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Name of source: BBC
SOURCE: BBC (9-4-08)
Across the country, schools and adult education centres have already started offering citizenship classes.
As well as taking the test - introduced on 1 September - migrants must fulfil other conditions such as having sufficient command of the German language, no criminal record and an income independent of social welfare At a school in Berlin's Reinickendorf district, a few immigrants have gathered in a large classroom.
A German flag hangs on the wall, and a teacher has written some of the questions on the blackboard: Who was the first chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany? What is the German constitution called? What is the emblem of Germany? What kind of a state is Germany? When were the Nazis and Hitler in power? When did the Second World War end? The immigrants - who have come to Germany from Chechnya, Pakistan and Turkey - would all like to get a German passport, but first they have to do their homework and learn as much as they can about German politics, history and culture.
SOURCE: BBC (9-4-08)
History is alive on the densely forested slopes north of Port Moresby, the Papua New Guinea capital.
The hillsides around what is known as the Kokoda Trail are littered with rusting guns, grenades and mortars - reminders of the strategically crucial battles that raged there in 1942 and 1943.
Hundreds of Australians lost their lives fighting off an invading Japanese force that probably planned to use Port Moresby as a bridgehead for an assault on the Australian mainland. Japanese losses were several times heavier.
David Collins, who leads treks along the Kokoda Trail, is used to imagining how the stench of death, sickness and starvation once hung heavy in the air in what is now a verdant and peaceful landscape.
But he little imagined that he would one day be confronted with what is probably the corpse of one of the many fighters who lost their lives.
SOURCE: BBC (9-2-08)
The two-and-a-half minute 8mm colour film was taken by a US naval officer who was invited to the movie set after Monroe visited his base in San Diego.
Still in its original Kodak box, the film was passed on to his daughter who lives in Melbourne, Australia.
The footage features Monroe, co-star Tony Curtis and director Billy Wilder.
"It's been a significant part of the family folklore for many decades but it has been sitting in her drawer for about a decade as she didn't know what to do with it or if it had some broader interest," Auctioneer Charles Leski told Reuters.
SOURCE: BBC (9-1-08)
She began with 10,000 soles (£2,066), which her uncle had given her, and a typewriter in a single room.
The magazine was going to be called Caras y Caretas - faces and masks - but as Peru was under a military dictatorship at the time they decided to call it just Caretas to symbolise the repression they were living under.
They planned to revert to the original title after the dictatorship but it never happened.
SOURCE: BBC (9-1-08)
Some 645 sailors died when HMAS Sydney was lost in a battle with a German cruiser off Western Australia in 1941.
HMAS Sydney was regarded as the pride of the Australian navy and defence officials say the investigation is "important unfinished business".
The inquiry will be run by Sir Terence Cole, who presided over a hearing into Australia's AWB oil-for-wheat scandal.
He is trying to uncover the truth behind one of Australia's most enduring wartime mysteries.
Name of source: Telegraph
SOURCE: Telegraph (9-4-08)
Investigators at Poland's Institute for National Remembrance, the body charged with probing crimes committed during the war, want to determine whether the general, who was also Polish prime minister, died in accident or was assassinated.
General Sikorski died in July 1943 when his RAF Liberator bomber crashed into the sea off Gibraltar just seconds after taking off for England.
They say a gene which helps make people less susceptible to HIV occurs in greater frequency in areas of Europe that the Roman Empire did not stretch to.
The gene lacks certain DNA elements, which means HIV cannot bind to it as easily and is less able to infect cells.
People with the mutation have some resistance to HIV infection and also take longer to develop AIDS, reports New Scientist.
A study of almost 19,000 DNA samples from across Europe showed the gene variant seemed to dwindle in regions conquered by the Romans.
SOURCE: Telegraph (9-2-08)
While fertility symbols during this period are often associated with female imagery, at the site in Kfar HaHoresh only phallic figurines have been found to date, including one placed in the foundation.
The team from the Hebrew University has found the fertility symbols in a prehistoric walled enclosure, some 10 by 20 metres, that dates back almost nine thousand years, nearby a burial ground.
Burials at the site now total at least 65 individuals, and display an unusual demographic profile - with an emphasis on young adult males, between the ages of 20 and 30.
The jail, which is situated 15 miles west of Baghdad, has been closed since September 2006 after the US military handed it over to the Iraqi authorities in the wake of a prisoner abuse scandal.
The Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal erupted in early 2004 when photos appeared in the media of naked and hooded Iraqi prisoners being beaten and made to commit humiliating acts such as simulating sex.
Photographs also showed US soldiers posing proudly with battered corpses and nude injured prisoners, some of which were attached to dog leads.
Government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said: "A part of it will be kept as a museum for showing the crimes committed by the previous regime."
However, it is thought that no references to the facility's recent controversy will be made.
Peter Brady thought he had picked up a small piece of metal from HMS Opal during a dive in Orkney last year.
But he discovered when he surfaced that it was a wedding ring bearing the inscription: "To Stanley from Flo, March 1916."
Mr Brady, 51, from Liverpool, found the ring by chance while running his fingers around the seabed.
"All of a sudden this thing came out, which I thought was an olive from a copper pipe," he said. "I put it in my glove and it was when I got to the surface I looked inside it and there was a hallmark in there."
He and his diving partner, Bob Hamilton, 61, checked the ship's casualty list on the internet and discovered that a 25-year-old Stanley Cubiss worked in the engine room.
He was one of 188 sailors who died when HMS Opal and HMS Narborough were lost on rocks during a snowstorm on January 12, 1918.
SOURCE: Telegraph (9-2-08)
High Court Judge Balthasar Garzon has ordered governmental and religious authorities across Spain to unearth information about those killed at the hands of Franco's fascist forces following his military uprising in July 1936.
He hopes to draw up a comprehensive list of victims and the way in which they were killed in a bid to determine whether there were human rights abuses outside of the theatre of war.
There is no official record of how many died on the Republican side during the three-year conflict, which claimed the lives of some 500,000 Spaniards in total. Many more were killed for opposing Franco during his 36-year dictatorship.
Israeli agents were taken off Mengele's trail in 1960 so that agents of the foreign intelligence service Mossad could focus their efforts on detaining Adolf Eichmann, one of the architects of the Holocaust.
With the Eichmann operation going smoothly allowing agents to smuggle the senior Nazi back to Israel where he was convicted of war crimes and executed, they planned to go back later for Mengele.
But by the time agents went back to look for for him Mengele had escaped from Argentina. He died, without ever coming to trial, in Brazil in 1979.
The failure to hold Mengele to account for many cruel wartime crimes such as performing human experiments on inmates at Auschwitz is an acutely sensitive issue for survivors of the Holocaust.
Yet with less than a week to go before they open, China's vast and growing army of disabled citizens has little cause to celebrate.
Hosting the Paralympics has been talked up as an opportunity to challenge the deep-seated prejudice which the disabled face in China, just as the Games themselves were supposed to spur China to improve its dismal human rights record.
Yet in May, an official guide for Olympic volunteers characterised the disabled as "stubborn and controlling" and "unsocial", and last week Li Caimao, the director of the city of Beijing's Disabled Person's Affairs Committee – himself a polio victim – admitted that "there is still discrimination".
For years, disabled people were prevented from attending university, because all Chinese had to pass a medical examination before being allowed to take the college entrance exam. "I was lucky because I was able to attend a normal school. But when I graduated I had to rely on a friendly doctor, otherwise I wouldn't have passed the medical," said Gao Shan, who has been visually impaired since birth....
Until recently, the Chinese used the phrase "can fei", meaning deficient and useless, to describe the disabled. The pejorative term dates back to the 1950s and the Mao Tse-tung era, when the communist party was determined to project an image of a healthy, strong population. Forced sterilisation of the disabled was common, while marriages between disabled people were forbidden.
Edwin Quentin Joyce, a member of the National Socialist League, was interned in 1939 shortly after the outbreak of war and his brother William’s escape to Germany.
The security services became suspicious of his links to a suspected German agent called Christian Bauer who he had met prior to the outbreak of the war and with whom he corresponded.
They believed Bauer’s repeated request for rare stamps from particular British colonies in several of his letters was actually a request for Joyce to send over detailed maps. At the time Joyce, 22, was working at the Air Ministry.
But newly declassified documents from the National Archives, in Kew, south west London, which contain pleas from Joyce for his release, also show that agents who interrogated him became convinced that he was innocent and should be released.
Norwood, a committed Communist who began spying for Moscow in the 1930s, handed over technical information which provided Russian scientists with a crucial breakthrough.
Her contribution allowed them to overcome problems, which blocked the development of their nuclear reactors and led directly to the USSR exploding its bomb in 1949 - years earlier than would otherwise have been the case.
The claims are made in a new book - The Spy Who Came in From the Co-op - written by David Burke, a friend of Norwood's who interviewed her extensively in the years leading up to her death in 2005.
Baroness Taylor, the minister for defence procurement, will meet representatives from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) this week to discuss the idea of having the 18-inch helmets, worn by Guards regiments on ceremonial duty at the royal residence, made from synthetical materials.
The Ministry of Defence is said to be open to the idea, provided any alternative can be worn in all weathers. Peta has now enlisted a host of anti-fur fashion designers, including Stella McCartney and Vivienne Westwood, to create a new helmet.
He will say that despite their different sizes, the two foetuses would have made more sense as a single pregnancy for Tutankhamun's wife Ankhesenamun.
The smaller foetus is five months in gestational age and less than 30 centimetres (11.8 inches) in height while the other is estimated to be between seven and nine months in gestational age and measures 38.5 centimetres (15.16 inches).
They have never been publicly displayed but will undergo CT scans and DNA testing whose results, due in December, could establish why they died and their relation to the pharaoh.
Mr Connolly, Professor in Physical Anthropology from the University of Liverpool's Department of Human Anatomy and Cell Biology, said: "I studied one of the mummies, the larger one, back in 1979, determined the blood group data from this baby mummy and compared it with my 1969 blood grouping of Tutankhamun. The results confirmed that this larger foetus could indeed be the daughter of Tutankhamun.
Name of source: AFP
SOURCE: AFP (9-3-08)
"This is a hugely important discovery," expedition organiser Dmitry Vasilyev told AFP by telephone from Astrakhan State University after returning from excavations near the village of Samosdelka, just north of the Caspian Sea.
"We can now shed light on one of the most intriguing mysteries of that period -- how the Khazars actually lived. We know very little about the Khazars -- about their traditions, their funerary rites, their culture," he said.
The city was the capital of the Khazars, a semi-nomadic Turkic peoples who adopted Judaism as a state religion, from between the 8th and the 10th centuries, when it was captured and sacked by the rulers of ancient Russia.
Name of source: Robert Schlesinger at his US News blog
SOURCE: Robert Schlesinger at his US News blog (9-4-08)
It's a great quote...but I'm pretty sure it's not Lincoln's.
This much I know as a certainty: Gerald Ford said it on August 12, 1974 in his first address to a joint session of Congress.
I did a few Google searches to see if Lincoln said it first. I found many attributions of the quotation (in one phrasing or another) to Thomas Jefferson, a few to Barry Goldwater, and even one or two to Davey Crockett. But so far as I can tell, Huckabee's the only one to ascribe it to Lincoln.
Name of source: NYT
SOURCE: NYT (9-3-08)
This summer, the national historic landmark — called Fort Ti for short — began its 100th season as an attraction open to the public with two causes for celebration: the unveiling of a splashy new education center, and an increase in visitors, reversing a long decline.
But instead of celebrating, its caretakers issued an S.O.S., warning that the fort, one of the state’s most important historic sites, was struggling for survival, largely because of a breach between the fort’s greatest benefactor — an heir of the Mars candy fortune — and its executive director.
SOURCE: NYT (9-4-08)
Whether or not Mr. McCain did his due diligence remains to be seen — is there a news organization or Democratic opposition researcher not rummaging through Ms. Palin’s life? — but the perils of a cursory background check for the White House are unquestionable.
Just ask Walter F. Mondale, the first major party nominee to put a woman on the national ticket.
Almost a quarter-century ago, in the 1984 presidential campaign, Mr. Mondale, the Democrat, who had been Jimmy Carter’s vice president, a United States senator from Minnesota, and Minnesota’s attorney general, made history by selecting Representative Geraldine A. Ferraro of Queens as his running mate to challenge the re-election of President Ronald Reagan and Vice President George H. W. Bush.
SOURCE: NYT (9-4-08)
“Lindsey, my boy, this may bring us down,” Mr. McCain said, turning to his friend Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina. “But wasn’t it fun?”
By this spring, when Mr. McCain had astounded political handicappers by virtually locking up the nomination, the thrill of noble defeat had been replaced by an anxious discomfort about his own victory. “I refuse to believe that this is possible,” he said, curling up his face during an interview on his campaign plane. “I tend to be fatalistic about these things.”
Columns and beams from Owen Steel Company’s job No. 7-06 — the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center — started arriving at ground zero last Thursday on flatbed trailers. They are the first of more than 8,000 tons of steel that will be shipped to Lower Manhattan from the Owen fabrication plant in Columbia, S.C.
“To have it on site and to begin construction is a lift — a necessary lift,” said Joseph C. Daniels, the president and chief executive of the memorial and museum.
As the seventh anniversary of 9/11 approaches, the arrival of steel is a tangible sign that the new trade center is finally taking form, though long after it was supposed to and at a far higher price.
Beginning at 2 a.m Eastern time on Thursday, a Wikipedia user with the name YoungTrigg began an overhaul of the article, adding compelling stories about her upbringing, including that “she earned the nickname ‘Sarah Barracuda’ because of her intense play” as point guard for her high school basketball team and that she and her father “would sometimes wake at 3 a.m. to hunt moose before school.”
Many details were culled from, and footnoted to, the book “Sarah: How a Hockey Mom Turned Alaska’s Political Establishment on Its Ear,” by Kaylene Johnson.
Soon enough, YoungTrigg pivoted from the biographical to the political, adding that Ms. Palin had high approval ratings as governor and that, as mayor, she had “kept her campaign promises, reducing her own salary, as well as reducing property taxes 60 percent.”
SOURCE: NYT (8-30-08)
The waves are so unpredictable that only a little more than half of the visitors can land. When they do, it is for a 20-minute stay to snap photos from a wharf, the largest flat surface on this 46-acre collection of two main islets and dozens of other specks of land.
The rest of the visitors must content themselves with circling on the ferry, waving South Korean flags and throwing cookie crumbs at the sea gulls flying overhead.
Still, over the past three years, the voyage to these islets, which South Korea administers but Japan claims, has become a popular pilgrimage for Koreans. This year, 80,000 people have set foot here, undeterred by the lack of a souvenir shop, restaurant or public toilet.
Name of source: Tehran Times
SOURCE: Tehran Times (9-4-08)
This is the third season the mound, located near the city of Varamin in southeastern Tehran Province, is being excavated by an archaeological team led by Moteza Hesari, the Persian service of CHN reported on Wednesday.
The team was scheduled to begin the season of excavation in early August, but it was postponed and Hesari declined to explain the reasons behind the delay.
However, the Research Section director of Tehran Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Department, Ali Farhani, said that “some administrative problems” were the reasons for the postponement.
“The team, which has begun working over the past few days, plans to carry out an in-depth study on the site’s strata,” he explained.
According to Farhani, the site contains strata dating from the 5th millennium BC to the late Iron Age.
Shoghali Tepe was discovered in 1983 in the early stages of construction of a building on the mound for the former Komite-ye Enqelab-e Eslami, a group of militias comprising Islamic revolutionaries. The construction project was stopped after they found out the mound is a prehistoric site.
The site was first excavated by Ahmad Tehrani-Moqaddam in early 1980 and then abandoned for years.
Name of source: Chronicle of Higher Ed
SOURCE: Chronicle of Higher Ed (9-3-08)
London-based Gibson Square Books announced today that it had agreed to publish The Jewel of Medina, which tells of A’isha, the child bride of the Prophet Muhammad.
Random House terminated its contract with the book’s author, Sherry Jones, after Denise Spellberg, an associate professor of history at Texas, warned that the book could spark violent protests like those that followed the 2005 publication of cartoons in a Danish newspaper depicting the Muslim prophet with a bomb in his turban.
Gibson Books, however, seems to relish the controversy and describes the book as “a meticulously researched love story of the Prophet Mohammed.”
Name of source: HNN Staff
SOURCE: HNN Staff (9-3-08)
This week Donny George used the IraqCrisis list to blast his successor:
This man has never been an archaeologist, then how he could become the top Iraqi archaeologist, all the matter is that when they (the minister of tourism and antiquities)wanted to remove me from the position because of my faith, the only one they found from their own party with a PhD was Abbas, so they brought him to the position, and he was removed after only one year not because of political reasons, but because they understood he knew nothing and embarrassed them in so many cases during that year, and this information is from the adviser for the minister of Tourism and Antiquities, bringing Abbas to that position was the sharpest decline in the history of the SBAH in Baghdad.
Name of source: Don Frederick at the LAT blog
SOURCE: Don Frederick at the LAT blog (9-2-08)
Gingrich, a trained historian who taught the subject at the University of West Georgia before taking the leap into politics, was listing Palin's various attributes during a weekend appearance on Fox News when he added this: "She's the first journalist ever to be named to a national ticket."
In fact, not even close to being right.
At least three fellows who worked as ink-stained wretches have appeared at the top of major-party tickets (and we would not be surprised if there were others among the cast of often-obscure vice presidential candidates in the distant past).
The 1920 presidential election (the first in which women could vote) featured two journalists-turned-politicians squaring off for the White House.
Republican Warren G. Harding worked for a couple of small newspapers in Ohio before serving for many years as editor and publisher of the Marion Daily Star in the state. He ran against -- and defeated in a landslide -- fellow Ohioan James Cox, a reporter who rose to become editor and owner of several papers, including the Dayton Daily News. From that perch, he established Cox Enterprises, a large media company now headquartered in Atlanta.
More recently, Al Gore (Newt MUST remember him) includes on his resume a lengthy stint as a reporter at the Nashville Tennessean.
All of Gingrich's commentary can be viewed below.
Name of source: Politico.com
SOURCE: Politico.com (9-3-08)
Name of source: lifesitenews.com (conservative pro-life website)
SOURCE: lifesitenews.com (conservative pro-life website) (9-2-08)
Marie Stopes, the notorious early 20th century contraception campaigner, eugenicist and anti-Semite, did for Britain what Margaret Sanger did for the US: preached the doctrines of eugenics and promoted contraception and sterilisation to achieve "racial hygiene." So successful was she at altering British society in favour of her eugenics doctrines, the British government has chosen her to be included in a "Women of Distinction" line of stamps.
The Royal Mail announced this weekend that the face of Marie Stopes, who advocated the sterilisation of poor women to promote the "welfare of the race", will feature on the 50p stamp. The stamps will be available beginning 14 October 2008.
Columnist Gerald Warner wrote on his weblog at the Daily Telegraph, "Considering the hysteria nowadays attaching to issues of race, at first sight it seems extraordinary that Stopes should have earned commemoration on a stamp."
"To the [politically correct] establishment, however, even racist peccadilloes can be ignored to honour a pioneer who helped promote the anti-life culture and relieve women of the intolerable trauma of giving birth to a child with a cleft palate."
Name of source: AP
SOURCE: AP (9-2-08)
Defense Minister Peter MacKay said the soldiers were involved in operations in the United States, Australia and the South Pacific from the end of World War II until the international treaty banning atmospheric test explosions was signed in 1963.
Canada's government will also compensate former military personnel who assisted with emergency decontamination efforts at the Chalk River nuclear plant in Ontario following two major nuclear reactor accidents in 1952 and 1958, MacKay said.
In total, 900 former soldiers or families of deceased veterans will receive payments of $22,000 each, Mackay said.
SOURCE: AP (9-2-08)
The Rev. David Kennedy said the property was transferred in 1997 to his Laurens County church by a Klansman who was fighting with others inside the hate group. A clause in the deed entitles John Howard, a man who runs the store, to operate his business in the building until he dies.
Kennedy said he'd like to close the store, but at the very least should be allowed to inspect the property.
"We've been outright denied," said Kennedy, pastor of New Beginnings Baptist Church. "Right now what we're focusing on is removing this cloud of doubt and this whole lie that we are not the real owners of the Redneck Shop building."
The lawsuit seeks to establish Kennedy's church as the legal owner of the property and stop Howard and associates from claiming to hold the deed.
Name of source: Yale Daily News
SOURCE: Yale Daily News (9-3-08)
Just under a year ago, on Sept. 14, 2007, the University and the government of Peru claimed to have found consensus regarding the rightful ownership of artifacts excavated from Machu Picchu in the early 20th century by Yale explorer Hiram Bingham III. But whatever progress was made last fall seemed squandered when Peru threatened litigation in April, and the negotiations did not fare much better over the summer, as Yale hired a lawyer in Peru, an important meeting between the parties ended up being largely trivial and National Geographic made a brief — yet fracturing — appearance in Lima.
The Peruvian Consulate in New York was host to negotiations on Aug. 25 that could have marked a return to good relations between Yale and Peru. University General Counsel Dorothy Robinson confirmed to the News that she and other Yale officials attended the meeting, but did not comment further; Yale spokesman Tom Conroy called the talks “informative.” Conroy added in the e-mail, however, that the absence of Hernan Garrido-Lecca, Peru’s chief negotiator with Yale, limited the extent to which the parties could advance the negotiations at that session.
Name of source: http://www.china.org.cn
SOURCE: http://www.china.org.cn (9-3-08)
The Chongqing Economic Times quoted archaeologists as saying that this kind of tomb is very rare and had probably been constructed by migrants to the area.
The tomb was discovered on the morning of August 24, the final day of the Beijing Olympics, by a team of road workers in E’Ling Street, in the Yuzhong district of Chongqing. When the first bowl was dug out, the workers thought nothing of it and discarded it, but as more bowls emerged, they realized they had discovered something unusual and called the city’s cultural relics administration.
The archaeology department sent a team to investigate. They discovered a tomb constructed from porcelain bowls. Lying just 60 centimeters under the road surface, the bowls had been piled together to form a tomb. The coffin and other funerary objects were then placed inside.
Name of source: History Today
SOURCE: History Today (9-3-08)
SOURCE: History Today (9-2-08)
Name of source: TPM (Liberal blog)
SOURCE: TPM (Liberal blog) (9-2-08)
The founder of the Alaska Independence Party -- a group that has been courted over the years by Sarah Palin, and one her husband was a member of for roughly seven years -- once professed his"hatred for the American government" and cursed the American flag as a"damn flag."
The AIP founder, Joe Vogler, made the comments in 1991, in an interview that's now housed at the Oral History Program in the Rasmuson Library at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.
"The fires of hell are frozen glaciers compared to my hatred for the American government," Vogler said in the interview, in which he talked extensively about his desire for Alaskan secession, the key goal of the AIP.
"And I won't be buried under their damn flag," Vogler continued in the interview, which also touched on his disappointment with the American judicial system."I'll be buried in Dawson. And when Alaska is an independent nation they can bring my bones home."
At another point, Volger advocated renouncing allegiance to the United States. In the course of denouncing Federal regulation over land, he said:
"And then you get mad. And you say, the hell with them. And you renounce allegiance, and you pledge your efforts, your effects, your honor, your life to Alaska."
You can listen to audio of the relevant section of the Volger interview here. Bill Schneider, curator of oral history at the library, verified the authenticity of the interview and the quote to me a few moments ago.
Palin has courted the group over the years.
Three years after the controversial interview, in 1994, Palin attended the group's annual convention, according to witnesses who spoke to ABC News' Jake Tapper. The McCain campaign is disputing her presence there, but Tapper found two people to attest to it.
The McCain campaign today produced Palin's voting registration records, and said they proved she was never a member of the party.
But she has repeatedly reached out to the group. The McCain campaign has confirmed she visited the group's 2000 convention, and she addressed its convention this year, as an incumbent governor whose oath of office includes upholding the Constitution of the United States.
Palin's husband, Todd Palin, was a member of the party from 1995-2002 with a brief exception in 2000.
It's worth noting that Vogler isn't just some figure from ancient history. He is still being hailed on AIP's site this year, the same year Palin addressed the group's convention.
It's worth pondering how big a deal it would be if Obama had ever courted the support of a group whose head had said this kind of thing about America and her flag. Oh, wait...
Name of source: Time
SOURCE: Time (9-2-08)
It is a powerful reinforcement of McCain's own political brand: tough, reform-minded, willing to break with his own party for the right cause. And it's true that her high-profile crusade against corruption and complacency in her own state party over the past few years has made Palin the Frank Serpico of Alaska politics: she publicly ratted out her state party chairman; whupped the good old boys' network, as she likes to put it, in a gubernatorial primary; and fought a general election in which the scandal-stained state GOP didn't lift a finger on her behalf. She won only because she had the enthusiastic backing of independents and grass-roots activists.
But in the first major race of her career — the 1996 campaign for mayor of her hometown, Wasilla — Palin was a far more conventional politician. In fact, according to some who were involved in that fight, Palin was a highly polarizing political figure who brought partisan politics and hot-button social issues like abortion and gun control into a mayoral race that had traditionally been contested like a friendly intramural contest among neighbors.
Name of source: McClatchy
SOURCE: McClatchy (9-2-08)
Members of an Oregon Trail preservation group learned Monday that they will be able to mark these sections that are now visible on Idaho Power Co. property. The white posts with the words "Oregon Trail" will alert hikers to the historic significance and help wildland firefighters avoid vestiges of the trail.
Name of source: Sunday Mail/ Scottish News
SOURCE: Sunday Mail/ Scottish News (8-31-08)
Our map shows how more than 1500 Second World War bombs lie beneath our cities, towns and villages.
Shock figures show that 1677 of the Luftwaffe's unexploded bombs - known as UXBs - remain active across Scotland.
Today the Sunday Mail pinpoints their location, from the town of Portsoy near Inverness to Eyemouth in the south.
Name of source: CNN
SOURCE: CNN (9-1-08)
The ceremony, attended by scores of curious onlookers, was performed amid the ruins of the 2,500-year-old Parthenon. The ancient Greek religion was outlawed by the Roman empire in the fourth century.
Dressed in crisp white apparel, the pagans gathered before the east wing of the temple's imposing Corinthian columns and prayed to Athena, the ancient Greek goddess of wisdom and patron of Athens, asking her to protect the Parthenon from further destruction.
"Oh, goddess," roared high priestess Doretta Peppa, her hands extending over an offering of water and olive oil. "We are ready to defend your grounds.
"[But] we ask of you to protect this site, this city and its civilization, and to rid it of all evils such as the deconstruction of the Acropolis."
The Greek Culture Ministry forbids ceremonies of any sort at archeological sites. But in January, the pagan revivalists used a second century temple of Zeus in Athens to stage the first known ceremony of its kind in 1,600 years.
Name of source: Civil War News
SOURCE: Civil War News (9-8-08)
The new 5-acre county park is a tribute to persistence and efforts over more than 20 years to save something of the battlefield (also known as Chantilly), which lies under and surrounded by suburban Washington development — highways, malls, townhouses and office buildings.
Opening ceremonies at the park, at 4134 West Ox Rd. in Fairfax, will begin at 10 a.m. The program will include color guard, speakers, wreath-laying and reenactor demonstrations. Details are at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/oxhill.
Name of source: Independent
SOURCE: Independent (9-1-08)
Not even Harry Truman during the worst of the Korean war, or Richard Nixon as he sank in the morass of Watergate, matched Bush's current disapproval rating of 70 per cent. As early as midway through his second term, a panel of historians ranked him as America's worst ever president.
Already, his performance in the job can be book-ended by two "My Pet Goat" moments. The first came on 11 September 2001, as he sat in a classroom reading the book of that name to a group of Florida schoolchildren even after he was told of the two attacks on the World Trade Centre. The scene symbolises Bush as he is widely perceived to be, out of touch and for all his talk of being "The Decider", anything but the commanding chief executive figure he fancies himself to be.
The second occurred in Beijing last month. There was Bush sitting and joking with Vladimir Putin at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games, at the very moment that Russia was going to war to crush Georgia, poster-country for the Bush mission of bringing liberty and democracy to every corner of the planet. Once again, in the dimming twilight of his presidency, he appeared completely caught out by events.
But just maybe the legacy Bush will bequeath his successor, whether Barack Obama or John McCain, won't be as bad as is made out. Normally, historical rehabilitation observes a decent pause after its subject has left the stage.
But even with Bush still firmly (if rather irrelevantly) ensconced in the Oval Office, some commentators here are revising their judgements of him – upwards. The reappraisals may be merely punditry's version of "dead cat bounce", as Wall Street charmingly terms a misleading rally in a market headed irreversibly downwards. Equally though, they might be a sign of things to come.
These Bush defenders are an eclectic bunch. Some you might have expected, such as Robert Kagan, neo-conservative turned realist, responsible in 2002 for the thesis that "Americans are from Mars, Europeans from Venus" to explain the tough-guys-against-wimps transatlantic rift on Iraq and much else besides. Now he argues that history, its lessons so often ignored by the neo-cons, is back, warts and all.
Others are less obvious, for instance David Frum, a former Bush speechwriter partly responsible for coining the term "axis of evil" which Bush used to describe that unholy trinity of Iraq, Iran and North Korea in his State of the Union Speech, also in 2002. Frum may have been a true believer once; he now believes that, thanks in part to Bush, American conservatism is in such a mess that Republicans this autumn could face a wipeout to match that of Democrats in the 1980 election that swept Ronald Reagan to power.
And what about Fareed Zakaria, international affairs pundit du jour thanks to his book The Post-American World, arguing that the rise of "the rest" – China, India, Russia and so on – spells the end of the unchallenged global supremacy of the US? Zakaria, firmly on the "soft power"/realism end of the foreign policy spectrum, last month produced an article for Newsweek, provocatively entitled "What Bush Got Right". Put the arguments advanced by these three gentlemen together and the short answer is that he may be getting quite a bit right. The tragedy is that the light has been so slow to dawn.
In domestic, but above all foreign policy, Bush's policy has been a tale of U-turns. He came to office an avowed free marketeer, deregulator, and advocate of small government. Even before boom turned to bust last year, he had presided over a stealthy expansion of government unmatched since the 1960s and 1970s.
Name of source: Missourian
SOURCE: Missourian (8-27-08)
According to archaeological records, the Mississippian period saw the creation of some of the first large towns and city centers north of Mexico. The conventional belief has been that this period started around 1050 CE, but the drawings in Picture Cave indicate the period began earlier and in a different location.
Name of source: Science News Daily
SOURCE: Science News Daily (8-29-08)
Excavations in northern Israel at a huge earthen mound called Tel Rehov revealed the Iron Age settlement. From 2005 to 2007, workers at Tel Rehov uncovered the oldest known remnants of human-made beehives, excavation director Amihai Mazar and colleagues report in the September Antiquity. No evidence of beekeeping has emerged at any other archaeological sites in the Middle East or surrounding regions.
“The discovery of an industrial apiary at Tel Rehov constitutes a unique and extraordinary discovery that revolutionizes our knowledge of this economic endeavor, particularly in ancient Israel,” says Mazar, an archaeologist at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Name of source: International Herald Tribune
SOURCE: International Herald Tribune (8-31-08)
Last time round, in 1988, the doomsayers got everything right - except the name of the country. For it was the Soviet Union which collapsed while the United States went on to savor its"unipolar moment." This time it is a consumptive greenback, shrinking credit, soaring gas and two wars with no V-Day in sight in Iraq or Afghanistan.
Now let's look across the Atlantic where Europe used to strike Americans as one huge Disneyland with real castles and wondrous shopping arcades, like H&M (for the kids) and Hermès (for the Kerrys).
Today, the Manolo is on the other foot, or, more apropos, in the other shopping bag. Over the last eight years, the euro has almost doubled in value against the dollar. It used to be the Japanese who bought Fifth Avenue dry; now it is those Euro hordes and even Russians! They even come to buy their own stuff - Prada, Zara, whateva - which usually costs a lot more in Milan than in Manhattan.
So what do the Europeans have the Americans don't? Above all, more time. At home, Barack Obama could never pull in 200,000 as he did in Berlin in July.
SOURCE: International Herald Tribune (8-31-08)
The new manual, "A History of Russia, 1900-1945," is part of a series of educational material that the authors say will help promote patriotism in young people. Critics have taken exception to excerpts that they say are attempts to whitewash Stalin's crimes.
A textbook to accompany the teachers' manual has not yet been finalized, so it will not be in the classroom when the school year begins Monday. The textbook is expected to be completed in March and there is no guarantee that the assessment of Stalin will remain.
Name of source: Observer
SOURCE: Observer (8-31-08)
'It is a material and emotional recognition of the mistakes that our country has done to yours during the colonial era,' said Berlusconi. 'This agreement opens the path to further co-operation.'
In return, Italy wants Libya to crack down on the number of illegal migrants turning up on Italian shores. Italy will fund £275m worth of electronic monitoring devices on the Libyan coastline.