August 14, 2019 11:08 AM The extensive property in the Spandau district of Berlin is surrounded by high fences, covered by undergrowth and includes a number of rather plain storage buildings. Two of them are used to store art and they contain hundreds of paintings, many of which were admired by Hitler. Not a few of them even belonged to him. The paintings were put here by the German Historical Museum with a single aim: They were to be forgotten. The museum in the heart of Berlin currently looks after thousands of art objects from the Nazi era and over 900 paintings are stored in the Spandau depot. Drawings are stored at a different location. A strange quiet surrounds this art and that silence is not necessarily a good thing. After all, silence isn't particularly helpful on the search for resolution. Despite all the research that has been conducted into the Nazi period and all of the conclusions that have been reached, art from the Third Reich remains a taboo. Many, it would … [Read more...] about A Hidden Legacy: Time for a New Look at Nazi Art
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For the past several months, members of the Fort Mojave Indian tribe in Ward Valley, California, have been defending their historic land by settling into a desert encampment next to their reservation, where the State of California and a private waste storage company wants to build a low level nuclear waste dump. In Houston, Texas, black residents of the Kennedy Heights community recently discovered that Gulf Oil, now owned by Chevron, polluted the ground on which they are living before selling it to a developer in the 1960s, and they are now suing Chevron for damages in a federal court. Outside New Orleans, Louisiana, citizens of a mostly black and poor town are fighting a major chemical company to prevent it from erecting a toxic emitting plant in their district. And in urban areas from West Oakland, California, to the South Bronx of New York City, community groups are pressuring their political representatives to shut down hazardous waste incinerators that, they claim, have clustered … [Read more...] about Americans fight for ecological justice
If you've not spent much time at church recently, now you can get a dose of daily divinity in the comfort of your own home. A Grade II-listed former church in Somerset, converted into a family home, has come on the market for £650,000, and boasts original features including stained glass windows and arched ceilings with exposed wooden beams. The 163-year-old church has been lovingly transformed by its current owners into a trendy and livable modern three-bedroom home, although the presence of headstones in the front garden are a somewhat quirky addition to the property. The estate agent has not made clear whether the new owners are likely to face requests for visits to the graves on their property. While some of the features are original, others were handmade when the property was converted, like the crafted oak kitchen. It's located close to the quaint village of Bampton in Somerset, and is just a short drive away from the city of Exeter. The trendy … [Read more...] about Church converted into three-bed home hits the market for £650,000
The walls of the room were plastered with maps, designs, sketches and heat maps, each filled with information about the city centre. The American Institute of Architects had been tasked with delivering a new future for Dublin 1, an area facing "civic schizophrenia - a split personality". What they devised was a plan for a more welcoming north inner city. A plan that would not only increase footfall along the streets but also lengthen the average stay in the area bounded by Capel Street and Parnell Street, stretching down as far as the IFSC. The institute recommended that the storage and disposal of rubbish should be taken off the streets, that the use of shutters should be ended, and that the area be populated with more communal meeting areas and green spaces. It also laid out proposals for how to brighten and improve the city's alleyways and laneways. It was all sparked off by a proposal from Dublin Town, a business lobby group, which has for some time believed in the potential of an … [Read more...] about Looking out for Dublin 1: ambitious plans to boost Dublin’s historic district
Teesside, England (CNN Business)Steel forged in the Teesside region of northeast England was once used in landmark structures around the world, from Sydney Harbor Bridge to One World Trade Center in New York. Now, three years after the closure of a major steelworks, local politicians are pinning their dreams of a post-Brexit economic revival on a free port. Mayor Ben Houchen argues that leaving the European Union will present Teesside with the opportunity to establish a free port, or special economic zone, that could attract hundreds of foreign companies and create jobs in a region where unemployment is twice the national average. Customs duties and taxes don't apply in free ports, which have typically been used as halfway houses for goods in transit and to store expensive items like wine and artwork. The world's biggest free ports have wealthy clients and are located in cities like Singapore and Geneva. Dawn breaks over the blast furnace at the SSI steel plant. Houchen, … [Read more...] about Can a free port rescue this steel community after Brexit?