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Why Iranian women are wearing white on Wednesdays

Using the hashtag #whitewednesdays, citizens have been posting pictures and videos of themselves wearing white headscarves or pieces of white clothing as symbols of protest.

The idea is the brainchild of Masih Alinejad, founder of My Stealthy Freedom, an online movement opposed to the mandatory dress code.

A campaign supporter discards her headscarf

10 critics of Vladimir Putin who died violently or in suspicious ways

The Washington Post offers this Top 10 Hit List.

In Protests, Kremlin Fears a Young Generation Stirring

The weekend anticorruption protests that roiled Moscow and nearly 100 Russian towns clearly rattled the Kremlin, unprepared for their size and seeming spontaneity. But perhaps the biggest surprise, even to protest leaders themselves, was the youthfulness of the crowds.

It is far from clear whether their enthusiasm for challenging the authorities, which has suddenly provided adrenaline to Russia’s beaten-down opposition, will be short-lived or points to a new era. Nor is it clear whether the object of the anger — blatant and unabashed corruption — will infect the popularity of Mr. Putin.

Aleksei A. Navalny, the anticorruption campaigner and opposition leader who orchestrated the nationwide protests — and who received a 15-day prison sentence on Monday for resisting arrest — said in court that he was surprised at the turnout on Sunday and that he was determined to keep up the pressure by running in next year’s presidential election.

“People — both in the Kremlin and the 80 percent or so who tell pollsters they support Putin — have all been acting for years on the assumption that the ice is very thick and will never break. What Navalny is trying to do is show that it is not, and will one day crack,” Mr. Greene said. “Once people begin to believe the ice is in fact thin, it doesn’t matter how thick it really is, and everything can change very suddenly.”

When Martin Luther King Came Out Against Vietnam

Dr. King’s Riverside Church address exemplified how, throughout his final 18 months of life, he repeatedly rejected the sunny optimism of his 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech and instead mourned how that dream had “turned into a nightmare.” But the speech also highlighted how for Dr. King, civil rights was never a discrete problem in American society, and that racism went hand in hand with the fellow evils of poverty and militarism that kept the country from living up to its ideals.

Finally, in early 1967, he had had enough. One day Dr. King pushed aside a plate of food while paging through a magazine whose photographs depicted the burn wounds suffered by Vietnamese children who had been struck by napalm. The images were unforgettable, he said. “I came to the conclusion that I could no longer remain silent about an issue that was destroying the soul of our nation.”

FDR’s War Against the Press

In the 1936 election, Roosevelt claimed that 85 percent of the newspapers were against him….Roosevelt’s relationship with radio was warmer.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, revised the media rules in profound ways. Like Trump, he feuded with the mainstream media; like Trump, he used a new medium as a direct pipeline to the people. He also used the government’s machinery to suppress unfavorable coverage, a fate we hope to avoid in the age of Trump.

Joanna Andreasson

3 winners and 4 losers from the stunning UK election

The “winners and losers” political narrative is rather frustrating. Just the same, this Vox piece does seem to sum it up tidily. Spoiler, Teresa May won, but lost.

Lecture: Weimar Society and Culture

My lecture on Weimar Society and Culture.

Lecture Outline:

  • Socioeconomic Setting
  • Education and Intelligentsia
  • Gender Revolution
  • Crime & Punishment
  • Cinema
  • Expressionism
  • Dada
  • New Objectivity
  • Music
  • Architecture

Lecture: The U.S. in WWI


  • Neutrality?
  • The Road to War
  • U.S. Military Participation
  • The End of the War
  • The American Home Front
  • Demobilization

Here’s the U.S. in WWI Lecture

Nigeria’s art of flowery language

Foreigners wonder why Nigerian government officials do not opt for simpler language.Are they intentionally trying to confuse the public or to conceal information?

Well, these press releases are simply following an age-old Nigerian tradition of verbal ornamentation.

For us, important information has always been best conveyed with grandiloquence.

Color Video Shows Life in Berlin at the End of WWII

“Spirit of Berlin” a short color film with historic footage showing everyday life in the German capital in July 1945 — just two months after the end of the war.



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