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Jacques Vergès

Jacques Vergès was a Siamese-born French lawyer and political activist who earned fame for his defense of FLN militants during the Algerian War of Independence. He was imprisoned for his activism in 1960 and temporarily lost his license to practice law. A supporter of the Palestinian fedayeen in the 1960s, he disappeared from 1970 to 1978 without explaining his whereabouts during that period, he had been involved in legal cases for high-profile defendants charged with terrorism or war crimes, including Nazi Klaus Barbie in 1987, terrorist Carlos the Jackal in 1994, former Khmer Rouge head of state Khieu Samphan in 2008. He famously defended Holocaust denier Roger Garaudy in 1998. Vergès attracted widespread public attention in the 1950s for his use of trials as a forum for expressing views against French rule in Algeria, questioning the authority of the prosecution and causing chaos in proceedings – a method he promoted as "rupture defense" in his book De la stratégie judiciaire. An outspoken anti-imperialist, he continued his vocal political activism in the 2000s, including opposing the War on Terror.

The media sensationalized his activities with the sobriquet "the Devil's advocate", Vergès himself contributed to his "notorious" public persona by such acts as titling his autobiography The Brilliant Bastard and giving provocative replies in interviews, such as "I'd defend Bush! But only if he agrees to plead guilty." Born on 10 April 1924 in Ubon Ratchathani and brought up on the island of Réunion, Jacques Vergès was the son of Raymond Vergès, a French diplomat, a Vietnamese teacher named Pham Thi Khang. In 1942, with his father's encouragement, he sailed to Liverpool to become part of the Free French Forces under Charles de Gaulle, to participate in the anti-Nazi resistance. In 1945 he joined the French Communist Party. After the war he went to the University of Paris to study law. In 1949 Jacques became president of the AEC, where he befriended Pol Pot. In 1950, at the request of his Communist mentors, he went to Prague to lead a youth organization for four years. Jacques Vergès has been elected as Secrétaire de la Conférence du barreau de Paris After returning to France, Vergès became a lawyer and gained fame for his willingness to take controversial cases.

During the struggle in Algiers he defended. He was a supporter of the Algerian armed independence struggle against France, comparing it to French armed resistance to the Nazi German occupation in the 1940s. Vergès became a nationally known figure following his defence of the anti-French Algerian guerrilla Djamila Bouhired on terrorism charges: she was convicted of blowing up a café and killing eleven people inside it; this is where he pioneered the rupture strategy, in which he accused the prosecution of the same offenses as the defendants. She was sentenced to death but pardoned and freed following public pressure brought on by Vergès' efforts. After some years she married Vergès, who had by converted to Islam, they had two children and Liess Vergès followed by a granddaughter, Fatima Vergès-Habboub, daughter of Meriem and her husband Fouad. In an effort to limit Vergès' success at defending Algerian clients, he was sentenced to two months in jail in 1960 and temporarily lost his licence to practice law for anti-state activities.

After Algeria gained its independence in 1962, Vergès obtained Algerian citizenship, going by the name of Mansour. In 1965, Vergès arrived in Israel, seeking to represent Mahmud Hijazi, a Palestinian member of the Fatah movement who had at the time been sentenced to death by an Israeli military court, on charges of terrorism – of having infiltrated into Israeli territory and attempted to blow up an agricultural installation. Israel's Justice Minister Dov Yosef forbade. Though Vergès did not succeed in getting to represent Hijazi in court, his initiative generated considerable publicity and controversy which were influential in Hijazi's death sentence being commuted by an appeals court.. The Hijazi affair had a long-lasting effect: Israeli civil and military courts, since and up to the present, refrain from imposing the death penalty on Palestinians charged with terrorism in the most severe cases where an accused was found guilty of multiple murder charges. From 1970 to 1978, Vergès disappeared from public view without explanation.

He refused to comment about those years, remarking in an interview with Der Spiegel that "It's amusing that no one, in our modern police state, can figure out where I was for ten years." Vergès was last seen on 24 February 1970. He left his wife and cut off all his ties, leaving friends and family to wonder if he had been killed, his whereabouts during these years have remained a mystery. Many of his close associates of the time assume that he was in Cambodia with the Khmer Rouge, a rumour Pol Pot and Ieng Sary both denied. There have been claims that Vergès was spotted in Paris as well as in Arab countries in the company of Palestinian militant groups. After Vergès's return to normal life he resumed his legal practice, defending Georges Ibrahim Abdallah, convicted of terrorism, Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie; the thrust of his defence in the latter case was that Barbie was being singled out for prosecution while the French state conveniently ignored other cases that qualified as crimes again

Eudora Township, Douglas County, Kansas

Eudora Township is a township in Douglas County, Kansas, USA. As of the 2010 census, its population was 6,724. Eudora Township covers an area of 50.28 square miles and contains one incorporated settlement, Eudora. According to the USGS, it contains two cemeteries: Eudora. A third cemetery, located on the edge of the City of Eudora city limits, but in Eudora Township, not Eudora proper, is the Jewish Cemetery, Beni Israel Cemetery; the streams of Captain Creek, Coleman Creek, Little Wakarusa Creek, Spring Creek and Wakarusa River run through this township. Reno Township, Leavenworth County Sherman Township, Leavenworth County Lexington Township, Johnson County Palmyra Township, Douglas County Wakarusa Township, Douglas County Although these towns may not be incorporated or populated, they are still placed on maps produced by the county. Eudora, located at 38°56′18″N 95°5′51″W Hesper, located at 38°53′55″N 95°04′29″W K-10 Eudora Township contains one airport or landing strip, Gage Farm Airport.

Along County Road 1057, near K-10 on the Wakarusa River was the site of Blue Jacket’s Crossing, a crossing point for the Oregon Trail. A park at 12th & Cedar in Eudora memorializes Blue Jacket. Southwest of Eudora, along Winchester Road, is the Beni Israel Cemetery. A cemetery given to the Jewish community in 1858. Many of the headstones have Hebrew characters on them and the cemetery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2013. Southwest of Eudora is the Dorothy Akin Prairie Preserve, a scenic prairie easement maintained by the Kansas Land Trust since 1994; the area provides various species of wildflowers and plenty of open space. "Township of Eudora". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 13 October 1978. Retrieved 2009-07-15.

Perfect Witness

Perfect Witness is a 1989 American thriller film directed by Robert Mandel and written by Terry Curtis Fox and Ron Hutchinson. The film stars Brian Dennehy, Aidan Quinn, Stockard Channing, Laura Harrington, Delroy Lindo and Joe Grifasi; the film premiered on HBO on October 28, 1989. A witness to a mob killing has second thoughts about testifying when he realizes his family might become a target. Brian Dennehy as James Falcon Aidan Quinn as Sam Paxton Stockard Channing as Liz Sapperstein Laura Harrington as Jeanie Paxton Delroy Lindo as Berger Joe Grifasi as Breeze Ken Pogue as Costello Markus Flanagan as Woods David Margulies as Rudnick Nial Lancaster as Danny Paxton James Greene as Paddy O'Rourke Colm Meaney as Meagher Tobin Bell as Dillon Tony Sirico as Marco Sam Malkin as Stefano Kevin Rushton as Rikky David Cumming as Kevin O'Rourke David Proval as Lucca Christopher Trace as Eddie Wallis David Christopher Adamson as Newton Jennifer Pearson as Jeanie's Sister Perfect Witness on IMDb

Agios Nikolaos, Crete

Agios Nikolaos or Aghios Nikolaos is a coastal town on the Greek island of Crete, lying east of the island's capital Heraklion, north of the town of Ierapetra and west of the town of Sitia. In the year 2011, the Municipality of Agios Nikolaos, which takes in part of the surrounding villages, claimed 27,074 inhabitants; the town is a municipality of the Crete region and sits upon the ruins of the ancient city of Lato pros Kamara. Agios Nikolaos was settled in the late Bronze Age by Dorian occupants of Lato, at a time when the security of the Lato hillfort became a lesser concern and easy access to the harbour at Agios Nikolaos became more important; the name Agios Nikolaos means Saint Nicholas. Its stress lies on the second syllable of the word "Nikolaos". Agios Nikolaos or Ayios Nikolaos is a common placename in Greece and Cyprus, since Saint Nicholas is the patron saint of sailors and of all of Greece. Near the town there's an archaeological site of ancient Priniatikos Pyrgos, it appears to have been first settled in the Final Neolithic era, circa 3000 BC.

Activity on the site continued throughout the Minoan Bronze Age and the Classical Greek and Roman periods, spanning a total of up to 4,000 years. Since 2007, Priniatikos Pyrgos has been undergoing excavation by an international team under the auspices of the Irish Institute of Hellenic Studies at Athens; the municipality of Agios Nikolaos was formed at the 2011 local government reform by the merger of the following 3 former municipalities, that became municipal units: Agios Nikolaos Neapoli VrachasiThe municipality has an area of 511.694 km2, the municipal unit 317.834 km2. Agios Nikolaos is accessible from the mainland and the whole of Europe through Nikos Kazantzakis airport, the many daily ferry services in Heraklion 64 kilometres. You can travel through Sitia airport boarding onto a domestic or charter flight or through its harbour 67 kilometres; the town became host to a department of a Technological Educational Institute, offering tourism-related courses. Agios Nikolaos is best known as a tourist town that serves as a hub to the twenty or so small villages and farms that make up that part of Lassithi.

Tourist attractions include the small lagoon Lake Voulismeni, small beaches in the town, the tiny island of Agioi Pantes, the archaeological museum, the local flora exhibition “Iris” and numerous fairs. Just a short ferry ride away from Agios Nikolaos is the island of Spinalonga, an old Venetian fortress turned leper colony in the beginning of the 20th century. Tourism is West European with Greek tourism concentrated in mid August, though there are a considerable amount of Russian vacationers in East Crete; the lagoon features a small park with a trail, traditional fishing boats, pigeons, an amphitheatre and many cafès. The modern city of Agios Nikolaos became internationally well known during the 60's, when it was "discovered" by famous cinema directors, BBC producers and many others, it was that the rapid tourist development of the area started. Among the various productions filmed were He Who Must Die, The Moon-Spinners, the TV series The Lotus Eaters. Daphne du Maurier's short story Not After Midnight was set around the town.

Mimis Androulakis politician Maria Damanaki politician Nikos Koundouros director Lake Voulismeni Cretan cuisine Agios Nikolaos travel guide from Wikivoyage Homepage of the Municipality of Agios Nikolaos

St Barbara (company)

St Barbara Limited is an Australian based, Australian Securities Exchange listed gold producer and explorer. The company was incorporated and listed in 1969 as Endeavour Oil and focused on mineral exploration and production from assets located in Western Australia. In 2005, the company acquired the Southern Cross and South Laverton gold assets from Sons of Gwalia Limited. St Barbara’s high grade Gwalia gold mine at Leonora was commissioned in October 2008. In 2012, St Barbara acquired Allied Gold Mining Plc and its gold operations at Simberi in Papua New Guinea and Gold Ridge in the Solomon Islands. Operations at Gold Ridge in the Solomon Islands were suspended in April 2014 due to torrential rainfall and ensuing flooding; the Gold Ridge Project was sold to a Solomon Islands company associated with local landowners in May 2015. In May 2019, St Barbara bought Canadian Atlantic Gold Corp for C$722 million, adding a mine in Canada. St Barbara’s mines include the Gwalia gold mine in Leonora, Western Australia, the Simberi open pit gold mine in Papua New Guinea.

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Anne Dot Eggers Nielsen

Anne Dot Eggers Nielsen is a Danish former football midfielder and journalist. She most played for Brøndby and won over 100 caps for the Danish national team. After the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup she and her Danish team mates accused the Chinese hosts of harassment and covert surveillance prior to China's first round match against Denmark; when FIFA refused to investigate Eggers Nielsen publicly related the matter to wider allegations of corrupt practices within FIFA. She retired from international football in January 2008. After training as a journalist, in 2011 Eggers Nielsen contributed to a biography of former team mate Katrine Pedersen. Anne Dot Eggers Nielsen – FIFA competition record Profile at Women's United Soccer Association Danish Football Union statistics