“The time may have come to say good-bye to Muhammad Ali.  Because, very honestly, I don’t think he can beat George Foreman,” Howard Cosell. But we all know that Cosell was wrong. After eight rounds of utilizing the rope-a-dope tactic, accepting the punishment of Foreman’s legendary heavy fists in order to tire out the heavily …

  • October 30, 2020
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On 14 September 1960 Colonel Joseph-Désiré Mobutu seized power in the newly independent Congo in a bloodless coup.  Ostensibly, as Mobutu claimed on his radio broadcast explaining the event, the coup was undertaken to break the impasse the Congolese government had reached.  Mobutu characterized it as a “cooling off” period, in which the government would …

  • September 14, 2020
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“Don’t compromise the future with hasty reforms, and don’t replace the structures that Belgium hands over to you until you are sure that you can do better.  Don’t be afraid to come to us.  We will remain by your side and give you advice.” With those most patronizing of words, King Baudouin I of Belgium …

  • August 30, 2020
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