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Name of source: AP
SOURCE: AP (2-12-09)
The pope made a personal analysis of the case in a letter to the world's Catholic bishops made public by the Vatican on Thursday, seeking to end one of the most serious crises of his nearly four-year papacy.
He said failure to detect the bishop's background by simply consulting the Internet was an "unforeseen mishap" that caused tensions between Christians and Jews and raised questions about his own interest in friendship between the two religions.
Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said the letter — released in six languages — was "really unusual and deserving of maximum attention."
SOURCE: AP (3-11-09)
The warrant by a Munich court seeks the deportation or extradition of Demjanjuk, who lives in a Cleveland suburb and denies involvement in the deaths at Sobibor. His family says he is too sick to travel.
The U.S. Justice Department says Demjanjuk, 88, was a Nazi guard and can be deported for falsifying information on his entry and citizenship applications in the 1950s.
SOURCE: AP (3-10-09)
SOURCE: AP (3-11-09)
New dating techniques suggest the remains of so-called Peking Man — a batch of Homo erectus fossils found in the 1920s — are 200,000 years older than previously calculated.
What's important about that date, about 770,000 years ago, is that this was a glacial period on Earth, and Peking Man was found in far northern China.
That suggests he was probably the oldest cold weather inhabitant in human ancestry, said study co-author Darryl Granger, an atmospheric scientist at Purdue University whose research appears in Thursday's edition of the journal Nature. The average yearly temperature at the time in that part of China — at Zhoukoudian near Beijing — hovered around the freezing mark, but it was too dry for an ice sheet, he said.
SOURCE: AP (3-1-09)
The enigmatic pattern of inscribed symbols curled symmetrically around the upper part of the rough-edged, yellowish stone tablet and coiled into the middle in a decorative style typical of an extinct Iberian language called Southwest Script.
"We didn't break into applause, but almost," says Amilcar Guerra, a University of Lisbon lecturer overseeing the excavation. "It's an extraordinary thing."
SOURCE: AP (3-10-09)
China sought to head off trouble on the anniversary of the 1959 abortive Tibetan revolt against Beijing's rule and a peaceful commemoration last year that spiraled into violent demonstrations by Tibetans. Troops have poured into Tibet and Tibetan communities in surrounding provinces to smother any protests.
Name of source: RawStory
SOURCE: RawStory (3-11-09)
The remark came out seemingly inadvertently when Hersh was asked by the moderator of a public discussion of "America's Constitutional Crisis" whether abuses of executive power, like those which occurred under Richard Nixon, continue to this day.
Hersh replied, "After 9/11, I haven’t written about this yet, but the Central Intelligence Agency was very deeply involved in domestic activities against people they thought to be enemies of the state. Without any legal authority for it. They haven’t been called on it yet."
Hersh then went on to describe a second area of extra-legal operations: the Joint Special Operations Command. "It is a special wing of our special operations community that is set up independently," he explained. "They do not report to anybody, except in the Bush-Cheney days, they reported directly to the Cheney office. ... Congress has no oversight of it."
"It’s an executive assassination ring essentially, and it’s been going on and on and on," Hersh stated.
Name of source: Lee Ruddin
SOURCE: Lee Ruddin (3-3-09)
The Right Man? Assessing the Legacy of George W. Bush covered Bush and the Institutions of American Government; Ideology and Ideas in the Bush Presidency; Bush Foreign Policy Legacy; and Ranking the Bush Presidency.
Yet, surprisingly, it was virtually an all-British affair: apart from the plenary address given by Andrew Rudalevige and closing electoral analysis by Larry Sabato each participant was British and teaches in the UK.
The United States Presidency Centre will publish under the Institute for the Study of the Americas an imprint edited collection of essays that are based on the conference proceedings in 2010. Given the quality of papers presented and differing conclusions reached the book is sure to be eagerly awaited.
Name of source: Times (UK)
In a recent report on the teaching of history in schools, Ofsted pointed out that, too often, British children had no clear sense of chronology and no vantage point on historical change. For too long, the idea of a story unfolding in real time has given way to a series of fragments, themes ripped out of time. As a result, many pupils are unable to answer history's big questions and do not know enough of the story that brought their nation, and the world of which it is a part, to where it stands today.
That is why it was good to hear Michael Gove, the opposition education spokesman, say that a future Conservative government would insist on the teaching of narrative history. This means teaching history in a chronological order, with a clear exposition of what happened when. This does not mean that history needs to be taught as though it moves inexorably towards the light. It is even more of a simplification, if not a travesty, to tell the story of British liberty as a single, sinuous golden thread, as Macaulay tries to.
Miriam Landau, 84, was told by the Swedish Social Insurance Agency that it was clawing back much of the 80,000 krona (£6,400) in reparations that she was given for the time spent working in a ghetto in Hungary and in the death camp in Poland, because it counted as a pension.
Mrs Landau came to Sweden with her husband in the 1950s under a special scheme designed to offer a new life to victims of Nazi persecution. She was unable to work because of tuberculosis brought on during her time in the ghetto and Auschwitz.
She must now bring a case at the Supreme Administrative Court of Sweden to try to overturn the decision to take account of the work that she has been paid for by Germany, which led to her pension being recalculated over 35 years instead of 40.
There is little doubt that Churchill, in contrast to many of his contemporaries, was a staunch defender of the Jews and one of the few statesmen to grasp the enormity of the Holocaust.
As early as 1941 the code-breakers at Bletchley Park had furnished Churchill with ample evidence of the systematic mass murder of Jews. By 1942 he was condemning what he called “a bestial policy of cold-blooded extermination”. More specifically, he knew that a train containing 4,000 Jewish children had left Lyon for “somewhere in Poland”.
“There is no doubt,” he wrote to Anthony Eden, “that this is probably the greatest and most horrible crime ever committed in the whole history of the world, and has been done by scientific machinery by nominally civilised men in the name of a great State and one of the leading races in Europe.”
Name of source: Daily Mail (UK)
SOURCE: Daily Mail (UK) (3-12-09)
A watchmaker used tiny tools to carefully pry open the antique watch at the National Museum of American History, and a descendant of the engraver read aloud the message from a metal plate underneath the watch face.
"April 13 - 1861," the first line reads, "Fort Sumpter (sic) was attacked by the rebels on the above date. J Dillon." The second part repeats same date, states the location as Washington and says, "Thank God we have a government."
The words were etched in tiny cursive handwriting and filled the the space between tiny screws and gears that jutted through the metal plate. A magnifying glass was required to read them.
SOURCE: Daily Mail (UK) (3-11-09)
Croatian Deputy Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor told the Slovenian news agency, STA, that she was horrified by the sight of the victims in photographs.
The mass grave in eastern Slovenia is believed to hold up to 300 victims killed after the Second World War by the former communist regime, authorities confirmed.
Name of source: Spiegel Online
In the capital alone there were thousands of fountains, drinking troughs and thermal baths. Rich senators refreshed themselves in private pools and decorated their gardens with cooling grottos. The result was a record daily consumption of over 500 liters of water per capita (Germans today use around 125 liters).
However, when the Roman legions marched into the barren region of Palestine, shortly before the birth of Christ, they had to forgo the usual splashing about, at least temporarily. It was simply too dry.
Not Enough Oxygen
But that didn't stop the empire's clever engineers. They soon figured out a way to put things right. In the former Roman province of Syria (located in modern day Jordan), researchers are currently studying a sensational canal system. It extends mostly underground over a distance of 106 kilometers (66 miles).
"In Germany, we have overcome other major challenges," she said. "This year we are celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Federal Republic of Germany and 20 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall. We succeeded ... in rebuilding after World War II and we tackled reunification following 1989."
But Merkel's other historical message in the interview was more to the point. "Such a recession, one which is taking place in all countries around the world, hasn't been seen since World War II."
But the overwhelming reaction to the recent killings in Northern Ireland has been one of solidarity between the country's erstwhile bitter rivals. On Tuesday evening, the leaders of Northern Ireland's coalition, First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuiness -- whose Sinn Fein party represents the Catholic minority in Northern Ireland -- stood shoulder to shoulder with the Police Commander Hugh Orde. The perpetrators, said McGuiness, himself a former commander in the Irish Republican Army, "are traitors to the island of Ireland." He also called on Catholics to break their vow of secrecy and pass on tips to the police in an effort to prevent a new wave of sectarian violence.
The unity displayed on Tuesday evening is to be repeated on the streets of Northern Ireland on Wednesday. Thousands are expected to join peace vigils in Belfast and other cities across the country. The leaders of both the Catholic Church and the Protestant denominations in Northern Ireland have called on the community to denounce the killers.
SOURCE: Spiegel Online (3-9-09)
Name of source: Deutsche Welle
SOURCE: Deutsche Welle (3-11-09)
The 2004 terrorist attack killed 191 people and injured more than 1,800 others.
"Five years on, I want to express, in the name of the government, our support and recognition for all the victims and their families of that terrible tragedy," said Prime Minister Jose Luis Zapatero. "I hope that a terrorist attack will not occur in Spain ever again."
SOURCE: Deutsche Welle (3-11-09)
He described the find as a "small sensation," comparing it to fragments of clothing once worn by Oetzi, an Alpine ice man whose 5,000-year-old mummified body was discovered in a melting glacier in the nearby Alps in 1991.
The European size 36 sandal, made of woven wood, was discovered in silt deposits on the site of an early settlement of lake dwellings built on stilts at the water's edge.
Schmalzl said European Union funds would be used to research and preserve the areas where lake dwellings existed, on Lake Constance and Lake Zurich in neighboring Switzerland.
The settlements were inhabited between the 4th and 1st Century BC.
Name of source: Foxnews
SOURCE: Foxnews (3-8-09)
For former Vice President Dick Cheney, post-political life will revolve largely around two activities: spending time with his grandchildren and fishing in Wyoming's rivers.
On Jan. 20, Cheney and his wife, Lynne, returned to Casper, Wyo., the small town in the western part of the state where he grew up.
"He's definitely looking forward to more time with the grandkids and enjoying the private life," a source close to Cheney told FOXNews.com, adding that the former vice president built a home in McLean, Va., and he plans to split time between the two states.
Cheney has acquired a BlackBerry since leaving office, the source said, and he's programmed his grandchildren's spring sports schedules into it.
In recent days the former vice president has held "small luncheons" to "invite people to talk about current events -- both on the economic front and on national security issues," the source said. "He follows what's happening very closely."
Cheney is expected to publish two memoirs focusing on his time in the White House and the 40 years he spent serving four presidents. The former vice president has signed with the Harry Walker Agency to pursue various speaking opportunities.
Condoleezza Rice is also reclaiming the life she had before joining the White House in 2001 as Bush's national security adviser and later secretary of state.
Rice has returned to Stanford University -- where she taught in 1981 and later served as provost -- to work as a senior fellow on public policy at the Hoover Institution and as a professor of political science, Rice's chief of staff, Colby Cooper told FOXNews.com.
Name of source: Reuters
SOURCE: Reuters (3-9-09)
The submission was made in a lengthy article titled "The Washing Machine and the Liberation of Women - Put in the Detergent, Close the Lid and Relax."
The article was printed at the weekend in l'Osservatore Romano, the semi-official Vatican newspaper, to mark international Women's Day on Sunday.
"What in the 20th century did more to liberate Western women?," asks the article, which was written by a woman.
"The debate is heated. Some say the pill, some say abortion rights and some the right to work outside the home. Some, however, dare to go further: the washing machine," it says.
Name of source: Inside Higher Ed
SOURCE: Inside Higher Ed (3-11-09)
Moreover, the MLA has ceased to recommend inclusion of URLs in citing Web-based works – unless the instructor requires it or a reader would likely be unable to locate the source otherwise. “Inclusion of URLs has proved to have limited value… for they often change, can be specific to a subscriber or a session of use, and can be so long and complex that typing them into a browser is cumbersome and prone to transcription errors. Readers are now more likely to find resources on the Web by searching for titles and authors' names than by typing URLs,” states the handbook.
Name of source: Chronicle of Higher Ed
SOURCE: Chronicle of Higher Ed (3-11-09)
In delivering their opening remarks in a crowded courtroom, both sides agreed that the university had been under intense outside pressure to fire Mr. Churchill as a result of the media uproar provoked by one of his essays, in which he compared many of those killed in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to a famous Nazi bureaucrat.
But, as they framed the arguments they intended to make during the planned three-week civil trial in a state district court, the lawyers made clear that they would concede nothing regarding their central point of contention: whether the university's decision to investigate, and subsequently fire, Mr. Churchill was motivated by a desire to quell the controversy over his essay—in violation of his First Amendment speech rights—or whether it represented a justified response to alleged academic misconduct on his part.
Name of source: CNN
SOURCE: CNN (3-11-09)
A team led by Daniel Ein Mor barely had to scratch the surface before finding the remains of a Byzantine monastery, he told CNN on Wednesday.
"The excavation at Nes-Harim supplements our knowledge about the nature of the Christian-Byzantine settlement in the rural areas between the main cities in this part of the country during the Byzantine period," including Jerusalem, Mor said.
Name of source: LAT
SOURCE: LAT (3-11-09)
Name of source: Telegraph (UK)
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (3-11-09)
Charles Zentai, 87, is listed by the US-based Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Center as among its 10 most wanted Nazis, but maintains he is innocent.
The Centre claims Zentai "participated in manhunts, persecution, and murder of Jews in Budapest in 1944".
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (3-11-09)
The Centre claims Zentai "participated in manhunts, persecution, and murder of Jews in Budapest in 1944".
Hungary accuses him of torturing and killing 18-year-old Peter Balazs in a Budapest army barracks on Nov 8, 1944, for failing to wear a star that would identify him as a Jew. Zentai allegedly carried out the attack while serving as a soldier in the Hungarian army, then allied with Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany.
Zentai, who emigrated to Australia in 1950 from his native Hungary, denies the allegations.
In August, a Perth magistrate ruled that Zentai could be extradited to Hungary to face war crime charges. But his lawyers appealed the ruling in the Perth federal court, arguing the crime he is accused of was not an offense under Hungarian law at the time.
Zentai's lawyer, Grant Donaldson, said the charges were not valid.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (3-10-09)
Griselidis Real, who died in 2005, was buried on Monday at the Cemetery of the Kings, which is reserved for individuals that have profoundly marked Swiss or international history. Argentinian writer Jose Luis Borges and child psychologist Jean Piaget are among the luminaries interred in the cemetery.
The body of Real, who was 76 when she died, was exhumed from another cemetery in Geneva for the ceremony that some have called offensive.
"If every woman that had children to raise alone turned to prostitution, the city of Geneva would be a bordello," said Amelia Christinat, a feminist and former member of the Swiss parliament who opposed Real's reburial.
Name of source: Elizabeth Drew in the New York Review of Books
SOURCE: Elizabeth Drew in the New York Review of Books (3-26-09)
Obama's publicly announced schedules have large gaps; he makes it a point to set aside time to step back and think—sometimes going for a long, solitary walk around the White House grounds—or make calls, or read. A night owl, he usually takes work home, to be studied after he's tucked his daughters into bed. Aides say he turns around paperwork fairly quickly, responding to and signing off on their memoranda. As for Obama's admission during the campaign that he can misplace papers, Gibbs told me, "It's easier now that he lives over the store."
Of Obama's approach to governing, Gibbs says, "He's not by any stretch a micromanager." According to another close observer, "The boys are running the White House"—by which he meant chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, chief campaign strategist and now senior adviser David Axelrod, and deputy chief of staff Jim Messina, who was also chief of staff of the campaign. Gibbs is often called in for advice, because he's smart and he knows Obama's mind well. This cast of characters—Axelrod has the prized if unglamorous office adjoining the President's study—gives a strong political tone to the Obama White House. To the disappointment of a number of Obama's supporters, he also has continued the widely criticized practice of having an office of Political Affairs in the White House (headed by Patrick Gaspard, national political director of the Obama campaign and a longtime labor activist).
Name of source: Rasmussen Reports
SOURCE: Rasmussen Reports (3-10-09)
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 39% think this outcome is unlikely.
Nineteen percent (19%) say a Depression is Very Likely while 7% say it is not at all likely.
The latest results are more pessimistic than those found in early January, when 44% said a 1930’s-like depression was likely in the next few years, and 46% disagreed.
Name of source: Politico
SOURCE: Politico (3-11-09)
But Irish Americans say they’re still waiting for Barack Obama to embrace another influential figure from his past: his great-great-great-grandfather Falmouth Kearney.
An Irish immigrant who came to America in 1850, Kearney hailed from Moneygall, County Offaly, a tiny Irish village about an hour and a half west of Dublin. And according to Ancestry.com, this link makes Obama about 3.1 percent Irish.
The relationship is a stretch, but the Irish — both in the U.S. and abroad — have since become fixated with turning Obama into O’Bama...
In Moneygall, there’s been a move to build an Obama exhibit near Kearney Gardens, ancestral land that officials say belonged to the Kearney family.
Name of source: EdWeek.org
SOURCE: EdWeek.org (3-9-09)
"I've taught [the Great Depression] for a long time. Usually, kids are not interested at all. They were very interested this year," she said recently.
Ms. Loflin, who teaches U.S. history at Norman High School in Norman, Okla., is among a number of history and social studies teachers who have found that because of the parallels they're able to draw between the current economic crisis and the Depression, their students are seeing that history is relevant. They’re engaging more deeply in history lessons than they have in previous years.
Name of source: LiveScience
SOURCE: LiveScience (3-11-09)
The body of the woman was found in a mass grave on the Venetian island of Lazzaretto Nuovo. Suspecting that she might be a vampire, a common folk belief at the time, gravediggers shoved a rock into her skull to prevent her from chewing through her shroud and infecting others with the plague, said anthropologist Matteo Borrini of the University of Florence.
In the absence of medical science, vampires were just one of many possible contemporary explanations for the spread of the Venetian plague in 1576, which ran rampant through the city and ultimately killed up to 50,000 people, some officials estimate.
Name of source: St. Petersburg Times -- politifact.com
SOURCE: St. Petersburg Times -- politifact.com (3-5-09)
"The problems we face today are a direct consequence of actions that we failed to take yesterday," Obama said, opening a health care conference in the East Room of the White House on March 5. "Since Teddy Roosevelt first called for reform nearly a century ago, we have talked and we have tinkered. We have tried and fallen short, we've stalled for time, and again we have failed to act because of Washington politics or industry lobbying."
We wondered whether Roosevelt really proposed reform on the scale of the near-universal health care Obama advocates, or if the new president was pushing the whole bipartisan-appeal thing a bit far.
We consulted two well-regarded biographers of Roosevelt, H.W. Brands and Kathleen Dalton. Both confirmed that in 1912, when the former Republican president was running as a Progressive Party candidate for what would have been his third term (after a four-year break), the party advocated national health insurance in its platform .
Name of source: NYT
SOURCE: NYT (3-11-09)
The letter, which the Vatican will release Thursday, is a further attempt to calm the waters after Benedict pardoned four schismatic bishops, including Richard Williamson, who in a television interview aired in January said that there were no Nazi gas chambers.
The revocation provoked worldwide outrage and caused Catholics and Jews alike to question Benedict’s commitment to ecumenism and the reforms of the Second Vatican Council.
SOURCE: NYT (3-9-09)
Name of source: Independent (UK)
SOURCE: Independent (UK) (3-11-09)
The gunshot-and-bayonet murder of the Romanovs – the family of the last Tsar and Tsarina of Russia – spawned countless conspiracy theories, including the belief that at least one child had survived to escape abroad.
Since that fatal dawn, about 200 people have claimed to descend from one or other of the Romanovs who had somehow survived the slaughter in the basement of Ipatiev House. But now a scientific study based on meticulous DNA evidence has finally provided irrefutable evidence to show that all five children had indeed perished with their parents at the hands of nervous Bolsheviks of the Ural Soviet, worried about a possible rescue bid by nearby White Russian troops.
Scientists have pieced together DNA evidence from two graves near Yekaterinburg and have conclusively shown that Tsar Nicholas II and his wife, the Tsarina Alexandra, died with all five of their children, Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia and their haemophiliac son, the crown prince, Alexei. The only remaining mystery is whether the girl buried alongside Alexei in a separate grave from the rest of the family was Maria or Anastasia, says a study printed in the online journal Public Library of Science.
Name of source: International Herald Tribune
SOURCE: International Herald Tribune (3-9-09)
According to a long-hidden document that belonged to the interior minister of the Ottoman Empire, 972,000 Ottoman Armenians disappeared from official population records from 1915 through 1916.
In Turkey, any discussion of what happened to the Ottoman Armenians can bring a storm of public outrage. But since its publication in a book in January, the number - and its Ottoman source - has gone virtually unmentioned. Newspapers hardly wrote about it. Television shows have not discussed it.
"Nothing," said Murat Bardakci, the Turkish author and columnist who compiled the book.
The silence can mean only one thing, he said: "My numbers are too high for ordinary people. Maybe people aren't ready to talk about it yet."
For generations, most Turks knew nothing of the details of the Armenian genocide from 1915 to 1918, when more than a million Armenians were killed as the Ottoman Turk government purged the population.
SOURCE: International Herald Tribune (3-11-09)
The meeting, sponsored by the Japanese and South Korean governments amid rising tensions with the North, was the first public appearance of Kim Hyon Hui, the former North Korean agent, in almost 20 years, and was intensely covered by both Japanese and South Korean media.
In Tokyo, the government of Prime Minister Taro Aso hoped that Kim might provide fresh information about the kidnapped Japanese woman, Yaeko Taguchi, that could be used to press the North Korean government on other abduction cases. In Seoul, the conservative government of President Lee Myung Bak was investigating charges that the liberal administration that preceded him had pressured Kim to deny that she was a North Korean spy.
SOURCE: International Herald Tribune (3-11-09)
But now Libyan officials say they are dissatisfied with the way the deal worked out, insisting that the United States has done too little to reward Libya's concessions. Officials here say they believe that Libya's limited payoff undermines the credibility of the United States as it presses other nations to abandon weapons programs.
Libya's discontent suggests the potential hurdles for the administration of President Barack Obama as it tries to engage with nations that the United States has shunned, like Iran and Syria, as part of a broader strategy reassessment in the Middle East.
While Libya says it does not plan to restart the weapons programs, its disaffection signals the need to manage expectations and reveals the unexpected challenges of developing relations with the former pariah state, which had been isolated for decades and remains run by an eccentric, enigmatic strongman, Muammar el-Qaddafi.
"We gave some devices, some centrifuges, for example, for America, but what do you give us? Nothing," said Abdelrahman Shalgham, who served as foreign minister for eight years before being named ambassador to the United Nations this month. "That's why we think North Korea and Iran are hesitating now to have a breakthrough regarding their projects."
Name of source: Tehran Times
SOURCE: Tehran Times (3-11-09)
This season was more focused on classification of those artifacts discovered in the Burnt City so far, Sajjadi told the Persian service of CHN on Tuesday.
“Classifying the artifacts was very essential for us… so they were categorized as pottery works, metal artifacts, tiny relics, human remains, animal remains, and fabrics,” he explained.
“The fabrics comprise ropes, cloths, and wickerworks. The classification of the fabrics was very important because they were in danger and in poor condition.
“The fabrics are currently kept in special cases and have been provided with cards bearing information about the objects.”
Similar steps have been taken for the animal remains, which are to be studied by archaezoologists in early April.
Additional excavations were also carried out in the Burnt City during the 12th season of studies.
Name of source: BBC
SOURCE: BBC (3-9-09)
The second saw it torn apart by divisions, often over white rule in southern Africa, and was also marked by coups and chaos in many member states.
It wasn't until the third phase that it emerged into what it is today - a middle-ranking, reasonably useful organisation with a formal commitment to democracy and good governance and able to bring an influence to bear on regional problems within its orbit.
This is its perhaps suitably modest mission statement: "Fifty-three independent states consulting and co-operating in the common interests of their peoples and in the promotion of international understanding."
It is interesting to note that this statement, taken from the Singapore Declaration in 1971, leaves out key words from the original.
The original referred to "independent sovereign states, each responsible for its own policies".
The modified language represents an important change in Commonwealth (and indeed UN) thinking about non-intervention. This was an important part of phase three.
SOURCE: BBC (3-11-09)
Two of Saddam Hussein's half-brothers were also found guilty and sentenced to death by a court in Baghdad.
Another top official, Ali Hassan al-Majid - commonly known as Chemical Ali - was jailed for 15 years.
Two other Iraqi officials were jailed for six and 15 years, while a former governor of the Iraqi central bank was acquitted, reports say.
Name of source: http://www.capemaycountyherald.com
SOURCE: http://www.capemaycountyherald.com (3-8-09)
“From historically important women to pioneering female sports figures, New Jersey has a rich history of groundbreaking women residents,” notes New Jersey Secretary of State Nina Mitchell Wells. “Our state – and in fact, the nation – continues to benefit from the contributions of these strong women.”
Whether for a girls’ getaway, a mother-daughter weekend or simply time well spent with an important woman in your life, the New Jersey Division of Travel & Tourism offers 10 terrific reasons to explore the state in celebration of Women’s History Month.
Name of source: Boston Globe
SOURCE: Boston Globe (3-8-09)
The site, part of the sprawling Bunker Hill battlefield, has been pinpointed by a curator from Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia and a Charlestown historian who are confident they know where the bodies were buried - 15 feet underground in what had been a rebel-dug ditch that featured some of the day's most ferocious fighting.
Above ground, few residents on quaint, stately Concord Street appear to know they might be living atop a historic, makeshift grave.
Name of source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com
SOURCE: http://www.israelnationalnews.com (3-11-09)
Already in the early 20th century, British pilots flying over the Middle Eastern deserts identified strange forms spreading over hundreds of meters, sometimes even over a few kilometers. The shapes looked like two long walls that meet at angles and at the meeting point of each wall was a round-shaped trench.
Name of source: Salt Lake Tribune
SOURCE: Salt Lake Tribune (3-3-09)
"It could reshape our understanding of the development of agriculture in the West," said Matthew Seddon, a consulting archaeologist and member of the Utah Professional Archaeological Council.
Name of source: Columbus Dispatch
SOURCE: Columbus Dispatch (3-3-09)
The explosion, which is said to have been equivalent to a 100-million-megaton bomb, supposedly caused the extinction of the giant mammals of the ice age as well as the people who lived then.
R.B. Firestone of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and numerous co-authors presented the basic argument in an article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in 2007. Since then, other research has cast considerable doubt on the claim.
Name of source: http://www.heritageaction.org
SOURCE: http://www.heritageaction.org (3-4-09)
One of Ireland's most important archaeological sites, Lough Gur, has been put on the tentative list of World Heritage sites. The application was made by Limerick County Council. The Lough Gur site dates back to the Neolithic period and there are many megalithic remains beside the lake. It boasts the largest stone circle in Ireland at Grange, and the remains of at least three crannogs within the lake.
Name of source: WSJ
SOURCE: WSJ (3-10-09)
The decision could make it harder for some minority candidates to win election and for Southern Democrats, in particular, to draw friendly electoral boundaries after the 2010 Census.