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Name of source: Jordan Times
SOURCE: Jordan Times (10-15-09)
The dolmens foothills of Damiyah were listed among 77 endangered sites around the world on the World Monuments Fund (WMF) annual watch list.
Damiyah, located in the northern Jordan Valley, is home to hundreds of dolmens, megalithic table-shaped block formations, which some experts believe may date back to the Chalcolithic period, around 4500-3500BC.
Although their exact usage is in dispute, many believe the sandstone and travertine dolmens were used as burial chambers.
Name of source: Google News
SOURCE: Google News (10-13-09)
The Rev. Emil Kapaun was a captain and chaplain in the Army in Korea and taken prisoner in 1950 when the Chinese captured his unit. Kapaun continued to serve the men's needs, risking his life to provide them with food and water amid squalid conditions.
Kapaun, a Roman Catholic, died in a prison camp in 1951.
SOURCE: Google News (10-13-09)
Speaking through his lawyer, John Kalymon, of suburban Detroit, denied the U.S. Justice Department's assertion that he claimed to have fired his gun at least eight times and killed a Jew in August 1942, when Jews were being rounded up and removed from what is now Lviv, Ukraine.
Judge Elizabeth Hacker told the Justice Department to file a brief detailing its case by early 2010. Kalymon's lawyer, Elias Xenos, would have until Feb. 26 to respond to the brief. A trial date has not been set.
Kalymon was stripped of his U.S. citizenship in 2007, and the government is seeking to deport him. It hasn't been determined where he would go.
Name of source: Fox News
SOURCE: Fox News (10-14-09)
The report, released by the Iraqi Human Rights Ministry late Tuesday as part of a larger study on the country's human rights situation, said 85,694 people were killed from 2004-08, and 147,195 were wounded during the same period.
The Associated Press reported in April that just over 87,000 people died between 2005 and early 2009, according to government statistics it obtained.
The Iraqi death toll has been a hotly disputed subject and critics on both sides of the political spectrum have accused the other side of manipulating the death numbers to sway public opinion.
As Iraq became increasingly violent following the 2003 U.S.-led invasion, it also became increasingly difficult to independently track such figures on a wide scale.
SOURCE: Fox News (10-14-09)
A controversial e-mail message buried by the Bush administration because of its conclusions on global warming surfaced Tuesday, nearly two years after it was first sent to the White House and never opened.
The e-mail and the 28-page document attached to it, released Tuesday by the Environmental Protection Agency, show that back in December of 2007 the agency concluded that six gases linked to global warming pose dangers to public welfare, and wanted to take steps to regulate their release from automobiles and the burning of gasoline.
The document specifically cites global warming's effects on air quality, agriculture, forestry, water resources and coastal areas as endangering public welfare.
That finding was rejected by the Bush White House, which strongly opposed using the Clean Air Act to address climate change and stalled on producing a so-called "endangerment finding" that had been ordered by the Supreme Court in 2007.
As a result, the Dec. 5 e-mail sent by the agency to Susan Dudley, who headed the regulatory division at the Office of Management and Budget was never opened, according to Jason Burnett, the former EPA official that wrote it.
Name of source: Asian News Internationa
SOURCE: Asian News Internationa (10-13-09)
According to a report in Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review, Akin Ersoy of Dokuz Eylul University’s archaeology department and heading the archaeological excavations in the ancient city, said that there might be a temple built for Nemesis in the area.
“We found traces of such a temple during our excavations in Agora,” he said. “We want to concentrate our work to unearth the temple in the future,” he added.
This year’s archeological excavations have unearthed many important findings that belonged to the Ottoman era, including many pieces of Ottoman ceramics.
“There are several layers to be worked,” said Ersoy. “We will work on the Ottoman era first, followed by the Eastern Roman, Roman and then the earlier ages,” he added.
Name of source: CNN
The fossils were found in north-east China earlier this year, embedded in rock dating back 160 million years, and have been called "Darwinopterus" after the renowned naturalist Charles Darwin.
The creature's discovery has astounded scientists because their age puts them within two recognized groups of pterodactyls -- primitive long-tailed forms and advanced short-tail forms -- and they display characteristics of both.
The combination of features indicates that the primitive pterodactyls evolved relatively quickly, and that certain groups of features changed at the same time.
Traditional evolutionary theory suggests that one feature -- a tail for instance -- would slowly evolve over time.
The tweet, sent out Tuesday morning on their official Twitter account, read: "Funny Video: Moonbattery: Hitler Reacts to ObamaCare Maneuvers http://bit.ly/2mOvZ7 #Pelosi". It comes the same day the NRCC released a petition on their site to "Fire Nancy Pelosi."
The tweet immediately drew strong criticism from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "House Republicans have gone way too far. The NRCC's despicable promotion of a video comparing Speaker Pelosi's effort to reform health insurance in America to Adolf Hitler's extermination of millions is a shocking new low that must be condemned," said DCCC spokeswoman Jennifer Crider. "Republican Leader John Boehner should order NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions to immediately remove this vile Tweet and apologize."
Clinton said such people are "living in the past" and aren't able to cooperate on issues such as missile defense because they "don't trust each other." She also called on the nations to find common ground, saying they "shouldn't end all cooperation" just because they can't agree on everything.
The town-hall meeting followed sessions Tuesday with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Russia Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov that yielded no breakthroughs on arms control, Afghanistan or possible sanctions against Iran as it pursues a controversial nuclear program.
Following those meetings, Clinton spoke about surmounting historical difficulties in U.S.-Russian relations, changing a relationship "once defined by the shadow of mutually assured destruction into what is based on mutual respect and, over time, increasingly mutual trust."
Name of source: Miami Herald
SOURCE: Miami Herald (10-10-09)
The deal was reached in the case of Antonio Guerrero, one of the so-called Cuban Five convicted in 2001 of espionage conspiracy and other charges. An appeals court last year threw out the sentences of Guerrero and two others as unjustifiably harsh. All five convictions were upheld...
... The Cuban Five, hailed as heroes in Cuba, were part of the ``Wasp Network'' of spies that sought to penetrate U.S. military installations, spy on Cuban exiles and monitor politicians opposed to Cuba's communist regime. At least one of the five was involved in the 1996 downing of three Cuban exile Brothers to the Rescue planes, according to trial testimony.
Name of source: NYT
SOURCE: NYT (10-13-09)
The court said Tuesday that it would hear Mr. Skilling’s appeal of lower court rulings that upheld all 19 of his 2006 convictions of conspiracy, securities fraud, insider trading and lying to auditors involving the 2001 collapse of Enron.
Mr. Skilling, serving a 24-year prison term, is asking the court to consider whether the federal “honest services” fraud statute was applied correctly. The justices already have two other cases on their schedule dealing with the honest services law, a favorite tool of federal prosecutors in white-collar crime and public corruption cases.
The law has been criticized as vague and unfair because the government need not prove, in some instances, that a defendant personally benefited from the alleged fraud.
SOURCE: NYT (10-12-09)
Dr. Karen M. Starko, author of one of the earliest papers connecting aspirin use with Reye’s syndrome, has published an article suggesting that overdoses of the relatively new “wonder drug” could have been deadly.
What raised Dr. Starko’s suspicions is that high doses of aspirin, amounts considered unsafe today, were commonly used to treat the illness, and the symptoms of aspirin overdose may have been difficult to distinguish from those of the flu, especially among those who died soon after they became ill.
SOURCE: NYT (10-12-09)
The proposal will make it substantially easier for thousands of veterans to claim that those ailments were the direct result of their service in Vietnam, thereby smoothing the way for them to receive monthly disability checks and health care services from the department.
The new policy will apply to some 2.1 million veterans who set foot in Vietnam during the war, including those who came after the military stopped using Agent Orange in 1970. It will not apply to sailors on deep-water ships, though the department plans to study the effects of Agent Orange on the Navy.
Name of source: BBC
SOURCE: BBC (10-12-09)
The seller is from Greece and lives near to the birthplace of the modern games, Athens.
The man, who calls himself Artoneli, said he bought the torch 20 years ago from an old man who lived nearby.
He is trying to raise about £7,500 and insists the torch is genuine. He is also selling a torch said to be from the 1956 games in Melbourne, Australia.
"It is genuine," said Artoneli, who speaks only a little English.
"I have kept it at home for 20 years and now I am selling it in time for the next Olympics in London."
He also talks about how he was "not a very bright student" at university.
The Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF) is selling the rights to the 100,000-word archive of notes, diaries and letters at the Frankfurt Book Fair.
It follows the launch by Auschwitz - now a state museum - of a YouTube channel earlier this year.
More than a million people - 90% of them Jews - were murdered by the Nazis at Auschwitz during World War II.
The 1,500 pieces were put on display at the city's Museum and Art Gallery on 25 September after being found in a Staffordshire field in July.
The hoard is now being sent to the British Museum in London to be valued by experts.
A spokeswoman for the nun's Missionaries of Charity described the Albanian request as "absurd".
Correspondents say that the row over her resting place could develop into an ugly three-way squabble between India, where she worked most of her life, Albania where her parents came from and Macedonia where she lived the first 18 years of her life.
The row is expected to intensify by August next year - the 100th anniversary of Mother Teresa's birth - by which time many commentators expect her to have been canonised as a saint.
Painted murals depicting a proud western heritage of cattle farming, cowboys, ice hockey and the oil and gas industry have appeared throughout the city.
A century ago, immigrants cried when they reached Brooks because the landscape was so dry and inhospitable before irrigation helped it to become an oasis in the desert for cattle ranchers.
Decades ago it was the promise of farmland that attracted immigrants to Brooks; today it is the prospect of work at the local meat processing plant, XL Foods Inc Lakeside Packers.
About 10 years ago, the company started hiring new immigrants and refugees who had recently arrived in Canada.
Alberta's oil patch with its high salaries had enticed locals away and the plant could not find enough Canadian workers.
The line of three trenches lies about two miles from where other remains were found to have survived in a field in Ross-shire last year.
The Royal Commission on Ancient and Historic Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) have investigated the site.
The farmer has never ploughed the field preserving the system for decades.
He had appealed against a court ruling made in July that a trial would still be held despite his claim of immunity.
However, he was successful in appealing against the start date of his trial International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) at the Hague.
It was due to start on 21 October but has been postponed for five days as Mr Karadzic wanted more time to prepare.
Name of source: Telegraph (UK)
Armenian president Serzh Sarkisian is scheduled to attend a World Cup qualifying game between the two countries in the Turkish city of Bursa, days after they signed an agreement establishing diplomatic relations for the first time.
The trip, which has been described as an act of “football diplomacy”, follows a visit by Abdullah Gul, the Turkish president, to Armenia last year.
The pact was signed on Saturday after six weeks of fraught talks and is seen as a significant step towards reconciliation between the two neighbours, who have never had formal diplomatic relations.
It will open the border between the two countries for the first time since 1993, when it was closed by Turkey in protest at Armenia’s backing for ethnic Armenian rebels fighting for control of Nagorno-Karabakh, an enclave of neighbouring Azerbaijan.
However, it fails to resolve Armenia and Turkey’s most long-standing bone of contention – the massacre of up to 1.5 million Armenians during World War One.
The sculptures, displayed in a military formation in the centre of Straubing, in Lower Bavaria, are designed, according to the artist Ottmar Hoerl, "to get people to think, to react".
Nazi salutes and symbols relating to the Third Reich have been illegal in Germany since the end of the Second World War, but Mr Hoerl argued successfully in court that his 15-inch gnomes were ridiculing the Nazis, not promoting their ideology.
The artist says that his work "Dance With the Devil", represents "symptoms of a political disease," and is designed to draw attention to the rise of the far-Right in Europe.
The Catholic nun spent most of her life in India and is buried there.
She was also an Indian citizen when she died.
However, Sali Berisha, the Albanian Prime Minister, has said that his government was seeking repatriation of Mother Teresa's remains before the 100th anniversary of her birth in August next year. He said that talks with the Indian Government had begun, and would be "intensified" in the coming months, the Times reports.
The call to exhume the Nobel laureate has angered many Indians, with church and state officials saying that her remains should stay in Calcutta where she achieved global fame for her work with the poor and sick.
It has been called "magnificent" by historians as it is the only complete cameo vase in existence and has distinct design properties that set it aside from any other vessel.
The vase dates from between late 1st century BC to early 1st Century AD and stands 13 inches high.
Only 15 other Roman cameo glass vases and plaques are known to exist today, but this is said to be the finest example.
Its bow stem contains 7.5 tonnes of steel salvaged from the rubble following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
"That steel means a whole lot more than just metal," Ronnie Harris, mayor of nearby Gretna, Louisiana told the local Fox News station amid a swell of patriot music.
"The entire country comes together in the form of that bow stem and I'm so proud that this event puts it in the history books and in people's minds."
The 684-foot longship's main mission is to transport and deploy combat and support elements of Marine expeditionary units, the US Navy said.
In a case as surreal as it was absurd, Yevgeny Dzhugashvili, Stalin's grandson, had sued Novaya Gazeta, a liberal newspaper, for printing an article that referred to Stalin as a "bloodthirsty cannibal."
Mr Dzhugashvili, who lives in neighbouring Georgia and never appeared at the trial himself, alleged the article had offended his late relative's honour and dignity.
In particular, he took issue with a claim that Stalin had personally signed the death warrant of hundreds of thousands of "enemies of the state" shot during the "Great Terror" in the 1930s.
Mr Dzhugashvili's legal team argued that Stalin did not personally sign the warrants, that many of the people killed really were enemies of the state and that ill-wishers had besmirched the dictator's image unfairly since his death in 1953.
The eldest member of the tribe, Ururu, who was considered the matriarch of the last six survivors, died earlier this month.
Her death has drawn attention to the plight of the tribe, whose members are all aged between 25 and 50.
The onslaught of road-building, agriculture and logging have over the decades eroded their way of life and threatened their very existence. Dozens of members of the tribe were reportedly massacred in 1990 during the arrival of migrant workers.
Their case only came to light in 1995 when they were first contacted by investigators who were seeking to gain greater knowledge of who populated their region.
While 22 other German towns are twinned with Israeli locations in friendship-building pacts, until now the pairings had not included a site of a former concentration camp.
Peter Bürgel, the mayor of the German town, spent two years searching for an Israeli location willing to partner with Dachau, near Munich, where the Nazis built their first concentration camp in 1933 and murdered at least 40,000 prisoners.
Name of source: Agence France-Presse
SOURCE: Agence France-Presse (10-15-09)
"The ceramic rack was buried in the ground among the ruins of one of the former crematoria,'' Bartosz Bartyzel, spokesman for the Auschwitz-Birkenau museum at Oswiecim, southern Poland, said.
The ceramic rack showed signs of heavy use and of having been exposed to extremely high temperatures, as well as damage from when retreating Nazi forces attempted to destroy the crematoria in January 1945 before the arrival of the Soviet Red Army.
The museum previously had one such crematorium rack.
Name of source: Megan Stephenson, former HNN intern, and now a freelance writer.
SOURCE: Megan Stephenson, former HNN intern, and now a freelance writer. (10-14-09)
Father Damien came from humble beginnings, and rose unexpectedly to priesthood by age 25. He was born Joseph (Jozef) de Veuster on January 3, 1840, in Tremeloo, Belgium, the Dutch-dialect region. His family owned a farm and trade business, where his strength was valued and education was not. His seven other siblings continued their education, three of which went into religious service. Jealous of their intellect, Joseph went back to school in nearby Braine-de-Comte. He soon felt a calling to God, and after visiting his brother Pamphile, found he was well suited to monastic and spiritual life. At age 19, Joseph entered the Order of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.
His life’s goal was now missionary work. He studied philosophy, theology, French, Latin and Greek in hopes of becoming a priest, for only priests went on missions. He took the name Damien, and studied arduously to prove to his skeptical superiors he should be a candidate for priesthood.
In 1863, Damien took his ill brother’s place on the latest mission to the Hawaiian islands. The following year, the ship landed, Damien was soon ordained a priest, and assigned to Hawaii Island.
After spending nine successful years on his mission in Hawaii, Father Damien realized the need for a resident priest on Kalaupapa and asked to serve. This was the northern peninsula of Molokai Island, designated a leper (now Hansen’s disease) settlement by the Hawaiian government; an extreme, isolated setting, While many priests shied away from such a death sentence, Father Damien actually wanted to help the residents of Kalaupapa. His superior, Bishop Maigret wrote: "You may stay as long as your devotion dictates...." Father Damien’s devotion was strong. In the words of Robert Louis Stevenson, "he shut to, with his own hands, the doors of his own sepulcher."
Beginning in 1974, by building homes, orphanages, hospitals, and churches for Kalaupapa’s residents, Father Damien gave them a community. He played with the children who had no feet and bandaged the open wounds of his parishioners, without thought of his own health. He advocated for better healthcare and supplies, even when his superiors hesitated in their support.
“This is my worldly task. I shall get leprosy one day, and when I do, I shall carry on working for my children as long as I can,” wrote Father Damien in 1876. Father Damien indeed succumbed to leprosy 16 years after landing on Molokai, in 1889. Throughout his tenure, Father Damien built over 350 buildings on the island, and restored basic order and humanity to a lawless community.
He was declared venerable by Pope Paul VI in 1977, and was beatified in 1995 by Pope John Paul II. The celebratory Mass on October 11, 2009, lead by Pope Benedict XVI, also honored four others: Sister Jeanne Jugan of France, Rafael Arnaiz Baron of Spain, Francesc Coll y Guitart also of Spain, and Zygmunt Szczesny Felinski of Poland.
During his homely, the pope said of the new saints, "Their perfection, in the logic of the faith that is sometimes humanly incomprehensible, consists in no longer placing themselves at the center, but in choosing to go against the current by living according to the Gospel.” (Catholic News Service)
Name of source: Independent (UK)
SOURCE: Independent (UK) (10-14-09)
Deidre Manchanda asked the Chilcot panel, which will hold an inquiry into the Iraq war, to investigate why 650 British troops were deployed to Baghdad in 2004, a place far more dangerous than their base in Basra, just before the US elections. "I want the committee to ask for what political reasons Mr Blair was being asked to do this by George Bush," she said.
What happened to Ms Hassan, who had lived in Baghdad for decades with her Iraqi husband, led to shock even in a city experiencing daily and savage violence. Her friends blamed the US-led occupation forces for helping to create a state of anarchy in which the aid worker, who held British and Irish nationality and was highly popular in the community, could be abducted.
Name of source: Guardian (UK)
SOURCE: Guardian (UK) (10-14-09)
In a rare public defence of a process normally shrouded in secrecy, four of the Nobel peace prize jury's five judges have spoken about a selection they said was both merited and unanimous.
To those who say a Nobel is too much too soon in Obama's young presidency, "we simply disagree ... He got the prize for what he has done", said the committee chairman, Thorbjorn Jagland.
Jagland singled out Obama's efforts to heal the divide between the west and the Muslim world and to scale down a Bush-era proposal for a missile shield in Europe.
SOURCE: Guardian (UK) (10-14-09)
But a battery of 1,250 of them that appeared on a square in a Bavarian town has caused an outcry, not least because their arms are in a Nazi salute.
The artist Ottmar Hörl placed the gnomes in the town of Straubing, close to Munich, in an installation called Dance With the Devil.
It follows controversy sparked by a single, golden Hitler-saluting gnome crafted by Hörl that prosecutors tried to remove from an art gallery in the summer on the grounds that Nazi symbols were prohibited in public.
SOURCE: Guardian (UK) (10-13-09)
Archived documents have revealed that Mussolini got his start in politics in 1917 with the help of a £100 weekly wage from MI5.
For the British intelligence agency, it must have seemed like a good investment. Mussolini, then a 34-year-old journalist, was not just willing to ensure Italy continued to fight alongside the allies in the first world war by publishing propaganda in his paper. He was also willing to send in the boys to "persuade'' peace protesters to stay at home.
Mussolini's payments were authorised by Sir Samuel Hoare, an MP and MI5's man in Rome, who ran a staff of 100 British intelligence officers in Italy at the time.
Cambridge historian Peter Martland, who discovered details of the deal struck with the future dictator, said: "Britain's least reliable ally in the war at the time was Italy after revolutionary Russia's pullout from the conflict. Mussolini was paid £100 a week from the autumn of 1917 for at least a year to keep up the pro-war campaigning – equivalent to about £6,000 a week today."
Name of source: National Security Archive
SOURCE: National Security Archive (10-13-09)
For nearly four decades, the government of Japan, under the seemingly perpetual control of the Liberal Democratic Party, has repeated a well-rehearsed litany of denials in response to queries from the Diet or the press about alleged secret understandings with the United States regarding nuclear weapons. No, there are no such secret understandings. No, in line with former Prime Minister Eisaku Sato's Three Non-Nuclear Principles, the Japanese government has not allowed the introduction of U.S. nuclear weapons into Japanese territory or waters. The U.S. government has added its own denials, following the long-established"neither confirm nor deny" (NCND) policy with regard to the location of nuclear weapons, as well as repeatedly stressing that the U.S. has always acted in accordance with its treaty obligations to Japan.
However, the new Japanese government of Yuko Hatoyama, which took office in September after an historic election that placed his Democratic Party in power, is moving to bring to light these and other secret agreements between Tokyo and Washington entered into during the height of the Cold War. These include:
- A secret understanding reached when the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty was revised in 1960 allowing stopovers in Japanese territory by U.S. military aircraft and vessels carrying nuclear weapons
- A second secret codicil to the 1960 Treaty allowing the U.S. to launch military operations with its forces based in Japan in response to renewed hostilities on the Korean peninsula
- A secret agreement reached between President Richard M. Nixon and Prime Minister Sato in November 1969 as part of the negotiations for Okinawa's reversion to Japan in 1972 that would allow the U.S. military to bring nuclear weapons into Japan in emergency situations
- Arrangements for financial payments by the Japanese government to the U.S. to be used for the restoration of sites vacated by American forces as part of the Okinawa reversion agreement. (Note 1)
The new Japanese Foreign Minister, Katsuya Okada, has instructed ministry officials to examine documents on these secret understandings and agreements, a significant effort given reports that the ministry archives hold nearly 2,700 volumes of material relating to negotiation of the 1960 Mutual Security Treaty and about 570 volumes dealing with Okinawa reversion.
Name of source: Spiegel Online
SOURCE: Spiegel Online (10-13-09)
Rudi Richardson knew something about what it meant to be a black man in the United States. But after being deported to Germany, the country where he was born, shortly before his 47th birthday, he had to start figuring out what it meant to be black and German -- in a land he barely remembered and whose language he didn't speak.
He started life as Udo Ackermann, born in a Bavarian women's prison in 1955. His mother, a Jewish woman named Liesolette, was serving a prison term for prostitution. His father, whom he never met, was an African-American serviceman named George. Rudi was given up for adoption.
Like thousands of other postwar children with black GI fathers and white German mothers, Richardson was raised by an African-American military family in the US. He has spent his life trying to find where he fits in.
Born in an era when Germany was still grappling with its responsibility for the Holocaust and when the US Army had a policy of not acknowledging paternity claims brought against its soldiers stationed abroad, some of these children were put up for adoption in the United States. At the time, Germany judged itself incapable of absorbing these "brown babies" -- as they have come to call themselves. In the late 1940s and 1950s, efforts were made to match them with African-American military families, many of whom were stationed around Germany at the time...
... Not all of the of children fathered by black GIs were adopted by American families. Although a 1968 study estimated that up to 7,000 black German children were adopted by Americans, many others remained in Germany with biological relatives or as wards of the state. Some of them, like writer Helga Emde and artist Ika Hugel-Marshall, went on to found the Afro-Deutsch movement in the 1980s, raising their voices in literature and the media after years of being statistically invisible and yet uncomfortably conspicious.
But for many black Germans raised in the US, it was the rise of the Internet that sparked their awakening. It connected them to information about their parents and helped them find a common identity. Web sites became a supranational meeting point, a place where black Germans could meet others who share similar experiences...
Name of source: Truthout
SOURCE: Truthout (10-13-09)
Last week, Jeffrey M. Smith, an attorney in the Justice Department's civil division, filed an emergency motion in US District Court in Washington, DC, requesting a 30-day stay of the court's October 1 order that called for the parts of the Cheney interview to be released by October 9.
Smith said the stay, which US District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan granted, was needed "in order to allow the Solicitor General [Elena Kagan] sufficient time in which to exercise her statutory authority to determine whether the [Department of Justice] will file an appeal in this action."
Name of source: Medieval News
SOURCE: Medieval News (10-13-09)
The painting, actually a mixed-media of white, red and black chalks with additions of watercolour, and executed on vellum, was discovered in a private Swiss collection. Originally purchased in a New York auction ten years ago, the painting was catalogued as 'German early 19th century', and sold for $20 000.
A mitigating factor for the experts of the auction house is that the work was somewhat over painted during a very sensitive restoration, probably in the 19th century. And the fact that it is executed on vellum, in this case the first example by the master in this medium to come to light, probably convinced the experts that it was done by a German artist in the 19th century.
The work, a 'nuptial' portrait of a young woman in profile”, dating from Leonardo's first Lombard period, ca.1485, measures ca.24x33 centimeters. The first to have fully understood the importance ot this work was Dr. Nicholas Turner formerly curator of drawings at the British museum and the Getty museum.
"This finished, coloured drawing on vellum shows a young woman in profile to the left, her hair descending in a single plait from beneath an elaborate head-dress or caul, wearing late fifteenth-century Italian costume," Turner writes. "Based on its style and left-handed shading, it can only be one of two things — an original work by Leonardo da Vinci or a copy, pastiche or fake made to look like an autograph portrait
This was followed by positive opinions by Mina Gregori, Carlo Pedretti and Allesandro Vezzosi, director of the Da Vinci museum in Vinci who will be featuring the work in his new monograph on the artist 'Leonardo Infinito' which will be published in Italy.
Dr. Cristina Geddo, an art scholar from Milan, wrote "one can only suppose that Leonardo was the artist responsible for this work, a conclusion that is supported, in my opinion, by four fundamental arguments: the unequivocal character of the style and of the physiognomy; the unrivalled quality of the execution; the irrefutable evidence of the recurring, left-handed shading; and the selfsame experimental technique with which the portrait itself is realized."
The technical analysis and visual elements for the attribution by the experts and art historians was done by the independent research group, Lumiere Technology, a Paris based institute.
Name of source: Daily Mail
SOURCE: Daily Mail (10-13-09)
And that was just the Spitfires they flew.
But even away from the cockpit, the plucky young gals of the World War Two Air Transport Auxiliary turned plenty of heads as well.
In their hastily adapted uniforms (one even had her jacket tailored in Savile Row) they became the darlings of the air – and the unsung heroines of the Battle of Britain.
This was the forgotten army of women who broke through male-dominated barriers to pilot the aircraft – and to deliver them for service in the front line.
It was a job that perfectly suited the Attagirls, as they became known, and not just because they boosted the war effort with such pluckiness and enthusiasm.
Their petite frames fitted the cramped interior of the Spitfire so snugly it was, as one put it, ‘like wearing a well-fitting dress’.
Yesterday the only two sisters to fly Spitfires during the war turned the clock back seven decades to recall those heady days – after being reunited with one of the aircraft that gave them ‘such a thrill’.
Name of source: The Crescent News
SOURCE: The Crescent News (10-12-09)
"There was torture under the administration of Abraham Lincoln," said Dr. Mark Neely Jr., professor of history at Penn State University. "At the time of the Civil War there was a loose idea of the laws and customs of war, so it's unclear if the torture was illegal."
Neely described the process of "shower baths," an enhanced interrogation technique used to extract confessions. The process involved stripping the subject naked and shooting a stream of cold water for as long as two hours. Other forms of torture included various stress positions, such as handcuffing the subjects and hanging them from their thumbs.
"Desertion was rampant for both the Union and Confederate armies," said Neely. "Deserters who divulged secrets to the other side for money were called 'bounty jumpers.' It was very common for people in uniform carrying large sums of money to be stopped at train stations and taken into custody."
Name of source: The Daily Beast
SOURCE: The Daily Beast (10-13-09)
SOURCE: The Daily Beast (10-13-09)
Name of source: Inside Higher Ed
SOURCE: Inside Higher Ed (10-12-09)
Students from a two-semester history research course led by Ira Berlin, a prominent slavery scholar, presented the culmination of hours of library and archival research Friday, a 30-page report “Knowing Our History: African American Slavery and the University of Maryland.”
Graduate students at Yale University, a faculty-student group at Brown University and researchers and archivists at several other colleges and universities have, in the last decade or so, begun scouring institutional records for long-forgotten details of ties to slavery. (This reporter, in fact, conducted research about Princeton University for her 2008 senior thesis there.)
Name of source: True/Slant
SOURCE: True/Slant (10-12-09)
Frederick Rindge bought the Topanga Malibu Sequit, a 13,316 acre rancho, for $300,000 in 1892. His widow May spent 25 years to keep the state from building what became the Pacific Coast Highway through the land. By the 1930s, May began selling beachfront lots to movie stars and others to pay her taxes. The parcels carried racial restrictions prohibiting people of color from using the beach, like this one:
“[S]aid land . . . shall not be used or occupied . . . by any person not of the white or Caucasian race, except such persons . . . as are engaged . . . in the . . . domestic employment of the owner . . . and said employee shall not be permitted upon the beach . . . for bathing, fishing or recreational purposes.”
Reflecting this history, today Malibu is 89% non-Hispanic white, 6% Hispanic, 3% Asian or Pacific Islander, 1% Black, and 0.2% Native American. Nearly 25% of households have an annual income over $200,000. Los Angeles County is only 31% non-Hispanic white. Only 4% of households have an annual income of $200,000 or more. Malibu has 237.85 acres of parks per thousand residents, compared to .25 acres in Maywood, .66 acres in East L.A., .67 in Lynwood, and .78 in Compton. Those are not typos; the disparities really are that dramatic.
Name of source: Times (UK)
SOURCE: Times (UK) (10-14-09)
Now the creator of the hit television series The Tudors is training his gaze on another English ruler: Henry V.
Michael Hirst, who also wrote Elizabeth, the film that made a star of Cate Blanchett, has signed up to write the screenplay for Agincourt.
This €30 million (£28 million) British film will explore the battle in 1415 where a bedraggled English task force — fronted by skilful longbowmen — pulled off one of the most celebrated military victories in history against a much larger French Army.
Name of source: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire
SOURCE: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire (10-12-09)
"Sporadically in The Clinton Tapes, Branch addresses the conundrum posed by recording the sitting president and the need to avoid certain subjects because of investigations. Still, their conversation continued, and one suspects that the likes of Ken Starr would have salivated upon knowledge of their occurrence..."
"There is no way for an outside observer to know whether President Clinton was required to produce information that instead stayed in his sock drawer, but my legal instincts tell me that any number of attorneys who investigated the former president are requesting old files from storage to see how they worded their subpoenas."
Name of source: McClatchy
SOURCE: McClatchy (10-13-09)
His one-day trek last week to Denmark -- which failed to convince the International Olympic Committee to award the games to his hometown -- made it the 16th country Obama has visited since taking office on Jan. 20.
That pushed him into the top spot as the country's top globetrotting leader in his freshman year, passing the previous record holders: George H.W. Bush, who hit 15 countries in the year after he took office in 1989, and Gerald Ford, who also jetted off to 15 nations after taking office midway through 1974.
Name of source: Artdaily.org
SOURCE: Artdaily.org (10-13-09)
Foreign Ministry spokesman Hassan Qashqavi warned of wider harm to archaeological cooperation between London and Tehran if the British Museum did not allow public display of the so-called Cyrus Cylinder in Iran.
A museum spokeswoman said the intention was still to send the piece to Iran once the "practicalities" had been resolved.
Qashqavi suggested that developments after Iran's disputed election in June, which plunged the country into political turmoil, was a reason for museum's reluctance to temporarily hand over the 2,500-year-old clay cylinder.
Name of source: Liverpool Echo (UK)
SOURCE: Liverpool Echo (UK) (10-13-09)
But the former terrorist told Jo Berry, the daughter of MP Sir Anthony Berry, who was killed in the bombing of the Grand Hotel in 1984, he was sorry for having killed her father.
Magee also said he regretted the loss of life and injuries caused by the Brighton bomb and declared recent sectarian violence in Northern Ireland was not justified because a political dialogue had been opened.
Magee was speaking at a meeting organised by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Conflict Issues and reconciliation scheme The Forgiveness Project. The meeting came a day after the 25th anniversary of the bombing of the Conservative Party conference.