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Name of source: Reuters
SOURCE: Reuters (10-9-09)
The provenance of the fragments, which Mitterrand said were acquired in good faith by the Louvre between 2000 and 2003, was called into doubt in 2008 after the discovery of the tomb from which they were believed to have been taken.
Mitterrand said in a statement the decision to return the murals underlined France's determination to fight the illegal traffic in cultural objects.
SOURCE: Reuters (10-16-09)
The result is "The Clinton Tapes: Wrestling History with the President", a new book that presents a fresh view of key events such as Clinton's handling of the economy and deficit, the rise of al Qaeda and the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
Since the Watergate scandal brought down Richard Nixon presidents have been wary about making tapes in the White House.
But Branch and Clinton had worked together in their twenties and Clinton proposed the tapes as a historical record of his presidency. In the event, Clinton kept the tapes and Branch's book is based on the contemporaneous notes he took.
Name of source: Discovery News
SOURCE: Discovery News (10-15-09)
One of the goals of the project is to find out how much the mummification process damages the DNA.
The experiment, which has been running for more than four months, takes inspiration from a 1994 study by Ronald Wade, director of Maryland's State Anatomical Board, and Bob Brier, one of the leading experts on mummies and Egyptology.
During that study, Brier and Wade replicated for the first time Egyptian mummification using the tools and procedures of the ancient embalmers.
Name of source: BBC
They found themselves travelling to Cairo as they searched for the story of a famous Belfast immigrant, Takabuti, the Ulster Museum mummy.
When the museum closed in 2006 for refurbishment, experts used the opportunity to find out more about her history.
Takabuti was first brought to Belfast from Egypt by boat in 1834 by a wealthy young Holywood man named Thomas Greg.
He bought the mummified remains at a 'mummy market' in Thebes (now Luxor) and on his return home he donated the mummy to the Belfast Natural History and Philosophical Society.
Takabuti then went to the Ulster Museum where she lay for 150 years.
SOURCE: BBC (10-18-09)
Eugene Rwamucyo, who has been wanted by Interpol since 2006, said that he was a victim of injustice.
The authorities in Rwanda allege Dr Rwamucyo committed war crimes during the 1994 genocide.
The director of the hospital in the northern French town of Maubeuge said the whole community was in shock.
SOURCE: BBC (10-18-09)
The advertisement, which reads in Thai, "Hitler is not dead," was set up on a main road out of Bangkok two weeks ago.
The billboard was covered up after the museum received "a lot" of complaints, director Somporn Naksuetrong said.
The series of highway advertisements featuring famous dead people promote Louis Tussaud's Waxworks in Pattaya.
SOURCE: BBC (10-17-09)
Mr Yoon said he was basing his claims on a South Korean government report.
North Korea denies claims it abuses human rights. Earlier this year it amended its constitution to refer to its "respect" for human rights.
But human rights groups and North Korean refugees describe blatant, widespread and ongoing violations of basic rights in the Stalinist country.
In his statement to the National Assembly, Mr Yoon said North Korea used to operate 10 labour camps holding some 200,000 people in the 1990s, but had closed four under international pressure.
It said 26% believed that democratic governing was not suitable for Russia.
Nearly 95% of respondents said they had little or no influence on what was happening in the country.
SOURCE: BBC (10-17-09)
Mr Salmond told the SNP conference it should be "proud" of Kenny MacAskill's decision to free terminally-ill Abdelbasset Ali al-Megrahi in August.
In his keynote speech, the SNP leader also set out his objective to boost the number of SNP MPs from seven to 20.
History professor Mikhail Suprun was briefly arrested in the far north of Russia last month, but the incident has only now come to light.
Prof Suprun told the BBC he has been ordered not to comment on the case.
Prof Suprun had managed to track down the files of 5,000 deportees and had interviewed hundreds of their descendents.
But now the documents he had collected over 10 years, his computer and all his hard drives have been seized by the FSB - the powerful successor to the KGB.
Although he has been ordered not to comment on the case, a few days ago he described the seizure as absurd.
The 10.5m pound building which will house and preserve historical documents is due to open a week on Monday.
Police said windows at the centre at the Bught were broken sometime between Wednesday and Thursday.
Historical documents from Highland presbyteries and Kirk sessions are also to transfer from Edinburgh to the centre, along with documents relating to the Highland Clearances and other papers dating from before the Battle of Culloden and a Highland photographic archive, containing 150,000 images.
He said: "If someone has done something wrong they should pay."
At an Iraq memorial service last week he told Mr Blair he would not shake his hand "because it had blood on it".
Speaking at an inquiry session on Friday, Mr Brierley, 59, of Batley, West Yorkshire said: "Members of the government that are proved to be involved in a decision to go to war should face a court charge of crimes against humanity and genocide.
The Orkney Venus, which was discovered a few weeks ago, is a 5,000-year-old female carving which has the UK's first known depiction of a person's face.
It will be exhibited for a fortnight from Monday.
Historic Scotland said children would be given free entry to the castle during the exhibition, which ends on Sunday 1 November.
The 12-tonne gold sandstone piece had stood at the Wallace Monument in Stirling for more than 10 years.
However, it was removed last year to make way for a new visitor centre.
Last month, after a two-year gap, the latest meeting of relatives from opposite sides of the border was held in the North Korean tourist resort at Mount Kumgang.
Just 200 families, 100 from each side, were given the chance to see their long-lost loved ones for the first time in more than half a century.
Name of source: CNN
SOURCE: CNN (10-18-09)
"The president is asking the questions that have never been asked on the civilian side, the political side, the military side and the strategic side," White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel told CNN's "State of the Union."
Among the things the Obama administration wants to know from Afghan leaders: "Do you have a credible Afghan partner for this process that can provide the security and the type of services that the Afghan people need?"
Name of source: The New Nixon
SOURCE: The New Nixon (10-17-09)
This semi-annual tradition was started by Pat Nixon in 1973:
Then-first lady Patricia Nixon started the tours in 1973. They are held twice a year, in spring (April) and fall (October).
The first few years saw between 10,000 and 12,000 guests. The White House expects double that number this weekend.
“They’ve been a success ever since,” Dale Haney, superintendent of the White House grounds, said of the tours. He has helped care for the grounds for more than 30 years and was present for the first garden and grounds tour.
It’s comes to no surprise that Mrs. Nixon was behind the White House Garden tours.
In his memoirs, RN said that Pat “stepped into the role of First Lady without breaking a stride,” was generous with visitors and “thought of imaginative ways to bring young people to the White House:”
Each of us loved the White House and looked for ways to share its history and beauty with others, but it was Pat who made it happen.
She had loudspeakers set up near the fence on the South Grounds so that while they were waiting people standing in line for the tour could hear about the history of the rooms they were about to see. She arranged special tours for the blind that allowed them for the first time to touch the historic objects in the different rooms. Pat also recorded an introduction for the first “talking history of the White House so that those who could not see it would nevertheless have a sense of sharing and belonging when they were there.
As Jimmy Bryon noted last week, under the leadership of the First Lady, the White House was restored to its “golden age.”
“She left us all breathless,” RN Said, “By our second year in the White House we had set a record of 50,000 guests.”
Name of source: Time
SOURCE: Time (10-16-09)
After decades of both intense anti-bullfighting activism and benign neglect (Las Arenas hasn't hosted a bullfight since 1990), Catalonia may become the first of Spain's autonomous regions to officially ban the sport. At the end of October, the Catalan parliament will begin the first round of voting on a popular initiative that seeks to outlaw bullfighting completely — and establish one more difference between the region and the rest of Spain. If the initiative survives this vote, lawmakers can propose amendments before a final vote is held, likely by the end of the year.
"It's a sign of popular support for the measure that we were able to collect 180,000 signatures — three times the number we needed to present a legal initiative before parliament," says Jennifer Berengueras, spokesperson for Prou (the word means "enough" in the Catalan language), the association that organized the campaign.
Indeed, Catalonia has long led the movement to do away with what is still referred to in Spain as the "national fiesta." In 2003, the region passed a sweeping animal protection law that, among its many measures, restricted towns without bullrings from building them and prohibited all children under the age of 14 from attending a corrida by placing the equivalent of an "R" movie rating on the event. The following year, Barcelona's municipal government declared the Catalan capital an "anti-bullfighting city" in a non-binding resolution; 70 other Catalan towns and cities have since followed suit. ..
... "Bullfighting used to be extremely popular in Catalonia," says Matthew Tree, a Barcelona-based author who writes frequently on Catalan identity. "But things change. Franco made it a bastion of fascist Spain, and that switched off a lot of Catalans. It was forced on them as this aggressively Spanish thing, and that was offensive to them."...
SOURCE: Time (10-15-09)
At Bush's invitation, the 44th Commander in Chief is paying a long-planned visit to the home of Bush's presidential library to mark the 20th anniversary of the voluntarism initiative begun by the former President in 1989.
After being introduced by Bush, Obama will speak on community service before 2,500 people in Rudder Auditorium on the campus of Texas A&M University. Obama is expected to pay tribute to Bush's Points of Light Initiative, a community-service and charitable works program he launched in the early days of his presidency in 1989. Joining the two men on stage will be Robert Gates, the Secretary of Defense and former president of the university, who has worked for both Presidents.
The meeting has been in the works for months, almost since the earliest days of the Obama Administration, and postponed at least once. It is just the most recent display of bipartisan goodwill between current and past holders of the highest office in the land. These alliances often span vast differences in both ideology and age: Richard Nixon paid a secret visit to Bill Clinton, 33 years his junior, to discuss Russia policy in 1993; Herbert Hoover met with John F. Kennedy, 38 years his junior, before he was inaugurated in 1960. Bush, at 85, is 37 years older than Obama, who is 48...
Name of source: NYT
SOURCE: NYT (10-17-09)
Or at least, the one that reigns next door.
Like an envious underachiever, Vladimir V. Putin’s party, United Russia, is increasingly examining how it can emulate the Chinese Communist Party, especially its skill in shepherding China through the financial crisis relatively unbowed.
United Russia’s leaders even convened a special meeting this month with senior Chinese Communist Party officials to hear firsthand how they wield power.
In truth, the Russians express no desire to return to Communism as a far-reaching Marxist-Leninist ideology, whether the Soviet version or the much attenuated one in Beijing. What they admire, it seems, is the Chinese ability to use a one-party system to keep tight control over the country while still driving significant economic growth.
It is a historical turnabout that resonates, given that the Chinese Communists were inspired by the Soviets, before the two sides had a lengthy rift.
For the Russians, what matters is the countries’ divergent paths in recent decades. They are acutely aware that even as Russia has endured many dark days in its transition to a market economy, China appears to have carried out a fairly similar shift more artfully...
SOURCE: NYT (10-17-09)
Thai authorities deployed 2,000 police officers and invoked a harsh internal security law to ensure that the rally in front of the government offices did not turn violent.
The demonstrators, known as “red shirts,” want the government to speed up the process of their petition, which they say at least 3.5 million people signed in support of Mr. Thaksin. He fled Thailand in 2008 to escape a two-year jail term for corruption.
SOURCE: NYT (10-16-09)
So when a former aide of Mr. Zhao’s, Du Daozheng, disclosed in May that he had helped secretly record Mr. Zhao’s memoir for posthumous publication, Mr. Du’s daughter refused to let him walk outside alone for fear of possible repercussions.
She need not have worried. On June 25, a top official in charge of propaganda showed up at Mr. Du’s western Beijing apartment with a reassuring message from Zhongnanhai, the headquarters of the Communist Party and the government. Mr. Du said he was told that, as an old friend of Mr. Zhao’s, “Zhongnanhai and party central can understand why you did this.”
Mr. Du used to be among those who delivered such judgments. Until he was ousted in 1989 with Mr. Zhao, he served as head of the government’s press and publications administration, an agency that helps enforce censors’ orders.
Now he spends his days jousting with such officials, trying to foist unmentionable topics like Mr. Zhao’s career into the public domain. Helping with Mr. Zhao’s memoir — a rare look at the party’s inner conflicts that was published this May outside China — was a particularly daring thrust.
But strategic ventures into forbidden territory are characteristic of his monthly scholarly journal, Yanhuang Chunqiu. In 2005, he published articles on Hu Yaobang, the former party leader whose death helped set off the Tiananmen protests. Infuriated authorities threatened to reduce copies of the magazine to pulp, according to Mr. Du’s daughter, Du Mingming.
After a string of journal articles last year touched on Mr. Zhao’s accomplishments, party authorities issued an internal regulation so precisely focused that it could have been named after Mr. Du. The order forbids retired government or party officials to serve as publication directors.
Party sources say Jiang Zemin, the now-retired leader who replaced Mr. Zhao, was irritated by the articles and instigated the pressure on Mr. Du to step down. Sitting in the magazine’s musty offices, Mr. Du said he dealt with the order by reshuffling titles.
“I just ignore it,” he said. “I am old enough and tough enough that if there is any pressure from the government, I can hold on here.”
MR. Du survives such skirmishes because he is 86, wily and quietly supported by certain party luminaries. He says as many as 100 former party officials back his magazine’s attempts to draw lessons from the party’s buried past and nudge it toward democratic reforms. Some current officials also sympathize with the effort, he suggests. “Nobody dares close it,” he said, lest that provoke a reaction from “old cadres.” Last year supporters promised him, “If the magazine closes, we will take to the streets,” he said.
They said: “We are old. We are in our 80s. We have heart problems. We will probably die in the streets.”
“So the conservatives don’t take any action,” Mr. Du said, “because they are afraid of that responsibility.”
Others suggest the party can afford to be tolerant. Russell Leigh Moses, a Beijing-based analyst of China politics, said that Mr. Du and other liberal-minded party “elders” posed no particular threat to today’s Communist Party, so slaps on the wrists sufficed.
“I admire the courage and the conviction, but the conservatives really won this battle some time ago,” he said. “I really see him as a tragic figure, still holding the flag after most of the armies have left the field.
“He is fighting a struggle against the political tenor of the times, as well as against time itself,” Mr. Moses said.
Mr. Du is not, however, fighting with himself. He sees his modest magazine, printed on newsprint-quality paper and distributed to some 100,000 subscribers for about a dollar a copy, as “the best thing he has done in his life,” his daughter said.
The struggle between truth and propaganda has been a constant theme in Mr. Du’s life. He was an early Communist Party loyalist, dropping out of middle school at age 14 to join the battle against Japanese invaders. After the Communists rose to power in 1949, he dutifully — and falsely — reported the party’s claims of record harvests and free food as a reporter for Xinhua, the state-run news agency.
But by April 1959, he could no longer reconcile the discrepancy with reality. In a 4,900-word letter to a superior, he documented widespread famine and disease in the countryside...
SOURCE: NYT (10-15-09)
The school, Little Rock Central High School, is one of 11 sites dedicated to fighting intolerance that have been chosen by the Anne Frank Center USA in Lower Manhattan as the destination for saplings that originated from the tree in Amsterdam, now 150 years old. Anne often marveled as it changed through the seasons, blooming flamboyantly, then slowly losing its leaves, outside the small office building at 263 Prinsengracht where she and her family were hidden during the Nazi occupation. It was one of the few things she could glimpse for those two years.
SOURCE: NYT (10-16-09)
The number, while lower than forecast a few months ago, underscored the challenges ahead in shrinking the deficit even as the White House and Congress are considering more steps to stimulate an economy that is making a slow recovery. The political hurdles to finding a solution were evident on Friday as each political party immediately blamed the other for the growth of the deficit.
The shortfall for the fiscal year 2009, which ended Sept. 30, translates to 10 percent of the economy, according to a joint statement from the Treasury secretary, Timothy F. Geithner, and the director of the Office of Management and Budget, Peter R. Orszag. For the 2008 fiscal year, the deficit of $459 billion was 3.2 percent of the economy, as measured by the gross domestic product.
SOURCE: NYT (10-13-09)
Was it true that President Obama had refused to meet the Dalai Lama in Washington?...
... But Mr. Havel’s reticence did not prevent him, during a 45-minute interview, from aiming squarely at what he called the current “era of disgust” in Czech politics.
“If you look at the C.V.’s of current Czech politicians, you see that most of them are in their 50s,” he said. This means they matured in what he called “early normalization,” roughly from 1969 to the mid-1970s, when the Soviet-led invasion that crushed the brief Prague Spring reforms of 1968 gave way to a dull and autocratic regime dependent on Moscow. “One of the darkest periods” of national history, Mr. Havel said.
In his view, those years have marked many current politicians, leaving them prone to conspiratorial thinking and acts of petty deceit. Compounding that, he said, is “some kind of existential crisis” caused by a global pursuit of materialism and by the specific Czech legacy of 40 years of Communist government.
Indeed, the contrast between the atmosphere in Prague today and during the magical autumn of 1989 and the Velvet Revolution could scarcely be greater. Today, the city is a freer, far wealthier place than 20 years ago, with private property restored and millions of tourists proving an economic if not aesthetic boon to one of Europe’s most beautiful capitals...
Name of source: McClatchy
SOURCE: McClatchy (10-9-09)
Graham, who helped craft the 2006 law that established the military commissions, said Friday that he'd attached an amendment to an appropriations bill that would prohibit the Obama administration from spending money on the prosecution and trial of the accused terrorists before U.S. civilian federal judges.
Name of source: WSJ
SOURCE: WSJ (10-14-09)
To translate the English term for computing resources that can be accessed on demand on the Internet, a group of French experts had spent 18 months coming up with "informatique en nuage," which literally means "computing in cloud."
France's General Commission of Terminology and Neology -- a 17-member group of professors, linguists, scientists and a former ambassador -- was gathered in a building overlooking the Louvre to approve the term...
... Keeping the French language relevant isn't easy in the Internet age. For years, French bureaucrats have worked hard to keep French up to date by diligently coming up with equivalents for English terms. Though most French people say "le week-end" and "un surfer," the correct translations of the terms are "fin de semaine" ("end of the week") and "aquaplanchiste" ("water boarder"). A "start-up" company is referred to as "jeune pousse," or "young shoot" (the term pousse is used for vegetable sprouts), while the World Wide Web is translated as "toile d'araignée mondiale" (literally, global spider web)...
... Article Two of France's Constitution states that, "The language of the Republic shall be French." The French government, therefore, has a duty to offer citizens French alternatives to English words, he says. "Our citizens have a right to communicate without speaking English."
French linguistic legislation started in 1593. That year, King François I ousted Latin as his country's administrative language and replaced it with French. Until the 20th century, things went well: Local dialects were supplanted, and French became the language of diplomacy and love. But after World War II and the rise of the U.S. as a superpower, French was pushed onto the back burner.
In 1994, the French government passed laws to ensure that all advertisements, work-contracts and government documentation were in French. The General Delegation was charged with overseeing the creation of new French terms.
Every year, about 300 new terms are officially introduced into the French language. Some -- like cloud computing -- get accidental priority...
SOURCE: WSJ (10-19-09)
The late Chief Justice William Rehnquist had gold stripes stitched into his robe to emulate the British Lord Chancellor's costume in a Gilbert and Sullivan opera.
Now, the Mother Country is following the lead of its offspring. This month, the U.K. replaced its Law Lords -- a committee of noblemen that served as the highest tribunal for much of Britain -- with the new Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. It isn't just the name that echoes the top American court. For the first time, the U.K.'s highest court is fully separated, American-style, from Parliament and its legislative function.
The occasion is noteworthy enough that the U.S. Supreme Court canceled its session Friday so that Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justices Antonin Scalia and Stephen Breyer could attend the U.K. court's opening, with Queen Elizabeth II presiding.
"Over 200 years or more of our Supreme Court history, the cases are filled with references that show our law is based on English law," said Justice Breyer. "They are perhaps taking a leaf from our book."...
... The U.K. isn't seeking to clone the U.S. legal system that has evolved, with plenty of its own idiosyncrasies, over the past 200-plus years. And there remain many significant differences between the two supreme courts. The U.S. court derives its power from the U.S. Constitution, while the British court is created by Parliament. The British court generally doesn't have the power to strike down legislation, as its counterpart across the Atlantic does...
... It's no surprise that in their earliest days, American courts relied heavily on English law. Or that the U.S. Supreme Court, in 1792, decided to base its own procedures on those of the King's Bench and Chancery courts in London.
More striking is the degree to which the U.S. Supreme Court continues to cite English precedent. In last year's decision finding a right of personal self-defense in the Second Amendment, Justice Scalia cited at least 10 British cases, statutes and royal proclamations dating from 1671.
In a 2004 Guantanamo case, Justice John Paul Stevens, writing for the majority, cited English legal precedent dating as far back as the Magna Carta of 1215 to find that inmates could invoke habeas corpus, a legal challenge to unlawful detention.
Today, the U.K.'s most senior judges already have close links with their American counterparts. A tradition of exchanges was initiated under Chief Justice Warren Burger, who served from 1969 to 1986. Chief Justice Roberts has already been to the U.K. at least twice this year, including a visit in July, where he attended one of the final sessions of the Law Lords and spoke at a conference alongside the head of the new U.K. court, Lord Phillips. The British judiciary sent a delegation to the U.S. Supreme Court to gather research in preparation for setting up its own Supreme Court.
The new court has its roots in a surprise 2003 announcement by then-Prime Minister Tony Blair: Britain would end a more than 600-year association between the highest appeal court and the House of Lords. The proposal included abolishing the office of lord chancellor, the head of the judiciary, as well as replacing the Law Lords with a Supreme Court...
SOURCE: WSJ (10-16-09)
Nearly 1,000 pieces, each one over 8 feet tall, 3 feet wide and 16 inches thick, have already been crafted. Soon, they will be assembled and become part of a barrier stretching nearly a mile through the historic center of the city along the path of the old Wall, from the Reichstag to the Brandenburg Gate and beyond.
But this Berlin Wall isn't meant to be permanent. It is made of Styrofoam, and it is rising so it can be knocked down again.
As dusk creeps across the German capital on Nov. 9, 20 years to the hour after East Germans first began hammering away at the original concrete Berlin Wall on their way to the West, the first section will be pushed over, and the rest will fall -- like dominoes.
"The day represents great change, for along with the fall of the Berlin Wall many other walls and barriers fell, not only here," says Moritz van Dülmen, the organizer of what is known as the "Dominoaktion."
The breach of the Berlin Wall in 1989 stood world history on its head. Dominoes toppled around the globe, but not in the direction that the West feared during the Cold War. One by one, the communist governments of Eastern Europe collapsed. The Iron Curtain was dismantled. The Soviet Union disintegrated. Germany reunified. East-West tensions relaxed.
Name of source: Daily News (NY)
SOURCE: Daily News (NY) (10-12-09)
Family members and advocates are blaming their deaths on toxins released into the air after the twin towers collapsed - and they're urging Congress to act on a bill that would help pay for their medical care.
Name of source: Google News
SOURCE: Google News (10-15-09)
The museum is being inaugurated Friday by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and opens its doors to the public Saturday. That will mark the first time since World War II that the whole of Berlin's neoclassical Museum Island complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has been open.
"It is a special day ... 70 years after it was closed, this building can be handed over to the public again," Hermann Parzinger, the head of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, which oversees Berlin's museums, said Thursday. "It is, in a way, the end of the postwar era for the Museum Island."
The museum's best-known exhibit is the limestone-and-stucco bust of Nefertiti, which dates back to about 1340 B.C.. The graceful, delicately detailed piece was found by German archeologists in 1912 and went on display at the Neues Museum in 1924.
SOURCE: Google News (10-16-09)
Friday marks the 150th anniversary of the night that abolitionist John Brown launched his ill-fated raid on the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry from the Kennedy farmhouse near Dargan.
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Chief Historian Dennis Frye says he aims to make the nearly five-mile hike a reverent and soulful experience, lit by lanterns.
Name of source: Yahoo News
SOURCE: Yahoo News (10-16-09)
Richard Land is president of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports he also apologized for bestowing a "Josef Mengele Award" on President Barack Obama's chief health care adviser.
Mengele was a Nazi doctor who conducted cruel experiments at the Auschwitz death camp during the Holocaust.
Land said in a letter dated Wednesday that he did not intend to "actually equate anyone in the Obama administration with Dr. Mengele."
SOURCE: Yahoo News (10-16-09)
Keith Bardwell, a white justice of the peace in Tangipahoa Parish in the southeastern part of the state, refused to issue a marriage license earlier this month to Beth Humphrey, who is white, and Terence McKay, who is black. His refusal has prompted calls for an investigation or resignation from civil and constitutional rights groups and the state's Legislative Black Caucus.
Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal said in a statement a nine-member commission that reviews lawyers and judges in the state should investigate...
... Bardwell maintains he can recuse himself from marrying people. Quigley disagreed.
"A justice of the peace is legally obligated to serve the public, all of the public," Quigley said. "Racial discrimination has been a violation of Louisiana and U.S. law for decades. No public official has the right to pick and choose which laws they are going to follow."...
Name of source: AlphaGalileo
SOURCE: AlphaGalileo (10-16-09)
These remarkable findings have been made public by the Greek government after the start of a five year collaborative project involving the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and The University of Nottingham.
As a Mycenaean town the site offers potential new insights into the workings of Mycenaean society. Pavlopetri has added importance as it was a maritime settlement from which the inhabitants coordinated local and long distance trade.
The Pavlopetri Underwater Archaeology Project aims to establish exactly when the site was occupied, what it was used for and through a systematic study of the geomorphology of the area, how the town became submerged.
Name of source: Politico
SOURCE: Politico (10-15-09)
But when Bill de Blasio, a candidate for public office in New York City this fall, put his family in his campaign mailings and TV ads, there was nothing routine about it. De Blasio’s wife of 15 years, Chirlane McCray, is black, his children are of mixed race and, even in one of America’s most liberal cities, no one could remember anything like it.
De Blasio, 48, won the crucial Democratic primary in a runoff Sept. 29 and is in line to be the city’s next public advocate, a sort of high-profile ombudsman’s job that’s second in the line of succession to the mayor. The city councilman from liberal Park Slope, Brooklyn, had other things going for him — institutional support, newspaper endorsements — but in the view of his campaign, and of many of the city’s political observers, his interracial relationship was an almost unmitigated positive in a hotly contested election.
With Barack Obama having rewritten the history of race relations in this country, de Blasio may be demolishing one of its last taboos, “For so long in American history, interracial couples went out of their way to keep their relationships out of the public eye that it’s remarkable to see them used in a campaign like this,” said Peggy Pascoe, a historian of interracial marriage at the University of Oregon, who referred to the campaign as “a post-Obama phenomenon.”
Name of source: Daily News (Sri Lanka)
SOURCE: Daily News (Sri Lanka) (10-15-09)
"We have found evidence of three old human settlements in these areas. They have spread over an area covering nearly three kilometres and are vitally important to prove the historical background of Jaffna peninsula", he said...
... Archaeologists believe that Kandarodaya belongs to ironic age and there are sufficient evidence to suggest that these human settlements in Kandarodoi lead to the existence of a very old history in the peninsula", Dr. Dissanayake said. Wallipuram golden scroll provides vital facts to determine the history of Jaffna peninsula. According to archaeologists, this Wachipuram scroll belongs to the 2nd century.
Name of source: EveningStar24
SOURCE: EveningStar24 (10-15-09)
The two fields which served as the home of Sudbury Rugby Club in nearby Great Cornard are the source of great excitement for a team of archaeologists working at the site.
Since moving into the site off The Mead in July teams from Suffolk County Council's Archaeological Service have discovered a haul of artefacts dating back to around 3,000 BC.
The dig has gone ahead as part of a future redevelopment of the site by Persimmon Homes which has paid for the excavation as part of its agreement to build hundreds of new homes in Great Cornard.
Name of source: Telegraph (UK)
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (10-17-09)
Views are polarised. While supporters of the decision say that it is the price Britain pays for free speech, and that the BBC has a duty to reflect a broad range of opinion, opponents have condemned the Corporation for offering the party an opportunity to promote its anti-immigrant views.
Now The Sunday Telegraph can reveal:
Holocaust survivors and victims of racist attacks plan to confront the BNP's leader Nick Griffin during the programme over his past as a holocaust denier with a conviction for inciting racial hatred.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (10-16-09)
Mr Miliband had told the court that publishing the secret intelligence could jeopardise British-US relations and lead to the American authorities to downgrade their intelligence-sharing with the UK.
Rejecting that argument, the court said there was "overwhelming" public interest in publication.
Mr Mohamed was released earlier this year after seven years in US custody, including four in the camp at Guantanamo.
Name of source: Fox News
SOURCE: Fox News (10-16-09)
On this 20-year anniversary of the 6.9-magnitude earthquake that killed 63 people, injured almost 3,800 and caused up to $10 billion damage, the bridge reconstruction has become the largest public works project in California history and is still years from completion.
Although thousands of buildings, highway bridges and landmarks such as San Francisco City Hall have been fortified, other earthquake safety problems are far from fully addressed in this region where experts say another major temblor is certain to strike.
Some schools that the state says are at risk of collapse still have not been repaired. And vulnerable apartment buildings that house hundreds of thousands of people have not been seismically retrofitted by their owners.
Name of source: JuraForum
SOURCE: JuraForum (10-16-09)
"The Stasi went to incredible lengths in their kidnapping activities," Muhle reports. Target persons were observed minutely in order to find out more about their habits and lifestyles. Every little detail was noted down by the state informants. Drinking habits, for example, were of interest. In the Stasi files these informants' reports often provide decisive evidence that a kidnapping took place, because only in a few cases do there exist actual detailed kidnap plans authorised by the leaders of the Ministry of State Security. On the other hand there are indications that files have been destroyed or "cleaned up"...
... "As far as the Ministry of State Security was concerned, using criminals had a number of advantages. They had no scruples and would do anything for money, no questions asked," Muhle explains. The Stasi candidly assessed these criminal activities as an 'interesting attribute for operational purposes'. These informants could also become a problem because what they knew was, of course, highly sensitive material. But it was not only criminals who were involved in the kidnappings, but also GDR citizens who had escaped but wanted to return. They wanted to acquire permission to do so by carrying out a kidnapping. Susanne Muhle has examined the biographies of 50 informants, which is, as she herself comments, "not representative by statistiscal standards", especially as it is not clear how many informants were actually involved in kidnappings...
Name of source: Times (UK)
SOURCE: Times (UK) (10-18-09)
The fighting is “a waste of blood and treasure” because there is no coherent purpose behind it, he argues scornfully in a new book.
Meyer, who was Tony Blair’s man in America from 1997 to 2003, writes that: “After nearly eight years in Afghanistan . . . there is still no clarity about why we are there. Is it to stop Al-Qaeda returning on the shirt-tails of the Taliban? Or are we trying to create the conditions to transform Afghan governance and society? Depending on who you speak to — British or American — it is either, both, or something in the middle.
SOURCE: Times (UK) (10-16-09)
The 150-page review names the men, who were attached to the Libyan People’s Bureau in London in 1984 at the time WPC Fletcher was killed in a burst of automatic gunfire from inside the building.
They did not have diplomatic immunity when the shooting happened at the Libyan Embassy in St James’s Square, and had evidence existed at the time they could have been tried in a British court. They were deported along with diplomats soon after the shooting.
SOURCE: Times (UK) (10-16-09)
The sketch, which is to be exhibited next year, is from her personal sketchbook and shows the young Queen in her gown before a costume ball at Buckingham Palace in 1845.
Rather than the dowdy widow of popular recollection, it shows a woman who was fond of music, art and dancing, and who on her 19th birthday did not leave the ballroom until 3.50am.
Name of source: Daily Mail (UK)
SOURCE: Daily Mail (UK) (10-16-09)
John Ievers, the grandson of a World War I soldier who died in 1917, branded student Philip Laing, 19, a 'drunken idiot' for desecrating the memorial in Baker's Pool, Sheffield.
The 49-year-old software sales consultant said: 'I am annoyed - he's a drunken idiot.
Name of source: LA Times
SOURCE: LA Times (10-15-09)
The bipartisan bill passed on a voice vote; if Senate approval follows, backers of the private, nonprofit museum, aimed at illuminating the social, cultural and historical roles played by American women, would have three years to buy a parcel alongside the mall from the government, and five years to begin construction.
According to the museum's website, it would cost $250 million to $350 million in privately raised funds to build the facility and pay for its first two years of operation. The organization's assets totaled $533,000 at the end of 2008, according to its most recent available federal tax return.
"For the first time in our nation's history, it appears Women will finally have a front row seat on our National Mall," Joan Bradley Wages, the museum's president, said in a statement -- the capital W in "Women" being her own.
Name of source: Times Online
SOURCE: Times Online (10-16-09)
Speaking for the first time about charges of MI5 complicity in the abuse of suspects overseas, Jonathan Evans said Britain had had to get overseas help at the time as its own knowledge of al-Qaeda was inadequate and the terrorist organisation might have hit again "imminently".
MI5 would have failed in its duty if it had not worked with its overseas connections to safeguard Britain, he said in a speech at Bristol University last night.
"Such intelligence was of the utmost importance to the safety and security of the UK," said Mr Evans. "It has saved British lives. Many attacks have been stopped as a result of effective international intelligence co-operation since 9/11," he said...
... He stressed that it was not "just a theoretical issue" as al-Qaeda had actually laid plans for further terrorist outrages in the wake of the attacks on the twin towers in New York...
Name of source: CNSNews.com
SOURCE: CNSNews.com (10-16-09)
Bush on Friday was to host a forum on volunteering at Texas A&M University, to be attended by Obama, who initiated a "United We Serve" call to service in June that culminated in a national day of service on the eighth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
The forum is affiliated with the Points of Light Institute, an organization that honors people and groups who participate in community service. Bush created the Daily Point of Light Award in 1989 to honor volunteers.
Name of source: Hurriyet Daily News (Turkey)
SOURCE: Hurriyet Daily News (Turkey) (10-14-09)
The treasure had been smuggled to the United States in 1984 and has been on exhibit in the Ankara Anatolian Civilizations Museum in Ankara since it was returned to Turkey in 1999. The process to get the coins back was hard and challenging, including major legal wars.
Sadik Badak, Antalya deputy for the ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, led the efforts to bring the Elmali Coins to Antalya. “The Elmali treasure will be back where it belongs,” Badak told the Dogan news agency. “We have been making efforts for a couple of years now. The coins should be kept in the region where they were produced and where they were once used.”
The exhibition hall in the Antalya Museum has already been prepared. Officials from Antalya were in Ankara on Wednesday to receive the coins. A cocktail party will be held Oct. 26 to celebrate the arrival of the treasure and to mark the opening of the exhibition.