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April 04 2011

'I Have a Dream': 10 Martin Luther King speech facts

Source: Telegraph (UK) (4-4-11)

Here are 10 facts you might not know about Martin Luther King's “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963.

1) The speech is known as “I Have a Dream” but those words were never in the original draft, they were ad libbed on the day.

2) It lasts 17 minutes and is widely considered to have been drafted in New York and then in Washington in the hours before the rally.

3) As a result of the speech, Dr King was named Man of the Year by Time Magazine in 1963, and won the Nobel Peace Prize the following year.

4) Dr King drew his references from a wide variety of sources, including the Bible, the US Declaration of Independence and Shakespeare.

5) The speech was watched by more than 200,000 people assembled for the March on Washington, the largest march of the civil rights movement, as well as millions on television.

6) According to his co-authors, Dr King was so busy with the march that, 12 hours before the speech, he still did not have a firm idea about what he was going to say.

7) It was ranked the top speech of the 20th Century by a poll of academics.

8) It is said to have had several names and drafts, including “The normalcy speech” and “A Cancelled check”.

9) Dr King was the subject of one of the Irish band U2’s most famous songs, Pride (In the Name of Love).

10) Describing watching the oration, his co-author Clarence B Jones said the speech “went on to depart drastically from the draft I'd delivered”, adding: “In front of all those people, cameras, and microphones, Martin
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Anniversary of the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. has become a symbol of peace and tolerance in the United States. Forty-three years ago, he was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. Today, we honor the man by remembering him and his family legacy.

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Dr. King’s four children (Yolanda, Martin, Dexter, and Bernice) and his wife Coretta have all continued promoting his goals of equality and nonviolence.

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March 08 2011

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Einem mutigen italienischen Richter, Felice Casson, ist es zu verdanken, dass ein bis dato unaufgeklärtes Bombenattentat von 1972 bei Venedig wieder untersucht wurde. Dabei kam er auf die Spur eines Täters, der ein umfangreiches Geständnis ablegte. Vicenzo Vinciguerra beschrieb den Sinn der politisch motivierten Terroranschläge und Mordtaten in Italien als Strategie der von NATO, CIA und Teilen des italienischen Geheimdienstes über das Gladio-Netzwerk ausgeübten „Strategie der Spannung“. Vinciguerra sagte u. a. aus: „Man musste Zivilisten angreifen, Männer, Frauen, Kinder, unschuldige Menschen, unbekannte Menschen, die weit weg vom politischen Spiel waren. Der Grund dafür war einfach. Die Anschläge sollten das italienische Volk dazu bringen, den Staat um größere Sicherheit zu bitten … Diese politische Logik liegt all den Massakern und Terroranschlägen zugrunde, welche ohne richterliches Urteil bleiben, weil der Staat sich ja nicht selbst verurteilen kann.“

Auf der Basis von Cassons Enthüllungen wurden durch gerichtliche Untersuchungen und eine staatliche Untersuchungskommission zahlreiche Terroranschläge neu untersucht. Dabei stellte sich heraus, dass durch die inszenierten Anschläge im Rahmen der Strategie der Spannung mehr als 200 Menschen getötet und etwa 600 verletzt worden waren; der bekannteste war der Terroranschlag auf den Hauptbahnhof von Bologna 1980 mit 85 Toten und über 200 Verletzten. In der Folge wurden für eine Reihe von bis dahin meist den Roten Brigaden zugeschriebenen Terroranschlägen einige Rechtsextremisten und Geheimdienstler zu langjährigen Haftstrafen verurteilt.

Die Untersuchungskommission des italienischen Senats zum Thema Terrorismus und Massaker (1994–2000) stellte, dies bestätigend, abschließend fest: „Die Massaker wurden organisiert und unterstützt von Personen, Institutionen des italienischen Staates und von Männern, die mit dem amerikanischen Geheimdienst in Verbindung standen.“


Strategie der Spannung (Italien) – Wikipedia
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May 14 2010

Times Square Bomber: Terrorist or Pawn?

(Global Pulse: May 14, 2010) No one can understand why someone like Faisal Shahzad, an educated, naturalized U.S. citizen, would try to bomb Times Square. Many in the media question if he is a true terrorist or just being used as a political pawn. While most U.S. and international media condemn Shazhad as a terrorist and dissect every facet of his life, Pakistani media is quick to see a conspiracy and to question American motives. SOURCES: South Asia Newsline, India; France 24, France; BBC, U.K.; Geo TV, Pakistan; Dunya Today, Pakistan; Al Jazeera English, Qatar
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