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Name of source: AP
Rushdie says he still receives a "sort of Valentine's card" from Iran each year on February 14 letting him know the country has not forgotten the vow to kill him...
Rushdie was forced into hiding for a decade after the late Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran issued a 1989 fatwa, or opinion on Islamic law, ordering Muslims to kill Rushdie because the book allegedly insulted Islam.
In 1998, the Iranian government declared it would not support but could not rescind the fatwa. But the yearly notes continue. "It's reached the point where it's a piece of rhetoric rather than a real threat," Rushdie said.
The 59-year-old Rushdie is also donating his archive to the university, including a diary of his decade in hiding and two early, unpublished novels.
Otto Frank also sent desperate letters to friends and family in the U.S. pleading for help with immigration costs as the family tried to escape the Nazi-occupied Netherlands.
"I would not ask if conditions here would not force me to do all I can in time to be able to avoid worse," Otto Frank wrote to his college friend Nathan Straus in April 1941. "It is for the sake of the children mainly that we have to care for. Our own fate is of less importance."
The letters, along with documents and records from various agencies that helped people immigrate from Europe, were released by the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, a New York-based institution that focuses on the history and culture of Eastern European Jews. The group discovered the file among 100,000 other Holocaust-related documents about a year and a half ago.
The George Washington House and Museum, completed in mid-January after an 8-year restoration project costing nearly $3.5 million, honors the first U.S. president and documents his time in the Caribbean.
The site in the Garrison Historic district, just outside Bridgetown, includes a yellow home in the Caribbean Georgian style with green shutters and louvered windows, stables, a bath house and a windmill.
Washington came to Barbados — the only foreign country he ever visited — at age 19 with his older half-brother Lawrence...During his two-month stay, Washington rode around the island on horseback, saw his first fireworks shows and play and met the governor and generals. He also contracted smallpox, making him immune to the disease when it later claimed lives during the American war for independence.
Workers at the Chateau of Versailles are putting the finishing touches on a 3-year, $15.6 million renovation of the gilded gallery of 357 mirrors where King Louis XIV entertained — and intimidated — diplomats and courtiers.
The hall's grand reopening will likely come sometime in June.
...The vaulted ceiling is especially astonishing.
Before the renovation, Charles Le Brun's overhead paintings — marking important moments in the Sun King's reign — were dark and faded, and visitors rarely looked up.
Skies that were supposed to be sunny blue were a ghoulish green. Details were lost, covered over by grime, darkened varnish and overzealous restorations of the past. Now, a pair of chubby children playing cards is visible again. In another panel, restorers revived a strand of pearls in a treasure chest, a detail that was masked over in the 19th century.
The Foreign Ministry said extradition papers were sent at the request of Federal Judge Raul Acosta in Mendoza, who last month ordered Isabel Peron detained for questioning about the February 1976 disappearance of leftist Hector Aldo Fagetti Gallego.
The third wife of three-time president Juan Domingo Peron, Isabel Peron ruled Argentina after the strongman's death for 20 chaotic months until a March 1976 coup...
Isabel Peron also is being investigated by a federal judge in Buenos Aires who said he is focusing on death squad activity predating the 1976 coup...
Prosecutors say at least 1,500 people were killed or went missing as a result of the Argentine Anti-communist Alliance, or "Triple A," death squad during Isabel Peron's rule, what some called the earliest origins of the dirty war.
The U-864 submarine, which was found by the Royal Norwegian Navy in March 2003, is believed to have about 70 tons of mercury on board.
Despite demands from local villagers to remove the mercury, Minister of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs Dag Terje Andersen said the government was following expert recommendations to instead bury the sub in sand and stone...
The U-864 had been headed for Japan when it was sunk Feb. 9, 1945 about 2 1/2 miles off the island of Fedje. The sub now lies under about 500 feet of water.
Although Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt has already recognized the level of collaboration, the report was the first time it had been presented in such detail.
"The Belgian authorities cooperated with the racial anti-Jewish policies during the occupation," and acted in a way "unworthy for a democracy," said the study.
The report documents how an influx of Jewish refugees from Germany in the 1930s combined with a turn to the political right because of an economic crisis created an unsavory mix where anti-Semitism and right-wing extremism could rise.
Parliamentarians and Jewish representatives sat in silence as chief researcher Rudi Van Doorslaer read the conclusions of the report, "Submissive Belgium," for 50 minutes in the Senate.
"It presents a mirror of ourselves," said Senate chairwoman Anne-Marie Lizin, who condemned the "cowardliness of our administration" during the 1940-1944 occupation.
Some 50,000 Jews lived in Belgium in the 1930s and about half were exterminated in the Holocaust.
Thirteen companies that use the inner-city airport had sought to block its closure as part of plans to build a new airport hub on the edge of the capital...
Tempelhof opened in 1923 and was expanded under the Nazis into a huge horseshoe-shaped complex. Its massive terminal is one of the most prominent remaining examples of the era's architecture in Berlin.
After the Second World War left the city divided into east and west, Tempelhof became the hub of the nearly year-long U.S.-led Berlin airlift when the Soviets blockaded West Berlin in 1948.
The future of the Tempelhof site remains unclear...
Germany's BUND environment group on Monday suggested turning the grounds into a huge "Airlift Park."
A brief passage about history in science standards for the state's public schools became an issue Monday, as the State Board of Education prepared to vote on a new set of guidelines. Seeking to rewrite anti-evolution standards adopted in 2005, the board targeted for deletion a passage about historic abuses of science citing the Tuskegee Syphilis Study.
John West, a senior fellow at the Seattle-based Discovery Institute, which supports intelligent design research and didn't want the standards rewritten, called the deletion "a travesty" and wrote an angry letter to board members. Among other things, he noted, the deletion would occur during Black History Month.
"The board's plan to whitewash the history of science is shameful," he wrote.
But the passage had drawn criticism from scientists who note that only abuses perceived as linked to evolution were mentioned.
"That was never in the science standards until the intelligent designers inserted it," said Steve Case, associate director of the Center for Science Education at the University of Kansas. "Introducing that was just a way to get at their attack, 'Scientific knowledge is bad.'"
Like the breakthrough by Lovie Smith and Tony Dungy, who this month became the first black coaches to take their teams to the Super Bowl. Or the work of astronauts Robert Curbeam and Joan Higgenbotham, whose helped rewire the International Space Station.
And then there's Tyrone Flowers, a once aspiring basketball star who was shot and paralyzed. Instead of seeking sympathy or revenge, Flowers became a lawyer and teamed with his wife to form a leadership program for at-risk children.
"That's what we're honoring today: ordinary citizens who do unbelievably fine things," Bush said in an East Room ceremony honoring Black History Month.
Maceo Snipes, who served most of his two-year Army hitch in the Pacific, was shot in the back by four white men in 1946 -- a day after the 37-year-old voted for the first time, relatives say. He collapsed in the doorway of his farm house in Taylor County, about 90 miles south of Atlanta.
State NAACP officials and the Prison & Jail Project, a prison advocacy and civil rights group, plan to ask the Taylor County Commission on Tuesday to support the probe before mailing their request to U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales...
Snipes was shot on July 18, 1946, and died two days later. Fearful relatives buried him at night in an unmarked grave before some family members fled the county, relocating as far north as Ohio.
SOURCE: AP (2-10-07)
Others, she knows, illustrate their ancestral legends by passing around a single prized photograph or diagram of the family tree. But Allen arrives wheeling two big black suitcases, each stuffed with enough supporting evidence to do Perry Mason proud...
And years later, a long-forgotten document proved her suspicions right.
It was just as her parents told her. Yes, she was black. But there was Cherokee in her veins, too.
There was a catch, though, and it was bound to persist no matter how clear the evidence might seem to Allen.
She could call herself an Indian. She and others like her could argue that, Indian blood or not, they had as much right to the Cherokee Nation's identity as anyone else.
But Allen's "proof" could just as easily be cited to show her people were not real Cherokees at all, but a human burden a defeated tribe had been forced to shoulder.
A century past, Allen's ancestors had secured what they thought was a permanent place in the tribe. Now, though, it was clear the only way she could ever be acknowledged as Cherokee would be to take on the very Cherokees who refused to count her as one of their own...
The Holocaust scholar was dragged from an elevator and roughed up during a peace conference at a San Francisco hotel on Feb. 1, according to police. The author was not injured.
"Until today they used words; now they have switched to violence," Wiesel told Milan-based daily Corriere della Sera. "Their numbers are growing by the day."
The assailant fled after Wiesel began to scream, and police have opened a criminal investigation.
San Francisco Police Sgt. Steve Mannina confirmed authorities have located a suspect on the East Coast. They believe the unidentified man traveled to San Francisco to carry out the attack, Mannina said, refusing to elaborate.
The 78-year-old Holocaust survivor said the incident shook him and that, for the first time since World War II, he felt he was being personally targeted.
The Lecompton Constitution, under which Kansas would have been admitted into the union as a slave state, has been preserved at the Kansas State Historical Society since Rutgers University donated it in 1957 to commemorate the document's 100th anniversary...
"It's an important benchmark and an overlooked benchmark in the road to the Civil War," said historian Brian Matthew Jordan, of Gettysburg College, who spoke as part of the program of lectures and dramatic interpretations. "It's absolutely awe-inspiring to stand here and know that this document is here for the first time since it was signed."
The eight-page document was written by men who wanted Kansas admitted to the United States as a slave state. The fight over the Lecompton Constitution caused a split in the Democratic Party of the time, resulting in the election of President Abraham Lincoln.
The former Massachusetts governor, who is scheduled to formally launch his presidential candidacy from the Henry Ford Museum in Detroit on Tuesday, was taken to task by The National Jewish Democratic Council...
"Romney has been traveling the country talking about inclusiveness and understanding of people from all walks of life," [executive director Ira] Forman said. "Yet he chooses to kick (off) his presidential campaign on the former estate of a well-known and outspoken anti-Semite and xenophobe."
Forman said Romney's "embrace of Henry Ford and association of Ford's legacy with his presidential campaign raises serious questions about either the sincerity of Romney's words or his understanding of basic American history."
Ford was bestowed with the Grand Service Cross of the Supreme Order of the German Eagle by Adolph Hitler
Name of source: Live Science
SOURCE: Live Science (2-13-07)
Howell Edwards, a specialist in Raman spectroscopy at the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom, used laser-based technology to detect yellow pigments and glue typical of the Renaissance period, which dates the painting between the 14th and 16th centuries...
During the past 24 years, 8 laboratories around the world have also scientifically examined the "Tondo" to try and determine when it was painted and by whom. In 2003, researchers in Belgium discovered that the painting appears to be the first in which an artist used a medieval blue dye called turnsole...
Several art historians have assumed that the similarities between the "Sistine Madonna" and the "Tondo" show that Raphael painted both artworks. Although the artist of the "Tondo" still cannot be verified, the scientific evidence described by Edwards and Benoy help place the painting within Raphael's reach.
Name of source: USA Today
SOURCE: USA Today (2-11-07)
However, a few archaeologists have figured out a way to put the looters to work for them, as archaeologist Lisa Lucero of New Mexico State University in Las Cruces demonstrated in a recent talk about her team's study of the ancient Maya ceremonial center at Yalbac in Belize...
At Yalbac, Lucero and her colleagues with the Valley of Peace Archaeology Project are faced with unraveling the riddle of three sets of pyramids and other structures surrounding three broad plazas in central Belize, all buried under dirt, vegetation and decay at the site.
Belize antiquities officials want more information about the archaeological site, but also want as few excavations as possible to limit damage at Yalbac. "So I only have looter's trenches, and I'd rather stick with that than destroy more temples," Lucero says.
Name of source: AFP
SOURCE: AFP (2-14-07)
The discovery shows that notables contemporary with Akhenaton continued to be buried in Saqqara, just outside the modern day capital of Cairo, indicating the enduring importance of old religious orthodoxy under "the heretic pharaoh"...
The tomb, which bears the royal cartouche for "Ptah Am Waya" is covered with wall paintings done in the realistic style of the period when classic artistic conventions were abandoned.
The wall paintings include those of "Ptah" going to the afterlife as well scenes of daily life, such as monkeys eating dates.
The Dutch team has been working in Saqqara since the 1990s, and focuses on New Kingdom tombs, particularly those from Akhenaton. Previously they discovered the tomb of the Akhenaton-era priest Meri Neet.
SOURCE: AFP (2-12-07)
Jerusalem mayor Uri Lupolianski decided to suspend the work to allow public discussion of Israel's plans to replace a damaged wooden bridge leading to the Al-Aqsa mosque compound with a stone ramp.
Protests by Palestinian worshippers descended into several days of violence in Jerusalem and parts of the West Bank and there were also demonstrations across the Islamic world.
Name of source: Opinion column by Shubhajit Roy in Indianexpress.com
SOURCE: Opinion column by Shubhajit Roy in Indianexpress.com (2-11-07)
That’s the signal from the UPA to Fulbright scholars in the US: delaying their visas for weeks, months; rejecting their research proposals without any reason. Even asking them to change their subject. This when Indo-US equation couldn’t have been better.
... Records show that for US scholars, the last two years — since the UPA came to power — have been the worst in the 57-year history of the programme. Not only has the Government kept the highest number of scholars waiting for anywhere between anywhere between six months to 21 months — effectively derailing their entire schedule — it has also, in several cases, rejected research proposals without giving any reason.
Sample the subjects rejected by the babus of this “secular” Government: Democratization in Kerala and the role of associations; perceptions of Muslim women; Left politics in Mumbai; how migration affects Hindus and Muslims in Hyderabad and Dubai. Many scholars refused to re-apply while some changed their subjects to get a visa (see chart).
Significantly, the scholars get no explanation why their research proposals have been rejected.
Name of source: Guardian
SOURCE: Guardian (2-13-07)
Italian diplomats called off visits to Zagreb and summoned the Croatian ambassador in Rome for a stiff talking-to; and the Italian prime minister, Romano Prodi, attacked Croatia after its president, Stipe Mesic, accused his Italian counterpart of racism and trying to rewrite history.
Croatia and Slovenia were stunned by a weekend speech by Italy's president, Giorgio Napoletano, devoted to the suffering of Italians in former Yugoslavia towards the end of the second world war.
Describing the pogroms of Italians by Yugoslav communist partisans as "the barbarism of the century", "ethnic cleansing" and a campaign of annexation of Italian territory fuelled by "Slav bloodthirsty hatred and rage", Mr Napoletano stirred a storm of controversy and appeared to raise questions about Croatia's bid to join the European Union.
Mr Prodi and his foreign minister, Massimo D'Alema waded into the row yesterday, with Italian officials implying that while Italy had faced up to its fascist past, Croatia had yet to do so.
"We don't need any lessons in fascism from Italy," quipped a Croatian politician after Mr Mesic said the Italian statesman's speech smacked of "open racism, historical revisionism, and political revanchism".
The dispute has to do with the pogroms and population shifts enforced at the end of the second world war all across central Europe, but it also touches on sensitive current property claims and compensation demands...
Similar rows are currently simmering between Germany and Poland since a German lobby has gone to the European court to reclaim property lost at the end of the war...
Name of source: BBC News
SOURCE: BBC News (2-14-07)
A study of a 2,000-year-old silver coin found the Egyptian queen, famously portrayed by Elizabeth Taylor, had a pointed chin, thin lips and sharp nose. Her Roman lover, played by Richard Burton, had bulging eyes, thick neck and a hook nose.
The tiny coin was studied by experts at Newcastle University. [See BBC webpage for photo.]
The size of a modern 5p piece, the artefact from 32BC was in a collection belonging to the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle, which is being researched in preparation for the opening of a new Great North Museum...
SOURCE: BBC News (2-12-07)
A German court ruled that Brigitte Mohnhaupt, 57, qualifies for early release after serving a minimum proportion of her five life sentences.
The group, also known as the Red Army Faction, were behind kidnaps and killings in West Germany.
The prospect of Mohnhaupt's release has sparked a fierce debate in Germany.
Mohnhaupt was convicted of involvement in nine murders. Victims included a judge, a banker and the employers' federation president.
The BBC's Steve Rosenberg, in Berlin, says she was once described as the most evil and dangerous woman in West Germany.
Separately, another prominent Red Army prisoner, Christian Klar, is seeking early release.
Name of source: International Herald Tribune
SOURCE: International Herald Tribune (2-13-07)
BORDEAUX -- On daily walks through one of the big Bordeaux parks, le Jardin public, I kept noticing a large, isolated statue of a man in a frock coat grasping a top hat and frowning. One day I took a closer look and discovered that the bronze statue with the pained expression was of the aging, tormented painter Francisco Goya, the "Spanish Rembrandt" and a genius Bordeaux likes to claim as its own.
Now, at the request of Goya's admirers, the great statue — a gift from the city of Madrid — is about to be hosed down and scrubbed, and then moved from this isolated spot. By this summer, the statue will be given the prominence the great artist deserves, standing in a central square overlooking the church of Notre Dame, where Bordeaux's finest are baptized, married and honored at funerals. Goya's own funeral was held there in 1828.
Goya came to Bordeaux at the age of 78 to escape Spanish oppression and to join the thriving artistic community in what was then one of Europe's richest cities. Where there was wealth there were commissions for portraits, and Goya was a proven master.
Bordeaux still has a large Spanish population that congregates at Casa de Goya, the painter's old Bordeaux address.
Superstitious locals are wondering, however, if the statue of Goya will have a head when it is unveiled at its new location. Goya died just four years after settling here and was buried in a local cemetery. When his remains were exhumed for return to Madrid 60 years later, his head was missing...
SOURCE: International Herald Tribune (2-12-07)
It has been a year, by the Muslim calendar, since an attack on one of the Shiites most sacred shrines here shattered this ancient mosque, ripping a hole to the heavens in its once glorious dome. Now, it is a hulking shell of its former self, gnarled and twisted metal snaking around the crumbling concrete structure. The blue and gold tiles that adorned the facade of the Al Askariya Shrine, covered with graceful Arabic script from the Koran, are in tatters, the broken pieces still on the ground in the empty courtyard.
Not a single brick moved since the attack on Feb. 22, 2006. There has been no rebuilding and no healing.
But the blast did not just destroy a building. More than any event since the American invasion in 2003, it set this country on its present course, unleashing a tide of sectarian bloodletting that has left tens of thousands of Iraqis dead and hundreds of thousands more displaced from their homes as the result of sectarian cleansing.
On Monday, the first anniversary of the attack by the Muslim calendar, bombings at two Baghdad markets, evidently targeting Shiites, killed at least 67 people.
Name of source: Press Release -- Helise Flickstein
SOURCE: Press Release -- Helise Flickstein (2-13-07)
History of Battenville
The Susan B. Anthony House located at 2835 State Route 29 Greenwich, NY 12834. Susan Brownell Anthony was born in Adams, Massachusetts on February 15, 1820. Her father Daniel Anthony was offered a job by Judge John Mc Lean to move to Battenville to partner running the mill that he owned. Daniel and Lucy Anthony packed up their four children and moved in with the Mc Lean’s in 1826. Susan at the time was six years old. Judge Mc Lean assisted with the move along with his grandson Aaron Mc Lean. Hence, Susan’s older sister Gulema, Susan, and younger sister Hannah all played with Aaron while growing up. Her younger sister Mary Anthony was born in the Mc Lean house. Susan stayed at the Mc Lean House from ages six thru eight years old.
Two years later the Anthony’s moved out of the Mc Lean house into the temporary home only two houses down that Daniel built from 1828-1832 whereas Susan was eight thru twelve years old. Susan’s other sister was born in 1832. Her name was Eliza Teft Anthony. Eliza lived until she was two years old and had passed away in the Anthony's primary home in 1834 from Scarlet Fever. Her headstone was recently found at the Mc Lean house. There are three homes in between the mill and the Mc Lean residence that Daniel built for the workers at the mill.
The Anthony’s then moved into their primary residence in 1833. Susan just turned thirteen and lived there until the time she was nineteen years old. J.T. Merritt Anthony was born in the main house. However, the Panic of 1837 was catastrophic to the Anthony and Mc Lean household so much so that Daniel who now owned eight mills and other stores were all taken away in a bankruptcy in 1839. Every single item including clothing, her mother Lucy’s silver spoons, and even the family bible were sold. Lucy’s brother came to the rescue to purchase back their personal possessions for the family…however, the house and everything else was lost.
The Anthony’s then moved into a rented house in Hardscrabble and later renamed by Daniel Anthony, Center Falls. Daniel became the postmaster for the town and had two small gristmills next to the house. The house was used as a schoolhouse for boys and for other people to go dance in the grand ballroom in the upper part of the house. The Anthony’s stayed in Center Falls until 1845 and then moved to a farmhouse near Rochester.
In 1851, Susan met her best friend, Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Elizabeth Cady grew up in Johnstown, New York only 59 miles away from where Susan lived in Battenville. Elizabeth Cady Stanton formulated the making of the women’s movement in 1840 with her mentor Lucretia Mott. In 1848, she held The First Women’s Right’s Convention in Seneca Falls, New York. However Elizabeth being the mother of three, and later on had a total of seven children, could only spread the word about women’s rights so far. When Susan came along, she made it her primary goal in life to spread the word about Women’s Rights and Suffrage all across the United States and aboard.
Name of source: Guardian/Mortar Board (blog)
SOURCE: Guardian/Mortar Board (blog) (2-13-07)
Seven out of 10 schoolchildren have given up studying history by the time they are 14, according to Paul Armitage, history adviser for the education standards watchdog Ofsted, who spoke at a conference yesterday.
Mr Armitage gave the example of seven and eight-year-old children who were given three topics to study in the school year: the Romans, the second world war and ancient Egypt. They went from one to another, leaving them with little understanding of the chronology of historical events.
History is not alone. Geography -- the subject ministers think will be crucial in teaching pupils about climate change -- is also losing popularity. The number of 14 to 16-year-olds studying the subject for their GCSE fell by 3,287 last year...
But with losers come winners and while history, geography and modern languages are haemorrhaging pupils, media studies, psychology and religion are gaining popularity.
However this latest warning must be making ministers wonder if the history lessons on offer are relevant to youngsters and whether their proposed tweaks can keep teens from ditching the subject. --Alexandra L. Smith
Name of source: KVUE-TV (Austin, Tex.)
SOURCE: KVUE-TV (Austin, Tex.) (2-13-07)
The tree is estimated to weigh about 400,000 pounds and could be between 200 and 300 years old.
The tree used to sit on a hill at the corner of 9th Street and Neches. It was moved across the street to the property of the First Baptist Church...to make way for a new 10-story condominium project being built by a company called Noble Development Group.
The developer paid more than $200,000 for the move.
Name of source: Kampala (Uganda) Monitor
SOURCE: Kampala (Uganda) Monitor (2-12-07)
It depicts a youthful Popular Resistance Army (PRA) guerrilla leader, Yoweri Museveni [now president of Uganda], directing the attack on the armoury at the beginning of the five year 'bush war' between 1981 and 1986 against the Uganda People's Congress (UPC) government of the late Dr Apollo Milton Obote.
The world over statues, monuments, medallions, portraits on legal tender and naming of institutions, roads and buildings are ways in which communities preserve history, reward and motivate contributions to the development of society.
In Africa's case, these have always been sources of controversy to the extent that wherever there is regime change, predictably, the first action that characterises the new government is destruction of anything that brings memories of the deposed leaders.
In Uganda's case for instance the huge medallion that commemorated Obote as Uganda's first post independence premier and graced the entrance at the gates of The Parliamentary Buildings was brought down by Field Marshall Idi Amin Dada following the coup of 1971.
The life size statue of Amin erected by himself at Jaja Villas in Munyonyo was obliterated after he was deposed in 1979. The currency on which he had his portrait was replaced just as it happened in 1987 to the money that was adorned by the face of Dr Obote.
Opposition Forum for Democratic Change top official Maj. Rubaramira Ruranga, a veteran of the bush war predicted on a radio that at an appropriate time, Gen. Yoweri Museveni's statue "will also certainly be brought down like that of Saddam Hussein."
Name of source: Denver Post
SOURCE: Denver Post (2-13-07)
The agency, weighing in on a legal debate over what to do with statements given by the parents in connection with various now-settled lawsuits, said that any materials from Columbine given to it would be considered to be of significant historical value and would be permanently preserved and never destroyed...
The National Archives said...that after receiving physical custody of court records the normal practice of its Denver center is to assume legal custody after 20 years. Then it normally gives the public full access to the records, it said. Should [U.S. District Judge Lewis] Babcock desire to seal the records for a longer period of time, the agency would abide by his wishes.
Name of source: UPI
SOURCE: UPI (2-13-07)
In fact, none of the workers would even touch the cat, which has distinct features and its paw resting on its face, The Scotsman reported Tuesday.
DX Network Services Manager Angus Philip said...he is donating his ancient -- and rather dead -- pet to the National Museum of Scotland.
The museum has two other mummified cats in its collection. Its curator told The Scotsman it was common in the 1830s to keep dead animals in buildings to "ward off evil spirits and bring good luck."
Name of source: ABC-Radio Australia
SOURCE: ABC-Radio Australia (2-14-07)
The Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre has obtained a court injunction in Britain, preventing that country's Natural History Museum from carrying out scientific tests on the remains of 17 Aborigines, before they are returned to Australia.
The centre wants the federal government to help fund its continuing legal challenge.
The attorney-general Philip Ruddock says his office is still waiting on a formal funding request, but is committed to bringing back remains held by institutions like the British museum:
"We think they've had plenty of opportunities to do what they think might be required to get information from scientific research," he said. "They ought to just get on with the job and return the remains to Australia."
Name of source: Public Radio International/The World
SOURCE: Public Radio International/The World (2-13-07)
The day I visit with my translator, the place is deserted. There are two guides who work at the memorial. They catch a ride up with us from the village below. A lone dog lies in the road near the entrance. It heaves itself up and lopes off into the grass. Rolling green farmland stretches out in every direction. All you can hear is the buzz of insects. One of the guides, Francois Rusanganwa, launches into his spiel.
Rusanganwa: "Many people, Tutsis, have been killed here, in 1994. They came here to find their protection because it was the plan of the genocide by the authorities told them to come here, to be protected."
Sharp: But it was really a ruse, according to Rusanganwa, to get the Tutsis to assemble in one place to be killed. Rusanganwa explains that a year after the massacre some of the bodies were exhumed and reburied. About a thousand were kept above ground for the memorial. I brace myself, knowing I'm about to see those remains...
Name of source: Reuters
SOURCE: Reuters (2-13-07)
Improved security conditions following the 1997 cease-fire by the IRA have seen Britain drastically reduce its military presence in Northern Ireland.
It began dismantling the watch posts that dotted the countryside and towered over small towns and villages in 2000 and has pledged to end all military support for the Northern Ireland police force on July 31 this year.
The iron-clad, cube-shaped observation post, or sangar, removed by crane on Tuesday had stood 20 feet (6.5 metres) above the army-backed Crossmaglen police station in County Armagh...
"This is at the heart of what used to be called 'Bandit Country'," [army spokesman Mervyn] Wynne Jones said. "Times move on, it's tremendous."
Name of source: VOA News
SOURCE: VOA News (2-13-07)
Archaeologists said Tuesday they would scoop out the tightly embraced male and female skeletons and keep them together. The couple was buried between 5,000- and-6,000 years ago. They are believed to have died young because their teeth were found intact.
The discovery during construction work has sparked theories about prehistoric love in Italy. The hugging skeletons were found not too far from Verona, the city where Shakespeare's fictional lovers Romeo and Juliet took their lives.
Archaeologists say there is no doubt the couple's pose reflects deep love, but caution that it is almost impossible to determine the exact nature of their relationship and the circumstances of their death.
Name of source: MSNBC
SOURCE: MSNBC (2-13-07)
Howell Edwards, a specialist in Raman spectroscopy at the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom, used laser-based technology to detect yellow pigments and glue typical of the Renaissance period, which dates the painting between the 14th and 16th centuries.
His findings suggest that the "de Brecy Tondo" and the "Sistine Madonna" were painted during the same time period.
"Prior to Professor Edwards' work, there has been no consensus amongst art historians as to the age of the painting," said Timothy Benoy, secretary and trustee of the de Brecy Trust, and coauthor of a report on the new finding, published in the February issue of the journal Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry.
Edwards found evidence of massicot, a lead-based yellow pigment used by artists prior to the introduction of a new pigment called Naples Yellow in the 1700s. Massicot, also found in Vermeer's 1670 painting "Young Lady Seated at the Virginals," has been used to date previous works of art.
As well, the laser research detected organic residues characteristic of a vegetable- or starch-based glue, typical of the Renaissance period.
Name of source: Pan Armenian Net
SOURCE: Pan Armenian Net (2-13-07)
n this connection Hans Dinden, a deputy from Swedish leftist party, has sent an interpellation to the Swedish parliament. In response Turkish authorities, as usual, launch a counter-offensive. Chairman of scientific-historical association Yusuf Haladjoghly offered to carry out a joint excavation of graves. Professor David Gaunt agreed with that offer, but demanded full freedom during the process. He also wished to speak to those who could know anything about the mass burial. In his part Haladjoghly stated that if really occurs that Armenians and Assyrians are buried in the graves he will publicly apologize, otherwise he expects the same from professor Gaunt, ‘Yerkir Media’ TV Company reports.
Villagers from Xirabebaba were digging a grave for one of their relatives when they came across to a cave full of skulls and bones. The Xirabebaba residents assumed they had uncovered a mass grave of 300 Armenian villagers massacred during the Genocide of 1915. They informed Akarsu Gendarmerie headquarters, the local military unit, about the discovered remains. Turkish army officers instructed the villagers to block the cave entrance and make no mention of the remains buried in it. The officers said an investigation would take place. Journalists, who had arrived to obtain more information, were denied access to the cave. As the mass burial made news, local Gendarmerie made another visit to the villagers. The latter were pressed to report the name of the person who leaked the mass burial discovery to the press. The villagers were warned not to show anyone directions to the cave.
The victims of the mass grave, according to Sodertorn University History Professor David Gaunt, are most likely the 150 Armenian and 120 Assyrian males from the nearby town of Dara (now Oguz) killed on June 14, 1915.
Name of source: Christian Science Monitor
SOURCE: Christian Science Monitor (2-13-07)
The ends, however, are as ancient as can be. The two researchers – one British, one Jordanian – are tracing the footsteps of the ancestral patriarch of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in the hope that people today will rediscover the common roots of many generations past – and inspire coexistence and understanding in the present.
This is the making of the Abraham Path, a route that will start in Harran, Turkey – the place where many sources suggest Abraham heard "the call" from God – and will continue into Syria, down through Jordan, across the river into the West Bank, winding through both Israeli and Palestinian territory before ending in Hebron, or Al Khalil, described in the Book of Genesis as Abraham's burial place.
Name of source: Independent
SOURCE: Independent (2-13-07)
Dora Bloch, a 74-year-old grandmother, was a passenger on an Air France plane from Athens to Paris when it was hijacked by Palestinian terrorists and forced down at Entebbe airport, Uganda, in 1976.
During the hijack, Mrs Bloch was taken ill after choking on some food and released to be treated in a hospital in Kampala.
Days later, Israeli commandos stormed the airport, killing all the terrorists and destroying half of Amin's air force...
Now confidential cabinet papers released under the Freedom of Information Act show that the British High Commission in Kampala received a report from a Ugandan civilian that Mrs Bloch had been shot and her body dumped...
Name of source: San Francisco Chronicle
SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle (2-12-07)
John Konstin, the owner of San Francisco's John's Grill on Ellis Street, said someone broke into a locked cabinet on the second floor of his establishment and took a signed reproduction of the Maltese Falcon -- one used for publicity stills for the movie -- along with several vintage and signed books by and about Maltese Falcon author Dashiell Hammett.
Konstin said the theft was noticed Saturday afternoon. He guesses the theft took place sometime late Friday night or in the early morning hours of Saturday.
The black statue was signed by actor Elisha Cook Jr., a San Franciscan who played the role of Wilmer the Gunsel in the movie. He presented it to the restaurant after Konstin and San Francisco private investigator Jack Immendorf failed in their attempt to buy the original bird that was used in the movie.
Police have been summoned to the scene of the broken cabinet on the second floor of the restaurant, and Konstin has offered a $25,000 reward for return of the statue and books.
Name of source: NYT
SOURCE: NYT (2-12-07)
Mr. Cheney’s testimony as a courtroom witness for his former chief of staff, I. Lewis Libby Jr., would break with one of the closest historical parallels, when former President Ronald Reagan testified in 1990 via videotape as a defense witness in the trial of his former national security adviser, John M. Poindexter.
The Reagan videotape offered an insight into the unpredictability of criminal trials. His appearance seemed to have little direct impact on the trial, but it created a permanent historical record of his failing memory, which would have been preserved through a printed transcript had he appeared as a live witness but would not have caused the same impact as the widely broadcast videotape.
Courts have traditionally shown great deference to high-ranking executive branch officials, requiring them to testify only when they are thought likely to provide crucial testimony that cannot be obtained elsewhere through documents or other witnesses.
“One of the considerations is, you can’t start dragging the vice president or president away from their jobs,” said Theodore B. Olson, a lawyer in Washington who represented Mr. Reagan when he was asked to testify in Mr. Poindexter’s trial.
SOURCE: NYT (2-12-07)
As part of a proposed class-action settlement, the company, Assicurazoni Generali, has agreed to give heirs of Holocaust victims another 18 months to uncover documentation on unpaid life insurance policies at long-sealed Nazi archives in Bad Arolsen, Germany.
Representatives of several countries, including the United States, have been pushing to open the archives since May.
“This adds another motivation and a very concrete one to get the archives opened right now,” Paul Shapiro, an executive of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, said of the deadline extension.
Name of source: Baltimore Sun
SOURCE: Baltimore Sun (2-12-07)
Politicians, too, are getting in on the act. Officials ranging from Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, who launched his presidential quest Saturday in Springfield, Ill. -- where Lincoln honed his political skills and is now entombed -- to Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold are invoking the martyred president.
Some of the interest is based on the bicentennial of Lincoln's birth in 2009, as well as new insights into the Civil War president's medical, marital and mental issues. But experts say there's more to the renaissance of Lincolniana -- such as a nation weary of war and yearning for trusted leadership.
"So much of what we think of him is happening in our own time," said Joshua Wolf Shenk, author of the recently published Lincoln's Melancholy.
"He met and wrote to widows. He had the courage to acknowledge his responsibilities," Shenk said. "He was open and available in the White House, compared to our increasing fast-food politics."
Name of source: http://www.sun-sentinel.com
SOURCE: http://www.sun-sentinel.com (2-12-07)
The Baby Boomers of buildings have hit a milestone this decade: They're turning 50, the benchmark age for historic designation.
Mid-century modern architecture -- think Brady Bunch houses and drive-in restaurants -- is eligible to join the ranks of its architectural ancestors, such as Queen Anne, Art Deco and Classic Revival.
"We're the new kids on the block for historic preservation," said Virginia Courtenay, owner of a 1955 home in Delray Beach that has a local landmark designation. "We're all steel and glass."
In a state that measures its history in decades rather than centuries, Florida historic preservationists are grappling with how to determine what development during the state's largest building boom is considered historic. Preservationists say it's the first time they have found themselves in this position: Instead of fighting to save a few treasures, they have an abundance of old but unremarkable buildings.
Name of source: http://www.cyprus-mail.com
SOURCE: http://www.cyprus-mail.com (2-11-07)
It was not only Cypriot politicians who were outraged with the contents of the book. A small handful of nationalist politicians and academics in Greece have also lambasted it, because of the neutral terminology it used and its failure to mention the killing of thousands of Greek civilians by the Turkish troops in Smyrna in 1922. All it said was that the Turkish army had entered the town and thousands of Greeks had crowded to the port in order to get on a ship that would take them to Greece. The Greek Education Minister, responding to the criticism, said some corrections would be made to the book, but had no intention of withdrawing it from schools, as had been done in the case of other ‘nationalistically incorrect’ textbooks in the past.
Name of source: http://www.taipeitimes.com
SOURCE: http://www.taipeitimes.com (2-7-07)
The statues of Chiang that had been a ubiquitous feature of the nation's streets, parks and military bases have been subjected to increasingly diffident treatment since power transferred from the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) to the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in 2000.
DPP legislators have asked the Ministry of National Defense to move all of the statues at its bases indoors before the anniversary of the 228 Incident at the end of this month. The party is also working to have Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall renamed "Taiwan Democracy Hall." After a report last year on the 228 Incident placed the blame for the incident on Chiang and with the coming 60th anniversary of the incident, anti-Chiang sentiment has seen something of a revival.
Name of source: Chronicle of Higher Education
SOURCE: Chronicle of Higher Education (2-12-07)
That's the message a Brigham Young University assistant dean got when administrators ordered him to take down a Web page from the university's server that discussed the history of polygamy and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Within a day, though, he had moved all the content to an independent Web site called Mormon-Polygamy.org, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.
Jim Engebretsen, assistant dean for corporate relations and M.B.A. director at Brigham Young's Marriott School of Management, says many people mistakenly believe that polygamy is still practiced by Mormons. He says he wants to provide facts for people interested in the church's history.
Name of source: Washington Post
SOURCE: Washington Post (2-11-07)
A new landmark may soon rise next to his family compound.
The Israeli government is funding the first construction of a Jewish settlement in the Old City's Muslim Quarter since taking control of it nearly four decades ago. The Flowers Gate development plan calls for more than 20 apartments and a domed synagogue that would alter the skyline of the Old City.
Karain's property is at the center of an accelerating campaign by Jewish settler organizations to change the ethnic and physical character of this city's oldest Arab neighborhoods. The Israeli government is financing projects that dovetail with the settlers' goals, which they say are to secure the Old City and an adjacent valley for Israel in any final peace agreement with the Palestinians...
Name of source: Los Angeles Times
SOURCE: Los Angeles Times (2-11-07)
One legend holds that the oil represents the tears of the 900-plus sailors and Marines entombed below decks since the Japanese attack of Dec. 7, 1941. Another says the oil will continue to surface until the last Arizona survivor dies.
But the fact is that 500,000 or more gallons of fuel oil are estimated to remain aboard the Arizona. Now the National Park Service and the Navy, which jointly maintain the memorial, are in the early stages of a comprehensive study of the ship and the possibility that its oil might someday spill into Pearl Harbor, fouling the shoreline and hampering naval operations.
Name of source: Telegraph (Calcutta, India)
SOURCE: Telegraph (Calcutta, India) (2-12-07)
Birendra Singh, a history professor, has gifted Raj Bhavan [the former viceroys' mansion, built by the Marquis Wellesley in 1799-1803] a rare history book penned by Sundar Lal, 'Bharat Mein Angrezi Raj', which the British [suppressed] in 1938.
In response to an open invitation from the Raj Bhavan to gift manuscripts, documents, photographs and diaries related to the freedom struggle since 1857 for setting up a museum, Singh has handed over the book that his family had kept safe for the past 80 years...Of the 2,000 copies, printed on September 30, 1938, the police could confiscate 1,700.
The police action prompted Gandhiji to make an appeal to 'Young India' that they should face the ignominy of the search operation but refuse to hand over the book to the police.
Singh pointed out that the action of the British indicated that the history books were written at the diktat of the colonial rulers. Several events penned by historians under the British rule are still being taught in schools.