Europe

Church serves as shelter for war-hit Palestinians

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Some 400 Palestinians fleeing Israeli raids that have destroyed their neighborhoods have taken shelter in a Greek Orthodox Church in Gaza City. Desperate Gazans escaping from Beit Hanoun and Shejaia, where more than 70 Palestinians – many of them women and children – were killed on July 20, have entered the Church of Saint Porphyrius after Archbishop Alexios opened the door. The church ... Read More »

Back in the Paleolithic Era: The First Mariners

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As a breakthrough of experimental archeology can be viewed the team project “First Mariners,” who built a raft by using only organic materials and copies of Paleolithic tools, and travelled on it from Kythira to Crete island, thus confirming archaeologists’ assumptions that Paleolithic populations were able to cross large shipping distances with their own makeshift boats. The First Mariners’ team started its journey with the ... Read More »

Treason …powerful, complexing … exemplary…

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Brian Walters’s Treason gives a powerful, compelling and horrific account of the life and martyrdom of Claus von Stauffenberg, a German officer and aristocrat who committed an act of necessary treason in July 1944, attempting to kill Adolf Hitler and end World War II. The presentation is exceptional, with clips from films and newsreels, superb maps, valuable historical background and analysis, and ... Read More »

After Drugs and Guns, Art Theft Is the Biggest Criminal Enterprise in the World

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June 2014, and an unusual three-day conference is taking place in the basement room of New York University’s School of Law. The 200 or so attendees that have hurried their way across sunny Washington Square include FBI agents, lawyers, auction house heads, art dealers and collectors who buy and sell multi-million–dollar items. Waiting, sharp-suited, is -Brooklyn-born conference organiser Chris Marinello, ... Read More »

40 Trees in 1: The Tree with 40 Kinds of Fruit

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This tree is a little peculiar to look at. It’s because this isn’t an ordinary tree, one might argue that it’s actually closer to 40 trees all wrapped up into one. Indeed, when this tree is in full bloom (as shown in the picture), you can find about 40 different types of fruit on its branches, from peaches to plumbs, ... Read More »

The Netherlands Says the Murder of Dutch Citizens on MH17 Was a War Crime

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The news: Dutch prosecutors are launching a new investigation into the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 — and are now calling the murder of all on board a war crime. The majority of the victims in the July 17 crash — 193 out of 298 total passengers — were Dutch citizens. To underline just how sobering that number is, Vox outlined that MH17 claimed a bigger share of the ... Read More »

Malmstrom Visits New Migrant Centre

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Visiting European Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom expressed satisfaction with the conditions of the new migrant reception centre, on the eastern Aegean island of Lesvos, on Monday (July 21). She also spoke to migrants being held there “about their fears and anxieties.” “I have come to Greece six times and we are working very hard with the Greek government to manage the great pressure from ... Read More »

World’s first three-parent baby could soon be born in UK, as Government approves treatment

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The Government plans to legalise IVF treatment to prevent inherited diseases The world’s first baby with three genetic parents could soon be born in the UK, after the Government announced plans to legalise a controversial technique to help prevent children inheriting diseases. In response to a consultation launched by ministers three months ago, the Department of Health has announced plans ... Read More »

Not All Jews Support Israel

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To both Jews and non-Jews the idea of an anti-Zionist Jew can sound like a contradiction in terms—an abuse of Rabbi Hillel’s most famous ethical aphorism, “If I am not for myself, who will be for me.” But for Sam Weinstein, and for around 30 others, me included, tucked together in a small Jewish bloc at Saturday’s Gaza demo in ... Read More »