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  • Simon de Montfort: The turning point for democracy that gets overlooked

    01/20/2015 1:34:10 AM PST · by moose07 · 22 replies
    BBC ^ | 19 January 2015 | BBC,Luke Foddy.
    In June the world will celebrate 800 years since the issuing of Magna Carta. But 2015 is also the anniversary of another important, and far more radical, British milestone in democratic history, writes Luke Foddy. Almost exactly 750 years ago, an extraordinary parliament opened in Westminster. For the very first time, elected representatives from every county and major town in England were invited to parliament on behalf of their local communities. It was, in the words of one historian, "the House of Commons in embryo". The January Parliament, which first met on 20 January 1265, is one of the...
  • Just how important is Magna Carta 800 years on?

    01/03/2015 12:36:21 AM PST · by gasport · 25 replies
    BBC News ^ | 31 December 2014 | Nick Higham
    This year people in the UK, US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and plenty of other nations will mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. The document will be lauded for establishing one vital principle.
  • Battle of Lewes: England's first fight for democracy? [ AD 1264 ]

    12/29/2014 1:11:54 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies
    BBC News ^ | May 14, 2014 | Nick Tarver
    Did the Battle of Lewes, which saw King Henry III defeated 750 years ago, lead to England's first tentative steps towards representative democracy? As bloodied bodies littered the South Downs, the King hid in a priory. His father, King John, had been forced to sign Magna Carta by England's rebellious barons, now Henry had suffered even greater humiliation at their hands. His victor was Simon de Montfort, the French-born Earl of Leicester, who was fighting for the rights of England to be governed by the English. After the battle, where de Montfort's forces were outnumbered by two to one, he...
  • Burnt Magna Carta read for first time in 283 Years

    10/13/2014 11:52:17 AM PDT · by dware · 18 replies
    Fox News/Live Science ^ | 10.13.2014 | Stephanie Pappas
    More than 280 years after it was damaged in a fire, one of the original copies of the Magna Carta is legible again. Written in 1215, the Magna Carta required the king of England King John to cede absolute power. Today, the Magna Carta is seen as a first step toward constitutional law rather than the hereditary power of royalty. There were four copies of the document created at the time. One, held by the British Library, was badly damaged in a fire in 1731.
  • Magna Carta Remembered, Finally

    10/17/2014 7:57:14 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 21 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 16, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    A venerable enumeration of the rights of man is barely taught anymore, resulting in record low recognition of same. “I went to see the Magna Carta when it was on display a few years ago,” British Conservative MP Daniel Hannan remembered in a speech in Grand Rapids, Michigan last week. “You can get right up to it: Nobody comes.” “When it was on display in New York City in 1939, 14 million people came to see it.” Hannan was the keynote dinner speaker at the Philadelphia Society’s regional meeting on Friday, October 10th. The Society of leading conservative intellectuals was...
  • Magna Carta

    06/15/2014 8:49:29 AM PDT · by ZULU · 22 replies
    Magna Charta Plus ^ | June 15, 1015 | Unknown
    John, by the grace of God, king of England, lord of Ireland, duke of Normandy and Aquitaine, and count of Anjou, to the archbishops, bishops, abbots, earls, barons, justiciars, foresters, sheriffs, stewards, servants, and to all his bailiffs and faithful subjects, greeting. Know that, having regard to God and for the salvation of our soul, and those of all our ancestors and heirs, and unto the honour of God and the advancement of the holy Church, and for the reform of our realm, by advice of our venerable fathers, Stephen archbishop of Canterbury, primate of all England and cardinal of...
  • Magna Carta Copy Arrives in Houston for Exhibit

    02/10/2014 3:28:28 PM PST · by ek_hornbeck · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 2/10/14 | RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI
    OUSTON (AP) — It was care fit for a king: The yellowing parchment was fitted inside a custom-designed aluminum and steel case with monitors, then wrapped in specially made packaging. Once it was on the plane, a canon chancellor nervously tracked the flight as it crossed the Atlantic Ocean. That document, a rarely seen copy of the Magna Carta, had never before left England's shores and only once been outside its home in the Hereford Chapel near the Welsh border. Now, the famous charter, written nearly 800 years ago and considered one of the most important documents in the history...
  • Magna Carta: Passions still running high in Runnymede

    06/15/2013 9:00:13 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    BBC News ^ | June 14, 2013 | Tanya Gupta
    A peace treaty sealed in Runnymede in 1215, signalling the end of a conflict between King John and barons who were in revolt, has once again got passions running high in Surrey. ...a debate is raging on what to do in the place where the charter -- hailed by some as the foundation of English democracy -- was sealed. Plans to build an £8m visitor centre in Runnymede as a legacy of the anniversary were dropped earlier this year because of lack of funds. Surrey County Council, Runnymede Borough Council and the National Trust have all said they are now...
  • Magna Carta

    06/13/2013 9:03:03 AM PDT · by ZULU · 17 replies
    Online Library of Liberty ^ | June 15, 1215 | Various
    Henricus Dei gratia rex Anglie, dominus Hibernie, dux Normannie, Aquitanie, et comes Andegavie, archiepiscopis, episcopis, abbatibus, prioribus, comitibus, baronibus, vicecomitibus, prepositis, ministris et omnibus ballivis et fidelibus suis presentem cartam inspecturis, salutem. Sciatis quod nos, intuitu Dei et pro salute anime nostre et animarum antecessorum et successorum nostrorum, ad exaltationem sancte ecclesie et emendationem regni nostri, spontanea et bona voluntate nostra, dedimus et concessimus archiepiscopis, episcopis, abbatibus, prioribus, comitibus, baronibus et omnibus de regno nostro has libertates subscriptas tenendas in regno nostro Anglie in perpetuum. Henry, by the Grace Of God, King of England, Lord of Ireland, Duke of Normandy...
  • Fixing the current crisis causing future one. How coming a financial tsunami can be stopped?

    05/14/2012 3:14:21 AM PDT · by se99tp · 6 replies
    Christian Concepts Daily ^ | May 14th, 2012 | Dr Bailey, Dr Mirtchev
    Western states are no longer able to repay its debt. Overwhelmingly, the debt burden of a number of stakeholders is predicated on the existence of large-scale and long-term commitments that are at the core of the overall social contract prevalent in the Western world and beyond. The policy approaches employed thus far, whether ‘quantitative easing’ or ‘twisting’ have not helped lower the debt waters — indeed, they have made matters worse. Instead of ‘quantitative lowering’ of these waters, at least in the United States, private banks and corporations are using their excess liquidity to re-leverage at a feverish pace, thereby...
  • University of Iowa’s Center for Book creates paper for national Magna Carta display (with video)

    02/10/2012 4:38:21 AM PST · by iowamark · 5 replies
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | 9 February 2012 | Emily Busse
    Restored, rare document will go on public display later this month. Starting next week, anyone visiting the U.S. National Archives can gaze at the only original Magna Carta in the United States, thanks, in part, to the work of Iowans. Nestled perfectly beneath the 700-year-old legal document is a sheet of pure white cotton paper, specially made by the University of Iowa’s Center for the Book. “Anyone from the state of Iowa can now go to the National Archives rotunda, get in line, wait your turn, and you can literally lean down your face a foot away from [the documents],”...
  • National Archives unveils fortified display case for Magna Carta

    02/03/2012 5:11:52 AM PST · by Jacvin · 7 replies
    CNN ^ | 2/3/2012 | Paul Courson
    Washington (CNN) -- The only original copy of the Magna Carta in private hands worldwide has a fancy new display case at the National Archives, where the document goes on display next month. "This 700-year-old document looks better than ever," said David Ferriero, the archivist of the United States. He said Thursday that the handwritten, fragile parchment will be unveiled February 17. The owner of the display copy was also at Thursday's preview. David Rubenstein, co-founder of the Carlyle Group investment company, said, "it is my privilege as an American to be able to give this back to the Archives...
  • He’s the man with the wooden gun

    01/04/2012 5:01:05 PM PST · by Charlespg · 28 replies
    Mail online ^ | 4th January 2012 | Richard Hartley-parkinson
    A man used his DIY expertise to make his own gun using a fence post and a children's building set. Trevor Cracknell, 48, went to a neighbour's house in Macclesfield, Cheshire, and fired the gun which had a steel barrel encased inside a wooden casing. The mechanism was held together with nuts, bolts and metal strips from a Meccano-style toy set.
  • Destruction of Copts Is Islamically Correct

    10/15/2011 12:57:34 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 14, 2011 | Diana West
    I am looking at a reproduction of an old engraving of Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulcher. It is in Bat Ye'or's book "The Dhimmi," which collects primary documents from history to chronicle the impact of Islamic law on non-Muslims through the centuries. What is notable about the image, which is based on an 1856 photograph, is that the church, said to be at the site of Jesus Christ's crucifixion and burial, has no cross and no belfry. Stripped of its Christian symbols, the church stood in compliance with the Islamic law and traditions of the Ottoman (Turkish) Empire, which...
  • Indiana Supreme Court Saying Magna Carta Isn’t Fit For Purpose About Freedom?

    05/14/2011 10:09:28 AM PDT · by sussex · 12 replies
    The Aged P.com ^ | the Aged P
    No freeman is to be taken or imprisoned or disseised of his free tenement or of his liberties or free customs, or outlawed or exiled or in any way ruined, nor will we go against such a man or send against him save by lawful judgement of his peers or by the law of the land. To no-one will we sell or deny of delay right or justice.
  • The Royal Forests (by Tom McClintock)

    01/07/2011 2:59:54 PM PST · by CounterCounterCulture · 55 replies
    Tom McClintock Congressional website ^ | 7 January 2011 | Tom McClintock
    During the despotic eras of Norman and Plantagenet England, the Crown declared one third of the land area of Southern England to be the royal forest, the exclusive preserve of the monarch, his forestry officials and his favored aristocrats. The people of Britain were forbidden access to and enjoyment of these forests under harsh penalties. This exclusionary system became so despised by the people that in 1215, five clauses of the Magna Carta were devoted to redress of grievances that are hauntingly similar to those that are now flooding my office. The Royal Forests House Chamber, Washington, D.C. January...
  • Human rights laws existed before the Magna Carta (Jews followed it in the Torah long before that)

    06/16/2010 6:58:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies · 251+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 06/16/2010 | Ethel Fenig
    With all due respect to that Iron Lady, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, a woman I truly admire, human rights did not begin with the Magna Carta as she is quoted in yesterday's commemoration of the anniversary of the document by Robert Morrison. A few thousand years before England's King John signed the Magna Carta against his will and the English were just another group of lawless, warring tribes, the Jews, former slaves who fled Egypt on their way to the Promised Land of Israel, willingly received the Torah at Sinai. Codified and interpreted by generations of rabbis,...
  • Lincoln's Magna Carta almost destroyed

    09/16/2009 6:10:23 AM PDT · by BGHater · 8 replies · 803+ views
    Lincolnshire Echo ^ | 16 Sep 2009 | Lincolnshire Echo
    A US worker came within seconds of destroying Lincoln's copy of the Magna Carta after nearly spraying it with a chemical cleaner. The 800-year-old document is currently on display in New York, but almost met a sticky end thanks to an overzealous cleaner. Lincoln Cathedral's archive conservation consultant Chris Woods accompanied the document, spending hours making sure the inked sheepskin which contains the charter of freedom, was placed correctly into a £42,000 vacuum-sealed display case to keep it safe from the elements. And it was, until a lock briefly malfunctioned just as a workman tried to give it a last...
  • Magna Carta

    06/12/2009 6:31:41 AM PDT · by ZULU · 12 replies · 634+ views
    Constitution Society ^ | June 15, 1215 | Archbishop Langdon (?)
    The Magna Carta(The Great Charter)Preamble: John, by the grace of God, king of England, lord of Ireland, duke of Normandy and Aquitaine, and count of Anjou, to the archbishop, bishops, abbots, earls, barons, justiciaries, foresters, sheriffs, stewards, servants, and to all his bailiffs and liege subjects, greetings. Know that, having regard to God and for the salvation of our soul, and those of all our ancestors and heirs, and unto the honor of God and the advancement of his holy Church and for the rectifying of our realm, we have granted as underwritten by advice of our venerable fathers, Stephen,...
  • Conservative who published Prophet cartoons faces rights commission

    01/12/2008 2:58:55 PM PST · by fanfan · 42 replies · 280+ views
    Canada.com ^ | Thursday, January 10, 2008 | Staff
    CALGARY - Thursday, Jan. 10/08. Outspoken conservative commentator Ezra Levant will be before the Alberta Human Rights Commission Friday defending his former magazine's 2006 publication of a series of Danish cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad. Members of Calgary's Muslim community were outraged when Levant's now-defunct publication, the Western Standard, published the cartoons in February 2006, shortly after their initial appearance in a Danish newspaper led to rioting and protests around the world. Syed Soharwardy, president of the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada, later filed a complaint against the Western Standard to the Alberta Human Rights Commission. Ezra Levant was publisher...
  • We have everything to fear from ID cards

    01/01/2008 8:38:02 AM PST · by cougar_mccxxi · 36 replies · 228+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 01/01/2008 | Andrew O'Hagan
    We start the year in Britain with a challenge to our essential nature, for 2008 might turn out to be the year when we decide to rip up the Magna Carta. Among the basic civil rights in this country, there has always been, at least in theory, an inclination towards liberal democracy, which includes a tolerance of an individual's right to privacy. We are born free and have the right to decide what freedom means, each for ourselves, and to have control over our outward existence, yet that will no longer be the case if we agree to identity cards.
  • Magna Carta fetches $21.3-million at Sotheby's auction

    12/19/2007 10:26:17 PM PST · by camerakid400 · 4 replies · 114+ views
    The National Post ^ | Dec 20 2007 | Christopher Michaud
    NEW YORK -- A rare 710-year-old copy of the Magna Carta, among the most important historical documents ever to hit the auction block, sold for US$21.3 million Tuesday at Sotheby's. The document was bought by a Washington businessman who said he was determined to see it remain in the United States, where it has been on display at the National Archives and Records Administration since 1988. The last remaining copy in the United States and the last in private hands, the Magna Carta, one of 17 known to exist, was sold by The Perot Foundation, created by billionaire former U.S....
  • Magna Carta copy sold for £10.6m[$21.3M]

    12/19/2007 5:55:13 AM PST · by BGHater · 24 replies · 87+ views
    BBC ^ | 19 Dec 2007 | BBC
    The 1297 copy of the Magna Carta is the only one in private ownership A rare copy of the Magna Carta has been sold for £10.6m ($21.3m) in an auction at Sotheby's in New York.The copy dating from 1297, one of only 17 still in existence, was bought by US businessman David Rubenstein. The auction item had been owned by American billionaire Ross Perot's Perot Foundation since 1984 and was on view at the National Archives in Washington. The original Magna Carta was sealed by King John of England in 1215 and enshrined civil rights in English law. 'Temporary...
  • Copy of Magna Carta to be sold

    09/26/2007 5:49:54 AM PDT · by newzjunkey · 10 replies · 82+ views
    AP (via Yahoo) ^ | Tue Sep 25, 8:31 PM ET | Associated Press
    A 13th-century copy of the Magna Carta, a milestone of English freedom, will be offered for sale in New York in December, Sotheby's auction house said Tuesday. The vellum manuscript owned by the Perot Foundation is estimated to sell for $20 million to $30 million, Sotheby's said. The document was on display at the National Archives in Washington for more than 20 years until last Thursday. King John was forced by barons to agree to the charter in 1215. It guaranteed that freemen would not be imprisoned or deprived of property without due process, including a right to a speedy...
  • HABEAS CORPUS (BDS alert)

    09/27/2006 11:15:09 AM PDT · by crazyhorse691 · 17 replies · 793+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | September 27, 2006 | David Sarasohn
    W henever anyone notices that the Bush administration is claiming powers of imprisonment, torture and surveillance that people once thought the Constitution was designed to prevent, White House spokesmen put on a solemn face and explain that it's a different world since 9/11. But from the ballyhooed prisoner "compromise" negotiated with a few rebel Republican senators, the change is actually bigger than that: It's a different world since 1215. Not satisfied with cutting up the Constitution, the administration is now mangling the Magna Carta. The compromise bill takes away from federal courts the right to hear habeas corpus suits from...
  • The Ins and Outs of Jury Nullification

    07/02/2004 11:28:32 PM PDT · by betty boop · 39 replies · 1,427+ views
    self relying on various ^ | July 2, 2004 | Jean F. Drew
    The Ins and Outs of Jury Nullificationby Jean F. Drew If a juror accepts as the law that which the judge states then that juror has accepted the exercise of absolute authority of a government employee and has surrendered a power and right that once was the citizen’s safeguard of liberty, -- for the saddest epitaph which can be carved in the memory of a vanished liberty is that it was lost because its possessors failed to stretch forth a saving hand while yet there was time. -- Thomas Jefferson The Framers of the Constitution of the United States were...
  • Gentlemen of the Jury

    10/05/2003 11:00:03 AM PDT · by djf · 6 replies · 359+ views
    FIJA | Godfrey Lehman
    This article, perhaps more than any other, explains the true foundations of our liberties. NOT FOR SALE!!! Religious liberty was at stake! The judges were furious and William Penn faced life imprisonment! Hungry, thirsty and dirty the GENTLEMEN OF THE JURY decided to sit until death. A corps of turnkeys spread over the streets of London on orders of the King, sending luckier citizens scurrying from sight, and taking into custody the unfortunates who were too surprised to move. Clerks were pulled from their stools, carriages were stopped and passengers forcibly requisitioned. Sixty or seventy Englishmen were collared in swift...
  • June 15 1215 King John signs Magna Carta at Runnymede, England

    06/15/2003 6:27:59 AM PDT · by Valin · 19 replies · 1,155+ views
    Preamble: John, by the grace of God, king of England, lord of Ireland, duke of Normandy and Aquitaine, and count of Anjou, to the archbishop, bishops, abbots, earls, barons, justiciaries, foresters, sheriffs, stewards, servants, and to all his bailiffs and liege subjects, greetings. Know that, having regard to God and for the salvation of our soul, and those of all our ancestors and heirs, and unto the honor of God and the advancement of his holy Church and for the rectifying of our realm, we have granted as underwritten by advice of our venerable fathers, Stephen, archbishop of Canterbury, primate...
  • RESPECTING THE JURY BOX

    01/25/2003 11:47:19 AM PST · by forest · 4 replies · 256+ views
    Fiedor Report On the News #299 ^ | 1-26-03 | Doug Fiedor
    Over the years, I have written a lot on the subject of "Boxing Liberty." Heck, I'm on my "soap box" nearly every week and often write about the ballot box and the cartridge box. Few, however, including me, ever write about our responsibility in the jury box. Let's forget, for a moment, what today's over-zealous and omnipotent judges, prosecutors and lawyers tell us. Instead, let's take a look back at how our law was intended to be administrated and what the roll the citizen was intended to play. In The Federalist Papers No. 62, James Madison admonishes: "It will be...
  • What happened here?

    08/22/2002 12:48:41 PM PDT · by manofsteelbeams · 90 replies · 816+ views
    08/22/2002 | ManofSteelBeams