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Dangerous game: Yemen and the Congress of Reaction

The civil war in Yemen is a long-running conflict over access to political power and resources, not religion, or any attempt by Iran to spread its influence.


Today in history: A joke from the USSR for April Fools’ Day

I heard the following joke in Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, then part of the USSR, as was Moldavia.


Fascists at the gate in Greece

Golden Dawn - with its Holocaust denial, its swastikas, and Hitler salutes - makes it look like it inhabits the fringe, but it has roots that make it dangerous.


Today in women’s history: Church of England ordains women priests

The women were ordained in alphabetical order; Angela Berners-Wilson is considered the first woman to be ordained in England.


Syriza’s Greece: whispers of battles past

The negotiations between Greece and the EU bring to mind Themistocles, a man who knew when to retreat and when to fight. 


Today in women’s history: Rosa Luxemburg born in 1871

Rosa Luxemburg, born on March 5, 1871, in Zamość, Poland, was a Marxist theorist, philosopher, economist and revolutionary socialist of Polish-Jewish descent.


Today in women’s history: Death of Anne Frank, Holocaust martyr

The exact date is undetermined, but on or about this day 70 years ago, in 1945, Anne Frank perished at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.


Today in people’s history: The Japanese internment

Over 127,000 Japanese Americans were sent to ten concentration camps in remote areas of Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, and inland California.


Today in people's history: Nelson Mandela released from prison

Today marks exactly 25 years since the day in 1990 when anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela was released from prison to become a free man in South Africa.


An open letter to the leaders of the world

"Let's be clear: the actions we take in 2015 will decide which way the world turns for decades to come; please take the right path."

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