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Vermont = Venezuela. Sanders = Stalin. Four left turns IS NOT called PROGRESS!

“…point to the leftward trajectory of politics in Vermont; a trajectory which, in part, was set in course by the Commune Movement a generation before.”

Green Mountain Communes: The Making of a Peoples’ Vermont | Anti-Fascist News


International Date Line

The Curri family was known in Albanian lands for fighting foreign invaders in national unification efforts. The main trunk of this big family was Elder Mountains-Bajram Curri, who spent his entire life with a rifle until he was assassinated by Ahmet Zog’s forces in the Dragobia Cave. He had three loyal fellow believers whom the people called the Wings of Bajram Curri: Asllan Curri, Abdullah Curri and Hysni Curri. Their work, according to some historians, remained undisputed and under the shadow of their uncle Bajram Curri. On the other hand they died of the three young men.
In the “Brotherhood” newspaper, which was the organ of the “Dija” Association, headquartered in Vienna, on April 3, 1918, we find the article from the author with the original “M”, dedicated to the death of Abdullah bey Curri entitled “The death of Abdullah Bey Curri in Gjakova” . On the 28th evening, the black news spread the news of the life of Abdudllah Bey Curri … ”
Scripture describes his short life, where we would note the note, that, at the age of seventeen, he was distinguished as a prominent warrior. “… for the age that everyone had been surprised by the great power I show.” He participated side by side with his uncle Bajram Currin, who had been synonymous with the whole Albanian resistance, especially in the northern part of Albania. He was distinguished in the wars in Orosh, Mat, Shkodër, Velë “He lived with his uncle Bajram Curri in Gjakova and Prizren, while in Skopje he had finished school. He died in Gjakova at the age of 23 on February 28, 1918.
The other ecle of Elder of the Mountains was Asllan Curri. According to the newspaper La Feeration Balkanique, dated April 30, 1925, Ahmet Zogu intends to cut off the Curri family. With the help of his black shadow Cena Beg Kryeziu, Asllan Curri is imprisoned and killed along with two friends escorting Kruma to Shkodra from Zog’s mercenaries under the pretext of “wanting to escape” as a camouflage of concealment of crime.
Hysni Curri, the third grandson of Bajram Curri, was known as a determined warrior who, in addition to the other Currës. According to the newspaper “La Federation Balkanique” of 18-19, Hisni Curri was Commander of the Albanian Army in Qafën e Prushit in the last fight of the Albanian Army against the Turkish Army on August 7, 1912, after which the Albanian Army marched to Skopje where Also raised the national flag on August 12, 1912, when the flag was raised in Vlora.
During the time when Austria-Hungary had decided on power in parts of Albania, he was a man of authority along with other figures considered the country’s pariah. It was part of the Albanian delegation visiting Austria on April 16, 1917. The delegation was made up of 33 members. In addition to the others, there were also historical figures linked to events that followed later in Vienna. In the composition of the delegation are also figures with controversial stances about the flows within the national and Albanian territory. There were also Dom Nicholas Kaçorri, as representative of the Archbishop of Durres, Hysni Curri, representative of Krasniqi. Hasan Prishtina, representative of Kosovo and Ahmet Bey Zogollia (Ahmet Zogu, representative of the district of Mat. Dom Nicholas Kaçorri, first deputy prime minister of Albania, who comes to Austria for healing from severe illness and dies on May 29 1917 at the Würth sanatorium in Vienna. His remains were moved to Albania 94 years later (January 2011).
Major Hysni Curri was active in the uprising against the injustices that had been made to the Albanian lands. The captive Kosovo was daily massacred by the invading Serbian forces, the Albanian government pursued everywhere its political opponents, and did not prevent Serbian forces from escaping patriotic figures in Albanian territory. The Ministry of Interior of Albania will agree with its decision January 9, 1923 “If the rebels enter the neutral zone, you have permission to follow them there too.” This was also true of the pursuit of Hysni Curri and the other Currës who constituted the center of national resistance. In these difficult circumstances, in Shkodra is established the “National Protection of Kosovo” which in fact was a continuation of the “Secret Committee” activity. Its chairman was Kadri Prishtina (Hoxha Kadriu), while its vice president was elected Hysni Curri. The freedom movement of three Bajram Curri, Hasan Prishtin and Hysni Curri led by a victim of aggravated co-ordination of the hostile actions of the neighboring governments and the Albanian government, which the leaders of the liberation movement condemned to death, some of them for The third time, as was the case with Hasan Prishtina. The repression of the zogous government against the supporters of national figures aimed at freedom led to temporarily deferring the stakes and leaving some of the main leaders away from the country.

The Monuments Men and the Recovery of the Art in the Merkers Salt Mine April 1945

So neat!

The Text Message

Today’s post is written by Dr. Greg Bradsher.

In the forthcoming movie The Monuments Men there will be a scene of Monuments Men entering the salt mine at Merkers, Thuringia, Germany in April 1945, and beholding German and looted gold, concentration camp victims’ gold teeth, and fabulous artwork.  The scene looks something like this:

Capture of Germany’s Gold

 Merker's Mine

ReichsBank wealth, SS loot, and Berlin Museum paintings that were removed from Berlin to a salt mine vault located in Merkers, Germany. The 3rd U.S. Army discovered the gold and other treasure in April 1945.

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Of course the movie version takes liberties with what actually happened, as documented in the record holdings of the National Archives and Records Administration.  What follows is a brief overview of what actually happened as documented in those records, focusing on the artworks. For a more detailed account see “Nazi Gold: The Merkers Mine…

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Mathematics for Human Flourishing

Could easily be one of the best, most powerful, sets of perspectives, I’ve ever read :)

The Mathematical Yawp

Why does the practice of mathematics often fall short of our ideals and hopes?  How can the deeply human themes that drive us to do mathematics be channeled to build a more beautiful and just world in which all can truly flourish?  I gave this Retiring Presidential Address at the AMS-MAA Joint Winter Meetings on January 6, 2017 at the end of my term as President of the Mathematical Association of America.  An audio recording of this talk is available.

Every being cries out silently to be read differently.
 ― Simone Weil, Gravity and Grace

Christopher is an inmate in a high-security federal prison not far from Atlanta.  He’s been in trouble with the law since he was 14.  He didn’t finish high school, had an addiction to hard drugs, and age 21, his involvement in a string of armed robberies landed him in prison with a 32-year…

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