Snippets Of News
Here are some snippets of news that I heard about:
Gay pride in Riga.
There was a successful gay pride march in the Latvian capital of Riga, under strong police protection, according to reports:
“Linda Freimane, a board member of Mozaika, Latvia’s foremost gay rights group, said the parade was an important step for the gay community in the Baltic states, which joined the European Union in 2004.
“If we don’t do it again this year then we give in to the illegal, violent forces who can limit other people’s rights just by smothering them,” the Associated Press news agency quoted her as saying.”
The Times provides some background to the issue of gay rights in Eastern Europe.
Threat to Palestinian TV presenters.
The Independent reports that “‘Wear a veil or we will behead you,’ radicals tell TV women” and continues with “[t]he Righteous Swords of Islam warned that it would strike the women with “an iron fist and swords” for refusing to wear a veil on camera.
“It is disgraceful that the women working for the official Palestinian media are competing with each other to display their charms,” it said in a leaflet distributed in Gaza at the weekend. “We will destroy their homes. We will blow up their work places. We have a lot of information about their addresses and we are following their movements.”
Ethiopia wants the spoils back.
The Ethiopian government wants the remains of a King returned to his own country, and hopefully this is a prelude to reclaiming the the vast amounts of treasure which were stolen by the British in 1868 after the battle of Magdala.
Apparently after the battle “… soldiers stormed the Emperor’s mountain fortress of Magdala to free the captives. After the battle, they loaded 200 mules and 15 elephants with gold crowns, swords, altar slabs and manuscripts before burning Magdala to the ground.
The bulk of the plunder made its way into institutions such as the British Museum and Oxford’s Bodleian Library.”
I hope that they get back all of the loot plundered by British imperialists.
A rather nice and fast distribution, Zenwalk, has released its newest version 4.6. I used the Beta and found it a very competent piece of software.
Here’s a surprise, oh yeah: “Half of UK IT managers say they have no plans to migrate to Microsoft’s Windows Vista within the next three years, with just 3% intending to introduce the operating system immediately”