Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Berlin, BNP and the Greenock Blitz

In the wake of the BNP on BBC furore last week, it's interesting to note how two columnists, in the same paper but from opposite sides of the Atlantic, treat the issue of multiculturalism. Andrew Sullivan scratches the surface of America to find a strong, native black culture in both past and present. David Starkey, by contrast, says that Nick Griffin would have gone down a storm in 16th century England.

Alison Kraft, in our newly-published November Issue, tells how recent breakthroughs in stem cell research have their roots in postwar atomic medicine experiments in Britain and the States.

The Herald reports that UNESCO World Heritage status is to be conferred upon Scottish icons such as Gallus Glasgow banter, Folklore of the Fishwives and tales of Greenock in the Blitz

Completion of the controversial City Palace project, replacing the historic Palast de Republik in the heart of Berlin's tourist district, will not now occur until at least 2016, according to Deutsche Welle.

Staying in Berlin, Jon Henley, in the Guardian today, goes in search of the last remnants of the Berlin Wall, and of the life stories of some of its 136 victims. Paul Betts covered similar themes in History Today back in September.

The US military is using high-tech mapping methods to update the last geographical survey of Iraq's lost cities, carried out over 50 years ago. From the DVIDS site.

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