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Name of source: Salon
SOURCE: Salon (10-14-10)
"I suppose there are mythic elements at work here," says author Melissa Faye Green, who wrote "Last Man Out: The Story of the Springhill Mine Disaster." "These are men who learned something about the beyond. They have literally been buried alive."
There is something uniquely modern about it, too. The first television news event to captivate all of America in real time was about Kathy Fiscus, who fell into an abandoned water well. Stan Chambers of KTLA in Los Angeles covered the story for 27 hours until a doctor was lowered into the well to find her dead from suffocation....
Name of source: BBC News
SOURCE: BBC News (10-7-10)
The helmet was unearthed by a metal detector enthusiast in Crosby Garrett, near Kirkby Stephen, in May.
The piece, thought to have been worn by soldiers at sports events, was expected to fetch £300,000 when it went under the hammer at Christie's in London.
Carlisle's Tullie House was one of the bidders but was not successful....
SOURCE: BBC News (10-10-10)
Curacao and St Maarten have become autonomous countries within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, joining Aruba, which gained the status in 1986.
Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba are now autonomous special municipalities of the kingdom.
The Netherlands retains responsibility for defence and foreign policy.
The Dutch government will also have initial oversight over Curacao's finances under a debt-relief arrangement.
Collectively, the islands had amassed a debt of around 2bn euros (£1.75bn; $2.8bn), most of it owed to the Netherlands.
The smaller islands of St Maarten, Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba said the debt was mostly run up by Curacao, the largest island and de facto capital of the former Netherlands Antilles.
Curacao complained that it was carrying too much of the financial burden for the federation, especially for Saba, St Eustatius and Bonaire....
SOURCE: BBC News (10-14-10)
They say the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) does not meet international standards.
But the commission, appointed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, says it is a credible attempt for reconciliation.
Correspondents say the panel has no real mandate to investigate the truth.
The International Crisis Group (ICG), Human Rights Watch (HRW), and Amnesty International (AI) have all refused to appear.
They argue that the commission is flawed because its members were appointed by the government, has no real mandate to investigate war crimes in the last stages of the conflict, lacks any mechanism to protect witnesses and falls short of minimum international standards of a commission of inquiry.
They all said they would welcome an opportunity to appear before a genuine effort on reconciliation and accountability
"Accountability for war crimes in Sri Lanka demands an independent international investigation," said Kenneth Roth, of Human Rights Watch....
SOURCE: BBC News (10-14-10)
TV images showed police chasing the culture ministry workers around the ancient monument.
Dozens of workers had shut down the Acropolis on Wednesday morning, demanding two years of back pay.
They had barricaded themselves inside, padlocked the entrance gates and refused to allow in tourists.
The protesters said they intended to blockade the Acropolis, Greece's most famous tourist attraction, until 31 October. They have vowed to return to the site on Friday.
Greece has seen waves of strikes and protests over austerity measures agreed by the government to in order to secure a huge bail-out from eurozone countries.
As well as the back-pay issue, the workers are angry that about 320 temporary staff will lose their jobs when their contracts expire at the end of the month. They want the staff to be given permanent contracts.
"All our colleagues stand beside us, so the monument will not operate today no matter what happens," Nikos Hasomeris, one of the leaders of the striking workers, told Greek television earlier....
SOURCE: BBC News (10-12-10)
The discovery puts back by 10 million years the colonisation of land by plants, and suggests that a diversity of land plants had evolved by 472 million years ago.
The newly found plants are liverworts, very simple plants that lack stems or roots, scientists report in the journal the New Phytologist.
That confirms liverworts are likely to be the ancestors of all land plants.
The appearance of plants that live on land is among the most important evolutionary breakthroughs in Earth's history....
Name of source: Discovery News
SOURCE: Discovery News (10-14-10)
Amelia Carolina Sparavigna, assistant professor at the department of physics of Turin's Polytechnic University, used Google satellite maps and AstroFracTool, an astronomical image-processing program which she developed, to investigate over 463 square miles of land around Peru's Titicaca Lake .
She says she has identified shapes that were built by Andean communities centuries ago.
Geoglyphs..or just agriculture? See the photos, judge for yourself.
"This region is covered by terraced walls and raised fields, which are large elevated planting platforms with canals in between. The earthworks represent an almost unimaginable agricultural effort to improve soil, temperature and moisture conditions for the crops," Sparavigna told Discovery News.
According to the researcher, enhanced satellite imagery revealed that some of the land forms are not only the remains of an extensive ancient agricultural system, but also those of formations designed to represent birds, snakes and other animals.
"They seem to be geoglyphs," Sparavigna said.
Geometric lines and images of animals that are best viewed from the air, geoglyphs are well-known in South America. Among the more famous geoglyphs are the Nasca Lines on the south coast of Peru and ring ditch sites in the Bolivian Amazon and Acre, Brazil. They feature impressive circular, oval, rectangular, square and D-shaped patterns....
SOURCE: Discovery News (10-12-10)
Early humans may have evolved as prey animals rather than as predators, suggest the remains of our prehistoric primate ancestors that were devoured by hungry birds and carnivorous mammals.
The discovery of multiple de-fleshed, chomped and gnawed bones from the extinct primates, which lived 16 to 20 million years ago on Rusinga Island, Kenya, was announced today at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology's 70th Anniversary Meeting in Pittsburgh.
At least one of the devoured primates, an early ape called Proconsul, is thought to have been an ancestor to both modern humans and chimpanzees. It, and other primates on the island, were also apparently good eats for numerous predators....
SOURCE: Discovery News (10-8-10)
The letter is a signed affidavit from Laura Francatelli (second from the right in the above photo), a passenger aboard the Titanic as well as the secretary to two controversial figures in the oceanliner's saga, Sir Cosmo and Lady Duff Gordon.
Following the disaster, Sir Cosmo is thought to have paid crewmen for access to a lifeboat. When the ship went down, the lifeboat ferrying Sir Cosmo -- and Francatelli -- to safety didn't bother to return to rescue drowning victims.
The letter, however, paints a different portrait of Sir Cosmo. According to Francatelli, Sir Cosmo initially refused to board a lifeboat, but insisted that Lady Duff and Francatelli immediately evacuate the sinking Titanic. Sir Cosmo left the oceanliner reluctantly only after the insistence of an officer on board.
According to Francatelli, Sir Cosmo did not pay the crewmen for access to a lifeboat, but rather out of gratitude for the rescue....
Name of source: National Parks Traveler
SOURCE: National Parks Traveler (10-14-10)
Even today, more than a quarter-century after his death, there's a steady clamor for the photographer's images. When word broke earlier this year that an overlooked cache of his negatives had been found at a garage sale, it became national news...and sparked more than a little controversy over the authenticity of those glass slides.
Why are Mr. Adams' images so enduring? Is it because of their composition, or because of the time capsules they represent? Is it both?
No doubt much of the allure for an Adams print can be explained by citing the photographer's own words, those he wrote in 1950 in an introduction to his book, My Camera in the National Parks:
The dawn wind in the High Sierra is not just a passage of cool air through forest conifers, but within the labyrinth of human consciousness becomes a stirring of some world-magic of most delicate persuasion. The grand lift of the Tetons is more than a mechanistic fold and faulting of the earth's crust; it becomes a primal gesture of the earth beneath a greater sky. And on the ancient Acadian coast an even more ancient Atlantic surge disputes the granite headlands with more than the slow, crumbling erosion of the seas. Here are forces familiar with the aeons of creation, and with the aeons of the ending of the world.
While there are numerous books, posters, and postcards where you can see how Mr. Adams transformed those words into images, there's a new one coming out in time for your holiday wish list that contains more than 200 of his images -- 50 of which previously were unpublished....
Name of source: Telegraph (UK)
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (10-14-10)
The former prime minister had been due to attend a gathering of around 150 friends and former colleagues hosted by David Cameron to mark the milestone.
It will still go ahead at her insistence, No 10 said, with a fresh event to be put on when she has recovered.
A spokesman said: ''Lady Thatcher is unable to attend tonight's birthday party at No 10 after being taken ill with flu at home earlier today.
''At Lady Thatcher's insistence, the gathering will take place as planned in her absence and the Prime Minister will attend.
''Guests, who include previous members of her Cabinet, colleagues and friends, will be invited to return to celebrate her 85th birthday at No 10 once she has recovered.''
Lady Thatcher's planned return to Downing Street was announced by the Prime Minister at the Conservative Party conference last week, when he was cheered by delegates for hailing Lady Thatcher "the greatest peacetime prime minister of the 20th century".
He first invited her to Number 10, from where she governed Britain from 1979 to 1990, soon after he became Prime Minister earlier this year....
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (10-13-10)
Ancestry.com found that the two politicians, who could face each other in the 2012 race for the White House, are both related to Mr Smith, a Protestant pastor who was an early settler in Massachusetts.
The website, based in Provo, Utah, also discovered that Mr Obama was a 10th cousin once removed from Rush Limbaugh, the conservative talk radio host and one of the president's most virulent critics. Their common ancestor is Richmond Terrell, a Virginia settler who arrived in America in the mid-17th century....
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (10-12-10)
The Wellington-based museum, known as Te Papa - a Maori name that translates as "Our Place" - said it was imposing the rule as a condition demanded by tribes that had provided some of the items.
The "stay away" warning went out to staff from regional museums who have been invited to a behind-the-scenes tour of items not usually on display to the public....
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (10-12-10)
William Bouguereau's Frère et Soeur, an oil painting of a young woman tenderly holding her baby brother, could fetch up to $1.5 million (£950,000) at Sotheby's on November 4.
It was painted in 1887 by the French artist, whose work is enjoying renewed interest.
Moore's other painting, Mere et Ses Enfants by Belgian painter Alfred Stevens, is estimated to bring up to $200,000....
Name of source: CS Monitor
SOURCE: CS Monitor (10-14-10)
The links between the Shiites of Lebanon and Iran stretch back 500 years. They endure today in the ideological and material relationship between the Islamic Republic and Hezbollah.
Iran wasn't always the center of Shiite scholarship
In the early 16th century, the center for Shiite scholarship was in an area known as Jabal Amil, a rugged hill country that conforms closely to the geographical perimeters of modern-day south Lebanon. When Shah Ismael I, the Safavid ruler of Iran, introduced Shiism as the state religion in the 16th century, he turned to the scholars of Jabal Amil to help promulgate the new faith.
Name of source: NYT
SOURCE: NYT (10-13-10)
The trial had dragged on intermittently for five years. Numerous witnesses testified for the prosecution, which argued that Ms. True knowingly bought ancient artifacts of dubious provenance for the collection of the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. The trial was widely believed to be the first instance of a museum curator facing criminal charges for such alleged crimes....
“The case invited scrutiny into what had been collecting practices that were not unusual in the American museum world of the 1980s and 1990s,” Maxwell L. Anderson, director of the Indianapolis Museum of Art and the former president of the Association of Art Museum Directors, said in a telephone interview from New York.
SOURCE: NYT (10-13-10)
In the larger history of the Afghan war, the death of John Felipe Romero Meneses may be a footnote, but it is a poignant one. Like many soldiers in the Spanish Army — and a number of its casualties — Mr. Romero Meneses was a Colombian immigrant who joined the army after 2002, when Spain opened its armed forces to noncitizens.
In a country where memories of the 1936 Spanish Civil War and the 40-year dictatorship of Franco are still fresh, Mr. Romero Meneses’ story raises complex questions about patriotism and citizenship. But the soldier was not only a casualty of war. He was also a victim of the economic crisis who, with his parents, left a turbulent country to seek a better life in Spain and wound up joining the army because he could not find a job....
SOURCE: NYT (10-12-10)
A steady progression of careful gestures has eroded the enmities of the Vietnam War, built a basis of increasing trust and turned the two nations’ attention, in large part, from issues of the past to the present....
It is an issue with some historical paradox. While the United States sought during the war to contain an expansion of Chinese Communism into Vietnam, it is aligned with Vietnam today in concern over an escalation of China’s maritime claims.
China was an ally of North Vietnam in its war against South Vietnam and the United States in the 1960s and ’70s and is now a partner of a unified Vietnam in an uneasy relationship between Communist nations of vastly different size....
SOURCE: NYT (10-11-10)
This year, the World Expo is being held 80 miles northeast of here, in Shanghai, but Jili silk is not up for any awards....
Every home once had hand tools that the residents used to spin silk thread. In the Qing Dynasty, founded in the 17th century, Jili silk was used to fashion the clothing of the imperial court in Beijing and of the emperor himself. Now, only a single decaying factory in the area still processes silk, and the villagers raise silkworms only twice a year, a sharp drop from five times a year in the 1980s....
Villagers began producing high-quality silk at the end of the Yuan Dynasty, in the 14th century. The climate and water in Jili were ideal for sericulture, making the local silk distinctive, said Lu Shihu, a local historian in Nanxun, a nearby town. The rulers of China became familiar with Jili silk after three scholars from the area joined the Ming court, Mr. Lu said. During the Qing Dynasty, the silk was shipped north to Beijing by boat along the Grand Canal....
SOURCE: NYT (10-11-10)
Armed with an arrest warrant from the International Criminal Court in The Hague, the police detained the Rwandan, Callixte Mbarushimana, 47, shortly after dawn at his home in Paris, a court official said. He is wanted on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity, according to a statement from the court.
The Rwandan’s activities had been tracked for more than 18 months in several countries, including France, Germany, Congo and Rwanda, the court official said.
A court must decide on whether Mr. Mbarushimana, who has the status of political refugee and has lived in France for several years, will be transferred to the international court in The Hague. The process could take several days or more, because the decision can be appealed....
SOURCE: NYT (10-12-10)
“At the origin, family policy wasn’t about women, it was about Germany,” said Geneviève Fraisse, author of several books on gender history. “French mothers have conditions women elsewhere can only dream of. But stereotypes remain very much intact.”
Or, as the philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy put it: “France is an old Gallic macho country.”
France crystallizes the paradox facing many women across the developed world in the early 21st century: They have more say over their sexuality (in France birth control and abortion are legal and subsidized), they have overtaken men in education and are catching up in the labor market, but few make it to the top of business or politics....
Name of source: AP
SOURCE: AP (10-13-10)
Zahi Hawass says U.S. authorities seized the sarcophagi on American soil and will return them to Egypt in the next two weeks. He didn't provide any further details about the antiquities or say what sites they were taken from.
Thousands of antiquities were spirited out of Egypt during the colonial period and afterward by archaeologists, adventurers and thieves....
SOURCE: AP (10-13-10)
Tribunal spokesman Lars Olsen did not disclose where they were moved to Tuesday. The five are among the former leaders of ultra-communist regime during whose 1975-79 rule an estimated 1.7 million people were executed or died from overwork, disease and malnutrition.
In July, the regime's chief jailer, Kaing Guek Eav — also known as Duch — was sentenced to 19 years in prison for war crimes, crimes against humanity, torture and murder. Duch, 67, was the first defendant to be tried. He supervised the notorious S-21 prison where as many as 16,000 people were tortured before being executed....
SOURCE: AP (10-12-10)
The defendants received sentences of three years in prison and will have to post a bond of $1,800 to stay out of prison until the appeal.
The "Poppy Flower," valued at $50 million was stolen in broad daylight from Cairo's Mahmoud Khalil Museum. Subsequent investigations revealed that no alarms and only seven of 43 security cameras were working....
Name of source: BBC
Archaeologists from Wiltshire and Bristol are amongst those protesting at new restrictions on their freedom to study bones and skulls from ancient graves....
The team from Headland Archaeology believe the object uncovered at Fortrose dates from the Bronze Age.
Developer Tulloch Homes, which has planning consent to build 156 properties on the land, commissioned the survey.
Further excavations will be done under the supervision of Highland Council's archaeology officer....
The public are being called upon to re-trace the routes taken by some 280 Royal Navy ships including historic vessels.
We volunteers will transcribe information about weather, and other events, from images of ships' logbooks.
This will help provide invaluable information about the past climate.
The project, called OldWeather.org, will also help fill in gaps in our knowledge of an important stage in British history....
SOURCE: BBC (10-12-10)
Kim Jong-un, the youngest son, has been unveiled as the nation's heir apparent, appearing alongside his father at a series of recent high-profile events.
His elder brother, Kim Jong-nam, 39, lives overseas in China and Macau.
His comments are highly unusual in the secretive North. But he is not thought to have influence inside the country.
He was once thought to be his father's likely successor, but fell out of favour when he was caught trying to sneak into Japan in 2001 using a false passport....
SOURCE: BBC (10-12-10)
The manuscript, known as the Lorsch Gospels, contains more than 400 pages written entirely in gold ink on vellum.
The facsimile edition which Benedict XVI presented to the Queen featured reproductions of the ivory covers.
During the visit the Queen presented the Pontiff with a facsimile of drawings by Hans Holbein the Younger.
The manuscript was written in the early 9th Century at the court of the Emperor Charlemagne in Aachen, Germany, and was first recorded in the Imperial Abbey of Lorsch in Germany around 860....
Name of source: Guardian (UK)
SOURCE: Guardian (UK) (10-10-10)
The growing dispute relates to controversial legislation introduced by the Ministry of Justice in 2008, which decreed that all human remains found during digs in Britain must be reburied within two years.
The decision means that scientists have insufficient time to carry out proper studies of any pieces of ancient skeleton they find. Key information about British history will be lost as a result.
"Suppose one of our palaeontologists found the remains of a million-year-old human," said archaeologist Mike Pitts of the Stonehenge Riverside Project....
SOURCE: Guardian (UK) (10-12-10)
Challenging the traditional description of the Oxfordshire landmark, retired vet Olaf Swarbrick asks whether the "beautiful, stylised" figure might instead be a dog such as a greyhound or wolfhound.
In a letter to the Veterinary Record, his profession's journal, the former cattle and poultry specialist suggests a canine origin for the 110-metre by 38.5-metre animal, which was carefully dug into the downland. He invites alternative theories, too....
Name of source: The New Republic
SOURCE: The New Republic (10-12-10)
“I continue to be amazed by the questionable, and sometimes outright illegal, practices occurring within the for-profit sector,” said Senator Tom Harkin, who is leading the congressional investigation. “Critics say that it is only a few bad apples, but we need to take a hard look at the entire orchard.”
Harkin’s amazement is understandable. But the really amazing thing about this controversy is that it’s all so familiar. Twenty years ago, Senator Sam Nunn, the conservative Democrat from Georgia, led a series of hearings delving into financial aid fraud at for-profit colleges. High-profile investigations had revealed similar abuses—leading, eventually, to a series of reforms and amendments to the Higher Education Act of 1965....
Name of source: Duluth News-Tribune
SOURCE: Duluth News-Tribune (10-10-10)
What was once Agudath Achim Synagogue, at 2320 W. Second St., was the site of 13-year-old Bobby Zimmerman’s bar mitzvah. Bobby Zimmerman grew up to be Bob Dylan, and current owners Brenda Shafer-Pellinen and her husband, Eric, are hoping this bit of history piques the interest of one of Dylan’s hardcore fans, who might be interested in buying it.
“People who like Dylan, love Dylan,” Shafer-Pellinen said. “They have an unusual level of devotion to his music — more so than other musical groups or artists.”
Shafer-Pellinen said she posted it on the website Craigslist a few months ago, and that she also has reached out to Dylan devotees on websites such as expectingrain.com and dylanradio.com. The property is being shown by Perella & Associates as a possible single-family home or duplex, and the asking price is $119,000....
Name of source: CNN
SOURCE: CNN (1-12-10)
After visiting Bosnia, Serbia and Kosovo, Clinton is expected to conclude her visit with a stop in Brussels, Belgium, where she is scheduled to meet with high EU and NATO officials, including U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates.
The U.S. secretary of state's agenda focuses on the U.S. commitment to all Balkan states joining the EU and the goal of NATO membership for Bosnia, Assistant Secretary Philip H. Gordon said in a briefing before Clinton's departure. The goals are designed to promote stability in a region still rife with ethnic division nearly 15 years after the end of a civil war that resulted in the break-up of the former Yugoslavia....
SOURCE: CNN (10-11-10)
The naturalization ceremony will take place Tuesday afternoon in a federal courtroom in Brownsville, Texas, according to the Department of Homeland Security's Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Eulalia Maturey's path to citizenship is a tale that captures the unusual way of life on the Texas-Mexico border.
On October 12, 1909, Maturey was just a baby in her mother's arms crossing the Rio Grande on a ferry boat from Matamoros, Mexico, into Brownsville, Texas....
Name of source: CNN.com
SOURCE: CNN.com (10-12-10)
Rice has said that she will write a memoir about her eight years in the White House but felt she could not do so until people understood the "personal and implausible journey" she had taken from being born in 1950s segregated Alabama to being named the first female African-American to lead the State Department.
All of this happened, Rice said, due to her parents, John and Angelena Rice.
A guidance counselor/preacher and school teacher respectively, Mr. And Mrs. Rice never made more than $60,000 annually, Rice said.
Despite being raised in a city resistant to quality education for blacks, Rice's parents used their meager resources to provide their only child with piano lessons at 3. She also took French and ballet....
Name of source: Spiegel Online
SOURCE: Spiegel Online (10-12-10)
Helmut Schmidt was Germany's chancellor from 1974 to 1982, and Jimmy Carter was the president of the United States from 1977 to 1981. Though they have both grown older now, they are still as active as ever. Schmidt continues to deliver sharp-tongued, self-assured commentary on economic and political issues. And Carter has turned his attention to negotiating in the world's trouble spots. Such diplomatic efforts even earned him a Nobel Peace Prize in 2002.
But, as often happens between two larger-than-life figures, when the two talk about each other, they are both prone to a bit of one-upsmanship. Both of their memoirs reveal that the two politicians were anything but friends. But now Carter, 86, has gone a step further, publishing portions of the private diary he kept while president. And one of the things the book does is to settle an old score with Schmidt.
Carter's diary portrays the Hamburg-born politician, now 91, as a mercurial grouch, at one moment annoying his American colleagues with lectures on global economics, and then making himself scarce when the US needed his help. According to Carter's notes, Schmidt "acted like a paranoid child," and he was upset on several occasions by Schmidt's "unbelievable" behavior toward him. For example, in early 1978, Carter wrote: "Schmidt seems to go up and down in his psychological attitude. I guess women are not the only ones that have periods."...
SOURCE: Spiegel Online (10-12-10)
The music of Richard Wagner, Hitler's favorite composer, is hated in Israel and has been unofficially banned there for decades. But the Jewish Austrian conductor Roberto Paternostro, the musical director of the Israel Chamber Orchestra, is breaking new ground with a plan to perform Wagner's Siegfried Idyll along with works by the Jewish composers Gustav Mahler and Felix Mendelssohn and a contemporary Israeli composer next year in a public hall in Bayreuth on July 26, 2011, one day after the annual Wagner opera festival opens there.
"I realize that parts of Richard Wagner's weltanschauung and Bayreuth's relationship to the Nazi regime can neither be justified nor whitewashed," Paternostro said in a statement. "Yet I am convinced that it is possible to convey the musical significance of Wagner in a new and sophisticated way to the generation which is now coming of age without having to ignore the burdens or historic responsibility."...
Name of source: NewsLeader.com (VA)
SOURCE: NewsLeader.com (VA) (10-12-10)
The agreement will create a new website to provide free access to the fully annotated published papers of key figures in the nation's Founding Era. The project is designed to include the papers of George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton and Benjamin Franklin.
"This award to help the University of Virginia Press create a new online presence for the papers of our nation's founders is great news for the University and for scholars everywhere," U.Va. President Teresa Sullivan said. "For 10 years, the press has built on the pioneering vision of U.Va. faculty to harness digital technology in the service of scholarship and education through the Rotunda imprint....
Name of source: Birmingham Post (UK)
SOURCE: Birmingham Post (UK) (10-11-10)
The Führer is thought to have set his heart on making the hall his home once the intended invasion of Britain was complete.
Clearly the war time leader had a taste for style.
The Grade II* listed house, built with Grinshill stone in a Gothic style, is a breathtaking country home that has been lovingly restored.
Its current owner is the latest in a long line of individuals who have cherished the property which stands near the village of Norton, seven miles from Bridgnorth and Telford....
Name of source: Deutsche Welle
SOURCE: Deutsche Welle (10-12-10)
In Munich, an audio map titled Memory Loops by artist and musician Michaela Melian has raised questions like these. The project is a digital memorial to the victims of National Socialism in the Bavarian capital. It draws on archival and audio footage relating to the Holocaust and can be accessed online in both German and English.
Melian's project arose from a juried competition in Munich seeking new forms of remembrance for Nazi victims. The event was meant to address a city monument that had become obscure due to increasing car traffic nearby.
"Memory Loops analyzes the most varied historical dimensions by focusing on certain crystallization points in the city of Munich. Using archival material and contemporary witness statements, Melian artistically shapes voice-collages of the highest quality," noted the jury.
But the idea also had detractors, including Munich's mayor, Christian Ude. He reacted to Melian's proposal in 2008 by wondering whether "its means can be used to achieve an appropriate memorial."...
Name of source: WaPo
SOURCE: WaPo (10-11-10)
Soon, a new inscription for troops killed in Iraq could appear: "Operation New Dawn."
Unlike in past conflicts, the overwhelming majority of headstones for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan at the nation's most hallowed military burial ground use the military's official names for those conflicts: Operation Enduring Freedom for Afghanistan, Operation Iraqi Freedom for Iraq. As of Sept. 1, Operation Iraqi Freedom has been rebranded Operation New Dawn....
Name of source: WRAL
SOURCE: WRAL (10-8-10)
The Charlotte Observer reported Friday the graves had been marked only with large stones since they were killed by Confederate soldiers while scouting for supplies....
Name of source: Haaretz
SOURCE: Haaretz (10-8-10)
Passing through a gate into the Jewish cemetery, one immediately notices on the right-hand side a small area demarcated by a low fence made of heavy iron chains. Here lie Finnish-Jewish war heroes - young men who fought and died in the wars of 1939-44 between Finland and the Soviet Union. A large black stone slab with the dates 1939-1944, a Star of David and a picture of a hand brandishing a sword engraved in it, dominates the small plot where the graves are arranged in rows. Each grave is marked by a marble slab bearing the name and dates of birth and death of the person buried there....
The Jewish war heroes' graves and the monument on the hill are emblematic of the fate of Jews in Finland during the years 1941-44, when the country was allied with Nazi Germany against the Soviet Union, their common enemy. The fact that Finnish Jews fought in an army allied with Hitler's Germany is very peculiar - not only in the history of Finland, but also in that of World War II, when the Nazis put their lunatic racial fantasies into practice and declared that Jews all over the world were enemies who had to be exterminated down to the last soul....
The Winter War (1939-40 ) between Finland and the Soviet Union broke out after the Finnish government rejected Stalin's territorial claims and demands for military bases to be built inside the country. In that war, Finland fought bravely, and alone, against the overwhelmingly more powerful enemy. It lost important areas to Russia, the Finnish Karelia among them, but was not occupied. Finnish Jews fought in the Winter War on equal footing with their countrymen; 15 were killed on the battlefield. Altogether about 25,000 Finns lost their lives in that war. Among them were 1,000 civilians who died in the bombardments of cities and towns.
I meet Aron Livson in his beautiful terraced house in the lush area of Espoo, the Western satellite town of the greater Helsinki area. Livson is 94 years old but still in good shape both physically and mentally. He's the chairman of the Finnish-Jewish War Veterans' Association, which was established in 1979 and belongs to the national war veterans' organization.
Livson has made his living in private business. His father was originally a skilled artisan, who established a factory called Eastern Finland's Cap Factory, in Vyborg (in Finnish Viipuri ), the main town of Finnish Karelia, during the early years of the country's independence. The younger Livson performed his military service in the infantry regiment of Vyborg's famous Karelian Guard. After completing his peacetime service and returning to civilian life, Livson was again called to arms in 1939 just before the Winter War broke out.
During that war, Livson fought in the Karelian Isthmus, defending this legendary and nostalgia-ridden area between Lake Ladoga and the Gulf of Finland, which the country lost at the end of the war, reconquered during the first phase of the Continuation War in 1941, and finally lost again after heavy battles in the summer of 1944.
When the Continuation War broke out in June 1941, Aron Livson found himself fighting again in the Isthmus. After the Finnish forces had crossed the old border, with some disgruntlement among the ranks, they advanced, captured East Karelia's capital Petrozavodsk and reached the important river Svir, which flows from Lake Onega to Lake Ladoga....
Livson recalls that he was always the only Jew in the units where he fought, and he never saw any German officers at the front. The first Germans he came across during the war were in Kotka when he was doing office work. His father had established a shop in the same town. "My father never let German soldiers enter his boutique," Livson notes....
Three Finnish Jews were awarded the German Iron Cross for their courage in battle, but all of them quite demonstratively refused to accept it. One of them was Captain Salomon Klass, who saved a German unit from a siege in one of his military exploits. Klass, whose family came from the Baltic countries, had been active in the right-wing Civil Guard in Finland before the war. In the late 1930s, he lived for four years in Palestine, where he was a member of the Etzel underground. Klass was still in Palestine in 1939 when he got the call to serve in Finland's army, before the outbreak of the Winter War....
Name of source: Civil War Interactive
SOURCE: Civil War Interactive (10-8-10)
“People are planning now for their visits to Civil War sites next year, and we want to give them an opportunity to visualize the terrain, ports, and coasts as they were from 1861 to 1865,” said Meredith Westington, NOAA’s chief geographer. “Most people wouldn’t think of turning to NOAA for historical Civil War documents, but the agency has an amazing legacy.”
Coast Survey’s collection includes 394 Civil War-era maps, including nautical charts used for naval campaigns, and maps of troop movements and battlefields. Rarely seen publications include Notes on the Coast, prepared by Coast Survey to help Union forces plan naval blockades against the Confederacy, and the annual report summaries by Superintendent Bache as he detailed the trials and tribulations of producing the maps and charts needed to meet growing military demands....
Name of source: Irish Central
SOURCE: Irish Central (10-12-10)
The Diplock court system allowed for convictions on the basis of confessions only, and non jury trials.A pervasive culture of forcing confessions to win convictions has now been revealed by a Guardian newspaper investigation
The Guardian report probes the outcome of The Criminal Cases Review Commission, which investigates possible miscarriages of justice in England, Wales and Northern Ireland,. The commission to date overturned 24 convictions in Northern Ireland and it says that it has received applications from 200 people who claim torture while in custody during the Troubles.
According to officers of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC,) interviewed by the Guardian the torture began after the establishment of the Diplock Courts in 1973, a system of non-jury courts named after Lord Diplock. The courts treated terrorist offences as criminal rather than political, and with the case heard in front of a judge rather than a jury, a confession alone could secure a conviction....
Name of source: KSMU (AR)
SOURCE: KSMU (AR) (10-8-10)
The visitor is a pilot from World War II. Her name is Millicent Peterson Young, and she is one of the few surviving Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASPs.
She and over 1,000 other women flew military aircraft within the US during the war—often ferrying planes from the factory to the military base, or helping out with military training.
On this day, she’s telling the schoolkids what her specific role was.
Young: “So does everyone know what a windsock is now?”
Young: “Well, I towed one of those 100 feet behind my airplane…”
She towed aerial targets behind her plane. As she told me later in an interview, the male student pilots would shoot at these targets before heading overseas to fly in combat missions....
Name of source: Agence France-Presse
SOURCE: Agence France-Presse (10-11-10)
"It's a very simple and dignified book, which is receiving strong interest," Robert Walsh, the literary agent
who holds the rights, told AFP.
Of the 21 children in Anne Frank's class at the Jewish school she attended in Amsterdam, 11 survived World War II and six are still alive today....
Name of source: Guardian (Waltham Forest UK)
SOURCE: Guardian (Waltham Forest UK) (10-10-10)
According to Government records, a German bomb dropped in a tip on the exact site of the stadium just south of Leyton during the Blitz.
Records of bombings during the war state that a large hole was left in a rubbish shoot at the refuse site after an air-raid, but despite several searches throughout the 1940s, no bomb was uncovered there.
A report by weapons company BAE Systems for the Government in 2007, which was recently uncovered by a Stratford resident concluded that explosive material must lie beneath the site of the stadium because of how intense air raids in the area were during the war....
Name of source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (10-12-10)
Bids to demolish -- or possibly relocate -- the building will be opened Oct. 28.
Among the bidders is likely to be an outdoor museum in Northern Ireland that would like to disassemble the structure and ship it to Europe. Under that scenario, the stone house would be rebuilt on the grounds of the Ulster American Folk Park in County Tyrone.
"I think we are getting close to the end of the line," said Karen Ramsburg, president of the Committee to Save the Justice William Smith House.
Folk park curator Phil Mowat has said that relocation of the Smith House to Northern Ireland would be a last resort if the building cannot remain in its original spot.
The regional fire department that owns the land on which the 18th century house stands bought the property last year with an eye to expanding its own aging facilities....