The End of Apartheid: Valuable Lessons in a Turbulent Age

Anti-Apartheid protest in the 1980s are mere snapshots of time in the long journey towards equality, paved by the sweat and blood of those in the African National Congress and beyond. Paul Weinberg/Wikicommons Understanding the impact of Apartheid requires looking beyond Nelson Mandela’s achievements to the bloody struggles of the African National Congress and international forces prolonging the violence. By Dr. David Robinson / 10.10.2018 Lecturer of[…]

How the Nazis Twisted the Swastika into a Symbol of Hate

An orange flag with the traditional Indian swastika on top of ancient Hindu temples in the Himalayas. (Shutterstock) The swastika, an ancient and innocent symbol in many cultures for hundreds of years, now represents racial hatred. By Dr. James M. Skidmore / 08.31.2017 Director, Waterloo Centre for German Studies University of Waterloo   The images from Charlottesville, Va., of white supremacists marching with Nazi[…]

Criticism of Western Civilization Isn’t New – It Was Part of the Enlightenment

Jean-Baptiste Belley, Deputy of Saint-Domingue and French National Convention member (1793-97) with a bust of Abbé Raynal Some today declare that “Western civilization” is something we should all be simply “for”. But the enlightenment, central to this civilization, shows how things are rarely so simple. By Dr. Matthew Sharpe / 10.18.2018 Associate Professor of Philosophy Deakin University The duelling sides in[…]

A Brief History of Yemen from Ancient Times to the Rise of Islam

Ancient remains at Thula / Creative Commons Following conquest by the Umayyid caliphate, Islam rose fairly quickly. Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 11.16.2018 Public Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief The Rise of Yemen The wall and talus at barāqish / Creative commons Yemen is the state occupying the southwestern part of the Arabian Peninsula. Because of the extensive desert[…]

A History of the South Arabian Kingdoms of Ancient Yemen

Rock Palace, Yemen / Photo by Rod Waddington, Wikimedia Commons Yemen is one of the oldest centers of civilization in the Near East. Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 11.16.2018 Public Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief Introduction The ancient history of Yemen (South Arabia) is especially important because Yemen is one of the oldest centers of civilization in the Near East. Its relatively fertile land and adequate rainfall[…]