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By Rene Wadlow | April 24, 2015 - 10:00am EDT
The people of the earth [have] agreed that the advancement of man in spiritual excellence and physical welfare is the common goal of mankind...that therefore the age of nations must end, and the era of humanity begin.            —Preamble to the Preliminary Draft of a World Constitution  Elisabeth Mann Borgese (24 April 1918 – 8 February 2002) was a strong-willed woman. She had to come out from under the shadow of both [...] Read More
By Rene Wadlow | April 20, 2015 - 2:00pm EDT
Taking a page from the Soviet script of 1968 Czechoslovakia, Saudi Arabia has come to the fraternal aid of Yemeni President Rabbo Mansour Hadi by starting to bomb Sana and massing 150,000 troops on the frontier and war ships off the coast.  On the eve of what should be called Saudi aggression, a letter of President Hadi asking for the brotherly help of Saudi Arabia, the Gulf Cooperation Council and others was written. [...] Read More
Internet Cafe in Beijing (Courtesy of the Guardian (US)/Photo by How Hwee Young/EPA)
By Hiram Helfman | April 17, 2015 - 10:00am EDT
Citizens’ voicing dissent through social media as well as the Communist Party’s efforts to quell speech it deems a threat to its rule is nothing new in China. In the late 1970s, at a wall near Tiananmen Square in Beijing—which would become known as the Xidan Democracy Wall or simply Democracy Wall—people would voice their grievances and yearnings for change (See Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China). It was used [...] Read More
By Tad Daley | April 15, 2015 - 4:03pm EDT
​Today, April 15, 2015, is the 150th anniversary of the death of Abraham Lincoln. He was shot shortly after 10 PM on the night of April 14th, 1865, inside Ford's Theatre, then was carried across the street: 10th Street, between E and F, NW, to the Petersen boarding house, where he expired at 7:22 AM the next morning. Since I live in Washington, DC, and since I am usually a bit of a night owl, I spent some time there last [...] Read More
By Jennifer Welden | April 13, 2015 - 10:00am EDT
A few weeks ago, my professor did something I’m not used to witnessing in liberal Berkeley, California: he made a sexist comment. Discussing Chinese military expansion at length, and feeling the lack of energy in the room, he tried (and failed) to lighten the mood with a joke: “I’m sure the women are bored by this, they’d rather I go back to talking about Hello Kitty.” My jaw dropped only slightly further than yours.  [...] Read More
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