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VOA : More Than 200 Skeletons Unearthed In Central Paris

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VOA : Report: US to Deport 150 Bosnians Over War Crimes Ties

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VOA : Netanyahu: I Respect Obama, but Israeli Security is My Priority

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BBC : Venezuela limits US diplomats

Venezuela limits US diplomats

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BBC : Has the world become too visual?

Has the world become too visual?

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BBC : Why Iceland banned beer

Why Iceland banned beer

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this pressed for history: Iraq’s National Museum To Open For First Time Since 2003 Invasion : The Two-Way : NPR

A man looks at ancient Assyrian human-headed winged bull statues at the Iraqi National Museum in Baghdad on Saturday.

Days after video emerged showing self-declared Islamic State extremists taking sledge hammers to pre-Islamic antiquities inside the Mosul museum, the Iraqi government has reopened the country’s national museum, shuttered since the 2003 U.S. invasion of the country that toppled Saddam Hussein.

The National Museum’s reopening was moved up as a retort to the move by ISIS in Mosul, which has been almost universally condemned as a most uncivilized act in a part of the world widely considered the cradle of civilization.

“The events in Mosul led us to speed up our work and we wanted to open it today as a response to what the gangs of Daesh did,” Iraq’s Deputy Tourism Minister Qais Hussein Rashid said, using an Arabic acronym for ISIS.

The National Museum, which displays artifacts from the Mesopotamian era, was looted and then closed after the U.S. invasion. Agence France-Presse quotes Rashid as saying that around 4,300 of the roughly 15,000 looted pieces have been recovered in the past 12 years. Authorities are still tracking down more than 10,000 items in markets and auctions.

via Iraq’s National Museum To Open For First Time Since 2003 Invasion : The Two-Way : NPR.

Cultural Museum of Mosul

Cultural Museum of Mosul

this pressed for humanity: The Plight Of Mosul’s Museum: Iraqi Antiquities At Risk Of Ruin : NPR

July 09, 2014 4:11 PM ET

(As you can see the issue was known to the civilized world for many months! but nothing but meetings and comdemnations were issued, and nothing done to prevent the distruction of humanity’s historic treasures)

Christopher Dickey, foreign editor for the Daily Beast, speaks to Melissa Block about the dangers facing antiquities in a museum and other archaeological sites in the Iraqi city of Mosul.

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This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I’m Robert Siegel.


And I’m Melissa Block. As Sunni insurgents have swept through Iraq seizing cities, they’ve also begun destroying ancient artifacts. Shrines, tombs and statues that the group ISIS believes are against Islam. Present day Iraq was once Mesopotamia, the land between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers and considered the cradle of civilization. Now there’s great concern that antiquities and archaeological sites will be wiped out. As Christopher Dickey writes in the Daily Beast, it’s a virtual certainty that irreplaceable history will be annihilated or sold into the netherworld of corrupt and cynical collectors. Mr. Dickey joins me not from Paris. Thanks for being with us.

CHRISTOPHER DICKEY: Sure thing Melissa.

BLOCK: And you write of particular concern about the province of Nineveh and the city of Mosul, in particular the Mosul Museum. Describe what’s there and the significance of these artifacts.

DICKEY: Well, what’s at risk are some beautiful monumental sculptures, these winged figures, lions and bulls, with the faces of bearded men – Kings, that clearly were idols in the time of the Assyrians. But that are now part and parcel of the history of Western civilization and biblical history especially. And then we’ve also got gorgeous gold jewelry which certainly will go onto the black market and all kinds of smaller pieces of sculpture, earthenware, the kinds of things that give you the texture as well as the beauty of life in that period. So it’s a rich museum but all of that collection is now in the hands of ISIS.

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euzicasa, o cugetare: despre dor, scoverzi, si Ioana Radu

Dor este in engleza “longing” , in franceza “désir”… apoi daca oamenii de pe acele meleaguri, sufera la fel de dor, asa cum suferim noi, sua daca sufera de dor de casa la fel cum sufera de dor de ibit sau iubita, daca sufera la fel la tinerete, asa cum sufera la batrineta, cred ca la urma urmei, dupa ce tot evestejit, si iarna nu mai pleaca…e dorul de soare si de ultima primavara care e cel mai puternic EUZICASA.
Am vazut niste scoverzi, aici, pe Facebook, si mi s-a facut dor din mai multe puncte de vedere: pentru ca stiu ca nimeni nu face scoverzi asa cum facea mama mare, deasemenea din cauza ca nu as putea sa le ating (din cauza zaharului) chiar daca erau aurite, si din cauza ca era o vreme cand puteam sa maninc cate as fi dorit, pana al refuz. Tot asa cum puteam sa mananc un borcan ce heciumpeci (pasta de macese), si cate si mai cate… spec ca nu am luat prea mult din poezia dorului, numai ca sa umplu spatiul virtual cu sentimente negative. ”
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this pressed from NEWSMAX: McCain, Graham: ‘Deeply Disturbing’ Centcom Revealed Mosul Battle Plan (or Counting your chicks before they hatched?)

McCain, Graham: Leaking of Mosul Battle Plan ‘Deeply Disturbing’

Image: McCain, Graham: Leaking of Mosul Battle Plan 'Deeply Disturbing' Kurdish Peshmerga fighters inspect an rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) launcher as they take control of the area, on the outskirts of Mosul. (Stringer/Reuters/Landov)

Monday, 23 Feb 2015 01:22 PM

By John Blosser

Fears that the U.S. military’s Central Command, with the approval of the Obama administration, leaked too many details of the planned joint operation to retake the key Iraqi city of Mosul from Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists have bought a rapid and angry response from U.S. Sens. John McCain, R-Az., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. In a letter to the White House, McCain and Graham wrote: “It was deeply disturbing to read today that an official from U.S. Central Command, in an official briefing to the media, provided detailed operational information regarding coalition plans to retake Mosul from ISIL. Never in our memory can we recall an instance in which our military has knowingly briefed our own war plans to our enemies.“These disclosures not only risk the success of our mission, but could also cost the lives of U.S., Iraqi, and coalition forces. Given the serious impact of these disclosures, we want to know who at U.S. Central Command was responsible for this briefing, and whether they had prior approval from the White House to divulge this information.

“Those responsible have jeopardized our national security interests and must be held accountable,” McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, notes.

An official from Central Command, who was not identified, told reporters not only that the assault would involve up to 25,000 Kurdish and Iraqi troops, but also that it is planned to launch by April or May, giving ISIS forces plenty of time to prepare, The New York Times reports.

The Obama administration appeared to be distancing itself from the announcement, with National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan commenting that “the U.S. military makes a judgment about what information is shared regarding their operations,” the Times reports.

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BBC : Mass anti-immigration rally in Rome

Mass anti-immigration rally in Rome

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USA TODAY: Protests for alleged Chicago PD ‘black sites’


Protests for alleged Chicago PD ‘black sites’

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BBC : Former Colombian spy chief convicted

Former Colombian spy chief convicted

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quotation: People take more pains to be damned than to be saved.— French Culture

Stravinsky Divertimento from “The Fairy’s Kiss” (Muti-Philadelphia Orchestra with Maetro Mutti.)

Stravinsky Divertimento from “The Fairy’s Kiss” (Muti-Philadelphia Orch.)

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this pressed for history of civilization: BBC News – Iraq country profile – overview

Cradle of civilisation

Ziggurat of Ur Iraq is home to several ancient sites, such as the Ziggurat of Ur, a temple thought to be 4,000 years old

Straddling the Tigris and Euphrates rivers and stretching from the Gulf to the Anti-Taurus Mountains, modern Iraq occupies roughly what was once ancient Mesopotamia, one of the cradles of human civilisation.

In the early Middle Ages, Iraq was the heartland of the Islamic Empire, but a brutal Mongol invasion in the 13th century destroyed its importance. Part of the Ottoman Empire from the 15th century, it came under British control after World War I, gaining independence in 1932.

The British-installed monarchy was toppled in 1958, and a coup in 1968 brought the Arab nationalist Ba’ath (Renaissance) party to power. Oil made the country rich and, when Saddam Hussein became president in 1979, petroleum made up 95% of its foreign exchange earnings.

But the 1980-88 war with Iran and the 1991 Gulf War, sparked by Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, together with the subsequent imposition of international sanctions, had a devastating effect on its economy and society.

via BBC News – Iraq country profile – overview.

Pyotr Tchaikovsky – Souvenir de Florence ,great compositions/performances

Pyotr Tchaikovsky – Souvenir de Florence

CHeck this out ant tell me if it doen’t make sense: Nathan Gill: 8 reasons for cutting foreign aid – UKIP

Nathan Gill: 8 reasons for cutting foreign aid – UKIP.

CNN : American religion critic killed

American religion critic killed

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CNN : Hill fight features rumblings of Boehner coup

Hill fight features rumblings of Boehner coup

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VOA : Boko Haram Hits Rural Nigerian Market

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VOA : Russia Approves March Commemorating Opposition Leader

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BBC : UK ‘must prepare for Russian threat’

UK ‘must prepare for Russian threat’

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BBC : Putin pledge on Nemtsov murder

Putin pledge on Nemtsov murder

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Double your WiFi Speed for Free

BBC News – Egypt court puts Hamas on terrorist list

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An Egyptian court has listed the Palestinian group Hamas as a terrorist organization, accusing it of supporting an insurgency in northern Sinai.

The ruling comes a month after a different court labelled the armed wing of Hamas as a terrorist group.

Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, is an offshoot of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood – itself designated as a terrorist organisation in 2013.

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood President Mohammed Morsi was ousted that year.

The court ruling on Saturday effectively bans Hamas within Egypt, a wider verdict that January’s censure of its armed wing.

via BBC News – Egypt court puts Hamas on terrorist list.

BBC : Distinct ME stages found, says study

Distinct ME stages found, says study

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BBC : Robin Williams’ daughter speaks out

Robin Williams’ daughter speaks out

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BBC : Egyptian ‘icon’ trending no more

Egyptian ‘icon’ trending no more

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BBC : The rise of Yemen’s Houthi rebels

The rise of Yemen’s Houthi rebels

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BBC : Obama leads Leonard Nimoy tributes

Obama leads Leonard Nimoy tributes

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BBC : UK ‘must prepare for Russian threat’

UK ‘must prepare for Russian threat’

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BBC : Looted Iraq museum opens 12 years on

Looted Iraq museum opens 12 years on

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Antonin Dvorak – Rusalka – Song To The Moon

Antonin Dvorak – Rusalka – Song To The Moon

Ernest Chausson (1855 – 1899) Poème, Op.25: New York Philharmonic Orchestra/Zubin Mehta,Itzhak Perlman, violin

Ernest Chausson (1855 – 1899) Poème, Op.25

F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy – Suite ‘Ein Sommernachtstraum’ / A Midsummer Night’s Dream Op. 61 (Live)

F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy – Suite ‘Ein Sommernachtstraum’ / A Midsummer Night’s Dream Op. 61 (Live)

Cimarosa: “Il Matrimonio segreto” – Ouverture (Daniel Barenboim)

Cimarosa: “Il Matrimonio segreto” – Ouverture (Daniel Barenboim)

Robert Schumann – Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Robert Schumann – Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Today In History. What Happened This Day In History

Today In History. What Happened This Day In History

A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred on this day in history. Historical facts of the day in the areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts, entertainment and more. Discover what happened today in history.

February 28

1066   Westminster Abbey, the most famous church in England, opens its doors.
1574   On the orders of the Holy Office of the Inquisition, two Englishmen and an Irishman are burnt for heresy.
1610   Thomas West is appointed governor of Virginia.
1704   Indians attack Deerfield, Mass. killing 40 and kidnapping 100.
1847   Colonel Alexander Doniphan and his ragtag Missouri Mounted Volunteers ride to victory at the Battle of Sacramento, during the Mexican War.
1861   The territory of Colorado is established.
1900   After a 119-day siege by the Boers, the surrounded British troops in Ladysmith, South Africa, are relieved.
1863   Four Union gunboats destroy the CSS Nashville near Fort McAllister, Georgia.
1916   Haiti becomes the first U.S. protectorate.
1924   U.S. troops are sent to Honduras to protect American interests during an election conflict.
1936   The Japanese Army restores order in Tokyo and arrests officers involved in a coup.
1945   U.S. tanks break the natural defense line west of the Rhine and cross the Erft River.
1946   The U.S. Army declares that it will use V-2 rocket to test radar as an atomic rocket defense system.
1953   Greece, Turkey and Yugoslavia sign a 5-year defense pact in Ankara.
1967   In Mississippi, 19 are indicted in the slayings of three civil rights workers.
1969   A Los Angeles court refuses Robert Kennedy assassin Sirhan Sirhan’s request to be executed.
1971   The male electorate in Lichtenstein refuses to give voting rights to women.
1994   U.S. warplanes shoot down four Serb aircraft over Bosnia in the first NATO use of force in the troubled area.
Born on February 28
1533   Michel de Montaigne, French moralist who created the personal essay.
1820   John Tenniel, illustrator of various books (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland).
1824   Charles Blondin, tightrope walker.
1894   Ben Hecht, writer.
1901   Linus Pauling, Nobel Prize-winning American chemist.
1909   Stephen Spender, English poet, critic.
1911   Denis Burkitt, British medical researcher.
1926   Svetlana Stalin, daughter of Josef Stalin.

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today’s picture: The GI Bill

The GI Bill

First proposed by the American Legion and passed by Congress on January 10, 1944, the GI Bill of Rights–more formally known as the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944–was intended to smooth demobilization for America’s almost 16 million servicemen and women. Postwar college and vocational school attendance soared as more than 50 percent of honorably discharged veterans took advantage of education benefits of up to $500 a year for tuition, plus a living allowance.

When they returned home to marry and start families in record numbers, veterans faced a severe housing shortage. The home loan provisions of the GI Bill provided more than 2 million home loans and created a new American landscape in the suburbs. In 1990, President George Bush summed up the impact of the GI Bill: ‘The GI Bill changed the lives of millions by replacing old roadblocks with paths of opportunity.’

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today’s holiday/commemoration: Fisher Poets Gathering (2015)

Fisher Poets Gathering (2015)

The Fisher Poets Gathering annually brings together poets, musicians, and story-tellers with an interest in fishing, particularly the lives of commercial fishers. Performances and meetings take place in various venues in the historic coastal town of Astoria, Oregon. The centerpieces of the Gathering are poetry and prose readings, story telling, and open microphone sessions in the evenings. Attendees can also enjoy live music, panels and lectures on fishing-industry issues, and art exhibits. Participants’ literary contributions range from poignant personal memoirs to bawdy songs. More… Discuss

Quotation: Gilbert Chesterton

There is a great man who makes every man feel small. But the real great man is the man who makes every man feel great.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936) Discuss

today’s birthday: David H. Hubel (1926)

David H. Hubel (1926)

In 1981, neurobiologist David Hubel and his research partner, Torsten Wiesel, received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their research in the area of visual perception and their discoveries concerning information processing in the visual system. Their observations of the various nerve impulses and nerve cells responsible for different types of visual stimuli opened the door for the understanding and treatment of what ailments? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Dominican Republic Gains Independence from Haiti (1844)

Dominican Republic Gains Independence from Haiti (1844)

Occurring in the midst of the Dominican Republic’s turbulent 19th-century history, the 1844 revolt that overthrew French-Haitian rule established an independent republic with a presidency that was, in turns, held by Pedro Santana and Buenaventura Báez. Each president at one point tried to bring stability to the country through foreign rule—the former through Spain and the latter through the US. During what period did the US occup

Château Mouton Rothschild

Château Mouton Rothschild

Château Mouton Rothschild is an estate in southwestern France that is regarded as one of the producers of the world’s greatest wines. In the mid-20th century, Baron Rothschild decided to have each year’s label designed by a famous artist of the day, and since then the wine’s labels have become collectibles. Twice in the history of the special labels, two designs have been used in the same year. The first time, the Baron liked two submissions equally and used both. What happened the second time? More… Discuss

word: lugubrious


Definition: (adjective) Mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially to an exaggerated or ludicrous degree.
Synonyms: dreary, woeful, morose, funereal, doleful
Usage: He was so lugubrious that he could find melancholy in a child’s birthday party. Discuss.

BBC : Day in pictures: 27 February 2015

Day in pictures: 27 February 2015

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