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This page features brief excerpts of news stories published by the mainstream media and, less frequently, blogs, alternative media, and even obviously biased sources. The excerpts are taken directly from the websites cited in each source note. Quotation marks are not used. Because most of our readers read the NYT we usually do not include the paper's stories in HIGHLIGHTS.
Name of source: CNN
SOURCE: CNN (6-15-09)
Li Songtang is neither museum curator nor antiques expert, but an ordinary man who did not want to see China's rich history lost to modernization during the late 1970s.
"I used to sit on the stone gate piers in front of our family home and recite poems. They were like my little friends," said the 60-year-old Beijing native who, like many Chinese, used to live in homes decorated with stone carvings, some of them ancient. When he saw some old sculptures being smashed, "I felt like they have been killed. I was very sad."
SOURCE: CNN (6-12-09)
Asked if she definitely plans to seek re-election in 2010 -- a move unlikely for someone seeking the White House -- Palin told CNN's Wolf Blitzer, "I'm not definitely going to do anything yet."
In the past week alone, the former Republican vice presidential nominee appeared at a GOP fundraiser in Washington, attended a baseball game in New York and led a small-town parade on the East Coast thousands of miles from home.
But Palin said, for now, she's focusing on her state and her family.
Name of source: The Tennessean
SOURCE: The Tennessean (6-16-09)
Using shovels, brushes and dirt sifters, the partial skeleton of an unknown Civil War solider was exhumed Monday from his longtime burial plot along Columbia Avenue by a team of archaeologists.
The newly exhumed remains, which included bones from both of the man's legs as well as burial artifacts, will be kept by state environmental officials until a final burial site can be determined.
The man's upper skeleton was initially recovered by crews who discovered the remains about a month ago while digging a trench. The body was found at the Through the Green site on Columbia Avenue where a mixed-use development is being constructed.
Rather than leave the body in the ground, the site's developer, Wolfe Co., got legal permission to have the body excavated.
The mystery about who the man might have been — and why he was buried alone with no apparent markings — deepened Monday. Among the burial artifacts uncovered are nails from the man's shoes, a button and greenish-amber glass bead, said Larry McKee, senior archaeologist with TRC Companies Inc.
Several brass buttons bearing what appeared to be Union insignia, nails and a bullet had earlier been uncovered. Some historians say they believe the man was a Union soldier though no conclusive proof has been discovered.
Name of source: Miami Herald
SOURCE: Miami Herald (6-15-09)
The crew, working on an affordable housing project in the shadow of Interstate 95, had stumbled upon an apparently long-forgotten burial ground -- and a tantalizing puzzle that has stumped Miami's most knowledgeable archaeologists and historians: Who was buried there, and when? How did the graveyard come to be erased from history and memory? And how and where should the remains be re-interred?
So far, answers have proven elusive. An extensive search since the plot came to light in late April has turned up no names, no records, no official documents indicating there was ever a burial ground on the site -- only two commercial maps, from 1925 and 1936, labeling the place a cemetery.
Citing family lore and personal memories, some longtime Miamians recall an informal burial ground for blacks at the site, which sits just east of I-95, sandwiched between 71st Street and the Florida East Coast Railroad tracks.
A preliminary analysis of the bones suggests they may have belonged to black people, but the conclusion is far from definitive, said Bob Carr, a South Florida archaeologist hired by the project's developers to investigate the find. The nails are of a type used in the early 20th Century, a fact that may date the graves to that period.
Name of source: The Philadelphia Inquirer
SOURCE: The Philadelphia Inquirer (6-16-09)
He found deeds, wills, letters, newspaper clippings, maps, diaries. The material took him to the first Remer in the colonies, a German butcher who lived on Shackamaxon Street by the Delaware River in the mid-1700s.
Then came unexpected news two weeks ago: Archaeologists for the state had unearthed 25,000 artifacts from a Fishtown property once owned by his great-great-great-great-great-grandfather, the butcher Godfrey Remer.
In six pits used as 18th-century Dumpsters, they found such household items as a painted pearlware bowl from England, a chamber pot, a fractured teapot. They dug up a bone button, a domino, a piece of a flute-like recorder.
They unearthed scraps from colonial meals: apple seeds, a peach pit, fish bones. And in undisturbed layers of earth, they chanced upon stone points from spears and arrows, probably wielded by Native American hunters 1,000 years ago.
All federal construction requires historical review of affected areas. In 1959, when work began on the Pennsylvania stretch of I-95, the mandate didn't exist. Now, with the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, it does.
By happenstance, archaeologists picked for their investigation a sliver of land - 10 feet wide and more than 100 feet long - by a highway retaining wall on Shackamaxon Street. They had no clue beforehand that the plot was part of the backyard of a home that Godfrey Remer bought for his shipwright son, Matthew, in 1778 in what was then called Kensington and now Fishtown.
Name of source: AFP
SOURCE: AFP (6-14-09)
The fabled bust of Nefertiti, renowned as one of history's great beauties, was brought to Berlin in 1913, a year after German archaeologist Ludwig Borchardt unearthed it on the banks of the Nile.
Cairo began demanding the statue in the 1930s, but successive German governments, beginning with Adolf Hitler's, have refused its request.
Name of source: Guardian (UK)
SOURCE: Guardian (UK) (6-14-09)
A bitter new row over ownership of the Elgin marbles has erupted, threatening to eclipse the inauguration this week of a major new museum in Athens designed to house the contested masterpieces.
Just days before the opening of the €130m (£110m) New Acropolis Museum, officials in Athens and London were this weekend engaging in barbed exchanges over the classical treasures.
The dispute, which has indirectly dragged in the Queen, the Greek-born Duke of Edinburgh, and Gordon Brown, re-erupted when Hannah Boulton, the British Museum's spokeswoman, told an Athens radio station that it would consider a loan request from Greece provided that it acknowledged, as is customary with all borrowing institutions, that London owned the pieces. The sculptures, she said, could be displayed in the New Acropolis Museum for three or four months, "the length of time for an average loan of objects".
Celebrities, royals and heads of state are expected to attend Saturday's inauguration of the museum, built within sight of the Parthenon, at the foot of the Acropolis. However, delegates from Britain, including the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, have been quick to send their regrets. Last week, Gordon Brown declined his invitation. Ben Bradshaw, the new secretary for culture and sport, followed suit, as did Neil MacGregor, director of the British Museum. It has been left for two British Museum curators to represent the UK.
Name of source: BBC
The 64-bedroom Royal Hotel in St Mary Street, Cardiff - which employs 30 people - has been rescued after six months in administration.
Now Legacy Hotels and Resorts have secured a three-year management deal..
Miss Dean was nine weeks old when the liner sank after hitting an iceberg in the early hours of 15 April 1912, on its maiden voyage from Southampton.
A private service, attended by family and friends, took place in Southampton on Tuesday.
Miss Dean died on 31 May at the care home in Netley Marsh, near Southampton, where she lived.
He is due to meet leaders from Hamas, which controls Gaza but is considered a terrorist group by western countries.
The veteran politician is expected to hand over a letter for captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit from his family.
While Mr Carter is not visiting in an official capacity, many in Gaza hope he has the ear of US President Barack Obama, our correspondent says.
SOURCE: BBC (6-11-09)
A new study by the University of Edinburgh has found more than 3,600 soldiers from the south of Ireland died on active service during WWII.
Their names join those of almost 3,900 fallen combatants from Northern Ireland on a roll of honour being unveiled at Trinity College Dublin on Friday.
The study estimates that in the British army alone, as many as 100,000 people from the island of Ireland served in WWII, despite the Irish Free State's neutrality in the conflict.
SOURCE: BBC (6-15-09)
Scientists in Leiden, in the Netherlands, have unveiled the specimen - a fragment from the front of a skull belonging to a young adult male.
Analysis of chemical "isotopes" in the 60,000-year-old fossil suggest a carnivorous diet, matching results from other Neanderthal specimens.
The North Sea is one of the world's richest areas for mammal fossils.
But the remains of ancient humans are scarce; this is the first known specimen to have been recovered from the sea bed anywhere in the world.
SOURCE: BBC (6-13-09)
The remains were transferred from two mass graves in the cemetery of Santa Marta village to a medical lab for official identification.
Archaeologists recovered the remains, belonging to men executed by supporters of Gen Francisco Franco in 1936.
This could be the first of thousands of official exhumations that have been the focus of a lengthy legal wrangle.
SOURCE: BBC (6-12-09)
Antonis Samaras said any loan would mean renouncing Greece's claim to the 2,500-year-old sculptures.
The Marbles, also known as the Elgin Marbles, have been in London since they were sold to the museum in 1817.
Greece hopes one day to display the collection in the Acropolis Museum, which opens in Athens next weekend.
Name of source: Daily Press
SOURCE: Daily Press (6-10-09)
If you were thinking the Rev. Jeremiah Wright had been tempered by a national backlash that nearly derailed Barack Obama's trip to the White House, guess again.
In an exclusive interview at the 95th annual Hampton University Ministers' Conference, Wright told the Daily Press that he has not spoken to his former church member since Obama became president, and he implied that the White House won't allow Obama to talk to him.
"Them Jews ain't going to let him talk to me," Wright said. "I told my baby daughter that he'll talk to me in five years when he's a lame duck, or in eight years when he's out of office. ...
Name of source: Press Release
SOURCE: Press Release (6-16-09)
Whatever the case, collateral descendants of Lewis just want to know the truth.
“If it turns out Meriwether Lewis committed suicide, his relatives will not be ashamed. On the contrary, we will remain extremely proud of his legacy as one of America’s greatest trailblazers. We honor, love and respect our ancestor,” collateral descendant Howell Lewis Bowen of Charlottesville, Va., said. “The family is not trying to disprove that he killed himself. We merely want to know, once and for all, whether he died by his own hand or someone else’s.”
Thomas C. McSwain Jr. of Sheperdstown, W.Va., another collateral descendant, said: “Sadly, suicide is the 11th most common cause of death among Americans. More than 33,000 people in the United States die by suicide every year. White men are most at risk for suicide in our country, and firearms account for half of all suicides. If the suicide theory is proven true, Meriwether Lewis would have fallen into both of those categories.”
For more than 10 years, collateral descendants of Lewis have been asking the federal government for help in figuring out whether it was suicide or murder that caused his death. Yet federal officials have failed to grant the family the permit they need to perform an exhumation and scientific study of Lewis’ remains, and to give him a proper Christian burial.
Bowen noted that the federal government will not pick up the tab for the exhumation, scientific study and reburial. Rather, private funds will cover those expenses. “Not one penny of federal tax money will be spent on this,” Bowen said.
Lewis died Oct. 11, 1809, at Grinder’s Stand, a cabin along Natchez Trace. Lewis was co-leader of the Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1804-06 and was governor of the Louisiana Territory in 1807-09. The expedition covered roughly 8,000 miles and paved the way for expansion into the American West.
The Meriwether Lewis burial site, near Hohenwald, Tenn., features the Lewis grave and monument, along with a pioneer cemetery, a campground, picnic tables, exhibits and trails. The site is about 70 miles southwest of Nashville.
During a ceremony on Oct. 7, 2009, marking the 200th anniversary of his death, a bronze bust of Lewis will be dedicated to the Natchez Trace Parkway for a planned visitor center. The Meriwether Lewis Chapter of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation will host the event, called “Courage Undaunted—The Final Journey.”
For more information, visit www.solvethemystery.org.
SOURCE: Press Release (6-9-09)
The Museum will have numerous interactive features including the emotional stories of victims who suffered the most heinous crimes in history, essays on Communism by leading historians, a Gallery of Heroes who fought against Communism, including Lech Walesa and Vaclav Havel, and a Hall of Infamy documenting the deeds of Lenin, Stalin and Castro.
“As we mark the twentieth anniversaries of the Tiananmen Square student protests and the fall of the Berlin Wall, it is becoming clear that many people are beginning to forget the atrocities of Communism and are ignoring the perils of totalitarian governments,” said Dr. Lee Edwards, Chairman of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation.
Each nation and people affected by Communism will have its own unique exhibit and will be part of the world’s most comprehensive online forum about Communism.
The museum’s launch ceremony will in fact be global in character. It will simultaneously be broadcast via the Internet to thousands of people worldwide, including many in Communist-controlled countries. New technology will enable Internet broadcasting, known as “streaming,” to bypass communist blocking equipment designed to keep information away from their citizens.
“Our aim is to educate the younger generations who use the latest technologies. The museum will be an international portal that will provide an online meeting place for scholars, researchers and activists to build their educational competence and share ideas,” said Dr. Edwards.
The mission of The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation is to educate this generation and future generations about the history, philosophy, and legacy of Communism.
Name of source: Truthout.org
SOURCE: Truthout.org (6-15-09)
Between 2.5 and 4.8 million people were exposed to Agent Orange. The spraying covered 1.4 billion hectares of land and forest - approximately 12 percent of the land area of Vietnam.
Vietnamese who were exposed to the chemical have suffered from cancer, liver damage, pulmonary and heart diseases, defects to reproductive capacity, and skin and nervous disorders. Children and grandchildren of those exposed have severe physical deformities, mental and physical disabilities, diseases and shortened life spans. The forests and jungles in large parts of southern Vietnam have been devastated and denuded. They may never grow back and if they do, it will take 50 to 200 years to regenerate. Animals that inhabited the forests and jungles have become extinct, disrupting the communities that depended on them. The rivers and underground water in some areas have also been contaminated. Erosion and desertification will change the environment, contributing to the warming of the planet and dislocation of crop and animal life.
The US government and the chemical companies knew that Agent Orange, when produced rapidly at high temperatures, would contain large quantities of Dioxin. Nevertheless, the chemical companies continued to produce it in this manner. The US government and the chemical companies also knew that the Bionetics Study, commissioned by the government in 1963, showed that even low levels of Dioxin produced significant deformities in unborn offspring of laboratory animals. But they suppressed that study and continued to spray Vietnam with Agent Orange. It wasn't until the study was leaked in 1969 that the spraying of Agent Orange was discontinued.
US soldiers who served in Vietnam have experienced similar illnesses. After they sued the chemical companies, including Dow and Monsanto, that manufactured and sold Agent Orange to the government, the case was settled out of court for $180 million which gave few plaintiffs more than a few thousand dollars each. Later the US veterans won a legislative victory for compensation for exposure to Agent Orange. They receive $1.52 billion per year in benefits.
But when the Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange sued the chemical companies in federal court, US District Judge Jack Weinstein dismissed the lawsuit, concluding that Agent Orange did not constitute a poison weapon prohibited by the Hague Convention of 1907. Weinstein had reportedly told the chemical companies when they settled the US veterans' suit that their liability was over and he was making good on his promise. His dismissal was affirmed by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court refused to hear the case. The chemical companies admitted in their filing in the Supreme Court that the harm alleged by the victims was foreseeable although not intended. How can something that is foreseeable be unintended?
On May 15 and 16 of this year, the International Peoples' Tribunal of Conscience in Support of the Vietnamese Victims of Agent Orange convened in Paris and heard testimony from 27 victims, witnesses and scientific experts. Seven people from three continents served as judges of the Tribunal, which was sponsored by the International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL).
Name of source: Time
SOURCE: Time (6-15-09)
In 1924, Smith published the results as a book called Common Stocks as Long Term Investments. It was a sensation. Smith--a businessman of no great distinction up to that point--launched a mutual-fund company on the strength of his sudden fame and got an invite from John Maynard Keynes to join the Royal Economic Society. His argument was that stocks would continue to beat bonds because they a) were less vulnerable to having their value eaten away by inflation and b) allowed investors to share in the growth of the U.S. economy in a way that bonds and other assets did not. These two tenets were the indispensable theoretical underpinning of the 1920s bull market.
Name of source: AP
That much is already known. But his backyard may hold many more clues to his life and that of other merchants of the time.
A team of excavators who have already spent two summers at the Richardson property, digging up everything from Chinese porcelain to animal bones, will return this summer to complete their work at the site.
The researchers are hoping to uncover a large distillery they believe was used by Richardson’s slaves to make rum. The alcohol was produced in copious quantities in colonial Newport, helping make the city a commercial hub, and it was a key element of the so-called triangular trade that carried slaves, rum, molasses and other goods and supplies between Africa, the Caribbean and New England.
Brown, historians agree, aimed to be a hero. He believed his plan was the necessary means to a righteous end: Storm a federal arsenal, seize thousands of weapons, arm a guerrilla force and start the revolution that would end slavery.
Yet the first casualty of his 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry was a free black man, a baggage handler who bled to death on the street while Brown's raiders grabbed hostages and holed up at a fire engine house. Within 48 hours, Brown's rebellion was dead, along with at least four civilians, 10 raiders and a U.S. Marine who helped retake the building.
Brown's methods have been debated since, and the grandiosity of his plot and his willingness to kill or be killed have become a timeless fascination.
This year, the National Park Service has declared that his raid was the opening salvo in the War Between the States, with sesquicentennial commemorations beginning in West Virginia.
Construction crews uncovered bones, crumbled headstones and nails and metal handles from coffins in the site off Interstate 95. A search of the lot in April failed to uncover any names, records or documents detailing who had been buried there. Only two commercial maps from 1925 and 1936 label the site as a cemetery.
Some longtime residents say there was once an informal burial ground for blacks at the site. It's at the edge of some of Miami's oldest neighborhoods
Indiana National Guard Capt. Nathan Harlan was a high school junior when he paid $7 for a 1788 first edition of volume one of "The Federalist" — a two-volume book of essays calling for the ratification of the U.S. Constitution.
Harlan, a 35-year-old from Granger, Ind., said he always thought his find might be worth about $500, not the thousands it could fetch when it's sold online Tuesday by Heritage Auction Galleries of Dallas.
SOURCE: AP (6-14-09)
The stamped envelope was auctioned Saturday at Manhattan's Robert A. Siegel galleries.
The stamp vanished from its owner's safe in Indianapolis and turned up in 2006 at a home in Chicago, about 200 miles away. A collector notified police.
SOURCE: AP (6-14-09)
But in 1993, the North Koreans handed over 208 boxes of bones from U.S. soldiers who perished in that bleak landscape.
Using DNA provided by May's two nephews, Glenn and Cliff Block of Bristol, some of the bones have been identified after all these years by military experts as belonging to the long-dead Plainville soldier.
SOURCE: AP (6-13-09)
The march in the 1860s from tribal lands to a desolate tract in eastern New Mexico, known as the Long Walk, led to the deaths of thousands of American Indians.
So while the federal designation as a national historic trail is supported by some tribal members who believe that healing and appreciation for the resilience of their ancestors will come only through education, memorializing such an event goes against some elder members beliefs.
SOURCE: AP (6-12-09)
Instead, after Brown's ill-fated raid on the arsenal on Oct. 16, 1859, many pikes were seized as souvenirs and today command high prices. One bearing the serial number 846 was sold through Dallas-based Heritage Auction Galleries in 2007 for $13,000.
Institutions with at least one intact pike — two is a lot — include Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, Va., and the Kansas Museum of History. Brown led armed attacks against pro-slavery groups in Kansas before moving east.
SOURCE: AP (6-11-09)
Prosecutor Elise Roecker said Thursday in a Manhattan court that an indictment has been filed against 49-year-old Raphael Golb.
He is the son of Dr. Norman Golb of the University of Chicago. Prosecutors say the defendant used Internet aliases to falsely accuse Dr. Lawrence Schiffman of New York University of plagiarizing his father's work.
Name of source: Times (UK)
SOURCE: Times (UK) (6-16-09)
The bone fragment is believed to belong to a late Neanderthal man and has been dated at around 60,000 years old.
It is the first time that an ancient human fossil has been found below the sea. Its discovery is likely to intensify scientific interest in the area, known as the Zeeland Ridges, where the skull was buried.
Previously, stone tools typical of late Neanderthals had been discovered in the North Sea. In 2008, 28 flint axes were found eight miles off the coast of Great Yarmouth.
But until now the fossil record had remained blank. “We’ve been waiting for this for a long time,” said Professor Chris Stringer, a human origins researcher at the Natural History Museum in London, who is involved in the study.
Name of source: Daily Mail (UK)
SOURCE: Daily Mail (UK) (6-15-09)
The former Prime Minister, who led Britain to war, said that if asked he would 'of course' appear before the panel.
But Mr Brown has been accused of an 'Establishment stitch-up' after announcing the inquiry will meet in secret and blame no one.
It will also have no legal powers to demand documents, compel anyone to attend or require witnesses to swear an oath.
And since it will take at least a year to conduct, the findings will come out safely beyond the date of the next General Election.
SOURCE: Daily Mail (UK) (6-11-09)
The Iron Age victims found in the ancient burial site are thought to have been slaughtered by the invading Romans in about AD43.
All of them had been decapitated and some had their limbs hacked off. It has been discovered in the heart of Thomas Hardy country, on Ridgeway Hill near Weymouth, Dorset.
The site is being dug up to make way for a so-called Olympic Highway, an £87million relief road in time for the 2012 games.
Name of source: Deutsche Welle
SOURCE: Deutsche Welle (6-15-09)
The publications allegedly cite confidential documents and court decisions made during the trial of former Serbian leader, Slobodan Milosevic, which implicate the Serbian state in the 1995 massacre of thousands of men and boys in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica.
In his opening speech, ICTY prosecutor Bruce MacFarlane said he would show that the accused had consciously published information from classified documents.
But Hartmann's lawyer, Guenael Mettraux, says she did no wrong as the information referred to in her article and her book, entitled “Peace and Punishment: The Secret Wars of Politics and International Justice” was already in the public domain when her work went into print.
SOURCE: Deutsche Welle (6-12-09)
"When the project started we thought we were dealing with perhaps 5,000, perhaps 7,000 sites. But as we started to get into the research for the encyclopaedia we started to see the numbers go up and up and up, and within a couple of years we were up around 20,000," he said.
Not the upper limit
Megargee also said that there were even more than 20,000 detention centers that the Nazis used, citing the infamous Gestapo prisons, which were present in"every town of any size", as an example of an area that the encyclopaedia will not be able to cover extensively.
Name of source: HNN Staff
SOURCE: HNN Staff (6-15-09)
That change made sense given the realities of online publishing, but it made historians' lives more difficult: Readers following historians' footnotes would have to guess whether it was the paper edition that was being cited or the website, leading possibly to wild goose chases.
Now it turns out that the Times is making things even more confusing.
Four dates are now associated with articles:
(1.) The date of the paper edition.
(2.) The date that appears in the URL
(3.) The date that appears at the top of the website page
And (4.) The date that appears when the reader clicks on the Print Friendly version -- which is different from the date in (3). (This is what's new; at least we think it's new, or perhaps we hadn't noticed until now.)
As an example, Paul Krugman's column in the June 15 paper edition can be found online at this URL:
That would seem to indicate it was published on June 15th.
But at the top of the column readers are told that this article was "Published: June 14, 2009." VIDE:
Click on the PRINT button and you get the date: June 15, 2009 at the top of the article. VIDE:
HNN recommendation: From now on when historians cite the NYT they must indicate clearly whether they are citing the paper edition or the"official" website date. HNN's policy is to cite the NYT's official website pub date.
Name of source: Salon
SOURCE: Salon (6-12-09)
Numbers that huge are hard to grapple with, so here's a simple way to think about it. U.S. households are about 25 percent poorer than they were at the end of 2007.
Name of source: http://www.grd.usace.army.mil
SOURCE: http://www.grd.usace.army.mil (6-12-09)
Agreement, the Gulf Region Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers helped return an Iraqi artifact to
the Government of Iraq earlier this month.
The artifact — a 27-year-old bronze tablet built in the era of Saddam Hussein and dedicated to an
Unknown Soldier — was turned over to the Iraqi High Tribunal for storage in its secure document
storage facility in the International Zone. The turn-over was conducted in partnership with the
Cultural Affairs Department of the U.S. Embassy, Baghdad.
The tablet resided outside of the Gulf Region Central District’s Residence Office on Freedom
Compound in the IZ for a number of years. But the history of the tablet is a bit of a mystery.
“We don’t know how it got here, or who put it here,” said Capt. Chad Wendolek, the officer in charge
of the GRC IZ residence office.
Wendolek said both he and his colleagues wanted to find a home for the tablet before they move to
the Victory Base Complex this summer.
“We know that this tablet is significant to the Iraqi people and we wanted to be sure we put it in
the right hands,” Wendolek said.
Name of source: Archeology Magazine
SOURCE: Archeology Magazine (6-15-09)
Experts were surprised to find it had been the mites undermining the wall at the Hanguang Entrance Remains Museum during their one-year research for further protection.
"The discovery is the world's first of this kind. The mites had damaged the wall seriously," said Li Yuhu, archaeologist of Shaanxi Normal University.
Name of source: Chicago Trib (Click here to see graphic)
SOURCE: Chicago Trib (Click here to see graphic) (6-15-09)
But that does not include such expenses as Secret Service protection, motorcades and helicopter transports.
Name of source: Telegraph (UK)
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (6-15-09)
The mysterious portrait of a semi-nude woman, looking straight at the viewer with an enigmatic smile and with her hands crossed, bears a remarkable resemblance to Leonardo's world famous painting.
Hidden for almost a century within the panelled walls of a library, the portrait appears to have been inspired by the Mona Lisa, which hangs in the Louvre Museum in Paris and was painted by the Italian master in the early 1500s.
It will form one of the centrepieces of a new exhibition at the Museo Ideale in the Tuscan town of Vinci, near Florence, where da Vinci was born in 1452.
The naked portrait once belonged to Napoleon's ambassador to the Vatican, Cardinal Joseph Fesch, and was rediscovered after being hidden inside the walls of his private library for nearly a century..
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (6-13-09)
She can be heard saying: "Thousands of you in this country have had to leave your homes and be separated from your fathers and mothers. My sister Margaret Rose and I feel so much for you as we know from experience what it means to be away from those we love most of all.
This is the earliest recording of the future Queen in the BBC archives.
It is made up of 19 radio and television broadcasts, spanning 12 years from 1940 to 1952, which sees the future Queen supporting the country following the end of the second world war.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (6-11-09)
The hour-long video purports to show him enjoying the snow in a ski resort and going on family outings, despite being wanted on war crimes charges in connection with the Bosnian civil war.
The previously unseen images, some of them allegedly filmed as recently as a few months ago, appear to confound Serbia's insistence that it is doing all it can to arrest the former general.
Sarajevo-based FTV television network said they show Mladic enjoying himself in various restaurants and apartments in the Belgrade suburb of Kosutnjak and also at what appears to be a military barracks in Serbia, in the company of senior Serbian army officers.
The station said it had more than an hour of footage of Mladic, the most recent filmed last winter at an unidentified ski resort, where he stands with two women identified as his wife and daughter-in-law.
Name of source: TheDailyBeast.com
SOURCE: TheDailyBeast.com (6-15-09)
Name of source: Time Magazine
SOURCE: Time Magazine (6-5-09)
On both sides of the Atlantic, much has been made of Barack Obama's decision to spend Thursday night in Dresden, the German city known primarily as the site of a horrific bombing campaign by U.S. and British forces just months before the end of World War II. The bombing, which lasted 63 minutes, started fires that ultimately claimed the lives of between 18,000 and 25,000 Germans, according to a recent report by historians commissioned by the city.
In Germany, speculation surfaced in the press that Obama's decision to visit Dresden, instead of the capital of Berlin, could be seen as a slight to Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, who faces challenging parliamentary elections in September. In a press conference Friday morning, Obama himself knocked down this idea, saying the choice of Dresden had more to do with his tight schedule, which left scant time between his Egypt visit and his visit Friday afternoon to the Buchenwald Concentration Camp and the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, where he will meet with wounded U.S. soldiers.
"Most of the speculation of my schedule in Germany doesn't take into account simple logistics," Obama said, before jokingly chiding reporters to stop promoting controversies without clear basis."Stop it, all of you," he told the press, in a light tone."We have enough problems out there without having to manufacture problems."
Name of source: Mental Floss
SOURCE: Mental Floss (6-12-09)
The Civil War, in addition to being among the defining moments of U.S. history, is also the source of some bizarre and surprisingly cool trivia.
1. Lincoln's first solution to slavery was a fiasco
2. Hungry ladies effectively mugged Jefferson Davis
3. The Union used hot air balloons and submarines
4. "Dixie" was only a northern song
5. Paul Revere was at Gettysburg
Name of source: IHT
SOURCE: IHT (6-9-09)
Murtaza G. Rakhimov, 75, who has led Bashkortostan, an energy-rich southwestern region, since 1990, complained in Friday’s edition of the newspaper Moskovsky Komsomolets that leaders in Moscow had recreated the top-down, one-party rule that had prevailed during the Soviet Union.
He went on to attack United Russia, the governing party led by Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin, for trying to subjugate homegrown leaders. Mr. Rakhimov was one of United Russia’s founders, and remains a member of its executive council.
Name of source: Reuters
SOURCE: Reuters (6-12-09)
Name of source: Foxnews
SOURCE: Foxnews (6-13-09)
In his acceptance speech, Carter urged the Palestinians to end their internal divisions and stop persecuting their rivals.
He was referring to the growing rift between the Islamic militant Hamas group, which controls Gaza, and Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, in charge of the West Bank. Each side has been cracking down on the other's supporters, particularly since Hamas violently overran Gaza two years ago.
Carter met with Hamas' exiled leadership in Syria on Thursday and is to head to Gaza on Sunday, after meeting with Israeli officials. Carter has said peace between Israel and the Palestinians is impossible without involving Hamas, but reiterated in Syria that he was not representing the Obama administration.
Name of source: Independent (UK)
SOURCE: Independent (UK) (6-11-09)
And today again history in the region is turning into an ideological battlefield. When the Red Army poured into the Baltic states at the end of the Second World War, it liberated them from Nazi tyranny – but from the perspective of the subsequent decades of Soviet domination, was it liberation or merely another invasion?
The Russians, of course, have no doubt on the matter: for them it was an heroic national achievement. But for the states which less than two decades ago managed to crawl out from under the Soviet boot, things are not so simple. The Museum of the Occupation of Latvia, an imposing black box of a building in the heart of Riga, tells the story of Latvia's time inside the Soviet Union. The Soviet soldiers, glorified as heroes in Moscow, are portrayed as criminals and occupiers, no better than the Germans they defeated.
But now, slamming shut a stable door through which its former subject states long ago bolted, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has ordered the creation of a body with the Orwellian title of the Commission to Counteract the Falsification of History to the Detriment of Russian Interests. A linked law is also likely to be passed that will outlaw the "rehabilitation of Nazism" on the territory of former Soviet republics.
Name of source: Spiegel Online
SOURCE: Spiegel Online (6-11-09)
The Soviets, though, had an advantage. Among the West German police on hand at Friedrichstrasse that day was a man named Karl-Heinz Kurras. But in addition to being a highly respected West Berlin officer, Kurras -- as recent revelations have made clear -- was also a spy for the East German secret police, the Stasi. And he spent the standoff passing valuable information on American positions across the border.
"The headquarters of the Americans is on the first floor of a building on Friedrichstrasse," Kurras reported, according to a story in Thursday's edition of the German tabloid Bild, citing documents from the Stasi archive in Berlin. "A wall of sandbags is in front of the building." He also reported on the US troops manning the tanks and, once the crisis ended, gave information on US tank positions nearby.
Name of source: History Today (UK)
SOURCE: History Today (UK) (6-11-09)
Seven surviving British veterans who joined the International Brigades were granted dual Spanish citizenship, yesterday, June 10th, at the Spanish embassy in London. The eldest veteran, Lou Kenton is 101 years old. Joseph Khan, aged 94, was the youngest survivor to be granted a Spanish passport. Carles Casajuana, Spain’s ambassador to the UK also awarded Spanish citizenship to Penny Feiwel, aged 100, Paddy Cochrane, 96, Thomas Watters, 96, Sam Lesser, 95, and Jack Edwards, aged 95.
An eighth veteran, Les Gibson, aged 96, was forced to decline the offer due to ill health. The offer also came too late for two other former members of the International Brigades, Jack Jones and Bob Doyle. Jack Jones, the general secretary of the Transport and General Workers' Union, from 1969 to 1978, died just over a month ago, on April 21st, but his son picked up his passport on his behalf. Bob Doyle died at the beginning of the year, on January 22nd.