George Washington's Spies

Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 by WorldAffairs

George Washington's Secret Six by Brian Kilmeade Benjamin Tallmadge. Abraham Woodhull. Caleb Brewster. Austin Roe. Anna Strong. Robert Townsend. These six patriots and friends became the nucleus of the Culper Spy Ring, established in 1778 by General George Washington to provide intelligence on the troop movements, fortifications and plans of the British in the New York area. Using such clandestine techniques as dead drops, disinformation, and coded messages – they even used . . . more »

Unleashing the Power of the Atom

Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 by WorldAffairs

Fallout “The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking, and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophe.” Albert Einstein Command and Control, Eric Schlosser’s (Fast Food Nation) ground-breaking account of accidents, near-misses, and extraordinary heroism in America’s nuclear arsenal is getting a lot of press. While you’re on the waiting list to read this vibrant narrative, check out some of these . . . more »

The Arab Uprisings: What You Need to Know

Posted on Friday, September 13, 2013 by WorldAffairs

The Arab Uprisings Ignited on December 17, 2010 by the self-immolation of Tunisian fruitseller Muhammad Al Bouazizi, the uprisings in the Arab World began with hope for a better future and have devolved into the current humanitarian and political crisis that is Syria. To understand what led to the rash of popular revolts and where events in the region may be headed, check out these books: The Arab . . . more »

He Had a Dream

Posted on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 by WorldAffairs

Bearing the Cross Fifty years ago today, the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream that he shared with a nation. More than 200,000 people marched on Washington to share the dream with him. "I say to you today, my friends, though, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. . . . more »

United Kingdom to Pay Reparations to Victims of Colonialism

Posted on Friday, June 7, 2013 by WorldAffairs

Imperial Reckoning In what some hailed as a precedent setting action, the United Kingdom has agreed to pay reparations, amounting to about £3000 per person, to victims of torture and other abuses during the Mau Mau rebellion against British colonial rule in Kenya in the 1950's. British Foreign Secretary William Hague stated: "The British government recognizes that Kenyans were subject to torture and other forms of ill-treatment . . . more »

Margaret Thatcher - The Iron Lady

Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 by WorldAffairs

Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister of England from 1979-1990, died Monday, April 8, 2013 from a stroke. Her remarkable life and accomplishments are detailed in a number of biographies - and in her own words in three books she authored - available in SCCLD's collection. . . . more »

A Turning Point in History

Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 by WorldAffairs

drawing of Lisbon earthquake Few people know anything about the Lisbon earthquake of 1755, even though it marked a turning point for Western philosophy, religion and science. The quake, estimated to have been between 8.0 and 9.0 on the Richter scale, devastated the city of Lisbon, destroying 85% of its buildings outright. To escape the debris falling in aftershocks, many of the survivors congregated at the docks only to . . . more »

Black History Month 2013

Posted on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 by WorldAffairs

February is Black History Month. It was begun in 1926 as Negro History Week by Carter G. Woodson, who is considered the Father of Black History and who founded The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). Today the Association “continues his legacy of speaking a fundamental truth to the world--that Africans and peoples of African descent are makers of history.” . . . more »

Presidential Biographies

Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 by WorldAffairs

Just in time for Presidents' Day, here is a list of recent biographies of American presidents. The popular interest in the lives of our presidents can be seen in the almost instantaneous bestselling status of such books as Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot and by the enduring popularity of Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. Our Presidents' Day list of titles . . . more »

Ike and Dick: Portrait of a Strange Political Marriage

Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 by WorldAffairs

Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard Nixon "If you give me a week, I might think of one." - President Eisenhower's response to a reporter's question when asked to give an example of a major idea of Vice President Nixon's that his administration adopted. What was the true nature of the relationship between President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Vice President Richard Nixon? Jeffrey Frank's new book, Ike and Dick: Portrait of a . . . more »

International Broadcasters in English

Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 by WorldAffairs

Not satisfied with what passes for news these days on the television? Would you like to know what is going on in the rest of the world? All of these foreign news sources provide coverage in English.....expand your world and see what the rest of the world sees. Europe: RT (Russian Today): Russian State International Broadcaster. RT covers the major news of the day from . . . more »

World Affairs: Past and Present

Posted on Friday, January 25, 2013 by WorldAffairs

world affairs word cloud Ideas. Events. People. Join the discussion...... . . . more »