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 The iron curtain ...speechThe iron curtain ...speech by The Ovi Team
5th March, 1946; Winston Churchill delivers one of the first speeches condemning what he thought was a Soviet Union bent on the expansion of communism in Europe and around the world, during the speech he coined the phrase \"The Iron Curtain\" w
 Leonardo's flying machinesLeonardo's flying machines by The Ovi Team
3rd of January 1496, Leonardo da Vinci tried for the first time unsuccessfully unfortunately to fly with one of the flying machines that had become his passion for long time. So that makes a great chance to remember the unbelievable creations o
 The dance of ZalongoThe dance of Zalongo by The Ovi Team
The term Dance of Zalongo (Greek: Χορός του Ζαλόγγου Horós tou Zalóngou) refers to an event in Greek history, and to a popular dance song commemorating this event
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 In the Eye of Ra - Floater structures in the visual arts of ancient Egypt by Floco Tausin
In Western culture, the phenomenon of vitreous floaters (or muscae volitantes) is primarily understood in line with modern ophthalmology as “vitreous opacities”. The review of visual arts from former and non-Western cultures represe
 Greek Independence by Thanos Kalamidas
March 25th for the Greek people is a very special day and a dual celebration. On this day in 1821 the Greeks began a revolution against the Ottoman Empire that led to freedom and independence after 400 years of occupation and for the Greek Orthodo
 Jean Sibelius by Thanos Kalamidas
Even though I keep my distance from the pompous Finlandia, Jean Sibelius has managed to grow in me and become one of my most favourite composers especially with his Tapiola. Actually my love to his music has becom
 The Fall of Berlin Wall 20th anniversary by Ilaria Tagliaferri.
 On the Element of Fire by David Sparenberg
 Christianity: a Private Affair or Part of the European Identity? by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
 A Yugoslav tale by Thanos Kalamidas
In the beginning there was a country called Yugoslavia, then came war that resulted in some countries gaining a future, others gaining a questionable future and others with no future at all. It may sound cynical but unfortunately it is true and th
 Darwinian Lincolnism by Leah Sellers
On February 12, 1809, American Abraham Lincoln and Englishman Charles Darwin took their first Breaths of Life. Who could have guessed that those two wriggling, bare bottomed babies would eventually have such a tremendous historical, scientific, ph
 Intentions are Everything by Edna Nelson
Current President Obama has spoken in reverence about former President and signer of the Emancipation Proclamation Abraham Lincoln. For a man who is sometimes seen as the only promise of a positive future in the US, and an icon for black people ar
 North American Indians: Part One - The Proliferation by Jack Wellman
At first, the rugged mountainous and forested realms of the great expanse of the North American Continent stood empty - the only indigenous game were the occupants and, in nearly all the continent, not so much as one human. With the continent l
 Reflections On the Topic of Slavery - Part 3 by Alexandra Pereira
We know that modern slavery continues around the world, through the exploitation of workers and their lives, sometimes even in the most “civilized” countries. There are a number of ways in which people can be trapped and used in benefi
 The Portuguese and Spanish Slave Trade - Part 2 by Alexandra Pereira
 The Portuguese and Spanish Slave Trade - Part 1 by Ana & Alexandra Pereira
IntroductionSlavery is a social-economic system under which a person (the “slave”) is deprived of freedom and compelled to work
 International Day for the Abolition of Slavery by Alexandra Pereira
 “No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.” Article 4 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,
 "Breaking" News by Jack Wellman
 Is Akko Burning? by Gush Shalom
THROUGHOUT ITS thousands of years of history, Akko has never been an Israelite town.Even according to the mythological story of the Bible, the Israelites did not conquer the city, which was already an ancient port. The first c
 The truth about nationalisms in Spain by Newropeans-Magazine
The definition of nationalism is as follows The term 'nationalism' can refer to an ideology, a
 Victory Lost? by Clint Wayne
 Marcus Aurelius' Meditations on Natural Law and Divine Providence by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
In The Republic Plato postulates that the best way to achieve a near perfect polity is to have a philosopher-king as its head. That is of course an ideal that has rarely been achieved in world history and many have branded Plato as too id
 On Being Mystical and Mad in Mongolia by Valerie Sartor
On June 26 at 7:30 PM Mr. James Palmer, a youthful but quite knowledgeable historian, gave a talk at The Beijing Bookworm about his first and already highly acclaimed book: The Bloody White Baron. Mr. Palmer is a curi
 The 'Not So' Small Faces of Liberation by Leah Sellers
Bastille Day! Liberation Day! July 4th! Independence Day!Days of Historical Memory steeped in traditions and symbols of Freedom - of Liberty and the Actions/ Near Actions which led to that Liberty. The Sacrifices great
 Aristotle, Avicenna, Aquinas on God's Existence by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
As already elaborated in previous articles, there is little doubt in the mind of any educated and fair person that the medieval monks deserve much credit for their enormous contribution to the preservation of Western
 American Politics, Terrorism and Islam: Part 6 by Dr. Habib Siddiqui
Dynamics of TerrorismWith all the spectre of violence around us, the foremost question of our time seems to be: how can terrorism be defeated? This billion dollar question however cannot be answered without unde
 Tony Judt on the West's Misremembering of its History by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
Tony Judt, as the consummate engaged historian that he is, has recently written another book on the lessons of history. It is a collection of brilliant essays meant as a reprimand to the liberals who "acquiesced i
 100 years of Japanese immigration in Brazil by Alexandra Pereira
On June 18th 2008, Brazil celebrates 100 years of Japanese immigration that began with the arrival of the Kasato Maru ship, which departed from Kobe to the port of Santos with 165 Japanese families aboard
 Queen of the Waves by Clint Wayne
Various poignant moments as you pass through life help to make you realise you are getting older, so this week's visit by the Queen to bade farewell to the QE2 before she sails off to Dubai and her final resti
 Green World, Many Dreams by Vieno Vehko
A little Chinese history: on September 12, 1979, Zhang Changlin was working in a local chemical factory in Suzhou, Jiangsu province. He accidentally forgot to shut off a flow valve before leaving work; consequently, 150 tons of wastewater, 30 perc
 Fall of "Ambedkar" father of Indian constitution by Tahir Khan
In India, April 14th is celebrated as the birthday of Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, the father of the Indian Constitution, also known as Babasaheb. Dr. Ambedkar wrote the Indian Constitution in 1950 but the core issue, still after 58 years,
 The Medieval Monks as Preservers of Western Civilization by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
The term “Dark Ages” was once erroneously applied to the entire millennium separating late antiquity from the Italian Renaissance (500-1500 AD). Today scholars know better. There is a widespread acknowled
 Slobodan Milosevic: The Dividing Spirit by Rene Wadlow
A friend, Albert Tevoedjre, at the time President of the African Student Union in France and later government minister of the Republic of Benin, had suggested that African countries put up statues to Adolf Hitler, fo
 The Principle of Complementarity in Bohr's Quantum Mechanics and Vico's Historicism by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
“The concrete without the universal becomes trivial. The universal without the concrete becomes irrelevant” - Alfred N. Whitehead Vico was
 The Legend of Timor Loro Sae by Alexandra Pereira
This is the traditional tale about the origins of Timor Loro Sae, which in tetum means "orient land – the land of the rising sun", or "land of dawn", or just "East Timor",
 Freedom is our goal; our lives the price we pay by Rene Wadlow
Mahatma Gandhi was a man of dialogue and compromise. A British-trained lawyer, he always knew the limits of the law and knew when not to push too far even when his aim was to be arrested. H
 Christopher Dawson and the Making of Europe by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
In 1932 Christopher Dawson published a book titled The Making of Europe which had enormous success and established his reputation as a scholar of incredible range and erudition who could communicate with gre
 Spinaloga: The graveyard of Hansen's disease by Thanos Kalamidas
Off the shores of Crete there is a small island that symbolizes a very old embarrassing story, not only for Greece, but for the whole world and that’s why you will not find long reports or historical facts in any encyclopedia. Spinaloga is a
 Photography Behind The Berlin Wall by The Ovi Team
This exhibition brings together a group of photographers whose extraordinary contribution to European photography has quite literally been 'frozen out' by the cold war. Curated by Matthew Shaul, the exhibition includes works by Arno Fische
 An Arthur who wanted to be king by Thanos Kalamidas
One evening, back in the early-80s, I was drinking Yorkshire bitter with a friend in a small local pub somewhere near Huddersfield when the door opened and two men, both of whom looked as though they were ready for a fight, entered. After carefull
 Jesus: A Historical Fact by Jack Wellman
Jesus Christ is a fact of history. All secular historians who have any merit admit that, regardless of what they believe about Him, Jesus lived! They can not explain Him away. There are countless authors and Historians, thousands of manuscripts, m
 Human Rights Day and NGO Action by Rene Wadlow
The United Nations \" spells — and it ought to spell — the end of the system of unilateral action, exclusive alliances, and spheres of influence, and the balances of power and all the other expedients which have been tried for centu
 Finland's Birthday Back-slapping by Asa Butcher
On May 1st earlier this year, the United Kingdom celebrated the 300th anniversary of the 1707 Acts of Union that merged the Scots Parliament and the English Parliament to form the Parliament of Great Britain and a single Kingdom of Great Britai
 The Nexus between History and the Self by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
In viewing humanity in its historicity as the primary subject of philosophy, Vico had in mind something very similar to what after Heidegger we describe as “humanity’s being in the world.” Vico, like Heid
 A tragedy by Thanos Kalamidas
I have often mentioned that I grew up and met adulthood during one of the darkest times of the Modern Greek history, during the seven years of the military dictatorship. And I have often said that it is very difficult to d
 Machiavelli and the Republic by Jack Wellman
The Merchants The landscape was totally devastated. Dead, blotted human corpses littered the field and valley. It seemed the whole of Europe and Ital
 A Revolutionary New View of History and Humanity: 3/3 by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
Sadly, the me-generation of the seventies and eighties and beyond, so concerned with its “life-style,” has yet to discover that Christianity is psychologically much more sophisticated in its insistence that parad
 A Revolutionary New View of History and Humanity: 2/3 by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
For Anselm, the cosmos that God conceived and made (one and the same operation for God) was the object of truth. In other words, the truth consists of knowing the logos content of the world. Its content are not fact
 A Revolutionary New View of History and Humanity: 1/3 by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
Vico’s New Science (1725) is a watershed to modern historicism. He was however too far ahead of his contemporaries to have any direct impact on them. They had already embarked on a Cartesian paradigm of real
 Native American Indian Policy: Removal or Genocide? 3/3 by Jack Wellman
Kansas Territory was declared Indian Territory in 1825. This small area, purposed for hundreds of tribes from the east, had no forests, few animals and not much water. This was a disaster waiting to happen. Just after it was called Indian Territor
 Native American Indian Policy: Removal or Genocide? 2/3 by Jack Wellman
During the 1700s and 1800s, the vast majority of Americans wanted Indians gone. Out of sight and out of mind. Alive or dead! And the ones with the power and ability to do something about it worked within all of their means to achieve this end. Par
 Native American Indian Policy: 1/3 by Jack Wellman
The Spanish had one of the earliest contacts with Native American Indians The Quiveran Plains Indians lived close to where Wichita, Kansas is now located in the central U.S. The Indians were mesmerized by Spanish missionary, Juan de Padilla. They
 Thucydides - The Historian by Jack Wellman
 Many feel the birthplace of history was Ancient Greece. If that is true, the child prodigy was Thucydides. The word 'history' comes from the Greek historia, and liter
 France and its colonial pastFrance and its colonial past by Joseph Gatt
Former French colonies are not doing as well as former English colonies. Truth is that France has built nothing positive in its colonies. Yet, officially, French law claims that French colonialism had positive effects.Franc
 The Little Rock Nine by Thanos Kalamidas
What happened in Little Rock Central High School in 1957, in the US state of Arkansas I think is well known in many ways, including a number of films and books either for the Little Rock Nine or from references to the events.
 Brainwashing for kids by Dimitrios Kontopodis
The proposal of the German EU presidency for common European history schoolbooks is terribly interesting, radical and probably unrealistic, at least in the short term. However, the comments that followed, especially the negative ones, are surpr
 40-luvun lapsisotilaat40-luvun lapsisotilaat by Maippi Tapanainen
Viime talvena edesmennyt isäni oli iso ja roteva mies. Vuonna 1924 syntyneenä hän joutui viimeisten joukossa osallistumaan jatkosotimiseen. Hän ei puhunut sodasta, korkeintaan sanoi, että hul
 The Doomsday Clock by Thanos Kalamidas
Douglas Adams' book The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has always been one of the books I like and my favorite part is the very beginning when the Earthman finds out that Doomsday is imminent! Howe
 Martin Luther King Day by Jan Sand
Like any other organization based on faith in a basic set of principles, a nation has its panoply of saints. Unlike the very strict hierarchy of the Catholic Church, a nation usually has no formal procedure for designating people as fitting this e
 I have a dream! by Thanos Kalamidas
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., has been one of my role models since I was a kid and first realized the meaning of the words 'racism' and 'prejudice'. Unfortunately, life never made me forget it and it is
 How many Guantanamos in Vietnam? by Thanos Kalamidas
While reading the news I had to stop and read something more carefully that mentioned FBI agents accusing the American army of torture in Guantanamo and no respect to human rights. The truth is that the name of FBI,
 Road to independence by Thanos Kalamidas
On the 6th of December, Finland celebrates its 89th year of independence. The Finnish nation went through a great deal before it became a country often finding itself as a battlefield between the two mighty northern
 The Antikythera Mechanism by Louie Parsons
A computer in antiquity would seem to be an anachronism, like Athena ordering takeout on her cellphone, but a century ago pieces of a strange mechanism with bronze gears and dials were recovered from an ancient shipwreck off the coast of Greece.
 28th of  October in Greece, the OXI day28th of October in Greece, the OXI day by Anna Oistros
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 The Armenian genocideThe Armenian genocide by Thanos Kalamidas
For centuries, Armenians and Turks, among other ethnicities, lived in peace under the Ottoman Empire and the Armenians were known as the "loyal millet". Despite other ethnic minorities and although Armenian
 The shame is always with us by Ergo te Lina
Mehmet Ali Birand’s text is translated from Turkish by Ergotelinen Click here to read the original Turkish text.
 Hiç unutamam. by Ergo te Lina
Click here to read the article in English. 50 yıl önce İstanbul’da yaşananların canlı t
 Remember Babi Yar: Remember Nitesh Kumar Singh by Thanos Kalamidas
The death of the 27-year-old Indian student in Saint Petersburg, Nitesh Kumar Singh, was not the first and, according to what they believe in Russia, won't be the last racially-motivated incident. Bu
 Start of the Spanish Civil war by Thanos Kalamidas
The best way to sense what happened during the Spanish Civil War is to read Ernest Hemingway’s novel, For whom the bell tolls. In the book, an American ideologist and expert in explosives finds his way t
 Allende introduction by Asa Butcher
My reading list of late had been particularly male-dominated, so Thanos suggested a book by Isabel Allende, a Chilean author and one of the most popular novelists in the world today, selling over 35 million copies and translated in 27 different la
 Occupy your time by Thanos Kalamidas
Living in Europe and being aware of European history, we know that WWII was one of the darkest periods. The occupied countries lived their worst periods and there are tens of hundreds of books talking about this period and the occupation or the re
 Churchill the AmericanChurchill the American by Thanos Kalamidas
History is my passion. I love reading history books. I love reading biographies and autobiographies. One of my favourite autobiographies is Winston Churchill’s. The man was history himself, he was
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