Historical

Lessons in Chinese history as America shuts off from the world

Those who have studied history understand the importance of being engaged in the global economy. Walid Hejazi The Conversation Two thousand years ago, China represented nearly 25 per cent of the global economy. In 1600, it was 30 per cent, and a third in 1820. The country was a global powerhouse, to say the least. There is a famous story from 1792 when King George III’s ambassador led a trade mission to China with a cargo of the latest European ... Read More »

Time to honour a historical legend: 50 years since the discovery of Mungo Lady

This month we celebrate an event 50 years ago in western New South Wales that changed the course of Australian history. Jim Bowler The Conversation On July 15, 1968, the discovery of burnt bones on a remote shoreline of an unnamed lake basin began a story, the consequences of which remain sadly unfinished today. It’s the story of a legend, the discovery of Mungo Lady, the first in the series of steps that led to the creation of the Willandra ... Read More »

Labour is responsible for rise of ‘softcore Holocaust denial’, Dr Deborah Lipstadt says

The Labour Party is responsible for the rise of “softcore Holocaust denial”, Dr Deborah Lipstadt has said. Camilla Turner The Telegraph The American academic won a high-profile legal battle against the British historian David Irving in 2000 after he sued her for libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier. She said that anti-Semitism that has become “embedded” in the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, adding that it has become more socially acceptable to “make a crack” at a ... Read More »

Active citizenship, a social contract, Islam and democracy in Egypt

The Arab Spring that swept across North Africa in 2011 brought the promise of democracy within reach of millions of Egyptians. Nuraan Davids The Conversation But seven years later this promise hasn’t been fulfilled. That fledgling democracy is now akin to a military dictatorship, where any form of protest or assertion of autonomous thought is constrained. Since the heady days of the Arab Spring, Egypt has been riddled by political protests, labour strikes, and unprecedented violence in its Sinai Peninsula. ... Read More »

A Vietnam “Solution” to the Afghanistan War?

The January 1973 agreement between North Vietnam and the United States can be applied to the present, stalemated situation in Afghanistan. John Mueller The National Interest Ιt was in 2010 that United States President Barack Obama  told an interviewer that he could easily imagine a situation in which “we ended up staying in Afghanistan for another five years, another eight years, another ten years. And we would do it not with clear intentions but rather just out of an inertia.” Last year, ... Read More »

Hong Kong pro-democracy protests draw low turnout, 21 years after British handover to China

Hong Kong’s annual pro-democracy protest saw one of the lowest turnouts in history, as thousands braved sweltering heat to protest against Beijing’s tightening grip over the city on the 21st anniversary of its return to Chinese rule. ABC Organisers said 50,000 protested, in one of their lowest estimates since the annual march started in 2003. Police said 9,800 attended at the peak — the lowest figure on their record. Hong Kong’s opposition has lost much steam in the past year, ... Read More »

Army ‘was set to shoot down a jet’

BRITAIN was prepared to shoot down hijacked civilian aircraft nearly 30 years before 9/11, declassified documents have revealed. By Marco Giannangeli, EXCLUSIVE Express The orders, from senior British Army commanders followed attempts by the IRA to seize control of civilian aircraft from which they intended to carry out “air raids” on British Army checkpoints After the twin towers attack in 2001, it was revealed that RAF Tornado pilots had been authorised to give rogue civilian aircraft just two chances before ... Read More »

On Canada Day, celebrate the spirit of dominion

Opinion: Decades ago, Canada Day was named Dominion Day—and it’s a moment to recommit to the justice-seeking spirit of its former name Alastair Gillespie MACLEAN’S In 1982, Dominion Day officially slipped into history, when an almost empty parliament acknowledged a change that was already in common parlance: that the first of July is Canada Day. Yet Canada Day could benefit from a revival of our national holiday’s original civic purpose. Amid suggestions the national celebrations in Ottawa have come adrift—with Maclean’s own ... Read More »

Rival parties clash over replacement for Justice Anthony Kennedy

A political war over replacing Justice Anthony Kennedy roared to life on Thursday in Washington, the start of an election-season clash over a Supreme Court retirement that will reshape the country’s judicial… Michael D. Shear and Thomas Kaplan The Age Hours after Kennedy’s announcement that he will step down July 31, conservative organisations were mobilising to support the Republican-controlled Senate in a quick confirmation of a justice who would be expected to vote against the court’s liberal… One group, the ... Read More »

The beautiful game is back: Nations reclaim their names

On colonialism, the nation-state and the World Cup. When you hear the words “Saudi Arabia” do you think of its ruling family, its Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, its bombing Yemen into epidemic cholera – or do you think of 32 million human beings as full of fears and aspirations as any other nation, wishing they could drive, men and… Hamid Dabashi AlJazeera What about Iran? When you hear the word “Iran” do you think of a recalcitrant Shia theocracy spreading itself too thin ... Read More »

Bringing history to life: the intriguing world of war re-enactors

Some local re-enactors like dressing up in Anzac uniforms and re-creating war scenes. While they’re certainly bringing history to life, others are less sure it’s an ideal way to honour the fallen. Mark Dapin WAtoday It is like gatecrashing a gathering of ghosts. At a table outside Les Halles cafe in Ypres, Belgium, in September 2017, sit four beer-drinking Anzacs, dressed for the Western Front. One hundred years before, 5770 Australian troops were killed or wounded to the east of ... Read More »

Brexit LAST CHANCE: Donald Tusk warns May ‘last call to lay cards on table’ at EU summit

DONALD Tusk has warned Theresa May that this is “the last call to lay the cards on the table” over Brexit on the final day of a tense two-day EU summit. Rebecca Perring Express He told a press conference: “The EU 27 has taken note of what has been achieved so far. “However there is a great deal of work ahead, the most difficult tasks are still unresolved. “If she wants to reach a deal in October we need quick ... Read More »

Amsterdam to have first woman mayor Halsema

The Dutch city of Amsterdam has nominated former political leader Femke Halsema as its mayor, the first woman to be given the role in its history. BBC While most big cities in the Netherlands have had women mayors, the capital in common with Rotterdam has never been led by a woman. A member of the left-wing green party Groenlinks, Ms Halsema said she was “happy, proud and humbled” by the nomination. Amsterdam had its first mayor in 1343. The nomination ... Read More »

The Transatlantic Rupture

In the past, Europeans often diminished the value of geography, which would have demanded a closer relationship with Russia, in favor of the geography of values, which justified a transatlantic orientation. When the US is led by an administration that is betraying those values, however, that argument no longer applies. Dominique Moisi Project Syndicate PARIS – The national park of Thingvellir, 30 miles east of Reykjavik, is Iceland’s most important historical site. It is the place where the Vikings founded ... Read More »

The Half-Life of Sexual Abuse in a Holocaust-Survivor Family

Helen Epstein completes her clear-eyed, fearless, taboo-breaking autobiographical trilogy By Irena Klepfisz Tablet Helen Epstein began her career as a journalist with the publication of an article in the Jerusalem Post describing Soviet tanks rolling into Prague. It was 1968 and she was 20 years old. Since then she has become well known and greatly respected not only as a journalist but as a biographer, editor, and Czech translator with a wide range of interests: music and theater, psychoanalysis, and… Among her ... Read More »

Who initiated the Arms Embargo against the Republic of Cyprus?

H.R. 5508 which was introduced recently in Washington aiming at terminating the Cyprus Arms Embargo Act which was imposed by the United States of America upon the Republic of Cyprus in 1987, is a worthwhile effort by all that have worked for its preparation. It can even be argued as belated, but it is never too late. Fanoulla Argyrou * When in 1987 the USA imposed the Embargo, it is claimed that it was done “in order to encourage reunification ... Read More »