Historical

The beautiful game is back: Nations reclaim their names

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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 »

Point of No Return? Britain and the Elgin Marbles

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Britain’s ownership of the Parthenon Sculptures has caused controversy since they were first brought to London in the early 1800s. Ioannis D. Stefanidis History Today Keen to keep the Greeks onside, the debate became highly charged during the Second World War. Since they were first ‘acquired’ in 1816, Britain has never seriously considered returning the sculptures collectively known as the ‘Elgin Marbles’ to their place of origin. Successive governments have argued that they are better preserved and more accessible in ... Read More »

Why the World is Not Becoming Multipolar

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In Russia, the concept of multipolarity is usually associated with Yevgeny Primakov. Indeed, the former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation marked the start of the transition to multipolarity as a key trend in contemporary international life back in 1996.[i] Andrey Kortunov RIAC During his visit to New Delhi as Prime Minister in late 1998, Primakov proposed a plan of trilateral cooperation between Russia, China, and India (RIC) as a practical mechanism for promoting global multipolarity. Sergey Lavrov ... Read More »

Curtain call for Sydney Opera House’s longest serving employee

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For 50 years Steve Tsoukalas has worked at the Sydney Opera house, but today it was time to say farewell. Liv Casben ABC It was an emotional final day for the 73-year-old as he walked up the front steps of the Opera House, after spending two thirds of his life working at Australia’s iconic building. “I couldn’t sleep last night … to forget today,” Mr Tsoukalas said. From the moment he sailed into Sydney Harbour in 1964 as a Greek ... Read More »

How to revitalize the Greek Orthodox Church in the 21st century

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Even though I am no longer active in parish affairs, I am still a member of our Church and its Saint Barbara parish in Sarasota, Florida. I continue to follow with concern the financial, leadership and administrative problems facing our Church. Van Coufoudakis ekathimerini I have had a 20-year involvement in parish and diocesan affairs while living and working in Indiana. Moreover, back in 2000, I was selected for the presidency of Hellenic College/Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology ... Read More »

Fintan O’Toole: Trial runs for fascism are in full bloe

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Babies in cages were no ‘mistake’ by Trump but test-marketing for barbarism To grasp what is going on in the world right now, we need to reflect on two things. Fintan O’Toole The Irish Times One is that we are in a phase of trial runs. The other is that what is being trialled is fascism – a word that should be used carefully but not shirked when it is so clearly on the horizon. Forget “post-fascist” – what we ... Read More »

Comparisons between US immigration policy and the Nazi period may not be helpful, but they are hard to avoid

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The renowned Holocaust historian Deborah Lipstadt recently rejected comparisons between the Holocaust and the Trump administration’s separation of families at the southern border of the United States. David Tollerton The Conversation “Equating the two,” she wrote in the Atlantic Monthly, “is not only historically wrong, it is also strategically wrong.” Lipstadt argues that it is historically wrong because of the difference between mass killing and the separation of children from parents deemed illegal immigrants to the US. And it is ... Read More »

Turks Have Voted Away Their Democracy

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Erdoğan’s election victory advances his vision of absolute control. Diego Cupolo The Atlantic First they ignored him. Then they laughed at him. Then they jailed him. Then he became perhaps Turkey’s most powerful leader in 80 years. Last night, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan extended his 16-year dominance over Turkey with a victory in the first round of the country’s snap elections, winning 52.5 percent of the vote. In the eyes of his roughly 26 million supporters, it was a resounding victory ... Read More »

France hands war crimes suspect to Bosnia

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France has extradited to Bosnia a former ethnic Serb solider accused of taking part in the burning alive of more than 50 Muslim civilians during the country’s 1990s war, prosecutors said on June 24. SARAJEVO Hurriyet Radomir Susnjar, 62, known also as “Lalco,” was identified as living in France by an investigation by Bosnian prosecutors. He was arrested in France in 2014 and released under court supervision before being arrested again earlier this month in Seine-Saint-Denis, a region north of Paris. A ... Read More »

Corbyn: Labour Government Will Recognize State Of Palestine

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“The next Labour government will recognise Palestine as a state as one step towards a genuine two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict,” Corbyn wrote on Twitter during a visit to Jordan. Samuel Thrope JPost Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the opposition Labour Party, said Saturday that a UK government under his leadership would recognize the state of Palestine. “The next Labour government will recognise Palestine as a state as one step towards a genuine two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict,” Corbyn ... Read More »