincoln, it would be the only known photo of the 16th president in front of the executive mansion and a rare find, as only about 130 photos of him are known to exist. A copy of the image was provided to The Associated Press.
NPR: story and photos
SOURCE: AP (3-9-09)
Experts say it is the only portrait of William Shakespeare painted during his lifetime — in effect, the sole source of our knowledge of what the great man looked like.
But they can't be certain. In the shifting sands of Shakespeare scholarship, where even the authorship of the plays is sometimes disputed, nothing is written in stone.
"We're 90 percent sure that it's Shakespeare," said Paul Edmondson, director of learning at the Shakespeare Learning Trust, which plans to exhibit the portrait in Stratford-on-Avon. "You'll never be entirely certain. There will always be voices of dissent."
Incredibly, the portrait has been in private hands for several centuries but the owners — the Cobbe family — had no idea the man in the painting was responsible for so many enduring masterpieces.
SOURCE: AP (3-10-09)
"April 13 - 1861," the first line reads, "Fort Sumpter (sic) was attacked by the rebels on the above date. J Dillon." The second part repeats same date, states the location as Washington and says, "Thank God we have a government."
Jonathan Dillon, then a watchmaker on Pennsylvania Avenue, had Lincoln's watch in his hands when he heard the first shots of the Civil War had been fired in South Carolina. The Irish immigrant later recalled being the only Union sympathizer working at the shop in a divided Washington.
SOURCE: AP (3-9-09)
Contractors searching for debris from Hurricane Ike near Galveston Island took a sonar scan of what the Texas Historical Commission believes is a previously undiscovered ship carrying cotton that sank in 1864.
The Carolina, also known as the Caroline, was a privately owned merchant ship that tried to break though a federal blockade of Galveston. After being pursued for several hours by Union gunships, the crew of the Carolina ran the ship aground in shallow water between Galveston and San Luis Pass, then set it on fire rather than let it be captured.
SOURCE: AP (3-8-09)
Peggy Wallace Kennedy introduced Attorney General Eric Holder at a historic Selma church filled to overflowing.
"It's reconciliation and redemption," Wallace's daughter said.
Name of source: BBC News
SOURCE: BBC News (3-9-09)
A team from the Museum of London found the remains of the theatre in Shoreditch last summer.
Built in 1576, it is thought the Bard acted there and that it also hosted the premiere of Romeo and Juliet...
Taryn Nixon, from the Museum of London, said her team had found part of the original curved wall of the playhouse, which was believed to be polygonal in shape.
A metre and a half below street level, it has also uncovered the gravel surface, gently sloping down towards the stage, where the bulk of the audience would have stood...
The theatre was constructed by James Burbage, possibly using bricks from an old priory.
It is thought to have played host to Shakespeare's theatre company, the Chamberlain's Men.
About 25 years after it was built, it was dismantled and moved timber by timber to construct the Globe Theatre on the South Bank of the Thames...
The [excavation] site is now owned by the Tower Theatre Company. It plans to preserve the architecture in situ and construct a new playhouse around it which will open in 2012.
Name of source: AFP
SOURCE: AFP (2-27-09)
Gormley said that the names of 15 or 16 early 'vandals' who had carved their names into the stones had been translated using ancient texts, quipping:"Some things never seem to change". Knowth and a group of similar tombs in the area were built around the same time as Britain's Stonehenge and 500 years before Egypt's Great Pyramid of Giza and are one of Ireland's top tourist attractions. They house a huge collection of Western European Neolithic art as well as the latest graffiti discovery.
SOURCE: AFP (3-10-09)
Charles Zentai is accused of beating to death teenager Peter Balazs in 1944 in Budapest while serving as a soldier in the army of his native Hungary, then allied with Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany.
Speaking ahead of a legal challenge to his extradition to Hungary, which was ordered last August, Zentai said he had taken a polygraph test to satisfy himself, his family and the media.
Zentai's lawyers told the Federal Court he should not be extradited, because the charges brought against him -- which he denies -- were legally unsound.
If he loses his Federal Court bid, Zentai has indicated he will appeal to the court's full bench, and then to the High Court.
Were he to be sent back to Europe, Zentai would be the first Australian citizen to face war crimes charges.
SOURCE: AFP (3-8-09)
A senior official at the ministry of culture told the news agency that the government planned to obtain injunctions in advance in European and US courts against possible auctions of Gandhi's possessions.
"We want to pre-empt any auction of Gandhi items in the future by making it known that selling or buying these heritage articles is illegal," the official was quoted as saying.
"No one has the right to do this."
Name of source: Newsweek
SOURCE: Newsweek (3-9-09)
No one sees any Hitlers on the horizon today, and the current global recession is, as yet, nowhere near as devastating as the Great Depression. But the CIA and other U.S. intelligence agencies—with the approval of President Obama—are taking a hard look at the political implications of a worldwide crisis that is being compared more and more to that earlier era. When retired Navy Adm. Dennis Blair took over as Obama's "intelligence czar" in January, he told his staff he wanted concerns about the recession at the top of his annual "worldwide threat assessment" to Congress. Among the questions: Would Russia be destabilized? What about China and India? Does a huge new humanitarian crisis loom in Africa? As originally drafted, these economic warnings were mentioned along with more familiar issues, like terrorism. But Blair told his new staff that he wanted to do more than list his concerns about the economic crisis—he wanted to open his presentation with them. "He sharpened it," says one intelligence official familiar with the process who would discuss it only on condition of anonymity.
Name of source: The Times-Picayune (New Orleans)
SOURCE: The Times-Picayune (New Orleans) (3-9-09)
An expedition led by Texas A&M University found no skeletal remains and nothing to indicate the vessel's name, where it came from or how it sank. But underwater sleuths discovered plenty of artifacts, including a telescope, pottery, French bottles, swords, English mustard jars, hourglasses, a cast-iron stove and a Scottish cannon, Louisiana State Museum spokesman Arthur Smith said.
About 500 of those pieces are to be transferred today to the Louisiana State Museum and the state Division of Archaeology.
Archaeologists will study the pieces, Smith said, and eventually the museum will display them.
In addition to receiving the artifacts, the state will assume the responsibility of solving this mystery of the deep.
So far the only clue researchers have about the vessel's age is a coin marked 1810. That means it might have gone down during the War of 1812, Smith said, but no one is certain about that yet.
Name of source: New Scientist
SOURCE: New Scientist (3-6-09)
Matteo Borrini of the University of Florence in Italy found the skeleton of a woman with a small brick in her mouth while excavating mass graves of plague victims from the Middle Ages on Lazzaretto Nuovo Island in Venice.
At the time the woman died, many people believed that the plague was spread by "vampires" which, rather than drinking people's blood, spread disease by chewing on their shrouds after dying. Grave-diggers put bricks in the mouths of suspected vampires to stop them doing this, Borrini says.
The belief in vampires probably arose because blood is sometimes expelled from the mouths of the dead, causing the shroud to sink inwards and tear. Borrini, who presented his findings at a meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences in Denver, Colorado, last week, claims this might be the first such vampire to have been forensically examined. The skeleton was removed from a mass grave of victims of the Venetian plague of 1576.
However, Peer Moore-Jansen of Wichita State University in Kansas says he has found similar skeletons in Poland and that while Borrini's finding is exciting, "claiming it as the first vampire is a little ridiculous".
Name of source: IHT
SOURCE: IHT (3-9-09)
The announcement of the increased patrols came one day before the 50th anniversary of a failed Tibetan rebellion against Chinese rule. After the 1959 revolt was suppressed, the Dalai Lama fled into exile in India.
Last March, the police clamped down on a protest by Buddhist monks in Lhasa, the capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, prompting many Tibetans to riot in the streets. The uprising quickly spread to other Tibetan areas of China, becoming the largest-scale Tibetan rebellion against Chinese rule in decades.
The Chinese government fears the same thing could happen again this year, and it has been flooding Tibetan regions across western China with troops and police officers, creating an unofficial state of martial law. Foreigners have been barred from many areas.
Name of source: Telegraph (UK)
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (2-6-09)
Commanders in the field are being overwhelmed by contradictory information and are often unwilling to share intelligence among allies, according to the confidential report.
It points to an example of Dutch pilots in Afghanistan who bombed targets on US orders, but were refused access to US "battle damage assessments" on what they had hit.
The report, which was based on 300 interviews with western diplomats and intelligence officials, was leaked to the Wikileaks website this week.
Other commanders are relying on local intelligence sources, who tout "junk" information to various coalition officials, the report found.
The effectiveness of intelligence-gathering is being quantified by some officers in terms of the amount of money paid to the sources, it added.
An overhaul of how military intelligence is collected and acted on is needed, according to the report.
In an echo of the war in Vietnam, some commanders in Afghanistan are relying on "the fallacy of body counts" as a measure of progress in their missions, the report found.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (3-10-09)
The previously unseen manuscripts were entitled Diorama and The Troubles of the Real Police Officer, according to a report in La Vanguardia.
The newspaper said the documents also included what is believed to be a sixth section of the epic five part novel 2666, which created a stir when it was published in English last year.
The novels reportedly came to light among piles of documents, notebooks and diaries discovered after the author's death in 2003 at the age of 50.
Bolano died in Spain after spending the last part of his life in the Costa Brava region, where he worked a series of menial jobs including washing dishes, selling jewellery to tourists and as a night watchman at a campsite in order to support himself, a wife and young family while he pursued his literary ambitions.
Bolano posthumously grew in popularity after 2666 was translated into English and was one of the New York Times's top 10 books of 2008. His novel The Savage Detectives appeared on the same list the previous year.
The recent discovery follows that of a previous work, entitled The Third Reich, which was found after his death and shown to publishers at the Frankfurt book fair in October.
Publication of the books would add to the number of works by Bolano due to appear over the next few years; the English translations of three novels and four collections of stories are already scheduled for the end of 2011
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (3-10-09)
Griselidis Real, who died in 2005, was buried on Monday at the Cemetery of the Kings, which is reserved for individuals that have profoundly marked Swiss or international history. Argentinian writer Jose Luis Borges and child psychologist Jean Piaget are among the luminaries interred in the cemetery.
Geneva's Protestant Church has been reserved in its criticism about the reburial, even though the former fighter for prostitutes' rights now rests near one of the central figures in the history of Christianity.
This year the city once known as the "Protestant Rome" is honouring Calvin's 500th birthday with publications, exhibitions and performances. The celebrations, however, have been somewhat muted, perhaps in deference to the 16th-century theologian's stern views on life and excess.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (3-9-09)
Presenting him with the medal, Maurice Gourdault-Montagne, France's Ambassador to Britain, said Mr Patch embodied "the ultimate sacrifice made by hundreds of thousands of troops in World War I".
Mr Patch began his Army training in 1917 and was recruited in the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry as a Lewis gunner assistant and served as a private in the battle of Passchendaele in which more than 70,000 British troops died.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (3-9-09)
Of those, about 10 per cent were not sure what it was, 8 per cent thought it was a country bordering Germany, 2 per cent thought it was a beer, the same proportion said it was a religious festival and a further 1 per cent said it was a type of bread.
Miramax and the London Jewish Cultural Centre, which commissioned the survey to mark the DVD release of The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, said that, as there are around 4.5 million 11 to 16-year-olds in the UK, this is the equivalent of 90,000 youngsters wrongly identifying Auschwitz as a drink and 45,000 mistaking it for bread.
The poll found that six in 10 youngsters did not know what the Final Solution was, with a fifth claiming it was the name of peace talks held to end the war.
In fact, he was from Genoa, but he was "the son of shopkeepers not weavers and he was baptised Pedro not Christopher," Mr Villalonga told Spain's ABC newspaper on Sunday.
And his family name was Scotto, and was not Italian but of Scottish origin.
"He had light-coloured eyes and freckles. He also had blond hair even though it quickly turned white. That's how his contemporaries described him. Nothing like the traditional images (of him), which are totally invented," the historian said.
Female "vampires" were often blamed for spreading the plague epidemics through Europe, said Matteo Borrini of Florence University.
Wedging a rock or brick into the mouth of a suspected vampire was a way of preventing the person from feeding on the bodies of other plague victims and rising from the grave to attack the living, he told a meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences in Denver last week.
The idea that plague victims might also be vampires may have arisen because blood often dribbled from the mouths of those who died from the disease.
The woman's skeleton was found in a mass grave which was established on the island of Lazzaretto Nuovo, in Venice's lagoon, when plague swept the city in 1576.
The picture, from 1610, six years before the playwright's death, has been in the possession of the Cobbe family since the early 18th century.
It was initially kept at a property in Hampshire but more recently in Hatchlands, the family house in Surrey, which is run by the National Trust.
For three centuries the family was unsure of the identity of the figure in the portrait. According to Alec Cobbe, an art restorer, at one time it had been thought to be of Sir Walter Raleigh.
The portrait is thought to have belonged initially to the third Earl of Southampton, who was Shakespeare's patron.
Name of source: BBC
Immigration Minister Eric Besson said the comparison was "intolerable", and that Director Philippe Lioret had "crossed the line".
Mr Lioret made the comparison about a law making it a crime to help illegal immigrants, which he called "crazy".
In the last five years, UK officials have stopped more than 88,500 attempts from people trying to get into the UK illegally, according to the UK Border Agency. Of those, 61,000 were at Calais alone.
More than 75,000 Jews were arrested in France during World War II. Most died in concentration camps such as Auschwitz. Those caught harbouring Jews faced a similar fate.
The show, called the Dream of Eternal Life, features more than 60 mummies from Egypt, Asia, Europe and South America, assembled from 27 museums.
They include animals as well as humans, and the artefacts connected with them.
Among the mummies will be the world-famous 5,300-year-old "Iceman" known as Oetzi, a mummified Neolithic hunter who was unearthed in the Alps in 1991.
Like Oetzi, some of the other mummies underwent natural mummification in deserts, peat bogs or ice, while the others were mummified artificially.
The world's top palaeontologists will hold a series of lectures to mark the exhibition at the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology and talk about the mummies' history and significance.
Mr Bernanke argues that the roots of the current global economic downturn stem from global imbalances in trade and flows of capital in the late 1990s.
In a speech to the Council on Foreign Relations, he argues that the US and its trading partners did not do enough to redress these imbalances.
He also says future economic recovery depends on financial stability.
Name of source: Fox news
SOURCE: Fox news (3-10-09)
The document, which the newspaper said may be released publicly on Tuesday, describes the five men as the "9/11 Shura Council," and says their actions were an offering to God, according to excerpts of the document read to a reporter by a government official, the report said.
The document is titled "The Islamic Response to the Government's Nine Accusations," the military judge at the U.S. Naval base said in a separate filing, obtained by the Times, that described the detainees' document.
The document was filed on behalf of the five men, including Khalid Sheik Mohammed, who has called himself the mastermind of the attacks.
Some of the men had said earlier that they planned the 2001 attacks and that they wanted to be martyrs. The reason for the new filing, which the report said reached the military court on March 5, was not clear. The brief court order describing the filing said the men sought no legal action.
Name of source: Washington Post
SOURCE: Washington Post (3-10-09)
Another former hostage, Fernando Araújo, recounts in his book the anguish of finding his wife with another man after his escape from the guerrillas' clutches.
Luis Eladio Pérez writes that during the years he was held by the rebels, he came to realize what a self-absorbed politician he had been. Lucy Artunduaga, whose husband was a hostage, writes about learning that he had fallen in love with another captive during his six years in the jungle. And Colombia is breathlessly awaiting what Ingrid Betancourt, a French Colombian politician and the most famous of all the former captives, will say in a book expected later this year.
These days, bookstores in Colombia are full of gripping tales by former hostages detailing how they survived forced marches, military bombing runs, jungle-borne parasites and the abuse of sadistic guards. A few of the authors, though, have gone deeper, exploring their frailties under harrowing conditions or recounting the inevitable human drama that unfolded in the jungle, from rivalries in makeshift prisons to the romances that blossomed between some hostages.
The books have generated a swirl of controversy in a country where people tend to be wary of airing intimacies in public. Some here -- including newspaper columnists, radio talk-show hosts and the more discreet of the former hostages -- have strongly rebuked the trend.
Name of source: Azzaman
SOURCE: Azzaman (3-9-09)
The pieces were handed over to the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Qahtan al-Jibouri who in turn
gave them to the Iraq Museum, according to the ministry's spokesman Abdulzahara al-Talaqani.
Talaqani said the first batch comprising a magnificent collection of numismatic coins was returned
to the museum by Minister of National Security Shirwan al-Waili.
This batch included 366 gold and silver coins of various colors, Talaqani said.
He said the second batch of 165 artifacts was kept by two members of parliament and included mainly
statues and cylinder seals.
Name of source: LAT
SOURCE: LAT (3-10-09)
The percentage of people who do not claim a religious identity has nearly doubled since 1990, growing to 15% of Americans last year, researchers with the American Religious Identification Survey found.
Mainline Christian denominations, once bulwarks of the religious landscape, have suffered most from the drift.
Name of source: Reuters
SOURCE: Reuters (3-8-09)
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Name of source: NYT
SOURCE: NYT (3-8-09)
According to a long-hidden document that belonged to the interior minister of the Ottoman Empire, 972,000 Ottoman Armenians disappeared from official population records from 1915 through 1916.
In Turkey, any discussion of what happened to the Ottoman Armenians can bring a storm of public outrage. But since its publication in a book in January, the number — and its Ottoman source — has gone virtually unmentioned. Newspapers hardly wrote about it. Television shows have not discussed it.
“Nothing,” said Murat Bardakci, the Turkish author and columnist who compiled the book.
The silence can mean only one thing, he said: “My numbers are too high for ordinary people. Maybe people aren’t ready to talk about it yet.”
HNN Hot Topics: The Armenian Holocaust
SOURCE: NYT (3-9-09)
But Mr. Obama also signaled that he intends to use signing statements himself if Congress sends him legislation that has provisions he decides are unconstitutional. He pledged to use a modest approach when doing so, but said there was a role for the practice if used appropriately.
“In exercising my responsibility to determine whether a provision of an enrolled bill is unconstitutional, I will act with caution and restraint, based only on interpretations of the Constitution that are well-founded,” Mr. Obama wrote in a memorandum to the heads of all departments and agencies in the executive branch. The document was obtained by The New York Times.
SOURCE: NYT (3-7-09)
SOURCE: NYT (3-8-09)
In a bleaker assessment than those of most private forecasters, the World Bank also predicted that the global economy would shrink in 2009 for the first time since World War II. The bank did not provide a specific estimate, but bank officials said its economists would be publishing one in the next several weeks.
SOURCE: NYT (3-7-09)
As the trials of five senior Khmer Rouge figures get under way near Phnom Penh, the capital, they raise questions about the guilt — or victimhood — of lower ranking cadres like Mr. Him Huy, the people who carried out the arrests, killings and torture, who are unlikely to be tried.
As guard and executioner at Cambodia’s most prominent torture house, Mr. Him Huy personifies the horror of the Khmer Rouge years, from 1975 to 1979, when at least 1.7 million people died of starvation and overwork as well as torture and execution.
But in the severe and paranoid world of the Khmer Rouge prison, guards and torturers themselves worked under threat of death, and Mr. Him Huy saw a number of his colleagues kneel at the edges of their graves for that blow to the back of the neck.
Name of source: Secrecy News, written by Steven Aftergood, is published by the Federation of American Scientists
President Obama recently ordered the reorganization of the National Security Council through a Presidential Policy Directive. But the unclassified Directive is not even mentioned on the White House web site, much less posted there. Secrecy News obtained a copy of the signed directive PPD-1 (pdf).
Another directive, Presidential Study Directive-1, mandated a review of the organization of homeland security and counterterrrorism activities. Its existence is likewise unreflected on the White House web site. A signed copy is here (pdf).
A new White House report on the interdiction of aircraft engaged in drug trafficking is similarly unmentioned on the White House web site. It was published by the House Foreign Affairs Committee and is available here (pdf).
The White House web site does notify Americans that the First Lady visited Miriam's Kitchen last week to help feed the homeless, which is good to know. But its web page about the President's Intelligence Advisory Board does not provide meaningful information about the Board, not even a list of members.
In short, the current White House web site does not present a reliable or complete record of Presidential actions or activities. For that, one still has to turn elsewhere.
Name of source: Wall Street Journal
SOURCE: Wall Street Journal (3-7-09)
It was during the first one-on-one session in Moscow that Reagan engaged in a bold but questionable endeavor well beyond his mandate as president of the United States. According to the memo of their conversation, which was based on notes taken by two Reagan aides and has now been declassified and made available at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Calif., Reagan secretly attempted to persuade Gorbachev of the existence of God...
SOURCE: Wall Street Journal (3-7-09)
This month the state will release a newly expanded Civil Rights Trail guide that prominently features pictures of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and President Obama on the cover. A new video the state made to show tour operators begins with a sound clip from an Obama speech when he mentions the voting rights marches in Selma and the Montgomery Bus Boycott. "The significant events that took place in Alabama during the American civil rights struggle were the forerunner to President Obama's election," says a voiceover during the ad. "In Alabama, you can see where history was made."
Revisiting unflattering incidents from the past, such as when city commissioners in the Birmingham area filled swimming pools and closed parks rather than integrate, hasn't always been easy for Alabama...
Name of source: Times (UK)
SOURCE: Times (UK) (3-9-09)
He was one of the few remaining links with the momentous days of the 20th century after the discovery of nuclear fission and was later one of the pioneers of elementary particle physics research which blossomed after the Second World War.
John Riley Holt was born in 1918 in Runcorn, Cheshire. His father worked in a boat builder’s yard, and his mother’s family owned a bakery and confectionery shop that his father eventually took over.
Holt attended Runcorn County Secondary School, leaving at 16 with excellent matriculation results, and he proceeded straight to the University of Liverpool’s physics department in 1934. This department was propelled on to the world stage with the arrival of James Chadwick in 1935, the year he won the Nobel Prize for his discovery of the neutron. Chadwick brought the resources into the department to build a cyclotron, a newly invented research tool. Holt graduated in 1938, winning the Oliver Lodge Prize for the best undergraduate, and was taken on by Chadwick as a research student. Chadwick described him later as the best research student he had ever supervised. Holt was set to work to study artificially produced radioactive isotopes, during which activity he began to acquire the superb experimental skills that he was to put to good use in later life.
In 1939 two events were to change the direction of his research: nuclear fission was discovered, and the outbreak of war caused the scientific community to turn its attention to defence. It was soon realised that nuclear fission could be used to make a very powerful weapon.
SOURCE: Times (UK) (3-8-09)
Bush’s public re-emergence at a Calgary convention centre after six weeks of post-White House seclusion coincides with an unexpected shift in popular attitudes to the president who left office with some of the worst approval ratings on record.
It turns out that he may not have been quite so bad after all. “If Bush policies were disastrous, as [Barack] Obama claims, then why is he continuing them?” asked Kevin Hassett, director of economic policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank.
“Several polls . . . have named [Bush] the worst president in American history,” said Thomas Fleming, a former president of the Society of American Historians. “But maybe it’s time to suspend the rush to judgment.”
SOURCE: Times (UK) (3-8-09)
Sixteen party veterans made the call in a letter to President Hu Jintao, ostensibly to voice concern at the lack of public scrutiny of China’s £400 billion economic stimulus package.
“We fear that the privileged class and corrupt officials will make use of this to fatten themselves,” they wrote. “If the relationship between party and people is destroyed in this way, social conflict will become acute.”
The text, published by the intellectual magazine Zheng Ming in Hong Kong, expounds a liberal agenda echoing Charter 08, a mass petition for democracy that is circulating in China despite an official ban.
Name of source: Daily Mail (UK)
SOURCE: Daily Mail (UK) (3-9-09)
But all unsold copies of A History of Modern Britain are being withdrawn after the BBC journalist allegedly falsely claimed in the book that a women's rights campaigner had ties to a group of militant bombers.
Publisher Pan Macmillan has issued an 'urgent' stock recall notice on the book, which has already sold around 250,000 copies.
It is believed the books will have to be pulped at a cost of tens of thousands of pounds.
A letter from the firm's managing director, Anthony Forbes Watson, to wholesalers and booksellers said the recall was necessary for 'legal reasons' but refused to elaborate.
But it is understood the recall relates to Erin Pizzey, the women's rights campaigner, who is believed to have complained about Marr linking her to the Angry Brigade.
SOURCE: Daily Mail (UK) (3-7-09)
Dubbed 'Naz-eBay' by Holocaust groups, the site also offers a walking stick used by the German dictator and a christening present given by SS leader Heinrich Himmler to Luftwaffe commander Hermann Goering's daughter.
Irving, who was jailed in Austria for Holocaust denial, 'authenticates' the relics and displays them on his website run from his home in Windsor. He profits from the site by taking a 15 per cent commission fee on all items sold.
Last night, Dr Shimon Samuels, director of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre which searches for Nazi war criminals, called for a UK ban on the selling of Third Reich items.
It is illegal to trade in Nazi memorabilia in Germany, France, Austria and Poland.
In Germany, the maximum penalty for dealing in Nazi items is a three-year prison sentence.
Name of source: International Herald Tribune
SOURCE: International Herald Tribune (3-9-09)
The Abu Ghraib torture scandal was exploding, and fellow panelists learned that Yoo had written secret legal opinions saying presidents have sweeping wartime power to circumvent the Geneva Conventions. They protested that it was absurd to name Yoo, who they believed might be complicit in war crimes, to a war crimes commission.
White House officials canceled the appointment, though it had already been announced in a news release, and kept the episode quiet.
"We saved them from incredible embarrassment," said Thomas Baer, one of the dissenting panelists.
For Yoo, a law professor at the University of California, Berkeley, the swift exit from the war crimes board was only the beginning of his troubles. For more than four years, the Justice Department ethics office has been investigating his work and that of a few of his colleagues. A convicted terrorist has filed a lawsuit blaming Yoo for his alleged torture. Law students have led protests, and the Berkeley City Council even passed a resolution in December calling for Yoo's prosecution for war crimes.
The Obama administration last week began releasing more secret memorandums written by Yoo and others that made such wide-ranging claims about presidential power that Senator Arlen Specter, Republican of Pennsylvania, called them "shocking."
SOURCE: International Herald Tribune (3-6-09)
Name-changing was all the rage after the Soviet Union collapsed and Russia reached back to its roots for old-new identity. Gorky Street, the main shopping boulevard in Moscow, reverted to Tverskaya; Leningrad to St. Petersburg, and so on.
After that initial burst of remaking history, the fashion for substituting old names for Soviet-era ones faded. Last year, controversy flared anew over a decision to rename Bolshaya Kommunisticheskaya Ulitsa, or Big Communist Street, in Moscow after Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, the Nobel Prize laureate and chronicler of the Gulag, who died in August.
Now, Nikita Belykh, well known in Russia as an opposition figure who in December accepted Kremlin entreaties to become a regional governor, is studying whether or not to change the name of Kirov back to Vyatka, a name dating from the 14th century.
Kirov, about 900 kilometers, or 560 miles, east of Moscow, got its current name in a particularly twisted piece of Soviet history. It was renamed after the murder in 1934 of Sergei Kirov, the Leningrad Communist Party chief.
Name of source: Chicago Tribune
SOURCE: Chicago Tribune (3-8-09)
"He was always out ready to help his neighbors," Kathy Blitch testified at the trial of Conrad Schellong, with whom she shared a back porch on Chicago's Northwest Side.
But Schellong, a retired machinist, was also among a number of concentration camp guards whose dark pasts caught up with them decades after they had bluffed their way into this country.
Many lived in Chicago, where the ethnic patchwork made it easy to blend in among various displaced people rebuilding their lives after World War II. Having participated in the horrors of Auschwitz and Treblinka, former Nazis and their collaborators went on to live in quiet anonymity in Cicero and Schiller Park, Brookfield and Brighton Park.
Name of source: Madison Press (Ohio)
SOURCE: Madison Press (Ohio) (3-7-09)
In recent days, surviving relatives of U.S. Army 2nd Lt. John W. Funk Jr. learned that a nonprofit organization founded by Arizona businessman Clayton Kuhles located the wreckage of Funk’s long-missing C-87 transport last fall on a jungle-covered mountain in India’s Arunachal Province.
Kuhles is the founder of MIA Recoveries and conducts annual expeditions to Burma, India, Bangladesh and China in search of aircraft lost while flying “the Hump,” an infamous air route over the Himalayas that claimed the lives of more than 1,000 Allied airmen during World War II.
On Oct. 3, Kuhles’ party discovered remnants of a C-87 cargo plane believed to be Funk’s. They were led to the wreckage by area villagers who remembered walking to the crash site and burying the plane’s five crew members more than a half century ago.
According to the MIA Recoveries Web site, the plane disappeared on a flight from Yangkai, China to Jorhat, India in August 1943. Aside from Funk, who was the plane’s navigator, crew members included Captain Tom Perry, the pilot; Lt. John T. Tennison, the co-pilot; Staff Sargent Alvin J. Lenox, the radioman; and Corporal Donald A. Johnson, the crew chief.
Kuhles said it is now up to JPAC to bring the remains of the fallen airmen home. His organization, which is funded through private donations, has worked since 2001 to locate plane wrecks in “the Hump.” Thus far, he has documented 15 crash sites and the remains of more than 100 men. The information he obtained was turned over to surviving families and JPAC for further action.
“All five families (of the C-87) have now been contacted,” Kuhles said. “They have put together a form letter that friends and family members can send to their Congressional representatives, encouraging the government to recover the remains.”
He noted that JPAC spends about 90 percent of its resources on recovering U.S. soldiers lost in Vietnam, with only about 10 percent focused on those from World War II. He said it generally takes intense media and family pressure to influence government action on recoveries from that earlier war.
Name of source: CSMonitor
SOURCE: CSMonitor (3-8-09)
In Selma this past weekend, people gathered to honor the leaders and achievements of the civil rights era of the 1960s, paying homage to a movement that, many here say, laid the foundation for an African-American man to become president of the United States less that half a century later.
Mr. Obama's election is again focusing attention on the unfinished business of racial reconciliation, says the Rev. Clete Kiley, president of the Faith and Politics Institute, which led the weekend tribute that included about 30 members of Congress.
"A page has been turned," he says. "But America has still not had the conversation about race it needs to have.... Our goal [in taking members of Congress to the churches and other landmarks associated with the civil rights era] is to get beyond nostalgia ... and to ask, 'Where do we go from here?' "
It is the ninth time since 1998 that the institute has organized such a trip to coincide with Selma's annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee.
Name of source: Mormon Times
SOURCE: Mormon Times (3-7-09)
Moderator Alex Caldiero, poet and scholar in residence at UVU, illustrated the problems inherent in such a discussion when he began the evening by reading three different versions of "just the facts."
Then it was the panelists' turn. Each gave a 15-minute presentation on their perspective of the Mountain Meadows Massacre. The massacre occurred in 1857 west of Cedar City, Utah, when Mormon settlers attacked a California-bound wagon train, killing 120 people.
Turley focused on the events leading up to the massacre. Like the book "Massacre at Mountain Meadows" that he co-authored with Ronald W. Walker and Glen M. Leonard, he placed the massacre in the context of studies of group violence and the process that leads to such atrocities. "Demonizing (the victims), authority, obedience, peer pressure, ambiguity, fear and deprivation -- all were present in southern Utah in 1857," Turley said.
Turley rejected the search for scapegoats, but also emphasized that none of the conditions and nothing the victims did justified the massacre. "Unless human beings choose to resist powerful forces, otherwise good people under certain circumstances can commit the unthinkable," he said.
Name of source: Free Press
SOURCE: Free Press (3-8-09)
Kroger, which sponsored the contest, awarded 80 winners Saturday with scholarships, iPods and computers for their representations of what Black History Month means to them. The awards ceremony was held in Lovett hall at the Henry Ford in Dearborn.
Jaslyn Morris, an eighth-grader at Grand Blanc West Middle School in Grand Blanc, was recognized for her essay, "How We Are Making History." Morris, 13, said Black History Month, which is celebrated in February, is a chance to highlight the accomplishments of African Americans.
Name of source: http://www.welt.de
SOURCE: http://www.welt.de (3-6-09)
Even after the Anna-Amalia Library in Weimar burnt down, it was possible to sense a change in Germany – perhaps a very subtle change, but a change nonetheless. After decades of selective memory loss, many people feel that the narrowing of German history to the twelve revolting years of Nazi rule has become something of a cul-de-sac. German history is well over 1000 years old, and if one were to include the Roman-Germanic symbiosis on the Rhine it would be more like 2000.
There is no better place to witness this than Cologne. The city’s founding as a colony of the Roman Empire didn’t have so much to do with its strategic position, as it did with the vanity of a certain woman: Agrippina. The grandchild of the commander Agrippa and sister of Emperor Caligula, wife of Emperor Claudius and mother of Emperor Nero was born there in 15 AD and was not prepared to live in the world metropolis of Rome while being labelled as springing from an insignificant provincial town. And that was how Colonia Claudia Ara Agrippinesium, under the acronym of CCAA, was born, the Roman Empire's most strategically important city north of the Alps.
And it doesn’t matter where you dig in present day Cologne: Residue of the Roman era can be found everywhere. For example the accident-site, which was directly in front of the Roman city walls, was the location of a station for the Roman street police for centuries. Today, Sankt Georg, an early Roman treasure, is also not far away....