After four long years, Donald Trump has left the White House of Washington D.C., and Joseph R. Biden has been sworn in as the next and 46th president of the United States; it was clear even after the 2020 election, but the inauguration day puts the nail in the coffin for undemocratic and unsubstantiated claims of a fraudulent election.
The question is: what happens in such a divided, mourning, hopeless, drained, and frustrated country after such a refreshing change in a moment of crisis?
Given the circumstances and the recent announcement of 400,000 American deaths from the pandemic, this inauguration will forever stay in the books as one of the most peculiar and critical transformations of power. …
In Honour of Dr. Martin Luther King.
Going through all the legendary leaders throughout the course of Antiquity, the Medieval Times and the Modern Era, it’s easy to understand that the most frequent strategy was engaging at a type of war with the government.
From a communist revolt in the former American island of Cuba to the Black Lives Matter protests of 2020 after the murder of George Floyd, the way to go was to protest and go against the authorities.
This type of civil disobedience against certain law enforcement agencies or particular laws that led to great social inequalities was always accepted in the eyes of the people; it wasn’t the best way to go but they had to fight. …
Have you ever heard a hip-hop artist introducing a ‘Thank God’ ad-lib in his music and making the whole track sound better?
Are you aware of the way that a new star can tap into different modes of art and from producing a club ‘banger’ go on to make a legendary track about supporting the BLM movement?
Is there any chance that you missed one of the most versatile and prominent local and young stars of the West Coast?
Let me tell you right now. You did. And that’s because @jordyinadaze is next up.
But you still have to pay attention and not get it confused. He is not a rapper; he is a pop-star. …
Even though the Dark Ages are said to be damaging for the lives of the Greeks, social organization and the establishment of many other institutions, as well as values, started being developed in the era between 1100 BCE and 776 BCE.
This was the post-Mycenaean era and although domestically it was considered as a period of Dark Ages, internationally it was found in the context of the Iron Ages, as analyzed in yesterday’s article about the Assyrian Empire.
The social organization started as the structure in rural villages known as kome or demos.
The smallest family unit was the Oikos and many families organized under the same larger units were called phratry. The entire people were known as Laos. …
The Assyrian Empire (850–605 BCE) manages to survive despite kingdoms as the Egyptians are facing collapse as the Iron Age goes on. The former was named after God Assur and settled at the beginning of their existence in the upper Tigris Valley, at around 2000 BCE.
From the beginning of their settlement, there were three eras of Assyrian dominance with the first one being around 2000–1750 BCE, the second one at 1350–1200 BCE, and the last and most important one, from 900–600BCE.
The text presents this particular empire through its natural ups and downs, its resilience, and the ability to collect income from other powerful nations of people, along with the end and the third and final downfall of the Assyrians. …
The fact that the COVID-19 pandemic has completely changed our way of living is more than an understatement and it’s important to realize that quarantine and lockdown measures will be remembered as the end of regular life — even for a while.
Nonetheless, every coin has two sides and although the human race has undergone a difficult period the past two years, there are 6 things that one can learn or can benefit from when discussing the effects of this global disease.
As more and more countries are getting even closer to another lockdown, regardless of the beginning of the vaccine distribution, it’s important that we are optimistic and try to get the advantage of any situation. …
The political trilemma of the international economy was a product of Dani Rodrik as a response to the different state approaches for global economic integration.
Rodrik’s trilemma consisted of three components: international economic integration (global financial network), the nation-state (sovereignty), and mass politics (democratic processes).
The general operational rule was that one state with independent economic power could focus on two of these three components.
If a state chose to focus on its economic global integration, it would either have to limit its sovereign character or reduce the implementation of democratic processes domestically.
Similarly, if the state wanted to prioritise democracy, it would have to decide between economic globalisation or sovereignty. …
The concept of “Responsibility to Protect” (R2P) is defined as one that accepts collective action and military intervention, in cases where sovereign states aren’t able to prevent extreme violations of human rights.
The concept was fully established and legitimized in the UN General Assembly 2005 World Summit, after humanitarian crises in Rwanda, Somalia, and Kosovo at the end of the 20th century, but it has faced serious issues and limitations before and after its creation.
The first issue after the 2005 Summit was the broad character of the document, which led the members of the United Nations to see a simple and vague document with ineffective political language as a means of persuasion and presentation. …
In many of my articles, I have extensively analyzed the period during and after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, on the 7th of December, 1941.
Nonetheless, this day, which according to President Roosevelt at this time “would leave in infamy”, was an event caused by the tensions that had been built up until this point between Japan and China; the latter was backed by the United States.
The creation of US embargoes to a long-standing trader as Japan would get the latter in some kind of “panic mode” and it’s more than important to understand why, although Japan never directly harmed the United States before 1941, they created such a hostile environment on the East Pacific. …
One of the most significant periods for the history of North America was the Interwar Period of the 18th century, between the “Seven Years’ War” (1756–1763) and the American Revolution or “War of Independence” (1775–1783).
What we need to understand, however, is how this 12-year-period affected the British interests and the Canadian influence on the continent.
The text focuses on the Atlantic colonies of the New World at the time, the way Canadas were developed, and how the two wars, before and after, harmed or benefited the communities of North America.
One of the most important interwar colonies was Greater Nova Scotia. In 1764 and before the conflict, there were about 13,000 people there but since the pattern of loyalists changed and more than 30,000 people arrived there, due to the neutral stance of the colony in the war. …