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Name of source: PRweb
SOURCE: PRweb (11-5-09)
This rare and desirable U.S. 101st airborne war capture piece is an original one-of-a-kind museum quality German Third Reich WWII antiquity.
As provenanced in "World War II German War Booty" Volume II by Ltc Thomas M Johnson. Page 66. Reputedly designed by Professor Obersturmbannführer-SS Carl Diebitsch and created by Elsie Seifert. The tapestry was removed from Heinrich Himmler’s residence in Berchtesgaden in 1945 by a member of the 506th Parachute Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division. This piece originally hung in the Reichstag, Germany’s historic landmark parliamentary building, but was removed to Himmler’s residence after the fire which destroyed a similar piece. The construction is of heavy gold bullion thread on a blood red velvet backing. Bullion tassels and chord. Size is approximately 7 x 9 feet. Tapestry is conveyed together with a copy of the aforementioned book.
Name of source: Telegraph (UK)
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (11-5-09)
The silver dish used by Churchill is expected to fetch a premium price when it goes under the hammer in Norfolk, owing to its famous connections.
Churchill, a keen smoker who was frequently pictured with a cigar clamped between his teeth, used the ashtray at The Other Club – a political dining club he co-founded in 1911.
The 200-year-old ashtray was originally intended to be a butter dish.
William King, auctioneer at Keys of Aylsham – which will sell the item on November 18, told the Eastern Daily Press: “It is a relatively unassuming butter dish.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (11-5-09)
Philip Laing, 19, an ex-public schoolboy, pleaded guilty to outraging public decency when he appeared at Sheffield magistrates’ court and was warned he could face jail.
District Judge Anthony Browne told him: “I have no doubt whatsoever it was the vast amount of alcohol you consumed that led you to behave that way.
“Carnage was the name of the organisation that promote this type of activity and some might say someone should be standing alongside you this morning.”
Laing was one of 2,000 students who took part in Carnage UK, a seven hour drinking session through Sheffield city centre on Oct 11 while a similar event took place in Cardiff.
Catherine Barr, an assistant with Bodycare UK for seven years, was astonished when she was ordered to remove the poppy she had worn to work.
“I turned up for work wearing my poppy and was told by management that I couldn’t. I was quite upset and really annoyed, so refused to remove it.”...
... Because of her refusal an area manager called at the store to inform her it was “against company policy”...
... Local war veterans are saddened by the ban. David Murray, county manager for West Lancashire Royal British Legion, said: "Poppies are there for the remembrance of troops past and present, and it’s always sad when corporate bodies take that sort of stance.”
Taken in 1936, the scene shows the funeral procession of German ambassador Leopold von Hoesch who was carried through Whitehall, in sight of Buckingham Palace, before being transferred to a gun carriage and transported down The Mall.
The black and white picture, seemingly Britain's worst nightmare, was shot three years before the outbreak of World War Two when governments around the world were still trying to avoid confrontation with Germany...
... The image of the parade was uncovered by London cab drive and historian Harry Harris, as part of a Discovery Channel documentary on wartime London, due to be screened on Sunday.
The brothels closed down 60 years ago and nowadays the skinny eight-storey building on a tiny street near the Louvre houses an employment agency and a bunch of flats. But right across the road, at number 11, a gallery is keeping its memories alive.
Nicole Canet, who runs a gallery-boutique of erotic pictures and historic sex toys, is holding an exhibition there on the heyday of France's legendary "maisons closes", or authorised brothels.
In defeat, which she suffered with Senator John McCain at the hands of Barack Obama and Joe Biden, the Republican vice-presidential candidate wanted to tell Todd to "get ready for the Iron Dog snow machine race!".
A new book, Sarah from Alaska, details how the then state governor fought tooth and nail to introduce Sen McCain on stage in his home town of Phoenix, Arizona, in the early hours of the morning.
She decided not to tell her own staff members that permission had been denied by senior McCain staff hours before the candidates took the stage, apparently in the hope of a last minute reprieve.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (11-3-09)
Sebastian Marroquin, who has changed his name from Juan Pablo Escobar, claimed his father burnt the notes when he realised his daughter Manuela was suffering from hypothermia.
They also used the fire, fuelled by $2 million in cash, to prepare food.
Escobar's son, who moved with his family to Argentina after his father's death 15 years ago, also told the Colombian magazine Don Juan the security-mad billionaire bought his own taxi firm to find out when outsiders arrived in their native Medellin. He also moved his family every 48 hours between 15 hideaways he had all over the city.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (11-3-09)
The statue, which has emerged from scaffolding in the central city of Changsha, will eventually stand more than 100ft tall.
The new statue, however, is both seated and of a young Mao, aged 32, when he composed a poem about Changsha.
On the Chinese internet, opinion was divided. Some web users praised the "far-sightedness" of the Changsha government, while others compared the statue to the Sphinx.
Name of source: Leicester Mercury (UK)
SOURCE: Leicester Mercury (UK) (11-4-09)
The find, near Melton, is the biggest ever mid-Stone Age discovery in Leicestershire, with fingernail-sized flint pieces, burned animal bones and evidence of tents.
The bonus for the University of Leicester team is the site has not been churned up by ploughs, like most county land has.
It has remained undisturbed since the time before Britain became an island.
The dig took place prior to the construction of a new estate in Loughborough Road, Asfordby.
Name of source: BBC
But cash from a five-year funding deal is running out, and the trust says it may not be able to open in the spring.
The Welsh Assembly Government says it hopes a solution can be found to save the centre from closure.
Segontium Cyf, a trust made up of local people, took over the running of the centre from National Museum Wales in 2003.
Since then, the day-to-day running costs of the centre have been met through a funding deal set-up by the national museum.
The four gold Iron Age neck ornaments, or torcs, date from between the 1st and 3rd Century BC and are said to be worth an estimated £1m.
They were discovered in September by "first-time" metal-detector enthusiast David Booth in a field in Stirlingshire.
The find is the most important hoard of Iron Age gold in Scotland to date.
SOURCE: BBC (11-2-09)
American Barrie Osborne, who also produced The Matrix, told Reuters the film would be an "international epic" aimed at "bridging cultures".
In accordance with Islamic rules, the Prophet cannot be depicted on screen. Images of the Prophet are considered blasphemous by Muslims.
Serge Brammertz will spend two days in Belgrade before submitting a report to the UN Security Council.
His comments on how Serbia is co-operating with the tribunal will be key to its ambitions for EU membership.
The new addition to T. rex's clan is known from a 30cm-long skull uncovered during excavations in Gloucestershire in the 1900s.
The well-preserved fossil is held in London's Natural History Museum.
A British-German team has now uncovered evidence linking it to what may be the most famous dinosaur family of all.
The dinosaur, named Proceratosaurus, lived about 165m years ago, during the middle Jurassic Period.
SOURCE: BBC (11-2-09)
The rare 1968 stamp was picked up at an auction by an unidentified buyer, for HK$3.68m (US$475,000, £290,000).
It features a worker holding a book filled with Mao Zedong's quotations and a red map of China in the background.
However, self-ruled Taiwan was left uncoloured. China sees the island as a renegade province of its own.
Carter was living in the house 87 years ago when he made his most famous discovery, the tomb of the pharaoh Tutankhamun.
He had been employed by collector Lord Carnarvon to search for the tomb of the then relatively unknown pharaoh.
Relatives of Carter and his patron were among the first visitors to the newly-renovated property.
Name of source: NYT
SOURCE: NYT (11-4-09)
Martha Morales, the evening supervisor at the Webster Apartments, a large, brick home to 370 women of varying ages and occupations, strode down a long corridor lined with identical doors. She zeroed in on one of them and knocked.
“Can I come in your room?” she called out politely — and then got straight to the point. “We think you have a man in there.”
A young woman opened the door.
There was no man to be seen in the small, modest chamber, just a narrow single bed, desk and a chest of drawers. But there was also a closet. Under orders, the young woman opened it.
Sure enough, crouching inside amid the hanging garments was a terrified-looking male — who proceeded to run for his life. He tore out of the room and disappeared down the hall. Ms. Morales let him go, staying behind to speak sternly to his female host and order her to report to the building’s manager, Maryann Lienhard, the next morning.
This is not a tale from the 1950s. It is straight out of 21st century New York City. With an amused smile but an earnest tone, Ms. Lienhard (who warned the embarrassed tenant that she would get “no second chances”) recalled the incident the other day — just one small drama from a slice of life that many people assume vanished from the city decades ago.
The Webster, on West 34th Street, is one of the few remaining all-female residences in a city that used to have many. Hotels and apartment houses that provided temporary refuge for young ladies hoping to find fame, or start a career (or snare a husband) in the big city occupy a distinct sliver of New York lore. The most famous, the Barbizon Hotel for Women on East 63rd Street, was memorably depicted in Sylvia Plath’s 1963 novel “The Bell Jar” as populated by well-to-do “girls” whose parents “wanted to make sure their daughters were living in a place where men couldn’t get at them and deceive them.”
Plath gave the place a thinly fictionalized name, the Amazon. In real life the Barbizon is known for sheltering Grace Kelly while she was studying acting, as well as a young Joan Crawford, Candice Bergen, Ali McGraw, Liza Minnelli and Plath herself. An ad for the hotel that ran in The New Yorker in 1966 boasted, “Many of the world’s most successful women were Barbizon girls.”
Though the Barbizon and others, such as the Parkside Evangeline on Gramercy Park, have succumbed to developers’ offers over the years, sold and remade into condos or luxury hotels, the smattering of all-female residences that remain are thriving, most with waiting lists of prospective tenants. The appeal today is not so different than it was in the past: safety, cleanliness and — especially attractive in modern-day New York — a good real estate deal.
It costs about $1,000 per month to live at the Webster. For that you get a small single room and shared bath but also a hot breakfast and dinner, maid service, use of a large walled garden and a roof deck with a spectacular view of the Empire State Building. (Developers are constantly making unsolicited offers for the property.)
The deal is similar — minus the garden and the roof deck — at the Brandon Residence for Women, tucked among multi-million-dollar town houses and co-ops on the Upper West Side, and the Sacred Heart Residence, run by an order of Catholic nuns, in Chelsea.
The Jeanne D’Arc Residence on West 24th Street, which was established in 1896 as a home for “friendless French girls” who crossed the Atlantic to take jobs as nannies and seamstresses, is even cheaper — between $355 and $510 a month, depending on the size of the room. But you have to cook yourself...
SOURCE: NYT (11-3-09)
The festivities will take place on the Place de la Concorde, where the annual Bastille Day military parade culminates, and will begin at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 9. Inspired by a musical tribute given at Checkpoint Charlie two days after its fall by the cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, the concert features prominent cellists from each of the European Union’s 27 member nations.
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Days after he was ordered to stand trial on embezzlement charges, Mr. Chirac is rated as France's most admired political figure, according to French polling agency Ifop. During Mr. Chirac's presidency, from 1995 to 2007, his approval ratings slipped to 30% as he struggled with issues such as unemployment and crime.
The publication of his memoirs -- the first volume is out in France this week -- could cement a newly found status as the nation's grandfather.
"He is looking to rehabilitate himself," says Vincent Tiberj, a political researcher at Paris-based university, Sciences Po. "This is part of the transformation."
In his book, titled "Each Step Should Be a Goal," the 76-year-old Mr. Chirac retraces his career until his election to the presidency in 1995. He breaks his silence on his successor Nicolas Sarkozy, and weighs in on erstwhile rivals including former President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing...
Name of source: WSJ
SOURCE: WSJ (11-5-09)
One, led by Haight-Ashbury Free Clinics founder David E. Smith, will function as a "library museum" of the free-clinic movement, which began in the Haight in the 1960s to provide free health care to residents. The other effort, led by local artist David Wills, will chronicle the neighborhood's history from its farming days in the late 1800s to the Summer of Love in the 1960s.
If the museums launch -- neither is slated to open until after 2011 -- they would be the latest in a recent push by San Francisco groups to better document the city's history. The San Francisco Museum and Historical Society has been working to renovate the old Mint Building in the South of Market neighborhood into a San Francisco Museum by 2013. Last year, the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Transgender Historical Society opened a museum in the Castro district. Another half a dozen local museums have expanded in the past five years, according to the San Francisco historical society.
SOURCE: WSJ (11-5-09)
Robert Seldon Lady, a former Central Intelligence Agency station chief in Milan, was sentenced Wednesday in absentia to eight years in prison, according to his court-appointed lawyer Arianna Barbazza. Twenty-one other CIA operatives and an Air Force official, all tried in absentia, received five-year prison sentences, Ms. Barbazza said, adding that she planned to appeal the verdict.
The judge, Oscar Magi, issued an order for the immediate arrest of the convicted operatives, Ms. Barbazza added. A European Union arrest warrant for the 23 U.S. intelligence operatives is already outstanding.
Italy hasn't issued an extradition request for any of the Americans implicated, however, and the Italian appeals process could take several years, making it unlikely that any of the convicted operatives will actually serve time.
The case of Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr, also known as Abu Omar, is the first trial to reach a ruling related to the so-called extraordinary rendition program of the U.S., under which terrorism suspects have been ferreted out of Europe to other nations, some of which use torture.
The rendition practice was used by the CIA under President Bill Clinton and then more aggressively during the George W. Bush administration.
Name of source: CNSNews.com
SOURCE: CNSNews.com (11-4-09)
Islamic militants stormed the embassy in Tehran on Nov. 4, 1979, seizing its occupants. Fifty-two Americans were held hostage for 444 days.
The crisis "deeply affected the lives of courageous Americans who were unjustly held hostage, and we owe these Americans and their families our gratitude for their extraordinary service and sacrifice," Obama said in a statement issued late Tuesday.
"This event helped set the United States and Iran on a path of sustained suspicion, mistrust and confrontation," Obama added. "I have made it clear that the United States of America wants to move beyond this past, and seeks a relationship with the Islamic Republic of Iran based upon mutual interests and mutual respect. ... We have made clear that if Iran lives up to the obligations that every nation has, it will have a path to a more prosperous and productive relationship with the international community."
The Iranian government backed events Wednesday to commemorate the anniversary of the takeover, including an annual anti-American rally outside the brick walls of the former embassy compound. Thousands of people gathered outside the former embassy, waving anti-American banners and signs praising the Islamic Revolution.
Name of source: Digital Journal
SOURCE: Digital Journal (11-2-09)
The mass marking the Beatification of the one-time Bishop of Esztergom, Zoltan Meszlenyi, was celebrated by Hungary’s Cardinal Péter Erdő at the Esztergom Baszilica at the weekend, according to the Caboodle.hu website. Esztergom is Hungary’s historical religious capital, as Canterbury is in England. Cardinal Erdő, head of the country’s Catholic Church, said at the mass:
Meszlenyi is the first of the Hungarian victims of Stalinist anti-church persecution to be beatified.
Beatification is the first step in the Roman Catholic Church’s process of making someone a saint, after which the person is referred to as “Blessed.” If certain further steps take place, such as a miracle that the church recognises, he or she will be declared a saint of the church.
Bishop Meszlényi took over the reigns of the persecuted church from Cardinal József Mindszenty in 1950 when Mindszenty was jailed on trumped-up charges. His show trial was widely followed in the international media in the 50s.
Name of source: NewScientist
SOURCE: NewScientist (11-3-09)
Jin Changzhu and colleagues of the Institute of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Palaeoanthropology in Beijing, announced to Chinese media last week that they have uncovered a 110,000-year-old putative Homo sapiens jawbone from a cave in southern China's Guangxi province.
The mandible has a protruding chin like that of Homo sapiens, but the thickness of the jaw is indicative of more primitive hominins, suggesting that the fossil could derive from interbreeding.
If confirmed, the finding would lend support to the "multiregional hypothesis". This says that modern humans descend from Homo sapiens coming out of Africa who then interbred with more primitive humans on other continents. In contrast, the prevailing "out of Africa" hypothesis holds that modern humans are the direct descendants of people who spread out of Africa to other continents around 100,000 years ago.
The study will appear in Chinese Science Bulletin later this month.
Name of source: The Hill
SOURCE: The Hill (11-3-09)
A new 30-second television spot from the group Americans United for Change pushes lawmakers do weather any controversy over the health proposals before Congress and cast a vote in favor of the reforms.
The ad notes controversy over Social Security, child labor laws, and national parks when those were authorized by Congress, suggesting that the new health rules would become a core part of American culture like those programs.
Name of source: Secrecy News
SOURCE: Secrecy News (11-4-09)
The development of military controls on publication of photographs during WWI was described in a 1926 U.S. Army report (large pdf) that is illustrated with dozens of images that had been withheld, with a description of the reasons their publication was not permitted.
See "The Military Censorship of Pictures: Photographs that came under the ban during the World War - and why" by Lt. Col. Kendall Banning, U.S. Army Signal Reserve Corps, 1926 (courtesy of the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center).
Name of source: Jerusalem post (Israel)
SOURCE: Jerusalem post (Israel) (11-3-09)
According to Dr. Edna Stern, excavation director of the Israel Antiquities Authority, the hoard was found in an archaeological excavation conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority before the Acre Municipality began building a new structure to house classrooms in the Hilmi Shafi Educational Campus.
"We have here a unique find, the likes of which have never been discovered in the Kingdom of Jerusalem in the Crusader period (the capital of which was Acre)," Stern said in a statement on Tuesday.
"During the archaeological excavations we came upon a cellar that was sealed by a collapse, comprised of building stones and charred beams."
Stern said that beneath the cellar floor a hoard of about 350 marble items and colored stones were discovered, including two broken marble tombstones with Latin inscriptions with one belonging to a person by the name of Maratinus.
Name of source: The Local (Sweden)
SOURCE: The Local (Sweden) (11-2-09)
Two archaeologists employed by Gotland county were dismayed to discover the valuables had vanished when they arrived at a field in Alva in Gotland to follow up on a recent find.
"It's just as saddening every time it happens because it's our heritage that disappears," said Majvor Östergren at the Gotland County Administrative Board.
The methodical thieves dug some 250 holes in a bid to secure as much booty as possible. Östergren estimated that the impostors had made off with 500 silver pieces worth a combined total of 250,000 to 500,000 kronor ($35,000 to $70,000).
Name of source: Sofia News Agency (Bulgaria)
SOURCE: Sofia News Agency (Bulgaria) (11-3-09)
The team led by archaeologist Veselin Ignatov found a burial tomb of 12 square meters date back to the end of 1st century and beginning of 2nd century AD. It is located outside of the village of Karanovo.
The burial site of the Thracian aristocrat contains a number of interesting items including a silver treasure of vessels and artifacts that were place there to be used by the aristocrat in his afterlife.
Those include two silver cups with images of love god Eros, and a number of other ornate silver and bronze vessels.
Name of source: Google News
SOURCE: Google News (11-3-09)
The wreckage was found 50 yards (meters) under water in the Corfu Channel between the Albanian mainland and the Greek island of Corfu. It is believed to be a section of the bow of the British destroyer HMS Volage, the researchers said.
Forty-four sailors died in the mine explosions that damaged the Volage and another British Navy destroyer, the HMS Saumarez. Both ships suffered extensive damage but reached Corfu for repairs.
The incident halted talks between Communist Albania and Britain on restoring diplomatic ties that were broken earlier that year. The two countries only formally re-established ties in 1991.
Name of source: Standart
SOURCE: Standart (11-3-09)
Name of source: Thanh Nien News (Vietnam)
SOURCE: Thanh Nien News (Vietnam) (11-3-09)
Do Xuan Trung, an archeologist at the Hai Phong City Museum, on October 27 estimated that the grave is about 1,800 years old.
The grave was discovered at depth of more than five meters underground while a construction crew dug on the side of the Thanh Den Mountain to enlarge the Tan Phu Xuan Cement Factory...
Name of source: Time
SOURCE: Time (11-4-09)
For the first time, there are hard numbers to show that Herrero is far from alone. Last year, a majority of Miami Cuban Americans said they favored dumping tight regulations on Cuban-American travel to Cuba — something candidate Barack Obama pledged to do and then did this year as President. And a recent poll found that a remarkable 59% of all Cuban Americans think the 46-year-old ban on all U.S. travel to Cuba should be removed. The survey by Miami-based Bendixen & Associates, the largest Hispanic polling firm, also found that 48% of older and more conservative Cuban exiles known as historicos support lifting the prohibition, up from 32% in 2002. "I think that all exchange is good," says one, 68-year-old Miamian Lala Suarez, who before coming to the U.S. was imprisoned in Cuba by Fidel Castro's government after the failed 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion by militant exiles.
The importance of this attitude shift can't be underestimated. Whenever Congress has tried in the past to strike down the Cuba travel ban — even when a majority of Americans said they wanted to get rid of it — the biggest obstacle has always been the staunch resistance of politically potent Cuban-American voters. But the newest bill, the freedom to travel to Cuba act, introduced this year in both the House and Senate, suddenly has Cuban-American backing — and as a result a decidedly better chance of passing. In a recent statement, Indiana Senator Richard Lugar, a Republican and co-sponsor, called this "a very good time for public diplomacy with Cuba."...
SOURCE: Time (11-4-09)
"We must reaffirm the values of national identity and pride in being French," Eric Besson, the Minister for Immigration and National Identity, said as he announced the three-month series of discussions on Nov. 2. "This debate doesn't scare me. I even find it passionate." Besson says it's important for an increasingly diverse France to define its essential unifying values and reclaim a national pride and patriotism that the National Front co-opted long ago for its own xenophobic purposes...
... Besson's supporters say the goal, however, is not to single out immigrants and minorities, but rather to safeguard the unique aspects of the French identity that they perceive as being threatened by foreign influences. "Globalization erases a little more of every nation's characteristics every day," says Frédéric Lefebvre, spokesman for Sarkozy's ruling Union for a Popular Majority Party. Given such cultural erosion, Lefebvre called for a defense of our "cultural model and la Douce France" — an allusion to crooner Charles Trenet's famous 1943 song rhapsodizing about the villages, people and traditions of pastoral France.
But Trenet's song was meant to be an inspiration to his countrymen to withstand the brutal Nazi occupation of France. Some of Besson's critics say the national-identity debate, meanwhile, is rooted in modern-day xenophobia, not nostalgia. Perhaps a solution might be to inspire patriotism by asking French people to warble Trenet's ditty regularly rather than dutifully drone "La Marseillaise" once a year...
Name of source: Lee P Ruddin
SOURCE: Lee P Ruddin (11-4-09)
“It is great news that the Lord Mayor will be helping to ensure Liverpool’s roles in the Sesquicentennial are successful,” Tom Sebrell said shortly after his meeting with Mike Storey.
American born and London-based historian Tom, who is about to receive his PhD, is currently writing the material for walks and bus (possibly even ferry) tours in 2011 and beyond.
Tom continued: “He and I agree that this huge step forward will further educate both academics and enthusiasts of the American Civil War, deepening our understanding of how great of an effect the conflict had on Great Britain.
“Furthermore, if it were not for events which took place in Liverpool and Birkenhead from 1861-65, the war likely would have been much shorter.
“Large numbers of American tourists visiting Merseyside in 2011-15 will see brilliantly-preserved sites historically and culturally significant to the American Civil War and Anglo-American relations in the Victorian era.”
Mr Sebrell is keen to stress that his plans are not partisan to any side in the war, but aim to educate and increase understanding.
Name of source: m.knoxnews.com
SOURCE: m.knoxnews.com (11-3-09)
Twenty-nine forts were used by the U.S. government to gather and temporarily house the migrating Cherokee, along with their families and slaves.
Cities with names like Hayesville and Murphy in North Carolina, Calhoun in Georgia, Charleston in Tennessee, and Fort Payne in Alabama have been built over most of these sites, so most of the physical fortifications have disappeared.
But remnants of one fort have been discovered in East Tennessee.
Because the Monroe County family that owned the property never plowed the land or used it for development, Cherokee National Forest archeologists are finding a treasure trove of historic relics from the former location of Fort Armistead.
The U.S. Forest Service purchased the 26-acre site in 2005 from Kenneth and Kathleen Dalton, and archeologists and volunteers began using metal detectors and controlled excavations to search in a grid pattern for artifacts.
Name of source: Guardian (UK)
SOURCE: Guardian (UK) (11-4-09)
The National Heritage Memorial Fund will say it is awarding £550,000 to Cambridge University's campaign to buy the war poet's literary archive. That means the university is just £110,000 short of the £1.25m needed to secure it from the Sassoon estate.
The news, due to be announced at the House of Commons today, has been welcomed by prominent figures involved in the Sassoon campaign, including his official biographer, Max Egremont, who called the archive "extraordinary".
"The response to the appeal has been heartening in these difficult times and shows Sassoon's popularity and importance as a writer," he said...
... She said it was important for the nation that the archive remain in Britain. "[Sassoon] is such a figure and had such an impact on the historiography of world war one," she said.
Sassoon, a patriot, joined up as war was about to break out and soon ended up in the unimaginable horror of the western front. The experience traumatised and transformed him.
He was a courageous soldier but was sometimes stupidly brave and some of his actions may have been the result of his depression at what was going on around him.
In 1917, a year after being awarded the Military Cross, Sassoon published The Soldier's Declaration – a handwritten copy of which exists in the archive. This was his impassioned refusal to return to duty after being wounded...
Name of source: The Independent
SOURCE: The Independent (11-3-09)
Now authorities are determined to solve the mystery of the life and death of the Co Kildare man.
New York City Dept of Parks and Recreation workers expected to find unidentified bones when they dug below the city's Washington Square Park -- more than 20,000 people are believed to be buried in the former graveyard. But they discovered the 210-year-old 3ft-high sandstone gravestone of a Co Kildare man who died in 1799.
Its writing, still clear, read: "Here lies the body of James Jackson, who departed this life the 22nd day of September, 1799 aged 28 years, native of the county of Kildare, Ireland."
Workers have several times found skeletons during the restoration of the park, but Jackson's stone was the first burial marker.
"It's very unusual," John H Geismar, the archaeological consultant who made the discovery, said. "In fact, I'm stunned."
Name of source: Yahoo News
SOURCE: Yahoo News (11-4-09)
In his first interview, Mark Ndesandjo told The Associated Press that he wrote "Nairobi to Shenzhen" in part to raise awareness of domestic violence.
"My father beat my mother and my father beat me, and you don't do that," said Ndesandjo, whose mother, Ruth Nidesand, was Barack Obama Sr.'s third wife. "It's something which I think affected me for a long time, and it's something that I've just recently come to terms with."
Like his novel's main character, Ndesandjo had an American mother who is Jewish and who divorced his Kenyan father. The novel, which goes on sale Wednesday by the self-publishing company Aventine Press, is one of several books in the works by relatives of the president.
SOURCE: Yahoo News (11-3-09)
The two dozen leaders from Morocco to Swaziland describe their new Institute of African Royalty as part think-tank on democracy and development, part lobby group to polish their image. They say their model is anti-apartheid icon and former President Nelson Mandela, and plan to honor the man referred to during Tuesday's proceedings as "Prince Mandela" at a gala ceremony in Pretoria, the capital, later this week.
Sello Hatang, a spokesman for the anti-apartheid icon's office, said Mandela "feels honored to be respected by the traditional leadership."
Mandela's family claims the royal chieftaincy of Mvezo, a village in southeastern South Africa, and he spent part of his childhood in the court of a tribal regent being groomed, like his father before him, to advise kings.
SOURCE: Yahoo News (11-3-09)
Kriedner and 90 artists from around the world have gathered again to repaint their original creations on the concrete slabs, bringing new life to images that have been eroded by the elements over the last two decades, on the longest remaining length of the wall that once split Germany's capital.
"This is a very emotional thing for me," Kriedner, 69, said, adding that he escaped from communist East Germany to the West himself as a young man. "The Berlin Wall stands for the total lack of freedom we had at the time."
While Berliners were initially eager to tear down the city's most detested symbol, in recent months there has been a major effort to restore the 3/4 mile-long (1.3-kilometer) dilapidated East Side Gallery — a major tourist attraction with 106 different paintings and graffiti.
"The wall was rotten through and through," Kriedner said on a recent chilly, overcast autumn day as he put the finishing touches on his mural — a dark, barren landscape with bursting soap bubbles colored pink and light blue, his interpretation of the promise of Socialist dreams colliding with reality...
"In order to restore the wall, the entire artwork was scraped off, the concrete was chiseled down to the steel insides, and then everything had to be reapplied, but this time with waterproof acrylic paints," the Bavarian artist said, adding that he'd been working off a photo of his original piece to ensure the new version mimicked the original.
SOURCE: Yahoo News (11-1-09)
The Tippecanoe County Historical Association plans to use a device to measure anomalies in the earth's magnetic field to find underground objects. It also might use ground-penetrating radar to find items if funding can be found.
Archaeologist Colby Bartlett says it would be the first professional investigation of the site.
Name of source: AP
SOURCE: AP (11-4-09)
The stamps feature a portrait of Braille and his system's raised dots that spell out Braille, Vatican City State and the price.
Braille was born in France in 1809 and lost his sight at an early age. He then developed a reading and writing system based on patterns of raised dots that allow blind people to recognize the alphabet with the tips of their fingers.
Name of source: Fox News
SOURCE: Fox News (11-4-09)
L. Bruce Laingen, 87, was the U.S. charge d'affaires in Tehran — the highest ranking diplomat in the country — when the American embassy was overtaken by militants and radical Iranian students on Nov. 4, 1979, in the aftermath of the Islamic Revolution. He was among 52 American embassy workers held captive until Jan. 20, 1981.
To mark Wednesday's anniversary, Laingen said he planned to have dinner with Michael Howland, who was assistant chief of security at the embassy, and Victor Tomseth, who was a senior political officer there. All three men were held at the Iranian Foreign Ministry for more than 14 months before being released.
Name of source: The Christian Science Monitor
SOURCE: The Christian Science Monitor (11-3-09)
"I would really be a criminal if I were to accept these conditions," the former Bosnian Serb president told Judge Kwon O-gon, who is considering appointing a stand-by council for him...
... Who was Radovan Karadzic, then?
Balkan historians and Sarajevo experts say Karadzic always had a thirst for fame. He was a small- town Montenegrin, a bootmaker's son who moved from the hills to big city Sarajevo seeking greatness. He claimed lineage to Vuk Karadzic, father of the Serbian language. He published three volumes of poetry, much of it harboring a Sarajevo grudge:"The city lies ablaze like a rough lump of incense."
But he cut little weight among city blue-bloods even as he shape-shifted, for a time, into a Green Party politician and a soccer-club psychiatrist, or stood with Muslim leader Alia Izetbegovic to honor Muslims and Serbs killed in World War II and vowed never to let the Drina River flow with blood again.
Yet Mr. Karadzic's thirst for fame helped him become a key"front man" for Serb strongman Slobodan Milosevic's bloody project of"greater Serbia," experts say. His venue: a war that dissident poet and Czech president Vaclev Havel called an attack on" civilizational values," when he pressed for military intervention in the 44-month siege of Sarajevo that fellow"poet" Karadzic helped direct. Barring the arrest of Bosnian Serb Gen. Ratko Mladic, Karadzic's war-crimes trial is seen as a last chance to bring closure to the Balkan tragedy.
Long clashes over Sarajevo
From 1991-95, US and European capitals clashed over how to deal with children and grandmothers shot in the streets of a European city by Serb snipers in the hills above a city of Orthodox, Protestant, Roman Catholic, Muslim, and Jewish worship sites. Leaders weighed the cost of stopping the carnage against the meaning of not stopping it. Ineffectual blue-helmeted United Nations peacekeepers were sent in. At one point, Karadzic was so indispensable to the UN process that he could avert UN airstrikes against his own forces as they closed in on unarmed Bosnian Muslim"safe havens," usually on grounds that strikes would thwart a pending peace deal. The result: the Srebrenica massacre.
Yet,"before the war, Karadzic was a nonentity," says Bosnian historian Marko Attila Hoare."He was an embezzler, an opportunist. He has nothing to say, makes no intellectual contributions. His background is primitive."
Historians stress Karadzic's country background in the Balkan context."Milosevic tried to cut a figure as a modern European statesman; Karadzic was cruder," says Mr. Hoare."In October 1991, he openly tells Muslims in the Bosnian parliament that he will eliminate them. He's seen as a kind of wild man, doesn't know how to dress properly, but no one in Sarajevo could believe he would be able to destroy so many lives."...
Name of source: Rasmussen Reports
SOURCE: Rasmussen Reports (11-3-09)
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 49% still blame the economic situation on the recession that began under Bush. But 45% now say the nation’s economic problems are caused more by Obama’s policies.
Name of source: Irish Examiner
SOURCE: Irish Examiner (11-4-09)
The ancient bones have produced evidence of several suspected murders and one case of leprosy – an extremely rare occurrence in medieval times.
Osteoarchaeologist Carmelita Troy, of Headland Archaeology in Cork, said yesterday she has studied the ancient remains of nearly 1,300 individuals – adult males and females along with children – who were buried at the site at Ardreigh, Athy, in Co Kildare.
It is one of the largest skeleton assemblages in the country.
Name of source: LA Times
SOURCE: LA Times (11-1-09)
"Another join, another small success," she says with a wry smile -- even though at least two-thirds of the sheet is still missing.
Metzler, 45, is a "puzzler," one of a team of eight government workers that has attempted for the last 14 years to manually restore documents hurriedly shredded by East Germany's secret police, or Stasi, in the dying days of one of the Soviet bloc's most repressive regimes.
Two decades after the heady days when crowds danced atop the Berlin Wall, Germany has reunited and many of its people have moved on. But historians say it is important to establish the truth about the Communist era, and the work of the puzzlers has unmasked prominent figures in the former East Germany as Stasi agents. In addition, about 100,000 people annually apply to see their own files.
The Stasi, which is said to have had more than 170,000 informers, succeeded in destroying thousands of files, shredding them in machines called "ripping wolves" until the equipment broke down under the weight of the task, then through burning and pulping (the contents, held in buckets in the archive, are known as "Stasi porridge"). At the end, agents tore them by bare hand as the teeming crowds smashed down their doors.
The shredded files, which any good German bureaucrat knows as vorvernichtete Akten or pre-destroyed files -- fill a staggering 16,000 mail sacks that contain about 45 million individual pages, or 600 million scraps. Thus far, the puzzlers are 440 sacks into the process.
"If we carry on at this pace we'll still be here in 500 years' time," says Ernst Schroedinger, a 54-year-old former amateur boxer turned puzzler...
... This month, Metzler has been piecing together documents relating to the life of Stefan Heym, a late German-Jewish writer who chose to live in the GDR but was frequently at odds with the regime and was spied on relentlessly.
"I've just found the sketch of his children's bedroom drawn on orders from the Stasi by his cleaning lady, who they code-named 'Frieda,' " says Metzler, who reads thrillers in her spare time to relax.
The pencil sketch shows everything from the position of the doors and windows, to the cupboards and rugs.
"However many documents I piece together, it'll never cease to amaze and shock me the extent to which friends, colleagues, even husbands and wives, went to betray each other. It shows you what a poison regime it was," she says.
The puzzlers' work helps prevent the public from forgetting how bad the East German regime was, Metzler says.
"Put it this way, I used to think, why do they keep regurgitating all the stuff about the Hitler regime that happened over 60 years ago," she says. "And now, since working here, I know why the reconstruction work is so important, so that we don't forget, and that's what motivates me when some people say our task is hopeless and leads nowhere."...
Name of source: The National Security Archive
SOURCE: The National Security Archive (11-3-09)