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Blair goes back to school — as Yale religion prof

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AFP | Sep 21, 2008

NEW HAVEN, Connecticut (AFP) — Former prime minister Tony Blair has gone back to school, launching his new role as a lecturer on religion at top US university Yale.

Blair, who converted to Catholicism after leaving office in 2007 and talked increasingly openly of his Christian faith while prime minister, delivered the first of five lectures on Friday at the prestigious college in the state of Connecticut.

An enthusiastic audience of more than 2,000 students later thronged the ornate Woolsey Hall to hear a talk by Blair, who was in office from 1997 to 2007.

Blair is to give five lectures to a class of 25 students between now and the end of the year, then repeat the schedule for two more years, Yale spokesmen told AFP.

The course he is co-teaching as Yale’s Howland Distinguished Fellow is linked to the work of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, which seeks to work for peace between religions in an age of globalization.

In addition to paying Blair a “nominal fee,” Yale is donating 200,000 dollars (138,000 euros, 109,000 pounds) to the foundation, university spokeswoman Helaine Klasky said.

Since quitting politics Blair has landed a range of lucrative part-time work, including consultancies for investment bank JPMorgan and Swiss insurer Zurich. He is reported to earn hundreds of thousands of dollars (euros, pounds) for speaking appearances.

Blair is also a special envoy of the Mideast Quartet, the group of big powers attempting to coordinate a peace process between Israel and the Palestinians.

The appointment to the Mideast post raised eyebrows among critics of Blair’s role as US President George W. Bush’s chief ally in launching the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

However, Yale president Richard Levin has praised Blair for showing “outstanding leadership” in using religion to solve international problems.
The lectures Blair is delivering will last only 1-1/2 hours and he is not going to be involved in seminars, Klasky said.

However Blair is getting a little taste of life on the campus where his eldest son Euan graduated this year: the former premier will sometimes spend a night in the picturesque college town of New Haven.

“This time he slept here last night, but he is leaving later this evening,” Klasky said.

Imelda Marcos yearns for the good old days of martial law

Imelda Marcos puckering up at her dictator-husband’s tomb September 11th, 2005 Photo: AP/Aaron Favila

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Good old days as Marcos pushes for a hero’s burial

Imelda prefers Martial Law years than today’s political situation – report

GMANews.TV | Sep 19, 2008

by Johanna Camille Sisante

MANILA, Philippines – Two days before the 36th anniversary of the declaration of martial law, former First Lady Imelda Marcos said her husband’s 20-year rule is more preferable than today’s political situation.

A report over radio dzBB said the wife of the late former President Ferdinand Marcos, who placed the country under martial law in Sept. 21, 1972, described the era as “the most unforgettable” saying it was the time when the world saw the Philippines’ potential.

The former First Lady chided the current government, saying that politicians today do nothing but bicker instead of helping their countrymen, said the report.

Marcos also noted that numerous establishments built during the period still stand today.

Under Martial Law, former President Marcos prohibited street demonstrations, imposed a curfew, banned the unauthorized carrying of firearms, closed down several media organizations, and suspended the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus.

Numerous known critics of the administration were detained, including the later senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, Jr who was assassinated on Aug. 21, 1983 upon his return to the Philippines from exile.

A non-violent “People Power Revolution” in 1986 along the Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) attended by multitudes of Filipinos effectively ended Marcos’ 20-year authoritarian rule.

Granbury resident sees something satanic in team’s pirate flag

“I’ve started a big stink, evidently, in Granbury,” said Nadra Arnold-Curry, who spoke up at a recent Hood County Commissioners Court meeting to register her disapproval of the black flags distributed by the Touchdown Club football boosters.

“Everything I’ve ever read about black flags and white skulls and bones, it’s called the ‘flag of death,’ ” Arnold-Curry said this week. “That’s what I automatically think of when I see it, gloom and doom.”


Star Telegram | Sep 19, 2008

By SHIRLEY JINKINS

One person’s spirit symbol is another’s banner of doom, according to Hood County residents involved in an unlikely scrap over black skull-and-crossbones flags intended to rally football fans round the Granbury High School Pirates.

“I’ve started a big stink, evidently, in Granbury,” said Nadra Arnold-Curry, who spoke up at a recent Hood County Commissioners Court meeting to register her disapproval of the black flags distributed by the Touchdown Club football boosters. “I appreciate our teams and coaches, too. But I have to stand up for my biblical convictions.”

The 39-year Granbury resident branded the flags “satanic” and warned that the city could be risking “the wrath of God” by flaunting them.

Hood County commissioners listened, then granted the booster club permission to post them on county property.

“It had nothing to do with the content of the flags,” Commissioner Dick Roan said. “Most of the flags in question were in the city of Granbury, but for the two or three that were on county property, we approved them.”

School spirit

No doubt, the Jolly Roger symbol was originally intended to strike fear into the hearts of would-be pirate victims.

But in Granbury?

“Everything I’ve ever read about black flags and white skulls and bones, it’s called the ‘flag of death,’ ” Arnold-Curry said this week. “That’s what I automatically think of when I see it, gloom and doom.”

Arnold-Curry, football boosters and county commissioners alike say they can’t believe that the flag flap has grown to such proportions.

The Hood County News has printed several letters and editorials after a Sept. 10 story on the Commissioners Court meeting, and other media outlets have checked in, too.

“It’s all fairly comical, in my opinion,” said Don Titus, president of the booster club, which bought about 200 of the fearsome flags to rally community support on game weekends.

The flags are posted around the city and at participating businesses on Thursdays and taken down on Saturdays during football season.

With the arrival of coach Scotty Pugh from Dallas’ Highland Park program, Granbury’s less-than-stellar football program received a makeover during the off-season, Titus said. The Touchdown Club swelled from 20 to 400 members and began sprucing up school-spirit symbols such as repainting faded “peg leg” pirate footprints on sidewalks.

Titus designed a new logo for the club, and plans called for putting his nonpirate “G” design on flags to line the streets.

“It was going to cost $80 apiece to have them made,” he said, “so we went instead with the Jolly Roger design on pre-made flags that cost us $1.80 apiece.”

Arnold-Curry and Titus spoke on the phone after the county meeting last week, he said, adding, “The difference between us is she thinks the flags are satanic and I think they’re nautical history.”

Team support

Sandy Price sells embroidered and screen-printed team uniforms and spirit wear at her Granbury shop, All About Sports & Awards.

Her son Zach plays junior-varsity football.

She flies the Jolly Roger in front of the shop every Thursday and Friday.

“Before this even came up, we were hanging up a big old Jolly Roger sign in our ‘Pirate Cove’ area,” she said. “Most of the people in town have been quite excited about it.”

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