Archaeological treasures found in Athens, Greece


AristotleFrom The Hindu:

Dig in Athens reveals ancient treasures

Helena Smith

Athens: Like many treasures from antiquity, they were chance finds, but a fabulous hoard of more than 50,000 pieces unearthed during excavations in Athens has also provided a window on the ancient civilisation of Greece.

The treasure trove, discovered during excavations to build the New Acropolis Museum in the capital, includes relics ranging from a near-perfectly preserved marble bust of Aristotle, to cooking utensils, children’s games and figurines of little known deities.

“Thanks to the New Acropolis Museum, we were able to conduct the biggest ever dig within the walls of Athens’ ancient city,” archaeologist Stamatia Eleftheratou said.

“The excavation yielded artefacts that told us a lot about people’s habits, the way they worshipped and their day-to-day lives.”

Some of the treasures, such as an ornate statuette of the eastern deity Zeus Heliopolites, are unique — providing evidence of a cult of a god hitherto unknown — and extraordinarily well-preserved.

The £94-million three-storey museum, designed by the Swiss-born architect Bernard Tschumi to house the 5th century BC Parthenon marbles, is by far the most significant edifice erected so close to the Acropolis.

The decision to build on a site so archaeologically rich was roundly criticised, but the excavations have brought to light a densely built area of ancient Athens inhabited from the golden age of the 5th century BC to the mid-Byzantine period in the 12th century AD.

Some of the finds, such as a Roman copy of an original 4th century BC bust of Aristotle — found amid the debris of an archaeological trench near the museum’s entrance — were announced only recently.

With its aquiline nose, protruding forehead, floppy hair and minute eyes and mouth, the bust is regarded as one of the best likenesses of the Greek philosopher.

Origins of the Greek god Zeus: here.

Computers and archaeology of Thera, Greece: here.

Bush’s ‘new’ Iraq: girls do not go to school anymore


This video is called The Battle For Haditha.

From Women’s enews:

One-fifth of Iraqi girls in the primary level failed to enroll in 2004.

Baghdad, along with the south central region of Iraq, has seen a sharp decline in enrollment since 2006.

In George W Bush’s brave new Iraq, there is talk about democracy.

There is … er … was talk about building schools and hospitals.

But, as the US government says now, the only buildings built in fact are prisons.

Dictator Saddam Hussein, with all his prison cells, apparently had not yet built enough of those …

Artist Bourcart protests against Iraq war


Iraqi child, burned during US attack on Fallujah

From Boing Boing in the USA:

Art on Iraq war: Jean-Christian Bourcart, “Collateral”

Jean-Christian Bourcart: “Collateral”, a series of projections in New York State in 2005.

From the artist’s website:

I projected photographs of mutilated and dead Iraqis on American houses, supermarkets, churches, and parking lots. I was thinking of this new generation of kids who will be traumatized for life by growing up during wartime.

It was a desperate gesture: my personal protest for the lack of interest for the non-American victims.

I found the images on the web. Some American soldiers post their own pictures on a website. They would show a cut leg with the caption: “where’s da rest of my shit?” Or a blown up head with the caption: “need a hair cut.”

I could not help thinking of those images as some kind of restless ghosts that endlessly wander in the intermediate level of the web. I took care of them like a embalmer would; downloading, revamping, printing, rephotographiing, then projecting them as if I was looking for a place where they would rest in peace and at the same time haunt those who pretend not to know what was going on.

Link to Bourcart’s website.

Found on Wooster Collective: Link to post. (Thanks, Susannah Breslin)

USA: Bush calls up dead and wounded soldiers to go to Iraq


Bush and US soldiers who died in the Iraq war

From Dutch NOS TV:

The United States army has called up dead and wounded soldiers to return to the front in Iraq.

A letter, requesting them to do so soon, landed on doormats a few days after Christmas.

More than five thousand letters were sent to people who had served in the US Army recently.

That included two hundred wounded and 75 dead soldiers.

George W Bush probably thinks: if the dead can vote in Florida to make me President, they can go to Iraq to die again as well …

Recruiting for the Iraq war, and Bush’s plans to escalate it, is apparently going so badly that after earlier rules against recruiting the elderly, people with criminal records, people on drugs, nazis, etc., were scrapped, now the rule of being alive is scrapped.

Apparently, only the rule against being gay still survives … err, “even” they are now welcome to die in Iraq, though not as soldiers in places where there is no fighting …

See also here.

And here.

And here.

Star Wars and Bush’s Iraq war: here.

UK: Blair’s son’s work for US Republicans


From the Google cache.

Blair family

UK: Blair’s son to work for US Republicans

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Date: 6/26/05 at 8:10AM

The BBC reports:

Saturday, 25 June, 2005

Euan Blair accepts US internship

Euan Blair, the [UK] prime minister’s eldest son, is to work in Washington DC as an intern for Republican politicians.

The 21-year-old will spend three months working for the Committee on Rules in the House of Representatives – the lower chamber of the US Congress.

The move has surprised Democrats, who see the committee as highly partisan, says the Sunday Telegraph. …

‘Partisan’

… The Sunday Telegraph claimed Californian congressman David Dreier, chair of the committee, would be Euan’s mentor.

Mr Dreier was a part of the team assembled by California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to help the state tackle its economic crisis in 2003.

The newspaper reported the move had prompted surprise among Democrat politicians, who see the UK’s Labour Party as their natural ally.

An aide to congresswoman Louise Slaughter, the leading Democrat on the committee, described it as “one of the most partisan” in Congress.

Eric Burns told the newspaper: “It is extremely surprising that the son of a Labour prime minister would intern with the Republican majority staff on the committee.”

Downing Street said British diplomats had been involved in the process.

From Reuters:

The news comes a few weeks after Blair’s wife Cherie came under fire for giving a well-paid speech in Washington at the same time as the Prime Minister visited the White House.

From Scotland on Sunday:

Questions were already being raised last night about how Blair had secured the highly sought-after position, particularly in the light of the close relationship between Bush and the Prime Minister. …

Reports last night claimed that the decision to offer the post had been taken at a senior level – and not by the junior staff who usually decide on the trainee posts. …

Blair’s three month internship remains a distant dream for most of the 100,000 bright young Americans who each year apply for a post. Only one in 20 is selected. Foreign internees are extremely rare.

Euan Blair is mainly known for being drunk in public. Soon, news of an engagement with George W. Bush’s twin daughters?

Like the parallels between Margaret Thatcher’s and Blair’s policies, Euan Blair starts to remind me of Mark Thatcher.

January 2007 update: later, Euan Blair had a conflict with US Democrats.