The fallen: Armistice Day, 2014

The UK celebrated Armistice Day on November 11 in this 100th anniversary year of the outbreak of World War I with a display of 880,000 ceramic red poppies — one for each soldier from the British E Continue Reading

Scare tactics: From Hiroshima to National Night Out

As most of us know, August 5 was National Night Out, an annual event that promotes the value of getting to know who lives next door as a way of preventing crime in your neighborhood. August 6 is the 69th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. Is it possible there’s a subterranean connection between the two? Continue Reading

Liberty, equality, fraternity: America and the return of the Ancien Régime

On Bastille Day, I posted a little screed on Facebook proposing that the French Revolution, which erupted 225 years ago on July 14, 1789, disproves the adage that history is always written by the winners. At least in English, I argued, the history has largely been written by people sympathetic to the aristocracy, supposedly overthrown in the name of equality, along with liberty and brotherhood. Continue Reading