HISTORY OF IDEAS: Modernity – School of Life

This is a film about how the world became modern – and in particular what is exciting and beautiful about this development, and at the same time, what is hugely depressing and possibly madness-inducing about it. “Since the middle of the eighteenth century, beginning in Northern Europe and then spreading to every corner of theContinue reading “HISTORY OF IDEAS: Modernity – School of Life”

Lebanon tensions test Hezbollah-Aoun alliance

Aoun, Hezbollah diverge over port blast probe Geagea wins Christian sympathy over Beirut violence-analysts Christian seats are main battleground in 2022 vote Worsening sectarian tensions in Lebanon are testing an alliance between Shi’ite Hezbollah and its Christian ally President Michel Aoun, who may lose ground to their rivals as they step up opposition to theContinue reading “Lebanon tensions test Hezbollah-Aoun alliance”

Carl Sagan on the Existence of God

Excerpt taken from the Q&A following Carl Sagan’s 1994 “Lost” Lecture: The Age of Exploration. Complete lecture can be found here:

Maria Stewart: Crash Course Black American History #14

Clint Smith teaches you about Maria Stewart, a Black woman who lived in the 19th century, and was a pioneering abolitionist, writer, and orator. When studying history, we often focus on the big picture and world-changing events. Today we’ll focus on how one woman flouted the social conventions of her time and place and becameContinue reading “Maria Stewart: Crash Course Black American History #14”

Bangladesh arrests five over the killing of Rohingya activist

Mohibullah, who was in his late 40s, was killed by unknown gunmen in a camp in Cox’s Bazar on Wednesday night. Five Rohingya men have been arrested in connection with the killing of a prominent community leader in a refugee camp in Bangladesh, according to the police, adding that they were probing links to anContinue reading “Bangladesh arrests five over the killing of Rohingya activist”

Bosnian Serbs demand their own army, leader says

The Serb member of Bosnia’s presidency, Milorad Dodik, has laid out plans for a Bosnian Serb army. But the Croat member of the presidency, Zeljko Komsic, has described it as a “criminal act of rebellion.” Bosnian Serbs are determined to form their own army, the Serb member of Bosnia’s three-part presidency, Milorad Dodik, said on Tuesday. In aContinue reading “Bosnian Serbs demand their own army, leader says”

The Reagan Revolution: Crash Course US History #43

In which John Green teaches you about what is often called the Reagan Era. Mainly, it covers the eight years during which a former actor who had also been governor of the state of California was president of the United States. John will teach you about Reagan’s election victory over the hapless Jimmy Carter, taxContinue reading “The Reagan Revolution: Crash Course US History #43”

Switzerland to hold referendum on same-sex marriage – BBC News

Voters in Switzerland go to the polls on Sunday 26 September to decide whether to allow same-sex marriage. Switzerland is one of the last countries in western Europe not to recognise same-sex marriage, and supporters say the change in the law is long overdue. But there is opposition from some church groups and right wingContinue reading “Switzerland to hold referendum on same-sex marriage – BBC News”

The Rise of Conservatism: Crash Course US History #41

In which John Green teaches you about the rise of the conservative movement in United States politics. So, the sixties are often remembered for the liberal changes that the decade brought to America, but lest you forget, Richard Nixon was elected to the presidency during the sixties. The conservative movement didn’t start with Nixon though.Continue reading “The Rise of Conservatism: Crash Course US History #41”

Pope Francis says antisemitism ‘still lurking in Europe’ on visit to Hungary

“This is a fuse that must not be allowed to burn,” the pope said. Pope Francis called for an end to antisemitism Sunday during an unusually short trip to Hungary, where he warned that prejudice against Jews was a “fuse that must not be allowed to burn.” “I think of the threat of antisemitism still lurking in EuropeContinue reading “Pope Francis says antisemitism ‘still lurking in Europe’ on visit to Hungary”

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