ART: That Van Gogh self-portrait? Not actually Van Gogh
The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam now believes that a self portrait of Van Gogh from 1887 (pictured above on the left) is actually portrait of his brother Theo. If true, it would be the only known painting of Van Gogh’s close confidant and supporter. Researchers also decided the painting named “Wheatfield with a Lark,” is actually portraying a partridge.
WORLD: Bin Laden’s phone contacts reveal Pakistan connection
A review of Osama bin Laden’s courier’s cellphone found contacts for the militant group Harakat-ul-Mujahedeen, a longtime asset of Pakistan’s intelligence agency. It indicates bin Laden used the group as part of his support network, further raising questions about Pakistan’s spy network abetting bin Laden. Pakistan has also decided to let bin Laden’s youngest wife return to her native Yemen.
TECH: LulzSec does not like Arizona’s immigration stance
In response to Arizona’s immigration law, LulzSec released, “hundreds of private intelligence bulletins, training manuals, personal e-mail correspondence, names, phone numbers, addresses and passwords belonging to Arizona law enforcement,” the hacking group announced on its Web site.
WORLD: Rwanda sentences former minister and son for role in genocide
Pauline Nyiramasuhuko, Rwanda’s former minister for family and women affairs, now has the undistinguished title of the first woman convicted of genocide. A United Nations tribunal sentenced her and her son to life in prison for their roles in the 1994 genocide that killed an estimated 800,000 people and for ordering the rape of women nd children.
WORLD: Israeli rape defense ‘I thought she was a terrorist’
The Israeli news site Haaretz reports that an army chief’s ex-bodyguard, on trial for attempted sodomy, said he responded to the victim violently, in part because of his army training and his suspicion she was a terrorist.