Historical

George Soros: When Hate Surges

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President Trump has wasted no time in cracking down on… George Soros The New York Times He pledged to build a wall, hire 15,000 new Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Border Patrol agents and speedily deport millions of undocumented… He justified these actions by claiming that immigrants regularly flout the… George Soros: When… Read More »

The controversial plan to tunnel beneath Stonehenge

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For engineers, boring a tunnel can be fairly straightforward. Jon Excell BBC News But when that tunnel goes beneath one of the world’s most heavily protected ancient sites, it becomes a lot more complicated. It’s one of… The controversial plan… Read More »

Eastern promise: How Stalin rebuilt Moscow in his own image

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(CNN) – When you look at Europe’s capital cities, you see, spelled out in physical form, the nature of the ideas that brought them into being. Deyan Sudjic CNN Today’s London is the fruit of unintended consequences. Its skyline is dictated by a market economy, distorted by the demands placed on it by politicians who have tried to shift the provision of civic amenities onto private finance. Paris has a… Eastern promise: How… Read More »

Greece denies report on Parthenon Marbles

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The Ministry of Culture and Sports has denied a report published in Britain’s Independent newspaper Tuesday that it had called for the return of the Parthenon Marbles, also known as the Elgin Marbles, from the… ekathimerini In a statement, the ministry said that it is indeed considering the… “Until now, the… Greece denies report… Read More »

The need for a museum on British colonisation of India

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The decolonisation of the mind is among the greatest challenges today’s Indians have to face. Shashi Tharoor Al Jazeera News I recently wrote to the government of India to propose that one of India’s most renowned heritage buildings, the Victoria Memorial in Kolkata, be converted into a museum that displays the truth of the British Raj – a museum, in… The need for… Read More »

The 1930s were humanity’s darkest, bloodiest hour. Are you paying attention?

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The 1930s revisited A decade haunted by mass poverty, violent extremism and world war gives us one crucial advantage: the chance to learn the era’s lessons and avoid its… Jonathan Freedland The Guardian Even to mention the 1930s is to evoke the period when human civilisation entered its darkest, bloodiest… The 1930s were… Read More »

Here’s The Real Reason Donald Trump Can Never Be A Great President

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Our greatest presidents drank—some responsibly, others to hooch-happy excess. Richard Torregrossa The Federalist The effects of alcohol seem to have enhanced their statesmanship. It’s simple, very… Here’s The Real… Read More »

Beauty in the Bible: Illustrating world’s most widely distributed book

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(CNN) – It’s the world’s best-selling and most widely distributed book, but most modern Bibles, with their dense black-and-white pages and often austere covers, are not normally associated with art. Georgia McCafferty CNN However, this wasn’t always the case. For centuries, rich… Beauty in the… Read More »

Turkey: The Return of the Sultan

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On April 16, Turks will vote in a national referendum that will, if successful, give President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan increased powers over parliament, the judiciary, and other parts of the… Christopher de Bellaigue The New York Review of Books The offices of head of government and head of state will be unified in the… To many Western observers, this… Turkey: The Return… Read More »

DNA confirms Aboriginal people have a long-lasting connection to country

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Members of the Stolen Generations may finally find a way back to their country, thanks to new research that reveals differences in Aboriginal DNA can be linked to specific… DANI COOPER ABC The discovery is based on analysis of mitochondrial DNA found in hair samples taken from Aboriginal people during expeditions run between 1928 and the… DNA confirms Aboriginal… Read More »

Britain Is an Immigrant Nation

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LONDON — The central exhibit of the Museum of Immigration and Diversity is the building itself. Located in London’s East End, it straddles the Docklands to its east, where new arrivals to Britain once hit dry land, and to its… Rachel Shabi The New York Times This unassuming Georgian building on 19 Princelet Street has migration written into its bricks and mortar. Built in 1719… Britain Is an… Read More »

Look on my works, ye mighty … Ozymandias statue found in mud

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Archaeologists believe eight-metre statue found in Cairo slum is of Pharaoh Ramses II, who ruled Egypt in 13th… Reuters in Cairo The Guardian Archaeologists from Egypt and Germany have found an eight-metre (26ft) statue submerged in groundwater in a Cairo slum that they say probably depicts revered Pharaoh Ramses II, who ruled… Look on my… Read More »

‘But what about the railways …?’ ​​The myth of Britain’s gifts to India

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Apologists for empire like to claim that the British brought democracy, the rule of law and trains to India. Shashi Tharoor The Guardian Isn’t it a bit rich to oppress, torture and imprison a people for 200 years, then take credit for benefits that were entirely accidental? Many modern apologists for British colonial rule in India no… ‘But what about… Read More »

Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War: a 2400-year-old text that explains Trump

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Forget modern dystopian novels. Greek history offers a far better guide to today’s US… Mark Thomas The Age Donald Trump has provoked an unlikely boom in a few market niches: for the makers of red baseball caps, among late-night comedians, and for those who own the royalties to dystopian… George Orwell’s 1984 has… Thucydides’ History of… Read More »

Africa’s most misunderstood country?

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Benjamin Zand spent a week in Sudan – a country long-ravaged by terrorism and civil war – to uncover the timeless beauty and rich humanity beneath its fraught exterior. Benjamin Zand BBC News For travellers, Sudan’s secret treasures are captivating. From discovering what… Africa’s most misunderstood… Read More »

Hindu nationalist violence attributed to Italian ideologue

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Hindu nationalism, the ideology of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its intellectual mentor, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (National Volunteers Association or RSS), is unleashing increased violence through the storm troopers of the RSS’s student wing, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), in universities across the country. Kadayam Subramanian Asia Times It would seem that India’s ruling ideological formation, the hydra-headed Sangh Parivar (or “Sangh family”), is playing the nationalist card to reassure its core constituency among the Hindu electorate ... Read More »