As far as we know, no great triumphs or tragedies took place here. But it was a place where people led their lives, where they raised children. And it’s nice to have little fragments reminding you of people who were here before.
That’s homeowner John Woods, who lives in an old house on City Island that held relics of the different people who lived there over time. With so many old apartments and houses in NYC, residents often stumble upon old treasures, some useful or worth money, others not as much. I live in a house that’s over 100 years old and years ago we found old newspapers stuffed in our basement ceiling. I suddenly viewed my house a time machine and belonging to many other people in the past. It that trite movie-way, I suddenly felt connected to all who slept under it’s roof.
His story reads like a political thriller. Once a confidant of Moammar Gadhafi and then his sworn enemy, he led a band of Libyan exiles trying to overthrow the Libyan regime before being spirited in secrecy to the United States when things went bad. His name is Khalifa Haftar.
He has lived in Virginia for 20 years but now he’s back in Libya, trying to knock the rebel force into some kind of shape.
CNN has spoken to several people who know Haftar well, and they agree on one thing: His role will be crucial, if the opposition is to mount a serious military challenge to Gadhafi.
For Haftar it’s personal. He has never forgiven Gadhafi for letting him rot as a prisoner of war in neighboring Chad after a disastrous military campaign in the 1980s.
By all accounts, Haftar is a soldier’s soldier — respected by junior officers, with a good command of battlefield doctrine. Some detect his hand in the better defensive organization of rebel positions around Ajdabiya, a town critical for the defense of Benghazi but also giving access to the south.
Children of the Revolution
In the uprisings across the Arab world, protesters are finding that revolution is sometimes child’s play. AN FP Photo Essay.
In Libya, where nearly 35 percent of the population is under age 18, children have been stepping up to fight the battle for their country’s future. The NGO Save the Children estimates that a million children in Libya — almost half the country’s total youth population — are in serious danger as government forces battle rebels in towns and cities across the country. Some children - including mercenaries hired by Qaddafi loyalist — are fighting on the frontlines. Here, a young child stands guard for opposition forces in Benghazi, the capital of the uprising, on March 14.
Tudo sobre os preceitos e tradições que envolvem um doutoramento “honoris causa”. Ou: de como Coimbra se prepara para homenagear Lula da Silva, um doutorado com «uma mão bem constituída» e «bastante grande», que obrigou a fazer um anel maior do que é habitual!…
In, it is not normal to bury the dead, much less to lay dozens side by side in a backhoe-dug furrow. Cremation is both nearly universal and an important rite in an elaborate funeral tradition deeply rooted in Buddhism.
But across coastal northeast Japan, tradition has collided this month with mathematical reality. The number of dead and missing from the March 11 tsunami has climbed past 22,000, and in the small towns and rural villages where most people died, there are by far too many bodies to burn. READ MORE
Foto: Shiho Fukada