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Archived Since:April 9, 2010

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In Russia, Map Annex YOU!

Note the map behind the presenter on Russia Today: The Crimea, now part of Russia. (h/t: @davekeating)

Baghdad Bob, Redux

Russian troops in Crimea? Don’t be silly: The defense minister, Sergei Shoigu, dismissed visual evidence — including numerous photographs and video clips taken by foreign correspondents and residents of the region — as “an act of provocation,” the state news agency Itar-Tass reported. Show More Summary

The Leading Edge: Charles McKinney on the Rhodes College Civil Rights Conference

This is a slightly different kind of Leading Edge. Charles McKinney, a fellow Duke alum, helped organize and run a conference on civil rights at Rhodes College in Memphis. During the Conference, he posted regular Facebook updates on the speakers. Show More Summary

The Ukraine

Random lessons to help you understand the situation in the Ukraine: 1. Apparently, it stopped being “the Ukraine” around 1991. Now, it’s just “Ukraine.” 2. If the person you’re reading mentions these historical analogies, they know nothing: The Crimean War, 1914, the Sudetenland, Munich, Benghazi, the Cold War, and Syria. Show More Summary

Excitement at the Supreme Court

I was at the oral arguments for the Supreme Court yesterday with a group of students and we were lucky enough to catch someone standing up to protest the Citizens United decision. He was well-dressed, in a suit and a tie. The court artist...Show More Summary

The Leading Edge: Dan Royles on African American AIDS Activism

Welcome back to the Leading Edge! Today, Dan Royles of the University of Angers talks about African American activism during the AIDS crisis. AIDS is killing African Americans. In 2011, African American men were diagnosed with HIV at...Show More Summary

Refinding Heroism

President Obama will retroactively award Medals of Honor to 24 servicemen passed over in earlier wars because of their race or creed: The unusual presentation will culminate a 12-year Pentagon review ordered by Congress into past discrimination...Show More Summary

The Future Is Unevenly Distributed

This map: reminded me of this map: The first is US economic output split 50/50, showing how concentrated much of the US economy is. The second map is the concentration of British population pre- and post-Industrial Revolution. The 1911...Show More Summary

The Leading Edge: Noah Shusterman on Religion, Gender, and the French Revolution, 1789-1799

Noah Shusterman joins us this week on the Leading Edge to talk about the French Revolution, the subject of a book he just published. Noah writes from Hong Kong, where he works at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. This makes him the farthest distant Leading Edge author yet, an early but still critical record. Show More Summary

My Kingdom For A Copy Editor

“Tean USA”? From Sports Illustrated: In honor of this (4 year old) post.

Glass, thick and thin

For a long time, I have detested the music of Philip Glass. As a teenager, I was swept away by Koyaanisqatsi in the theater (more because the images were new to me, and the dystopian picture of modern life sympathetic, than because of...Show More Summary

Leading Edge: Francesca Tronchin on Elvis and Roman Architecture

My first visit to Graceland was during what Memphis folks and Elvis fans call “Death Week” without the slightest sense of the macabre or even irony, as this is high season for Elvis tourism, even in torrid mid-August. I only saw Graceland...Show More Summary

This Month In Military History, February 1945 Edition

Some photographs from World War II: Using a ration card Yalta The beach at Iwo Jima Artillery at Iwo Jima

Are Entitled To Against Every Government On Earth

I have some suggestions for Constitutional amendments: The 28th Amendment: The right of the people to move freely about the United States shall not be abridged by Congress or the states. Why. The 29th Amendment: The people shall have full ownership and control of their own personal information. Show More Summary

Leading Edge: Patrick Rael on the Long Death of Slavery in the United States, 1777-1865

Today’s Leading Edge takes up the issue of slavery. Patrick Rael, a historian at Bowdoin, tells us that the end of slavery is a bit more complicated than the Civil War, the 14th Amendment, and Daniel Day Abraham Lincoln. Produced after...Show More Summary

Monday Readings & Comments

Why, yes, I’ll take your survey First, the perils of surveying people, especially teenagers: So imagine the surprise and confusion when subsequent revisits to the same research subjects found more than 70 percent of the self-reported adolescent nonheterosexuals had somehow gone “straight” as older teens and young adults. Show More Summary

The Leading Edge: Robert Thompson and Vietnam

Our second Leading Edge takes us to the provinces of Vietnam to figure out what exactly the US meant when it talked about “pacification.” Robert Thompson, a graduate student at the University of Southern Mississippi, is working on a dissertation on exactly that, and here he explains it for us. Show More Summary

Floated Through The Air Like Autumn Leaves Dealing Death And Destruction

The Great New England Hurricane of 1938 was the first substantial hurricane to hit New England since the 19th century. It was a powerful storm (peaking at Category 5 and making landfall at Cat. 3), and the weather forecasting of the day was off in both its severity and its timing. Show More Summary

Saturday Things Worth Reading

1. Lovely graphic of information destruction through the ages at Global Data Vault: Throughout the ages, it has happened again and again. Whole libraries of clay tablets, papyrus scrolls, bark codexes and paper books have been destroyed by natural disasters, fire and war. Show More Summary

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