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Name of source: BBC
SOURCE: BBC (8-21-09)
The city council has organised a visitors' day this Sunday between 1000 BST and 1500 BST.
Staff will be on hand to do genealogical searches to help those who do not know where their family members are buried.
Sinn Fein Councillor Tom Hartley who has helped organise the day said: "It is a wonderful opportunity for people to visit the cemetery and attend to family graves or those of friends.
"Belfast City Cemetery is an important site holding the graves of major historical figures and people can also find out about these but the main thrust is to allow families to attend family graves."
SOURCE: BBC (8-23-09)
Holm Cultram Abbey in Abbeytown was the largest monastic house in Cumbria and founded by Cistercian monks in 1150.
Members of West Cumbria Archaeological Society will use the cash to search for abbey foundations in a nearby field.
The investigation of the size and layout of the site is hoped to result in the production of a plan of the entire monastic complex.
SOURCE: BBC (8-21-09)
Each of the 570 descendants will now get a minimum of 100 rupees ($2). The earlier minimum was set at 50 paise (less than a cent).
The allowance was started in 1944 and the maximum amount was fixed at 500 rupees ($10).
Tonk was the only Muslim princely state in Rajasthan before India gained independence in 1947.
Name of source: Deutsche Welle
SOURCE: Deutsche Welle (8-21-09)
The assassination of Siegfried Buback, a strong opponent of the left-wing extremist terrorist group, marked the beginning of a wave of terrorist acts by the RAF in their radical opposition to the West German government. It remained one of the highest-profile political killings carried out by the RAF throughout the militant group's campaign.
Buback, his driver Wolfgang Goebel, and Georg Wurster, a court officer, were all shot dead on the way to the court house in Karlsruhe. A motorcycle pulled up to Buback's Mercedes when it stopped at a traffic light, and a passenger on the back opened fire with an automatic weapon.
Name of source: Chron (Houston Chronicle)
SOURCE: Chron (Houston Chronicle) (8-20-09)
And the side that got left out is very unhappy.
As it stands, students would get “one-sided, right wing ideology,” said Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio, chairman of the House Mexican American Caucus.
“We ought to be focusing on historical significance and historical figures. It's important that whatever course they take, that it portray a complete view of our history and not a jaded view to suit one's partisan agenda or one's partisan philosophy,” he said.
The State Board of Education has appointed “review committees” made up largely of active and retired school teachers to draft new social studies curriculum standards as well as six “expert reviewers” to help shape the final document.
The standards, which the board will decide next spring, will influence new history, civics and geography textbooks.
The first draft for proposed standards in United States History Studies Since Reconstruction says students should be expected “to identify significant conservative advocacy organizations and individuals, such as Newt Gingrich, Phyllis Schlafly and the Moral Majority.”
Name of source: Telegraph (UK)
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (8-23-09)
Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania held a 375-miles relay race to remember the Baltic Way human chain.
The Baltic human chain was organised on August 23, 1989 amid a drive to restore independence from Moscow.
It saw two million people from a total population of seven million in the three states hold hands in an act of solidarity and defiance.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (8-23-09)
The photograph in Juventud Rebelde, showed Mr Castro talking to Rafael Correa, the visiting Left-wing Ecuadorean president.
Mr Castro, 83, was dressed in a white shirt instead of the tracksuit he has worn in recent photos. The meeting with Rafael Correa occurred on Friday.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (8-22-09)
Sunday is the 64th anniversary of the crash that killed the crew of the 356 Squadron Liberator KL654 while on a resupply sortie over Negeri Sembilan in central Malaya.
Japan had announced its surrender only eight days earlier and part of the crew’s mission was to search for prisoners of war still held in camps in the jungle.
The site of the crash was first discovered in the 1950s and reported to the authorities, but no action was taken. Another appeal was made in 1970, but there was again indifference among British authorities. In 2006, a team of Malaysian aviation archaeologists found the plane and a preliminary excavation the following year recovered two rings, a pocket knife, belt buckles, watch straps and bone fragments.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (8-21-09)
Three watercolours depicting cottages, mills and churches nestled in rural landscapes will be auctioned on Sept 5, Weidler's auction house in Nuremberg said on Thursday.
The three paintings are dated from 1910 and 1911 and originate from Vienna where Hitler spent several years as a struggling artist. He then joined the army and fought in World War One.
The auction house is expecting a five figure sum for each picture. Earlier this year, Weidler's sold two other watercolours by the Nazi leader for a total of 32,000 euros (£28,000).
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (8-22-09)
"I feel remorse for the Vietnamese who were killed, for their families, for the American soldiers involved and their families. I am very sorry."
Mr Calley was addressing members of the Kiwanuis Club in Greater Columbus, Georgia, in remarks delivered on Wednesday but which have only now emerged.
The killings that occurred on March 16, 1968 in the South Vietnamese hamlet of My Lai prompted widespread outrage around the world. They are also credited with advancing the end of the Vietnam War because they significantly undercut US public support for the war effort.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (8-21-09)
The 29-year-old, described as "one of the best of his generation", became a father just a week before he deployed to Afghanistan,following the birth of his son, Charley, The MoD said on Friday night.
Sgt McAleese, who was serving with the 2nd Battalion the Rifles, was caught out in what commanders fear is a new Taliban tactic that has claimed the lives of 14 soldiers in the town of Sangin.
Name of source: Google News
SOURCE: Google News (8-22-09)
After the Third Reich collapsed in 1945 and borders were moved westward, millions of ethnic Germans in Poland, then-Czechoslovakia and elsewhere were viewed as traitors and were expelled or fled.
Backed by the German government, a group called the Federation of Expellees is moving ahead with plans for a memorial in Berlin for those dispossessed, which will also include information on expulsions of other people throughout history.
Merkel told the group at its annual meeting that the planned Center against Expulsions was an appropriate way to commemorate the expellees' plight.
Name of source: The Huffington Post
SOURCE: The Huffington Post (8-23-09)
Move over, Don Corleone. Godmothers are rising in the ranks of the Camorra, the Naples' area crime syndicate.
Women have long played a strong role in Camorra crime families, muscling, sometimes murdering, their way to the top. Their influence stretches back as far as the 1950s when a pregnant former beauty queen dubbed "pupetta" (little doll) shot dead the man who had ordered a hit on her husband, and allegedly settled into a life of crime.
Now, as the state steps up its war against the Camorra, rounding up scores of mobsters, the women are increasingly taking over the helm from their men.
Name of source: The Times (UK)
SOURCE: The Times (UK) (8-21-09)
He did not come across as bitter or angry but continued to insist on his innocence, as he has done from the day of his conviction. He abandoned his appeal, he said, not because he was guilty but to give himself the best possible chance of going home before he died. He had applied to be freed on compassionate grounds and also to be transferred to a Libyan prison under the terms of an agreement Britain and Libya signed in April. One of the conditions of the latter was that all legal proceedings had to be finished.
He denied reports that he had been pressured to drop the appeal by a Scottish or British government terrified that such a hearing would expose a grave miscarriage of justice, but he added: “If there is justice in the UK I would be acquitted or the verdict would be quashed because it was unsafe. There was a miscarriage of justice.”
Name of source: CNN
SOURCE: CNN (8-23-09)
The solemn Sunday afternoon ceremony was held outside parliament, with a large portrait of Kim placed on a shrine surrounded by flowers.
The funeral followed six days of mourning for Kim, who died Tuesday of a heart failure.
SOURCE: CNN (8-22-09)
In a new book, Ridge says top Bush administration officials may have tried to raise the nation's terror alert for political reasons in the days before the 2004 presidential vote.
In response, Frances Townsend, a former Homeland Security adviser to President George W. Bush and now a CNN contributor, told CNN's "American Morning" that she believes Ridge is trying to profit by separating himself politically from Bush's record.
Name of source: NYT
SOURCE: NYT (8-22-09)
Yet what if they got the wrong predecessor? What if Mr. Obama is fated to be another Lyndon B. Johnson instead?
To be sure, such historical analogies are overly simplistic and fatally flawed, if only because each presidency is distinct in its own way. But the L.B.J. model — a president who aspired to reshape America at home while fighting a losing war abroad — is one that haunts Mr. Obama’s White House as it seeks to salvage Afghanistan while enacting an expansive domestic program.
In this summer of discontent for Mr. Obama, as the heady early days give way to the grinding battle for elusive goals, he looks ahead to an uncertain future not only for his legislative agenda but for what has indisputably become his war. Last week’s elections in Afghanistan played out at the same time as the debate over health care heated up in Washington, producing one of those split-screen moments that could not help but remind some of Mr. Johnson’s struggles to build a Great Society while fighting in Vietnam.
“The analogy of Lyndon Johnson suggests itself very profoundly,” said David M. Kennedy, the Stanford University historian. Mr. Obama, he said, must avoid letting Afghanistan shadow his presidency as Vietnam did Mr. Johnson’s. “He needs to worry about the outcome of that intervention and policy and how it could spill over into everything else he wants to accomplish.”...
The brewer is SABMiller, which is introducing to the Vietnamese the Miller High Life brand sold by its Miller Brewing Company unit. A campaign scheduled to begin on Friday carries the theme “It’s American time, it’s Miller time.”
They began to pull away from everyone else in the 1970s. By 2006, income was more concentrated at the top than it had been since the late 1920s. The recent news about resurgent Wall Street pay has seemed to suggest that not even the Great Recession could reverse the rise in income inequality.
But economists say — and data is beginning to show — that a significant change may in fact be under way. The rich, as a group, are no longer getting richer. Over the last two years, they have become poorer. And many may not return to their old levels of wealth and income anytime soon.
But during the mountain’s twice annual religious festivals, visitors come by the busload to line up before a row of small tents in a corner of the temple. Within are the “itako” — elderly, often blind women who hold séance-like ceremonies that customers hope will allow them to commune with spirits of the dead.
These spiritual mediums seem out of place in a hyper-modern nation better known for bullet trains and hybrid cars. Found only in peripheral areas like this volcano on the far northern tip of Japan’s main island, and only dimly known to most Japanese, the itako are among the last remaining adherents to ancient shamanistic beliefs that predate Buddhism and modern forms of Shintoism, Japan’s two main religions, historians say.
They have survived government efforts to stamp them out, as well as the continuing disdain of many Japanese, who look down on them as charlatans who trade in superstition. Even the deputy abbot at Bodai-ji, Mount Osore’s temple, said the itako were not connected to the temple, which he said only tolerates their presence.
Now, however, even these last remaining itako are vanishing. Only four graying itako appeared at Mt. Osore’s weeklong summer festival this year, three having died of old age in the last year. Worse, the only practicing medium younger than retirement age — 40-year-old Keiko Himukai, known among believers as the last itako — stopped coming this year for health reasons...
“On what planet do you spend most of your time?” Mr. Frank responds.
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Park Jie-won, an opposition member of Parliament who was once an aide to Mr. Kim, said Wednesday that he received the news of the visit in a letter faxed from the North Korean government agency in charge of cross-border affairs. The agency said five North Korean “special envoys” would make a one- or two-day trip for the funeral, bringing with them a wreath from the North Korean leader Kim Jong-il...
... In recent years, most diplomatic contact between the Koreas has taken place in Beijing, at the United Nations or across a conference table in the neutral zone between the North and the South...
Name of source: Today's Zaman
SOURCE: Today's Zaman (8-17-09)
... Erek said that the figurine showed that the social status of women was very important 16,000 years ago.
Erek noted that the oldest fired clay god or goddess figurines --unearthed in Mesopotamia, Anatolia and Near East-- were made in 5,000 BC. He added that experts believed that the clay was used earliest in that period, however, the goddess figurine showed that this method was older than thought.
Name of source: 5-Minute Herald (Miami Herald)
SOURCE: 5-Minute Herald (Miami Herald) (8-15-09)
Located at the mouth of the Miami River, the 2,000-year-old limestone slab was not on display and the park is not scheduled to open until next spring, but local officials said the groundbreaking was an important first step toward developing the historic space.
Archaeologists believe the 38-foot-wide limestone circle's carvings were postholes for a round structure built by the Tequesta, Miami's original inhabitants.
Name of source: Indiana University
SOURCE: Indiana University (8-18-09)
"The virtually intact extinct faunal skeletons really amazed me, but what may prove to be a fire pit from the first human occupation of the island just seems too good to be true. But now that the lithics (stone tools) are authenticated, I can't wait to direct another underwater expedition into what may prove to become one of the most important prehistoric sites in all the Caribbean," Beeker said. Beeker and researchers Jessica Keller and Harley McDonald found the tools and bones in fresh water 28- to 34-feet deep in a cave called Padre Nuestro.
Geoffrey Conrad, director of the Mathers Museum of World Culture at Indiana University Bloomington and professor of anthropology, said the tools are estimated to be 4,000 to 6,500 years old. The bones might range in age from 4,000 and 10,000 years old. While sloth bones are not uncommon, he knows of only a handful of other primate skulls found in the Caribbean. "I know of no place that has sloths, primates and humanly made stone tools together in a nice, tight association around the same time," said Conrad, "This site definitely is worthy of a large-scale investigation."
Name of source: Spiegel International
SOURCE: Spiegel International (8-21-09)
...Like their cemeteries, the temples and huts of the Nok have disappeared without a trace. No one knows what their farm animals, streets or religious ceremonies were like. But the shards of clay statues are everywhere - on rock slopes, in ancient refuse pits and in open spaces. The largest of these impressive figures can stand up to one meter (3.3 feet) tall and resemble what might be kings or members of a social elite. Others wear horned helmets or carved-out gourds on their heads. A third of these figures are women...
... For the time being, though, the purpose of the Nok statues remains unclear. And then there's still the question of whether these objects have anything to do with the Nok people making contact with other people. "There's no doubt that the Nok will continue to baffle us," Breunig says. "We're unearthing a magnificent part of the history of sub-Saharan Africa."
Name of source: Culture24
SOURCE: Culture24 (8-20-09)
The face and its lozenge-shaped body - measuring just 3.5cm by 3cm - were carved on the Orkney island of Westray between 4,500 and 5,000 years ago. The enigmatic figurine had lain undisturbed in the earth at the Links of Noltland - one of Orkney's richest archaeological sites - until just last week. That was when archaeologists, carefully brushing away the mud from the fragment of sandstone, found Scotland's earliest human face staring back at them.
Name of source: Costa Levante News
SOURCE: Costa Levante News (8-21-09)
... All appear to have been forgotten by the authorities in favour of more modern causes such as baroque churches, 19th century buildings and monuments that are less then 100 years old...
... Some of the artwork found on the walls of the caves dates back to between 10,000 to 30,000 BCE. In the case of La Penya Roja, which was discovered in the 80s, items found there date the cave to between 25,000 to 50,000 BCE and the suspicions are that they were inhabited at least 500,000 years ago. Conservationists are calling for urgent action from the government to protect these sites.
Name of source: USA Today
SOURCE: USA Today (8-20-09)
Since 2004, archeologists headed by Wang Wei of the Institute of Archaeology of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing have begun tying together a broader picture of China's origins."Most of us accepted that the Yellow River was the origin of Chinese civilization. But as we've done more research, we have found other cultural areas," Wei tells Science.
Name of source: TimesOnline
SOURCE: TimesOnline (8-21-09)
... Al-Megrahi promised that before he died he would present new evidence through his Scottish lawyers that would exonerate him. “My message to the British and Scottish communities is that I will put out the evidence and ask them to be the jury,” he said. He refused to elaborate.
Asked who, then, was responsible for the deaths of 270 people who died in the Lockerbie bombing, al-Megrahi smiled. “It’s a very good question but I’m not the right person to ask.” He insisted that it was not Libya and would not be drawn on suggestions that it was Syria, Iran or the Palestinians.
He said that he understood why many of the victims’ relatives were angry at his release. “They have hatred for me. It’s natural to behave like this,” he said, although he pointedly added that others had written to him in prison to say that they forgave him whether he was guilty or innocent. He appealed for the families’ understanding. “They believe I’m guilty which in reality I’m not. One day the truth won’t be hiding as it is now. We have an Arab saying: ‘The truth never dies’.”
As the conversation grew more serious and more politically sensitive, relatives intervened to say that al-Megrahi was tired and that the interview should end. His mother was led in. She was frail but manifestly buoyed by the return of a son whom she has seen just twice in a decade. “Thank God he’s here again and well,” she said...
Name of source: The Wall Street Journal
SOURCE: The Wall Street Journal (8-22-09)
The new rules come as authorities are seeking to keep a lid on protests ahead of the 60th anniversary of the People's Republic of China in October. One official from the legislative affairs committee said recently that an "improvement" of the petitioning situation was needed to ensure "a harmonious and stable social environment for the celebratory events of the 60th anniversary of new China."
The regulations haven't been published, but the party's Political and Legislative Affairs Committee posted a notice on its Web site Wednesday giving details: Petitioners should "not seek solutions by visiting Beijing"; instead, they should seek redress locally, and if the case is rejected then central authorities may initiate a review. But bringing cases directly to the capital, the notice implied, would be considered illegal.
"No illegal petitioning is allowed, whether the cases are reasonable or not," the notice said, adding that people who represent or instigate others to appeal will get "criticism and education."
The new rules could end a form of protest with a long history in China. In imperial times, people with wrongs sought redress at the emperor's court, and Chinese history books are filled with stories of upright Confucian officials traveling thousands of miles to the capital hoping to have unjust opinions overturned.
SOURCE: The Wall Street Journal (8-22-09)
Television footage of a crowd of welcoming Libyans waving Scottish flags has fanned anger about the release of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi, who has terminal prostate cancer. He was allowed to travel to Libya on Thursday despite demands from victims' family members and a host of U.S. officials that he spend his last days in prison. Both U.K. Foreign Secretary David Miliband and White House spokesman Robert Gibbs denounced the celebrations, with the latter calling them "outrageous and disgusting."
In an interview with BBC radio, Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond said he didn't think the decision to release Mr. al-Megrahi would tarnish Scotland's reputation or hurt its long-term relations with the U.S. "Our relationship with America is a strong and enduring one," he said. "It doesn't depend on always reaching agreement."
The Scottish Parliament has been called back from its summer recess to debate the matter, and on Monday Justice Minister Kenny MacAskill will appear before it in Edinburgh to explain why he made the decision to free Mr. al-Megrahi. Among the questions he is likely to face: why Mr. al-Megrahi was released when other seriously ill U.K. inmates -- such as Myra Hindley, a convicted child murderer with heart problems who requested early release several years ago -- died in prison.
Name of source: AP
SOURCE: AP (8-21-09)
Most of the world now condemns the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, but Russia has mounted a new defense of the 1939 treaty as it seeks to restore some of its now-lost sphere of influence.
The Soviet government was convinced that a Nazi attack on Poland was imminent and "we needed to know where the Germans were going to stop," Nikonov said. The pact also bought needed time for the country to prepare for war, he said.
SOURCE: AP (8-22-09)
Family members are furious that convicted Libyan bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi was released from a Scottish prison Thursday and was greeted in Libya by cheering crowds. He and his family also met later with Gadhafi.
Scottish officials said al-Megrahi, a former Libyan intelligence officer, has advanced prostate cancer and was given only months to live. They said they were bound by Scottish rules of compassion to release him, although he had served only eight years of a life sentence.
Name of source: Foxnews
SOURCE: Foxnews (8-21-09)
Researchers at Stanford are analyzing a minor priest from ancient Egypt named Iret-net Hor-irw, or "The Eye of Horus is Upon You," the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Probably just 20 when he died in the Egyptian cult city of Akhmim, the mummy is being readied for a new exhibition, "Very Postmortem: Mummies and Medicine," set to open in October at San Francisco's Palace of the Legion of Honor.
Using a unique 3-D X-ray machine, researchers positioned the mummy's body on a horizontal platform so scanners could record up to 3,200 images at once. The images will be studied and later included in the exhibition.
SOURCE: Foxnews (5-21-09)
If Democratic lawmakers thought all the furor over President Obama's health care plan expressed this month at town hall meetings was dying down, they might be in for a surprise Saturday.
And their message is clear: We will not stand for socialized, government-controlled health care.
Name of source:
Former intelligence agent Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, freed by the Scottish authorities on compassionate grounds after serving just eight years of a life sentence, was flown home on Gaddafi’s jet, accompanied by Gaddafi’s son and possible heir.
In Tripoli, he was greeted on his arrival Thursday evening by thousands of jubilant Libyans. Patriotic music played, flower petals were thrown. Some in the celebratory crowd wore t-shirts bearing Megrahi’s picture, and Libyan and Scottish flags were waved.
Name of source: Times (UK)
Conspiracy theories have abounded about the events preceding March 16, 1976, when Wilson stunned the country and his Cabinet colleagues. Was he the victim of a plot by the security services, who thought that he had communist sympathies and was a KGB asset, or had the onset of Alzheimer’s already claimed his faculties?
At the time Wilson, later Lord Wilson of Rievaulx, said that he had always intended to resign when he turned 60, which he did on March 11.
The recollections of a distinguished criminal barrister who defended two men accused of breaking into Wilson’s offices in 1974 have raised new questions about what personal pressures Wilson was under in the months leading up to his resignation.
Officials fear, however, that a huge number of Mao knick-knacks on the market fail to show proper respect for the man revered as the founding father of modern China. That is why the Quality and Technology Supervision Bureau in Mao Zedong’s native Hunan Province is planning to put new standards in place before next year. Any image of the Great Helmsman will need to make sure that his avuncular features are accurately reproduced, including the mole on his chin.
Tian Haiming is an avid collector of Mao memorabilia, living in a house whose every room is crammed with statues of the leader who was born a few hundred yards away in the village of Shaoshan. He served as a consultant on the new Mao standards. “About 20 portraits of Mao from different stages in his life and career will be set as the standard,” he said.
Rules will be set for busts as well as for famous portraits of the late Chairman standing with one hand raised to greet Red Guards in Tiananmen Square during the Cultural Revolution, or posed with his hands behind his back and the wind whipping his coat as he stands on the beach at his favourite seaside resort of Beidaihe.
The controversy over the decision to let Abdul Baset Ali al-Megrahi go home to Libya was further stirred after Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, said in a Libyan television interview yesterday that his release was linked to negotiations over oil and gas contracts.
Downing Street insisted that the decision — condemned by the White House yesterday as “outrageous and disgusting” — was a matter solely for the SNP-led Scottish government. However, a senior US official told The Times last night: “We believe it was the wrong decision — I don’t know if the UK thinks so or not. It has been extraordinarily silent on this issue.”
The official suggested that it was disingenuous for the Government to claim that responsibility lay only with the devolved Scottish government because the release of al-Megrahi had wider foreign policy implications.
Name of source: Lee P. Ruddin
SOURCE: Lee P. Ruddin (8-21-09)
Nash’s hour-long talk, Reflections on the American Civil Rights Movement, focused on her “agaphic energy” during the struggle and was greatly received by a packed council chamber.
This was Nash’s first visit to the UK, and the 71-year-old is set to depart immediately on what is a whistle-blowing tour.
In speaking at Liverpool, Nash follows in the footsteps of Jesse Jackson who delivered a public lecture in the city last December.
Name of source: NYT (Digest)
SOURCE: NYT (Digest) (8-21-09)
Stone Age humans in fact wiped out many animal species in places as varied as the mountains of New Zealand and the plains of
North America. Now scientists are proposing a new arena of ancient depredation: the coast.
In an article in Friday’s issue of
the journal Science, anthropologists at the Smithsonian Institution and the University of Oregon cite evidence of sometimes serious damage by early inhabitants along the coasts of the Aleutian Islands, New England, the Gulf of Mexico, South Africa and California’s Channel Islands, where the
researchers do fieldwork.
Name of source: Independent (UK)
SOURCE: Independent (UK) (8-22-09)
Raymond Scott, who claims to be distantly related to Bonnie Prince Charlie, faced a judge at Durham Crown Court dressed in a kilt of Royal Stewart tartan, a Harris Tweed jacket, cravat and a pair of limited edition £1,000 Fendi sunglasses.
The eccentric antique book dealer, who faces charges relating to the theft of a Shakespeare first folio that went missing from Durham University Library more than 10 years ago, answered "Aye, that I am" to questions from the judge.
He then gazed, with his head tipped back, at the ceiling lights as his lawyer discussed a date to fix his trial.
Mr Scott, 52, faces a total of eight charges including stealing the book, and an alternative charge of handling stolen goods. He will face trial next summer, when expert witnesses from the US and Cuba will be called to give evidence by video link.
Name of source: Guardian (UK)
SOURCE: Guardian (UK) (8-21-09)
The hidden protocols of the pact, in which Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler agreed to carve up Poland and other sovereign states, were denounced by the Soviet parliament in 1989, shortly after they were revealed for the first time.
But the pact, which lasted until Hitler's invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941, is now being rehabilitated to chime with Kremlin ideology that claims a Russian sphere of interest in the "near abroad" former Soviet republics.
Name of source: TheDailyBeast.com
SOURCE: TheDailyBeast.com (7-29-09)
Name of source: The Washington Times
SOURCE: The Washington Times (8-20-09)
President Asif Ali Zardari announced the changes last week in hope that tribesmen would begin a political opposition to Taliban and al Qaeda sympathizers, who hold sway in mosques.
Previously, about 4 million residents of seven Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) could not belong to a political party or run for public office on any political party's ticket, and politicians from elsewhere in the country could not hold rallies, make speeches, register voters or engage in any other political activity...
... This, he said, enabled the Taliban to increase its influence on Pakistan's side of the border, especially after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in the U.S.
Candidates backed by the Taliban won all 12 National Assembly seats from FATA in 2002 and most of the seats in 2007 elections, Mr. Wazir said.
"The problem is that [members of parliament] from FATA have become virtual spokesmen of Taliban and advocates of their agenda," said Ijaz Khattak, another Peshawar-based analyst.
Pakistani religious parties formed an alliance back in 2001, first called the Afghan Defense Council and later Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal, to support the Afghan Taliban regime and resist the U.S.-led coalition's military operations in Afghanistan...
Name of source: The National Security Archive
SOURCE: The National Security Archive (8-20-09)
Since the brutal attack of December 22, 1997, the Mexican government has offered multiple versions of the military’s involvement in the conflictive Chiapas zone around Acteal. The problem is the accounts have been incomplete or untrue. The most important of the DIA documents directly contradicts the official story told about the massacre by the government of then-President Ernesto Zedillo.
In the report issued by the nation’s Attorney General Jorge Madrazo in 1998, Libro Blanco Sobre Acteal, the government asserted that “The Attorney General’s office has documented the existence of groups of armed civilians in the municipality of Chenalhó, neither organized, created, trained, nor financed by the Mexican Army nor by any other government entity, but whose management and organization respond to an internal logic determined by the confrontation, between and within the communities, with the Zapatista bases of support.”
But in a telegram sent to DIA headquarters in Washington on May 4, 1999, the U.S. Defense Attaché Office in Mexico points to “direct support” by the Army to armed groups in the highland areas of Chiapas, where the killings took place. The document describes a clandestine network of “human intelligence teams,” created in mid-1994 with approval from then-President Carlos Salinas, working inside Indian communities to gather intelligence information on Zapatista “sympathizers.” In order to promote anti-Zapatista armed groups, the teams provided “training and protection from arrests by law enforcement agencies and military units patrolling the region.”...
Name of source: AFP
SOURCE: AFP (8-20-09)
Then defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld and attorney general John Ashcroft pushed him to elevate the color-coded threat level, but Ridge refused, according to a summary from his publisher, Thomas Dunne Books.
"After that episode, I knew I had to follow through with my plans to leave the federal government for the private sector," Ridge is quoting as writing in "The Test of Our Times: America Under Siege ... And How We Can Be Safe Again."
Some of Bush's critics had repeatedly questioned whether the administration was using warnings of a possible attack to blunt the political damage from the unpopular Iraq war by shifting the debate to the broader "war on terrorism," which had wide popular appeal.
Name of source: Public Policy Polling blog
SOURCE: Public Policy Polling blog (8-19-09)
The answer is that 62% of Americans think Obama was born here, while 24% think he was not and 14% are unsure.
10% of the country thinks that he was born in Indonesia, 7% think he was born in Kenya, and 1% think he was born in the Philippines.
That leaves 20%, which includes at least some people who correctly believe that Obama was born in Hawaii, but who don't consider Hawaii to be part of the United States. You read that right- 6% of poll respondents think that Hawaii is not part of the country and 4% are unsure.
It's hard to say what the rest of that 20% thinks. We did ask them if they thought Obama was born in France and while less than half a percent of respondents did, two thirds of that remaining 20% said they 'weren't sure' whether Obama was a Frenchman.
Name of source: NECN.com (New England Cable News)
SOURCE: NECN.com (New England Cable News) (8-19-09)
But developer Frank Keefe and a high-powered team of civic leaders hope to change that. They're working to get rights from the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority to build a Boston Museum on a vacant parcel between the Rose Kennedy Greenway and Haymarket outdoor fruit and vegetable market. It's officially called Parcel 9 on plans for post-Big-Dig redevelopment of Boston.
"This is going to be a very successful museum,'' said Keefe, a former top aide to former Massachusetts governor Michael S. Dukakis who went on to become a private developer building projects like the Hotel Commonwealth in Kenmore Square and others. "Boston has history, more history than any other city in America. People come here for history, and we only show them a tiny slice of the history we have.''