Saturday, June 25, 2011

Link Round-Up 6/26/11

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Generation Gap
Younger members of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood leave to form new party
The new party, known as the Egyptian Current, is a direct challenge to the Brotherhood and follows the expulsion this week of Dr. Abdul Monem aboul Fotouh, a prominent member who defied the organization by running for president. Fatouh has the support of thousands of young members, many of whom reportedly have had their memberships in the organization frozen.

“We are convinced that Egypt is currently in need of political parties that rise beyond specific ideologies. The Egyptian mainstream political current should have a real voice in the country’s politics,” Mohammed Abbas told the Los Angeles Times. Abbas said he suspects he and others will also be expelled from the Brotherhood.
One If By Land, Two If By Sea
Turkish subway dig reveals world's largest shipwreck excavation
The wreck is among some 35 sunken ships at the old Byzantine harbor which had silted over, probably in the 10th century. The discovery of other Byzantine merchant ships has led this to be described as the greatest nautical archaeological site of all time. A collection of the discoveries has already been put together in an exhibition at the İstanbul Archaeological Museum, together with artifacts retrieved during other metro excavations around the city, including a hugely important find on the Asian side of the city at Üsküdar.

Archeologist Sırrı Çömlekçi was quoted in Radikal as saying that the remains from this Byzantine ship will provide a lot of information about the past.
Hidden city found intact undernearth Israeli port
All were last used by residents in 1291, the year a Muslim army from Egypt defeated Acre's Christian garrison and leveled its remains.
The existing city, built by the Ottoman Turks around 1750, effectively preserved this earlier town, which had been hidden for centuries under the rubble.
"It's like Pompeii of Roman times — it's a complete city," said Eliezer Stern, the Israeli archaeologist in charge of Acre. He called the town "one of the most exciting sites in the world of archaeology."
Nervous Israelis eye immigration to Europe and United States
Rachel Shitz has no reason to like Germany. She was born there before World War II and within six years had been expelled and most of her family killed. But the irony is – she now wants a German passport.
“I want German citizenship to help my children and grandchildren,” she explains, which might be shocking if it was not so common in Israel today.
In the last decade, some 50,000 Israelis have applied for EU citizenship. A quarter of a million already have a second passport. It is unlikely that any other country in the world has such a large percentage of new immigrants preparing to leave.
Slight Differences
Pakistan is not anti-American - just anti-invasion
The silent majority of Pakistanis don’t have the time or inclination to attend nonsensical gatherings where flag of the US, or any other foreign country, is burned. It would be as representative of Pakistan as a protest by the English Defence League would be of contemporary Britain.

With the billions of dollars in US aid being used to prop-up Pakistan’s deeply unpopular government – and no lessons learnt from Egypt and Tunisia – Hillary Clinton remarked on a trip to the country last month: "Pakistan should understand that anti-Americanism and conspiracy theories will not make the problem disappear." She was talking of a country where bootlegged copies of the latest Hollywood flicks are readily available in the bazaars, and where people wait in long queues to get a US visa. Anti-Americanism is as much a reality in Pakistan as WMD were in Iraq.
Life And Death
Afghan suicide bombing in maternity ward kills 25
It came as the latest atrocity struck the country. Afghan officials initially put the death toll as high as 60, but later revised the figure down.
Last month was the deadliest for civilians since the UN started compiling records four years ago. It documented 368 “conflict-related” civilian deaths, 82 per cent of them caused by insurgents.
Military and civilian casualties had already hit record levels in 2010 in the most violent year of the war since US-led invasion toppled the Taliban in late 2001.
Corporate Personhood
Who takes the blame for Tyson's bribery case in Mexico?
It would seem self-evident that if Tyson engaged in a conspiracy and violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, then someone at Tyson did so as well. The statute specifically provides for fines of up to $5 million and a prison term of up to 20 years for individuals, as well as fines of up to $25 million for companies.

I assumed the names were withheld because the investigation was continuing and further charges might be forthcoming. I was wrong.
The Sexual Evolution
Book documents pre-60's views on sexuality from those who lived it
Again and again they describe gradually finding out about it together and growing in intimacy privately within committed marriages. June (born 1914) says: ‘It was a matter of learning with each other what suited each other. It was an experiment and we didn’t know or read much about it.’ Both men and women valued ‘innocence’ as a virtue, not a restriction.

Unsurprisingly, the interviewees believe that the benefits of freedom and pleasure people enjoy today are outweighed by ‘a high divorce rate, marital infidelity, illegitimacy, sexually transmitted diseases, the pubic visibility of pornography, unrealistic expectations of sexual pleasure and the supposed lack of respect between men and women’.
Creating Out Of Dust
Solar powered 3D printer making glass sculptures

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