Τρίτη, 23 Φεβρουαρίου 2016

5 Grand Goals Napoleon Aimed to Achieve in Egypt

Napoleon Egypt
The Egyptian campaign Napoleon led in 1798 was one of the greatest disasters of his career. After his fleet was destroyed by Nelson at the Battle of the Nile, the French army was left isolated, with the whole of the Mediterranean between them and home. Despite some successes on land, they were forced into a retreat by the British army. Napoleon abandoned his own men and headed for France, where he would take control of the country.
Yet this was a campaign initially full of promise, in which Napoleon hoped to achieve a range of grand goals.

Αθεΐα: Οι αρχαίοι έλληνες φιλόσοφοι την είχαν επισημάνει


            Το περί Θεού ερώτημα είναι το ερώτημα που απασχόλησε την ανθρώπινη διάνοια από καταβολής κόσμου. Είναι το κατ΄ εξοχήν ερώτημα της φιλοσοφίας. Σ΄ αυτό προσπάθησαν να δώσουν απάντηση τα μεγαλύτερα πνεύματα της ανθρωπότητας.
Σύμφωνα με τον ιστορικό Paul Johnson (The Quest of God σελ. 1): «Η ύπαρξη ή μη ύπαρξη του θεού είναι το πιο ενδιαφέρον ερώτημα στο οποίο εμείς οι άνθρωποι καλούμαστε να δώσουμε μιαν απάντηση. Εάν υπάρχει θεός μια άλλη ζωή διανοίγεται μπροστά μας...»

Ο έρωτας του Πάπα Ιωάννη Παύλου Β’ για την Άννα-Τερέζα Τιμενιέτσκα

Ο Πάπας Ιωάννης Παύλος ο Β'. Φωτογραφία ΒΑΤΙΚΑΝΟ
Της Τζοάνα Μούρχεντ*
Εκείνος ήταν ένας 53χρονος πρώην θεατρικός συγγραφέας. Εμφανίσιμος, χαρισματικός, συγκροτημένος. Εκείνη ήταν μια 50χρονη ακαδημαϊκός: Ελκυστική, έξυπνη, πολυταξιδεμένη. Ερωτεύτηκαν ο ένας τον άλλο – ή, ενδεχομένως να ερωτεύτηκαν ο ένας τον άλλο.
Εκείνη ήταν παντρεμένη, γεγονός που δυσκόλεψε λίγο τα πράγματα. Δεν αρκεί αυτό όμως για να δικαιολογήσει την εκπομπή που ανήγγειλε το BBC με αντικείμενο τις επιστολές που αντήλλαξε το ζευγάρι και τον ερωτικό τους δεσμό που, αν τελικά υπήρξε, ήταν μάλλον ένα από τα πιο φυσιολογικά πράγματα στον κόσμο.


A)U.S.-Russia Deal on a Partial Truce in Syria Raises More Doubt Than Optimism
Syrian government forces inspected the site of a series of attacks in the area of the Sayyida Zeinab shrine south of the capital, Damascus, on Sunday. Credit Youssef Karwashan/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
WASHINGTON — The United States and Russia announced an agreement on Monday for a partial truce in Syria, though the caveats and cautious words on all sides underscored the obstacles in the way of the latest diplomatic effort to end the five-year-old civil war.
Under the terms of the agreement, the Syrian government and Syria’s armed opposition are being asked to agree to a “cessation of hostilities,” effective this Saturday. But the truce does not apply to two of the most lethal extremist groups, the Islamic State and the Nusra Front, raising questions about whether it will be any more lasting than previous cease-fires.

21/2/1913: Ο αιώνιος δεσμός των Κρητών και των Ηπειρωτών…

Η 21η Φεβρουαρίου 1913 είναι μία ιστορική επέτειος για την Ελλάδα η οποία συνδέει την Κρήτη με την Ήπειρο. Την ημέρα αυτή, σαν σήμερα, απελευθερώθηκαν τα Ιωάννινα και οι Κρήτες διαδραμάτισαν το δικό τους ιστορικό ρόλο. Δεν ήταν μόνο ο Ελευθέριος Βενιζέλος ο οποίος ως Πρωθυπουργός συνέβαλε τα μέγιστα σε αυτό τον ιερό σκοπό αλλά και ο «Ιερός Λόχος Κρητών Φοιτητών» ο οποίος συμμετείχε σε όλες τις ηρωϊκές μάχες για την απελευθέρωση της Ηπείρου.

The B-17 Swamp Ghost – Found After 68 Years In the Jungle

11490 Boeing B17 Flying Fortress Swamp Ghost
On Feb. 23, 1942, a B-17E Flying Fortress bomber crashed in one of the most remote and wild places on Earth: the primitive Agaimbo swamp located on the island of Papua New Guinea.
The plane, piloted by young U.S. Army Air Corps Captain Fred Eaton, had flown a long, dangerous mission from Australia against the Japanese Fortress at Rabaul in New Britain. This was the first long-range Allied bombing mission of World War II following Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor that included the U.S.
The crew survived their ordeal and, after a six-week trek to safety, returned to combat. Their B-17E, however, remained forgotten in the swamp until it was rediscovered in 1972 by an Australian Air Force crew.

Obama asks lawmakers to lift obstacles to closing prison at Guantanamo Bay

Obama: Closing Guantanamo 'is about closing a chapter in our history'

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President Obama outlined a plan for closing the military detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Feb. 23. (Reuters)
President Obama on Tuesday urged lawmakers to lift obstacles to closing the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba as he presented to Congress a long-awaited roadmap for shuttering a facility he said symbolized the excesses that following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
“This is about closing a chapter in our history ,” said Obama, flanked by Vice President Biden and Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter, in remarks at the White House. “It reflects the lessons that we’ve learned since 9/11, lessons that need to guide our nation going forward.”
But Obama’s blueprint, which provided some detail to earlier White House plans to move up to 60 prisoners to the mainland United States for trial or detention,was met with immediate condemnation from Capitol Hill.
Previewing the plan earlier in the morning, officials said the document submitted to Congress outlined costs associated with housing prisoners in facilities within the United States. Officials said 30 to 60 detainees were expected to be brought to U.S. facilities if the plan is approved. Some of them would continue through slow-moving military commissions; others probably would be detained indefinitely without trial.
The Obama administration also is resettling overseas other prisoners, who are deemed to pose little security risk. Since he took office in 2009, Obama has resettled 147 Guantanamo prisoners overseas.
The prison now houses 91 detainees, down from a high of nearly 800 under former President George. W. Bush. Of those remaining, 35 have been cleared for transfer to allied nations. Ten are in some stage of a military trial process.