Daily Archives: February 8, 2019

25 SHOCKING Facts About Slave Trade


Published on Oct 20, 2017

Today, you are going to learn some shocking facts about slave trade. A little bit of a warning, these facts might be hard to deal with. Especially as you reach the end of the list. Check out these incredible 25 shocking facts about slave trade. We all know that our world’s history involves slavery. Whether it’s ancient civilizations or modern civilization, they are all guilty of forcing other human beings into doing something that richer, more affluent, or overall more well to-do human beings didn’t want to do. This is a tough subject, but we hope that we can share some educational facts concerning slave trade with you today. Check out these slave trade facts (and our photo credits and sources) and let us know in the comments below your thoughts about slavery:

The Point: Exhibition features 120 rare photos of early China

Published on Feb 8, 2019

A rare collection of 120 early photographs of China, some of the very first images ever taken in the country, has made its debut at the Tsinghua University Art Museum in Beijing. Pictures of China’s people, cities, landscapes and architecture, captured in the 19th century, peer out from the frames. What stories can these images share about China’s rich history? What can we tell about the social changes the country has undergone by revisiting these scenes from the past? Why have these photos landed in China, and what does the collector have to say about the China of today and the future? Stephan Loewentheil, the collector himself, shared his views.

WATCH: This Viral Video of Ocasio-Cortez Explaining “Fundamentally Broken” US Democracy Has Been Viewed More Than 16 Million Times

In a critique of campaign finance laws that has now gone viral, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) this week showed how the United States has “a system that is fundamentally broken” due to the pervasive influence of corporate money that infects every aspect of the nation’s democracy.

The take-down—which took just under 5 minutes—occurred Wednesday during a hearing held by the House Oversight Committee. To make her point, she played “a lightning round game” with the watchdogs on the panel, including Common Cause’s Karen Hobert Flynn, CREW’s Walter Shaub, and Brennan Center for Justice’s Mehrbani Spitzer.

With her creative attack, said Common Cause, the freshman lawmaker “exposes just how much ‘bad guys’ can get away with under the shameful state of our campaign finance laws.”

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dissects America’s ‘fundamentally broken’ campaign finance laws

Guardian News
Published on Feb 7, 2019

‘Let’s play a game,’ congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says to a panel of government watchdogs. Ocasio-Cortez goes on to dissect US campaign finance laws to make her point about the ‘fundamentally broken’ system.

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The Schomburg Center

The New York Public Library

Published on Sep 29, 2015

In honor of the Schomburg Center’s 90th anniversary year, some of its curators, Junior Scholars, staff, and notable names share what the Schomburg means to them. The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is one of the world’s leading research facilities devoted to the preservation of materials on the global African and African diasporan experiences. A focal point of Harlem’s cultural life, the Center also functions as the national research library in the field, providing free access to its wide-ranging noncirculating collections. It also sponsors programs and events that illuminate and illustrate the richness of black history and culture. Learn more at nypl.org/locations/schomburg

Zaire Revisited: Congolese nostalgic for era of dictator Mobutu

FRANCE 24 English

Published on Nov 2, 2018

More than 20 years after the fall of the charismatic Congolese dictator Mobutu Sese Seko, who ruled the vast African country with an iron fist from 1965 to 1997, many Congolese look back fondly on the era of “Papa Marshal”, as he was nicknamed. Our reporters went to DR Congo to explore the legacy of the longtime strongman. It’s been 21 years since Marshal Mobutu Sese Seko was ousted as leader of the Democratic Republic of Congo, meaning 21 years since the large African country swapped dictatorship for supposed democracy. And although the country seemed to suffocate under Mobutu’s autocratic regime, many Congolese now look back with nostalgia on the Zaire years, as the country was called at the time. From national pride to roads and electricity, plus a weakening of tribal influence, the successes of the “Marshal” now seem to outweigh his many failings. In the north of DR Congo, not far from the border with the Central African Republic, lies Gbadolite.

This is the location that Mobutu, the “leopard of Zaire”, chose to be the stronghold of his power. Formerly a hamlet of 2,000 souls made up of a few terracotta huts, Gbadolite was transformed in the late 1960s to accommodate the dictator and his entourage. In just a few years, a modern and stylish city emerged in the heart of the rainforest. But one morning of May 1997, the village found itself frozen in time. Driven out by rebels led by Laurent-Désiré Kabila, Mobutu had to flee to Morocco. The Marshal’s extravagant palaces were looted or destroyed. Some buildings under construction were never completed. Our reporters Horaci Garcia Marti and Thomas Nicolon visited the ruins of Gbadolite and then Kinshasa, the bustling Congolese capital, to try to understand what traces Mobutu has left on the landscape and in the wider collective consciousness. By speaking to those who worked with the dictator, plus those who suffered from his autocratic regime, our reporters explore the difficulty of moving on from a dictatorship that lasted for more than three decades.

Is Germany making Europe dependent on Russia? | DW News

DW News
Published on Feb 8, 2019

Germany’s plans for a pipeline supplying Russian gas have been thrown into doubt. The US ambassador to Berlin has urged Germany to ditch the Nord Stream 2 project. And now France says it could halt the construction process by subjecting the Russian company building it to tougher European Union rules. Critics say the pipeline – due to start pumping later this year – will make Germany dependent on Moscow and undermine European security. That leaves a key part of Germany’s energy strategy under threat.