Historical

Mark Zuckerberg accused of abusing power after Facebook deletes ‘napalm girl’ post

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Norway’s largest newspaper published a front-page letter to the Facebook CEO lambasting the company’s decision to censor a photograph of the Vietnam war Julia Carrie Wong in San Francisco Norway’s largest newspaper has published a front-page open letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, lambasting the company’s decision to censor a… Source: Mark Zuckerberg accused of abusing power after Facebook deletes ‘napalm girl’ post | Technology | The Guardian Read More »

Xi Jinping’s Authoritarianism Does a Disservice to China’s Nuanced Political Tradition

The People’s Republic of China was created by a revolutionary upheaval spearheaded by Chinese Communist Party leader Mao Zedong. The 40th anniversary of his death is Sept. 9 and as it nears, Chinese President Xi Jinping expresses reverence for this radical founding figure, despite the horrendous human misery caused by some of the chairman’s policies — especially the famine-inducingGreat Leap Forward. Curiously though, Xi does this while also, like his… Source: Xi Jinping’s Authoritarianism Does a Disservice to China’s Nuanced Political ... Read More »

Shakespeare, Sir Thomas More, and the refugee migrants

The story of the week: in fact the story of the summer, has been the displacement of people from war-torn and impoverished parts of the Middle East and Africa to Europe. It’s been described as the biggest refugee crisis since World War 2. Britain has a long tradition of helping people fleeing their… Source: Shakespeare, Sir Thomas More, and the refugee migrants | The Shakespeare blog Read More »

Joseph Harmatz of the Jewish “Avengers” who poisoned Nazis

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SEVENTY years after the most daring attempt of Jewish Holocaust survivors to seek revenge, the leader of the plot has only one simple regret — that to his knowledge, he didn’t actually kill any Nazis. Joseph Harmatz is one of the few remaining Jewish “Avengers” who carried out a mass poisoning of former SS men in an American prisoner-of-war camp in 1946 that… Source: Joseph Harmatz of the Jewish “Avengers” who poisoned Nazis Read More »

Georgetown University, Learning From Its Sins

The Jesuit cemetery in St. Inigoes, Md., used to be surrounded by tobacco fields. By DAVID J. COLLINS Over the course of roughly 150 years, those fields were worked by hundreds of slaves owned by the Jesuits. In June, I sat in that cemetery, as a priest and a history professor at… Source: Georgetown University, Learning From Its Sins – The New York Times Read More »

Exactly 500 Years Ago, This Battle Changed the Middle East Forever

Forget Sykes-Picot: the Battle of Marj Dabiq is what drew the modern map. Akhilesh Pillalamarri Five centuries ago, the contours of the modern Middle East were shaped through a series of Ottoman battles. The outcomes of these battles—which shaped the region’s politics, demographics and religious movements—were much more important in the long run than modern phenomena such as the… Source: Exactly 500 Years Ago, This Battle Changed the Middle East Forever | The National Interest Read More »

The Lost Children of Alexander the Great: A Journey to the Pagan Kalash People of Pakistan

The New York Times recently published an article that had a fascinating description of the Kalash, an ancient ethnic group living high in the remote mountains of Pakistan’s Hindu Kush. For centuries this light-skinned, pagan people have claimed to be the long-lost descendants of Alexander the Great’s world-conquering armies, which invaded this region in the… Source: The Lost Children of Alexander the Great: A Journey to the Pagan Kalash People of Pakistan Read More »

Greece vows action to seek WWII reparations from Germany

ATHENS, Greece –  Greece’s prime minister is vowing to exhaust diplomatic and, if necessary, legal means to wrest reparations from Germany for its brutal occupation of the country in World War II. Alexis Tsipras urged Germany — the main European contributor to Greece’s massive bailout program — to enter negotiations on the matter, which Berlin says has been comprehensively settled in the… Source: Greece vows action to seek WWII reparations from Germany | Fox News Read More »

Joseph Goebbels’ 105-year-old secretary: ‘No one believes me now, but I knew nothing’

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Brunhilde Pomsel worked at the heart of the Nazis’ propaganda machine. As a film about her life is released, she discusses her lack of remorse and the private side of her monstrous boss ”It was rare for us to see him in the mornings,” says Brunhilde Pomsel, her eyes closed and chin in her hand as she recalls her former boss. “He’d walk… Source: Joseph Goebbels’ 105-year-old secretary: ‘No one believes me now, but I knew nothing’ | World news ... Read More »

He Predicted Today’s Greece in 388 B.C.

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Greece’s economic collapse and social disarray make the country ripe for satire, which helps explain why a centuries-old comedy by Aristophanes is a big hit there this summer. The Daily Beast Nick Romeo ATHENS — In a neighborhood of shuttered shops and crumbling 19th century buildings less than a mile from the Acropolis, someone has scrawled a graffito on the side of a… Read More »

Elephants are the end of a 60m-year lineage – last of the megaherbivores

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Four-tuskers, hoe-tuskers, shovel-tuskers are all wiped out – now only a fragment of this keystone species remains Large ivory seizures in Singapore make it a smuggling hub of ‘primary concern’ If, just 800 generations ago, we took a summer holiday to Crete, Cyprus or Malta, we would have found familiar-looking islands, filled with the flowers and… Source: Elephants are the end of a 60m-year lineage – last of the megaherbivores | Environment | The Guardian Read More »

Israel Knesset’s Education, Culture, and Sports Committee Recognizes Armenian Genocide

Urges Israeli Government to Also Formally Recognize the Crime JERUSALEM, Israel (A.W.)—Israel’s Knesset’s (Parliament) Education, Culture, and Sports Committee announced on Aug. 1 that it recognized the Armenian Genocide and urged the government to formally acknowledge the crime as such. “It is our moral obligation to recognize the Armenian genocide,” said committee chair Yakov Margi… Source: Israel Knesset’s Education, Culture, and Sports Committee Recognizes Armenian Genocide | Armenian Weekly Read More »

Lessons from History to Defeat ISIS and al-Qaeda

Current counter-terrorism strategic communications efforts can take a much-needed morale boost from history. Long-term commitment to these efforts in support of both national security and broader foreign policy interests will be essential to foster the organisational stability and learning required to meet current and future challenges. There is still reason for optimism in the battle against extremist propaganda. One of the most pressing national security issues facing many Western governments is how to improve counter-terrorism strategic… Source: Lessons from History to ... Read More »

When Australia goes to war, public trust depends on better oversight

The world is absorbing the implications of the long-awaited release of the Chilcot inquiry into the United Kingdom’s decision to go to war in Iraq. Australia, however, has spent comparatively little time learning lessons from the deployment of thousands of troops to fight overseas in recent years. An official war history has just been commissioned; if past form is any guide, it will be at least a decade before it is completed. In any event, its brief is to recount ... Read More »

Escape tunnel dug by Jewish prisoners to escape Nazis found in Lithuania

A tunnel dug with spoons by Jewish prisoners to escape their Nazi captors during World War II has been discovered in a Lithuanian forest. An international team of archaeologists, geophysicists and historians made the discovery in Lithuania’s Ponar forest, known today as Paneriai, outside the country’s capital Vilnius. The site is where an estimated 100,000 people, including 70,000 Jews, were killed and thrown into pits during the Nazi occupation… Source: Escape tunnel dug by Jewish prisoners to escape Nazis found ... Read More »

The 2016 U.S. Election: A Possible Repeat of the 1964 Election?

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I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.  Barry Goldwater (1909-1998) US Senator (R-Arizona) and 1964 Republican Presidential candidate, (in his Acceptance speech as the 1964 Republican Presidential candidate, in San Francisco, July 16, 1964) Sometimes, I think this country would be better off if we could just saw off the Eastern Seaboard and let it float out to sea.  ... Read More »