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Archive for May, 2015

Nigeria elections: Mapping a nation divided

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Nigeria is Africa’s biggest oil producer and most populous country – but poverty is widespread and the country is in the grip of a violent uprising by Islamists Boko Haram. The BBC maps the country’s divisions ahead of its postponed elections.

Map showing the ethnic diversity of Nigeria



Map showing the political controlling parties by state in Nigeria




Women Struggle in Parliament

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Q&A w/ Fatemeh Haghighatjoo, a former member of Iran’s parliament (2000-2004). She is currently a visiting professor at the University of Massachusetts in Boston.

How To Be A Better Writer: 6 Tips From Harvard’s Steven Pinker

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Pinker’s latest book is The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century. And it’s great.

Below you’ll learn:

  1. The two key elements that will improve your writing.
  2. The biggest mistake we all make — and how to fix it.
  3. The science behind what makes writing work.
  4. The most pleasant way to improve your knowledge of grammar.

Here it is

How Warner Bros. Animators Responded to the Cold War (1948-1980)

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Warner Bros. animators, under the leadership of Charles M. “Chuck” Jones, launched their own, albeit mild, counter attack when they introduced Marvin the Martian in 1948, several years before The Manchurian Candidate (1962), Fail Safe (1964), Seven Days in May (1964), Dr. Strangelove (1964), or Boris and Natasha, the Russian spies in the Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons of the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Firing Line with William F. Buckley Jr. “The Equal Rights Amendment”

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

3 Min YouTube Video

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

What I learned by befriending Iranians on Facebook

The Unlikely Paths of Grant and Lee

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

To millions of Americans, 150 years after the end of the Civil War, Lee is a role model and Grant is—despite his gifted generalship and consequential presidency—an embarrassment. What happened? How did the hero of the war become a quasi-ignominious figure, and how did the champion of Southern slavery become, if not the war’s hero, its most popular figure?

Jamelle Bouie tackles this vexing question.

When The KKK Was Mainstream

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Imagine: There was a time when the KKK was an out-in-the-open, part-of-the-community organization. I had always envisioned the repugnant and reprehensible lawbreakers operating in the cowardly shadows. After all, it was known as the Invisible Empire.

16 Shocking Vintage Posters That Warned Men About The Dangers Of Women Having Rights

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

In the 1890s and early 1900s, women were fighting for their rights. The kind of propaganda that came out during that time is shocking to modern day society. Illustrations, like the ones listed here, were made to warn men against the dangers of women’s rights.

Man Who Shot Reagan Seeks Release From Mental Hospital

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

John Hinckley Jr. was found not guilty by reason of insanity and confined to a mental institution for shooting the president, Press Secretary James Brady and two law enforcement officers. Now he’s asking a federal judge to allow him to live full time with his mother in Virginia.

John Hinckley Jr. arrives at U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., in 2003 to seek five-day, unsupervised visits with his parents at their home in Virginia. His current hearing is the seventh time a court has weighed gradually opening the door to Hinckley's freedom.