Historical

Germany comes to terms with its forgotten Namibian death camps

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Decades before the Nazis, thousands of men, women and children were exterminated on the direct orders of the leadership in Berlin David Olusoga The Guardian One morning last summer, I was ushered into a little office in the BotswanaNational Archives. I’d asked the archivists to… Germany comes to terms with… Read More »

CIA chief calls Trump Nazi Germany comparison ‘outrageous’

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‘There is no basis for Mr. Trump to point fingers at the intelligence community for leaking information that was already available publicly,’ John Brennan… By CRISTIANO LIMA Politico CIA Director John Brennan on Sunday said President-elect Donald Trump’s comparison of the intelligence community’s handling of… CIA chief calls… Read More »

U.S. Russia Relations: How Did We Get Here?

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If only we had followed Reagan’s approach to Russia, just imagine how different the world would be today. Curt Weldon The National Interest Ronald Reagan was my role model and my inspiration as I proudly served in the US Congress during the last two years of his tenure. I took Reagan’s words… U.S. Russia Relations… Read More »

Aboriginal Australians co-existed with the megafauna for at least 17,000 years

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Australia was once home to giant reptiles, marsupials and birds (and some not so giant), but the extinction of this megafauna has been the subject of a debate that has persisted since the 19th century. The Conversation Despite great advances in the available scientific techniques for investigating the… Aboriginal Australians co… Read More »

The ‘Intellectual Partition’ of Cyprus, the ‘Macmillan Doctrine’ and the talks held in Geneva in August 1974 and January 2017

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In his seminal book, Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle considers the virtues associated with justice, as well as the vices inherent in injustice. Klearchos A. Kyriakides Published in Agora Dialogue on 9 January 2017 In this context, Aristotle engages in a deep discussion as to the two types of transaction into which a party may enter. On the one hand, there are just transactions into which a party may enter voluntarily. On the other hand, there are unjust transactions, which may come ... Read More »

5 Ways 2017 Could Be As Historic as 2016

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Be on the lookout for something big, bold and unprecedented from the dealmaker-in-chief. Daniel R. DePetris The National Interest When the crystal ball dropped in Times Square this past Saturday, millions of people in New York threw the confetti, kissed their loved ones and sang Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York,” with an eye towards a more hopeful future. Tens of millions of… 5 Ways 2017 Could… Read More »

Vietnam: The War That Killed Trust

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The legacy of the war still shapes America, even if most of us are too young to remember it. Karl Marlantes The New York Times In the early spring of 1967, I was in the middle of a heated 2 a.m. hallway discussion with fellow students at Yale about the Vietnam War. I was from a… Vietnam: The War… Read More »

Mexico’s 500-year jungle dwellers

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The Lacandon Maya lived deep in the jungles of southern Mexico with limited outside contact until the turn of the 20th Century, when loggers and missionaries began to arrive. Susannah Rigg BBC News I first met Daniel Chankin in the highland town of San Cristobal de las Casas in the Mexican state of Chiapas. Daniel, a Lacandon Maya who… Mexico’s 500-year jungle dwellers Read More »

Tolkien’s grandson on how WW1 inspired The Lord of the Rings

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For the 125th anniversary of his birth, Simon Tolkien describes how the Great War lives on in JRR Tolkien’s stories. Simon Tolkien BBC News My grandfather, JRR Tolkien, died when I was 14. He remains vivid to… Tolkien’s grandson on… Read More »

Now and then, who to blame?

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While history does not repeat itself in full details, it always shows us some patterns that we should always consider. Ahmed Al Sheikh Al Jazeera News It was another “first” for the US president-elect, Donald Trump, before he moves into the White House. Using just 140… Now and then… Read More »

Intolerant post-Brexit Britain: history shows we can be better than this

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The surge in hate crimes after 23 June stands in stark contrast to the decency shown to black GIs in the UK during the second world war Hugh Muir The Guardian Are we the nation suggested by the 41% spike in hate crimes that followed the Brexit vote? Where non-white Britons are abused in the… Intolerant post-Brexit… Read More »

How crowdfunding can connect people to their heritage and community

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The glistening white sails of Sydney Opera House and the red brick and bluestone of Geelong’s industrial mills have little in common at first glance. The Conversation Fiona Gray, Cristina Garduño Freeman and Matt Novacevski But for both these places crowdfunding has led people to connect with these buildings. Hubcaps to Creative Hubs (#Hc2CH) is a… How crowdfunding can connect… Read More »

The legacy of the Crusades in contemporary Muslim world

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The conflict between the West and the Arab and Islamic worlds is at its core political. Al Jazeera News As’ad AbuKhalil It is always debatable whether the Crusades remain relevant in Arab political rhetoric. Islamists in general believe… The legacy of the… Read More »

The Lennox-Boyd statement of 19 December 1956 and the origins of the proposed ‘bi-communal, bi-zonal federation’ in Cyprus

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Introduction In Politics, Aristotle suggests that to obtain the clearest insight into anything, it is necessary to explore its origins. Klearchos A. Kyriakides * Agora Dialogue With Aristotle in mind, one is obliged to ask a key question at a critical time when the Republic of Cyprus may be on the verge of being transformed into – or succeeded by – a ‘bi-communal, bi-zonal federation’. What are the origins of the proposed ‘federation’ together with the ‘bi-communalism’ and the ‘bi-zonality’ at ... Read More »

The strange inspirations behind Greek myths

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There are many strange stories in Odysseus’s long journey home after the sack of Troy, but where do they come from? BBC News Ella Davies Many of us know the well-told ancient Greek story with the wooden horse, but how well do you know its sequel? Homer’s Odyssey recounts what happened after the sack of Troy, specifically Odysseus’s epic voyage home. It might be fictional but… The strange inspirations… Read More »

Winter solstice: Why do people go to Stonehenge on the shortest day of the year?

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THE Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year and the start of astronomical winter, but why do people go to Stonehenge to celebrate? Express Reiss Smith When is the winter solstice 2016? This year’s solstice falls… Winter solstice: Why do people go… Read More »