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Name of source: John Taylor at the New Nixon (blog)
SOURCE: John Taylor at the New Nixon (blog) (2-29-08)
News comesthat Conrad Black will have to surrender himself within the next few days to serve a sentence for his fraud and obstruction of justice conviction. Friends expect him to keep his head held high throughout. Celebrated for a magisterial biography of FDR, he is also receiving high marks for his new RN biography, which Publishers Weekly called “superb.” (A review is just out in The National Interest.) But can you judge a book by both its covers? When it came out last year in Canada, it showed a smiling Mr. Nixon and bore a title, The Invincible Quest, in keeping with its theme. PublicAffairs, the U.S. publisher, chose the glowering picture from Stanley Kutler’s book of Watergate tapes, Abuse of Power and the odd title A Life in Full.
Name of source: NYT
SOURCE: NYT (2-29-08)
“Now, every weekday, 50,000 people come to work in 12 million square feet of office, hotel and commercial space in the seven buildings in this city within a city,” says the seven-foot-high Heritage Trails New York sign at Church and Cortlandt Streets, opposite ground zero.
“As many as 10,000 visitors in a single day ride the non-stop express elevators — from the lobby to the 107th floor in 82 seconds — to take in the spectacular views of the city and its surroundings,” the sign continues. Of course, there is no such skyscraping vantage today. No trade center buildings can be seen (although their replacements are taking concrete form below ground). While the site swarms with workers, they do not number 50,000. And they do not wear business suits.
The Alliance for Downtown New York, which maintains the 11-year-old Heritage Trails markers, has deliberately left this one untouched since 9/11 as an authentic — and poignant — remembrance of the trade center’s astonishing vitality.
But in recent days, the sign has been imperiled by construction crews working on the Fulton Street Transit Center. Wood framing from sturdy sidewalk fences now butts into the sign and has even caused some minor damage.
Valerie Lewis, a senior vice president of the Downtown Alliance, said the sign would be removed as quickly as possible, before more harm was done. It will be donated to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center, which is now under construction.
SOURCE: NYT (2-29-08)
The Democrat, Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri, introduced legislation that would declare that any child born abroad to citizens serving in the United States military would meet the constitutional requirement that anyone serving as president be a “natural born” citizen.
“In America, so many parents say to their young children, ‘If you work hard and you play by the rules, in America someday you can be president of the United States,’ ” said Ms. McCaskill, a supporter of the presidential bid of Senator Barack Obama, Democrat of Illinois. “Our brave and respected military should never have to spend a minute worrying whether or not that saying is true for their child.”
SOURCE: NYT (2-28-08)
Nationwide, the prison population grew by 25,000 last year, bringing it to almost 1.6 million. Another 723,000 people are in local jails. The number of American adults is about 230 million, meaning that one in every 99.1 adults is behind bars.
SOURCE: NYT (2-28-08)
Mr. McCain’s likely nomination as the Republican candidate for president and the happenstance of his birth in the Panama Canal Zone in 1936 are reviving a musty debate that has surfaced periodically since the founders first set quill to parchment and declared that only a “natural-born citizen” can hold the nation’s highest office.
Almost since those words were written in 1787 with scant explanation, their precise meaning has been the stuff of confusion, law school review articles, whisper campaigns and civics class debates over whether only those delivered on American soil can be truly natural born. To date, no American to take the presidential oath has had an official birthplace outside the 50 states....
Mr. McCain is not the first person to find himself in these circumstances. The last Arizona Republican to be a presidential nominee, Barry Goldwater, faced the issue. He was born in the Arizona territory in 1909, three years before it became a state. But Goldwater did not win, and the view at the time was that since he was born in a continental territory that later became a state, he probably met the standard.
It also surfaced in the 1968 candidacy of George Romney, who was born in Mexico, but again was not tested. The former Connecticut politician Lowell P. Weicker Jr., born in Paris, sought a legal analysis when considering the presidency, an aide said, and was assured he was eligible. Franklin D. Roosevelt Jr. was once viewed as a potential successor to his father, but was seen by some as ineligible since he had been born on Campobello Island in Canada. The 21st president, Chester A. Arthur, whose birthplace is Vermont, was rumored to have actually been born in Canada, prompting some to question his eligibility.
SOURCE: NYT (2-27-08)
Yet, when Professor Popkin opened his e-mail that day, he was informed that his class did not exist. “This week, the University of Kentucky removed the Holocaust from its school curriculum,” the message stated, “because it offended the Muslim population, which claims it never occurred.” All faculty members’ e-mail addresses from the history department were listed among the message’s recipients.
Over the past year, faculty members and administrators at the university’s main campus in Lexington have collectively received thousands of e-mail messages like this one, repeating the same baseless accusation — that pressure from Muslims had led the university to drop its Holocaust course. Like many who have sent these messages, the writer added her own preface to the one that appeared in Professor Popkin’s mailbox, writing in part: “I cannot see how you faculty can go to work each day and face a generation of young adults that will be lied to even more than my generation. What next? Are we going to rewrite the facts of 9/11 so that they fit the Middle Eastern beliefs? This is simply shameful, and I am disgusted by it.”...
“Initially, you get a couple of e-mails that on the face of it are ludicrous,” said Jay Blanton, executive director of public relations and marketing for the university. “We thought, surely people aren’t going to take this preposterous rumor seriously. And then you see it doesn’t die, it persists.”
SOURCE: NYT (2-26-08)
The results of the survey, released Tuesday, demonstrate that a significant proportion of American teenagers live in “stunning ignorance” of history and literature, according to the group that commissioned it. Known as Common Core, the organization describes itself as a new, nonpartisan research and advocacy organization that will press for more teaching of the liberal arts in American public schools.
The group argues that President Bush’s No Child Left Behind law has impoverished America’s public school curriculum by holding schools accountable for student scores on annual tests in reading and math but in no other subjects.
Politically, the group’s leaders are strange bedfellows. Its founding board includes Antonia Cortese, the executive vice president of the American Federation of Teachers, the union that is a powerful force in the Democratic Party, and Diane Ravitch, an education professor at New York University who was assistant secretary of education under George H.W. Bush. Its executive director is Lynne Munson, a former deputy chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities and former special assistant to Vice President Dick Cheney’s wife, Lynne.
HNN Hot Topics: Low History IQ
Name of source: Romenesko (media column)
SOURCE: Romenesko (media column) (2-29-08)
SOURCE: Romenesko (media column) (2-29-08)
Name of source: National Security Archive
SOURCE: National Security Archive (2-29-08)
Remarkably, these new releases censor a half dozen large sections of text that The New York Times printed on March 8, 1992, as well as a number of phrases that were officially published in January 1993 when Cheney released the public version of the guidance. "On close inspection none of those deleted passages actually meet the standards for classification because embarrassment is not a legal basis for secrecy," remarked Tom Blanton, director of the Archive. The language that the Times publicized can be seen side-by-side with the relevant portions of the February 18, 1992 draft that was the subject of the leak.
Public debate over the leaked Guidance--Sen. Joseph Biden (D-De) criticized it as "Pax Americana" thinking--led Libby and Undersecretary for Policy Paul Wolfowitz to tone down the draft to avoid controversial language. Nevertheless, the "Regional Defense Strategy" that was published under Cheney's name in January 1993 used different wording to affirm the same policies and the same purpose: to "preclude any hostile power from dominating a region critical to our interests."
In response to the Archive's original mandatory review request, the Department of Defense exempted from declassification all of the documents on the grounds that they were "pre-decisional" in nature. On appeal of the denials, the Archive sent copies of The New York Times coverage of the leaked DPG, including the extensive excerpts from the February 18, 1992 draft. The appeal was successful because the Defense Department released considerable material on the Guidance; nevertheless, Pentagon officials blacked out much of the information that the Times had already published. The documents are now before the Interagency Security Classification Appeals Panel (ISCAP) for a final declassification review.
Visit the Web site of the National Security Archive for more information about today's posting.
SOURCE: National Security Archive (2-26-08)
with the Committee.
"The White House's witnesses disclaimed knowledge and responsibility for the e-mail problem. The NARA witnesses said that they are waiting for the White House to take action. But no one is doing anything and time is running out," commented Meredith Fuchs, General Counsel to the National Security Archive.
Excerpts of records released by the Committee during the hearing included a letter from Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein to White House Counsel Fred Fielding, dated May 1, 2007, stating that it is "essential that the White House move with the utmost dispatch . . . in taking whatever action may be necessary to restore any missing e-mails." The records of the George W. Bush presidency will be transferred to NARA in January 2009, just eleven months from now. But an internal NARA memorandum from September 5, 2007, stated that "zero progress" had been made in planning for the transition and that NARA "still know[s] virtually nothing about the status of the alleged missing White House e-mails."
Ms. Payton refused to provide an estimate of when her office will complete both the analysis of whether e-mails are missing and any necessary recovery effort, and specifically acknowledged that such recovery may not be completed in time for the White House transition. She stated only that White House staff are currently carrying out phase one of a three-phased process to identify missing e-mails and implement necessary restoration efforts, and that preliminary findings showed a reduction in the number of days with no EOP e-mails preserved from 473 (identified in 2005 OA analysis) to 202.
In a declaration submitted on January 15 in a lawsuit brought by the National Security Archive against the Executive Office of the President, Ms. Payton stated that the White House began saving its backup tapes in October 2003 in response to concerns about its e-mail archiving system, but that the tapes had previously been recycled regularly. Ms. Payton testified that the disaster recovery backups present only a snapshot of the applications and data on the systems at the time of the backup. Her testimony and the declaration recognize that the backups may not be complete.
"In addition, we are still worried about the e-mails that are missing from before October 2003. No one said anything about those e-mails today," noted Meredith Fuchs.
Name of source: New Republic
SOURCE: New Republic (2-29-08)
But in the lead-up to the 1976 presidential nominations, conservative Democrats were concerned that the liberal faction was better organized--and that this would hurt the presidential aspirations of one of their own, then-senator Lloyd Bentsen. They made a forceful push for a primary, which they believed would give an edge to the more popular candidate, instead of the one with the best organization. Unable to roll the liberal wing of the party, the conservatives eventually settled on a compromise, where two-thirds of the pledged delegates (126 total) are decided by primary, and the remaining one-third (67) are decided in caucus. (Bentsen lost to Jimmy Carter anyway.)
The Texas Democratic primary is the only one that allocates delegates by state senate district. (Most use congressional districts). The number of delegates for each of the 31 districts is not apportioned strictly by population; instead, each gets a number of delegates based on past loyalty to Democratic candidates. This year, a district's delegate count is weighted by the percentage of support Chris Bell and John Kerry received in the 2006 gubernatorial and 2004 presidential elections....
Because caucus-goers pledge their support to a specific candidate when they sign in, the Texas caucus functions like a secondary primary. One has to have voted in the primary to participate in the caucus. (As Bill Clinton put it,"[Texas] is the only place in one election that you can vote twice without going to jail.")
It is difficult to predict how many Texans will participate in this stage of the vote. Historically, Texas Democratic caucuses have had abysmal turnouts. This year, however, the caucus will play a key role determining the presidential nominee, and both nominees are actively stressing the importance of caucusing to their supporters. A record turnout is expected.
There are three phases to the caucus: the precinct caucus, which starts 15 minutes after the primaries close; the county convention caucus, held on March 29; and the state convention caucus from June 5-7. But the different stages are mostly a formality; precincts have been told to phone in their election results on the night of March 4, so we should have a good feeling for how many delegates each candidate will receive by Wednesday morning.
Name of source: AFP
SOURCE: AFP (2-27-08)
The fossil was discovered in the Chadian desert in 2001 and an intense debate ensued over whether the nearly complete cranium, pieces of jawbone and teeth belonged to one of our earliest ancestors.
Critics said that Toumai's cranium was too squashed to be that of a hominid -- it did not have the brain capacity that gives humans primacy -- and its small size indicated a creature of no more than 120 centimetres (four feet) in height, about the size of a walking chimp.
In short, they said, Toumai had no right to be baptised with French researcher Michel Brunet's hominid honorific of Sahelanthropus tchadensis -- he was simply a vulgar ape.
Toumai's supporters used 3D computer reconstructions to show that the structure of the cranium had clear differences from those of gorillas and chimps and indicates that Toumai was able to walk upright on two feet, something our primate cousins cannot do with ease.
If Toumai is truly an early human, that means that the evolutionary split between apes and humans occurred far earlier than previously thought.
Name of source: http://www.journal-news.net
SOURCE: http://www.journal-news.net (2-3-08)
On the evening of Oct. 16, 1859, Brown led a group of abolitionists on a six-mile march from the Kennedy Farm in Washington County, Md., across the railroad bridge into Harpers Ferry and seized control of the town in order to steal weapons from the old federal armory so they could be used in the cause against slavery. But because a passing train reached Frederick, Md., a telegram notifying the army of the attack enabled soldiers to respond before Brown could accomplish his goal. He was later hanged in Charles Town for his attack.
“The most important historical event that has ever occurred in Jefferson County and in Harpers Ferry was the John Brown raid,” said Bob DuBose, a former member of the Harpers Ferry Town Council and current board member of the Historic Town Foundation. Most historians believe the raid and reactions to it galvanized the nation and helped spark the Civil War.
Name of source: http://www.newkerala.com
SOURCE: http://www.newkerala.com (2-26-08)
Uppsala University archeologist Annika Larsson has suggested that the ancient Vikings enjoyed wearing vivid colors, flowing silk ribbons and glittering bits of mirrors, with the men being especially vain, and the women dressed provocatively.
"They combined oriental features with Nordic styles. Their clothing was designed to be shown off indoors around the fire," Larsson said.
Name of source: Toledo Blade
SOURCE: Toledo Blade (2-27-08)
And perhaps for decades it's been upside down, the result of careless moving around that no one noticed for 60 or so years until an amateur archaeologist from Columbus discovered it last year.
Jim Murphy, a retired Ohio State University librarian who has a master of science degree in geology from Case Western Reserve University, insists the rock, which has gone through a strange odyssey over the years, is upside down. He's sure of it. "It's obviously upside down and ought to be right-side-up," he said.
Name of source: Philadelphia Daily News
SOURCE: Philadelphia Daily News (6-28-08)
A Philadelphia group helped to make sure of that yesterday outside the Liberty Bell Center, at 6th and Market streets, by honoring Judge in a ceremony that included a City Council citation and a proclamation from Mayor Nutter.
A so-called Slave House memorial is planned to be built within a few feet of the Liberty Bell Center. The lead architect, Emmanuel Kelly, and Cynthia MacLeod, superintendent of the National Park Service, both attended yesterday's ceremony....
"At this site, 6th and Market, George Washington, the father of this country, the first president of the United States, owned black human beings as slaves in America's first White House," said Michael Coard, founder of Avenging the Ancestors Coalition.
Coard, a lawyer, said that the public was aware that Washington had owned 316 slaves at his Mount Vernon, Va., plantation, but that "the black community was absolutely shocked that the president of the United States would hold black human beings as slaves at America's first White House.
"That was outrageous."
Judge was one of nine slaves kept by Washington and his wife in Philadelphia. When Judge discovered that Martha Washington was going to give Judge to her eldest granddaughter as a wedding present, Judge, with the help of the generally free blacks living in Philadelphia, fled to New Hampshire. There, she married and had children. She died Feb. 25, 1848.
Name of source: Independent (UK)
SOURCE: Independent (UK) (2-28-08)
The chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission accused Mr Obama of "ruthless cynicism" and said he would not be "the harbinger of a post-racial America" if he becomes the country's first black president.
Mr Phillips' surprise attack on the favourite to win the Democratic Party nomination comes in an article for Prospect magazine published today. Mr Phillips dismissed attempts by the Obama camp to hail their man as a "new JFK", predicting he could emulate the "charm, skill and ruthless cynicism" of Bill Clinton.
Mr Phillips believed there were two types of influential black figures in America, both of whom keep race at the heart of US life -- "challengers", whose ambitions are limited to winning piecemeal concessions for blacks, and "bargainers", who do not make an issue of "white racism" if whites do not play the race card against them. He described Mr Obama as a "natural bargainer".
"In truth, Obama may be helping to postpone the arrival of a post-racial America and I think he knows it," Mr Phillips wrote. "If he wins, the cynicism may be worth it to him and his party. In the end he is a politician and a very good one: his job is to win elections." He backed the argument of Shelby Steele, who said in his biography of Mr Obama: "If he fulfils the hopes of whites, he must disappoint blacks – and vice versa."
Name of source: Telegraph (UK)
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (2-28-08)
Some Christians claim there is a lack of "missing link" fossils, halfway between two major groups of creatures.
They say this proves Charles Darwin's theory of evolution is a fallacy and that God created each living species from nothing.
But, in an essay published in the magazine New Scientist today, geologist Donald Prothero claims that reports of "huge gaps" in the fossil records have been greatly exaggerated.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (2-29-08)
Helen Duncan spent nine months in Holloway prison after being convicted at a trial in 1944.
Her conviction followed a seance at which the spirit of a dead sailor was said to have disclosed the loss of the battleship HMS Barham with most of her crew.
The sinking had been kept secret by the authorities to maintain wartime morale, and was not disclosed for several months.
A petition to the Westminster Government last year failed to secure a pardon, and the new petition urges the Scottish Government to urge the Home Secretary to reconsider the case.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (2-27-08)
The project is aimed at allowing millions of Muslims to re-evaluate their religious obligations in the light of modern ways of living.
The sayings of the Hadith hold the key for Muslims worldwide to interpret the Koran. Sharia or Islamic law is also rooted in the Hadith.
Name of source: AP
SOURCE: AP (2-7-08)
They're accused of jumping over a waist-high fence during the November 11 weekend and painting the hands and faces of four granite soldiers black.
The vandals also wrote "N.T. 11 11 31" in black paint on the monument's base. That's thought to be a reference to the date rebellious slave Nat Turner was hanged in 1831.
SOURCE: AP (2-25-08)
Officials want park rangers to begin maintenance at the properties right away.
The property transferred was provided for by Congress in December in the appropriations bill for the U.S. Department of the Interior.
SOURCE: AP (2-26-08)
One of the first ships to emerge from the sands was recently identified as the George L. Olson, which ran aground at Coos Bay's North Jetty on June 23, 1944.
The shipwreck has become a tourist attraction on the southern Oregon coast. Interest became so great that authorities had to reroute traffic around the ship and post signs warning visitors to leave it alone because it is now an archaeological site.
Name of source: USA Today
SOURCE: USA Today (2-26-08)
Rep. Donald Brown, a Republican from the Panhandle, introduced HB 1007 last week. It directs state officials to develop and issue tags that "contain an emblem or logo of Florida's historic Confederate flags and facsimiles of the buttons issued to Florida Confederate units."
The $25 surcharge for these "Confederate Heritage" tags would fund educational and historical programs offered by Sons of Confederate Veterans. A spokesman for the group tells our corporate cousins at the Tallahassee Democrat that they have 30,000 people who are ready to buy the tags if they're approved.
Name of source: http://www.newschannel9.com
SOURCE: http://www.newschannel9.com (2-15-08)
And now one Georgia organization is threatening to sue. They want the Ringgold City Council to hang the confederate flag at the historic Ringgold Depot by the middle of next week.
Back in 2005 the Ringgold City Council decided to remove the confederate flag from the Depot - now that's where many soldiers departed from to heard to the civil war. But three years after the council removed the flag, the Sons of Confederate Veterans say return the flag or else.
Name of source: Al Jazeera
SOURCE: Al Jazeera (2-26-08)
Colom ordered the release on Monday during ceremonies held to mark the conflict, which left around 200,000 people dead or "disappeared" from 1960 to 1996.
"We are going to make public all military archives ... so the truth can be known, and so that once and for all we can build on truth and justice," Colom said.
The move was praised by victims' families, who had urged the move to find clues as to the whereabouts of relatives.
The documents will be reviewed by a panel which will decide which papers should be declassified under a constitutional requirement that state material be made public automatically unless their release compromises national security.
Name of source: NPR
SOURCE: NPR (2-28-08)
Name of source: CNN
SOURCE: CNN (2-27-08)
In its fifth year, one of Great Hopes' most telling features is this working, living plantation's proximity to the most opulent icon of Colonial Williamsburg, the Governor's Palace.
Trees and a large berm help hide from view the Duke of Gloucester Street's well-to-do homes and the palace's clippered formal gardens. They're actually just a good stone's throw from the rambling, dusty expanse of this "middling" estate's endless labor.
Name of source: Chicago Tribune
SOURCE: Chicago Tribune (2-28-08)
So he has set out on a mission to get the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to provide headstones for the more than 3,000 blacks in South Carolina who served in what was called the U.S. Colored Troops. In recent months, he has received about 100 markers from the department, including one for his great-great grandfather, Caesar Kirk-Jones, who died in 1903 at age 74.
'History has been rewritten when it comes to the legacy of the Colored Troops,' said Wright, a historian who founded the Sankofa Restoration Project. 'They had more at stake than anyone else and they turned around the destiny of this country.'
Wright has spent 25 years researching the histories of the men buried at Talbird Cemetery as well as more than 1,000 other black Civil War soldiers at some 100 similar small cemeteries in Beaufort County, S.C. Wright is also trying to get new headstones for several of the 1,000 soldiers in Beaufort National Cemetery whose markers are inaccurate or damaged.
For the descendants, to have relatives who died fighting in a war that ended slavery is an honor they speak of with pride.
Name of source: Deborah Lipstadt at her blog
SOURCE: Deborah Lipstadt at her blog (2-28-08)
The European press is full of stories about this as are various American blogs.
Turns out she is not even Jewish. Wilkomirskiredux. People like this are beneath contempt.
This woman must really be a true lowlife since she sued her American publisher for not having done enough to make her book a bestseller. She won a $33 million settlement. When have publishers ever done enough???
Here's her publisher's side of the story.
Name of source: http://www.theartnewspaper.com
SOURCE: http://www.theartnewspaper.com (2-26-08)
Basra-based Major Tom Holloway told us that the plan is to help at “iconic cultural locations”, and to leave a positive “legacy” after the withdrawal of British forces. The proposal is at an early stage, and is expected to be announced in May.
Initially, a small team might go out to Basra for a week or two, staying at an Army base and making day trips to the sites, accompanied by guards.
Once it is determined what is needed to repair damage to sites and ensure their protection, the Army plans to use its contacts with Iraqi private contractors to undertake the necessary work...
Name of source: Michael Crowley in the New Republic
SOURCE: Michael Crowley in the New Republic (3-12-08)
Yet, far from railing at Obama's rise, Duke seems almost nonchalant about it. Self-described white nationalists like himself, he explained cordially, "don't see much difference in Barack Obama than Hillary Clinton--or, for that matter, John McCain." ...
After Obama won the Iowa caucuses last month, Mark Potok, a researcher at the Southern Poverty Law Center, decided to survey the latest writings of the major right-wing hate groups he regularly monitors. How would America's vilest race-mongers respond to a black candidate's victory in a white Midwestern state? Again, the response was counterintuitive. "It was extremely weak," Potok says. "You could find people saying nasty words about Obama, but it wasn't red-hot at all."
That has remained the case even as Obama has become the front-runner. On several websites, forums, and online journals that promote the view of white superiority over blacks--the types of outlets that rejoiced over Hurricane Katrina and the destruction of the Lower Ninth Ward--there is precious little discussion of Obama's campaign. The day after Obama's blowout win in Wisconsin, for instance, the home page of the poisonous Vanguard News Network featured stories on Serbian nationalism, home schooling, Holocaust-denial, and Pat Buchanan--yet nothing about Obama. It turns out that, although the white right certainly has no love for Obama, its hatred of him is muted--and directed less at Obama himself than at other nefarious forces behind him.
Name of source: Inside Higher Ed
SOURCE: Inside Higher Ed (2-28-08)
Similarly, Hillary Clinton’s Wellesley College senior thesis “has been speculated about, spun, analyzed, debated, criticized and defended,” as MSNBC wrote in May. Inaccessible during Bill Clinton’s presidency, “the writings of a 21-year-old college senior, examining the tactics of radical community organizer Saul D. Alinsky, have gained mythic status among her critics — a ‘Rosetta Stone,’ in the words of one, that would allow readers to decode the thinking of the former first lady and 2008 presidential candidate.”
And so a document showcasing a college senior’s intellectual and analytical abilities, typically banished to a dusty library corner or box beneath the bed — in some cases public by default but in actuality unexamined — becomes a commodity of sorts, a clue to who a person is and was.
Name of source: The Horse's Mouth (blog)
SOURCE: The Horse's Mouth (blog) (2-28-08)
You see, in Fox's telling, now Ayers is Obama's "mentor" and he and fellow Weather Underground member Bernadine Dohrn were "principals" on his first campaign for state senate. Also note how Batchelor slyly slips in the reference to September 11th, an obvious effort to connect the bombing by Obama's "mentor" to the terrorism that brought down the towers....
This has been looked into pretty exhaustively, and what's been reported thus far is that Obama met with Ayers and Dohrn in 1995; Obama served with Ayers on the board of an anti-poverty group; Ayers donated $200 to Obama's 2001 state senate campaign; and the two men are " friendly."
Name of source: Press Release--http://www.savingantiquities.org
SOURCE: Press Release--http://www.savingantiquities.org (2-27-08)
In the five years since this terrible event, nearly half of the missing works have been recovered. Yet thousands of Iraq Museum artifacts remain at large. Meanwhile, museums around the world are increasingly confronted by security challenges, and rampant looting at archaeological sites continues unabated around the world.
“Now is the time for people and museum professionals to gather together: to remember the events of 2003 and take steps to ensure that no museum in the world suffers a similar fate,” says Dr. George, who is former director of the Iraq Museum and former president of the Iraq State Board of Antiquities.
In a global call to action, Dr. George urges museum directors and staff, university faculty and students, and citizens around the world to use the fifth anniversary of the looting of the Iraq Museum as an opportunity to re-energize our efforts to protect the world’s cultural heritage.
Museums are encouraged to treat the April 10-12 timeframe every year to conduct security audits and update their internal risk management and due diligence practices. Universities are invited to treat April 10-12 every year as a time for education and public awareness about the about the academic, ethical and legal consequences of the destruction of cultural heritage with classroom projects, panel discussions, symposiums or exhibitions.
The SAFE website offers suggestions for universities, museums, community groups and others to plan an event of any size here: http://www.savingantiquities.org/vigiltools.php . SAFE Candlelight Vigil kits offer a wealth of resources including the DVD documentary “Robbing the Cradle of Civilization-The Looting of Iraq’s Ancient Treasures" (Canadian Broadcasting Company), or the documentary "Thieves of Baghdad" (Al Jazeera), or other relevant videos, including a 2007 Charlie Rose interview with Dr. Donny George as well as publicity tools.
Hosting a Vigil in your community is easy:
• Choose a location and time on April 10, 11, or 12.
• Schedule your event and post it on http://www.savingantiquities.org/hostvigil.php so that members of your community will learn of it and attend.
• Use e-cards, customizable announcement flyers, buttons, posters, postcards and the press release template available on http://www.savingantiquities.org/vigiltools.php to help publicize your Vigil and spread the word.
• Distribute the Candlelight Vigil brochure for distribution at your event. The brochure is being developed in conjunction with the exhibition "Catastrophe! The Looting and Destruction of Iraq’s Past" at the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago.
• Gather with friends, family, colleagues, professors and students. Pause for a moment of silence and light a candle. Discuss the destruction of cultural heritage and looting of ancient sites around the world, fueled by the global trade in illicit antiquities.
• Document your vigil with digital photographs or video and send them to SAFE. We will use them in a compilation Video Memorial that includes gatherings from around the world
• You may also choose to light a virtual candle http://www.savingantiquities.org/virtualcandle.php and add your name to the list of other supporters.
For more information about the Global Candlelight Vigil for the Iraq Museum contact us at email@example.com.
Also join our email list to receive periodic newsletters about SAFE activities: http://visitor.constantcontact.com/email.jsp?m=1101412967730
SAFE/Saving Antiquities for Everyone ( http://www.savingantiquities.org ) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that creates educational programs and media campaigns to raise public awareness about the importance of preserving cultural heritage worldwide. SAFE is a coalition of professionals in communications, media, and advertising working alongside experts in the academic, legal and law enforcement communities. SAFE has no political affiliations.
Name of source: Press Release--Justice for Jews from Arab Countries
SOURCE: Press Release--Justice for Jews from Arab Countries (2-27-08)
In a unanimous bi-partisan decision, the House Foreign Affairs Committee approved H.Res 185, a Resolution recognizing the plight and flight of over 850,000 from Arab countries. The Resolution now moves to the full House of Representatives for a vote.
The Resolution was introduced in the House by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) along with Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-NY) and Rep. Mike Ferguson (R-NJ).
"Today, the House Foreign Affairs Committee recognized the suffering and terrible injustices visited upon Jewish refugees in the Middle East,” said Congressman Nadler. “It is simply not right to recognize the rights of Palestinian refugees without recognizing the rights of Jewish refugees, who, in fact, outnumbered their Palestinian counterparts. By any definition, these displaced Jews are refugees, and we should recognize them as such."
Rep. Ros-Lehtinen stated "It is imperative that we recognize the history and plight of history's forgotten refugees, along with the circumstances surrounding their departure. Failure to do so only serves to perpetuate their suffering."
Jews and Jewish communities have existed in the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf region for many centuries. Their lives changed in the 20th century, as witnessed by a consistent, wide-spread pattern of persecution and the mass violations of the human rights of Jewish minorities in Arab countries. Upon the declaration of the State of Israel in 1948, the status of Jews in Arab countries worsened dramatically as Jews were either uprooted from their countries of longtime residence or became subjugated, political hostages of the Arab-Israeli conflict. The result - from over 850,000 Jews resident in North Africa, the Middle East and the Gulf region at the turn of the century, it is estimated that less than 5,000 Jews remain to-day in Arab countries.
Stanley Urman, Executive Director of Justice for Jews from Arab Countries (JJAC) said the issue was first brought to the attention of Congress by JJAC and B'nai Brith International over three years ago. Since then, support has grown for this first formal recognition, by the U.S. House of Representative, of Jewish refugees from Arab countries.
"This truth must be told - that Jews are an indigenous people of the region, having lived for 2,600 years in North Africa, the Middle East and the Persian Gulf" said Urman. "These Jews became victims of the Arab world's struggle against the state of Israel. This Congressional Resolution is necessary because any denial of rights to Jewish refugees from Arab countries will prejudice authentic negotiations between the parties and undermine the justice and legitimacy of any agreement."
The current Resolution urges the President to ensure that when the issue of Middle East refugees is discussed in international forums, any reference to Palestinian refugees be matched by a similarly explicit reference to Jewish and other refugee populations.
"The plight and injustices of Jewish, and other displaced, refugees in the greater Middle Eastern region must be recognized by the United Nations and dealt with in a fair and balanced manner," said Congressman Joseph Crowley. He added, "This recognition will fulfill a very necessary step in the effort to establish lasting peace and stability in a critically important and historic part of the world."
"This important resolution urges the international community to treat all refugees in the Middle East, North Africa and the Persian Gulf equally," said Congressman Ferguson. "All religions - including Judaism and Christianity - must be treated equally and fairly in any credible Middle East peace agreement."
Name of source: Reuters
SOURCE: Reuters (2-27-08)
And it wasn't just any blue. It was Maya blue -- a vivid, somewhat turquoise-colored pigment used for about a millennium by Mesoamerican peoples to decorate pottery, figurines and murals that has long mystified scientists.
But now anthropologists from Wheaton College in Illinois and the Field Museum in Chicago have discovered how the ancient Maya produced this pigment and the role it played in important rituals at a famous Maya site in Mexico's Yucatan peninsula.
SOURCE: Reuters (2-14-08)
Bulgaria, a European Union newcomer, has been among the last former Soviet bloc countries to deal with its painful communist past and in late 2006 approved a law to unmask members of its Cold War spy agency, Darzhavna Sigurnost.
Former agents will not have to quit their posts and will not be banned from running for political office.
SOURCE: Reuters (2-26-08)
Duch, also known as Kaing Guek Eav, accompanied 80 judges, lawyers and other officials of a U.N.-backed tribunal to the 129 graves, uncovered after a Vietnamese invasion sent the Khmer Rouge back to the jungles in 1979.
"I saw Duch kneel in front of the trees where Khmer Rouge soldiers smashed children to death," a policeman told reporters after the four-hour tour.
"He cried and apologized to the victims" in the former rice fields outside Phnom Penh, he said.
Name of source: LiveScience
SOURCE: LiveScience (2-26-08)
Now it turns out any number of different factions among the Maya - nobles, priests and maybe even commoners - may have built temples, scientists now suggest.
The fact that different groups had the will and the power to build temples suggests "the Maya could choose which temples to worship in and support; they had a voice in who succeeded politically," said researcher Lisa Lucero, an archaeologist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Name of source: Noel Malcolm in the Guardian
SOURCE: Noel Malcolm in the Guardian (2-26-08)
"Kosovo is Serbia", "Ask any historian" read the unlikely placards, waved by angry Serb demonstrators in Brussels on Sunday. This is rather flattering for historians: we don't often get asked to adjudicate. It does not, however, follow that any historian would agree, not least because historians do not use this sort of eternal present tense.
History, for the Serbs, started in the early 7th century, when they settled in the Balkans. Their power base was outside Kosovo, which they fully conquered in the early 13th, so the claim that Kosovo was the "cradle" of the Serbs is untrue.
What is true is that they ruled Kosovo for about 250 years, until the final Ottoman takeover in the mid-15th century. Churches and monasteries remain from that period, but there is no more continuity between the medieval Serbian state and today's Serbia than there is between the Byzantine Empire and Greece.
Kosovo remained Ottoman territory until it was conquered by Serbian forces in 1912. Serbs would say "liberated"; but even their own estimates put the Orthodox Serb population at less than 25%. The majority population was Albanian, and did not welcome Serb rule, so "conquered" seems the right word.
But legally, Kosovo was not incorporated into the Serbian kingdom in 1912; it remained occupied territory until some time after 1918. Then, finally, it was incorporated, not into a Serbian state, but into a Yugoslav one. And with one big interruption (the second world war) it remained part of some sort of Yugoslav state until June 2006.
Name of source: Salt Lake Tribune
SOURCE: Salt Lake Tribune (2-26-08)
It will be known as The Church Historian's Press and its first project will be the Joseph Smith papers, a documentary series eventually made up of 25 to 30 volumes. The first two volumes are due out this year, said Marlin Jensen, official historian for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Name of source: Boston Globe
SOURCE: Boston Globe (2-24-08)
A longtime consumer activist, Nader says he runs to offer voters a third choice in a system he sees as dominated by corporate interests. Although he usually doesn't fare well at the polls, Nader has greatly impacted races in the past -- many Democrats still blame him for siphoning off votes from Al Gore in 2000 in Florida, which helped George W. Bush win the presidency.
If Nader's past attempts -- and the history of other third party candidates -- offer any guide, he's got a steep climb to the White House. Scroll through this gallery of other third-party candidacies for the presidency.
Name of source: Newsweek
SOURCE: Newsweek (3-3-08)
Except when she and her husband lose. In their 35 years in public life, Bill and Hillary Clinton's list of Election Day losses is impressively short—a congressional race in 1974, a re-election for Arkansas governor in 1980 and the disastrous midterm elections of 1994. These setbacks brought out the dark side in both Clintons—his moodiness and self-pity, her paranoia and desire for revenge. But the Clintons have also shown a remarkable capacity to learn from their mistakes, to reinvent themselves and live for another day. After Barack Obama's string of 11 straight primary wins, a Clinton comeback seems improbable, but is far from impossible. The remaining days of the race may well be shaped by lessons learned in past moments of electoral despair.
SOURCE: Newsweek (3-3-08)
Just a few short years ago, neuroscientists as well as political consultants would have called that wishful thinking. Scientists believed that the human brain automatically classifies individuals by race, just as we classify them by sex and age. Recent research confirms that the brain evolved specialized circuits that make the latter two classifications. But the idea of a brain module for racial categorization was always problematic. Simply put, back when the human brain was evolving a few million years ago, our ancestors didn't get around much. They therefore had no chance to encounter people who looked different from themselves. "There would be no adaptive advantage to a mental module that automatically took note of someone's race," says Penn's Kurzban. His basketball-jersey experiment and others that have confirmed its results suggest that humans do have brain circuits for classifying people—but according to whether they are likely to be an ally or an enemy. In some societies, skin color can indeed be a true clue to that: in the Jim Crow South, if you had black skin, it would have been quite useful to quickly classify a white-skinned person as someone who might shove you off a sidewalk, or worse. In other societies, however, skin color is no indicator of whether someone is friend or foe, as the recent tribe-on-tribe bloodshed in Kenya shows. It therefore makes more sense for the brain not to get hung up on skin color or other race-based aspects of appearance, but to be flexible and nimble about which signs of group membership—of "like me" and "on my side"—it picks up.
Name of source: WaPo
SOURCE: WaPo (2-27-08)
The move increases the likelihood that an untold number of RNC e-mails dealing with official White House business during the first term of the Bush administration -- including many sent or received by former presidential adviser Karl Rove -- will never be recovered, said House Democrats and public records advocates.
SOURCE: WaPo (2-26-08)
Not since the days of the whistle-stop tour and the radio addresses that Franklin D. Roosevelt used to hone his message while governor of New York has a presidential candidate been propelled so much by the force of words, according to historians and experts on rhetoric.
Obama's emergence as the front-runner in the race for the Democratic nomination has become nearly as much a story of his speeches as of the candidate himself. He arrived on the national scene with his address to the 2004 Democratic National Convention, his campaign's key turning points have nearly all involved speeches, and his supporters are eager for his election-night remarks nearly as much as for the vote totals.
Name of source: Time Magazine
SOURCE: Time Magazine (2-26-08)
Name of source: http://www.lvrj.com
SOURCE: http://www.lvrj.com (2-25-08)
"I never said they were as bad as Hitler," the senator said in an interview last week. "I said what they're doing is creating the big lie that coal is clean, and that's not true. That (tactic) goes back to the Nazi era, and I'm not saying they're following anything to do with the Nazis, but that's where it started."
The topic was raised by a comment Reid made to the Las Vegas Sun in a piece that was posted on the newspaper's Web site on Tuesday.
The Nevada Democrat said the industry was making its case on the basis of "the old Hitler lie: when you say things long enough, people start believing them."