Today’s articles from Maria
Azerbaijan ‘flattened’ sacred Armenian site
Fears that Azerbaijan has systematically destroyed hundreds of 500-year-old Christian artefacts have exploded into a diplomatic row, after Euro MPs were barred from inspecting an ancient Armenian burial site.
The predominantly Muslim country’s government has been accused of “flagrant vandalism” similar to the Taliban’s demolition of the Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan.
The claims centre on the fate of rare “khachkars”, stone crosses carved with intricate floral designs, at the burial ground of Djulfa in the Nakhichevan region of Azerbaijan, an enclave separated from the rest of the country by Armenia.
Obit from The Telegraph, Major-General Frantisek Perina,
Major-General Frantisek Perina, who has died aged 95, escaped from Czechoslovakia to become one of the leading fighter pilots with the French Air Force in 1940, and then joined the RAF; when the Second World War ended, he returned to his homeland but had to flee again when the Communists took power.
EVEREST MIRACLE: LEFT-FOR-DEAD CLIMBER FOUND DAZED, DANGLING, and half-undressed?
Health news from Maria
Vaccine to Cut Risk of Shingles in Older People Is Approved
Aging: Hit the Health Club: Offset Dementia’s Onset, or at least some think so.
More blogging later. I’m back.
More from Maria,
The EU’s version of eminent domain: take the family farm and give it to the fishies. Speaking of fishes, Richard writes about how EU fishing vessels were stripping the waters off Africa.
and one more item,
Iraq Less Violent than Washington, D.C
“It’s 45 violent deaths per 100,000 in Washington, D.C.,” King told Crowley.
Other American cities with higher violent civilian death rates than Iraq include:
Detroit – 41.8 per 100,000
Baltimore – 37.7 per 100,000
Atlanta – 34.9 per 100,000
St. Louis – 31.4 per 100,000
The American city with the highest civilian death rate was New Orleans before Katrina – with a staggering 53.1 deaths per 100,000 – almost twice the death rate in Iraq