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7 mai 2011 6 07 /05 /mai /2011 16:15

Why was Geronimo  -the name of one of the best-known Native Americans- chosen as the code name for the operation to capture the (formerly) Saudi terrorist   ?

Click on Geronimo's   portrait below

to read the BBC news (U.S.A. & Canada) article -

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/89/Goyathlay.jpeg/357px-Goyathlay.jpegPhotograph in the Public Domain

A photo gallery of the life of Geronimo <<<

on the Indian Country Today Media Network.

An Apache tribe in the U.S.A. has  demanded an apology from the American President " for using the name of the warrior Geronimo as the code name for Osama Bin Laden" the BBC says : on May 3, 2011 the Chairman of the Fort Sill Apache Tribe wrote President Obama to tell him : "[My tribe and I] would hope that you would issue a formal apology to the Geronimo family members, the Fort Sill Apache Tribe and to all Native Americans for this action."

You can read the full letter on the Fort Sill Apache website


Photomontage by lunamom58 under a CC BY-NC-SA license

The indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com

is meant to be "a national platform for Native voices and issues" The website will "serve as a one-stop destination for the vast and growing number of people interested in [Native Americans] news, culture, ideals and businesses"


You'll also find videos and audio files

on Mr J. Sabiron's VIGILANGUES website, http://www.clker.com/cliparts/5/c/3/6/11954226271169522330transmission_tower_ante_01.svg.thumb.pngand a link to the "Apache Indian sheet" as well :)


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27 février 2011 7 27 /02 /février /2011 20:05

"George VI : the unexpected king"

"He neither desired, nor ever expected, to become King. A diffident, even painfully shy, figure who battled throughout his life with a nervous stammer, George VI was the unlikeliest of sovereigns, thrust on to the throne when his brother, Edward VIII, abdicated in 1936[...]":


An article from the BBC World news (2002)

Wikipedia's article :


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19 février 2011 6 19 /02 /février /2011 15:43

america.gov website "delivers information about current U.S. foreign policy and about American life and culture. It is produced by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of International Information Programs."

    http://www.pdclipart.org/albums/Cartoon_Characters/thumb_felix.png  http://www.pdclipart.org/albums/Election_Day/thumb_election_liberty1.png

The document above  shows that "U.S. television and cinema promote images of Americans that are … well … wrong ! Pop Culture versus Real America will contrast those pop culture images with profiles of real Americans in every walk of life.


Introduction by Andrew Ferguson


Krusty Burger by Chester Pach*

Farm to Table: Fresh for the Picking by Karen Hofstein



Saving Lives Takes More Than a Nice Tan by Valerie Due



Modern-Day Cowboy by Candy Moulton


CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

All’s Quiet on the Small-Town Front by Brian Heyman


Pulp Fiction

Safety and Security: Twin Priorities by Megan A. Wong.


Grey’s Anatomy

A Passion to Serve by Megan A. Wong


Gossip Girl

Helping Family, Friends, and Her Community

by Megan A. Wong


Boston Legal

Ethical Advocate by Karen Hofstein .



Perfecting Their Pitch by Brian Heyman


Desperate Housewives .

Their Own Support Network by Joshua K. Handell


Montgomery Burns

Cutting Costs While Saving the Earth by Gail Kalinoski


Dr. Phil

Helping Youth, One Conversation at a Time

by Sonya F. Weakley

*All television and cinema profiles are written by Chester Pach.


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15 février 2011 2 15 /02 /février /2011 22:01


... quite a long time ago !

Below, a worksheet to help you understand the video :



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15 février 2011 2 15 /02 /février /2011 19:01


... quite a long time ago !

Below, a worksheet to help you understand the video :



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14 février 2011 1 14 /02 /février /2011 08:40

  History Channel on the origins of Valentine'Day

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15 janvier 2011 6 15 /01 /janvier /2011 22:49

How long did it take ?

Barack Obama's historic election as the first black president of the U.S.A. was the result of a process that had started long before, with the previous elections of black men/women to civic & state political positions. Patrick Garvin wondered "If it took 220 years to elect a black president, how long did it take for black men and women to get to other positions?"... hence this infographic timeline.


Click on the illustration to get the full-size infographic

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8 janvier 2011 6 08 /01 /janvier /2011 23:50

Today a gunman opened fireoutside at a 'Superway Market'

as Congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford was holding a "Congress on Your Corner" event there, in a north-western area of Tucson (Arizona). According to Arizona Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, all the officials had been threatened during "a vitriolic campaign that [had] just occurred" : as for him, the Congresswoman "was the target". The sheriff probably  hinted at the Republican Senator's campaign map, that illustrated each House Democrat with a crosshair(1)  -see the map below.

(1) crosshairs are commonly associated with telescopic sights for aiming firearms : they help the shooter to aim the target precisely.


While she might survive -the sheriff says- ("the surgeon in charge is cautiously optimistic"), thirteen other victims were injured and six died. To see the BBC9 video click on the TV camera below :

http://www.clker.com/cliparts/y/F/2/g/b/G/tv-camera-icon-th.pngThe tragedy reminds us gun laws (thus, gun violence) are still a burning issue in the U.S.A.

The recurring leitmotiv of pro-guns -"Men kill, not guns"- doesn't withhold mere reality : no guns = no shootings... no targets either !

Clicking on the map below gets you to visualise the firearms murders rate (by state, per 100,000 population) :


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4 novembre 2010 4 04 /11 /novembre /2010 19:38

You've just heard of the beginning of the first verse of this British popular verse.

Below is its full version :

http://www.remember-remember.com/schools/fworks.gif"Remember, remember,

The fifth of November

Gunpowder, treason and plot !

We see no reason why

Gunpowder treason

Should ever be forgot !

Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, 'twas his intent

to blow up the King and Parli'ment.

Three-score barrels of powder below

To prove old England's overthrow ;

By God's providence [or mercy] he was catch'd

With a dark lantern and burning match.

Hulloa boys, hulloa boys, let the bells ring.

Hulloa boys, hulloa boys, God save the King !"

Here it is, in an excerpt from the film :

It presents the beginning of the popular verse too : but now it's the man with a mask -"V"- who recites the verse  and not Evey any more !

The film is partly a historical  allegory : which historical character does "V" correspond to ? What historical event is alluded to in this video ?


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4 novembre 2010 4 04 /11 /novembre /2010 19:33

Bonfire Night


All over the United Kingdom, Bonfire Night celebrates the anniversary of the Gunpowder plot and therefore reminds the story of Guy Fawkes... it's tomorrow, November 5th !

But let me tell you about the graphic novel created by Alan Moore and David Lloyd : "V for Vendetta" consisted of a series of comics, issued from 1989 to 1990. It told a story whose hero got inspired by Guy Fawkes.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/archive/6/63/20070815183651!Wikipedia-logo.pngThe novel was adapted into a film (same title) :

click on the logo to read Wikipedia's article on the film.


Below, Evey's words are a kind of leitmotiv in the film : click on the first line to view a short video taken from the beginning of the film :

Remember, remember

The fifth of November

Gunpowder, treason and plot !

We see no reason why

Gunpowder treason

Should ever be forgot !

Guy Fawkes wanted to blow up the Houses of Parliament to kill King James.

Learn some more here


Bonfire photo by Fir0002, licensed under CC BY-SA

Parliament photo by mookiefl, licensed under CC BY-NC

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