Putin, Austria name 1915 Armenian killings ‘genocide’

Hurriyet Daily News 4/23/2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin has joined the list of world leaders and governments who have named the killing of Armenians at the hands of the Ottoman Empire “genocide,” just one day after the Austrian parliament issued a similar declaration, prompting Turkey to recall its ambassador.

“April 24, 1915, is a mournful […]

‘I shall never forget it’: 100 years since WWI Christmas truce

In this image provided by the Imperial War Museum, World War I German and British soldiers stand together on the battlefield near Ploegsteert, Belgium in Dec. 1914. Soldiers who had been killing each other for months climbed out of their soggy trenches to seek a shred of humanity amid the horrors of World […]

The Nazi Romance With Islam Has Some Lessons for the United States

Two new important histories look at Hitler’s fascination with Islam and Atatürk, the founder of modern Turkey

David Mikics Tablet 11/24/2014

Both Hitler and Himmler had a soft spot for Islam. Hitler several times fantasized that, if the Saracens had not been stopped at the Battle of Tours, Islam would have spread through the European […]

Why ceramic poppies

 

Don Surber 11/9/2014

Tom Piper is a British theater designer who has captured the heart and soul of his nation this fall with a simple, eloquent and beautiful display of patriotism that combines pacifism with nationalism. The exhibit arrived at just the right moment for a nation ravaged by self-doubts on many fronts.

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'The Second Coming'

9 August 2014

 

Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of […]

‘All of These Men, Heroes’

100 Years After World War I Began, a Digital World Remembers

Zach Noble The Blaze 8/3/2014

A century ago Sunday, Germany declared war on France, setting in motion the bloody series of events that would leave millions dead across Europe and would set the stage for an even larger, costlier global conflict — World War […]