Category: History

The Fate of the Ancient City of Palmyra at the hands of ISIS 0

The Fate of the Ancient City of Palmyra at the hands of ISIS

There is an ancient (apocryphal)  story about the destruction of an ancient historical site, the Great Library of Alexandria.  While ancient accounts of its partial destruction varies, it was an apocryphal order from Caliph...

Clash of Clans in Historical Context 0

Clash of Clans in Historical Context

I’ve been an avid Hardcore Gamer.   That is a broad term, but think of it as someone spending countless resources (time and currency), to finish storylines, conduct war planning and immerse into a created...

Who came closest to killing Hitler? 0

Who came closest to killing Hitler?

There were dozens, but here’s a funny moment: In 1942, a conspirator decided to blow himself up together with Hitler and his entourage.  At the last minute, he must have had problems with nerves...

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Mr. Lenin’s Democracy (updated 04-14-2016)

They were freedom fighters, and revolution became synonymous with them.   But decades later, they became nightmarish regimes that terrified the imagination and subjugated millions.  Dystopia and totalitarianism became synonymous with them.   What happened?  Why...

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Inertia: Sustaining the EDSA Movement

No, no, no, Arroyo will not listen… but we will howl nevertheless. In the two years she remains in power, we will howl her in the streets, howl her in the courts, and howl...

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The Fatal Flaw of Western Democracies (revised 08-01-2012)

Schools have long taught that the American government was the model of that perfect democracy.   That, however, has not stopped existing democracies from falling into tight-handed dictatorships.   What has gone wrong?   What is different...

For Better or For Worse: Cuba, Pakistan, Kosovo 3

For Better or For Worse: Cuba, Pakistan, Kosovo

Everywhere there seems to be a feeling of fatigue for one failed system after another, and movements (like Obama’s, which seems to be sweeping the United States) have begun to spring up, maybe not...

Gloria Arroyo and the Hitler Complex 4

Gloria Arroyo and the Hitler Complex

We are forever frustrated by the continued existence of Gloria Arroyo as President. But would you have stood up to Hitler’s Germany? And can you really stand up to Arroyo’s Philippines?