BBC: German WWI wreck discovered off Falklands

  German WWI wreck discovered off Falklands The wreck of a World War One German armoured cruiser has been located off the Falkland Islands, where it was sunk by the British navy 105 years ago. SMS Scharnhorst was the flagship of German Vice-Admiral Maximilian Graf von Spee’s East Asia Squadron.

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Military Times: Montford Point Marines

Between 1942 and 1949, approximately 20,000 African-American men completed recruit training and became known as the “Montford Point Marines.” Despite the challenges presented to those Montford Point Marines, their valor and performance at Peleliu, Iwo Jima, the Chosen Reservoir, Vietnam, and more paved the way for our present integrated armed forces.Between 1942 and 1949, approximately…

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Forgotten Past; Doomed Future

David Greenberg has published an op-ed in Politico (link below) arguing that we ought not compare Trump’s impeachment to that of any of the other Presidents who have faced impeachment. He rightly points out that the context of all of the other instances is different and therefore not prescriptive. Using the analytical tool of applying…

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NYT: World War II and the Ingredients of Slaughter

This 80th anniversary of World War II is an opportunity to reconsider how the world reached that dark defile, in which some 70 million people died. An opportunity, too, to remember the words of the American judge Learned Hand, on how free and civilized people can come back from the brink. “The spirit of liberty,”…

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MLK: All Labor has Dignity

The two most dynamic movements that reshaped the nation during the past three decades are the labor and civil rights movements. Our combined strength is potentially enormous. We have not used a fraction of it for our own good or for the needs of society as a whole. If we make the war on poverty…

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New York Times: Why They Killed Chico Mendes

Francisco Alves Mendes Filho, better known as Chico Mendes (December 15, 1944 – December 22, 1988), was a Brazilian rubber tapper, trade union leader and environmentalist. He fought to preserve the Amazon rainforest, and advocated for the human rights of Brazilian peasants and indigenous peoples. He was assassinated by a rancher on December 22, 1988….

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