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Name of source: Independent (UK)
SOURCE: Independent (UK) (1-21-08)
Name of source: Scotsman
SOURCE: Scotsman (1-21-08)
Fiona Hyslop maintains that making history relevant to the lives of children will "create a better understanding of how Scotland came to be, where it is now and the part the nation could play in shaping the future".
In a move likely to be greeted with suspicion by Unionist parties, the Nationalist education secretary makes it clear that Scottish history will be at the heart of teaching in schools.
Writing exclusively in The Scotsman, Ms Hyslop cites research showing pupils know little about pivotal events in Scotland's history such as the Act of Union and Battle of Culloden. She adds: "This is an unacceptable situation which must be reversed."
Name of source: National Security Archive
SOURCE: National Security Archive (1-21-08)
Name of source: columbiatribune.com
SOURCE: columbiatribune.com (1-20-08)
Esper had been in the demilitarized zone covering a battle. Afterward he asked the pilot of the plane if he could hitch a ride back to Saigon. The pilot agreed, and Esper was directed to the aircraft’s freight section.
There, Esper found he and the plane’s loadmaster were the only living people in the belly of the transport.
"I was just stunned," Esper said in an interview last year. "I looked around, and I saw these scores of body bags, and I am sitting in the middle of them in a bucket seat."
Esper’s anecdote demonstrates one of the biggest differences between the combat coverage of the Vietnam War and the conflict in Iraq. Reporters in Vietnam had much greater access to the stark realities of the war and encountered fewer obstacles from the military to cover them.
It might be unfair to compare the coverage of the Iraq conflict with what many believe to be the most accessible and visible war in U.S. history. But there is no denying the American public got a more vivid picture of what was happening in Vietnam than from the level of news coverage in Iraq.
"The best way to report a story is to be there," Esper said. "And you were able to do that in Vietnam, for the most part." Esper said the "huge advantage" reporters in Vietnam had over those in Iraq was access to what was actually going on. Esper believes the military of today wants to limit press access partly because of the way the Vietnam War was reported.
Interviews conducted over the past year and a half with three AP reporters who covered the Vietnam War and seven newspaper journalists who reported from Iraq indicate journalists in Iraq faced greater physical dangers and worked with a military less willing to facilitate coverage of the conflict.
Name of source: AP
SOURCE: AP (1-21-08)
“Everyone knows - even the smallest kid knows about Martin Luther King - can say his most famous moment was that ‘I have a dream’ speech,” said Henry Louis Taylor Jr., professor of urban and regional planning at the University of Buffalo. “No one can go further than one sentence. All we know is that this guy had a dream. We don’t know what that dream was.”
King was working on anti-poverty and anti-war issues at the time of his death. He had spoken out against the Vietnam War and was in Memphis when he was killed in April 1968 in support of striking sanitation workers.
King had come a long way from the crowds who cheered him at the 1963 March on Washington, when he was introduced as “the moral leader of our nation” - and when he pronounced “I have a dream” on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
By taking on issues outside segregation, he had lost the support of many newspapers and magazines, and his relationship with the White House had suffered, said Harvard Sitkoff, a professor of history at the University of New Hampshire who has written a recently published book on King.
But it is happening to a new generation. As the war in Afghanistan plods on in its seventh year, and the war in Iraq in its fifth, a new cadre of homeless veterans is taking shape.
And with it come the questions: How is it that a nation that became so familiar with the archetypal homeless, combat-addled Vietnam veteran is now watching as more homeless veterans turn up from new wars?
What lessons have we not learned? Who is failing these people? Or is homelessness an unavoidable byproduct of war, of young men and women who devote themselves to serving their country and then see things no man or woman should?
Johnson, however, now has a window into her father's experiences, having recently inherited about 30 letters he wrote his mother while stationed in North Africa and Italy.
On Saturday, Johnson learned how to best preserve the box full of letters — written in pencil, still folded in their original envelopes — at an event organized by the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture.
But his past took center stage on Saturday, when the late Townsell received military honors at his grave site and a salute. His family also accepted the U.S. flag that was denied at his burial almost 25 years ago.
The ceremony and reception that followed attracted hundreds of people, including local and state dignitaries, a representative from the Army and a lawmaker who helped restore Townsell's name.
Townsell was one of 43 black soldiers court-martialed after an Italian prisoner was found lynched following a night of rioting at Fort Lawton in Seattle in 1944. The military court found 28 soldiers guilty of rioting over alleged resentment of Italian prisoners' living conditions on the post.
SOURCE: AP (1-18-08)
Until recently, little else remained of the island, an Inupiat Eskimo village, except for traditions, memories and artifacts scattered at museums around the nation.
Then came word from a stranger nearly 2,000 miles away who said she possessed an ancient mask a relative brought back from Alaska more than a century ago.
SOURCE: AP (1-18-08)
After months of work on more than 100 million digital images from the International Tracing Service archive in Bad Arolsen, Germany, the museum announced that it would begin answering requests from survivors and their families.
'This moment is a wonderful victory for survivors, although long overdue,' museum director Sara J. Bloomfield said Thursday in a statement. 'But the significance of ITS extends far beyond the survivor generation. With an increase in Holocaust denial and minimization, the evidence in this massive archive will serve as an authentic witness to the scope of the crimes of the Holocaust for many generations to come.'
In August, the ITS began transferring the documents to the Washington museum and two others _ Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem's outskirts, and the Institute of National Remembrance in Warsaw, Poland. The International Committee of the Red Cross administers the ITS archive.
The Washington museum will be the first of the three museums to begin answering large numbers of requests that researchers hope will help survivors and their families get long-sought answers to bitter questions. They believe even small details could prove invaluable to aging survivors.
SOURCE: AP (1-16-08)
The disclosure came minutes before midnight Tuesday under a court-ordered deadline that forced the White House to reveal information it has previously refused to provide.
Among the e-mails that could be lost are messages swapped by any White House officials involved in discussions about leaking the identity of CIA officer Valerie Plame.
SOURCE: AP (1-15-08)
The lead box — filled with religious artifacts, coins and parchments — was hidden in a hollow stone ball to mark the moment on May 14, 1791, when the building's topmost stone was laid, 218 years after construction had begun.
Workers restoring the church found the box in October, inside the stone ball base of a cross that sits atop the 200-foot southern bell tower. Researchers spent the next three months opening the airtight box and preserving its contents.
Name of source: Courier-Journal
SOURCE: Courier-Journal (1-17-08)
This week, National Park Service archaeologists are using shovels, sifters and magnetometers to search for artifacts of Lincoln's Kentucky boyhood, and, if they're lucky, the farm's Holy Grail: The missing footprint of the tiny cabin where the nation's 16th president lived from ages 2 to 7....
The dig at the Knob Creek site, roughly seven miles east of Hodgenville on U.S. 31E, is a prelude to next month's Kentucky kickoff of a sprawling, two-year national Lincoln bicentennial -- celebrating the man many consider to be the greatest leader in American history. Kentucky will play a pivotal role in that celebration, officials say....
The inaugural event happens on Feb. 12 when President Bush has been invited to deliver the keynote address at a ceremony at Lincoln's birthplace in Hodgenville. A day earlier, Louisville will be host to a gala at the Kentucky Center, with music, displays and an appearance by TV actor Sam Waterston as Lincoln.
Name of source: HNN Staff
SOURCE: HNN Staff (11-13-07)
In a single week three New York Times columnists have addressed the question of Ronald Reagan's intentions in 1980 in starting his campaign for the presidency near Philadelphia, Mississippi, the site of the notorious murders of civil rights activists, Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner and James Chaney.
First was David Brooks, the Times's sole in-house conservative columnist, in a piece titled, History and Calumny, which started with a thinly veiled allusion to fellow NYT columnist Paul Krugman's attack on Reagan in his new book, The Conscience of a Liberal.
Today, I’m going to write about a slur. It’s a distortion that’s been around for a while, but has spread like a weed over the past few months. It was concocted for partisan reasons: to flatter the prejudices of one side, to demonize the other and to simplify a complicated reality into a political nursery tale.
The distortion concerns a speech Ronald Reagan gave during the 1980 campaign in Philadelphia, Miss., which is where three civil rights workers had been murdered 16 years earlier. An increasing number of left-wing commentators assert that Reagan kicked off his 1980 presidential campaign with a states’ rights speech in Philadelphia to send a signal to white racists that he was on their side. The speech is taken as proof that the Republican majority was built on racism.
A day later came Krugman's response on his NYT blog:
So there’s a campaign on to exonerate Ronald Reagan from the charge that he deliberately made use of Nixon’s Southern strategy. When he went to Philadelphia, Mississippi, in 1980, the town where the civil rights workers had been murdered, and declared that “I believe in states’ rights,” he didn’t mean to signal support for white racists. It was all just an innocent mistake.
Indeed, you do really have to feel sorry for Reagan. He just kept making those innocent mistakes.
Then, two days later, came the response of Bob Herbert, the Times's only black columnist: Bob Herbert:
The suggestion that the Gipper didn’t know exactly what message he was telegraphing in Neshoba County in 1980 is woefully wrong-headed. Wishful thinking would be the kindest way to characterize it.
Name of source: WaPo
SOURCE: WaPo (1-21-08)
"If Dr. King could love his jailer, if he could call on the faithful who once sat where you do to forgive those who set dogs and fire hoses upon them, then surely we can look past what divides us in our time, and bind up our wounds and erase the empathy deficit that exist in our hearts," Obama said.
SOURCE: WaPo (1-18-08)
The 2005 study -- whose credibility the White House attacked this week -- identified 473 separate days in which no electronic messages were stored for one or more White House offices, said House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.).
SOURCE: WaPo (1-16-08)
Yesterday, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. would have been 79.
If he could peer across the national landscape, he would see some 125 schools named after him, at least 770 streets, the vast majority of them concentrated in the South, where he fought the hardest -- and resistance was greatest -- to change America.
If King could look out on the presidential campaign trail, he would see a woman and an African American leading the field of Democratic candidates. But over the past several days, he also would have noticed something else -- a bristling debate about leadership in the streets vs. leadership in the suites, as King's onetime lieutenant Jesse Jackson might have framed it.
Name of source: CBS News
SOURCE: CBS News (1-20-08)
For many living on Chicago's Martin Luther King Drive, the hopes of the slain civil right's leader are more like a dream, deferred, reports CBS News correspondent Michelle Miller.
Name of source: NYT Week in Review
SOURCE: NYT Week in Review (1-20-08)
But they will have a hard time topping the greatest Reagan pander of all time, delivered in the summer of 1995 by Senator Bob Dole, embarking on his quest for the 1996 Republican presidential nomination, which he won, only to be crushed in the general election by the incumbent, Bill Clinton.
“I’m willing to be another Ronald Reagan,” Mr. Dole told Republican Party officials in Philadelphia, “if that’s what you want.”
Name of source: NYT
SOURCE: NYT (1-20-08)
Sam Stovall, chief investment strategist at S.& P., studied the performance of the stock market during the last 11 recessions, as defined by the National Bureau of Economic Research, going back to 1945. He found that the S.& P. 500 fell 26 percent, on average, from the months leading up to a recession to the recession lows.
Yet Mr. Stovall’s analysis also showed that between the official starting and ending dates of those recessions, the S.& P. held relatively steady, gaining 0.1 percent, on average.
SOURCE: NYT (1-18-08)
As with many of Mr. Suharto’s victims, his killers have never been identified or brought to justice, escaping prosecution much as Mr. Suharto himself has done over the past decade.
Now, on what appears to be his deathbed, it seems Mr. Suharto will end his life — like Pol Pot in Cambodia — without having to answer for crimes on a monumental scale that include severe human rights abuses and prodigious corruption.
SOURCE: NYT (1-19-08)
When the krater, a 2,500-year-old vase, first appeared at the Met in 1972, seemingly out of nowhere, it was hailed as the acquisition of a lifetime. But the Italian government, suspecting that it had been plundered from Italian soil, soon began pressing the museum for information on its provenance.
This week the krater was finally packed up and shipped to Rome, one of 21 treasures turned over by the Met under the terms of a pathbreaking 2006 accord.
SOURCE: NYT (1-14-08)
In interviews and at a recent campaign event, they have said that Mr. Hagel, Republican of Nebraska, helped draft the resolution, which they said was proof that the measure was more about urging Saddam Hussein to comply with weapons inspections, instead of authorizing combat.
Mrs. Clinton repeated the claim Sunday during an interview on “Meet the Press,” saying “Chuck Hagel, who helped to draft the resolution, said it was not a vote for war.”
“It was a vote to use the threat of force against Saddam Hussein, who never did anything without being made to do so,” Mrs. Clinton said.
But the talking point appears to misconstrue the facts.
SOURCE: NYT (1-16-08)
“If they let me I would kiss his hand,” exclaimed a middle-aged man with a bushy black mustache. “My heart is burning.”
Almost 85 years after Ataturk formed the modern state of Turkey from the remains of the Ottoman Empire, millions of Turks still flock to the mausoleum that contains his grave here in the country’s capital. So many that 2007 was a record year for visitors, according to the Web site of the mausoleum, called Anitkabir.
SOURCE: NYT (1-18-08)
Before demolition, state historians called in to survey the site discovered the significance of what had been a forgotten space used for storage. The space, a dungeon, was the original San Quentin and is believed to be the oldest surviving building constructed by the state.
The now-moldering cloister will be preserved because of its importance, while demolition proceeds above it. It was completed by prisoners in 1854, four years after statehood. “It was the state’s first public work, before the Capitol building, the roadways, the public colleges and universities,” Dr. Starr said. “Its preservation is not trivial. Like the catacombs in Rome, it’s where people suffered.”
SOURCE: NYT (1-17-08)
By Tuesday afternoon, a group calling itself Vietnam Veterans Against McCain had sent out a crude flier accusing the candidate of selling out fellow P.O.W.’s to save himself.
By Tuesday evening, a group called Common Sense Issues, which supports Mike Huckabee, had begun making what it said were a million automated calls to households in South Carolina telling voters, according to one of the calls, that Mr. McCain “has voted to use unborn babies in medical research.” (The campaign of Mr. Huckabee, a former governor of Arkansas, said it had no connection to the group and had asked it to stop the calls.)
SOURCE: NYT (1-16-08)
Name of source: Time
SOURCE: Time (1-18-08)
SOURCE: Time (1-18-08)
Name of source: Newsletter of the New York American Revolution Round Table
SOURCE: Newsletter of the New York American Revolution Round Table (1-16-08)
Name of source: Seattle Times
SOURCE: Seattle Times (1-18-08)
Proposed new rules likely would preclude the examination of remains such as the 9,300-year-old Kennewick Man, found on federal land along the Columbia River in 1996. Tribes no longer would have to prove a connection to the remains beyond the coincidence the remains were found on their ancestral lands, despite prolific evidence of the widespread migration of early people. The new rules clearly attempt to subvert the 2002 federal court ruling that unequivocally gave prominent scientists the right to study the remains and rejected faith-based claims of Columbia Basin tribes that Kennewick Man was their direct ancestor.
Name of source: Washington Times
SOURCE: Washington Times (1-18-08)
The display of military hardware, the first of its kind since 1990, will be held May 9, the day Russians mark the victory over Germany in World War II, and could coincide with the inauguration of Dmitry Medvedev, close aide to outgoing President Vladimir Putin, as Russia's new leader.
Similar displays, typically held May 1, were a high point of the old Soviet calendar, with leaders such as Josef Stalin and other top Communist Party figures perched on the reviewing stand above Lenin's Tomb to witness the country's military prowess and send a message to the Soviet Union's Cold War adversaries.
SOURCE: Washington Times (1-17-08)
German authorities appear to have given up trying to bring the former Nazis to justice, while Austria has become "a paradise for war criminals," said Efraim Zuroff, director of the Israel-based Simon Wiesenthal Center.
"In Germany, they are treating these cases as if they have all the time in the world to reach a verdict and that's simply not the case," said Mr. Zuroff, who heads the Wiesenthal Center's Operation Last Chance pursuit of the war criminals, most of whom are now in their 90s.
Name of source: CNN
SOURCE: CNN (1-17-08)
The Iowa caucus winner weighed in Thursday on the state's perennial debate over displaying the Confederate flag, expressing sympathy with those who believe the rebel banner should be flown. The flag is also considered by many to be a symbol of slavery.
"You don't like people from outside the state telling you what to do with your flag," he told an audience in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. "In fact, if somebody came to Arkansas and told us what to do with our flag, we'd tell them where to put the pole."
But later in the day at another campaign stop in Columbia, South Carolina, Huckabee said the flag matter "has no business from the president of the United States."
SOURCE: CNN (1-16-08)
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Name of source: Spero News
SOURCE: Spero News (1-18-08)
Last year, James Cameron declared that it had been determined "beyond any reasonable doubt" that the tomb of Jesus and his family had been found. His comment was absurd then, and it looks even more enfeebled now following the Charlesworth conference.
Charlesworth, while conceding the unexceptional - there is no unqualified empirical evidence that would settle the issue altogether - questions why, if this really were Jesus' ossuary, would the followers of the person they believed was the Son of God leave an inscription of Jesus' name that was merely "graffiti, just scratching"? Why, questions Charlesworth, was there "no ornamentation"? And why would the followers of the Son of God choose such a "lousy" looking tomb?
Name of source: LiveScience
SOURCE: LiveScience (1-17-08)
The mouse brain is thought to be analogous to the human brain in this study, which could shed light on our fascination with brutal sports as well as our own penchant for the classic bar brawl.
In fact, the researcher say, humans seem to crave violence just like they do sex, food or drugs.
Name of source: Scoop
SOURCE: Scoop (1-17-08)
Commissioner Broad and General Gardiner said the reward of $300,000 is being offered through the generosity of Lord Michael Ashcroft, the owner of the largest collection of Victoria Crosses, and a New Zealand businessman who wishes to remain anonymous.
Name of source: Cutting Edge
SOURCE: Cutting Edge (1-17-08)
The new program “begins right now,” said Arthur Berger, USHMM director of external communications in a Museum corridor just moments after a closed-door briefing with survivors, details of which were provided first to The Cutting Edge News. The “individualized research” will probe a triad of major archival collections. These include some 46 million documents derived from several countries now in the existing USHMM collections, plus the first central names index and related documentation just transferred from the International Tracing Service at Bad Arolsen, and finally the bulk of 35 million Bad Arolsen files scheduled to be transferred between 2010 and 2011.
The important feature of individualized “give and take” with survivors will be a hallmark of the new program. About two dozen polyglot researchers have already been trained by the USHMM to undertake the sensitive searches. Each search is roughly guesstimated to take six to eights weeks, and will include providing the survivor with gratis physical copies of the discovered documents.
Name of source: Globe and Mail (Canada)
SOURCE: Globe and Mail (Canada) (1-18-08)
Despite high hopes and heavy lobbying, Pope Benedict XVI yesterday declined an invitation to celebrate mass at a major religious gathering in Quebec City in June. Organizers were counting on the pontiff's presence to boost attendance at the International Eucharistic Congress and to draw world attention to Quebec City's anniversary party.
Cardinal Marc Ouellet, the Roman Catholic archbishop of Quebec, said the Vatican cited a busy schedule and health concerns for backing down.
The international visibility was already hampered by the fact the federal government did not invite Queen Elizabeth II to attend. A similar 400th-anniversary celebration last summer in Jamestown, Va., made global headlines once the Queen arrived.
Name of source: The Trail: WaPo Blog
SOURCE: The Trail: WaPo Blog (1-17-08)
Sen. Barack Obama opened the door when he said the following in an interview with the Reno Gazette-Journal:
"I don't want to present myself as some sort of singular figure. I think part of what's different are the times...I think Ronald Reagan changed the trajectory of America in a way that Richard Nixon did not and in a way that Bill Clinton did not. He put us on a fundamentally different path because the country was ready for it. I think they felt like with all the excesses of the 1960s and 1970s and government had grown and grown but there wasn't much sense of accountability in terms of how it was operating. I think people, he just tapped into what people were already feeling, which was we want clarity we want optimism, we want a return to that sense of dynamism and entrepreneurship that had been missing."
Ronald REAGAN? The Democrats' mortal enemy, that smiling, supposedly simple-minded actor who expanded the Republican party by wooing all those white, working-class voters?
Name of source: ROGERS CADENHEAD at the website watchingthewatchers.org
SOURCE: ROGERS CADENHEAD at the website watchingthewatchers.org (1-17-08)
Six weeks later, I registered Drudge.Com. It's hard to believe that Matt Drudge remains one of the most important journalists in the U.S., 10 years after he nabbed somebody else's scoop. I wish someone had told me, when I was enrolling in journalism school, that the road to becoming my generation's Edward R. Murrow passed through the CBS gift shop.
Name of source: Chronicle of Higher Ed
SOURCE: Chronicle of Higher Ed (1-16-08)
After some 50 students at the University of Rome La Sapienza briefly occupied the rector’s office today to protest the pope’s scheduled appearance at the university, the Vatican announced that Benedict would not be coming after all.
“Following the widely noted vicissitudes of recent days … it was considered opportune to postpone the event,” the Vatican said in a statement quoted by the Italian news agency ANSA. The statement added that the pope would send the text of the speech that he had planned to deliver in person.
The pope had been scheduled to address a gathering of faculty members and students this Thursday at ceremonies marking the opening of the university’s academic year.
But over the weekend, a group of more than 60 La Sapienza faculty members wrote to the university’s rector objecting to Benedict’s presence, citing words from a 1990 lecture in which he seemed to justify the Vatican’s condemnation of the astronomer Galileo Galilei in the 17th century.
Name of source: Scott McLemee at the website of Inside Higher Ed
SOURCE: Scott McLemee at the website of Inside Higher Ed (1-16-08)
In her examination of press coverage between 1872 and 2004, [Erika Falk, author of the newly published book, Women for President: Media Bias in Eight Campaigns] finds that this pattern – what she calls “the novelty frame” – has recurred time and again. The important exception, it seems, was the one time when it was literally true. While reporters were amused and/or appalled by Victoria Woodhull, they evidently never took her bid seriously enough to consider it a real campaign.
Each subsequent woman running for president, however, has been portrayed as an anomaly — someone making an experiment untried ever before. And so when Margaret Chase Smith sought the Republican nomination in 1964, a newspaper columnist wrote that she enjoyed “the distinction of having been the first woman in the country to bid for [the presidential] office.” (Actually she was at least the third.) Eight years later, Shirley Chisholm became, as another reporter put it, “the first black woman to seek a major-party nomination.”
In 1987, when Pat Schroeder began her campaign, commentators had to stretch a bit: “If Schroeder gets into the race,” went one account, “she will be the first woman to seek a major party presidential campaign since 1972.” And now, a two decades later, it seems that Hillary Clinton, too, is boldly going where only men have gone before.
Name of source: Guardian
SOURCE: Guardian (1-17-08)
It is understood £3m will be made available between the 360 veterans who claim they were tricked into becoming "human guinea pigs" for nerve gas experiments.
The ex-servicemen say they were duped into thinking the trials only involved cold remedy tests at the military research centre in Salisbury, Wiltshire.
But results of toxicology tests later revealed exposure to nerve agents and hallucinogenic chemicals, causing memory loss, flashbacks and lethargy....
Veterans claim they were duped into taking part in secret cold-war trials on the effects of sarin, which killed 12 people when it was released on the Tokyo underground in 1995 by members of a religious cult.
Name of source: Reuters
SOURCE: Reuters (1-17-08)
Publication of the obituary of Zhang Lichang, the former party boss of the port city of Tianjin, in The People's Daily, the party's official paper, coincided with the third death anniversary of Zhao Ziyang.
Zhao was toppled as national party chief in 1989 for opposing a decision by Deng Xiaoping, then paramount leader, to send in troops to crush the student-led pro-democracy protests.
Hundreds, perhaps thousands, were killed.
Name of source: China Daily
SOURCE: China Daily (1-16-08)
"It is reckoned as the oldest ever excavated in the country," said Xu Changqing, chief of the excavation team.
Name of source: LAT
SOURCE: LAT (1-16-08)
For generations, their sacrifices have been considered legend, a Chinese version of America's Valley Forge, where sheer grit and dedication drove a young revolutionary army to overcome unthinkable odds and help give birth to a nation.
An integral chapter of Mao's legacy, the plot line has rarely been questioned by older Chinese. Today, however, younger Chinese increasingly view march veterans as willing puppets of the Communist propaganda machine.
"I know people like my father have been used to further the government agenda," said Tu's 50-year-old son, Mike Tu, who lives in Ohio. "It hurts. I think it diminishes the great sacrifices these people made."
Name of source: Jerusalem Post
SOURCE: Jerusalem Post (1-15-08)
Jewish organizations have been trying for years to underline the similarities between the plight of Jewish and Arab refugees, and this was a clear indication that the narrative has begun to seep into US administration thinking.
According to the official,"One of the points that came up in this [Bush's] discussion was the number of Jewish refugees that were created in this period after 1948. The president is very conscious that the Jewish refugees came to the Jewish state, and I think that's a parallel situation."
The official said,"A lot of the people now in Israel were refugees, they were one way or another made to feel unwelcome in the countries around the region. A lot of them lost property, and in some cases - in Iraq for example - they very narrowly escaped."
Name of source: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/226/story/24816.html
SOURCE: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/226/story/24816.html (1-16-08)
The sprawling Gothic Revival cottage, likely to be Washington's next niche tourist attraction, lies only three miles north of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. But it's 300 feet higher than the swamp-level White House, hence is breezier and as much as 7 degrees cooler, according to Frank Milligan, the director of the President Lincoln's Cottage Project.
That might have been enough for Lincoln, who, between 1862 and his death in 1865, commuted 45 minutes each way daily by horse or carriage from June well into fall to escape the various forms of pestilence in the Civil War capital and to read, think and relax.
Despite a seven-year restoration by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Lincoln's cottage is like many summer houses: It doesn't look like much.
The exterior is pale brown stucco with green shutters and dark brown trim with modest scrollwork, more grand Ohio farmhouse than mansion. Inside, it has 12-foot ceilings and public rooms with good bones. If it has 34 rooms, as Milligan and National Trust President Richard Moe say, most are closed-off servants' warrens in the eaves.