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6年前 Megamouth Shark Captured Off The Coast Of Japan Is One Of Only Several Dozen Spotted (VIDEO)

There was something large and extremely rare lurking in the waters off the coast of Japan -- until the deep sea creature was pulled from a fishing trap last month.

The megamouth shark was put on display at the Marine Science Museum in Shizuoka City, where crowds were able to see it undergo a public necropsy on May 6, HuffPost Japan reports.

The female shark, which weighs nearly 1,500 pounds and measures at least 13 feet, was captured about a half-mile down in the waters near Shizuoka, located off the southern coast of central Japan.




Dubbed an "alien shark" for its odd-shaped head, the elusive fish lives in deep-sea waters and only nears the surface at night to hunt. Similar to the extinct "megamouth" shark species, the fish uses its massive mouth to engulf plankton.

Very few megamouth sharks have been spotted since they were discovered in 1976, and even fewer have been caught. As Nippon TV notes, the specimen is believed to be only the 58th megamouth shark ever seen.

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6年前 One Billion People Still Practise Open Defecation, Endangering Public Health: UN


By Tom Miles

GENEVA, May 8 (Reuters) - One billion people worldwide still practise "open defecation" and they need to be told that this leads to the spread of fatal diseases, U.N. experts said on Thursday at the launch of a study on drinking water and sanitation.

"'Excreta', 'faeces', 'poo', I could even say 'shit' maybe, this is the root cause of so many diseases," said Bruce Gordon, acting coordinator for sanitation and health at the World Health Organization.

Societies that practice open defecation - putting them at risk from cholera, diarrhoea, dysentry, hepatitis A and typhoid - tend to have large income disparities and the world's highest numbers of deaths of children under 5 years old.

Attempts to improve sanitation among the poorest have long focused on building latrines, but the United Nations says that money literally went down the toilet. Attitudes, not infrastructure, need to change, it said.

"In all honesty the results have been abysmal," said Rolf Luyendijk, a statistician at the U.N.'s children's fund UNICEF.

"There are so many latrines that have been abandoned, or were not used, or got used as storage sheds. We may think it's a good idea but if people are not convinced that it's a good idea to use a latrine, they have an extra room."

Many countries have made great progress in tackling open defecation, with Vietnam and Bangladesh - where more than one in three people relieved themselves in the open in 1990 - virtually stamping out the practice entirely by 2012.

The global number has fallen from 1.3 billion in 1990. But one billion people - 90 percent of them living in rural areas - "continue to defecate in gutters, behind bushes or in open water bodies, with no dignity or privacy", the U.N. study said.

The practice is still increasing in 26 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Nigeria was the worst offender, with 39 million open defecators in 2012 compared to 23 million in 1990.


INDIA NO.1

Although the prevalence of open defecation is in decline, it is often common in fast-growing populations, so the total number of people doing it is not falling so fast, or is even rising.

The country with the largest number of public defecators is India, which has 600 million. India's relatively "hands off" approach has long been at odds with the more successful strategy of neighbouring Bangladesh, which has put a big focus on fighting water-borne diseases since the 1970s, Luyendijk said.

"The Indian government did provide tremendous amounts, billions of dollars, for sanitation for the poorest," he said.

"But this was disbursed from the central level to the provinces and then all the provinces had their own mechanisms of implementing. And as their own data showed, those billions of dollars did not reach the poorest," added Luyendijk.

India's government has now woken up to the need to change attitudes, he said, with a "Take the poo to the loo" campaign that aims to make open defecation unacceptable, helped by a catchy Youtube video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_peUxE_BKcU

"What is shocking in India is this picture of someone practising open defecation and in the other hand having a mobile phone," said Maria Neira, director of Public Health at the WHO.

Making the practice unacceptable has worked in more than 80 countries, the U.N. says. The goal is to eliminate the practice entirely by 2025. Poverty is no excuse, the study said, noting the role of cultural differences.

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, 14 percent of the population are open defecators. But where the head of the household is an Animist, the figure is twice as high, at 30 percent. Among households headed by Jehovah's Witnesses, it is only 9 percent. (Editing by Gareth Jones)

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6年前 Survivors Face 'Long Road' To Recovery 6 Months After Typhoon Haiyan Slammed Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Six months after the strongest typhoon to hit land killed his mother and tore down much of their house in the eastern Philippines, Sofronio Cervantes wants to return home — if only he can scrape together the money to rebuild his life once he gets there.

Like thousands of others, the 38-year-old farmer fled the destruction wrought by Typhoon Haiyan to Manila, the capital. But after a fruitless search for work and surviving on the charity of his wife's relatives, Cervantes says it is now time to go back to his village, where his father lives in what remains of their house — a tarpaulin roof strung between two broken walls.

"I want to restart our lives there," he said while visiting the Social Welfare Department, where he managed to get a cash handout of 2,800 pesos, or $60, to cover the bus fare for his wife, 1-year-old son and himself back to his home province of Leyte. "What will I do here? It is better for us to go home."

There are signs of progress since the monster storm slammed into the Philippines on Nov. 8, leaving more than 7,300 dead or missing and flattening hundreds of thousands of homes and other structures. Many survivors have started rebuilding and debris is slowly being cleaned up and carted away.

But enormous work remains. As of the end of April, more than 2 million people are living without adequate shelter, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said. Access to water and sanitation also remains a challenge.

"We know that recovery will be a long road," said Marcel Fortier of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. "I can tell you based on our experience, after three years, there would still be a lot of needs that will not be covered."

Recovery efforts have been stymied by government bureaucracy, said Panfilo Lacson, a former senator who heads the government's rehabilitation team.

The rebuilding master plan that includes input from local government officials has yet to be reviewed by Cabinet officials and presented to President Benigno Aquino III for approval, he said. Lacson also said he doesn't have full authority to make decisions, implement plans and disburse funds, unlike the official put in charge of rebuilding after the massive 2004 earthquake and tsunami in Banda Aceh, Indonesia.

"I am really frustrated," Lacson said. "It is difficult to coordinate but not have the implementing authority."

He was relieved, however, that there had been epidemics or breakdown in law in order in the disaster zone, and noted that it took eight years for areas hit by Hurricane Katrina in the U.S. to fully recover.

Reconstruction from the Haiyan disaster will cost 104 billion pesos, or $2.35 billion, the government estimates.

So far, $763 million in foreign aid has been pledged for rebuilding, and the government has received about half of that. These funds are apart from the millions of dollars in food and other emergency aid that was distributed directly by aid groups shortly after the typhoon.

Of the 200,000 homes destroyed or located in areas now deemed unsafe, the government has completed just 130 housing units, with nearly 15,000 units in the works. Out of 18,456 classrooms that need to be repaired and rebuilt, 51 units have been completed while 165 others are still being constructed.

More than 5,000 people still live in evacuation centers and tent cities, while nearly 20,000 more live in bunkhouses that serve as transitional shelter.

"With the next rainy and typhoon season beginning in June, greater progress on the shelter shortage is urgently required," a U.N. OCHA report said. "As people are exposed to the elements in many areas, the risk of the situation translating into deteriorating public health or a new humanitarian crisis is heightened."

Finding land to build houses that need to be relocated is emerging as a major issue. To date, land is available for only a little over a tenth of the total housing units that need to be built. Lacson said he has proposed that Aquino issue an order allowing the use of public lands for resettlement and allocation of funds to buy private land.

Cervantes said he plans to repair their home, farm his father's land and to maybe start a small business to help them get by. But so far, except for the bus fare he got, his efforts asking at government agencies have come to nothing.

"It's like begging," he said, his eyes glistening. "You are a victim already, but you feel like you become a victim all over again."

To help recovery efforts after Typhoon Haiyan's devastation, visit the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs' website.

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6年前 Nigerian Schoolgirls Face Boko Haram and National Education Crisis

What schoolgirls have experienced in Nigeria's northeastern Borno State over the last few weeks is tragic and heartbreaking, and it only compounds the education and learning crisis that Nigeria already faces.

The latest news is that eight schoolgirls were kidnapped just this week in northern Nigeria. This attack comes on the heels of another on April 14, when Boko Haram gunmen stormed a boarding school in Chibok and kidnapped around 300 girls between the ages of 15 to 18. Nearly all are still missing, and are possibly being sold into "marriage" or slavery.

The captors specifically targeted teenage girls because they believe that girls should not be educated.

"Boko Haram" was established in 2002. It is an Islamic jihadist and militant terrorist organization based in northern Nigeria, northern Cameroon, and Niger. Its aims are to establish a pure Islamic state ruled by sharia law and end what they call "Westernization."

They have attacked about 200 Nigerian schools over the last few years. Since the beginning of this year alone, they have used bombs, guns and arson to kill an estimated 1,500 people.

Right now, Nigeria's abducted schoolgirls need every resource possible to be put toward the rescue effort.

The United States has announced it will send a team of U.S. officials from several agencies to help the Nigerian government's efforts to find and return the abducted schoolgirls. The online campaign #BringBackOurGirls is keeping the pressure up to ensure that leaders are doing all they can.

Those wanting to contribute to this online movement can add their name to a petition urging as much action by the U.S. and Nigerian governments as possible.

What's been less reported is that this latest wave of violence against schoolgirls comes on top of Nigeria's existing crisis in education.

Of the 57 million out-of-school children globally, 10.5 million --almost 20 percent-- are Nigerian. Unfortunately, even more parents in northern Nigeria may keep their daughters away from school now, for fear of further attacks. Indeed, half of out-of-school children globally live in conflict-affected countries.

Many of the children who are able to attend school in Nigeria lack qualified teachers and the resources necessary to learn at expected levels-- a problem that's evident across the African continent.

UNESCO estimates that Sub-Saharan Africa alone will need 92 million new primary school teachers by 2015 to meet the demand for education.

That's how great the need is.

Schoolchildren show up every day to crowded classrooms in many parts of Nigeria. Too often, they find poorly trained and poorly paid teachers. Classrooms have too few books, if any at all.

It's a learning crisis where many of the children who are going to school are in classrooms where little learning is taking place. The impact of education can't be measured only by time spent in the classroom. It requires an understanding of whether students are mastering the knowledge and skills relevant to their lives.

Despite the efforts of many education leaders and advocates, the challenges students in northern Nigeria face are difficult for many Americans to fully comprehend. But overcoming those challenges would provide new hope for a country that wields immense political and economic power within Africa.

Education transforms lives, especially for the very poorest and most marginalized children. Their access to relevant, quality education can translate into benefits such as a strengthened democracy, better health outcomes, lower maternal and infant mortality rates, and more political and economic stability.

In the longer term, and on a global scale, we must fight every day to ensure that schoolgirls and boys can learn all they need in order to be successful, thriving adults. Improving learning outcomes globally will take tremendous effort and coordination at local, national, regional and global levels.

Because of work I am doing with colleagues around the world, I'm hopeful that the United Nations and its member states are on a path toward establishing an ambitious and sustainable development goal on equitable access to education and learning.

While a global goal by the UN would not address the problem of Boko Haram, it may help the Nigerian government and civil society organizations in Nigeria focus resources and attention on both getting the 10.5 million out-of-school children into school and on ensuring that children, youth, and adults learn the skills they need. Achieving those outcomes will go a long way to transforming Nigerian communities for the better.

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6年前 EU Sees No Evil in Egypt

Egypt's next president could not have made himself clearer. In two sessions of television interview that marked the start and mostly likely the end, too, of his election campaign, the former general who led the military coup declared the sole purpose of his presidency would be to get rid of the Muslim Brotherhood -- once and for all.

On any other issue, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi tied himself up in knots. For the power cuts that last up to 11 hours a day in some parts of the country, he had a ready answer -- energy-saving light bulbs. Until of course he was reminded that Egypt went through 70m energy bulbs a year because most of them broke. For the public austerity measures, the generalissimo had another half-baked solution: eat less bread. When the two presenters (handpicked for their sycophancy) dared to question him on the army, the former staff officer snapped: "leave the military alone."

He was cogent about one issue alone, the sole one on which he is running, and that was to eliminate the country's biggest and oldest political movement. There was none of this shilly-shallying with alien concepts like the rule of law, habeus corpus, due process, command responsibility for crimes against humanity, freedom of assembly. It was them or us. Egypt was not big enough for the two of them.

We all now know where we stand with the former staff officer, whose only experience of governance is giving orders and being obeyed. Well some of us know where we stand. The EU, that depositary of democratic practice and human rights (at least it keeps on telling us it is ) finds the Field Marshal harder to divine.

The EU prides itself on what the French call its acquis communautaire, the cumulative body of EU case law, legislation and treaties, which collectively builds the threshold to membership. What has happened in Egypt since August last year - massacres with impunity, mass arrest, mass death sentences with scant regard to due process or proper legal representation -- breaks every rule in this book, many times over.

The election breaks even the basic conditions set out by the EU's Foreign Affairs Council which are these: that Egypt's interim authorities should ensure an environment conducive to inclusive, transparent and credible elections; that no political groups should be excluded or banned, as long as they renounce violence and respect democratic principles.

The April 6 movement is banned, and not even Egypt's superheated media is saying they have any connection to the bomb attacks taking place.

None of this shakes the EU's determination to have 100 officials in place by May 26 to monitor this election. Their presence will inevitably be used by the regime as a source of legitimacy. Their silence will be used a source of approbation for an election already riven with flaws -- not least the absence of credible opponents. The EU sent a smaller team to assess the constitution referendum earlier this year and its report has never been made public. Transparency International noted that government officials openly promoted a vote in favor, peaceful critics were harassed ,arrested and prosecuted. But Cathy Ashton's only comment was to note that the ample majority constituted a clear endorsement. No doubt Sisi's ample majority will also constitute a clear endorsement.

The EU's willful compliance with this form of populist dictatorship is not only a clear breach of its principles. It is also totally ineffective. Neither the EU nor America is finding that silence is buying it any leverage with the military backed regime.

The African Union, in contrast, is putting up a fight, although it is hardly united. It too is sending observers, but having suspended Egypt as a member on July 5 last year, within days of the military coup, it is starting from a different position. The AU's observer mission is controversial. The AU's Peace and Security Council opposes it, and if Egypt refuses to comply with the African Commission's order to suspend the mass death sentences issued to a total of over 1,200 people, sanctions could be discussed. There is heavy lobbying by the Saudis of West African states like Senegal. The AU's position could be reversed, but for the moment it is more principled than the EU. Acquis communautaire? How about a rubber stamp for dictatorship.

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6年前 EU sees no evil in Egypt

Egypt's next president could not have made himself clearer. In a two hour television interview which marked the start and mostly likely the end, too, of his election campaign, the former general who led the military coup declared the sole purpose of his presidency would be to get rid of the Muslim Brotherhood - once and for all.

On any other issue, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi tied himself up in knots. For the power cuts that last up to 11 hours a day in some parts of the country, he had a ready answer - energy saving light bulbs . Until of course he was reminded that Egypt went through 70m energy bulbs a year because most of them broke. For the public austerity measures, the generalissimo had another half-baked solution : eat less bread. When the two presenters (handpicked for their sycophancy) dared to question him on the army, the former staff officer snapped : "leave the military alone".

He was cogent about one issue alone, the sole one on which he is running, and that was to eliminate the country's biggest and oldest political movement. There was none of this shilly-shallying with alien concepts like the rule of law, habeus corpus, due process, command responsibility for crimes against humanity, freedom of assembly. It was them or us. Egypt was not big enough for the two of them.

We all now know where we stand with the former staff officer, whose only experience of governance is giving orders and being obeyed. Well some of us know where we stand. The EU, that depositary of democratic practice and human rights (at least it keeps on telling us it is ) finds the Field Marshal harder to divine.

The EU prides itself on what the French call its acquis communautaire, the cumulative body of EU case law, legislation and treaties, which collectively builds the threshold to membership. What has happened in Egypt since August last year - massacres with impunity, mass arrest, mass death sentences with scant regard to due process or proper legal representation - breaks every rule in this book, many times over.

The election breaks even the basic conditions set out by the EU's Foreign Affairs Council which are these: that Egypt's interim authorities should ensure an environment conducive to inclusive, transparent and credible elections; that no political groups should be excluded or banned, as long as they renounce violence and respect democratic principles.

The April 6 movement is banned, and not even Egypt's superheated media is saying they have any connection to the bomb attacks taking place.

None of this shakes the EU's determination to have 100 officials in place by May 26 to monitor this election. Their presence will inevitably be used by the regime as a source of legitimacy. Their silence will be used a source of approbation for an election already riven with flaws - not least the absence of credible opponents. The EU sent a smaller team to assess the constitution referendum earlier this year and its report has never been made public. Transparency International noted that government officials openly promoted a vote in favour, peaceful critics were harassed ,arrested and prosecuted. But Cathy Ashton's only comment was to note that the ample majority constituted a clear endorsement. No doubt Sisi's ample majority will also constitute a clear endorsement.

The EU's wilful compliance with this form of populist dictatorship is not only a clear breach of its principles. It is also totally ineffective. Neither the EU nor America is finding that silence is buying it any leverage with the military backed regime.

The African Union, in contrast, is putting up a fight, although it is hardly united. It too is sending observers, but having suspended Egypt as a member on July 5 last year, within days of the military coup, it is starting from a different position. The AU's observer mission is controversial. The AU's Peace and Security Council opposes it, and if Egypt refuses to comply with the African Commission's order to suspend the mass death sentences issued to a total of over 1200 people, sanctions could be discussed. There is heavy lobbying by the Saudis or West African states like Senegal. The AU's position could be reversed, but for the moment it is more principled than the EU. Acquis communautaire? How about a rubber stamp for dictatorship.

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6年前 Assad's Forces Take Syria's Homs After Years Of Fighting


By Marwan Makdesi

HOMS, Syria May 8 (Reuters) - Syrian forces took full control on Thursday over Homs, a city once associated with scenes of joyous pro-democracy crowds but now famed for images of ruin that epitomize the brutality of Syria's civil war.

After holding the Old City of Homs for nearly two years, around 1,200 rebel fighters and trapped civilians boarded buses which took them out of the "capital of the revolution" in convoys on Wednesday and Thursday, activists said.

They were driven to rebel-held territory outside the city under a deal agreed between the insurgents and forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.

"Old Homs has been completely cleansed of armed terrorist groups," state television said.

Homs provincial governor Talal Barazi told Reuters earlier on Thursday that Homs would be "declared a secure city" and reconstruction would commence after the evacuation.

Although the area had been cleared of insurgents, the army is not expected to move into the Old City until Friday when it will be checked for explosives.

Rebels smiled to cameras as they left, but the fall of Syria's third largest city to government forces is a major blow to the opposition and a boost for Assad weeks before his likely re-election.

When thousands of Syrians took to the streets of Homs in 2011, it electrified the nation and anti-Assad demonstrations erupted in every major city. Government forces cracked down on the religiously mixed city with batons and live ammunition.

Mortar bombs were fired on protests in Homs and the revolution became armed. Rebel groups spread through the city as civilians fled or cowered in the basements of battered buildings. A year ago, government forces laid siege to the Old City and residents said they starved.

On Thursday, the city was close to silent with no sound of gunfire or explosions. Many buildings at the entrance to the Old City district lay in ruins, destroyed by three years of fighting.

Lebanon's al-Manar television aired footage from Homs of a line of rebel fighters, some carrying guns and wearing scarves around their faces, walking to green buses, passing government troops.


ASSAD GAINS

At the same time as rebels were evacuated from Homs, dozens of captives held by rebels in the northern provinces of Aleppo and Latakia were freed as part of the same deal.

Governor Barazi told state media that 70 people abducted by rebels were released, including five children and 17 women, and state television said more people were later released from Latakia on Thursday.

The Homs evacuation comes after months of gains by the army, backed by its Lebanese ally Hezbollah, along a strategic corridor of territory linking the capital Damascus with Homs and on to Assad's Alawite heartland on the Mediterranean.

Assad's forces now control most of the capital, along with the main highway from Damascus to the coast, while rebels control much of the desert in the north and east. Syria's second city, Aleppo in the northwest, is contested.

Many areas in Homs province remain in rebel hands, including the stronghold town of Rastan, and Assad will also need to secure rural areas around the capital to take full control of areas the Syrian army has been battling for. Government forces have also lost ground in the south to Islamist brigades.

Assad is widely expected to be the runaway victor in the June 3 presidential vote, which his opponents at home and abroad have dismissed as a charade.

They say no credible election can be held in a country fractured by civil war, with swathes of territory outside government control, 6 million people displaced and another 2.5 million refugees abroad.

More than 150,000 people have died in the conflict. Millions more have fled their homes and fighting regularly kills more than 200 people a day. (Writing by Oliver Holmes; Editing by Alastair Macdonald)

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6年前 These Photos Show What Years Of Ruthless War Do To A City

Green buses carrying hundreds of worn-out fighters left the city of Homs on Wednesday as part of a temporary truce between the forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad and the insurgents fighting them.

Reuters reports that more than 1,900 fighters and their civilian relatives were set to leave the city once known as "the capital of the revolution" under the truce. While some of the rebels holed up in the city had sworn to defend it until their death, a year-long siege had left many injured and undernourished.

Footage of the convoy provided a rare glimpse into what's left of the battered city after years of fighting and bombardments. The citizens of Homs were some of the first to join the protests against the regime of Bashar Assad, and the city has been the focus of a series of ruthless offensives by regime forces. Video and photos shot on Wednesday by the anti-government activist group Coordination Committee of Khalidiya Neighborhood in Homs and verified by the Associated Press show deserted streets left in ruins, dead trees, crumbling buildings and the pierced roof of a mosque.


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(AP Photo/The Coordination Committee of Khalidiya Neighborhood in Homs)


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(AP Photo/The Coordination Committee of Khalidiya Neighborhood in Homs)


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(AP Photo/The Coordination Committee of Khalidiya Neighborhood in Homs)

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6年前 。。。。。。...... (reply) 齐愍乐平

虽然传灯之类的话题,很容易理解,但其实具体到
细节,并没有直接的简单做法,比如有大致推测过,
强调动员能力,其实和农业社会聚族而居时所面临
的水资源调剂,有很大的关系,至于任事,也是一
门根本没有结论的学问。所以即使是在农业社会,
也并不是那么简单,如果说果真十分简单,那么大
概有一定的指针在牵引了。所以,大致的原则,可
以划定,除此之外,很可能没有共识可言。或者说,
共识就是没有共识,而假设的共识最好不进行讨论。
在这种情况下,各种暗示下的努力趋同,往往有非
常焦躁的色彩,与其说是趋同,不如说是某些特定
预期的固定化。认知的自局限性,应该有生理学意
义上的基础,当然了,这时候如果反过来说无差别
或者表示理解,多多少少有些问题,所以还是不说
了吧。

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6年前 Russians Miss The Soviet Empire: Poll

A majority of Russians think it's a real shame the USSR isn't around anymore, according to a survey released by Pew Global Research on Thursday. Out of a sample of 1000 people polled last month, 55 percent agreed with the statement that “it is a great misfortune that the Soviet Union no longer exists.”

This may strike some as odd given the not-so-stellar track record of the Soviet Union when it comes to many aspects of history (it did fall after all), but the results are actually fairly consistent with previous polls. As Pew notes in their survey, "in 2009, 58 percent described the collapse of the USSR as a great misfortune, and 50 percent expressed this opinion in 2011."

Misfortune USSR Does Not Exist


The nostalgia for Soviet times is most pronounced amongst older generations of Russians, the poll shows. Pew explains that "about seven-in-ten Russians age 50 and older (71 percent) characterize the end of the Soviet Union as a great misfortune."

Wistful attitudes towards the era of the USSR may also explain why a majority of Russians surveyed believe there are parts of other countries that "really belong to Russia," as Pew finds.

Most Say Parts of Other Countries Belong to Russia


The survey doesn't delve into the possible reasons for this Soviet Union nostalgia, whether respondents remember it fondly as the halcyon days of their history, or if things have just taken a turn for the worse since it's collapse. A recent report by NPR offers numerous possible explanations, from ire at how global politics played out after the collapse of the Soviet Union to "how it inspired respect and fear in the rest of the world, and they were a superpower."

While Pew's poll also surveys both Russians and Ukrainians for questions on the current crisis in eastern Europe, only Russians were posed the question regarding the "misfortune" of the absence of the Soviet empire. Presumably responses in many neighboring countries would yield quite different results.

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6年前 Tesla 新起点,千兆工厂下月破土动工 刘学文

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昨天是 Tesla 的财报日,但是财报上,Tesla 没有给我们带来一些利好消息,即使销售额进一步增长。美国电动车巨头 Tesla Motors 周三发布了该公司 2014 年第一季度财报。财报显示,Tesla 第一季度营收为 6.21 亿美元,高于上一季度的 6.15 亿美元,高于去年同期的 5.62 亿美元;Tesla 第一季度净亏损为 4980 万美元,不及上一季度的净亏损 1490 万美元,更不及上年去期的净利润 1120 万美元。

在财报之后的分析师会议上,Musk 宣布了一项重要的消息,关乎 Tesla 未来发展的千兆工厂(gigafactory)将在下个月破土动工。今年 2 月底,Tesla 宣布了这个千兆工厂计划

按照 Tesla 的构想,预计千兆工厂会在 2017 年正式投入生产。这个电池厂建成后,到 2020 年的锂电池产量将会超过 2013 年全世界的锂电池产量之和。随着产业规模的扩大,锂电池的成本也将降下来,每千瓦时的电池组的成本将会降低 30% 以上,这对今后的电动汽车产业将会是个很大的鼓舞。Musk 把这个工厂称之为“Gigafactory”,直译过来就是“千兆工厂”,暗指这家工厂的产能是千兆瓦时级别(35 GWh)。

从宣布立项到动工,千兆工厂只花了 4 个月。Musk 在立项的时候表示,Gigafactory 将会建在一个阳光和风力资源充足的地方,联想到 Tesla 的组装厂在加州,符合这个条件的,且离加州较近的地方会是新墨西哥州、内华达州和亚利桑那州等为数不多的几个州。千兆工厂很可能不止一处,6 月底开始动工的预计只有一两处。

之前外界不看好千兆工厂设在加州主要是因为加州人口稠密,环境法规严格。但是包括加州州长 Jerry Brown 在内的加州官员还是希望 Tesla 能在加州建厂,而也有消息称 Tesla 已经在加州购置了大片土地,只是不知道是否和千兆工厂有关,同时成为热门选址的地区还有内华达州。

另一个好消息就是 Tesla 和松下的合作意向也基本达成,看似顺利成章的合作却中间有不少插曲,一个月前,Tesla 亲密的小伙伴松下还表示:

“松下十分重视与 Tesla Motors 亲密合作关系,而且正在以多种方式深化双方的联系。但是在千兆工厂计划上,松下还没有作出任何决定。”

Musk 在电话会议中说的是,Tesla 已经和松下签署了合作意向书,年底会有正式的协议。不过关键的松下投资额度没有确切消息,此前的预计是,在这个耗资最多达 50 亿美元的项目中,Tesla 出资 20 亿美元,松下出资 10 亿美元,但松下方面为了保持稳健的财报数据而在迟疑。

上个月我们也提到了,Tesla 兴建千兆工程涉及了许多产业,其中包括矿业。《华尔街日报》就指出,Tesla 在整个产业链的把控能力上仍然有所欠缺,而行业对千兆工厂显得颇为谨慎。一个非常值得思考的例子就是,一家钴矿企业负责人表示,千兆工厂对于钴矿的需求强劲,如果 Tesla 的千兆工厂得以实施,那么后果就是钴矿价格上涨,或者被迫开新矿。

现在看来 Musk 也考虑到了这一点,Tesla 已经和矿业公司接触。这些矿业公司将直接向 Tesla 提供钴、镍等电池原料。Musk 说:

“当我们研究成本结构和供应链的时候,发现这其中确实有许多创新和降低成本的机遇。”

 

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6年前 Republicans Continue Trying To Fundraise Off Benghazi

WASHINGTON -- Conservatives don't appear to be heeding the advice of Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), who has called on them to stop fundraising off the 2012 attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, while he leads a select committee tasked with investigating the matter.

One day after Gowdy said he thought the subject of Benghazi "transcends politics" and asked the National Republican Congressional Committee to avoid using it in fundraising appeals, a Tea Party group is doing just that. And it's using the name and image of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to help bring in the cash.

"Ted Cruz Refuses To Surrender! He Has Introduced Legislation To Investigate Benghazi!" reads the fundraising solicitation from the group, Patriots for Economic Freedom. The email goes on to ask for contributions, ranging from $25 to $1,000, to support Cruz "in his efforts to create a Senate select committee to investigate Benghazi."

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The Huffington Post reached out to Cruz's office to see if he had authorized the use of his name and image for the fundraising appeal. His office did not immediately respond to the request.

But all indications are that conservative groups and politicians aren't going to back down from their efforts to use the political revival of the Benghazi controversy to make money. Rep. Scott Rigell (R-Va.) sent out a Benghazi-related fundraising email the day before Gowdy's committee was announced.

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Meanwhile, the campaign of Arizona State House Speaker Andy Tobin (R), who is running to unseat Rep. Anne Kirkpatrick (D-Ariz.), defended his use of the Benghazi select committee in a fundraising email to local press. And the NRCC did not return a request for comment from The Huffington Post about Gowdy's plea that it not raise money off his investigation.

Fundraising off Benghazi is likely a very lucrative proposition for Republicans running for office. But these solicitations threaten to undermine the credibility of the select committee before it even starts its investigation. Certainly, they have provided Democrats with a vehicle to decry the heightened interest in re-investigating the attack as crass political opportunism.

“There has been bipartisan outrage at the callous actions of the NRCC –- and for good reason," Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) said in a statement. "Fundraising off the Benghazi tragedy is despicable and insulting and has no place in the national conversation. Speaker Boehner and Chairman Walden should immediately take down their BenghaziWatchdog.com website and stop insulting the memory of the brave Americans who were lost there.”

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6年前 Sheikh Muhammad Nazim Adil al-Qubrusi al-Haqqani Dead: Renowned Sufi Leader Dies At Ninety-Two In Cyprus

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Sheikh Muhammad Nazim Adil al-Qubrusi al-Haqqani, a leading figure of Sufism, the mystical branch of the Islamic faith, has died at the age of 92 in the north of ethnically divided Cyprus.

Imam Shakir Alemdar, the Vice Grand Mufti of Cyprus, confirmed the death on Tuesday. The imam hailed the Cypriot-born Sheikh Nazim as one of the world's great Islamic scholars and a spiritual leader to followers of Sufism. Imam Alemdar said Sheikh Nazim traced his lineage back 1,500 years to the origins of Islam and the Prophet Muhammad.

The funeral for Sheikh Nazim, who had many followers around the world, will be held in the northern, Turkish Cypriot part of the capital Nicosia.

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6年前 Muslim Leaders Slam Boko Haram For Using Islam To Justify Schoolgirl Kidnappings

The abduction three weeks ago of hundreds of schoolgirls in Nigeria by the Muslim extremist group Boko Haram is now generating worldwide attention and condemnation. Muslim leaders in various countries have criticized Boko Haram's leader for using Islamic teachings as his justification for threatening to sell the girls into slavery. Others have focused on what they view as a slow response by Nigeria's government to the crisis. The British and French governments announced Wednesday that they would send teams of experts to complement the U.S. team heading to Nigeria to help with the search for the girls, and Nigeria's president said China has also offered assistance.

Some of the reactions to the crisis: — EGYPT: Religious Endowments Minister Mohammed Mohktar Gomaa said "the actions by Boko Haram are pure terrorism, with no relation to Islam, especially the kidnapping of the girls."

Sheik Ahmed el-Tayeb of the Cairo-based Al-Azhar, one of Sunni Islam's most prestigious institutions, said the abductions "completely contradict Islam and its principles of tolerance."

— PAKISTAN: Dawn, an English language newspaper, published an opinion piece that takes Nigeria to task for not moving against Boko Haram. "The popular upsurge in Nigeria in the wake of the latest unspeakable atrocity provides some scope for hoping that the state will finally act decisively to obliterate the growing menace," wrote columnist Mahir Ali.

— INDONESIA: In the world's most populous Muslim-majority country, the Jakarta Post published an editorial Wednesday condemning the Boko Haram leader for "wrongly" citing Islamic teaching as his excuse for selling the abducted girls into slavery. Recalling the Taliban's shooting of 15-year-old Pakistani girl Malala Yousafzai in 2012 because of her outspokenness in defense of girls' right to an education, the editorial said: "Malala's message needs to be conveyed to all people who use their power to block children's access to education. It is saddening that religion is misused to terrorize people and to kill the future leaders of the world."

The newspaper also criticized Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, noting that "only after international condemnation and street demonstrations poured in did President Jonathan tell his nation that he would take all necessary actions to return the young women to their parents and schools, while also acknowledging that the whereabouts of the abductees remained unknown."

— SWEDEN: In an editorial posted on the left-wing news website politism.se, blogger Nikita Feiz criticized the international community for its slow response and asked why the situation hadn't triggered as loud a reaction as when Malala was shot in Pakistan. "Looking at the situation in Nigeria, Malala appears like a false promise from the West that it would stand up for girls' rights to attend school without fear of being subjected to sexual exploitation and abuse," she said. "It is difficult not to draw the conclusion that the West's assurance to act for girls' rights suddenly isn't as natural when it comes to girls' rights in a country in Africa."

— UNITED STATES: The U.S. government is sending to Nigeria a team of technical experts, including American military and law enforcement personnel skilled in intelligence, investigations, hostage negotiating, information sharing and victim assistance, as well as officials with expertise in other areas. Fewer than 10 military troops are also going.

In an editorial, The New York Times faulted the Nigeria's president: "It wasn't until Sunday, more than two weeks after the kidnappings, that he called a meeting of government officials, including the leader of the girls' school, to discuss the incident."

— BRITAIN: Prime Minister David Cameron's office said Britain will send a small team of experts to Nigeria, following protests over the weekend outside the Nigerian Embassy in London and editorials calling for action. Jonathan's office later issued a statement saying Britain would use satellite images and other tracking technologies to help in the search.

— FRANCE: A specialized French team will be arriving soon in Nigeria, according to President Francois Hollande's office. It wasn't immediately clear if the team was made up of a special military unit or intelligence agents. France also said it would make available observation equipment. France has satellite means and two unarmed American-made drones in neighboring Niger used to track extremists in Mali.

— CHINA: Premier Li Keqiang visited Nigeria on Wednesday and met with Jonathan, whose office said the Chinese leader promised that his government "will make any useful information acquired by its satellites and intelligence services available to Nigeria's security agencies." The statement also said China will support "Nigeria's fight against terrorism in every possible way, including the training of military personnel for anti-insurgency operations."

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Associated Press correspondents Lee Keath in Cairo, Michelle Faul in Lagos, Nigeria, Gregory Katz in London, Malin Rising in Stockholm and Masha Macpherson in Paris contributed.

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6年前 For One Young Ukrainian, The Maidan Dreams Of Democracy Are Dying

DONETSK — Yegor Firsov watches as bullets decide his future.

Gunmen have been steadily occupying government buildings in a string of towns in eastern Ukraine. The men, mostly masked, are demanding independence or union with Russia, and in the past few days, the Ukrainian military has been trying to drive them out.

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6年前 Archeologists Find Tomb Dating Back To 1100 B.C. In Egypt

CAIRO (AP) — Archeologists have found a tomb dating back to around 1100 B.C. south of Cairo, Egypt's Antiquities Ministry said Thursday.

Antiquities Minister Mohamed Ibrahim said that the tomb belongs to a guard of the army archives and royal messenger to foreign countries. Ibrahim said the Cairo University Faculty of Archaeology's discovery at Saqqara adds "a chapter to our knowledge about the history of Saqqara." Ola el-Egeizy of Cairo University said the tomb contains "very nice inscriptions" of the funerary procession and the afterlife of the deceased.

The tomb was found near another one dating back to the same period belonging to the head of the army that was discovered in the previous excavation season. That tomb was larger but much of what remains is mud bricks as "most of its stone blocks were stolen and many of them are in museums all over the world," said el-Egeizy. Because of the blocks, archaeologists had long known that the tomb existed though it was not uncovered until recently.

Saqqara was the necropolis for the ancient Egyptian city of Memphis and site of the oldest known pyramid in Egypt.

Egypt's vital tourism industry has suffered in the wake of the 2011 uprising that toppled autocratic leader Hosni Mubarak.

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6年前 Anti-Christian Graffiti In Jerusalem Alarms Church Ahead Of Pope Francis' Holy Land Visit

JERUSALEM, May 8 (Reuters) - The Roman Catholic Church in Jerusalem, preparing for a visit by Pope Francis later this month, has expressed alarm over threats to Christians scrawled by suspected Jewish extremists on church property in the Holy Land.

In an incident on Monday, "Death to Arabs and Christians and all those who hate Israel" was daubed in Hebrew on an outer column of the Office of the Assembly of Bishops at the Notre Dame Center in East Jerusalem.

"The wave of fanaticism and intimidation against Christians continues," the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem posted on its website, referring to so-called "price tag" incidents.

"Mere coincidence?" the patriarchate statement asked. "The Notre Dame Center is property of the Holy See and this provocation comes two weeks before Pope Francis' visit to the Holy Land and Jerusalem."

Israel's Haaretz newspaper reported that Israeli security services fear that Jewish radicals might carry out a major hate crime against the Christian population or institutions to drum up media attention during the Pope's pilgrimage.

Police districts, the newspaper said, were ordered to produce security plans to protect Christian sites and gather intelligence on Jewish extremist activities.

A police spokesman declined to comment directly on the report but said stringent security measures would be in effect for the papal visit.

In recent years, "price tag" attacks have targeted mosques, Palestinian homes and Christian monasteries in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, areas Israel captured in a 1967 war and Palestinians seek as part of a future state.

"Price tagging" - a reference by ultranationalist Jews to making the government "pay" for any curbs on Jewish settlement on Palestinian land - has also occurred in Israeli military installations in the West Bank and Arab villages in Israel.

Pope Francis is due to tour the Holy Land from May 24 to 26, visiting Jordan, the West Bank and Jerusalem, where he will meet Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians.

The pontiff, who like his predecessors John Paul and Benedict has friendly ties with Jewish religious leaders, is due to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Notre Dame Center, located just outside the walls of the old city.


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The bishops' statement said they "are very concerned about the lack of security" for Christian property and what they called the "lack of responsiveness from the political sector" after earlier attacks. They feared an escalation of violence.

The frequency of "price tag" attacks - 14 have been reported this year - has risen sharply over the past month since the Israeli military demolished structures in a West Bank settlement built without government authorisation.

Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni said on Wednesday they would ask the cabinet to classify groups behind "price tag" attacks as terrorist organisations, opening the way for the possible use of detention without trial against members.

Despite dozens of arrests over the past year of suspected "price-taggers", there have been few convictions. Police say there are only a few score culprits, many known by name, but about half of them are minors to whom courts show leniency.

The patriarchate said that the heads of churches in the Holy Land are preparing "a series of actions aimed at informing local and international public opinion, and to make the authorities and law officials aware of their responsibilities". (Editing by Mark Trevelyan)

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6年前 UN Climate Head Christiana Figueres Urges Religious Leaders To Call For Fossil Fuel Divestment

Top UN official Christiana Figueres called on religious leaders to speak out on climate change in an impassioned op-ed for The Guardian. She is Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Figueres framed climate change as a moral and ethical issue as well as an economic and environmental one and stressed the need for urgent action ahead of a new climate agreement in 2015.

"It is time for faith groups and religious institutions to find their voice and set their moral compass on one of the great humanitarian issues of our time," she wrote.

On a practical and actionable level, Figueres urged religious leaders to pull their investments in fossil fuel companies and encourage their followers to do so as well.

The divestment movement is gaining steam all over the world as universities and local authorities get involved. In 2013, the United Church of Christ (UCC) became the first national faith group to vote in favor of divesting from fossil fuel companies. Since then, eleven other religious institutions have followed suit.

In April, Archbishop Desmond Tutu added his voice to the cause. The South African religious leader called for an anti-apartheid-style boycott and disinvestment campaign against the fossil fuel industry, reported The Guardian.

A multi-faith coalition of religious groups sent a letter to Pope Francis in April to ask him to encourage fossil fuel divestment.

"Leaders of faith groups, from Christians and Muslims to Hindus, Jews and Buddhists have a responsibility and an opportunity over the next 18 months to provide a moral compass to their followers and to political, corporate, financial and local authority leaders," declared Figueres.

"In doing so, faiths and religions can not only secure a healthy and habitable world for all but contribute to the spiritual and physical well-being of humanity now and for generations to come," she added.


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6年前 Raising Our Voices: Join the Global Moms Relay

This post is part of the Global Moms Relay. We have reached our initial goal of 275,000 social media actions, which has led to Johnson & Johnson donating $275,000 to help improve the health and well-being of moms and kids worldwide through the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (MAMA), Shot@Life and Girl Up, in support of the UN's Every Woman Every Child initiative.

One of the greatest gifts my mother gave me was a sense of unconditional loving. This meant that as I was going for my dreams, I knew that if I failed, she wouldn't love me one bit less. And that made me less afraid to fail. I also learned about generosity from my mother, whose bigheartedness was infectious. She approached life by liking everybody, and because this feeling of connection and trust is contagious, everybody liked her right back.

Sunday is Mother's Day, and while I feel my mom's spirit every day, she is especially present in my life at this time of year. And whether our mothers are still here with us or not, there's no better time to tap into the gratitude we feel for them and join the movement to improve the health and well-being of mothers and babies everywhere. That's the goal of the Global Moms Relay. In partnership with the United Nations Foundation, Johnson & Johnson and BabyCenter, The Huffington Post is putting the spotlight on the ways we can bring new opportunities to women and children around the world.

In his blog post launching this year's Relay, the UN Foundation's Aaron Sherinian recalls a common scene from his childhood: His mother, a quilter, would gather with other moms to stitch and share stories about everything from their own lives to the big issues facing the world. "As I grew older, I realized that these moms weren't talking for the sake of talking or to help the time pass by more quickly," he writes. "They knew that by coming together and raising their voices, they could make a real difference -- and they did."

The Global Moms Relay is all about bringing together those voices and making a real difference by harnessing the power of social media. The Relay is partnering with three organizations around the world that are committed to this mission:

  • Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (MAMA), which delivers important health information to new and expectant mothers in India, Bangladesh and South Africa using mobile phones. Launched by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2011, MAMA aims to prevent the more than 800 maternal deaths due to childbirth or pregnancy-related complications that occur every day.


  • Shot@Life, a campaign to raise awareness about the cost-effective and lifesaving potential of vaccines for children in developing countries.


  • Girl Up, which helps American girls raise awareness and money for United Nations programs that help improve the lives of adolescent girls in developing countries, from helping more girls go to school to improving access to clean drinking water.


We launched the Relay on March 7, the day before International Women's Day. Since then we've heard from a range of voices -- women and men -- putting the spotlight on different aspects of motherhood: Melinda Gates on the single most important lesson her mother taught her; Queen Rania of Jordan on the potential of mothers to transform Jordan into "a more prosperous, equitable and cohesive nation"; Annie Lennox on coming to understand the difficulties her mother faced as a young mother in 1950s Scotland; Amanda Peet on how a trip to Kenya showed her the impact of vaccinations on mothers and children; former Johnson & Johnson marketing manager Esmeralda Villanueva de Ramírez on her transformative experience working with young women in Venezuela, which has one of Latin America's highest adolescent pregnancy rates; PreK12 Plaza CEO Ana Roca Castro on the lessons she learned from her single mother, who only had a sixth-grade education; Webs.com CEO Haroon Mokhtarzada on the universal nature of the maternal instinct; Global Moms Relay co-chair Lynda Lopez on her admiration for single mothers and the urgency of supporting mothers in need; and photographer Anne Geddes on what she learned from photographing pregnant women from all walks of life.

There's still time to join the Relay. Through Mother's Day we have an opportunity to give and not only improve the lives of women and children around the world but enrich our own lives in the process.

When we flex our giving muscles, the process begins to transform our own lives, because however successful we are, when we go out in the world to "get things," when we strive to achieve a goal, we are operating from a perceived deficit, focused on what we don't have and are trying to obtain -- until the goal is achieved. And then we go after the next goal. But when we give however little or much we have, we are tapping into our sense of abundance and overflow.

I joined the Global Moms Relay to tap into that sense of abundance, to pass on the unconditional loving my mother gave me, and to celebrate the example set by countless mothers around the world who are working to enrich the lives of their children. And I hope you'll join the movement too. And to all the mothers all around the world, Happy Mother's Day.

Johnson & Johnson is donating up to $375,000 to the Global Moms Relay and beyond to help improve the health and well-being of moms and kids worldwide. They've donated $275,000 so far; help us raise another $100,000 by using the Donate a Photo app* and Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 when you upload a photo for Shot@Life or Girl Up, up to $100,000. You can help make a difference in seconds with a snap of your smartphone. Every 20 seconds a child dies from a vaccine-preventable disease. Just $1 provides a measles or polio vaccine for a child through Shot@Life, a campaign to raise awareness, advocacy and funds to get vaccines to the children who need them most. Share this post with the hashtag #GlobalMoms, and visit GlobalMomsRelay.org to learn more.

The United Nations Foundation, Johnson & Johnson, BabyCenter and The Huffington Post created the Global Moms Relay with the goal of improving the lives of women and children around the globe.

*Johnson & Johnson has curated a list of trusted causes and developed the Donate a Photo app for iOS and Android to allow users to donate a photo to one of those causes once a day. Each cause will appear in the app until it reaches its goal or the donation period ends. If the goal isn't reached, the cause will still get a minimum donation.


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6年前 Father Giuseppe Girotti, WWII Priest Martyred For Sheltering Jews, Beatified In Italy

Father Giuseppe Girotti, an Italian priest who died in a Nazi concentration camp for assisting Jews during the Holocaust, was beatified on April 26 in a ceremony overshadowed by the double canonizations of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II the following day.

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Cardinal Severino Poletto conducted the martyred priest's beatification in Alba, Italy where Girotti was born.

His beatification comes roughly a year after Pope Francis authorized a decree recognizing Girotti as a martyr who was killed “in hatred of the faith.”

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A frier and scriptural scholar, Father Girotti was living in a Dominican convent in Santa Maria delle Rose during World War II when he began building a network of contacts in support of the persecuted Jews. The Gestapo arrested him on August 29, 1944 and eventually sent him to the Dachau concentration camp.

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On Easter 1945 Father Girotti was reportedly killed by lethal injection, according to L'Osservatore Romano. His prison mate carved "St Giuseppe Girotti" on the side of his bed after his death.

In his homily during the beatification, Cardinal Poletto said that Father Girotti "learned to love and be charitable to his brothers, especially the poor, the sick and those persecuted in particular for reasons of race."

Photos courtesy of the Order of Preachers

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