Broadly speaking, World War I resulted to the nurturing of an Adolf Hitler, the creation of the USSR and the breakup of the Ottoman Empire. And these three in turn resulted into the Second World War, the Cold War and the never-ending conflicts in the Middle East.
Almost a century ago, Mark Sykes of Britain and François Georges-Picot of France arbitrarily carved up what was then the Ottoman Empire, doling out territories to the victors of World War I, and creating the modern borders of the Middle East in the process. The effects of those ham-fisted efforts are still felt today, especially in ISIS-dominated Iraq, where ethnic divides within the post-WWI borders have been the primary cause of unthinkable bloodshed.
Nicknamed the Steel Butterfly—Thatcher with bling—Marcos called herself “my little people’s star and slave,” a burden that ended in 1986, when she and her husband, Ferdinand Marcos, were ousted in the People Power Revolution, amid accusations that they had looted the national coffers and conspired to kill a political rival.
The use of heroes and heroic movements to sell goods has been on-going for centuries. Enduring brands and goods like Tanduay and San Miguel took their names, in part, from the localities in which they were founded. We have Manila beer, Manila envelopes, even Manila abaca. At times, even vice…
The indomitable spirit and style of the D-Day Dames gave the world some of the most distinctive and daring chronicles of an epic period of history. They did it, not just because they were exceptional women, but because they were great journalists
There’s no mention of the massacre in Chinese students’ textbooks, and the events are excised from translated books, says Foreign Policy. Members of China’s millennial generation, known as the jiulinghou, are scared to talk about it… while the New Republic says young people will do so only under condition of anonymity.
“Travel is the best investment you can make in yourself. It teaches you that there are many ways to live a good, fulfilled life. It broadens your world view, yet makes you appreciate home all the more.”— Joel Sartore,National Geographic photographer, writer and nature conservation advocate
“Until we live in a society where every human is assured dignity in their labor so that they can work to live well, not only work to survive, there will always be an element of those who seek the open road as a means of escape, of liberation and, of course, of rebellion.”—Kitra Cahana, Stories of the homeless and hidden
“It is in knowing how to put questions to a document and knowing what questions to put that the historian’s point of view makes a difference. … History never delivers ready-made answers. But the historian’s questions may shed light on his people’s problems of the present.”—John N. Schumacher, SJ, TheHistorian’s Task in the Philippines, The Making of a Nation: Essays on Nineteenth-century Filipino Nationalism
The body of French photojournalist Camille Lepage was found in the Bouar region of Central African Republic, the French presidency said in a statement on Tuesday. Lepage, a young photographer committed to the deep documentation of under-covered conflicts in eastern and central Africa, was 26.
I’ve never actually met Camille Lepage (@intamunu), but we followed each other’s blog here on Tumblr. And she is one very talented photojournalist.
It’s sad to know that someone who has dedicated her gift of making beautiful pictures to making stories of ignored issues, lost her life while carrying the message of the forgotten.
Magencia, or Nana Maggi, as we fondly call her, hangs her vakul on a tree. “The new generations don’t use vakuls anymore.” They don’t want to. she tells us. “Because how are they going to use it in the office?” She chuckles.
She doesn’t need to use a vakul anymore. She used to wear one when she worked in the fields. She gazes off in the distance and tells me, “I miss my house of stone and straw. That was my home. I miss it.” She lives in the same place. She misses home.
“We still live in a world in which a significant fraction of people, including women, believe that a woman belongs and wants to belong exclusively in the home; that a woman should not aspire to achieve more than her male counterparts and particularly not more than her husband. Even now women with exceptional qualities for leadership sense from their parents, teachers and peers that they must be harder-working, accomplish more and yet are less likely to receive appropriate rewards than are men. These are real problems which may never disappear or, at best, will change very slowly.
We cannot expect in the immediate future that all women who seek it will achieve full equality of opportunity. But if women are to start moving towards that goal, we must believe in ourselves or no one else will believe in us; we must match our aspirations with the competence, courage and determination to succeed; and we must feel a personal responsibility to ease the path for those who come afterwards. The world cannot afford the loss of the talents of half its people if we are to solve the many problems which beset us.”—Rosalyn Yalow, 1977 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine Winner