Some of America’s first homegrown terrorists were the original Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, and they can teach us a lot about the trouble we’re in today at home and in the rest of the world. As these Christian night riders and cross-burners and lynch mobs of the Klan portrayed themselves, they were resistance fighters in an unequal struggle against foreign (that is, Northern) occupation after they lost their all-out war to secede from the Union in 1865. And they weren’t the only ones who felt that way. In a song I learned as a boy in Atlanta 100 years after Reconstruction, a “Good Ol’ Rebel” declares he “hates the ‘Glorious Union’—’tis dripping with our blood.” He hates the “Freedman’s Bureau” representing the interests of the emancipated slaves. He hates everything about the federal government, especially “the striped banner.” In one telling verse he declares, “300,000 Yankees … [Read more...] about The O Word: Christopher Dickey on What Occupation Means Today
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President Donald Trump on Monday claimed he could easily win a war in Afghanistan “in a week,” but doesn’t “want to go that route” because he’d have to “kill 10 million people.” The president, speaking to reporters alongside visiting Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan, said he wants Pakistan to help “extricate” the U.S. from its longest war. U.S. officials have been trying to negotiate a peace deal with the Afghan Taliban. “I have plans on Afghanistan that if I wanted to win that war, Afghanistan would be wiped off the face of the earth, it would be gone, it would be over literally in 10 days,” he insisted, adding, “I don’t want to go that route.” Khan added that right now is “the closest we have been to a peace deal” in Afghanistan, and expressed hope that the Taliban will soon speak with the Afghan government. Trump also touted his accomplishment of dropping the … [Read more...] about Trump: I Could Win Afghan War in a Week—But ‘Don’t Want to Kill 10 Million People’
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservatives have won their largest majority since Margaret Thatcher was returned to power for the third time in 1987, with an 80-seat majority.With 162 seats more in the House of Commons than their next closest rival, Labour, the Conservatives’ pro-Brexit stance has redrawn the political map. Labour lost 60 seats — gaining only one, in London. RESULT: National result for #BBCElection #GE2019. https://t.co/tFoMAGcFsq pic.twitter.com/1GB8h8GMVD — BBC Election (@bbcelection) December 13, 2019 As revealed by the BBC below, it’s the subtle changes in the shift in Labour Red to Conservative Blue that reveal how Boris Johnson managed to break apart the Red Wall in the North of England. As Conservatives win biggest majority since 1980s – take a look at our election results map of Britain and find out what's changed between 2017 to 2019 https://t.co/OxyAW2ZDc4 #GE2019 #BBCelection pic.twitter.com/u9WofbJP8E — BBC … [Read more...] about How Corbyn’s Red Wall Crumbled: The UK Election in Maps
Around 330 A.D., nearly 20 years after the Emperor Constantine made Christianity legal in the Roman empire, two young Syrian men appeared at the court of Emperor Ella Amida in Aksum, the capital of an ancient kingdom based in modern-day Ethiopia. The young men had survived a shipwreck and impressed the emperor with their piety and wisdom and, as a result, the emperor’s widow would later ask the young men to serve as advisers as she ruled in the place of her young son Ezana. The Syrians eventually converted the royal family to Christianity. One of them, Frumentius, became the first Bishop of Ethiopia. This, according to the fifth century church historian Rufus, is how the powerful ancient Aksumite kingdom (in modern day Ethiopia) converted to Christianity. Until this week we had no archaeological evidence to suggest that it was true and many historical reasons to conclude that the story was almost entirely made up. But a new discovery in the hills of northern Ethiopia … [Read more...] about Does This Archaeological Discovery Prove the Legend of How Christianity Came to Africa?