World Affairs: Past and Present

We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families

Posted on Monday, April 7, 2014 by CynthiaSays

We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families And killed they were. By the hundreds of thousands. Twenty years ago today, Rwanda was engulfed in one of the most brutal and efficient episodes of genocide in the twentieth century. By the time it was over, more than 800,000 people were brutally murdered, most hacked to death with machetes. And the world just stood by and watched. There is plenty of blame to go . . . more »

March into Women's History Month

Posted on Thursday, March 6, 2014 by LosAltos_Library

Starting in 1987 the month of March has been set aside to pay tribute to the generations of women whose extraordinary and often unrecognized determination, tenacity, and contributions to American society have often been overlooked. Against social convention and often legal restraints, women have created a legacy that expands the frontiers of possibility for generations to come. They have demonstrated their character, courage and commitment . . . more »

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 »

One Billion Rising 2014

Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 by CynthiaSays

ONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE "is a global call to women survivors of violence and those who love them to gather safely in community outside places where they are entitled to justice – courthouses, police stations, government offices, school administration buildings, work places, sites of environmental injustice, military courts, embassies, places of worship, homes, or simply public gathering places where women deserve to feel safe . . . more »

Ariel Sharon: 1928-2014

Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 by Lolo_Librarian

Ariel Sharon 2/26/1928 - 1/11/2014 Ariel Sharon, former Prime Minister of Israel, died earlier today (January 11th, 2014) at the age of 85 near Tel Aviv. Sharon served as a political and military leader in Israel for half a century, including appointments as the Minister of Defense, Industry, Housing and Construction, Energy and Water Resources, and Foreign Affairs. He then served as Prime Minister from . . . more »

Nelson Mandela: 1918-2013

Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 by LibraryAdministration

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela July, 18, 1918 – December 5, 2013 The death of Nelson Mandela is resonating around the world. The BBC has a page dedicated entirely to his legacy, including images and a live social media feed of the latest coverage. The South African Government website has an obituary page for its former president. This online obituary includes links to the text of his . . . more »

Understanding the Civil War: 150 Years Later

Posted on Friday, November 15, 2013 by Saratoga_Library

Did you know that this month is the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address? Last Saturday Dr. Bob Senkewicz spoke at the Saratoga Library. He discussed the way our understanding of that war has changed during the subsequent 150 years. Dr. Senkewicz is a professor in the History Department of Santa Clara University and also served as the faculty director of the Osher Lifelong Learning . . . 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 »