Daily Archives: June 26, 2017

” The Separation of Light from Darkness ” 1511 by Michelangelo Buonarotti Fresco painting at Sistina Cappella , Vatican Period: Haute Renaissance


” The Separation of Light from Darkness ” 1511 by Michelangelo Buonarotti 

Fresco painting at Sistina Cappella , Vatican 

Period: Haute Renaissance

” The Deluge ” 1508-1509 (detail ),By Michelangelo Buonarotti Fresco at Cappella Sistina in Vatican


” The Deluge ” 1508-1509 (detail )

By Michelangelo Buonarotti 

Period: Haute Renaissance

Fresco at Cappella Sistina in Vatican

Ambrosius Benson(c.1495-1550,  Flemish)Madonna and Child (16th century)Oil on panel (14,5×14,5cm)


Ambrosius Benson(c.1495-1550,  Flemish)

Madonna and Child (16th century)

Oil on panel (14,5×14,5cm)

” St. Anne With the Virgin and the Child Embracing a Lamb ” circa 1520-1525Artist: Francesco Melzi 


” St. Anne With the Virgin and the Child Embracing a Lamb ” circa 1520-1525

Artist: Francesco Melzi 

Period: Haute Renaissance 

Location: Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy

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 France 24 :   Trump ends White House tradition of celebrating end of Ramadan…:  Yeah, finally somebody makes sense!…Trump ends White House tradition of celebrating end of Ramadan


Trump ends White House tradition of celebrating end of Ramadan

US President Donald Trump broke a two-decade-long tradition this weekend by not hosting a White House dinner to celebrate Eid, marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

http://www.france24.com/en/20170626-usa-trump-white-house-tradition-celebrate-eid-ramadan-dinner-muslim

The three-day Eid al-Fitr holiday began on Friday and marks the end of a month of sunrise-to-sunset fasting which is intended to bring the faithful closer to God and remind them of the suffering of the sick and poor.

The news of Trump’s decision to not host the dinner — which prominent US Muslim leaders, diplomats and legislators usually attend — has been widely criticised.
“It is disappointing because that’s been a good tradition,” Imam Talib Shareef of the Nation’s Mosque in Washington, D.C., was quoted astelling Newsweek. “To stop it doesn’t send a good message. You get the chance to go golfing and all this other kind of stuff. How come you don’t have time for a population of your society that needs some assistance? The message that it sends is that we’re not that important,” he said.
Trump has repeatedly come under fire for what has been perceived as anti-Muslim rhetoric, especially during his presidential campaign, when he called on the surveillance of US mosques as well as a ban on Muslims entering the country.

It is the first Iftar — the celebratory meal Muslims eat to break their fast — dinner not to be held at the White House since 1999 when former president Bill Clinton made it an annual tradition. Instead, Trump limited his marking of Eid to a statement sending “warm greetings” to Muslims observing it around the world.

“Muslims in the United States joined those around the world during the holy month of Ramadan to focus on acts of faith and charity,” the Saturday statement read.
“During this holiday, we are reminded of the importance of mercy, compassion, and goodwill. With Muslims around the world, the United States renews our commitment to honour these values. Eid Mubarak.”
Furthermore, earlier this year he issued a controversial ban on travellers from several predominantly Muslim countries, including Iran, Libya, Syria and Yemen, to protect the US from “terrorism”. The ban however was blocked by US courts on discriminatory grounds.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also issued a statement on Eid on Saturday.

“This holiday marks the culmination of Ramadan, a month in which many experience meaning and inspiration in acts of fasting, prayer, and charity.

“This day offers an opportunity to reflect on our shared commitment to building peaceful and prosperous communities. Eid Mubarak.”

President Thomas Jefferson, who was an advocate for religious freedom, is reportedly the first US President to have hosted an Iftar dinner at the White House in 1805.

BBC News: Painter Salvador Dali’s body to be exhumed for paternity suit


I saw this on the BBC and thought you should see it:

Painter Salvador Dali’s body to be exhumed for paternity suit – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-40405421

BBC News: Trump travel ban injunction lifted in part by Supreme Court


I saw this on the BBC and thought you should see it:

Trump travel ban injunction lifted in part by Supreme Court – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-40409490