Daily Archives: December 4, 2014

this pressed: BBC News – Elgin Marbles: British Museum loans statue to Russia


The British Museum has loaned one of the Elgin Marbles statues to Russia.

The British Museum has loaned one of the Elgin Marbles statues to Russia.

A headless depiction of the river god Ilissos will go on display in St Petersburg‘s State Hermitage Museum until mid-January.

It is one of a number of relics acquired by Lord Elgin in Athens in the early 19th Century now known collectively as the Elgin Marbles.

Ownership of the artefacts, once part of the 2,500-year-old Parthenon temple, is disputed by Greece.

It maintains that Lord Elgin removed them illegally while the country was under Turkish occupation as part of the Ottoman Empire.

The items have remained in the British Museum ever since.

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The greatest things in the world should be… shared and enjoyed by as many people in as many countries as possible”

Neil McGregor Director, British Museum

The museum director, Neil McGregor, said: “The British Museum is a museum of the world, for the world and nothing demonstrates this more than the loan of a Parthenon sculpture to the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg to celebrate its 250th anniversary.”

In a blog for the museum’s website, he wrote that the British Museum had opened its doors in 1759 and the Hermitage just five years later – making them “almost twins… the first great museums of the European Enlightenment“.

The British Museum was today “the most generous lender in the world”, he said, “making a reality of the Enlightenment ideal that the greatest things in the world should be seen and studied, shared and enjoyed by as many people in as many countries as possible”.

“The trustees have always believed that such loans must continue between museums in spite of political disagreements between governments.”

He added: “When our colleagues at the Hermitage asked if we might also make an important loan to celebrate their 250th anniversary, the Trustees immediately answered yes.

“And no loan could more fittingly mark the long friendship of our two houses, or the period of their founding, than a sculpture from the Parthenon.”

via BBC News – Elgin Marbles: British Museum loans statue to Russia.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS: Police Chokehold Death


ASSOCIATED PRESS: Police Chokehold Death

Demonstrators march across the Brooklyn Bridge during a protest against a grand jury‘s decision not to indict the police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner, Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, in New York. A grand jury cleared a white New York City police officer Wednesday in the videotaped chokehold death of Garner, an unarmed black man, who had been stopped on suspicion of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

 

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from Democracy Now: “I Can’t Breathe”: As Protests Erupt in NYC, Eric Garner’s Nephew Speaks Out on Grand Jury Ruling


Published on Dec 4, 2014

Visit http://democracynow.org to watch the full daily independent, global news hour. This is a summary of top news headlines from the U.S. and around the world on Thursday, December 4, 2014. Go to the Democracy Now! website to read the complete transcript, search the vast news archive, and to make a donation to support our daily, non-profit news program.

In this video, you’ll learn about these top news headlines:

*Protests Erupt in NYC After Grand Jury Clears Cop in Chokehold Death of Eric Garner

*Cleveland Officer Who Killed 12-Year-Old Was Deemed Unfit, Had “Dismal” Gun Performance

*Philippines Braces for Super Typhoon in Midst of U.N. Climate Summit

*Colombian Gov’t to Resume Peace Talks with FARC

*Iran Launches Airstrikes Against ISIS; U.S. Denies Cooperation

*Al-Qaeda Threatens to Kill U.S. Journalist in Yemen

*Lawmakers Agree on $585 Billion Military Bill Expanding ISIS Offensive

*3 Women Detail Assaults by Bill Cosby; Events Cancelled After Attendees Return Tickets

*Teenager Arrested for Rape in Oklahoma Following Mass Walkout

*Supreme Court Hears Pregnancy Discrimination Case

*Labor Dept. Issues Rule on Anti-LGBT Discrimination

*17 States Sue Obama over Executive Action on Immigration

*Appeals Court Stays Execution of Schizophrenic Texas Prisoner Scott Panetti

*Upstate New York Peace Activist Spared Jail Time After Drone Protest

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Hands Up, Don’t Choke

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Another police killing of an unarmed man of color. Another grand jury deciding not to indict: Not for murder. Not for manslaughter. Not for assault. Not even for reckless endangerment. We live in a land of impunity. At least, for those in power.

This past summer, after covering the protests in Ferguson, Mo., I flew back to New York City and went straight to Staten Island to cover the march protesting the police killing of Eric Garner, a 43-year-old African-American father of six. This story was strikingly similar to the police killing in Ferguson, where Officer Darren Wilson gunned down unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown. Both cases involved white police officers using deadly force. Both of the victims were unarmed African-Americans. In both cases, local prosecutors, with close ties to their local police departments, were allowed to control the grand jury. There were some differences between the cases. Most notably, Eric Garner’s killing was captured on video.

If you look at the video closely, just as NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo puts him in an illegal chokehold, you see Eric Garner put his hands up, the international signal of surrender. He is then taken down by a gang of police officers. You hear him repeatedly say, “I can’t breathe!” He says it a total of 11 times before he goes limp and dies.

Where did this video come from? A young man named Ramsey Orta was standing near Garner on that July 17 afternoon when the police moved in. Orta flipped open his cellphone and videoed the whole thing. Pantaleo was caught red-handed. The evidence was there for everyone to see. Well, the grand jury decided not to indict Pantaleo. Only two people were arrested in the wake of Garner’s death: Ramsey Orta, who shot the video, and his wife, Chrissie Ortiz. Chrissie told a local television station that since Ramsey was identified as the videographer, they had been subjected to police harassment. Ramsey was arrested the day after the city medical examiner declared Garner’s death a homicide. Chrissie was later arrested as well. I saw them at the Staten Island march that Saturday, standing near where Garner died. I asked them for comment, but they were afraid. They huddled on the same stoop that Ramsey was on when he filmed Garner’s death.

At that march on Staten Island on Aug. 23, while Ramsey and Chrissie chose not to speak, many did. “The Staten Island [district attorney] should not be prosecuting this case,” Constance Malcolm told me. “We need the feds to come in and take this case right now. We need accountability.”

Click here to read the full column posted at Truthdig.

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this pressed: Democracy Now: Hands up, Don’t choke!


Thursday, December 4, 2014 Previous | Next

Hands Up, Don’t Choke

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Another police killing of an unarmed man of color. Another grand jury deciding not to indict: Not for murder. Not for manslaughter. Not for assault. Not even for reckless endangerment. We live in a land of impunity. At least, for those in power.

This past summer, after covering the protests in Ferguson, Mo., I flew back to New York City and went straight to Staten Island to cover the march protesting the police killing of Eric Garner, a 43-year-old African-American father of six. This story was strikingly similar to the police killing in Ferguson, where Officer Darren Wilson gunned down unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown. Both cases involved white police officers using deadly force. Both of the victims were unarmed African-Americans. In both cases, local prosecutors, with close ties to their local police departments, were allowed to control the grand jury. There were some differences between the cases. Most notably, Eric Garner’s killing was captured on video.

If you look at the video closely, just as NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo puts him in an illegal chokehold, you see Eric Garner put his hands up, the international signal of surrender. He is then taken down by a gang of police officers. You hear him repeatedly say, “I can’t breathe!” He says it a total of 11 times before he goes limp and dies.

Where did this video come from? A young man named Ramsey Orta was standing near Garner on that July 17 afternoon when the police moved in. Orta flipped open his cellphone and videoed the whole thing. Pantaleo was caught red-handed. The evidence was there for everyone to see. Well, the grand jury decided not to indict Pantaleo. Only two people were arrested in the wake of Garner’s death: Ramsey Orta, who shot the video, and his wife, Chrissie Ortiz. Chrissie told a local television station that since Ramsey was identified as the videographer, they had been subjected to police harassment. Ramsey was arrested the day after the city medical examiner declared Garner’s death a homicide. Chrissie was later arrested as well. I saw them at the Staten Island march that Saturday, standing near where Garner died. I asked them for comment, but they were afraid. They huddled on the same stoop that Ramsey was on when he filmed Garner’s death.

At that march on Staten Island on Aug. 23, while Ramsey and Chrissie chose not to speak, many did. “The Staten Island [district attorney] should not be prosecuting this case,” Constance Malcolm told me. “We need the feds to come in and take this case right now. We need accountability.”

Click here to read the full column posted at Truthdig.

Click here to listen to Amy Goodman’s podcast. Subscribe to her weekly podcast on SoundCloud and Stitcher Radio.

Reported US military sex assaults up


Reported US military sex assaults up http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-30340717

Australian senate backs migrant bill


Australian senate backs migrant bill http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-30340579

Snowden files show NSA’s AURORAGOLD pwned 70% of world’s mobile networks • The Register


http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/04/snowden_files_show_nsas_auroragold_pwned_70_of_worlds_mobile_networks/

Obama, first family light National Christmas Tree as demonstrators gather – Washington Times


http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/dec/4/obama-first-family-light-national-christmas-tree-d/

Readers abandon ‘good news’ website


Readers abandon ‘good news’ website http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-30318261

Cosby Navy honorary title revoked


Cosby Navy honorary title revoked http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-30340099

Why was Psy nearly too much for YouTube?


Why was Psy nearly too much for YouTube? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-30330167

Police leap to defence of chokehold officer


Police leap to defence of chokehold officer http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-echochambers-30323811

Chimpanzee ‘has no human rights’


Chimpanzee ‘has no human rights’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-30338231

Mother of Eric Garner criticizes NYPD body camera program: ‘They had a video … It did nothing’ | SILive.com


http://www.silive.com/northshore/index.ssf/2014/12/gwen_carr_trashes_the_idea_of.html

Mother of Eric Garner criticizes NYPD body camera program: ‘They had a video … It did nothing’ | SILive.com


http://www.silive.com/northshore/index.ssf/2014/12/gwen_carr_trashes_the_idea_of.html

Officer’s intent critical for grand jury in chokehold case


http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/12/04/grand-jury-needed-intent-to-indict-police-officer-in-chokehold-case/19895341/

IS setting up Libya camps, US says


IS setting up Libya camps, US says http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-30323761

Israel desert hit by major oil spill


Israel desert hit by major oil spill http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-30325402

Mexican author Vicente Lenero dies


Mexican author Vicente Lenero dies http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-30329571

Day in pictures: 4 December 2014


Day in pictures: 4 December 2014 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-30326286

How do you stop people coughing during a classical concert?


How do you stop people coughing during a classical concert? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-30332992

Letter from Africa: Finger-pointing over Boko Haram


Letter from Africa: Finger-pointing over Boko Haram http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-30280891

‘Largest US homeless camp’ cleared


‘Largest US homeless camp’ cleared http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-30336704

US grand jury system ‘broken’


US grand jury system ‘broken’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-30336995

US reveals Yemen hostage rescue bid


US reveals Yemen hostage rescue bid http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-30338031

Just a thought: “Wouldn’t it be nice if we didn’t have to blog about anything else but blue skies,…


Just a thought:  Wouldn’t it be nice if we didn’t have to blog about anything else but blue skies, and lukewarm waters, and mist beautiful pics, and images or far away places, and most adoring pets, and, and and and…and yet: what would occur if everybody would only blog about those this that don’t affect anybody, except their excite their sense of beauty and serenity, and leave the world unattended to the reality of day to day life.”
– George-B.

Willie Nelson & Kenny Rogers “Blue Skies

The Red Cross CEO Has Been Serially Misleading About Where Donors’ Dollars Are Going – ProPublica


This story was co-produced with NPR.

The American Red Cross regularly touts how responsible it is with donors’ money. “We’re very proud of the fact that 91 cents of every dollar that’s donated goes to our services,” Red Cross CEO Gail McGovern said in a speech in Baltimore last year. “That’s world class, obviously.”

McGovern has often repeated that figure, which has also appeared on the charity’s website. “I’m really proud” that overhead expenses are so low, she told a Cleveland audience in June.

The problem with that number: It isn’t true.

After inquiries by ProPublica and NPR, the Red Cross removed the statement from its website. The Red Cross said the claim was not “as clear as it could have been, and we are clarifying the language.”

The Red Cross declined repeated requests to say the actual percentage of donor dollars going to humanitarian services.

But the charity’s own financial statements show that overhead expenses are significantly more than what McGovern and other Red Cross officials have claimed.

via The Red Cross CEO Has Been Serially Misleading About Where Donors’ Dollars Are Going – ProPublica.

NYC protests after police officer cleared in chokehold death http://f24.my/1BfBOh7


NYC protests after police officer cleared in chokehold death

http://f24.my/1BfBOh7

Boko Haram attacks French firm in northeast Nigeria http://f24.my/1zV1xr9


Boko Haram attacks French firm in northeast Nigeria

http://f24.my/1zV1xr9

EU court orders France to pay thousands to Somali pirates


EU court orders France to pay thousands to Somali pirates

http://f24.my/1zVm2Uz

http://app.inddist.com/news/2014/12/us-companies-added-208k-jobs-last-month


http://app.inddist.com/news/2014/12/us-companies-added-208k-jobs-last-month

New York Police Union Chief Praises Grand Jury in Eric Garner Case – NBC News.com


http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/new-york-police-union-chief-praises-grand-jury-eric-garner-n261586

American hostage Luke Somers appears in al Qaeda affiliate video – LA Times


http://www.latimes.com/world/middleeast/la-fg-middle-east-luke-somers-video-20141204-story.html

Walker joins immigration lawsuit against Obama


http://www.wausaudailyherald.com/story/news/politics/2014/12/03/scott-walker-immigration-lawsuit-barack-obama/19858133/

Cleveland Cop in Toy Gun Killing Resigned From Previous Job After ‘Dismal’ Handgun Performance, According to Files – ABC News


http://abcnews.go.com/US/cleveland-cop-toy-gun-killing-resigned-previous-job/story?id=27352626

Russia’s Putin praises ‘professional’ security operation in Chechnya


http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKCN0JI1Z220141204?irpc=932

Obama cites ‘deep unfairness’ in how laws are enforced – Jennifer Epstein – POLITICO


http://www.politico.com/story/2014/12/obama-eric-garner-reaction-113323.html

‘I Can’t Breathe’ Is Echoed in Voices of Fury and Despair – NYTimes.com


http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/12/04/nyregion/i-cant-breathe-is-re-echoed-in-voices-of-fury-and-despair.html?referrer=

Gangnam Style ‘broke’ YouTube limit


Gangnam Style ‘broke’ YouTube limit http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-30288542

Shell has ‘earliest human engraving’


Shell has ‘earliest human engraving’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-30324599

Petition against EU-US trade talks


Petition against EU-US trade talks http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-30316819

Day in pictures: 4 December 2014


Day in pictures: 4 December 2014 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-30326286

What is replacing Google’s annoying ReCaptcha test?


What is replacing Google’s annoying ReCaptcha test? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-30326350

Kenya breaks ‘cyber crime network’


Kenya breaks ‘cyber crime network’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-30327412

Genetic diversity of Africa revealed


Genetic diversity of Africa revealed http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-30318291

Putin warns Russians of hard times


Putin warns Russians of hard times http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30322198

Coalition Urges Regulators to ‘Stop Mega Comcast’ | News & Opinion | PCMag.com


http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2473089,00.asp

Weekly jobless claims fall to 297,000 as firms reduced planned layoffs – LA Times


http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-jobless-claims-unemployment-layoffs-economy-20141204-story.html

WTVM : CDC: Flu shot less effective in 2014


http://m.wtvm.com/wtvm/db_330870/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=rzyC4rWN

Minimum Wage Fight Hits The Streets Of 160 U.S. Cities


http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/6267696?utm_hp_ref=politics