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Archive for November, 2015

So much worse than Auschwitz

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

The word “Auschwitz” has become a metonym for the Holocaust as a whole. Yet the vast majority of Jews had already been murdered, further east, by the time that Auschwitz became a major killing facility. Yet while Auschwitz has been remembered, most of the Holocaust has been largely forgotten.

Nuremberg Trial Bore Witness to the Nazis’ Worst Crimes

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Rebecca West, the acclaimed British writer, covered Nuremberg for the New Yorker. In August 1946, as the case entered its 10th month, she wrote, “[T]he courtroom is a citadel of boredom. Every person attending it is in the grip of extreme tedium.” How could a trial for some of the most ghastly and massive crimes ever committed—crimes that continue to horrify and fascinate us—be dull? The answer lies in a most deliberate prosecutorial strategy, one to which we all owe a debt of gratitude today.

18 Rules Of Behavior For Young Ladies In 1831

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Rules of behavior for Young Ladies, partly extracted from this work and the most celebrated books on Ladies education.”

  • Avoid every thing masculine.
  • Be not too often seen in public.
  • Consult only your own relations.
  • Don’t even hear a double entendre.
  • Endeavor to write and speak grammatically.
  • Fondness for finery shows as bad a taste, as neatness and simplicity imply a good one.
  • Form no friendship with men.
  • Give your hand, when necessary, modestly.
  • If you talk in society, talk only about those things which you understand.
  • Know that a man of good sense will never marry but the pious, industrious and frugal.
  • Let not love begin on your part.
  • Make no great intimacies with any body.
  • Never be afraid of blushing.
  • Pride yourself in modesty.
  • Read no novels, but let your study be History, Geography, Biography and other instructive books.
  • Sympathise with the unfortunate
  • Trust no female acquaintance, i.e. make no confidant of any one.

Boko Haram Ranked Ahead of ISIS for Deadliest Terror Group

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Boko Haram, the militant group that has tortured Nigeria and its neighbors for years, was responsible for 6,664 deaths last year, more than any other terrorist group in the world, including the Islamic State, which killed 6,073 people in 2014, according to a report released Wednesday tracking terrorist attacks globally.

….Mr. Buhari, who took office in May, ran on a platform of eliminating Boko Haram, which he has pledged to do by the end of December, as well as cutting back on corruption that has dogged the nation.

This week, Mr. Buhari accused the previous administration’s national security adviser, Sambo Dasuki, of pocketing more than $2 billion that had been allocated for warplanes, helicopters and other military gear to fight Boko Haram. Mr. Dasuki has denied the allegations.

Source: New York Times

Lecture – The One China Myth: Xinjiang, Tibet, and Hong Kong

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

My lecture outline:

  • Geographical Overview
  • Xinjiang
  • Tibet
  • Hong Kong
  • Conclusions/Discussion

Here is my lecture on the One China Myth.

Iranians Reclaim Public Spaces and Liberties

Friday, November 13th, 2015

“Few would say it out loud, but we had almost become a police state,” Hamid Reza Jalaeipour, a sociologist at Tehran University, said about the years after 2009, when the morality police were a fixture in every main square, hauling those deemed to be “badly veiled” off in vans. For many, the atmosphere became so suffocating that they started leaving for other countries.

Mr. Jalaeipour said small changes began after Mr. Rouhani unseated Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2013, promising a nuclear agreement and an expansion of personal freedoms, but have increased noticeably of late. “Especially after the elections and now the nuclear deal,” he said, “the self-confidence of ordinary people is increasing and that can be seen everywhere.”

Lecture: The Enlightenment: Constructing a New Paradigm of Man and Society

Sunday, November 8th, 2015

My lecture outline:

  • Operational Definition
  • The Road to Enlightenment
  • The State of Nature
  • Enlightened Governance
  • Enlightened Economics
  • Enlightened Education
  • Enlightenment vs. Religion
  • Challenges to Enlightenment

Here is the Power Point

Election 2015 – Why The Conservatives Won

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

“Death to America,” Explained (by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei)

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

In an explanation unlikely to assuage the concerns of many Americans, Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei clarified the meaning of the popular slogan “death to America” on Tuesday. “The aim of the slogan means death to U.S. policies and arrogance,” the supreme leader told a group of students of the phrase, widely chanted at rallies and at mosques after Friday prayers.

Some Iranian moderates have argued in the past that the slogan, which dates back to the revolution of 1979, is no longer useful, and most official documents translate the phrase, mar bar Amrika, as the somewhat more polite “down with America.”


Economist Says Polyamory Can Solve China’s Gender Imbalance. Chinese Internet Explodes

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

Could polyamory be the solution to China’s gender imbalance? The New York Times’s Sinosphere blog reports that one economist’s proposal to that effect has become a viral sensation on the Chinese internet.