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January 2005
Issue 13

In This Issue:
* Anniversary of Auschwitz Liberation
* Pinhole Photography Exhibit
* Relief for Victims of Tsunami
* Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday
* Presidential Inauguration
* Document Alert

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60th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz Concentration Camp

The 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz Concentration Camp will be commemorated at the Auschwitz II-Birkenau site at 2:30 PM on January 27, 2005. Leaders of many countries and large numbers of invited guests will be attending the anniversary commemorations.

Former prisoners will speak first, then the presidents of Poland, Israel, and Russia will make remarks. The program will also include ecumenical prayers and homage to the victims through the lighting of candles at the monument. Two new exhibitions will open at the Auschwitz I site on January 27.

More information: http://www.auschwitz.org.pl/

 

President George W. Bush and Laura Bush in Auschwitz, 2003
President George W. Bush and Laura Bush in Auschwitz, 2003

Pinhole Photography Exhibit

The opening of an Exhibition of Pinhole Photography at Museum of the History of Photography will take place on January 14, 2005. The exhibit will include works by two American artists: Walter Crump and Jesseca Ferguson. The two other featured artists are Georgia Krawiec and Dominik Pabis.

"Pinhole photography is lensless photography. A tiny hole replaces the lens. Light passes through the hole; an image is formed in the camera," says Jon Grepstad. Read his article about pinhole photography at: http://www.photo.net/

Exhibit will be open January 14 - February 27 at Muzeum Historii Fotografii, in Krakow, ul. Józefitów 16. Tel. 12 634-59-32.
More information: http://www.mhf.krakow.pl/
Walter Crump's biography: http://www.geocities.com/
Jesseca Ferguson's biography: http://www.pinholeformat.com/

 

 


U.S. Relief for the Victims of Tsunami

U.S. relief efforts for victims of the December 26 tsunami in South-East Asia are well under way.

USAID has 135 personnel and the U.S. military has three teams in the region assessing the scope of the disaster. The U.S. Air Force has sent 17 cargo planes to the region to ferry in relief supplies. Air Force cargo planes have delivered 430,000 pounds of relief supplies to the region since December 26.

U.S. military helicopters are bringing in supplies to remote regions and helping bring out sick and injured survivors. The U.S. military is sending seven freshwater producing ships to the region. Plans are under way to set up a monitoring and early warning system in cooperation with other countries in the region.

The U.S. government has made an initial $350 million commitment for official relief. Disaster victims can expect even more help from private U.S. charities.

Find out more at: http://usinfo.state.gov/sa/south_asia/tsunamis.html

 

Relief supplies from USAID are unloaded from a U.S. helicopter in Galle, Sri Lanka, January 4, 2005. (© AP/WWP)
Relief supplies from USAID are unloaded from a U.S. helicopter in Galle, Sri Lanka, January 4, 2005. (© AP/WWP)


Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday

The birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. will be observed as a federal holiday on the third Monday in January (Jan. 17).

Celebrating this holiday usually involves quiet memorial services as well as elaborate ceremonies in honor of Dr. King. On the preceding Sunday, ministers of all religions give special sermons reminding everyone of Dr. King's lifelong work for peace. All weekend, radio stations play songs and speeches that tell the history of the Civil Rights Movement. Television channels broadcast programs highlighting Dr. King's life and times.

More information about Martin Luther King, Jr. at: http://usinfo.state.gov/usa/blackhis/king/

 

An Oct. 24, 1966 photo of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Civil Rights leader in Atlanta , Ga.(AP Photo/stf)
An Oct. 24, 1966 photo of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Civil Rights leader in Atlanta , Ga.(AP Photo/stf)


Presidential Inauguration

President George W. Bush will be sworn in to a second term on January 20, 2005 at noon on the west front of the U.S. Capitol overlooking the National monuments. U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist is expected to administer the oath (see on the right).

“A Vision of America” has been selected as the 2005 Presidential Inaugural Theme. The 2005 theme commemorates the anniversaries of two significant events in American history that helped shape the American nation - the centennial of Theodore Roosevelt’s formal inauguration as president in 1905, and the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark expedition reaching the Pacific in 1805.

More information at: http://inaugural.senate.gov

 

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Document Alert

Outline of the U.S. Legal System

This Outline covers the history and organization of the federal and state judicial systems; the criminal and civil court processes; the background, qualifications, and selection of federal judges; the role of other participants (lawyers, defendants, interest groups) in the judicial process; and the implementation and impact of judicial policies.

Available at: http://usinfo.state.gov/


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