Monday, June 24, 2013

British Concentration Camps: Laying the Groundwork for Hitler's Total Warfare

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The first official use of concentration camps as a method of total warfare. Total warfare in the sense of combining the civilian and soldier spheres together in order to create massive destruction from the very core of each society, leaving its victim in a state of shock and awe. This product of the Second Boer War (South Africa) would lead to one of the darkest moments in British history, a moment that would mirror the next century of the unethical apartheid rule. 

Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Great Cat Massacre: 18th Century French Event

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An event that showed the great rebellious and clever characteristics of the eighteenth-century French society, while also expressing the beginning of the disintegration of artisanal culture under the Old Regime (the separation of masters and workers working together peacefully). This great cat massacre expresses a message that is relative to our industrial world today. Our society's social and economic structure is formed by extreme classification, which inevitably leads to the separation and isolation of specific levels within this hierarchy, leaving the remote notion of unity aside.

Henry David Thoreau Poem: Conscience


Conscience is instinct bred in the house, 
Feeling and Thinking propagate the sin 
By an unnatural breeding in and in. 
I say, Turn it out doors, 
Into the moors. 
I love a life whose plot is simple, 
And does not thicken with every pimple, 
A soul so sound no sickly conscience binds it, 
That makes the universe no worse than 't finds it. 
I love an earnest soul, 
Whose mighty joy and sorrow 
Are not drowned in a bowl, 
And brought to life to-morrow; 
That lives one tragedy, 
And not seventy; 
A conscience worth keeping; 
Laughing not weeping; 
A conscience wise and steady, 
And forever ready; 
Not changing with events, 
Dealing in compliments; 
A conscience exercised about 
Large things, where one may doubt. 
I love a soul not all of wood, 
Predestinated to be good, 
But true to the backbone 
Unto itself alone, 
And false to none; 
Born to its own affairs, 
Its own joys and own cares; 
By whom the work which God begun 
Is finished, and not undone; 
Taken up where he left off, 
Whether to worship or to scoff; 
If not good, why then evil, 
If not good god, good devil. 
Goodness! you hypocrite, come out of that, 
Live your life, do your work, then take your hat. 
I have no patience towards 
Such conscientious cowards. 
Give me simple laboring folk, 
Who love their work, 
Whose virtue is song 
To cheer God along.

Friday, May 24, 2013

This Day in History: Josef Mengele "Angel of Death" Arrives at Auschwitz

Link to article: Joseph Mengele Arrives at Auschwitz

Abstract: Nazi persecution, arrests, and deportations were directed against all members of Jewish families, as well as many Gypsy families, without concern for age. Homeless, often orphaned, many children had frequently witnessed the murder of parents, siblings, and relatives. They faced starvation, illness, brutal labor, and other indignities until they were 
“Monsters exist, but they are too few in numbers to be truly dangerous. More dangerous are…the functionaries ready to believe and act without asking questions.” 

Thursday, May 23, 2013

The Balfour Declaration and its Consequences

In order to understand the current issues that are present within the middle east today, we must understand the modern historical events that transpired since the turn of the century 

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Odd 14th Century Bubonic Plague Hazmat Suits- "Beak Doctor"

Link to article: Anatomy of 14th Century Bubonic Plague Hazmat Suits

Odd times in history:

Abstract: "In those times, physicians didn't know what was causing the disease to spread, but they did know it was highly contagious. To provide medical care and to protect themselves, doctors of the time invented the medieval version of the hazmat suit."

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

When will president Obama show his hand...only time will tell-U.S. Diplomacy on Syria

Link to Article: Israel Airstrikes Loom Over U.S. Diplomacy on Syria 

Abstract: "Israel's willingness to hit Syrian targets it sees as threats to its own existence has complicated the Obama administration's internal debate over arming President Bashar Assad's foes and may change the way U.S. approaches allies as it tries to boost the rebels, including with possible military aid."

Monday, May 6, 2013

This Day in History: Congress Passed the Chinese Exclusion Act

Link to article: Chinese Exclusion Act

We have come a long way, or have we? Let this day in history act as a model for our policies and stance today.

Abstract of article: "In the spring of 1882, the Chinese Exclusion Act was passed by Congress and signed by President Chester A. Arthur. This act provided an absolute 10-year moratorium on Chinese labor immigration. For the first time, Federal law proscribed entry of an ethnic working group on the premise that it endangered the good order of certain localities."

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

South Africa: a crisis for business over social reform

Link to Article: South Africa: a crisis for business over social reform

"But simultaneously maintaining essential international investor confidence and promoting social justice is difficult enough in a society like Britain, let alone South Africa with an apartheid legacy which remains a gigantic millstone around the country's neck."

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Today in History: McCarthy Army Hearings Begin

Link to Article:: McCarthy Army Hearings

McCarthyism is a tremendous example of the consequences of a nation that relies upon being too inclusive. Inclusive in the context of classifying what is and what is not a true American or true believer in American values. When a society resorts to strict centralization, it deprives itself from adapting an ideology that encompasses the acceptance of other belief systems. Absolute unity must be achieved through the progression of a decentralized ideal system that incorporates an accepting adaptive nature. 

Friday, April 19, 2013

This Day In History: Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Begins


Remember this day as one of humanity's strongest freedom fighters struggled against an unthinkable evil. Let us pull history into our present by understanding that we still have to promote freedom in the form of justice, equality, and peace in our modern world today. Although human equality and justice has increased in the last 70 years, we still have to progressively move forward as a global society 

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

From Anglo-Saxon Common Law Origin to Modern American Writ of Habeas Corpus--Article by Joseph Dale Robertson


Freedom of the under the protection of Habeas Corpus. I deem one of the essential principles of our government. ~Thomas Jefferson

Bringing our history into the present and applying its historical significance into our future is a crucial aspect of historical interpretation. Habeas Corpus's holds no justification for not applying its historical relevance into its current state of understanding.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The Continued Struggle Over Guantanamo Bay

Link to Article:  Close Guantanamo Bay' senior US figures tell Obama


 "A symbol of the willingness of the United States to detain significant numbers of innocent people (along with the guilty) and subject them to serious and prolonged privation and mistreatment, even torture".

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The New Colonial Era: China's Involvement within Africa

LINK TO ARTICLE:   China Colonizing Africa? International Studies Club hosts lecture

South Africa's rich source of natural resources has lured the newly emerged (in reality, re-emerged) world power, China, into its borders. The new century marks a new beginning for South Africa, leaving its potential for success at an all-time high. Will the greedy hands of imperialism carve Africa up once more, or will this continent be able to hold their own. Only time will tell...

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Monday, April 15, 2013

Habeas Corpus is a tragic thing to waste...NY Times article of a certain Guantanamo Bay prisoner

LINK TO ARTICLEGitmo Is Killing Me


Can someone please tell me our judiciary system is not this inhuman by denying these prisoners the right of habeas corpus? I guess we have forgotten the sixth amendment.

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