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Name of source: Media Matters
SOURCE: Media Matters (8-17-09)
On August 14, the Drudge Report, Rush Limbaugh, and O'Reilly Factor guest host Laura Ingraham featured a recording of Ronald Reagan speaking in 1961 against"socialized medicine" for the American Medical Association's Operation Coffee Cup Campaign against Medicare. Neither Drudge, Limbaugh, nor Ingraham, however, noted that Reagan was speaking out against an early version of Medicare, which has become very popular since it was enacted 44 years ago, or that Reagan's dire predictions of curtailments of freedom were never realized...
Reagan's 1961 missive was against Medicare's precursor legislation
Reagan's 1961 message was recorded as part of the American Medical Association's"Operation Coffee Cup," the goal of which"was to defeat legislation called King-Anderson, a congressional health care bill designed to assist older Americans that, in a watered-down version, ultimately came into being as Medicare." In the recording, Reagan warned that if the bill were passed, doctors would be told by the government where to live and where to practice, and that"you and I are going to spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it once was like in America when men were free."...
Name of source: The Chronicle of Higher Education
SOURCE: The Chronicle of Higher Education (8-14-09)
Newspapers around the world had initially quoted a Hebrew University spokesman as saying that the late donor had lived out of a shopping cart in Manhattan. In its article last week, The Jerusalem Post helpfully showed what a homeless person might look like, had the donor actually been homeless.
Name of source: LA Times
SOURCE: LA Times (8-15-09)
Geary, who fought there as a Marine, was succinct in his assessment.
“It was a nasty place,” he said as he walked a passageway dubbed the Hall of Heroes aboard the amphibious assault ship named for the battle.
What was nasty about it? Geary was asked. “Everything,” he said, “absolutely everything.”
It was a morning of remembrances for Geary and 10 other former Marines honored in San Diego as members of the 12th Defense Battalion, a unit of the 1st Marine Division, the division that led the U.S. assault on the Japanese garrison...
...The fighting at Peleliu was fierce and close in, in heat that exceeded 100 degrees. One in three Marines was killed or wounded during the two-month battle that began in mid-September 1944 -- by some measures the highest casualty rate of any battle in the Pacific war.
“The Japanese were dug in,” said Hal Handley, 85, of Los Angeles, a retired banker. “We had to go in after them. They wouldn’t surrender.”
Military records indicate that 1,252 Marines were killed and 5,274 wounded and that 542 U.S. Army soldiers were killed and 2,736 wounded. Japanese deaths were put at more than 10,600...
SOURCE: LA Times (8-16-09)
"The president said that it was very important that Brazil and the United States work closely in this field. . . . If money were required or other discreet aid, we might be able to make it available," stated the synopsis of Nixon's December 1971 conversation with President Emilio Medici.
The offer of U.S. help came after Medici told Nixon that Brazilian military officers were working with counterparts in Chile and that he thought Chilean armed forces were capable of overthrowing Allende.
The Chilean leader died during a U.S.-backed overthrow of his elected government in September 1973.
The summary was among a batch of records concerning U.S.-Brazil collaboration in opposing left-leaning governments in Latin America in the early 1970s posted Saturday on the National Security Archive website...
Name of source: Chron (Houston Chronicle)
SOURCE: Chron (Houston Chronicle) (8-17-09)
State education leaders are still in the early stages of writing new curriculum standards for social studies that will shape future history and geography books.
And by the time those new textbooks arrive in fall 2013, a majority of the children attending Texas public schools will be Hispanic...
...The late Henry B. Gonzalez of San Antonio, a member of the U.S. House for 38 years, could end up in fourth grade history books as an example “of individuals who modeled active participation in the democratic process.”
And second grade students would learn about Irma Rangel, who in 1976 became the first Hispanic woman elected to the Texas Legislature and chaired the House Higher Education Committee when the current textbooks were written a decade ago. She died in 2003.
Hispanic children “want to see some brown faces and in Texas there are a lot of people with Hispanic surnames who are a part of Texas history. So that's easy to come by,” said State Board of Education member Patricia Hardy, R-Fort Worth, who has 30 years' experience as a world history and geography teacher and five years experience as director of the social studies curriculum for the Weatherford Independent School District.
“But you cannot distort Texas history. You cannot give people an elevated place in history when their place was not elevated,” she added...
Name of source: PressofAtlanticCity.com
SOURCE: PressofAtlanticCity.com (8-16-09)
The bill signing is part of a two-day event featuring a Career, Education and Support Services Expo for veterans.
"The Veterans' Oral History initiative will preserve and provide a vivid and far-reaching account of the personal experiences felt and lived out by the many brave servicemen and women from our great state," Corzine said. "New Jersey's rich military history and centuries of contributions and sacrifices will be shared for generations."
Name of source: SF Chronicle
SOURCE: SF Chronicle (8-16-09)
The remains of several Japanese soldiers or civilians removed from the island of Saipan in 1945 by a Navy doctor are housed on storage shelves maintained by the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology on the UC Berkeley campus, museum officials have confirmed.
The admission has sparked the fury of international law experts and anthropologists, who say the university has a legal and ethical duty to return the remains to Japan.
Three sets of skeletal remains with skulls, and various bones of three additional Japanese war dead without skulls, are stored in wooden containers in vaults beneath the Hearst Gymnasium swimming pool.
Name of source: Independent (UK)
SOURCE: Independent (UK) (8-17-09)
In a letter to Michael Heseltine, Mrs Thatcher's defence secretary at the time, the late Lord Hill-Norton said the sightings of unidentified flying objects in Rendelsham Forest by USAF personnel in December 1980 had "puzzling and disquieting" features that have never been satisfactorily explained.
The letter, written on 1 May 1985 is among official government documents on UFOs released today by the Ministry of Defence to the National Archives. Fourteen files containing more than 4,000 pages spanning 15 years between 1981 and 1996 have been placed online.
Name of source: Times (UK)
SOURCE: Times (UK) (8-17-09)
Senior sources said that there was “no chance” of Abdul Baset Ali al-Megrahi being sent back to Libya on Wednesday as had been expected.
The plan to release the convicted terrorist, who has dropped his appeal against conviction, and return him to his native Libya, was thrown out after the intervention of Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State.
It is understood that Alex Salmond, the First Minister, summoned Kenny MacAskill, the Scottish Justice Secretary, to a meeting on Friday amid fears that the decision for a release on compassionate grounds would lead to an international backlash. Al-Megrahi has advanced prostate cancer.
Name of source: Daily Mail (UK)
SOURCE: Daily Mail (UK) (8-17-09)
The latest flare-up of fractious relations between the tiny Alpine principality and its much larger neighbor to the north stemmed from comments in a weekend interview Prince Hans-Adam II gave for Liechtenstein's national holiday.
The prince took aim particularly at Germany, which has been pressuring Liechtenstein to clamp down on confidential banking practices that it claims allow wealthy Germans to evade taxes.
'We and Switzerland saved many people, especially Jews, with banking secrecy,' Hans-Adam II told the Liechtensteiner Volksblatt.
'Germany should clean up its own act, and think about its past.'
The prince noted how some Jews were able to buy their safety during the Holocaust by using money they had safely deposited in Switzerland or Liechtenstein.
SOURCE: Daily Mail (UK) (8-17-09)
It claims the Allies deliberately did nothing to either rescue Jews or destroy the death camps.
An article in L'Osservatore Romano, the official Vatican newspaper, says Allied governments knew the Nazis were planning to exterminate the Jews as early as 1942.
But instead of bombing the concentration camps and the railways supplying them, they reacted by first suppressing eye-witness reports and then claiming they were exaggerated.
SOURCE: Daily Mail (UK) (8-15-09)
Queenie Fletcher branded the plan to let Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi leave a Scottish prison an 'insult' to the memory of her daughter Yvonne.
'What is going on is absolutely sickening,' the 76-year- old said from her home in Semley, Dorset.
She accused politicians of letting Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi gain the 'upper hand' in any discussions over handing over WPC Fletcher's killers.
The 25-year- old officer was on duty during a protest outside the Libyan Embassy in April 1984 when she was hit by a bullet fired from inside.
Name of source: BBC
SOURCE: BBC (8-17-09)
It says the men are among hundreds held "beyond the rule of law".
The Ministry of Defence said it had no reason to believe the allegations about their welfare were accurate.
It had previously told Reprieve, which is seeking to represent the men, that it would violate their rights under the Data Protection Act to reveal the identities.
SOURCE: BBC (8-15-09)
Poland still has no law covering the restitution of private property seized by the Nazis or nationalised by the communists.
Historian Norman Davies says tens of millions of people in Poland were killed, deported, displaced or resettled during those eras, and millions lost their property.
Several draft restitution laws have been published. None has been enacted. What is more, many younger Poles see no reason why their taxes should pay for the errors of previous generations.
Ioannis Papayiannis was one of five soldiers photographed surrendering to Turkish forces during the invasion.
The soldiers' bodies were identified this week, 35 years after they were killed and thrown down a well.
The remains were recovered from a well in Turkish-controlled northern Cyprus in 2006 along with 14 other bodies.
On VJ Day, the anniversary of victory over Japan, they tell the veterans' story.
The contribution of West Africans was played down in official versions of the Allied war in Asia, and until now, few have had an opportunity to tell their tale.
In fact, only two in 10 of the soldiers who fought in Burma were white.
Polish and German officials presided over the ceremony at a cemetery for German soldiers in north-west Poland, near the border between the countries.
The victims are believed to be German civilians who died in the last months of the conflict, in early 1945.
The mass grave was discovered in the Polish city of Malbork last October.
The 1925 copy of the Nazi leader's political manifesto went under the hammer at Ludlow Racecourse in Shropshire on Thursday.
Historical documents expert Richard Westwood-Brookes, from the auctioneers Mullock's, said the volume was "a legendary copy of Mein Kampf".
This particular edition was presented to Johann Maurer at Christmas 1925 "in memory of our time together in prison in Landsberg".
SOURCE: BBC (8-15-09)
The visit by Junichiro Koizumi and Shinzo Abe coincides with the anniversary of the end of World War II.
Mr Koizumi's visits to the shrine when in office caused tensions with China and South Korea, which see it as a symbol of past militarism.
Current PM Taro Aso vowed not to go but expressed remorse for Japan's wartime actions at a Tokyo memorial service.
Earlier it was confirmed the Libyan had applied to abandon his appeal against his conviction.
Terminally-ill Megrahi is serving a life sentence at Greenock Prison.
On Wednesday BBC News revealed that Kenny MacAskill was likely to announce next week that Megrahi, who is gravely ill with prostate cancer, would be released on compassionate grounds.
Name of source: AP
SOURCE: AP (8-15-09)
Ralph David Abernathy III of Atlanta said Friday that he would apply for the pardons for his father, the Rev. Ralph David Abernathy, who died in 1990, under a 2006 Alabama law that provided a mechanism for granting them to people arrested in civil rights protests.
Mayor Larry Langford of Birmingham said he would use the law to pardon thousands, including Mr. Abernathy, who was arrested during protests in Birmingham. Mr. Langford acknowledged that some might not want the pardons because they considered their arrests a badge of honor, but the younger Mr. Abernathy said that was not a concern for him.
But an Associated Press review of pilots' safety reports found many more near-misses in the same airspace in recent years, including several between small planes and helicopters flying the busy river corridor near the Statue of Liberty.
Almost all the incidents involved small aircraft flying at low altitude in an area were pilots pick their own routes and watch for conflicts without help from air traffic controllers.
In 2006, the pilot of a prop plane headed south for a sightseeing swing around the Statue of Liberty said he may have inadvertently passed just 50 feet above a helicopter flying a similar route.
In 1998, the pilot of an air taxi headed to LaGuardia from a heliport on Manhattan's West Side reported that he came within 200 to 300 feet of being clipped by a Cessna.
One pilot complained about a harrowing 1996 flight down the Hudson to his home airport in Linden, N.J. He had three close calls in 20 minutes.
"Do we need another midair before the FAA ... gets its act together?!" he wrote.
Pilots provided the accounts of near-misses through the Aviation Safety Reporting System, which allows fliers and air traffic controllers to voluntarily and anonymously disclose incidents they felt involved a safety risk.
A database of those reports reviewed by The Associated Press included at least 11 incidents filed since 1990 that described aircraft coming dangerously close over the Hudson.
Those reports only involve a tiny fraction of incidents within that corridor, and experts say most near misses, regardless of where they happen in the U.S., go unreported, meaning the actual number of close calls is probably much higher.
There were additional close calls between helicopters and planes reported in 2001, 2000, 1995, 1994 and 1996, when a plane on another sightseeing flight near the statue descended to avoid a helicopter and came within 300 feet of the water.
"I'm surprised we haven't had more incidents," said Chris Meigs, an assistant professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University who became familiar with the Hudson River airspace while flying for a commercial airline out of Newark, N.J...
Ambulances and a fire brigade crane arrived at the scene Friday evening. Police cordoned off the area. Below the ancient arena, some 50 other security guards backed the protest with cheers.
The protesters unfurled a banner that read "no to job insecurity" and received a megaphone and supplies attached to a rope by their colleagues.
Speicher was shot down in 1991 on the first night of the Gulf War. For more than 18 years, no one knew if he was killed or being held prisoner in Iraq until his remains were discovered in the desert, west of Baghdad, earlier this month.
Motorcycles, their red and blue lights flashing, led Speicher's hearse and family following in a limousine along a 30-mile route of sites special to Speicher.
Name of source: MSNBC
SOURCE: MSNBC (8-13-09)
Early humans crossed a threshold around 75,000 years ago, when they started painting symbols, carving patterns and making jewelry. A new study found they also began to use fire to make tools around that time.
Until now, this complex, multistep process for tool making was only known to occur as recently as 25,000 years ago in Europe. But the new findings show this breakthrough occurred much earlier, and in Africa, not Europe.
By heating up stones in a fire before chipping away at them to make blades, early humans could make tools sharper and produce them more efficiently.
Name of source: Discovery News
SOURCE: Discovery News (8-13-09)
Populated by bats and venomous spiders, the underground complex was found in the limestone bedrock beneath the pyramid field at Giza.
Collins, who will detail his findings in the book "Beneath the Pyramids" to be published in September, tracked down the entrance to the mysterious underworld after reading the forgotten memoirs of a 19th century diplomat and explorer.
Name of source: AFP
SOURCE: AFP (8-11-09)
The folded piece of paper for travel by rail from Fremantle to Perth is one of the most telling items recovered alongside skeletal remains from a mass grave of World War I soldiers in northern France.
Working under a white marquee in a muddy field, a team of 30 archeologists and forensics experts have been unearthing remains over the past three months and finding clues about the soldiers' lives.
Name of source: NYT
“The city was a dreary place,” he continued.
His name was Paul Jennings, and he was an unlikely chronicler of the Madison presidency. When he first walked into the Executive Mansion, he was a 10-year-old slave.
But over the course of his long life, Mr. Jennings witnessed, and perhaps participated in, the rescue of George Washington’s portrait from the White House during the War of 1812 and stood by the former president’s side at his deathbed. He bought his freedom, helped to organize a daring (and unsuccessful) slave escape and became the first person to put his White House recollections into a memoir.
Next week, Mr. Jennings’s story will take center stage when dozens of his descendants gather for a reunion in the White House. Historians say it will be a remarkable moment in the history of the mansion, which was built with slave labor and now houses President Obama, the first black person to hold the office, and his family...
The former militant, Pol Brennan, 56, has spent 17 months in immigration detention centers while fighting deportation. His lawyers had appealed to the Homeland Security Department in May for a stay of removal and deferred action...
... Mr. Brennan testified at a hearing in November in the Willacy County Detention Center that he transported what he believed were explosives between drop-off points in Belfast for the Irish Republican Army about six times. It was on one of those runs in 1976 that he was arrested and sentenced to 16 years in The Maze prison, from which he escaped with 37 others in 1983. Mr. Brennan said that while he supported the I.R.A., he was not a sworn member of the group.
The federal government was familiar with Mr. Brennan’s past but consistently renewed his work permits. It was only when he essentially fell into their laps with an expired work permit that immigration authorities acted...
She jumped from behind the wheel of her gun truck, grabbed her medical bag and sprinted 50 yards to a stalled civilian truck. On the way, bullets kicked up dust near her feet. She pulled the badly wounded driver to the ground and got to work.
Despite her best efforts, the driver died, but her heroism that January night last year earned Specialist Alfaro a Bronze Star for valor. She had already received a combat action badge for fending off insurgents as a machine gunner.
“I did everything there,” Ms. Alfaro, 25, said of her time in Iraq. “I gunned. I drove. I ran as a truck commander. And underneath it all, I was a medic.”
Before 2001, America’s military women had rarely seen ground combat. Their jobs kept them mostly away from enemy lines, as military policy dictates.
But the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, often fought in marketplaces and alleyways, have changed that. In both countries, women have repeatedly proved their mettle in combat. The number of high-ranking women and women who command all-male units has climbed considerably along with their status in the military...
...Nonetheless, as soldiers in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, women have done nearly as much in battle as their male counterparts: patrolled streets with machine guns, served as gunners on vehicles, disposed of explosives, and driven trucks down bomb-ridden roads. They have proved indispensable in their ability to interact with and search Iraqi and Afghan women for weapons, a job men cannot do for cultural reasons. The Marine Corps has created revolving units — “lionesses” — dedicated to just this task.
A small number of women have even conducted raids, engaging the enemy directly in total disregard of existing policies.
Many experts, including David W. Barno, a retired lieutenant general who commanded forces in Afghanistan; Dr. Mansoor, who now teaches military history at Ohio State University; and John A. Nagl, a retired lieutenant colonel who helped write the Army’s new counterinsurgency field manual, say it is only a matter of time before regulations that have restricted women’s participation in war will be adjusted to meet the reality forged over the last eight years...
SOURCE: NYT (8-14-09)
The seven semiautonomous tribal regions have never been fully incorporated into the country’s legal and political system. They are instead still governed by a set of 100-year-old rules, known as Frontier Crimes Regulations, dating from the British empire.
Rights groups have long denounced the rules as draconian and Pakistan’s political parties have urged the government to do away with them, calling them a dark legacy of British colonial rule.
“Today, I am announcing the permission of political activities in the F.A.T.A. to bring them into the main political stream,” Mr. Zardari said in a live broadcast, referring to the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, as the region is formally known.
Mr. Zardari chose a symbolic moment to make the announcement: the eve of the national holiday marking Pakistan’s 62nd year of independence from the British Empire...
SOURCE: NYT (8-14-09)
David G. Sanakoyev, for example, wore a tie during the day. As South Ossetia’s ombudsman for human rights, he handled complaints about prison conditions or unlawful firings. Three times a week, after work, he changed into camouflage and took up a position at the territory’s border, rotating in and out of combat duty until morning.
Then he put his suit back on, and returned to his desk — a pattern interrupted only once, he recalled, when he was shot through the thigh in a Georgian ambush.
This has been the strange way of life inside South Ossetia, on and off, since the end of the Soviet Union. The tiny population of this valley — factory workers, university students, farmers and smugglers — has been turned into a loosely organized fighting force, deployed along the boundary that separates South Ossetia from Georgian-controlled territory.
Now, with Russia guaranteeing its security, South Ossetia is asking residents to turn in their weapons voluntarily. The police have opened 50 criminal prosecutions for illegal weapons and plan to offer $300 to $400 for each Kalashnikov rifle, a top official said.
The program is a test of confidence, a year after the war between Russia and Georgia...
...Twenty years ago, few people in this valley were armed. The first clash between Ossetians and Georgians was fought with wooden bats and hunting rifles in 1989, after an estimated 12,000 Georgian demonstrators surrounded Tskhinvali to protest its first separatist bid. In the two days of violence that followed, six people died, according to Human Rights Watch.
That began a great surge of arming. Timur Tskhovrebov, then working as a tomato farmer, became “a specialist in stealing from Soviet warehouses,” he recalled, with a broad, reminiscent smile. The commander of a 10-man local militia, he would bribe a sentry, throw a mattress over the barbed-wire fence, and clamber in and out, arms loaded with weapons, for two hours until the next sentry arrived...
Name of source: Global Post
SOURCE: Global Post (8-12-09)
Name of source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (8-16-09)
Hundreds were wounded in the eight-week conflict that started in July 1909. It heralded the era of industrial unionism and destroyed the myth that Slavic workers were passive people content to be driven like field hands.
As men and their families demonstrated rock-ribbed solidarity, the immigrant strikers attracted leaders from the International Workers of the World plus coverage by Pittsburgh's seven newspapers and The New York Times.
The 4,000 unskilled workers followed "the unknown committee," made up of a former German metalworker and union leader, Hungarian veterans of railway strikes and three Russians who had witnessed labor strife in St. Petersburg in 1905. About 2,000 skilled workers, native-born or Irish and German immigrants who had assimilated, followed a group called The Big Six.
Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09228/990709-28.stm#ixzz0OMi6viKq
Name of source: Telegraph (UK)
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (8-15-09)
As they marched through Europe, Adolf Hitler's Nazis pillaged the world's finest art collections. Thousands of art works were stolen for the Führer's personal enjoyment, many of which are still missing.
Now, a newly discovered document could unravel the mystery surrounding the whereabouts of lost masterpieces.
The "Hitler Album" contains details of art works stolen by the Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg (ERR), an organisation established by the Nazis in 1940 to confiscate works of art from territories under occupation.
Officials said an American military delegation that wrapped up a two-day visit to Damascus yesterday was given details of a Syrian-sponsored negotiation process that would end in the rehabilitation of most or all of the Ba'ath Party Iraqi regional command, which has remained loyal to Saddam's deputy, Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri.
Mr Douri has lived in the Syrian capital since the fall of Baghdad in 2003, playing a key role in financing and directing the terrorist campaign against the American occupation and fledgling democracy. Syria is run by its own version of the Ba'ath Party and it has given refuge to millions of Iraqis in the six years since 2003.
Ichiro Fujisaki, Japan's ambassador to Washington, apologised for the "tragic experiences" of the American survivors of the Bataan Death March, in which 20,000 US servicemen died after Imperial forces overran their defensive positions in the Philippines in April 1942.
Speaking at a gathering of survivors in Texas, he invited them to attend memorial events and stay in the homes of Japanese people during an official visit next year. "We extend a heartfelt apology for our country having caused tremendous damage and suffering to many people, including prisoners of war, those who have undergone tragic experiences in the Bataan Peninsula, in Corregidor Island in the Philippines and other places," he said.
But British prisoners of the Japanese described the apology and invitation as an "underhanded and empty gesture".
The ambassador's comments have been seen as a breakthrough in the way that Japan considers its history in the early decades of the last century.
Santiago Omar Riveros, 86, who commanded the Campo de Mayo barracks near Buenos Aires, was found guilty of torturing and beating to death 15-year-old Floréal Avellaneda, and abducting his mother, Iris
Some 5,000 prisoners were held at the Campo de Mayo barracks during Argentina's dictatorship, according to human rights groups.
During the years of junta rule, some 30,000 people vanished and are still unaccounted for.
A German police statement said handwriting found on documents in the case was that of Dr Aribert Heim, accused of killing and performing experiments on inmates of concentration camps during the Second World War.
Analysis of dust showed the briefcase had been in North Africa for a number of years, the statement added.
Earlier this year, Heim's family said he had died in Cairo in 1992, thirty years after going on the run from his home in Baden-Baden when he was about to be arrested. They said he had converted to Islam, changed his name to Tarek Hussein Farid and spent the last decade of his life in the Kasr el Madina Hotel.
Name of source: Stone Pages Archaeo News
Another rare find, of importance much higher than regional, is the ancient burial ground of the Unetice people from the Early Bronze Age (about 2000 BCE). "A total of 56 graves with 59 buried people have been uncovered. Most of the deceased were buried in a crouched position, along with bronze jewels and weapons. Especially extraordinary are the finds of amber, including a necklace with more than 400 corals," said Jana Marikova-Kubkova, from the Archaeological Institute in Prague.
Beneath the capstone archaeologists found a meticulously-constructed high-status stone lined cist burial, containing traces of human remains which had been laid on a bed of quartz pebbles and interwoven lattice of birch bark, with copper objects including a dagger with a leather scabbard, fragments of a wooden bowl, and at the head a wooden and leather container. While few traces survive of the body buried in the primitive stone coffin, found near the village of Forteviot, several clues suggest the remains are those of a tribal leader or warrior of 'tremendous importance'. More astonishing, said archeologists, were the organic materials preserved in the sealed grave.
Archaeology firm John Cronin & Associates found the ancient remains in recent weeks. They're working on behalf of Lagan Group and Roads Service during work on the A2 Maydown to City of Derry Airport road dualling scheme. The company has confirmed that six of the sites have already been "fully excavated and recorded". "Two Neolithic houses have been excavated near Cloghole Road and were found to be rectangular structures, probably built of very large upright timber posts and planks, with substantial heavy roofs. The discovery of Neolithic houses of this scale is unusual, not many examples have been excavated to date and it is therefore an exciting discovery for this area of Northern Ireland," said Archaeological Site Director, Martin McGonigle.
Name of source: Fox News
SOURCE: Fox News (8-15-09)
"Our country inflicted tremendous damage and suffering on many countries, particularly people in Asia. As a representative of the Japanese people, I humbly express my remorse for the victims, along with deep regret," Aso said in a speech at the nationally televised ceremony.
The prime minister vowed that Japan would never repeat the tragedy.
Emperor Akihito — whose father Hirohito announced Japan's surrender in a radio broadcast on Aug. 15, 1945 — said he hoped Japan would never again wage a war...
...The prime minister did not attend a controversial war shrine located near the national cemetery. Yasukuni Shrine honors 2.5 million Japanese soldiers who died in wars from the late 1800s until 1945, including convicted war criminals.
Pacifists and the victims of Japanese aggression abhor Yasukuni as a glorification of past militarism and a symbol of Japan's conquest in Asia, including the invasion and occupation of China and Korea.
From 2001 to 2006, then Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's repeated visits to Yasukuni strained relations with China and South Korea, who denounced the act as a sign that Japan had failed to fully atone for invasions and atrocities.
Koizumi again visited the Yasukuni Shrine on Saturday. Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and some 40 lawmakers also went there. Of 17 ministers in Aso's Cabinet, only Consumer Affairs Minister Seiko Noda went to the shrine...
Name of source: Deutsche Welle
SOURCE: Deutsche Welle (8-15-09)
When the first moving picture was projected on the screen in the Kino Pionier cinema - then called Helios - tickets cost just two pennies and Germany was ruled by an emperor. What is now the Polish city of Szczecin on
the Baltic coast was then the German city of Stettin, just an hour's drive
northeast of Berlin.
While Hollywood may now be the film capital of the world, it was there in Szczecin that the very first movie was shown in 1909.
SOURCE: Deutsche Welle (8-14-09)
The ceremony was attended by a group of Germans who fled the area, as well as Polish officials who meant to make the event a symbol of reconciliation.
One of those survivors, a 74-year-old Hamburg resident named Sabina, lived in Germany's easternmost province of East Prussia with her family until the last throes of the war. In the harsh winter of 1945 they caught the last transport bound for the west to escape the Red Army's offensive which was moving in from the east.
Name of source: telegraph.co.uk
SOURCE: telegraph.co.uk (8-14-09)
On the evening of 3 September 1939 - the day that Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain declared war - the monarch wrote: "As 11 o'clock struck that fateful morning I had a certain feeling of relief that those 10 anxious days of intensive negotiations with Germany over Poland, which at moments looked favourable, with Mussolini working for peace as well, were over.
"Hitler would not & could not draw back from the edge of the Abyss to which he had led us. Despite our protestations that the Polish Question could have been settled without force, Hitler had taken the plunge."
The diary entry, together with the naval jacket worn by the king as he addressed the British Empire that evening, are to be displayed in a new exhibition at the Imperial War Museum to mark the 70th anniversary of the start of the Second World War, called Outbreak...
Name of source: Scoop (Independent News)
SOURCE: Scoop (Independent News) (7-28-09)
In a reversal of fortune beginning with the accidental death of Symes's long-time business partner and companion Christo Michaelides ten years ago at a dinner party in Italy hosted by Levy & White and then many months in prison in the UK -- Symes, once the prince of the ancient art trade, is now bankrupt. And Italy is asking for restitution of some 1,000 artifacts from Symes's Trustees in Bankruptcy, according to Maurizio Fiorilli, the lawyer for Italy's Ministry of Culture who negotiated the return of the Euphronios krater and other treasures from America's museums...
Name of source: CNN
SOURCE: CNN (8-14-09)
Fromme was convicted in 1975 of pointing a gun at then-President Gerald Ford in Sacramento, California.
She was released Friday morning from Federal Medical Center Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas, said Felicia Ponce, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Bureau of Prisons in Washington.
Fromme, a follower of Charles Manson, pointed a gun at Ford a year after he became president. Secret Service agents prevented her from firing; the gun was later found to have a clip of ammunition but no bullet in the chamber.
SOURCE: CNN (8-13-09)
It was the world's deadliest act of air terrorism until the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington, according to the FBI.
American and British investigators painstakingly pieced together the aircraft's wreckage and found it had been destroyed by a bomb, which they accused Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi and another man of planting.
Al-Megrahi, once the security chief for Libyan Arab Airlines, and Al-Amin Khalifa Fahima were Libyan intelligence agents, the U.S. and Britain alleged in a November 1991 indictment on 270 counts of murder and conspiracy to murder.
The indictment set off a battle that lasted more than seven years.
Libya at first refused to hand the men over, prompting the U.N. Security Council in April 1992 to slap sanctions on the north African country, clamping down on arms sales and air travel.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation put the men on its 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list -- the only time officers of a foreign government have ever been named on the list, as far as the FBI knows, spokesman Ken Hoffman said.
Two years later, Libya floated the idea of trying the men in a neutral site, in an international court, which the United States and Britain rejected.
In the summer of 1998, they made a counterproposal: that the men face justice in the Netherlands under Scottish law.
By the end of the year, matters came to a head: Kofi Annan, then the secretary-general of the United Nations, met Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi in Tripoli, Libya.
Ten days later, a U.S. Appeals Court ruled that the families of the 189 Americans killed in the attack could sue Libya for its possible role in sponsoring the attack...
Name of source: The Huffington Post
SOURCE: The Huffington Post (8-14-09)
Though income inequality has been growing for some time, the paper paints a stark, disturbing portrait of wealth distribution in America. Saez calculates that in 2007 the top .01 percent of American earners took home 6 percent of total U.S. wages, a figure that has nearly doubled since 2000.
As of 2007, the top decile of American earners, Saez writes, pulled in 49.7 percent of total wages, a level that's "higher than any other year since 1917 and even surpasses 1928, the peak of stock market bubble in the 'roaring" 1920s.'"
Beginning in the economic expansion of the early 1990s, Saez argues, the economy began to favor the top tiers American earners, but much of the country missed was left behind. "The top 1 percent incomes captured half of the overall economic growth over the period 1993-2007," Saes writes.