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  • Is Kosovo Serbia? We ask a historian

    02/26/2008 12:42:59 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 45 replies · 1,629+ views ^ | February 26 2008 | Noel Malcolm
    <p>"Kosovo is Serbia", "Ask any historian" read the unlikely placards, waved by angry Serb demonstrators in Brussels on Sunday. ...</p> <p>History, for the Serbs, started in the early 7th century, when they settled in the Balkans. Their power base was outside Kosovo, which they fully conquered in the early 13th, so the claim that Kosovo was the "cradle" of the Serbs is untrue.</p>
  • She Crucified Her Enemies And Burnt London To The Ground. Meet Britain's First Feminist, Boadicea

    02/07/2008 3:19:53 PM PST · by blam · 45 replies · 999+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 2-6-2008 | Paul Johnson
    She crucified her enemies and burnt London to the ground. Meet Britain's first feminist, Boadicea By PAUL JOHNSON Last updated at 21:32pm on 6th February 2008 Britain's history is rich in fiery queens, and the first such heroine, tall with red hair down to her waist, commanding and brave, was Boadicea, warrior leader of the ancient Britons. She lived at the same time as the emperors Claudius and Nero, and led a surprisingly successful British revolt against Roman rule in AD60-61 (which, for reference, was when St Paul was writing epistles and St Mark composing his Gospel). She was a...
  • Quarter of Brits think Churchill was myth: poll

    LONDON (AFP) - Britons are losing their grip on reality, according to a poll out Monday which showed that nearly a quarter think Winston Churchill was a myth while the majority reckon Sherlock Holmes was real. The survey found that 47 percent thought the 12th century English king Richard the Lionheart was a myth. And 23 percent thought World War II prime minister Churchill was made up. The same percentage thought Crimean War nurse Florence Nightingale did not actually exist.
  • One In Five Brits Think Churchill Never Existed?

    02/04/2008 5:51:05 AM PST · by jdm · 66 replies · 190+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | Feb. 04, 2008 | Ed Morrissey
    Every once in a while, some pollster comes up with a survey that shows what idiots Westerners can be. They especially like to pick on Americans and their rather insular attitude towards geography, being unable in large numbers to actually find Iraq on a globe or to identify the correct continent for Guyana (South America, in case anyone asks). Jay Leno has a running gag on the Tonight Show where he goes out in the street and asks people simple questions and films them getting the answers spectacularly wrong. So I have some sympathy with our friends in Britain this...
  • Patriotism lessons would glorify Britain's morally dubious past, say teachers

    02/01/2008 4:32:34 AM PST · by Stoat · 42 replies · 163+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | January 31, 2008 | LAURA CLARK
    Patriotism lessons would glorify Britain's morally dubious past, say teachersBy LAURA CLARK - More by this author » Last updated at 20:17pm on 31st January 2008 New study: Patriotism lessons could be introduced to foster nation pride but teachers think it could exclude non-British pupils "Moral failings" in Britain's past mean pupils should not be taught patriotism, teachers said in a survey.  Nearly 90 per cent opposed plans for history and citizenship lessons aimed at fostering national identity and pride. One of the 47 London teachers questioned said the lessons might encourage "BNP-"type thinking". Another said the idea "reeked of...
  • Overnight Islamic Republic Has Wiped Out 3000-Years Of Iranian History

    11/01/2007 10:41:22 AM PDT · by blam · 50 replies · 167+ views
    Cais News ^ | 10-30-2007
    Overnight Islamic Republic have Wiped out 3000-Years of Iranian History 30 October 2007 Pol-Borideh after its destruction by the Islamic Republic Ministry of Road & Transportation" LONDON, (CAIS) -- The destruction of one of the biggest historical sites in the Chahar-Mahal Bakhtiari province by the Islamic Republic Ministry of Road and Transportation was reported by the Persian service of ISNA on Monday, October 22. "Overnight %60 of the architectural and archeological remains of Pol-Borideh in Chahar-Mahal Bakhtiari province is being destroyed to construct a road. The ancient site was registered on the National Heritage List", said Aliasghar Noruzi, an archeologist...
  • Orwell's Bad Republicans

    08/12/2007 9:29:40 PM PDT · by neverdem · 38 replies · 1,159+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | 8/7/2007 | Hal G.P. Colebatch
    The Last Crusade: Spain 1936By Warren Carroll(Christendom Press/ISI Books, 240 pages, $15) WHEN THE HEROICS of the Spanish Civil War come up -- Orwell's Homage to Catalonia, Hemingway's fictions or the effusions of various poets -- there is a very large and usually unremarked elephant in the room: Orwell, who actually fought, and Hemingway who wrote about fighting, were on the wrong side. The strategic point is simple: had the Stalinists won war, then during the period of the Hitler-Stalin pact from 1939 to mid-1941, they would have allowed Hitler to cross Spain and seize Gibraltar. Had this happened, the...
  • Marco Polo discovered America 200 years before Colombus, according to map

    08/09/2007 3:28:45 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 92 replies · 5,820+ views
    AFP via translation ^ | August 9, 2007
    Possible discovered of America by Marco Polo before Colomb: account in VSD 'America - its West coast - would have been discovered by Marco Polo some 200 years before Christophe Colomb, according to a chart of the Library of the Congress in Washington examined since 1943 by the FBI and whose history is told in published review VSD Wednesday. This document, brought to the Library in 1933 by Marcian Rossi, an American naturalized citizen originating in Italy, “represents a boat beside a chart showing part of India, China, Japan, the Eastern Indies and North America”, indicates the report/ratio of...
  • Stalin's purge 1937 remembered in Russia

    07/25/2007 12:08:59 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 39 replies · 1,051+ views
    AP ^ | Jul. 25, 2007 | BAGILA BUKHARBAYEVA
    Now in their 70s and 80s, children of the victims of Josef Stalin's political repressions remembered one of the darkest pages of Russia's history at a ceremony Wednesday in central Moscow. Several hundred people laid flowers and lit candles to honor the victims of the Great Purge of 1937, when millions were labeled "enemies of the state" and executed without trial or sent to labor camps. The 70th anniversary comes as the Kremlin, focused on restoring Russians' pride in their Soviet-era history, has been trying to soften public perception of Stalin's rule and hushing up the full horror of his...
  • Hidden City Found Beneath Alexandria

    07/25/2007 1:59:45 PM PDT · by blam · 8 replies · 973+ views
    Yahoo News/Live Science ^ | 7-24-2007 | Charles Q Choi
    Hidden City Found Beneath Alexandria Charles Q. Choi Special to LiveScience Tue Jul 24, 4:45 PM ET The legendary city of Alexandria was founded by Alexander the Great as he swept through Egypt in his quest to conquer the known world. Now scientists have discovered hidden underwater traces of a city that existed at Alexandria at least seven centuries before Alexander the Great arrived, findings hinted at in Homer's Odyssey and that could shed light on the ancient world. Alexandria was founded in Egypt on the shores of the Mediterranean in 332 B.C. to immortalize Alexander the Great. The...
  • The 1,400 year-war

    06/24/2007 9:53:18 PM PDT · by Coleus · 11 replies · 1,056+ views
    Schoolboys in my native Hungary used to recite an old ditty. It conjured up emotions ossified in the seams of time. The Kings of Hungary Freedom Square, Budapest, Hungary Stork, stork, ciconia, What makes your foot bleed? A Turkish lad is slashing it A Magyar lad is mending it With a fife, a drum and a fiddle of reed.The wounded stork’s song was a fragment of tribal memory bobbing to the surface from the collective unconscious of a great historical hurt. It was a bitter lay, a denunciation of the Ottoman Empire, the Xanadu of imperial Islam. The Turks had...
  • The war for civilization

    12/30/2006 3:57:46 AM PST · by Clive · 168 replies · 2,235+ views
    Toronto Sun ^ | 2006-12-30 | Salim Mansur
    Those who may share U.S. President George Bush's anguish in these recurrent winters of our discontent are not many. It is easy to describe Bush as a beleaguered president in a war that a majority of Americans now question as the November mid-term election demonstrated. They want an end to the war in Iraq without having to admit defeat. The agony of Bush is compounded by his knowledge of the enemy. That and the constraints placed, in a free society within the context of our integrated world, on his office and its ability to wage the sort of war necessary...
  • Origin Of The Celts - Caucasian, Not European

    08/20/2006 5:01:46 PM PDT · by blam · 41 replies · 1,818+ views
    Origin of the Celts - Caucasian, not European The Celts are Circaesir from Circaesya, who lived on the Sea of Grass in what is now west Kazakhstan until late in the second millennium B.C. They were by their own definition a linguistic group, but now they are a culture. Contrary to popular belief, they had nothing to do with European inhabitants known to archaeologists as the 'Beaker folk' and 'Battle Axe people'. The 'Urnfield people' farther east were Circaesir, and obviously related to the Celts. Their descendants integrated with Celts in central Europe. Tradition suggests that the Celts left the...
  • Israel in World History (Was there a past plan to resettle Jews in Madagascar ?)

    08/04/2006 9:52:27 AM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 19 replies · 786+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 08/04/2006 | Lev Navrozov
    Israel in World History Lev Navrozov Friday, Aug. 4, 2006 ---------------------------------------- A fantastic rumor (that turned out to be true) spread around Russia in the late 1960s: Anyone who considered himself or herself to be Jewish because one parent was Jewish could apply for an exit visa to go to Israel! According to my internal Soviet passport, I was Russian and bore my Russian father's family name. But on my mother's side there had been 24 generations of rabbis, and so I applied for an exit visa for myself, my wife, my son, and my mother. My father had been...
  • Gout Forced Charles V Abdication, Study Finds

    08/03/2006 3:33:43 PM PDT · by blam · 36 replies · 1,802+ views
    Scotsman ^ | 8-2-2006 | Gene Emery
    Gout forced Charles V abdication, study finds By Gene Emery BOSTON (Reuters) - Tests of a 500-year-old pinky finger confirm that Holy Roman Emperor Charles V was debilitated by gout and the painful joints it produces, Spanish researchers reported on Wednesday. Jaume Ordi of the University of Barcelona and colleagues used a microscope to examine the tip of one of Charles' pinkie fingers, which was preserved separately from his body in a small red velvet box. After rehydrating and slicing the mummified fingertip, the Ordi team found telltale signs of gout, including the buildup of uric acid crystals. At the...
  • Why Robespierre Chose Terror - The lessons of the first totalitarian revolution

    04/17/2006 5:51:06 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 56 replies · 2,625+ views
    City Journal ^ | Apr 16, 2006 | John Kekes
    The American attitude toward the French Revolution has been generally favorable—naturally enough for a nation itself born in revolution. But as revolutions go, the French one in 1789 was among the worst. True, in the name of liberty, equality, and fraternity, it overthrew a corrupt regime. Yet what these fine ideals led to was, first, the Terror and mass murder in France, and then Napoleon and his wars, which took hundreds of thousands of lives in Europe and Russia. After this pointless slaughter came the restoration of the same corrupt regime that the Revolution overthrew. Aside from immense suffering, the...
  • Typhoid May Have Caused Fall Of Athens, Study Finds

    03/27/2006 3:41:19 PM PST · by blam · 28 replies · 1,872+ views
    National Geographic ^ | 2-27-2006 | Nicholas Bakalar
    Typhoid May Have Caused Fall of Athens, Study Finds Nicholas Bakalar for National Geographic News February 27, 2006 An ancient medical mystery—the cause of a plague that wracked Athens from 426 to 430 B.C. and eventually led to the city's fall—has been solved by DNA analysis, researchers say. The ancient Athenians died from typhoid fever, according to a new study. Scientists from the University of Athens drew this conclusion after studying dental pulp extracted from the teeth of three people found in a mass grave in Athens' Kerameikos cemetery. The mass grave was first discovered in 1994 and was dated...
  • Spare us, O' Lord

    02/17/2006 6:08:54 PM PST · by kronos77 · 75 replies · 1,456+ views
    It was 36 years after the death of Mohammed (632 A.D.) that a Muslim army first laid siege to the eastern gateway to Europe, Constantinople (now Istanbul). After that, Islamic armies battled Europeans in Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Sicily, Austria, Bosnia, Serbia, Croatia, Hungary, Rumania, Wallachia, Albania, Moldavia, Bulgaria, Greece, Armenia, Georgia, Poland, Ukraine and Russia. "From the fury of the Mohammedan, spare us, O’Lord," was a common prayer uttered in European churches for centuries. Spain was occupied by Muslims for 800 years, Portugal 600, Greece 500, Sicily 300, Serbia 400, Bulgaria 500 and Hungary 150 years. Western occupation of...
  • Some Conspiracies ARE Real: England 1688

    02/12/2006 7:23:58 PM PST · by B-Chan · 54 replies · 1,348+ views ^ | 2006.02.13 | B-Chan
    Some Conspiracies are Real Today, 13 February 2006, is the 318th anniversary of the so-called "Glorious Revolution" -- the coup d'etat that deposed the rightful King of England, HM James II Stuart, and imposed the rule of the Dutch prince William of Orange and his wife Mary upon the United Kingdom. This was not the result of some minor dynastic quibble. There was no doubt in anyone's mind that James II was the rightful king. His deposition was instead the result of a genuine conspiracy between a group of traitors to overthrow the native-born Catholic King of England and award...
  • A Sultan with Swat. Remembering Abdul Hamid II, a pro-American caliph.

    02/01/2006 9:19:56 PM PST · by Valin · 5 replies · 658+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 12/26/05 | Mustafa Akyol
    AL QAEDA'S STATED GOAL--to reestablish the caliphate, the political leadership of worldwide Islam embodied first in the successors of the Prophet Muhammad and most recently in the four-century rule of the Ottoman dynasty--is pure, ahistorical fantasy. One way to appreciate this is to revisit the 33-year reign of the most remarkable modern caliph, Sultan Abdul Hamid II (1876-1909). An ally neither of bigoted Islamists nor of the radical secularists who ultimately deposed him, Abdul Hamid was an Islamic modernizer--and, interestingly, a friend of the United States. Abdul Hamid emphasized the role of Islam inside the Ottoman Empire, and he emerged...
  • Now is time to learn history of rights

    01/16/2006 10:20:01 AM PST · by greylurker · 14 replies · 620+ views
    The Evening News / The Tribune ^ | January 14, 2006 08:20 pm | Kenneth L. Miller
    Recently, I showed my students a video about the arrival of the Portuguese in West Africa in 1450. Though initially trading for foodstuffs and gold, the Portuguese soon found out African emperors were willing to trade fellow Africans. Over a period of 350 years, various European countries were to transport 12 million human beings into the Western Hemisphere. The video’s narrator, a native Kenyan noted that the speculation is that for every one African that reached the Americas, “another died in transit.” Africans weren’t stolen away. They were sold away by other Africans who possessed the military might to squash...
  • Liberté, Egalité, Colonialisme - A new French law stokes interesting fires

    12/17/2005 12:03:23 PM PST · by UnklGene · 1 replies · 388+ views
    The National Review ^ | December 31, 2005 | Anthony Daniels aka Theodore Dalrymple
    Liberté, Egalité, Colonialisme - A new French law stokes interesting fires ANTHONY DANIELS There is nothing quite like a stupid and unnecessary law to raise the ideological temperature. On February 23 of this year, the French National Assembly passed such a law, requiring school teachers of history to emphasize the positive role of French colonialism overseas, particularly in North Africa. There were immediate anti-French demonstrations in Algeria and the Antilles. The French minister of the interior, Nicolas Sarkozy, felt obliged to cancel an official visit to the French West Indies, legally part of France rather than a colonial possession, at...
  • The Mad King and the Crazy Left

    12/10/2005 1:30:15 PM PST · by Frenetic · 15 replies · 734+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 12/10/2005 | Timothy Birdnow
    George the Third was the undisputed King of Great Britain; of that there can be no doubt. If it is true that pride goeth before a fall, then the King’s arrogance cost him his American colonies, and much, much more; George the Third lost his mind as a result of hubris, and ended up confined in an insane asylum, mad as a March Hare. This cautionary tale reflects an even greater fall, one which we are in the privileged position of witnessing: the collective mental breakdown of the Liberal Movement. We are witnessing the madness of the postmodern King!
  • In Discussing Jerusalem, History Matters

    12/09/2005 5:48:44 AM PST · by mal · 5 replies · 299+ views
    Jerusalem has emerged as a major point of contention in Israel's negotiations with its Arab neighbors, particularly the Palestinians. Claims of historic, religious and legal rights to the city have been asserted by the various parties to the conflict and, accordingly, these three aspects should be reviewed: In discussing Jerusalem, history matters. In weighing ostensibly competing claims to the city, it must be recalled that the Jewish people bases its claim to Jerusalem on a link which dates back millennia. Indeed, Jerusalem has served as the capital of independent Jewish states several times over the past 3,000 years, including since...
  • France Upholds Law That Smooths History

    11/29/2005 1:09:44 PM PST · by SmithL · 27 replies · 763+ views
    AP ^ | 11/29/5 | NATHALIE SCHUCK
    PARIS -- France's parliament voted Tuesday to uphold a law that puts an upbeat spin on the country's painful colonial past, ignoring complaints from historians and the former French territory of Algeria. The law, passed quietly this year, requires school textbooks to address France's "positive role" in its former colonies. France's lower house, in a 183-94 vote, rejected an effort by the opposition Socialists to kill the law. Passage would have been unusual, since the effort to overturn the law came from the conservative government's political enemies. The law has embarrassed conservative President Jacques Chirac and threatens to delay the...
  • Historical Review of Iraq Situation A California Lawyer's Perspective on Iraq War

    11/01/2005 6:28:13 PM PST · by lancer · 15 replies · 2,609+ views
    email | 11/1/05 | Raymond S. Kraft
    Subject: Historical Review of Iraq Situation A California Lawyer's Perspective on Iraq War Sixty-three years ago, Nazi Germany had overrun almost all of Europe and hammered England to the verge of bankruptcy and defeat, and had sunk more than four hundred British ships in their convoys between England and America for food and war materials. Bushido Japan had overrun most of Asia, beginning in 1928, killing millions of civilians throughout China, and impressing millions more as slave labor. The US was in an isolationist, pacifist, mood, and most Americans and Congress wanted nothing to do with the European war, or...
  • Shadowplay: The Hidden Beliefs and Coded Politics of William Shakespeare

    10/30/2005 2:38:07 PM PST · by theFIRMbss · 52 replies · 1,325+ views
    Amazon ^ | May 10, 2005) | Clare Asquith
    A revelatory new look at how Shakespeare secretly addressed the most profound political issues of his day, and how his plays embody a hidden history of England. In 16th century England many loyal subjects to the crown were asked to make a terrible choice: to follow their monarch or their God. The era was one of unprecedented authoritarianism: England, it seemed, had become a police state, fearful of threats from abroad and plotters at home. This age of terror was also the era of the greatest creative genius the world has ever known: William Shakespeare. How, then, could such a...
  • The Real Oliver Cromwell

    10/21/2005 10:56:59 AM PDT · by Sam Gamgee · 23 replies · 914+ views
    It seems to a modern consensus that Oliver Cromwell was a puritanical tyrant, no better than the king he replaced? I’m wondering if this has always been the view on Cromwell, or is it just a modern liberal revision of history? What was Cromwell’s real legacy? Part of me wonders if Cromwell has been vilified unfairly by the left in much the same way Franco has been. (A person I believe was saving his nation from International Communism – which for shame some of my countrymen fought alongside) One of the problems that faced the parliamentarians once the king was...
  • 200 years of failure--Napoleon's predictions of a prosperous Egypt remain unfulfilled.

    09/26/2005 3:40:54 PM PDT · by SJackson · 11 replies · 575+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 9-26-05 | BARRY RUBIN
    Who wrote the following lines of hope about Egypt's future: "What could be made of that beautiful country in 50 years of prosperity and good government!" If you guessed Gamal Abdel Nasser or Hosni Mubarak, Bill Clinton or George W. Bush, or any contemporary figure for that matter, you would be wrong. It was Napoleon Bonaparte almost two centuries ago. The time span designated by Bonaparte has come and gone four times, yet Egypt's potential remains unfulfilled. Even more shockingly, the process has still not even begun. That does not mean nothing has changed or can change, but it certainly...

    08/28/2005 5:02:14 PM PDT · by doctorhugo · 5 replies · 532+ views
    unknown, with help from Yours Truly
    As we have come to observe, over many years, our society is habitually identified by the labels we put upon individuals to accurately pidgeonhole them into a definitive group recognizable by certain character traits. One particular genus, if you will, is a political sphere of reference. The following, somewhat abbreviated dissertation, will go a long way towards illuminating that which I refer to. Please to enjoy! And...endeavor not to laugh in the face of a liberal and provoke an incident of sobbing and weeping, always remembering that life's highway has many bumps and sharp, unexpected turns and a sense of...
  • Forget the Founding Fathers (Forget the title, long, but interesting read on history)

    06/04/2005 4:33:35 PM PDT · by neverdem · 53 replies · 1,436+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 5, 2005 | BARRY GEWEN
    THE founding fathers were paranoid hypocrites and ungrateful malcontents. What was their cherished Declaration of Independence but empty political posturing? They groaned about the burden of taxation, but it was the English who were shouldering the real burden, paying taxes on everything from property to beer, from soap to candles, tobacco, paper, leather and beeswax. The notorious tea tax, which had so inflamed the people of Massachusetts, was only one-fourth of what the English paid at home; even Benjamin Franklin labeled the Boston Tea Party an act of piracy. Meanwhile, smugglers, with the full connivance of the colonists, were getting...
  • Henry V’s Payroll Cuts Agincourt Myth Down to Size (French/English ratio wildly exaggerated)

    05/28/2005 5:51:42 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 61 replies · 1,794+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | May 29, 2005 | Richard Brooks
    The scale of Henry V’s triumph at Agincourt, which has been feted as one of the greatest victories in British military history, has been exaggerated for almost six centuries, a new book is to reveal. The English and Welsh were still outnumbered, according to Anne Curry, professor of medieval history at Southampton University — but only by a factor of three to two. For the last 50 years historians have believed the odds were at least four to one. Curry is the first academic to untangle the true scale of Henry’s victory in 1415 by sifting through original enrolment records...
  • Lawrence (of Arabia's) Unhappy Legacy Still Casts a Shadow over the Middle East

    05/19/2005 2:14:50 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 67 replies · 1,728+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | May 19, 2005 | James Barr
    Late in the morning on May 13, 1935, a middle-aged motorcyclist swerved to avoid two cyclists in a leafy Dorset lane. He lost control, flew over his handlebars and hit the road headfirst. Six days later — 70 years ago today — he died, having never regained consciousness. The motorcyclist was T E Lawrence, the hero of the Arab Revolt, the causes and consequences of which have an ongoing significance today. When the Ottomans joined the Germans' side in the First World War, the Ottoman Sultan proclaimed a jihad against Britain. Chilled by this underhand appeal to their 100 million...
  • When "Persia" became "Iran"

    10/30/2004 11:10:50 AM PDT · by Prince of Persia · 27 replies · 817+ views
    Iran Chamber ^ | 10/30/04 | Professor Ehsan Yarshater
    In 1935 the Iranian government requested those countries which it had diplomatic relations with, to call Persia "Iran," which is the name of the country in Persian. The suggestion for the change is said to have come from the Iranian ambassador to Germany, who came under the influence of the Nazis. At the time Germany was in the grip of racial fever and cultivated good relations with nations of "Aryan" blood. It is said that some German friends of the ambassador persuaded him that, as with the advent of Reza Shah, Persia had turned a new leaf in its history...
  • The Importance of Greece to the United States Then and Today

    10/30/2004 9:05:13 AM PDT · by Jakarta ex-pat · 21 replies · 906+ views
    The American Hellenic Institute commemorated the 64th Anniversary of "OXI" day, Greece's refusal on October 28th 1940 to surrender to Mussolini's Italian fascist government. During the Noon Forum held today at the Hellenic House, AHI President Gene Rossides gave a presentation on "OXI Day and the Battle of Greece: The Importance of Greece to the United States Then and Today." Greece's heroic resistance played a pivotal role in the ultimate victory of the Allied Forces in World War II. Mr. Rossides remarks follow: OXI Day and the Battle of Greece-- The Importance of Greece to the United States Then and...
  • 1956: Budapest: one-party system out, rebels control loc govts, Mindszenty freed [today in history]

    10/30/2004 7:29:20 AM PDT · by Mike Fieschko · 9 replies · 277+ views
    Recognizing that the existing situation was untenable, Imre Nagy announced on the radio at 2:30 pm local time, that the one-party system was abolished (or rather, acknowledged that it had ceased to exist.) A coalition ‘government cabinet’ would take over the running of the country, he said. Realizing that only the government had a chance of exercising central control, the head of the HWP (Hungarian Workers' Part, the Communists), János Kádár, also joined the new body. Minister of State Zoltán Tildy of the Smallholders’ Party announced that the compulsory-delivery system for farm produce is abolished and preparations are being made...
  • Ataturk: Turkish Nationalist Hero

    10/29/2004 7:41:07 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 24 replies · 550+ views
    Persian Journal ^ | 10/29/04 | Persian Journal
    29th October marked the 81st anniversary of the Turkish Republic. A secular country that has succeeded to survive, progress and to remain loyal to the principles introduced by its founder Mustafa Kemal Pasha, otherwise known as Ataturk - the Father of Turks. A framework in which under no domestic or international pressure the Turkish authorities have compromised on. The Turks today are celebrating and deserve to be congratulated for their untiring efforts and their love for their country. At the same time my ancient land has sunken in the darkest period of its history since the Arab invasion of Iran...
  • Roots of terror (Iraq parallel to French-Algerian war)

    10/29/2004 2:04:58 PM PDT · by dennisw · 32 replies · 595+ views
    spectator ^ | Friday 29 October 2004 | Alistair Horne
    Roots of terror On the night of All Saints, 1954, a young honeymooning couple of French school teachers, dedicated to their work among underprivileged children, were dragged off a bus in the Aurès Mountains of Algeria and shot down. Their murder by the newly created FLN (National Liberation Front) marked the beginning of organised revolt against the French colonial ‘occupiers’. The eight-year-long Algerian war was to bring down six French prime ministers, open the door to de Gaulle — and come close to destroying him too. The war was the last of the grand-style colonial struggles, but, perhaps more to...
  • PA Historians: Israel's Biblical history is actually Arab Muslim history.

    08/08/2004 9:22:17 AM PDT · by Salem · 66 replies · 2,889+ views
    Palestinian Media Watch Bulletin ^ | 08 August, 2004 | Itamar Marcus
    Palestinian Media Watch BulletinAugust 8, 2004 PALESTINIAN MEDIA WATCH phone: 972- 2- 625-4140 fax: 972-2- 624-2803visit our website, click here: for further information, contact PMW Director, Itamar Marcus material may be quoted, citing PMW as the source subscribe free to PMW reports, details below PA Historians:  Israel's Biblical history is actually Arab Muslim history by Itamar Marcus IntroductionOn an educational program on PA TV, two senior Palestinian Authority [PA] historians went to great lengths to deny ancient Jewish history and erase the Jewish connection to the Land of Israel. At the same time they describe an ancient Palestinian -...
  • Split Between English and Scots Older Than Thought

    07/18/2004 7:05:52 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 34 replies · 1,585+ views
    Scottish Press Association ^ | Sun 11 Apr 2004 | Louise Gray
    Traditionally the difference between the English and Scots, Welsh, Irish and Cornish was attributed to the foreign influence of invading forces such as the Anglo-Saxons, Celts and Vikings settling in different areas of Britain hundreds of years ago. But Professor Stephen Oppenheimer of Oxford University, believes the difference originates much further back in history... The professor of clinical sociomedical sciences at Oxford University said the Celts of Western Scotland, Wales, Ireland and Cornwall are descended from an ancient people living on the Atlantic coast while Britain was still attached to mainland Europe, while the English are more closely related...
  • Bench Warrantless

    06/29/2004 3:05:44 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 1 replies · 213+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 6/28/04 | Joel Engel
    LAST WEEK a federal appeals court judge compared the inauguration of George W. Bush to the ascensions of both Hitler and Mussolini, his point being that all three took power legally but were / are illegitimate office holders. "That is what the Supreme Court did in Bush v. Gore; it put somebody in power," Judge Guido Calabresi told an audience at the American Constitution Society in Washington. "The reason I emphasize that is because that is exactly what happened when Mussolini was put in by the king of Italy. That is what happened when Hindenburg put Hitler in." Soon after...
  • Kosovo Polje 1389-Present

    06/28/2004 11:29:32 AM PDT · by ma bell · 33 replies · 1,617+ views ^ | Serbs
    THE EVENTS SURROUNDING THE BATTLE OF KOSOVO 1389 AND ITS CULTURAL EFFECT ON THE SERBIAN PEOPLEby Mark Gottfried (1972) The Serbian culture endured through five centuries of Turkish occupation, although the Turks offered security and prosperity, for conversion to Turkish life styles. This Serbian culture was retarded for five centuries, after the Serbian defeat on the plain of Kosovo. From a culture that led Europe and the Balkans during the Medieval period, the Serbian culture degenerated and stagnated, to the point that when it regained its freedom it had centuries to recover. The Turkish victory at Kosovo, was not as...
  • Genghis Khan: Father To Millions

    06/22/2004 9:49:06 AM PDT · by blam · 157 replies · 5,876+ views
    Discovery News ^ | 6-22-2004 | Rossella Lorenzi
    Genghis Khan: Father to Millions? By Rossella Lorenzi, Discovery News> Statue of the Mongol Emperor June 22, 2004 —Genghis Khan left a legacy shared by 16 million people alive today, according to a book by a Oxford geneticist who identified the Mongol emperor as the most successful alpha male in human history. Regarded by the Mongolians as the father of their nation, Genghis Khan was born around 1162. A military and political genius, he united the tribes of Mongolia and conquered half of the known world with a cavalry riding on grass-fed ponies. By the time Genghis died in 1227,...
  • Iraqi Jihad against the British, 1920

    05/19/2004 1:28:38 PM PDT · by robowombat · 5 replies · 185+ views
    VFW Magazine ^ | Sept 2003
    Jihad against the British, 1920 Under the terms of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919, the Arab countries of the old Ottoman Empire were put under the mandated control of the victorious allies. Britain became responsible for Palestine and Iraq (the former Ottoman provinces of Mesopotamia), while France assumed responsibility for Syria and Lebanon. The arrangement was not popular with emerging Arab nationalists, and it was expensive for the countries holding the mandates. It cost the British government $18 million a year to maintain the resident garrison in Iraq of 25,000 British and 80,000 Indian troops. In addition, there were...
  • The Fall of Baghdad

    05/10/2004 12:16:49 PM PDT · by robowombat · 8 replies · 239+ views
    Manchester Guardian, ^ | 16 March 1917 | Edmund Candler
    The Fall of Baghdad by Edmund Candler, Manchester Guardian, 16 March 1917 Our vanguard entered Baghdad soon after nine o'clock this morning. The city is approached by an unmetalled road between palm groves and orange gardens. Crowds of Baghdadis came out to meet us: Persians, Krabe, Jew, Armenians, Chaldeans and Christians of diverse sects and races. They lined the streets, balconies and roofs, hurrahing and clapping their hands. Groups of schoolchildren danced in front of us, shouting and cheering, and the women of the city turned out in their holiday dresses. The people of the city have been robbed to...
  • Many throughout history have hoped rule of a united Europe

    05/02/2004 11:47:41 AM PDT · by MegaSilver · 11 replies · 245+ views
    JoongAng Daily ^ | 02 May 2004 | Oh Byung-sang
    One of the most overpowering masterpieces in the Musee du Louvre in Paris is "The Crowning of Napoleon." The 979-meter-wide, 621-meter-long painting almost covers one side of a gallery, and each character featured in the painting is vivid and lively. It took three years for Jacques-Louis David, one of the notable neoclassical painters of the 19th century, to reproduce the scene of the coronation of the Emperor Napoleon that was held in Notre Dame in 1804. Interestingly, the painting does not depict Napoleon receiving the crown from the pope. Instead, Napoleon, who wears a laurel wreath crown, presents his wife,...
  • Russia: TV archive unlocks myth of revolution

    04/18/2004 4:56:03 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 45 replies · 375+ views ^ | 15 Apr 2004 | TIM CORNWELL
    IN OCTOBER 1917, when the Bolsheviks seized power in Russia, sailors in the port of Kronstadt formed the vanguard of the revolution. They overran the cruiser Aurora, bombarded the Winter Palace, stormed the building and handed it over to the Bolsheviks. Four years later, 900 of those same sailors were executed by firing squad after they rose up against the Communists and the Red Army. Thousands of others were dispatched to the Gulag prison camps. Now their story is to be used by the TV company WarkClements as the narrative spine of a two-part documentary promising to "unpack" the myths...
  • Ancient Hun Capital Registered For World Cultural Site

    04/11/2004 12:00:37 PM PDT · by blam · 9 replies · 233+ views
    Xinhuanet/Chinaview ^ | 4-6-2004 | Chinaview
    Ancient Hun capital registered for world cultural site 2004-04-06 13:07:29 XI'AN, April 5 (Xinhuanet) -- Shaanxi Province is preparing to apply for world cultural and natural heritage listing for its Tongwancheng Town, the world's only ruins of ancient Huns, ancient Chinese nomadic tribe which fought across northern China, central Asia and Europe. "The ruined town will give important clues to the study of the Huns who disappeared nearly 1,000 years ago," said Zhang Tinghao, director of the Shaanxi Cultural Relics Bureau. The 1,600-year-old ruined town is in Jingbian County of northwest China's Shaanxi Province. The place is only 500...
  • Split Between English and Scots Older Than Thought

    04/11/2004 6:50:11 PM PDT · by WoofDog123 · 64 replies · 2,523+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | 11APR04 | Louise Gray
    The ancient split between the English and Scots is older than previously thought, an Oxford don said today. Traditionally the difference between the English and Scots, Welsh, Irish and Cornish was attributed to the foreign influence of invading forces such as the Anglo-Saxons, Celts and Vikings settling in different areas of Britain hundreds of years ago. But Professor Stephen Oppenheimer of Oxford University, believes the difference originates much further back in history. In a book tracing humankind from its origins in Africa 80,000 years ago, Prof Oppenheimer develops a theory of the original inhabitants of Britain. The professor of clinical...
  • Curse of the Assassins. The Roots of Islamic Terror. (must read)

    04/01/2004 4:55:06 AM PST · by dennisw · 9 replies · 886+ views
    Part 1: The Prototype of Terror     The evil that is terrorism is not new. Today’s killers have their roots in an ancient plague that has long bedevilled the Middle East, epitomized in the deadly cult of Hassan-i Sabbah.   The Old Man kept at his court such boys of twelve years old as seemed to him destined to become courageous men. When the Old Man sent them into the garden in groups of four, ten or twenty, he gave them hashish to drink. They slept for three days, then they were carried sleeping into the garden where...