At the opening ceremony Patriarch Bartholomew gave the following speech stressing the value of culture and literature and its relationship to the mission of Sts. Cyril and Methodios.
The speech can be read here in Greek. See more here.
A Turkish actor by the name Attila Olgac admits publicly on Turkish TV having commited a crime of war. More specifically, he narrates how he was ordered to kill 10 unarmed prisoners of war during the Turkish invasion in Cyprus in 1974. Among the victims was a 19 year old youth, the first to be shot, who spat on his face a moment before dying.
The actor later claimed that his speaking in the first person about commiting a crime of war was a scenario of his on a movie he is working on.
Read more here.
“First Cell Controlled Completely By A Synthetic Genome”
20 May 2010
Big news at Craig Venter’s Synthetic Genomics:
Summary: Link 1
Press Release: Link 2
The rhetoric is interesting. What they’ve done is stuck a synthetic genome inside a nonsynthetic cell. Nonetheless, they’ve slipped into talking of a “synthetic bacterial cell.” Indeed, one headline reads “The First Self-Replicating Synthetic Bacterial Cell.” This is hype.
If something is going to be called “synthetic,” shouldn’t the whole of it be synthesized and not merely a minuscule portion of it? Also, does such a cell knowably signal design and, if so, why wouldn’t cells untouched by Synthetic Genomics do the same, i.e., implicate design?
A beautiful Russian cartoon titled "Your Cross". A man once had a very hard time trying to humble himslef, and the Merciful Lord sent him an angel and gave a him a choice to pick another cross to bear in life. First this man liked the cross of a Prince - which lead to a sword. Then he thought that the cross of a monk is very nice and peaceful. And then he finally picks a very simple and light cross... and it turns out that he picks his own cross.