Category: History

A fake Assad, and the itch to be an imposter
I have just been followed on Twitter by someone purporting to be the president of Syria. This reminds me of the time when someone claiming to be AG Eric Holder [...]
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Former D.C. Council member Sharon Ambrose dies
(Photo by James A. Parcell/The Washington Post) Martin Weil reports at The Washington Post: Sharon Ambrose, who served on the D.C. Council for 10 years, died Saturday night at George [...]
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Obama discusses his LGBT legacy at his final news conference
The next president may well make me cry, though outrage and disgust are likelier reactions; but I doubt he will ever make me cry the way President Obama did at [...]
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Obama discusses his LGBT legacy at his final news conference
The next president may well make me cry, though outrage and disgust are likelier reactions; but I doubt he will ever make me cry the way President Obama did at [...]
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Patrice Lumumba, assassinated with American help 56 years ago today
56 years ago today, Congolese prime minister and anticolonial leader Patrice Lumumba was assassinated. https://t.co/RCRrP1STOg pic.twitter.com/BzgvlJssBo — Jacobin (@jacobinmag) January 17, 2017 Under orders from outgoing President Eisenhower, the United [...]
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A child’s witness to terror
MLK III has just met at the Trump Tower with Herr Twitler. However that went (and in his exit remarks to the press he bent over backwards to be diplomatic), [...]
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Krugman: Calling Trump illegitimate is positively patriotic.
Is it O.K. to declare the man about to become president illegitimate? Yes, it's patriotic. https://t.co/4x2PWzJCly pic.twitter.com/84kHxvu91N — NYT Opinion (@nytopinion) January 16, 2017 Paul Krugman gets it exactly right. [...]
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Defending America against Trump
This photo, surprisingly enough, is not an advertisement for Haisten’s Mattress & Awning Company. It is a news photo of nonviolent protesters being savagely beaten by Alabama state troopers for [...]
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For the fallen
I wish he could have grown old as we who were left grew old (to borrow a WWI text). His widow and orphans suffered most directly from his death at [...]
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John Lewis stands his ground
(Spider Martin/Courtesy Steven Kasher Gallery, New York) In this photo from Sunday, March 7, 1965, the young man in the trenchcoat on the right is leading a group of 600 [...]
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