Category: Political and Economic History

Dispatches from Red Square: reporting Russia’s revolutions then and now

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“No news from Petrograd yesterday”, was the headline in the Daily Mail on March 14, 1917. The story – or non-story – which followed, was only a few dozen words: “Up to a late hour last night the Russian official report, which for many months has come to hand early, had not been received”, it ran. So why publish it? The non-appearance of the daily news bulletin from the Russian government had led the Mail’s writer, trying to prepare a report in London, to suspect something was going on.

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Putin’s brazen manipulation of language is a perfect example of Orwellian doublespeak

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If you’ve been paying attention to how Russian President Vladimir Putin talks about the war in Ukraine, you may have noticed a pattern. Putin often uses words to mean exactly the opposite of what they normally do.
He labels acts of war “peacekeeping duties.”
He claims to be engaging in “denazification” of Ukraine while seeking to overthrow or even kill Ukraine’s Jewish president, who is the grandson of a Holocaust survivor.

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ABUSE AND TENACITY: UKRAINE’S STRUGGLE FOR AUTONOMY

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The 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine has rightfully outraged and shocked much of the world; a war of aggression from one nation to another, this attack and occupation has been the largest such incursion into a foreign land since the Second World War. Indeed it has also created the displacement of nearly 4 million Ukrainians, leading to Europe’s greatest refugee crisis in 80 years.

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B.C. FRANKLIN AND THE TULSA MASSACRE

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On May 31, 1921, Buck Colbert Franklin peered up at the Tulsa, Oklahoma, sky and saw planes dropping turpentine bombs onto the roofs of nearby homes and businesses. On the street around him, he watched Black women, men, and children being felled by the guns of their white neighbors. Under the guise of extracting retribution for a Black teenager’s supposed assault on a white woman a day before, white Tulsans strategically destroyed the physical manifestations of their Black neighbors’ success.

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Dag Hammarskjöld: a defiant pioneer of global diplomacy who died in a mystery plane crash

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The idea of a global institution has captivated thinkers since Immanuel Kant in the 18th century. But a body set up to create and maintain world peace and security needs the right people to make it work. When the United Nations was created in 1945, old sentiments — seen in the disbanded League of Nations — threatened to prevail. Would the UN and its leadership simply comply with the great powers of the day?

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That time private US media companies stepped in to silence the falsehoods and incitements of a major public figure … in 1938

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In speeches filled with hatred and falsehoods, a public figure attacks his enemies and calls for marches on Washington. Then, after one particularly virulent address, private media companies close down his channels of communication, prompting consternation from his supporters and calls for a code of conduct to filter out violent rhetoric.

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A Continent’s Currency: 20 years of the Euro

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The central unit of money for much of Europe, the EURO first entered circulation on January 1, 2002.
pride, these cultural emblems can indeed be an emotional declaration of nationalistic pride. A country’s currency is then no less another unique symbol, a “Made in…” concretization of the nation’s economic prosperity and in many cases independence from colonial rule.

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