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  • When You Ban the Sale of Ivory, You Ban Elephants

    04/30/2016 11:18:12 AM PDT · by OddLane · 30 replies
    The Cato Institute ^ | January 21, 2013 | Doug Bandow
    Elephant poaching is rampant throughout Africa. Unfortunately, Western nations have exacerbated the problem by banning the sale of ivory. Elephants are dying as a result. The West should reopen the ivory trade. Artists and artisans have used ivory for thousands of years. Unfortunately, there’s no easy way to get tusks off a live elephant. So in 1989 the international sale of new ivory products was prohibited. Concluded analyst Peter Fitzmaurice, “with most nations adhering closely to the ban, the legal ivory trade has been decimated and value of this natural resource for range countries has been vastly diminished.” Nevertheless, the...
  • Hawaii lawmakers look to ban ivory

    03/27/2016 9:09:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 27, 2016 5:09 PM EDT | Marina Starleaf Riker
    Cheryl Konrad has spent the last 35 years educating visitors to her Lahaina, Hawaii, store about the centuries-old history of scrimshaw. Konrad fills the shelves in Lahaina Scrimshaw with the etchings of local artists on fossilized walrus and mammoth ivory. But if a bill to ban the sale of ivory becomes law this year, she worries that she will be forced to close her store. “I feel like I’ve been a part of history. It’s just so hard to fathom that it could be criminal eventually,” Konrad said. Similar legislation in previous years has failed largely because of pushback from...
  • Kenya Torching $270M Worth Of Ivory: Elton John, George Soros To Attend Anti-Poaching Fire

    01/30/2016 6:35:44 AM PST · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 32 replies
    The International Business Times ^ | 01/29/2016 | Michael Kaplan
    Hollywood celebrities, global activists and heads of state are set to gather for an anti-poaching summit in Kenya later this year, Kenyan officials announced this week. More than 120 tons of ivory are to be torched during the April event in a display intended to express the East African country’s opposition to the illegal ivory trade, a spokesman for the president told local reporters. Among those expected to attend are actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Nicole Kidman, musician Elton John, financier George Soros, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Chinese former basketball player Yao Ming, Agence France-Presse reported. Several...
  • 2200 year old walrus bones suggest the most famous medieval chess set might be Icelandic in origin

    09/30/2015 1:06:00 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    Icelandmag ^ | September 28, 2015 | staff
    Carbon dating of walrus bones found in Snæfellsnes peninsula indicates that the bones are at least 2000 years old. A large number of walrus skulls and walrus tusks have been found around Garðafjara beach on the south coast Snæfellsnes. The first skull was discovered 1884. All in all the bones of 50 walruses have been found, most in the past 50 years. Biologists argue this indicates Snæfellsnes was the home of a sizable walrus colony prior to the settlement of Iceland. Large pre-settlement colonies of walruses in Iceland A previous theory, explaining the concentration of bone discoveries, speculated they came...
  • Poachers Use Cyanide to Massacre Over 300 Elephants in Zimbabwe

    10/21/2013 7:05:53 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 31 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 20 Oct 2013 | Peta Thornycroft, and Aislinn Laing
    Poachers kill 300 Zimbabwe elephants with cyanide • Cyanide has been used to kill 300 elephants in Zimbabwe's biggest nature reserve - three times the original estimate - as new photos show the scale of the slaughter Poachers in Zimbabwe have killed more than 300 elephants and countless other safari animals by cyanide poisoning, The Telegraph has learned. The full extent of the devastation wreaked in Hwange, the country's largest national park, has been revealed by legitimate hunters who discovered what conservationists say is the worst single massacre in southern Africa for 25 years. Pictures taken by the hunters, which...
  • Chinese President’s Delegation Tied to Illegal Ivory Purchases During Africa Visit

    11/06/2014 10:50:53 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    NYT ^ | November 5, 2014 | Dan Levin
    Chinese President’s Delegation Tied to Illegal Ivory Purchases During Africa Visit By Dan Levin November 5, 2014 7:02 pm BEIJING — When President Xi Jinping of China and his entourage of government officials and business leaders arrived in Tanzania in March 2013, it was to officially promote economic ties between the two countries. But according to a report by the Environmental Investigation Agency, a nongovernmental organization based in London, members of the Chinese delegation used Mr. Xi’s visit as an opportunity to procure so much illegal ivory that local prices doubled to about $318 a pound. Two weeks before Mr....
  • Billy Joel Wants People to Stop Killing Elephants and Rhinos for Pianos

    06/19/2014 11:36:51 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 66 replies
    Time ^ | June 18, 2014 | Laura Stampler
    The Piano Man has had enough “Piano Man” Billy Joel has seen an ivory key or two in his day, but the musician has a message to piano aficionados: Stop killing elephants and rhinos to make instruments. In support of a New York bill that aims to ban illegal ivory trade, Joel posted this message on his website: To whom it may concern: I wholeheartedly support the ivory sales ban bill pending in New York State. I am a piano player. And I realize that ivory piano keys are preferred by some pianists.
  • Federal effort could outlaw old ivory

    06/07/2014 8:44:33 AM PDT · by Bratch · 69 replies
    Winston-Salem Journal ^ | May 29, 2014 | Terry Kovel/King Feature Syndicate
    An heirloom bronze elephant with ivory tusks, great-grandmother's piano with ivory keys, a vintage ivory chess set or an antique silver teapot with a small ivory inset in the handle to keep it cool may be "endangered" by proposed laws that could be in place sometime in June. Buying, selling or importing ivory from recently killed African elephants already is illegal and has been for about 25 years. But an executive order issued by President Barack Obama would extend the ban to include all antique ivory harvested from elephants that died before 1914. There would be a law forbidding sales,...
  • Obama Criminalizes Antique Dealers and Endangers Wild Elephants

    03/19/2014 1:07:09 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    Godfather Politics ^ | March 19, 2014 | Dave Jolly
    From the mid-1800s on, hundreds of thousands of African elephants were slaughtered for their ivory. Their valuable ivory tusks, some weighing as much as 200 pounds each, were collected and the rest of the elephant was left to rot in the sun or for scavengers to feast on. The ivory was used for many things such as piano keys, to ladies combs to various ornate pieces of carved artwork. In some areas of Africa, elephants were hunted to extinction prompting many countries to pass laws on the import and sale of ivory from elephants. In 1975, the Convention on the...
  • The laws of Ivory: The Truth of Buying and Owning It

    02/16/2014 12:17:28 PM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 34 replies
    Ebay ^ | May 4, 2010 | scrimshander2
    The biggest misconception that we hear or read about is that "all ivory is ILLEGAL to own, buy or sell". If you believe this statement then I will be selling a beautiful bridge, located in New York, on EBAY next week... no reserve! In the next few paragraphs I have put together a simple summary of the INTERNATIONAL and U.S.FISH & WILDLIFE laws which regulate the commerce of ivory, which in turn is regulated by C.I.T.E.S. (Convention on the International Trade in endangered Species) and the 'Marine Mammal Protection Act'. C.I.T.E.S. is an organization that was formed in 1973 as...
  • Anti-hunting extremists are boneheads

    11/24/2013 2:54:35 PM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    WND ^ | 21 November, 2013 | Jeff Knox
    On Thursday, Nov. 14, the U.S. government crushed nearly 11,000 pounds of raw and carved ivory that had been seized over the last 25 years from smugglers and illegal dealers. The value of the huge pile if ivory is inestimable, as the carved pieces are considered works of art, but it can be pretty safely assumed that this collection of ivory was worth well over $10 million, as small ivory figurines routinely sell for around $500 a piece, and prices have been escalating due to stricter regulation and enforcement of legal trade in ivory. Ivory is a tricky, and touchy,...
  • U.S. Crushes 6 Tons of Ivory to "Send Message" to Poachers

    11/17/2013 5:53:08 AM PST · by Kaslin · 81 replies ^ | November 17, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    Here's an interesting video of the US taking 6 tons of confiscated ivory to Africa to crush it. The purpose was to "send a message" to poachers. The entire worldwide elephant population is 500,000. They are vanishing at a rate of 50,000 per year, just for their ivory. A couple of people sent me this video, Reader Michael was first. Link if video does not play: U.S. crushes 6 tons of confiscated ivory to send message to poachers Africa's elephants are being slaughtered at a record pace by poachers who hope to get rich by selling their ivory tusks. The...
  • Environmental crime wave costs world billions (poaching now “environmental crime”?)

    11/06/2013 9:51:18 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 6, 2013 12:36 PM EST | Jason Straziuso
    The illegal cutting of timber and the poaching of elephants and rhinos are part of a “rapidly escalating environmental crime wave” that international governments must combat by increasing cooperation, police and environmental officials said Wednesday. Interpol and the United Nations Environmental Program are working together to stop environmental crimes that cost tens of billions of dollars a year, said Achim Steiner, the U.N. Environmental Program's Executive Director. … The demand for elephant ivory by China’s rising middle class is fueling the deaths of thousands of elephants across Africa, say wildlife experts. An estimated 17,000 elephants were illegally killed in Africa...
  • World’s Earliest Figurative Sculpture - Ice Age Lion Man (40,000 Year-Old Mammoth Ivory Statue)

    02/08/2013 8:19:54 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 20 replies
    The Art Newspaper ^ | Saturday 9 Feb 2013 | The Art Newspaper
    Ice Age Lion Man is world’s earliest figurative sculpture • Work carved from mammoth ivory has been redated and 1,000 new fragments discovered—but it won’t make it to British Museum show The star exhibit initially promised for the British Museum’s “Ice Age Art” show will not be coming—but for a good reason. New pieces of Ulm’s Lion Man sculpture have been discovered and it has been found to be much older than originally thought, at around 40,000 years. This makes it the world’s earliest figurative sculpture. At the London exhibition, which opens on 7 February, a replica from the Ulm...
  • Oldest ivory workshop in the world discovered in Saxony-Anhalt

    10/06/2012 5:58:37 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 1 replies
    Heritage Daily ^ | September 2012 | from MARCMEHB
    In an international co-operation project, archaeologists from the Monrepos Archaeological Research Centre and Museum for the Evolution of Hominin Behaviour, part of the Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum, (RGZM) and the Landesamt für Denkmalpflege and Archäologie in Saxony-Anhalt are excavating the 35,000 year old site of Breitenbach, close to Zeitz in Saxony-Anhalt... During this year's campaign, site directors Dr. Olaf Jöris and Tim Matthies and their team found the oldest evidence for clearly distinct working areas which are interpreted as standardized workshops for working mammoth ivory. It was possible to identify a zone where pieces of ivory were split into lamella, as well...
  • Filipino priest profiled in 'National Geographic' ivory trade exposé drops from public view

    09/25/2012 11:31:12 AM PDT · by DFG · 5 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 09/25/12 | Brooks Egerton
    An internationally prominent Catholic priest has dropped out of sight in the Philippines, years after admitting to me that he had sex with altar boys in the U.S. and supplied them with drugs. Monsignor Cristobal Garcia’s sudden low profile coincides with a new National Geographic article on the ivory trade. It calls Garcia “one of the best known ivory collectors in the Philippines” and quotes him as giving advice on how to smuggle ivory into the U.S., in defiance of a 1989 global trade ban. The magazine refers to my 2005 investigative piece on the priest, who had fled the...
  • What To Do Against Belgium

    02/13/2003 1:22:24 PM PST · by anotherview · 32 replies · 563+ views
    Arutz 7 ^ | 13 February 2003
    What To Do Against Belgium MK Tzvi Hendel (National Union) recommends that Israel try Belgian leaders for their participation in war crimes committed by Belgium during its conquest of the Congo up til 1960. "This will enable the world to see the Belgians' chutzpah and hypocrisy," Hendel said. It is estimated that between 1880 and 1920, ten million Africans in the Belgian Congo were the victims of murder, starvation, exhaustion induced by over-work, and disease. Well-documented claims allege that women were systematically raped and that the local populace endured kidnapping, looting and village burnings. An article in the London-based Guardian...
  • Ivory Coast: Muslims crucify Christian brothers

    06/30/2011 3:56:56 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Jiihad Watch | 6/30/11 | Robert
    "The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger, and strive with might and main for mischief through the land is: execution, or crucifixion, or the cutting off of hands and feet from opposite sides, or exile from the land: that is their disgrace in this world, and a heavy punishment is theirs in the Hereafter." -- Qur'an 5:33 It looks as if these brothers' apparent support for the Christian Gbagbo over the Muslim Ouattara constituted "waging war against Allah and His Messenger." "Brothers crucified by Ouattara forces in Ivory Coast," from Barnabas Aid, June 8 (thanks...
  • How To Save the Elephants? Buy Ivory, Shoot Them

    06/11/2011 9:33:44 PM PDT · by Palter · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Carpe Diem ^ | 09 June 2011 | Mark J. Perry
    In the 1970s, Kenya had about six times as many elephants as Zimbabwe, and today Zimbabwe has three times more elephants than Kenya (see chart).  What happened that caused the dramatic reversal in elephant populations in the two African countries?  Terry Anderson and Shawn Regan of the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) explain in their excellent article "Shoot an Elephant, Save a Community": "Anti-hunting groups succeeded in getting Kenya to ban all hunting in 1977. Since then, its population of large wild animals has declined between 60 and 70 percent. The country’s elephant population declined from 167,000 in...
  • Ouattara Forces Advance in Abidjan; Massacre Leaves 800 Dead (Muslim troops massacre Christians)

    04/03/2011 12:18:31 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 31 replies ^ | April 4, 2011 | By Olivier Monnier, Pauline Bax and Franz Wild
    FORCES loyal to president-elect Alassane Ouattara have advanced into Ivory Coast's commercial capital Abidjan, as aid agencies said at least 800 people were killed in a massacre outside the city. The Republican Forces control more than 90 per cent of Abidjan, said militia spokesman Meite Sindou yesterday. Gunfire continued in the Plateau district, the site of the presidential palace. The Red Cross said the massacre took place in the western town of Duekoue as Mr Ouattara's troops moved towards Abidjan to try to oust incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo. Advertisement: Story continues below The massacre occurred on March 29 and is...
  • S Africa holds huge ivory auction

    11/06/2008 5:51:14 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 3 replies · 390+ views
    bbc. ^ | Thursday, 6 November 2008
    South Africa has held the world's biggest legal sale of ivory for almost 20 years. The auction in Pretoria of more than 51 tonnes of elephant tusks was sanctioned by the UN body which oversees trade in endangered species. The tusks sold for $142 per kilo, netting the government $6.7m (£4.2m) -less than expected. The South African government has been condemned by conservation groups and other African countries for the sale.
  • Ivory poachers decimate Congo elephant population

    09/07/2008 8:06:30 PM PDT · by Flavius · 14 replies · 217+ views
    reutuers ^ | 9/7/08 | By Joe Bavier
    KINSHASA (Reuters) - Poachers in Congo have killed a fifth of the elephants in Africa's oldest national park this year as China buys more ivory, the park's director said on Friday. Rwandan rebels have killed seven Savannah elephants in the past 10 days alone in the Virunga National Park, along Congo's eastern border with Rwanda and Uganda, Emmanuel de Merode told Reuters
  • 3,000-Year-Old Ivory Carving Depicts Whaling Scene

    04/02/2008 9:46:19 AM PDT · by blam · 12 replies · 219+ views
    3,000-year-old ivory carving depicts whaling scene From ANI London, April 1: Archaeologists working in the Russian Arctic have unearthed a remarkably detailed 3,000-year-old ivory carving that depicts groups of hunters engaged in whaling, which pushes back direct evidence for whaling by about 1,000 years. According to a report in Nature News, the ancient picture implies that northern hunters may have been killing whales 3,000 years ago and commemorating their bravery with pictures carved in ivory. Among the picture which depicts hunters sticking harpoons into whales, the site also yielded heavy stone blades that had been broken as if by some...
  • Trade in mammoth ivory, helped by global thaw, flourishes in Russia

    03/26/2008 5:00:22 PM PDT · by BGHater · 37 replies · 1,749+ views
    IHT ^ | 25 Mar 2008 | Andrew E. Kramer
    NOVY URENGOI, Russia: As Viktor Seliverstov works in his makeshift studio in this hardscrabble Siberian town he is enveloped in a cloud of ivory dust. His electric carving tool whirrs over the milky surface of teeth and tusks, as he whittles them into key fobs, knife handles and scrimshaw figurines. But these are not whale bones or walrus tusks he is working on. The ivory in this part of the world comes from the remains of extinct woolly mammoths, as they emerge from the tundra where they have been frozen for thousands of years. It is a traditional Russian business...
  • British twins have different skin color

    10/27/2006 9:31:30 PM PDT · by Ready4Freddy · 72 replies · 2,119+ views
    AP via MSNBC ^ | October 27, 2006
    <p>LONDON - A pair of British twin boys has been born with different skin color, a rare genetic occurrence according to experts.</p> <p>In an interview with Britain's Sky News program, mother Kerry Richardson said that the boys were both born white but as they've gotten older one of the boys got darker and the other lighter.</p>
  • Birders Excited About Woodpecker Sightings (Ivory Bill - Florida)

    09/26/2006 5:35:56 AM PDT · by blam · 68 replies · 2,551+ views
    Press Register ^ | 9-26-2006 | Bill Finch
    Birders excited about woodpecker sightings Tuesday, September 26, 2006 By BILL FINCH Environment Editor Auburn University researchers published evidence today of what some are describing as an ivory-bill woodpecker "Shangri-La" in the Florida Panhandle, a couple of hours east of Mobile. Researchers said they've had 13 sightings of the ivory bill, long thought to be extinct, and have recorded some 300 distinctive calls and sounds associated with the giant woodpecker, the largest in the United States and a virtual Holy Grail for many birders. The last clear photographs of the bird -- and uncontested proof of its existence -- date...
  • Elephant Slaughter in Chad

    08/31/2006 8:21:42 AM PDT · by Leg Olam · 29 replies · 892+ views
    National Geographic on line ^ | 08/30/06 | National Geographic
    Click on URL above or here and watch video. Very disturbing. Makes me sick at what people do.
  • Ivory Emperor Emerges From Forum (Marcus Aurelius Or Septimius Severus)

    11/20/2005 1:50:07 PM PST · by blam · 8 replies · 592+ views
    Ansa ^ | 11-20-2005
    Ivory emperor emerges from Forum 'Unique' find probably Marcus Aurelius or Septimius Severus (ANSA) - Rome, November 16 - Italian archaeologists have unveiled the latest major find to emerge from the Roman forum - an ivory statue of an emperor, probably Marcus Aurelius or Septimius Severus . The bust is unique - there are no other examples of statues like this made in ivory . Very few ancient Roman ivory objects have survived to the present day because ivory is a biodegradable material . Those that have not withered away over the last 2,000 years are mostly tomb decorations and...
  • Kenya Begins Massive Elephant Relocation Project

    08/27/2005 6:14:59 AM PDT · by Our_Man_In_Gough_Island · 13 replies · 354+ views
    Voice of America ^ | 26 August 2005 | Raymond Thibodeaux
    Once in danger of being wiped out by poachers, elephants have overrun a Kenyan coastal preserve. They've raided nearby farms and even attacked villagers, forcing wildlife authorities there to move about 400 of them to a bigger game park farther inland in Africa's largest-ever elephant relocation. A family of five elephants was the first to be relocated Friday from the coastal Shimba Hills National Reserve to the much larger Tsavo East park about 150 kilometers farther inland. About 400 more pachyderms will be sent packing by Kenyan wildlife rangers. Kenyan wildlife officials say it's the world's largest-ever elephant relocation. About...
  • Poaching making China elephants evolve tuskless

    07/17/2005 9:04:09 AM PDT · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 307 replies · 3,294+ views
    Chinese elephants are evolving into an increasingly tuskless breed because poaching is changing the gene pool, a newspaper reported on Sunday. Five to 10 percent of Asian elephants in China now had a gene that prevented the development of tusks, up from the usual 2 to 5 percent, the China Daily said, quoting research from Beijing Normal University. "The larger tusks the male elephant has, the more likely it will be shot by poachers," said researcher Zhang Li, an associate professor of zoology. "Therefore, the ones without tusks survive, preserving the tuskless gene in the species." Since only male elephants...
  • N. Korea:The Ivory Sculpture of Kim Il-sung's Birth Home(another outlandish example)

    07/04/2005 8:39:12 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies · 697+ views
    The Daily NK ^ | 07/04/05
    /begin my translation The Ivory Sculpture of Kim Il-sung's Birth Home [2005-07-04 11:59] The Birth Home of Kim Il-sung(the former ruler of N. Korea) Carved in Ivory: On July 1st,  the N. Korean Central TV showed 'Man-gyong-dae Home' on display at the International Friendship Museum, Hyang-san County, N. Pyong-an Province. Carved in ivory, this gift was given by Chinese Communist Party for Kim Il-sung's 65th birthday. It took a whole year for 96-man team to make it, according to the broadcast.<Yonhap (News)> /end my translation
  • Deep in the Swamp, an 'Extinct' Woodpecker Lives

    04/28/2005 8:38:29 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 31 replies · 1,086+ views
    New York Times ^ | 4/29/05 | James Gorman, John Files
    BRINKLEY, Ark., April 28 - The ivory-billed woodpecker, a magnificent bird long given up for extinct, has been sighted in the cypress and tupelo swamp of the Cache River National Wildlife Refuge here in Arkansas, scientists announced Thursday. Bird experts, government agencies and conservation organizations involved kept the discovery secret for more than a year, while they worked to confirm the discovery and protect the bird's territory. Their announcement on Thursday brought rejoicing among birdwatchers, for whom the ivory bill has long been a holy grail - a creature that has been called the Lord God bird, apparently because that...
  • Maize Reveals Traces Of Old Breeding Project

    12/02/2004 11:37:33 AM PST · by blam · 23 replies · 915+ views
    Nature ^ | 12-1-2004 | Emma Harris
    Maize reveals traces of old breeding project Emma Marris Gene suggests ancient culture selected patterns in its corn. Teosinte grass (left) compared to "reconstructed" primitive maize, created by crossing teosinte with Argentine pop corn. © The Doebley Lab The people of Mesoamerica are largely responsible for the golden corn we grow today, having domesticated tough teosinte grass thousands of years ago and bred it into modern maize. Researchers have now located the gene responsible for some of the traits that the Mesoamericans were selecting. The discovery should help scientists understand how plants develop, and reveals just how strict the ancient...
  • What Happened in Ivory Coast? (lgf)

    11/22/2004 8:39:31 PM PST · by BROKKANIC · 5 replies · 618+ views
    lgf ^ | 11/22/2004 | lgf
    It’s an interview in French, made on Swiss TV the 14th November. With [the first] link you see the little reportage made by swiss journalists. Swiss journalists says “we heard A LOT of witnesses. All are Swiss, no Ivory. All say the same thing: French army did shoot the crowd.” It’s a little bit weird that this interview wasn’t aired in USA, France, or anywhere... When an American soldier shoot someone, it’s on the whole planet in a few minutes.

    11/19/2004 8:53:17 PM PST · by BigRedState · 747 replies · 33,447+ views
  • French citizens prepare to flee Ivory Coast (RETREAT!!!)

    11/10/2004 12:16:03 PM PST · by bedolido · 18 replies · 786+ views
    Aljazeera ^ | 10 November 2004 | Reuters
    French citizens have queued at Ivory Coast's main airport to flee their former West African colony as violent anti-French protesters massed for a fifth day in support of President Laurent Gbagbo. "I don't have a job anymore or a house ... . They took the bath, the furniture and electrical wires, everything," Bruno Regis, a teacher from a French school that was razed, said on Wednesday. "The way it ended here, I wouldn't come back here even if they offered me a new job," he said at the airport, where he was waiting for a flight with his wife and...
  • French fire to disperse Ivory Coast marchers

    11/08/2004 7:20:08 AM PST · by JustAnotherOkie · 29 replies · 679+ views
    reuters ^ | Mon 8 November, 2004 14:08 | Media Coulibaly and Silvia Aloisi
    ABIDJAN (Reuters) - French troops have fired into the air to disperse protesters gathering to protect President Laurent Gbagbo, as unrest swept Ivory Coast's main city Abidjan after weekend clashes between French and Ivorian forces. Ivory Coast's army chief of staff General Mathias Doue was meeting French troops at an Abidjan hotel, witnesses said. State media said they were in talks to end the crisis in the world's top cocoa grower and would make a joint declaration shortly. Protesters threatened to form a "human shield" round Gbagbo's home in a plush residential district in case French soldiers, who have taken...
  • Is It Different When France Does It?

    11/06/2004 4:22:07 PM PST · by forty_years · 22 replies · 1,278+ views
    War to Mobilize Democracy, LLC ^ | 11/6/04 | Andrew L. Jaffee
    9 French troops and a U.S. citizen were killed when Ivory Coast fighter planes bombed a rebel position in the north of that country. The French have hit back, destroying 5 Ivorian helicopters and 2 bombers near the capital city of Yamoussoukro. Ivorians aren’t happy with France’s reprisals. Angry mobs are rioting, looting French properties, and yelling “Everybody get your Frenchman!” and “French go home!” Well, well, well, isn’t France’s criticism of the U.S. Coalition presence in Iraq a bit like the pot calling the kettle black? Listen to the French government’s words, as reported by the BBC: President Jacques...
  • WWE wrestlers going to the Republican National Convention; Pro Wrestling Industry 101 at PSU

    08/20/2004 6:20:06 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 29 replies · 2,161+ views
    WWE wrestlers going to the Republican National Convention --The WWE will be sending John Layfield, Shawn Michaels, Ric Flair, Big Show, Mark Henry, Ivory, Chris Nowinski and Linda McMahon to the Republican convention. I guess they didn't get any pub sending Stacy Keibler, but there were some mentions of Big Show in papers at the Democratic convention so they decided to send two 400 pound monsters this time. The convention is in New York starting Thursday. Wrestling Observer ... Professional Wrestling Industry 101 - Penn State is now offering a class on pro-wrestling. Here is an excerpt from their course...
  • Eric Alterman Indicts Free Republic!!!

    03/01/2003 3:31:49 PM PST · by Deb · 289 replies · 539+ views
    C-SPAN-Deaux Book TV ^ | March 1, 2003 | The Beloved Deb
    An hour ago on C-SPAN's "Book TV" uber-puke Eric Alterman went on a semi-coherent tirade about Free Republic.While in the process of flacking his book..."The Myth of Liberal Bias" (or sumpin like that), he claimed that, during the Florida recount, the saint-like members of this forum posted the phone numbers and home addresses of the Florida Supremes for the expressed purpose of harassment and/or "whatever". The "whatever" was obviously the suggestion of violence.He also said Free Republic was repsonsible for the flood of Republican activists who descended on the state and therefore was responsible for the Bush presidency.This is one...
  • Ivory Coast Rebels Seek Backing For War Threat

    02/16/2003 5:14:34 PM PST · by blam · 11 replies · 174+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 2-17-2003 | Alex Duval
    Ivory Coast rebels seek backing for war threat By Alex Duval Smith in Paris 17 February 2003 Rebels controlling the north of Ivory Coast yesterday shuttled between West African capitals to rally support for their midnight ultimatum to launch all-out war today unless they are given seats in the government. An offensive by the rebels to capture the government-held south of the country would place France, the former colonial power, in an untenable position. France has deployed 3,000 troops to Ivory Coast and their role so far has been to push back the rebels threatening the government of President Laurent...
  • ARC Chairman speaks at the Met

    02/06/2003 6:24:30 AM PST · by vannrox · 6 replies · 543+ views
    The ART Renewal Center ^ | June 7, 2001 (FR Post 2-4-2003) | Fred Ross
    June 7, 2001 -- Fred Ross, Chairman of the Art Renewal Center, addressed a crowd of over 700 portrait artists, gallery owners and members of the press today at America's premier institution of art, the Metropolitan Museum in New York, at the American Society of Portrait Artists (ASOPA) Conference. Mr Ross was interrupted at least 10 times to thunderous applause or peals of laughter, as he blasted Modernism and its chief icons, Picasso, Mattisse and DeKooning, with some of the most biting, yet truthful satire that has ever been heard in those sanctified halls. Thank you Arnold, Allan, Richard...
  • French Citizens Flee Ivory Coast As Mobs Attack Soldiers

    01/31/2003 6:08:07 PM PST · by blam · 32 replies · 251+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2-1-2003 | Philip Delves
    French citizens flee Ivory Coast as mobs attack soldiers By Philip Delves Broughton in Paris (Filed: 01/02/2003) Hundreds of French citizens sought to flee the Ivory Coast yesterday as violent mobs attacked French soldiers in Abidjan and President Jacques Chirac called an emergency meeting to discuss the deepening crisis in France's former colony. The French foreign ministry advised its 16,000 citizens in the country to leave unless their presence there was essential. The airport in Abidjan has been besieged for the past two days by people trying to get out on the few flights leaving the country. Two French soldiers...
  • French Troops On Alert For Ivory Coast Evacuation

    01/29/2003 3:43:29 PM PST · by blam · 9 replies · 252+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 1-30-2003 | John Lichfield
    French troops on alert for Ivory Coast evacuation By John Lichfield in Paris 30 January 2003 France said yesterday it was ready to rescue its 16,000 citizens from Ivory Coast if anti-French riots in the former West African colony spread. After a series of alarmed headlines in French newspapers, and interviews with long-term French residents who fear for their lives, Dominique de Villepin, the Foreign Minister, said Paris was ready to save the French community "at any time". Michèle Alliott-Marie, the Defence Minister, said there were no immediate plans for evacuation but the 2,500 French troops in Ivory Coast would...
  • France Entangled In Ivory Coast War After Legionnaires Kill Rebels

    12/22/2002 3:12:16 PM PST · by blam · 11 replies · 225+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 12-23-2002 | John Lichfield
    France entangled in Ivory Coast war after Legionnaires kill rebels By John Lichfield in Paris 23 December 2002 France appears finally to have become entangled in the civil war in Ivory Coast after a fierce battle between rebels and the French Foreign Legion in the west of the country. A force of Legionnaires, including light tanks, put to flight a rebel group that was pursuing routed government forces near the town of Duekoue. Up to seven rebels were said to have been killed in the fighting on Saturday, which included shelling by at least two French tanks. French officers said...
  • French Drive Back Rebels In Ivory Coast

    12/21/2002 7:07:39 PM PST · by blam · 6 replies · 181+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 12-22-2002
    French Drive Back Rebels in Ivory Coast Sunday December 22, 2002 1:50 AM DUEKOUE, Ivory Coast (AP) - French forces firing tank-mounted cannons drove back Ivory Coast rebels Saturday, stalling the insurgents' advance toward Abidjan, the West African nation's prized commercial center. Fighting around the western city of Duekoue was one of the French force's heaviest engagement yet in the three-month-old rebellion splitting their former West African colony, the world's largest cocoa producer and the region's economic powerhouse. The battle highlighted how the stepped-up French deployment may be decisive in stopping the rebel campaign to drive out President Laurent Gbagbo...
  • Scientists exposed as sloppy reporters

    12/14/2002 12:59:17 PM PST · by vannrox · 36 replies · 414+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 09:30 14 December 02 | Hazel Muir
        Scientists exposed as sloppy reporters   09:30 14 December 02 Hazel Muir   A cunning statistical study has exposed scientists as sloppy reporters. When they write up their work and cite other people's papers, most do not bother to read the original. The discovery was made by Mikhail Simkin and Vwani Roychowdhury of the University of California, Los Angeles, who study the way information spreads around different kinds of networks. They noticed in a citation database that misprints in references are fairly common, and that a lot of the mistakes are identical. This suggests that many scientists take short cuts,...
  • Welcome to the Ideopolis. - A new Democrat Majority is Emerging!

    10/27/2002 8:23:31 AM PST · by vannrox · 99 replies · 638+ views
    The Boston Globe (not on Web Site- Paper Printed Edition Only) ^ | Sunday October 27,2002 | John B. Judis and Ruy Teixeira
    <p>The Democrats will do well, particularly in gubernatorial contests unaffected by talk Of War, but they may not claim the Majority toward which they have been Moving, by fits and starts, since 1996. It won't be long, however Before the decade is over, the Democrats Will complete this journey, and the country will move from conservative Republican majority to a progressive Democratic one.</p>
  • US Forces Join French Troops In Ivory Coast

    09/25/2002 7:13:04 AM PDT · by blam · 4 replies · 235+ views
    Ananova ^ | 9-25-2002
    US forces join French troops in Ivory Coast US troops have landed in West Africa to help French forces protect westerners in the former colony. The US soldiers have been told to make 100 trapped American school children their priority. French troops have moved closer to Bouake to rescue their nationals and other Westerners. There are fears they could be caught in cross fire between government troops and renegade forces who launched the coup attempt on Thursday. "This is a very welcome development," said a relieved James Forlines, director of Free Will Baptist Foreign Missions. The Nashville, Tennessee-based church group...
  • US Sends Troops To Ivory Coast

    09/24/2002 8:46:09 AM PDT · by blam · 6 replies · 186+ views
    BBC ^ | 9-24-2002
    Tuesday, 24 September, 2002, 14:52 GMT 15:52 UKUS sends troops to Ivory Coast The French are keen to encourage negotiations The United States is sending troops to Ivory Coast to help protect US nationals there following days of hostilities between government troops and mutinous soldiers. The deployment - at the request of the US ambassador - comes as Ivorian army troops try to recapture the city of Bouake, which was seized by the rebels last week. Heavy shooting has been reported close to a Christian school housing some 160, mainly American, schoolchildren. A US Navy spokesman said the troops would...