Archeologists Make Remarkable Find In Greek Underground Chambers →
Archaeologists inching through a large 2,300-year-old tomb in northern Greece on Thursday uncovered two marble female statues flanking the entrance to one of three underground chambers, in another sign of the unusual attention and expense lavished on the unknown person buried there.
The dig has gripped the public imagination amid non-stop media coverage, which Greek archaeologists say is placing an unfair burden on the excavation team.
A Culture Ministry statement said the statues show “exceptional artistic quality.” Their upper sections were discovered last week, but their bodies — clad in semi-transparent robes — emerged after part of a blocking wall was removed.
Jason Larkin: Isolated in Eritrea (2010)
“Having fought with most of its neighbours, Eritrea has few friends. It’s 30 year war with Ethiopia finally gained the country its independence in 1992. Colonised by the Italians and British before, Eritrea hasn’t had its own sovereignty for over 100 years and since its last deadly skirmish with Ethiopia in 2000, the country has been trying to find its feet, rebuilding its much needed infrastructure and various state institutions. Offers of help from the West are turned away as the president Isaias Afwerki believes aid does more harm than good.
The President’s view of aid reflects, in the extreme, a growing theory that aid to Africa can cause more problems than it solves. Only a handful of NGO’s are allowed to work there and their scope is extremely limited. The desire for self-reliance is based on more than a century of abuse from successive colonial masters. Afwerki admitted that living in Eritrea is a ‘struggle’ and a ‘hardship’ but claims that ‘charity does not work’.”
Illustrations by Yuko Shimizu an award-winning Japanese illustrator based in New York City.
Her first monograph which includes works from past ten years of her career was published from Gestalten in 2011. Her fist children’s book Barbed Wire Baseball is due to be out in spring of 2013 from Abrams Books.
Memories of Pinochet’s Chile
On September 11, 1973, Gen. Augusto Pinochet seized power in a U.S.-backed coup that deposed the democratically elected president, Salvador Allende, who committed suicide rather than surrender and led to 17 years of military rule.
Some 40,000 people suffered human rights abuses in Chile from 1973 to 1990. More than 3,000 were killed or forcibly disappeared, their bodies buried in unmarked graves or dumped at sea.
(Photos by Alvaro Hoppe, Oscar Navarro, Alejandro Hoppe, Juan Domingo Marinello, Hector Lopez & Julio Etchart)
"I don’t have a philosophy. I have a camera."
Government interference cited as Nerit chairman and deputy resign →
Nerit, the new Greek state broadcaster that the government set up to replace what it said was its corrupt and wasteful predecessor ERT, has been plunged into another crisis following the resignations of its two top executives, which the main opposition claims is a result of the political interference at the station.
Nerit chairman and CEO Antonis Makrydimitris stepped down on Thursday, along with his deputy Rudolph Moronis, only four months after Nerit’s first chairman, George Prokopakis, was replaced two days after the station went on air.
In a message posted to Facebook some hours before his resignation, Moronis gave strong indications that Nerit’s independence was being compromised.
“If you declare that you want to create something independent, impartial and of good quality but you don’t mean it, don’t assign the job to someone who does,” he wrote.
Speaking to the TheToc.gr news site, Moronis added: “According to the prevalent opinion as I see it, it [Nerit] will neither be an independent nor quality broadcaster. And I have no reason to try in vain.”