New discoveries about ancient Egypt in Luxor


This video shows ‘Detailed tour with a local Egyptologist of the great temple at Luxor, Egypt, on the banks of the Nile.’

From DPA news agency:

Sep 20, 2007, 13:08 GMT

Luxor/Cairo – A collection of new kingdom pillars, lintels and reliefs were accidentally found by Egyptian restorers from the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), Egyptian Minister of Culture Farouk Hosny said Thursday.

The monuments were discovered within the internal walls of Abul Haggag El Loxory mosque, built on top of the open court of Luxor temple during restoration operations, Farouk added.

SCA Secretary General Zahi Hawas said the collection dated back to the reign of King Ramses II.

Among the most important reliefs were those featuring Ramses II while offering god Amun Re’ two obelisks to be installed at the temples front facade. One of the obelisks is now at the Place de la Concorde in Paris.

The second relief shows three statues of Ramses II wearing his formal suit and white crown and another shows a type of ancient Egyptian writing known as iconography.

See also here.

New Mark Fiore animation on Dick Cheney, and war against Iran?


This video from the USA is about ‘Cheney pushing for an attack on Iran and not interested in diplomacy. The Young Turks on Air America Radio, M-F 6-9am ET, and on theyoungturks.com’.

The new animation by Mark Fiore from the USA, called “Cheney-in-Chief” has been posted to the Internet.

It is about US Vice President Dick Cheney, war in Iraq, and plans for war against Iran.

It is here.

War against Iran? See here.

Cheney and Iraqi oil: here.

Israel and Iran nuclear issues: here.

Comment #2,500 on this blog


In this video from the USA, ‘Rep. John Conyers spoke to PoliticsTV.com for a few minutes at the Iraq War protest in Washington, DC on Jan. 27, 2007′.

Since this blog started, there have been 2,500 comments here.

Today came comment #2,500, from US Congressman John Conyers, on the arbitrary dismissals of prosecutors by the Bush administration.

It is here.

USA: books by James Lee Burke on Katrina reviewed


This is a video clip of the tragedies from Hurricane Katrina in the USA in 2005.

By Robert Maxwell:

After the storm: James Lee Burke answers Katrina’s wrath with his own

20 September 2007

James Lee Burke, The Tin Roof Blowdown, Simon & Schuster and Jesus Out to Sea, Simon & Schuster

This review is a modified version of articles that first appeared in the Mobile (Alabama) Press-Register

James Lee Burke is one of America’s master prose stylists, a crossover writer who transcends the genre he is working in, and has rightly been called the Faulkner of crime fiction. Like a literary Emeril, he’s always kicking it up a notch, testing the outer limits of his chosen formula; and like his cousin, the late, great Andre Dubus, a short-story writer who has been compared to Chekhov, Burke has a deft literary touch. His depiction of Southern scene and setting are nonpareil (his descriptions of flora would challenge a botanist). Yet it is all nonintrusive, building a mood always evocative, at times brooding, Kierkegaardian in its memory warps and always firmly anchored in Dixie terra Firma—a terrain redolent of draping oaks, Spanish moss, gators and nutria lurking in the swamp and coulees, and summer heat lightning often interpreted by the locals as proof of the divine. …

A huge fan of James Lee Burke, I have anxiously awaited the commentary of this fine Southern literary artist, to get the take of this local visionary Louisiana boy as seen through his fictional protagonists. New Orleans, creative and cultural mecca to be treasured, is the ground of Burke’s artistic inspiration, where we follow the crucible that is Dave Robicheaux’s daily lot—our working-class hero, former N.O. detective, who has wound up in his twilight years in New Iberia, La. As always, the Big Easy is just a stone’s throw away, with all its attendant urgency.

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The levees burst because they were structurally weak and had only a marginal chance of surviving a category 3 storm, much less of category 5 strength. Every state emergency official knew this. The Army Corps of Engineers knew this. The National Hurricane Center in Miami knew this.

But apparently the United States Congress and the current administration in Washington, D.C., did not, since they had dramatically cut funding for the repair of the levee system only a few months earlier.