Where everybody is guilty, no one is. — Hannah Arendt The two women in the photo are breathtakingly lovely.  Their clear skin and perfect hair frame faces with smiles that reach through their eyes.  They are happy women. The two women in the photo, Maja Buždon and Nada Šakić, may have been happy, but it …

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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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It is easy to assume the end of slavery as the end of the American Civil War.  Although, for true understanding, there is a much more nuanced discussion necessary of societal and personal reasons causing people to take up arms to free others not of their own ethnic group; the most basic and simple point …

  • September 4, 2020
  • Angola , Congo , Gambia , Ghana
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In 1817 an incident occurred in Travnik which would change the schedule of religious holidays for Sarajevo’s Jews forever.  It did seem like a big deal at the time, although it wasn’t too different from the sorts societal stresses which happen from time-to-time when multiple religions have to coexist in one space.  It certainly did …

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“God I fear slightly, the Sultan not at all, and the Grand Vizier no more than my own horse.”  A man who would say those words to the Ottoman Empire is not a man to be taken lightly, and Husein Gradaščević managed to prove that he deserved to say them before he died at the …

  • May 20, 2020
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Many little girls dream of being princesses.  And little girls lucky enough to already be princesses dream of being queens.  But no little girl ever expects to be an unhappy, unloved queen.  Especially if they are considered one of the most beautiful girls in the world.  There is a story about the Serbian Queen Natalija …

  • May 20, 2020
  • Serbia
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On 6 August 1566, Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent died in bed while the Battle of Szigetvar raged around him.  The Commander of the Ottoman Army, Grand Vizier Sokollu Mehmed Pasha, immediately executed every witness to his death and had the word put about that Suleiman was merely ill and recuperating.  He proclaimed Ottoman victory in …

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