Archive for the 'History' Category

This speech “will go down in the history books”

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

Deutsche Welle: Opinion: Obama’s positive outlook. “US President Barack Obama has held his farewell address. It is one of the few speeches by an outgoing president that will go down in the history books, believes DW’s Miodrag Soric.”

Watch the speech and/or read the transcript at Whitehouse.gov. The video is also available directly on YouTube: Farewell Address to the American People (51 minutes).

“Pure democracy … have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property.”

Monday, December 19th, 2016

The Atlantic: The Electoral College Was Meant to Stop Men Like Trump From Being President. “The founders envisioned electors as people who could prevent an irresponsible demagogue from taking office.” By Peter Beinart, November 21, 2016.

“Donald Trump has changed the way I view American government. Before this year, I would have considered Hamilton’s demand for independent-minded electors who could prevent candidates with “talents for low intrigue, and the little arts of popularity” from winning the presidency to be antiquated and retrograde. Now I think the framers were prescient and I was naïve. Eighteen months ago, I could never have imagined President Donald Trump. Now I’m grateful that, two hundred and twenty-seven years ago, they did.”

“My President Was Black”

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

The Atlantic: My President Was Black. “A history of the first African American White House—and of what came next.” By Ta-Nehisi Coates.

A lot of food for thoughts.

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From Syria to Canada

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

CBC News: Drawings of Syria: Child refugees colour horrors of war. “Children of families settling in Surrey, B.C., draw pictures of old homes in Syria, new homes in Canada.”

Wouldn’t it be great to live in a library?

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

Atlas Obscura: Growing Up in a Library Is Exactly As Magical As You’d Imagine. “Ronald Clark and his daughter spent years living in one of New York City’s branch libraries.” By Sarah Laskow.

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