Historical

BBC historian suggests the British Museum should have a ‘Supermarket Sweep’ where every country has two minutes to take back their artifacts

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The British Museum should have a ‘Supermarket Sweep’ where countries have two minutes to take back their artifacts, a BBC historian has suggested. By Jim Norton for the Daily Mail David Olusoga said there was a ‘moral imperative’ for relics to be returned and that it could help our relationship with the Commonwealth after Brexit. Born in Nigeria, he said he felt strongly that the Benin Bronzes should be given back to the country of his heritage after they were ... Read More »

A Call for Realism in Europe

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If Europe wants to secure its fate, then it will have to balance European idealism with a renewed realism. Elmar Hellendoorn The National Interest President Donald Trump’s abrogation of the Iran agreement indicates again that progressive Europe is increasingly less relevant to the world. At the same time, the world of power politics has an increasing influence upon Europe. Originally, Realpolitiker Konrad Adenauer and Charles de Gaulle wanted to build Europe as a power bloc that could eventually even resist a ... Read More »

Homeless vets with families: An untold part of veterans’ struggles

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In 2010, the Obama administration announced the ambitious goal of ending homelessness among veterans. Roya Ijadi-Maghsoodi The Conversation Over the last year, the number of veterans who are homeless dropped 30 percent in Los Angeles County. Nationwide, veteran homelessness fell by almost 50 percent since 2009. Yet statistics are only part of the story. What is missing from federal and state statistics, the media and the minds of many Americans, is the story of homeless veteran families. Through my work ... Read More »

What we must learn from Holocaust survivors, before it’s too late

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When Allied forces liberated the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945, even the horrors of World War II had not prepared the soldiers for what they saw. RN – By Simon Leo Brown for The Roundtable with Hugh Riminton ABC “They vomited, they fainted and they cried like children,” said Olga Horak, then a prisoner who had survived Auschwitz and the death march to Bergen-Belsen. “We were already emaciated, skeletal figures. I was 29 kilos. I was together with my mum, who was only 39 years old.” ... Read More »

Edelman’s spirit challenges the rising nationalist right in Europe

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This month marks 75 years since the Warsaw Ghetto uprising ended. In 2006, I met the last living leader of that heroic act of resistance, Marek Edelman. Arnold Zable The Sydney Morning Herald We talked in the Warsaw home of his friend, Paula Sawicka, a human rights activist and founder of Open Republic: the Polish Association Against Anti-Semitism and Xenophobia. Edelman died on October 2, 2009, aged 90. His was a public funeral, attended by Polish citizens from many walks of ... Read More »

Broken Dreams and Lost Lives: Israel, Gaza and the Hamas Card

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For days, now, the Israeli rewrite has been well underway, working overtime, to convince the world seven weeks of carnage in Palestine, more particularly Gaza, did not happen. Stanley L. Cohen CounterPunch Or, if it did, Israel’s responseto the Great Return March was a measured, proportionate answer to the menace posed by some burning kites, waving flags and nihilist teens armed with slingshot weapons of mass destruction. At times, we’ve seen Zionists rip a page straight out of the “Sandy Hook” playbook, suggesting gruesome virtual film footage of the on-going blood bath was ... Read More »

U.S. and Israel Should Recognize the Armenian Genocide

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech during the state ceremony opening the events of Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes Remembrance Day on April 11, 2018 at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem.
The number of Jews around the world is lower than before World War II, Israel's Central Bureau of Statistics said ahead of the Jewish State's annual Holocaust Remembrance Day. / AFP PHOTO / GALI TIBBON        (Photo credit should read GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)

Turkey’s sensitivities have blocked the move long enough. Zev Chafets Bloomberg Last week Turkey recalled its ambassadors to America and Israel. That decision came in response to Israeli forces killing 60 Palestinian protestors attempting to cross the Gaza border. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Israeli actions a “genocide” on Turkish TV; Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shot back on twitter: “I suggest that he not preach morality to us.” Erdogan’s attack has opened an unanticipated window of opportunity, both ... Read More »

Jewish Americans changed their names, but not at Ellis Island

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A well-worn joke in American Jewish culture goes like this. A Jewish immigrant landed at Ellis Island in New York. Kirsten Fermaglich The Conversation The procedures were confusing, and he was overwhelmed by the commotion. When one of the officials asked him “What is your name?” he replied, “Shayn fergessen,” which in Yiddish means “I’ve already forgotten.” The official then recorded his name as Sean Ferguson. Today, members of many white ethnic groups – including Jews, Italians and Poles – ... Read More »

Neo-Ottomanism a myth or reality

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In the treaty of Lausanne (1923), signed in Palais de Rumine, Turkey gave up the remainder of the territory held by the Ottoman Empire. M Saad ur-Rehman Daily Times In return, the Allied powers recognised the new republic of Turkey and eventually one of the greatest empires in the history of mankind came to an end. Mustafa Kemal, the founder of the modern Turkey, introduced rigorous reforms in all sectors of the country and laid down the foundation of the ... Read More »

A Peace Of Fiction: Australia Should Celebrate A National Day Of Violence

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If we’re going to engage in so much violence, then why not celebrate it, ask Gideon Polya and Richard Hil. New Matilda What’s all this talk about peace? Why should Australia celebrate peace when we appear to be such a violence-prone nation? Someone recently suggested that instead of staging peace rallies, Australia should hold a National Violence Day, such is this nation’s dalliance with this most aberrant of practices. No doubt, such views will upset the Pollyannas amongst us, but ... Read More »

Israeli lawmakers move to recognize Armenian genocide amid Turkey row

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Zionist Union MK Itzik Shmuly and Likud MK Amir Ohana stated they would submit legislation to make Israel the 30th country to recognize the Armenian genocide. Lahav Harkov JPost Bills to recognize the Armenian Genocide by the Turks were back on the Knesset’s agenda on Wednesday, after Turkey and Israel expelled each other’s envoys. Zionist Union MK Itzik Shmuly and Likud MK Amir Ohana both said they would submit legislation to make Israel the 30th country to recognize the genocide ... Read More »

Israel At Seventy: Time To Celebrate And Time To Lament

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At seventy, Israel has every reason to celebrate its remarkable achievements that every Israeli can take pride in, as they witnessed the redemption of the Jews they have been dreaming of, but never though they could realize. Alon Ben-Meir – Institute Israel’s accomplishments in various walks of life have made the country a global power; it did so with one hand tied behind its back as the country fought wars, battled violent extremism, and struggled economically, while wrestling against all ... Read More »

Maria Agnesi, the greatest female mathematician you’ve never heard of

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The outmoded gender stereotype that women lack mathematical ability suffered a major blow in 2014, when Maryam Mirzakhani became the first woman to receive the Fields Medal, math’s most prestigious award. Authors: The Conversation An equally important blow was struck by an Italian mathematician Maria Gaetana Agnesi, born 300 years ago this month. Agnesi was the first woman to write a mathematics textbook and to be appointed to a university chair in math, yet her life was marked by paradox. ... Read More »

US embassy in Jerusalem opens amid violence: 4 essential reads

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On May 14, the day the U.S. embassy in Israel moved to Jerusalem, at least 55 Palestinians were killed and 2,700 wounded by Israeli soldiers amid protest at Israel’s border, according to The New York Times. Danielle Douez The Conversation What began as Palestinian protests against economic sanctions in Gaza months ago now also includes a response to the embassy move. President Donald Trump announced the move back in December 2017, when he recognized Jerusalem as the “true capital” of ... Read More »

Gaza residents to bury dead from Israel border protest

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Funerals for many of the 59 Palestinians killed by Israeli fire during the Gaza border protest will be held on Tuesday. DW – mm/aw (AFP, AP, dpa) Several countries, although not the US, have condemned Israel’s violent response. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has called for three days of mourning as Gaza residents prepared to bury those killed in Monday’s violence along the border with Israel. The Palestinian Authority also called a general strike in the West Bank and East Jerusalem in protest ... Read More »

Q&A: Why is the Golan Heights so important?

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When Iran recently attacked the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights from its positions in south-west Syria, Israel responded with a volley of air strikes that it says all but destroyed “almost all the Iranian infrastructure in Syria”. Abdulaziz Alghashian The Conversation It was a dramatic flare-up in a long-running enmity – and it was no coincidence that it happened over one of the most contested areas in the Middle East. When did Israel take full control of the Golan Heights, and why? ... Read More »