James Lileks: Ever seen your dog mix it up with a raccoon? I did, and it isn't pretty
There are famous grudges in history: Rome vs. Carthage, Tesla vs. Edison, Minnesota vs. Wisconsin. You can explain them with history, politics, human nature. Nothing explains the vicious quarrel between dogs and raccoons.Nothing we know, that is.Dogs will chase squirrels and voles and rabbits, but it’s just business as usual. Nothing personal.But raccoons seem to bring out some primal hatred in dogs that turns them into spittle-flecked maniacs, and makes you realize that beneath your pet’s lovable-goofus personality is bloodlust born of an ancient feud.A few nights ago, our dog Birch bolted fr...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Thanksgiving 1918 took place during a deadly pandemic. What can it teach us for Thanksgiving this year?
The month before, the so-called Spanish flu was blamed for killing 11,000 in Philadelphia.The epidemic that ultimately would claim an estimated 675,000 American lives — probably a tremendous underestimate since it didn’t include countless deaths involving preexisting conditions — was on fire in the fall of 1918.Yet on Nov. 28, 1918, the nation celebrated Thanksgiving. Exuberantly.“Best Thanksgiving in History of City,” proclaimed a headline in the New York Sun. Philadelphia, despite a daylong chilly drizzle, was the venue for parades, sporting events, and “flag raisings,” The Inquirer reported...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
The story of how Latin American intellectuals found solace in communist Prague
Brazilian writer Jorge Amado and his son (fourth from left ro right) and Czech journalist and playwright Jan Drda (first from left to right), at Dobříš, a Czech castle that served as a residency for Czech and international writers, in 1950. Photo from the Paloma Amado archive, used with permission.Before COVID-19, Prague was visited, every year, by millions of tourists looking for cheap beer and spectacular architecture. In the 1950s, on the other hand, the capital of then-Czechoslovakia attracted a very different crowd of travelers: Leftist intellectuals from around the world looking to see w...
History cannot affirm current US’ China policy: Global Times editorial
Illustration: Liu Rui/GTThe US Department of State's Office of Policy Planning on Tuesday issued a report entitled "The Elements of the China Challenge." The paper, which is more than 70 pages long and has five parts, lays out 10 tasks for the US to accomplish in face of the "China challenge." The document requires the US to fashion "sturdy policies that stand above bureaucratic squabbles and inter-agency turf battles and transcend short-term election cycles."The US media outlet which first disclosed the report even compared it to an article published in 1947 by US diplomat George Kennan that ...
Barbados removes statue of British naval officer Horatio Nelson for his role in the slave trade
The statue of Horatio Nelson after it was taken down from its plinth in Barbados’ National Heroes Square, on November 16, 2020. Screenshot taken from a Facebook livestream of the event.Eurocentric history has, for the most part, remembered Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson as a courageous and astute naval commander. Statuary honouring his accomplishments can be seen around the world, from London's Trafalgar Square to Bridgetown's National Heroes Square, where Barbados honoured him for his victory off Cape Trafalgar during the Napoleonic Wars, which prevented the island from becoming a French colony ...
St. Augustine Fountain of Youth may be Florida's oldest attraction
Long before Florida became the country’s 27th state, the Timucua people and Spanish explorers inhabited St. Augustine, specifically the site of what’s likely the Sunshine State’s oldest attraction.The Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park contains centuries of history on its 15 acres and sign-ins from visitors dating back to 1868. It’s a place where “legend meets history,” as one historian wrote, and modern-day visitors can drink from the same spring that Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon likely did.It’d be wrong to classify the St. Augustine stop as merely a theme park, an attraction or a h...
How California's history was shaped by Larry Itliong and other Filipino Americans
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Larry Itliong was one of the most important Filipino American activists and a founding figure in the California labor movement. Yet his influence on the Central Valley is one that often gets lost in popular retellings of California history.“Honestly, people didn’t want to learn about him,” said Marie Mallare-Jimenez, professor of ethnic studies at California State University, Sacramento.Many know who Cesar Chavez is and have heard of the United Farm Workers union that he headed. What many are less familiar with is that it was actually Itliong who reached out to Chavez to c...
The Sacramento Bee
The history of the Sarajevo Haggadah, the medieval Jewish book that survived the Inquisition, the Holocaust, and the Yugoslav Wars
Lea Maestro, a young Bosnian Jewish woman standing behind the Haggadah in the National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Photograph by Midhat Poturović/Transitions, used with permission.This story by Adelisa Mašić was originally published on Balkan Diskurs, a project of the Post-Conflict Research Center (PCRC). An edited version is republished by Global Voices as part of a content-sharing agreement.For more than 100 years, and throughout Bosnia's turbulent history, the people of Sarajevo have protected the Sarajevo Haggadah, a written collection of Jewish regulations and traditions. Its home i...
Donald Trump must deal with the reality of his election defeat
By Mushtak Parker“History has its eyes on you,” goes the 19th lyric in the hit musical based on the life of Alexander Hamilton, arguably America’s most influential founding father. The words allegedly uttered by George Washington during the American civil war in 1861 are as relevant today as they were then.The 2020 US presidential election last week was the most polarised in history judging by the sheer vitriol and invective thrown at his opponents by incumbent President Donald Trump, who has shown a disconcerting lack of respect for the constitution, a lack of dignity for the office and disda...
History tells us that a contested election won’t destroy American democracy
Trump falsely declaring a win in the early hours of Nov. 4, 2020, the day after the US election, as ballot counting continued in Pennsylvania and other battleground states.Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty ImagesAlexander Cohen, Clarkson UniversityWith the outcome of the 2020 presidential election still hanging on the uncounted votes in a handful of battleground states, President Donald Trump has already prematurely declared victory and said he will take the election fight to the Supreme Court.Joe Biden said that “It’s not my place or Donald Trump’s place to declare who has won this election,” Mr. Bid...
The Moderate Voice