Following a looting spree during the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, the famous Iraq Museum was shuttered and sealed. But Iraqi and U.S. officials say the Baghdad repository of 5000 years of Mesopotamian history will reopen by year’s end.
That’s good news for archaeologists. “It’s a great idea,” says John Russell, an archaeologist at Boston’s Massachusetts College of Art and Design. “The museum has good security and Baghdad seems fairly stable.”
Founded in the 1920s by British adventurer and archaeologist Gertrude Bell, the museum contains more than 100,000 objects and is considered one of the world’s finest collections of ancient artifacts. But when U.S. troops arrived in Baghdad in 2003, looters ransacked the offices and storerooms, stealing thousands of objects. Many, such as the 5000-year-old stone mask called the Lady of Warka, were returned, and other priceless pieces had been hidden by museum officials before the invasion. But more than a thousand objects, including small and portable cylinder seals, remain at large.
Iraqi officials told media in Baghdad last week that the institution will reopen in November, and U.S. embassy officials there confirmed that the Iraqis intend to allow the public access within the next 2 or 3 months. The United States contributed more than $9 million to renovate a dozen halls in recent years, and the Italian government also contributed to the renovation effort. New climate control and security systems will protect the collection.
A 92-year-old unmarried woman has donated 1.1 billion won (US$935,000) to the Church.
Columba Lee Jeom-hong told Cardinal Nicholas Cheong Jin-suk at his office on September 23 the money was earned cleanly with her own hands and feet, in order to offer it to God.
“I lived without greed, and without waste of a penny,” she said of her simple life.
Cardinal Cheong thanked her and said “God will pay you back for the good deeds.”
In 1995 she donated an expensive piece of land in Seoul on which now the Labor Pastoral Center of Seoul archdiocese is located. In 2005 she donated her own house to the archdiocese.
“The proposal to change the Swiss flag has been met with outrage across the political spectrum and is sure to fuel anti-immigrant sentiments in Switzerland…
“The issue of Muslim immigration to Switzerland has been a hotly debated topic in recent years and the flag controversy is sure to add fuel to the fire…
“The new Muslim demographic reality is raising tensions across large parts of Swiss society, especially as Muslims become more assertive in their demands for greater recognition of their Islamic faith.
“The ensuing controversies are fuelling a debate over the role of Islam in Swiss society and how to reconcile Western values with a growing immigrant population determined to avoid assimilation.”
Shocking, in the Telegraph:
Kicucula, Uganda — According to the company’s proposal to join a United Nations clean-air program, the settlers living in this area left in a “peaceful” and “voluntary” manner.
People here remember it quite differently.
“I heard people being beaten, so I ran outside,” said Emmanuel Cyicyima, 33. “The houses were being burnt down.”
Other villagers described gun-toting soldiers and an 8-year-old child burning to death when his home was set ablaze by security officers…
But in this case, the government and the company said the settlers were illegal and evicted for a good cause: to protect the environment and help fight global warming.
The case twists around an emerging multibillion-dollar market trading carbon-credits under the Kyoto Protocol, which contains mechanisms for outsourcing environmental protection to developing nations.
The company involved, New Forests Company, grows forests in African countries with the purpose of selling credits from the carbon-dioxide its trees soak up to polluters abroad. Its investors include the World Bank, through its private investment arm, and the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, HSBC…
Read more on this wickedness here.
And this is not the first nor will it be the last time that humans will be sacrified and that to the pathetic god of environmentalism.
Catholic faith flourishes not because of historical and cultural momentum, but because it nourishes the deepest desires of the human heart.
Give the piece a read here.
These posts have been generating a fair bit of attention of late:
- Fr Michael Rodriguez Reassigned
- Is it Over for the Traditional Anglican Communion?
- Archbishop John Hepworth (Traditional Anglican Communion Primate) Urged to Resign
- ‘Pervert’ Pastor
- NT Wright: American Christians and the Death Penalty
- Two Men Were Executed in America Yesterday, Only One Won Pity
- Priest Denies Any Sex with Traditional Anglican Archbishop
The Traditional Anglican Church disgrace evidently still much in mind, and its Primate, a top search.