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Susanne Osthoff Released in Iraq

by DowneastDem Sun Dec 18th, 2005 at 02:29:25 PM EST

A bit of good news out of Iraq this afternoon: Der Spiegel is reporting that the German archeologist Osthoff was released from captivity along with her driver. The German foreign minister Steinmeier has not released any additional information on how her release was secured. The New York Times today has a nice portrait of this fearless woman who has been saving artifacts in Iraq for years. Sorry for the short diary, but I thought we could all use a bit of cheer today.

Great! Thank you for posting this.

I will become a patissier, God willing.
by tuasfait on Sun Dec 18th, 2005 at 02:43:00 PM EST
Thanks for spreading some good news.

She was involved in a lot of humanitarian work, which the NYT does not say much about.

Ms Osthoff has been described as crazy, but I think she knew what she was doing and had the skills. "Stubborn" is I think a better description than "crazy."

I think this might be a good moment to remember another great human rights activist, who was not as lucky. Marla Ruzicka from Washington State was killed by a road side bomb in Iraq in April. Her 29th birthday was supposed to be in two weeks...

More about Marla here and here.

by Atlantic Review (bl -at- atlanticreview dot org) on Sun Dec 18th, 2005 at 04:18:31 PM EST

German archeologist Susanne Osthoff, who was kidnapped in Iraq last month, is free

"Treason doth never prosper: what's the reason?
For if it prosper, none dare call it treason."


'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sun Dec 18th, 2005 at 04:47:25 PM EST

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