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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Moncef Marzouki the president of Tunisia

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Moncef Marzouki became the first democratically elected president of Tunisia,  a north African country. He was the former opposition leader there.  This democratic movement was follwing an uprising that sparked similar movements in other Arab states, named the Arab Spring.

Moncef Marzouki of the Congress for the Republic Party became interim president with 153 out of 217 votes in the assembly. Marzouki for years struggled against Tunisia's dictator President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and was imprisoned in 1994 for attempting to run against him as president.

The new bylaws give most of the power to the prime minister, as opposed to the president under the old system - a change that worries the opposition. The bylaws also stipulate that the president must be Muslim with Tunisian parents, over 35 and not a dual citizen of another country. Tunisia is 98 percent Muslim, but has some Jewish and Christian citizens.
Tunisia’s economy relies heavily on tourism, which has been driven away by post-revolutionary unrest; the phosphates industry, which has been ravaged by labor strike; and exports to Europe, which is undergoing an economic crisis of its own.
Marzouki, who succeeds interim President Fouad Mebazzaa, will be Tunisia's fourth president since its independence from France in 1956, and headed the Tunisian League for the Defence of Human Rights (LTDH) from 1989 until Ben Ali supporters who forced him out in 1994, has a deep-seated passion for human rights.

Isaac Newton’s Notebooks Online!

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Now Isaac Newton’s theories are open to public! An 18th-century account of how Newton developed the theory of gravity was posted to the Web recently.This is for the first time that the manuscripts are widely available to the public.
Newton's encounter with the apple ranks among science's most celebrated anecdotes, and it can now be read in the faded cursive script in which it was recorded by William Stukeley, Newton's contemporary.

This is the initiative of the Cambridge Digital Library which has been launched by the Cambridge University Library, which holds the world’s largest and most significant collection of the scientific works of Newton. The project aims to make Cambridge a digital library for the world.
Thus we people are getting the chance of a glance at the notebooks in which Sir Isaac Newton worked out the theories on which much classical science is based. More than 4,000 pages have been scanned, including his annotated copy of Principia Mathematica, containing Newton's laws of motion and gravity. Newton wrote mainly in Latin and Greek, the scientific language of his time, and was reluctant to publish. The university plans to put almost all of its Newton collection online. The papers mark the launch of the Cambridge Digital Library project to digitise its collections.
As well as Principia and Newton's college notebooks, the Newton Papers section of the online library contains his "Waste Book". The large notebook was inherited from his stepfather, and scholars believe it helped Newton to make significant breakthroughs in the field of calculus.
A further 8,000 pages of Newton's works are to be added over the next few months.