Historical

After Slavery, Searching For Loved Ones In Wanted Ads

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In the waning years of the Civil War, advertisements like this began appearing in newspapers around the country: “INFORMATION WANTED By a mother concerning her children. Ari Shapiro npr “Mrs. Elizabeth Williams, who now resides in Marysville, California was formerly owned to-gether with her children, vis: Lydia, William, Allen, and Parker, by one John Petty, who lived about six miles from the town of Woodbury… After Slavery, Searching… Read More »

Zweig: The writer who dreamed of a world without boarders

ERGYHN Stefan Zweig in 1940. Austrian novelist, playwright, journalist and biographer. 28 November 1881 - 22 February 1942.. Image shot 1940. Exact date unknown.

The exiled author killed himself in despair over Nazism. But before he did, he said Brazil had become what he hoped Europe could be, writes Benjamin Ramm. Benjamin Ramm BBC Seventy-five years ago, in February 1942, Europe’s most popular author committed suicide in a bungalow in the Brazilian town of Petrópolis, 10,000 km (6,200 miles) from his birthplace in Vienna. In the year… Zweig: The writer… Read More »

The hijacking of the Munich Security Conference

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History teaches us this – every time a System collapses, its leaders do not realise the truth until they are swept away by the storm. Thierry Meyssan Voltaire So the political representatives of the European Union, meeting just like every year in Munich for their Security Conference, were shocked to hear Sergey Lavrov speak of a post-Western world order. And yet the… The hijacking of… Read More »

COMMENT: Racism in Australia: The stats are clear

Racism - SBS

Associate Professor Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews gives us a snapshot of the research on racism against Indigenous peoples since the 1960s. Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews SBS There is no denying it: there has been a considerable and ongoing debate about racism in Australia, especially racism that targets and impacts Indigenous peoples, families, and communities. Ideally, such debates… COMMENT: Racism in… Read More »

Exclusive: Oxford University may break with 700 years of tradition and open a foreign campus – after France offers Brexit sweetener

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Oxford University might break with 700 years of tradition by establishing its first foreign campus in response to Brexit, The Telegraph… Harry Yorke The Telegraph French officials met senior staff at Oxford last week and revealed new proposals that they hope would guarantee future European Union funding for a… Exclusive: Oxford University… Read More »

Rembrandt drawing ‘hidden’ in museum for 250 years found

Rembrandt - CNN

Known as “the Braunschweig terrier,” the image is believed to date from around 1637; it has been in the museum’s collection since 1770. Judith Vonberg CNN Professor Thomas Doring, the museum’s curator of prints and drawings, was first alerted to the error two years ago while cataloging the museum’s 10,000 drawings for a digital archive. “It’s been on… Rembrandt drawing ‘hidden… Read More »

Chinese man trapped in India goes home after 50 years

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A Chinese man who was trapped in India for more than 50 years has finally been reunited with his… BBC The BBC had reported how Wang Qi, an army surveyor who says he accidentally crossed into India in 1963, had not been given the necessary documents to leave the… Following the report, he was visited by Chinese diplomats, who… Chinese man trapped… Read More »

Age of Anger

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A lethal weapon in the hearts and minds of a rootless cosmopolitan Teenage Wasteland striving to find its true call as we slouch through the longest of world wars. Pepe Escobar Asia Times Every once in a (long) while a book comes out that rips the zeitgeist, shining on like a crazy diamond. Age of Anger, by… Age of… Read More »

The Egyptian roots of feminism

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The history of ancient Egyptian woman can teach the West that it is not the first region in the world to empower women. Khaled Diab Al Jazeera News Like our Greek cousins across the Mediterranean, Egyptians take outsized pride in their contributions to shaping human civilisation, partly as an antidote to our contemporary state of disarray. For their part… The Egyptian roots… Read More »

Divided times: how literature teaches us to understand ‘the other’

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In an era of fear and division, fiction plays a vital role in dramatising difference and encouraging… Amanda Michalopoulou The Guardian Once upon a time there was a Greek, an Englishman, a German and a… They decided they would each write a story that would do its best to explain the… The Greek said, I’m going to… Divided times: how… Read More »

Turkey is finding itself a place in the new world

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In 1967, when the United States and Turkey were at odds over Cyprus, President Lyndon Johnson wrote a letter to Prime Minister İsmet İnönü threatening to block Turkish warships from sailing to the island. Ilnur Cevik Daily Sabah İnönü in reply told the U.S. president that if the world falls apart “Turkey will find itself a place in the new world.” Today, after five… Turkey is finding… Read More »

Ex-owner of Hitler house sues Austria for expropriating the building

Hitler - Daily Sabah

The former owner of the house where Adolf Hitler was born has launched a legal battle against the Austrian government for expropriating the building, a court official said Tuesday. French Press Agency Daily Sabah The state seized the dilapidated building in the northern town of Braunau in December after MPs approved an expropriation law specifically aimed at the controversial property. The move came after… Ex-owner of Hitler… Read More »

Twitter reveals the Jewish refugees who were murdered after the US turned them away

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Twitter users are commemorating the many Jewish refugees who were murdered by the Nazi regime after the US refused to grant them visas in the 1930s. SBS In a touching and timely tribute, a Twitter account is commemorating Jewish refugees who were murdered by the Nazis after being refused entry to the US. Many thousands of Jewish… Twitter reveals the Jewish… Read More »

On Holocaust Memorial Day, let us remember our duty to child refugees

Holocaust - The Guardian

As attitudes towards those fleeing persecution hardens, today is a good day to remember the Kindertransport – and Britain’s humanitarian tradition Alf Dubs The Guardian Holocaust Memorial Day is a time of great reflection for many of us across the country. Today I will think about the… On Holocaust Memorial Day, let… Read More »

Why some Australians want to move their controversial national day

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(CNN) – Australia’s national day, held on January 26 every year, isn’t all beer and barbeques. Ben Westcott CNN While many see it as a day to celebrate the Australian lifestyle, for others it’s a painful reminder of death, disease, and cultures now lost forever. Australia Day marks the arrival of Why some Australians want to… Read More »

The Irish novel that seduced the USSR

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The Gadfly, an English-language book barely known in the West became a sensation behind the Iron Curtain, writes Benjamin Ramm. Benjamin Ramm BBC News One of the most popular English-language novels of the 20th Century is almost unknown in the English-speaking world – a global phenomenon in translation, now neglected in its original form. The Gadfly, by Irish writer… The Irish novel that… Read More »