Category Archives: History

On PM Abe’s 70th Anniversary Speech

Today, the 70th Anniversary of the Japanese Surrender to the Allies in World War II, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gave a speech-the full text of which can be read here (in English)-commemorating the end of the war, and remarking upon … Continue reading

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Silence to Remember Silence

In Israel today, sirens rang out across the country which brought traffic to a standstill and led to a moment of national silence. The silence is a commemoration of a day of remembrance for the Holocaust, the Shoah, a state-mandated genocide … Continue reading

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Of the Brotherhood and the Taiping

Earlier this year I read Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom: China, the West, and the Epic Story of the Taiping Civil War by Stephen Platt. The book, which is excellent, is the story of the Taiping Rebellion (1850-1864) which took place in … Continue reading

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The Battle of New Orleans

“You, gentlemen and ladies fair, that grace this famous city, Come listen, if you’ve time to spare, while I rehearse this ditty. And for the opportunity, consider yourself lucky It is not often that you see a Hunter from Kentucky” … Continue reading

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Peace in Our Time

They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace. -Jeremiah, 6:13, KJV. My grandfather Bill, who passed away recently, once opined to me his over 70 year conviction that “Man’s natural state … Continue reading

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The Wrong Side of History

“The strong condemnation that Russian has received around the world indicates the degree to which Russia is on the wrong side of history” -Barack Obama “It was only a very small elite around Yeltsin who were buying [that the collapse … Continue reading

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Paddy’s Lamentation

This St Patrick’s Day, among the throngs of Americans who claim some degree of Irish descent, I am not unusual in turning my thoughts to the salient points of essential Irish-ness. Joyce, Guinness, fiddles, Yeats, Slane, Green, Shamrocks, etc. But … Continue reading

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