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Lin Zexu's Letters to Queen Victoria and Emperor Daoguang

Posted December 30th, 2016 at 07:16 PM by Lord Oda Nobunaga
Updated December 31st, 2016 at 01:50 PM by Lord Oda Nobunaga

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Commissioner Lin Zexu

The Chinese Repository is a collection of letters published in 1840 about the issue of opium trade in China, particularly that of foreign smuggling by the British. The first letter I chose to focus on is an open letter written to Queen Victoria by Commissioner Lin Zexu in which he requests the end of illegal opium trafficking. The second...
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Getting Mobile This Christmas

Posted December 18th, 2016 at 03:48 AM by caldrail
Updated December 18th, 2016 at 03:51 AM by caldrail

I have a strange feeling it might be nearly Christmas again. My suspicions were raised when my local supermarket began playing the very same Christmas hits - you know the ones, I won't traumatise you with their memory. The next clue was the presence of a brass band playing .. well... Christmassy tunes. One of them was out of tune. I know this because I happen to be a musician. The final clue in this insidious seasonal plot was the strange pleasantness exhibited by the managers at work. It's a strange...
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Police Criticized for Shooting Dementia Patient

Posted December 14th, 2016 at 08:35 PM by redskevin

Police in the American town of Bakersfield in California, have been criticized for shooting a 73-year-old dementia sufferer after reports he might have a gun, only to find he was carrying a crucifix.

A 2015 study rated Bakersfield Police Department as the deadliest in the US. The Bakersfield Police Department is the primary law enforcement agency for the city of Bakersfield, which according to the BBC, is 110 miles (177km) north of Los Angeles, and has logged 13.6 killings for every...
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Seán McGarry: Revolutionary, Confidant, Victim

Posted December 14th, 2016 at 03:23 AM by Ascendant (Éireann Ascendant: An Irish History Blog)

Two articles on the life and times of Seán McGarry (1886-1958) who was intimately involved in the Howth Gunrunning and the Easter Rising, not to mention the War of Independence, the Dáil debates over the Treaty and, tragically, the Civil War.

A Prominent Republican Leader: The Trials and Tribulations of Seán McGarry, 1913-1919 (Part I)

He was an aide and companion to Tom Clarke and later Michael Collins, who described McGarry as “the one man who was closer in the confidence...
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Question for Hungarians.

Posted December 8th, 2016 at 11:10 PM by dagorlad

Do you think of Croats as friends because of our long history and fighting against Mongols and Turks together or just as neighbours? Not trying to insult, just asking.
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