October 12th, 2006

Chris Keeley

SecState Powell's Biography by Karen DeYoung - Reviewed in NYTimes

SecState Powell's Biography by Karen DeYoung - Reviewed in NYTimes

October 10, 2006
Books of The Times


 Tracing Colin Powell’s Journey, Both in and Out of Step With Those
 Around Him

By MICHIKO KAKUTANI
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       SOLDIER


         The Life of Colin Powell

By Karen DeYoung

Illlustrated. 610 pages. Alfred A. Knopf. $28.95.

As the war in Iraq drags on, and more and more is learned about the
missteps and misrepresentations made in the walkup to the war, it
becomes clear that former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell
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— who harbored serious doubts about the wisdom of invasion and who
frequently found himself an outsider in an administration dominated by
neo-conservative hawks — was prescient about a host of issues, from the
difficulties of rebuilding a postwar Iraq to the need for higher troop
levels and multilateral support.

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elephant culture could be considered the precursor of our own, the first permanent human settlements

An Elephant Crackup?

"We’re not going anywhere,’’ my driver, Nelson Okello, whispered to me one morning this past June, the two of us sitting in the front seat of a jeep just after dawn in Queen Elizabeth National Park in southwestern Uganda. We’d originally stopped to observe what appeared to be a lone bull elephant grazing in a patch of tall savanna grasses off to our left. More than one ‘‘rogue’’ had crossed our path that morning — a young male elephant that has made an overly strong power play against the dominant male of his herd and been banished, sometimes permanently. This elephant, however, soon proved to be not a rogue but part of a cast of at least 30. The ground vibrations registered just before the emergence of the herd from the surrounding trees and brush. We sat there watching the elephants cross the road before us, seeming, for all their heft, so light on their feet, soundlessly plying the wind-swept savanna grasses like land whales adrift above the floor of an ancient, waterless sea.

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Young elephants are raised within an extended, multitiered network of doting female caregivers that

Young elephants are raised within an extended, multitiered network of doting female caregivers that includes the birth mother, grandmothers, aunts and friends. These relations are maintained over a life span as long as 70 years. Studies of established herds have shown that young elephants stay within 15 feet of their mothers for nearly all of their first eight years of life, after which young females are socialized into the matriarchal network, while young males go off for a time into an all-male social group before coming back into the fold as mature adults.
Chris Keeley

When an elephant dies, its family members engage in intense mourning and burial rituals, conducting

When an elephant dies, its family members engage in intense mourning and burial rituals, conducting weeklong vigils over the body, carefully covering it with earth and brush, revisiting the bones for years afterward, caressing the bones with their trunks, often taking turns rubbing their trunks along the teeth of a skull’s lower jaw, the way living elephants do in greeting. If harm comes to a member of an elephant group, all the other elephants are aware of it. This sense of cohesion is further enforced by the elaborate communication system that elephants use. In close proximity they employ a range of vocalizations, from low-frequency rumbles to higher-pitched screams and trumpets, along with a variety of visual signals, from the waving of their trunks to subtle anglings of the head, body, feet and tail. When communicating over long distances — in order to pass along, for example, news about imminent threats, a sudden change of plans or, of the utmost importance to elephants, the death of a community member — they use patterns of subsonic vibrations that are felt as far as several miles away by exquisitely tuned sensors in the padding of their feet.

Chris Keeley

More than 650,000 people have died in Iraq since the U.S. led invasion of the country began in March

Co-Author of Medical Study Estimating 650,000 Iraqi Deaths Defends Research in the Face of White House Dismissal

Thursday, October 12th, 2006

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/10/12/145222

The White House is dismissing the findings of a medical study that says 650,000 people have died in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion. The study was conducted by American and Iraqi researchers and published in the prestigious British medical journal the Lancet. We’re joined by the report’s co-author, epidemiologist Les Roberts. [includes rush transcript]

 


More than 650,000 people have died in Iraq since the U.S. led invasion of the country began in March of 2003. This is according to a new study published in the scientific journal, The Lancet. The study was conducted by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Al Mustansiriya University in Baghdad. Researchers based their findings on interviews with a random sampling of households taken in clusters across Iraq. The study is an update to a prior one compiled by many of the same researchers. That study estimated that around 100,000 Iraqis died in the first 18 months after the invasion.

Les Roberts joins us now from Syracuse, New York -- He is one of the main researchers of the study. He was with Johns Hopkins when he co-authored the study but has just taken a post at Columbia University.

  • Les Roberts. Co-author of the study on civilian mortality in Iraq since the invasion. He was with Johns Hopkins when he co-authored the study but has just taken a post at Columbia University.

AMY GOODMAN: Les Roberts joins us now from Syracuse, New York. He’s one of the main researchers of the study. He was with Johns Hopkins when he co-authored the study but has just taken a post at Columbia University. Les Roberts, welcome to Democracy Now! 

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Emil GOH (b. 1966)

Emil GOH (b. 1966)

http://www.seouluntilnow.com/artists/emilgoh/emilgoh.html

Emil Goh's cyworld photography

Emil Goh says: I have been photographing cyworld users in their minirooms & offline spaces.

And next week I will show a work done in my "officetel" (office-hotel=a korean type of dwelling for mixed use), mirroring my miniroom.

My main reasons for doing this work is a fascination of how much young Koreans live online plus the variety of accommodation types that exist in this city (from regular 3-4 bedroom family apart



Chris Keeley

Heri Dono: Civilization Oddness

reflects an internalization of the study of the illogical

http://www.walshgallery.com/artists/heri_dono/dono-inventory.html

Heri Dono: Civilization Oddness

Palace Guards , multi media/installation (fiberglass, iron, wheels), 2006,
each figure approx. 28 " x 43" x 55"



 Heri Dono: Civilization Oddness at Walsh Gallery in Chicago, IL. "...Heri Dono's art, no matter what form it takes, reflects an internalization of the study of the illogical. One of his strengths is in creating complicit laughter to realize art as a vehicle of social critique. As the curator points out 'cartoon characters, although crushed to smithereens, never die.' In the 80s, Heri Dono's art explored the world of cartoons, while the rest of the Indonesian art world was caught up in a social commentary of a more gory sort. After studying with an eccentric puppet maker in Java, Heri Dono began to reinvent 'wayang,' or 'shadow puppets,' which is the traditional Javanese form of puppet-making. Javanese leather puppetry is an ancient art form that is still practiced on the island of Java and dates back to the 1st century. The actual forms and symbols used in this practice are filled with mystical meanings and some forms are even seen as sacred."
Chris Keeley

Ras Mäkonnen (Wäldä-Mika'él)(1) (1852-1906).

Ethiopian General & Governor of Harar, cr. Ras 1890; father of Emperor Haile Sellasie I.

http://lafayette.150m.com/ras3452b.html

Ras Mäkonnen (Wäldä-Mika'él) (The Lafayette Studio, 179 New Bond Street, London, August 1902). Ethiopian General & Governor of Harar, cr. Ras 1890; father of Emperor Haile Sellasie I. Photographed on his visit to England for the Coronation of King Edward VII, 12 August 1902. From The Lafayette Negative Archive - a catalogue to the Lafayette Negative Collection, held by the V&A Museum.
Chris Keeley

Saudi Ambassador Prince Turki's Speech to ATFP Gala Dinner 10/11/06

*Transcript of Prince Turki Al-Faisal's speech at the American Task
Force on Palestine Gala*
/Saudi Ambassador to the US Prince Turki Al-Faisal address on “Taking
Action, Overcoming Obstacles” at the American Task Force on Palestine
Gala in Washington DC, October 11, 2006/


Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. Ziad Asali, thank you very much for
this great opportunity.

During this, the holy month of Ramadan, when Allah revealed the first
verses of the Qur’an, I am reminded of the words of the Prophet, peace
be upon him. He stated: “A man’s true wealth is the good he does in this
world.”

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