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Deb spotted a Reuters Article on a ban Britain placed on the export of a collection of 19th century journals related to Iraq, written by a man once celebrated in verse for locating the ruins of Ancient Babylon.
Jen noticed A CNN Story that says a panel of antiquities experts said Thursday it suspected some of the recent looting of Iraqi museums had been \"commissioned\" by collectors who had anticipated the fall of Saddam Hussein\'s regime.
Bob heard The Lost Cultural Treasures of Baghdad on the NPR Show, The Connection.
James passed along Word That the head of a U.S. presidential panel on cultural property has resigned in protest at the failure of U.S. forces to prevent the wholesale looting of priceless treasures from Baghdad\'s antiquities museum.
Salon.com asks What does the first lady -- a former librarian -- think of her husband\'s failure to protect Iraq\'s cultural sites? Subscribe, or watch a brief ad and get a free day pass to find this answer.
James also notced The new dark age, which says The looting and burning of Iraq\'s museums and libraries has left us all losers.
Seems there's more than a few bad news stories out of Iraq dealing with libraries, archives and museums. You can read stories at:
CSMonitor.com, The Guardian, CNN, The Independent, The National Institute, and The BBC
Also, UNESCO has a page devoted to the loss of cultural heritage in Iraq.
The Chronicle of Higher Education has This Story [Sub. Required] on the Cuban government's continuing crackdown on political dissidents. It has dealt a serious blow to the independent-library movement on the island, which had become a key source of information for Cuban scholars since its emergence in 1998.
More than a dozen independent librarians were among the 36 dissidents sentenced on Monday to prison terms of 12 to 27 years, according to Gisela Delgado, director of the library movement.
"These people were convicted because they committed illegal acts against the country," Gustavo Beliz, a spokesman at the Cuban Embassy in Mexico City, said Wednesday. "This has nothing to do with libraries."
Here's A Short One on The Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport Pehin Dato Seri Paduka Dr. Haji Awang Hussein Bin Haji Awang Mohd Yussof, who yesterday afternoon told members of the CONSAL XII from ASEAN countries while they made a courtesy call to the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport that libraries in the country are in need of upgrading. During the informal discussion, Minister Dr. Haji Awang Hussein said that he was impressed with the library system in Singapore.
Two stories on China today, This One says Chinese Expats living in Shanghai would like to see the city build more museums, libraries and theaters, are turned off by the poor manners of many local residents and appreciate the city's English-language media.
This One says While many people sang and danced to celebrate the traditional Chinese Lunar New Year, many spent the week-long holiday in libraries and bookstores. This new trend to spend holidays in libraries and bookstores inChina was greatly advanced by the country's call to build a "learning society" at the 16th Party Congress last November.
"China has created an excellent atmosphere for learning and reading now," said Zhou Keda, a professor with the Guangxi Regional Academy of Social Sciences. "Many Chinese, young or old, will by no means give up learning and reading during holidays."
A story on NPR\'s Morning Edition this morning profiled the world\'s largest comic book convention*, just wrapping up today in the city of Angouleme, France. Reporter Frank Browning says that schoolchildren are let out for the festival, and mentions that many librarians visit the show as well. He even says that, on some days, the only books checked out at Angouleme libraries are comic books! The public library system there has a special collection of comic book materials, a partner to the Musèe de la Bande Dessinée* (Comic Book Museum) run by the French government\'s Centre National de la Bande Dessinée et de l\'Illustration (National Center of Comic Books and Illustration).
Somehow I doubt that this kind of recognition will be hitting the comics world Stateside anytime soon.
*These links are entirely in French. If you have unfiltered Internet access, you can see roughly translated versions using Google\'s language tools.
A Sad Story from Botswana, where most school libraries have nothing to read. They celebrated International School Library Day in Ghanzi this week.
Yet Another Story on the Great Library of Alexandria, this one from National Geographic doesn\'t break any new information, but does have a really nice picture. Here\'s Another.
You can also read Address of president Mubarak inaugurating Bibliotheca Alexandria.
\"Maintaining intercultural dialogue and interaction is the only rational way to eliminate violence and tension and build bridges among peoples using knowledge and peaceful coexistence as common bases of communication.\"
\"About 3,000 dignitaries from around the world are expected to attend Wednesday\'s opening of the \"Bibliotheca Alexandrina,\" whose ancient roots go back more than 2,000 years. Critics say the project amounts to an expensive gimmick which does little to improve education in a developing country of 68 million. Alexandrians think the library, the result of a $200 million, 20-year old project backed by the UNESCO and many countries, could do a lot to revive the fortunes of the city that houses one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.\" Read More.
Charles Davis contributes this Guardian story:
\"A scholarly row has blighted the reopening of
Alexandria\'s great library.
It has taken 1,700 years to replace. But now the great library of Alexandria, whose precious manuscripts were torched in AD271, is about to reopen - to a reception blighted by controversy.\"