Historical

Genocide statue for Preston’s Ray Bramham Gardens is dividing the community

A decision to install monument honouring the victims of genocide in a Melbourne park has angered a host of ethnic groups – even prompting the Turkish Consulate General to demand that the project be scrapped… Source: Genocide statue for Preston’s Ray Bramham Gardens is dividing the community Read More »

Bruton wrong to claim Ireland could win independence by peaceful means alone

History shows hopes of Home Rule settlement were baseless John Bruton, the former taoiseach, speaking in Dublin on September 18th, 2014, the centenary day of the Home Rule Act, declared himself to be a supporter of John Redmond and his policies rather than those of Pearse and his colleagues… Source: Bruton wrong to claim Ireland could win independence by peaceful means alone Read More »

Reviving the Mediterranean’s Lost Cosmopolitanism

Eastern Mediterranean cities that view migration as a threat today thrived on the ubiquitous presence of multicultural societies a century ago. Iason Athanasiadis opens our Reviving Cities series by explaining that the roots of today’s slow-motion refugee ‘disaster’ can be found in the region’s trend towards introversion… Source: Reviving the Mediterranean’s Lost Cosmopolitanism | Refugees Deeply Read More »

When Socialism was Popular in the United States

If socialist sentiment is undeniably on the rise, an organized socialist movement is only in its infancy. As we continue to reflect on how to transform this new interest in socialism into an organized political force, the preceding history of the Socialist Party of America may provide some insights… Source: When Socialism was Popular in the United States Read More »

What the 1916 Easter Rising means for Ireland today

Al Jazeera spoke to Ireland’s president and other prominent society members on the occasion of Easter Rising centenary. Dublin, Ireland – This week Irish people mark the centenary of the Easter Rising with commemorations across the country lasting until April 24. The uprising against the British Empire, which took place in Dublin and other cities and towns in Ireland during… Source: What the 1916 Easter Rising means for Ireland today – Al Jazeera English Read More »

It’s time that the US faced up to the ‘G word’ and finally recognised the Armenian genocide

Abou 1a

All week, the G-word has been rattling around the foreign ministries of the world. Ever since John Kerry – he of Israeli-Palestinian peace “in six months” fame – announced that Isis was committing genocide against Yazidis, Christians and Shia Muslims, we’ve been trying to work out just what he’s talking about. Even the poor old Canadians and their super-liberal prime minister Justin Trudeau, have since been refusing to recognise the Isis atrocities as “genocide” – the attempt to exterminate an entire race ... Read More »

Easter Rising: Irish President Michael D Higgins hopes NI people ‘approach commemorations generously’ 

The Irish president says he hopes people in Northern Ireland will approach the Easter Rising commemorations “generously”. Events are taking place in Dublin to mark the centenary of the 1916 rebellion against British rule, a seminal moment in Ireland’s past. Some unionists have been reluctant to take part in or support the events… Source: Easter Rising: Irish President Michael D Higgins hopes NI people ‘approach commemorations generously’ – BBC News Read More »

The Amazing SOE Operation To Kidnap General Heinrich Kreipe From Crete

Buta 2b

The Special Operation Executive (SOE) in 1944, planned to conduct a daring mission in Crete. Their initial plan was to kidnap the German commander of the 22nd Air Landing Infantry Division, Friedrich-Willhelm Muller, who was at that time the notorious governor of the biggest island in occupied… Nikola Budanovic WarHistory Muller harassed the local population and held the island in a tight, tyrannous grip, earning himself the nickname The Butcher of Crete, he was very similarly in has actions as ... Read More »

We welcomed refugees in 1945. We can’t abandon them today – video

Ekau 1a

Harry Leslie Smith saw the full potential of human cruelty while he was serving Britain during the second world war. But, he says, his country showed huge compassion by settling 200,000 Polish refugees in 1945. Harry Leslie Smith, Bruno Rinvolucri and Leah Green The Guardian Today, however, he believes politicians are turning their backs on humanity by rejecting refugees fleeing war. Smith will be speaking at the Bradford Literary Festival on 23 May His book, Harry’s Last Stand, is available ... Read More »

The empire the world forgot

Empire - BBC

Ruled by a dizzying array of kingdoms and empires over the centuries, the former regional power of Ani is now an eerie, abandoned city of ghosts. BBC News Joseph Flaherty An abandoned city of ghosts Ruled by a dizzying array of… The empire the world… Read More »

Ex-Black Panther freed after 43 years in solitary confinement

Sole 1a

Chicago (AFP) – A former Black Panther activist who spent a record 43 years in solitary confinement was freed from a US prison after decades of legal battles to prove his innocence. AFP Yahoo! Albert Woodfox is the last of the “Angola Three” activists to taste freedom in a case which provoked outrage among rights groups. A federal judge had ordered Woodfox’s unconditional release in June in a strongly-worded ruling that barred any further trial on charges of murdering prison ... Read More »

Martin Luther King Jr. in dialogue with the ancient Greeks

MLK 6f

­ In “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” the soaring and chilling speech he delivered the day before his assassination, Martin Luther King Jr. ponders the thought of life in other places and… Timothy Joseph  The Conversation Among other eras in history, he considers the prime of classical Athens, when he could have enjoyed the… Martin Luther King Jr. in… Read More »

Holocaust Survivor Shares Her Remarkable Story About Kindness And The Human Spirit

Rene 6f

In 1944 when Francine Christophe was just a child, she and her mother were deported from France to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany with other Jewish women and children. Women You Should Know In this clip, she tells the story of her time in the concentration camp and shares an incredibly moving story of kindness and the strength of the human spirit. This video clip is part of a larger collection of stories and images created by photographer and ... Read More »

Rereading Herodotus’ Histories of virtue, barbarians and the eternal human struggle

Herodotus 1a LLL

Towards the end of Herodotus’ Histories, someone on the losing side of a fight is castrated by his sons, then crucified while those… Mark Thomas The Age Herodotus of Halicarnassus, “the father of history”, does not blink or squirm, and does not permit a reader to do so… Every gruesomely gory detail is evoked and underlined, but… Rereading Herodotus’ Histories… Read More »

The history of British slave ownership has been buried: now its scale can be revealed

Kup 3c

A new BBC documentary tells how a trove of documents lays bare the names of Britain’s 46,000 slave owners, including relatives of Gladstone and… The Guardian The Observer David Olusoga The past has a disconcerting habit of bursting, uninvited and unwelcome, into the… This year history gate-crashed modern America in… The history of… Read More »

Turkey’s Kristallnacht

Kres 4d

Sept. 6, 1955 started just like any other day for the Greeks, Armenians, and Jews of ‎Istanbul—or Constantinople. ‎ Uzay Bulut The Armenian Weekly ‎”I resided in Cengelkoy with my wife and two children back then,” wrote Apostolos Nikolaidis ‎in the book I Nihta ton Kristallon. ‎”Just as protests were starting in Taksim, I left my shop in Karakoy and went home.” Nikolaidis did not know that a horrid ethnic cleansing campaign was on the way. Just like Nikolaidis, ‎thousands ... Read More »