How the north ended up on top of the map
is an article by Nick Danforth, author/curator of (The/Mid) Afternoon Map blog
, detailing how the north-up orientation came to be the default orientation, looking beyond Eurocentrism to Byzantine monks and Majorcan Jews who set the path for modern cartography. If you want more information, you might enjoy the Wikipedia article on the history of cartography
, or you can really dig deep with the three-volume text, The History of Cartography
, which is available in full from the University of Chicago Press online, split into individual PDFs for each chapter. [more inside]
World War I in Color
is a documentary designed to make the Great War come alive for a 21st-century audience. The events of 1914-18 are authoritatively narrated by Kenneth Branagh, who presents the military and political overview, while interviews with historians add different perspectives in six 48 minute installments annotated within. [more inside]
Italians cheer as police move African immigrants out
of a small town in Calabria, following clashes
in which immigrant farmworkers were shot at, severely beaten and run over. Rosarno is said to be a hotbed of the 'Ndrangheta
, which controls the labour market of illegalized seasonal day labourers living in inhuman and desperate conditions
. While the Pope urges Italy to respect migrants
, leftist newspaper 'il manifesto' put this
on the front page.
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At last, someone is going to take the legal route.
Italian authorities have issued arrest warrants for 22 CIA Agents suspected of involvement in the US kidnap/torture policy. "The new warrants allow for the suspects' detention anywhere in the 25-nation EU, a prosecutor said."
That's more lost clients for the European tourist industry.
All The Nudes That Are Fit To Print:
It's no exaggeration to say La Repubblica
is Italy's finest newspaper. It's liberal, modern, intelligent and independent. Along with Spain's El Pais
; France's Libération
and Le Monde
; the UK's Guardian
; Germany's Die Zeit
and Portugal's Público
, it's one of the mainstays of the European Left and Centre-Left. And yet its website offers calendars
in the, er, Pirelli
tradition of time-keeping. Imagine the New York Times
being similarly... liberal. Can soft prOn and serious reporting live together? Is it an Italian thing? The only other example I can think of is Spain's Interviú
, a magazine which in its heyday mixed superb (again, left-leaning) investigative journalism with politically incorrect - and photographically retouched - tits and ass. (NSFW, obviously, unless you're somewhere in Southern Europe or Louisiana.)
Venerdì del Flash
Via Universal Rule
. Ahhh, ho perso l'aereo perché c'era lo sciopero
Italian spammers face jail
. The ruling follows estimates
by the European Commission that spam e-mails cost EU companies approximately 2.25bn euros in lost productivity last year.