My Dear Heart: Do not be too sorrowful and upset on account of this letter. ¬†God’s will be done. ¬†Tomorrow at ten they will cut off my head and your brother’s, too. ¬†Today we pardoned each other with all our heart. ¬†Therefor I ponder this letter and ask you for everlasting forgiveness. ¬†If I have …

  • April 30, 2021
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I think submission to authority and absolving oneself from blame by saying that one has to obey orders are widespread… I think all medical students should be taught about the research on submissiveness being a key etiological factor in the perpetuation of atrocities. They should be fully familiar with Milgram’s work and reflect on Hannah …

  • April 21, 2021
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Whenever there is a vacancy in the Office of the President, the First Vice-President shall assume that office for the remainder of the term and shall appoint another to serve as First Vice-President for the remainder of the term. — Section 83, Subsection 4 of the Malawi Constitution When President of Malawi, Bingu wa Mutharika …

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When Geraldine, “The White Rose of Hungary”, married King Zogu I of Albania on 27 April 1938 she had no idea of what was to come. ¬† Indeed, it was a life no one could have predicted: filled with lavish luxury and exile, living in Albanian castles and a modest Bungalow in South Africa and …

  • April 5, 2021
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The history of the Balkans is rife with the arguments of other nations playing out amongst the Slavic nations of south-west Europe. ¬†Nowhere is this illustrated better than through the events of the 1800s. ¬† As Russia became increasingly able to turn away from the endless wars of the Caucasus, the Balkans of the retreating …

  • March 10, 2021
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On the front of Westminster Abbey in London are the statues of the 20th Century Martyrs.¬† Amongst them is a Ugandan Archbishop who refused to leave his post to save his life and fell victim to one of the most savage regimes of the 20th Century.¬† His death proved the turning point in the regime …

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A swashbuckling history of pirates and slave traders, and a legend of Miguel Cervantes being held as ¬†a slave in the local tower are all part of the colorful background of the town of Ulcinj. ¬†And it is the descendants of those who were left behind after the slave trade ended that are the most …

  • February 12, 2021
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On 10 September 1960, Abebe Bikila found that the new running shoes he had purchased in Rome were uncomfortable. ¬†Undeterred, he decided to run the marathon ¬†barefoot. ¬†He took the 1960 Rome Olympics gold medal. On 23 November 1915 the retreat from the World War I Serbian front began. Every male over the age of …

  • October 1, 2020
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Successfully passing down cultural folktales is vital for a society that wishes to continue through the ages. Hans Christian Anderson and the Grimm brothers were wildly successful at making sure native tales would not be forgotten. ¬†Geoffrey of Monmouth firmly established the British King Arthur in the popular imagination. Croatia had its own passer-of-tales in …

  • September 21, 2020
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On 12 September 1974, Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia was deposed by the communist Derg. ¬†Emperor Selassie was the last of the Solomonic Dynasty to rule Ethiopia, a reported 225 generations from his biblical ancestors the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon. Selassie would last just less than two years before being murdered, and when …

  • September 11, 2020
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