Friday, January 28, 2011

Turks are not Arabs or Mongols.

I have in my previouse posts written about the Turkey and its history. The following is a 6 minutes video I would like to share  with you. It will I hope help to know the Turks better.

Turks are often mistaken for Middle Eastern and Arabs, these two groups have nothing in commun but  Islam. Otherwise they couldn't be more different. The Turks ethnicly range from Caucassian, to Asian, to Black, Yes, there are black Turks.
One thing you will not learn in your class room is the 6 Turkic Empire spending over 2000 years.

This video is just a quick answer to the question "Who are the Turks", it is now up to you to found out more.

Watch the Video Now

Namibia - Genocide and the Second Reich ~

The story of Germany's forgotten genocide. This powerful documentary by David Adetayo Olusoga took a sensitive and uncompromising look at the tragic circumstances leading to the massacre of three quarters of the Namibia population in German concentration camps built in Africa. The programme included graphic reconstructions and did not shirk from showing disturbing scenes which revealed the savagery ofeEuropean colonial ideology put into practise.

The documentary also showed the 2004 footage of Germany's ambassador to Namibia expressing regret for their killing of thousands of Namibia's Hereros during the colonial era. Unsurprisingly, the Germans refused to agree to the justifiable calls for reparations.

The program also explored the current call for land reforms where most of Namibia's commercial land is still owned by european farmers who make up 6 percent of the country's population of 1.8 million. Throughout it included interviews and powerful testimony from African survivors, descendants and reparation movement representatives thus making this a compelling programme which both educated the audience whilst treating the sensitive subject matter with the respect it deserved.

The term Second Reich is sometimes applied retrospectively to this period. The term was popularised by German nationalist historian Arthur Moeller van den Bruck in the 1920s, and drew an explicit link with the earlier Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation (the "First Reich"), as well as underlining his desire for the establishment of a "Third Reich".[6]

This term was adopted during the time of Nazi rule for propaganda purposes - and therefore its use among historians after World War II has generally been discouraged, as many consider it to give legitimacy to Nazi historiography.


Sunday, January 2, 2011

2010 In Review Top News Stories


January 12 - Haiti earthquake

 

 

On January 12, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake shook Port-au-Prince, Haiti, toppling buildings and destroying most of the country's infrastructure. The Haitian government estimated 230,000 people were killed, more than 300,000 injured, and more than one million people left homeless. Humanitarian aid began flowing into the country within hours of the quake, however it was not enough to prevent rioting in the economically ravaged nation.  

 

January 19 -Scott Brown elected to Senate


On January 19, Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown shocked the political world, upsetting Democrat Martha Coakley in a special election for Sen. Ted Kennedy's seat. Brown's victory tipped the Senate awayfrom a Democratic Super Majoriy.

 

February 18 - Plane flown into IRS building


On February 18, Joseph Stack, a 53-year-old software engineer committed suicide by flying a small plane into an IRS building in Austin, Texas. Internal Revenue Service manager Vernon Hunter, who was in the building at the time of the crash, also died. Thirteen others were hurt, two seriously. After the crash police found Stack's rambling suicide note criticizing the government. 
 
February 27 - Chilean earthquake and; tsunami


On February 27, 1.5 Million Displaced After Chile Quakean 8.8-magnitude earthquake shook the Maule Region of Chile, triggering a tsunami. The death toll from the two natural disasters reached 800. Aftershocks were felt for nearly a month after the initial quake. On March 11, a 6.9-magnitude aftershock killed one more person.

On March 23, after months of debate, President Obama signed into law the the one of the most sweeping pieces of social legislation ever passed by Congress. It ensured medical coverage for almost all Americans.  The legality of the law was challenged in several states.  Much of the bill will not go into effect until 2014.
On March 23 -President Obama signed Medical Coverage.

On March 23, after months of debate, President Obama signed into law the one of the most sweeping pieces of social legislation ever passed by Congress. It ensured medical coverage for almost all Americans. The legality of the law was challenged in several states. Much of the bill will not go into effect until 2014. 

 

April 10 - Polish president killed in plane crash

 

On April 10, Polish President Lech Kaczyński, his wife, and several other top government officials were killed when their Tupolev Tu-154 aircraft crashed near Smolensk, Russia. All 96 people aboard the plane were killed in the crash. Heavy fog may have played a factor it it going down. 

 On April 10, Polish President Lech Kaczyński, his wife, and several other top government officials were killed when their Tupolev Tu-154 aircraft crashed near Smolensk, Russia.  All 96 people aboard the plane were killed in the crash.  Heavy fog may have played a factor it it going down.

April 14 - Iceland volcano eruption

On April 14, Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull erupted for a second time, causing a massive plume of smoke and ash. In just one week the cloud had forced the cancellation of 95,000 flights over Europe. 





On Aprl 20 - Deepwater Horizon 
Exploded.

On April 20, The Deepwater Horizon, an offshore floating oil rig exploded, killing 11 workers and forcing other workers onto life boats. The explosion set off a three month oil leak that reached American shores in Louisiana, Missisippi, Alabama and Florida. The leak was not stopped until July 15.
 

 

 

 

April 23 - Arizona passes immigration law

 

On April 23, despite opposition from the White House, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed SB 1070, one of the most stringent immigration laws in the country. The new law requires police officers to detain people they suspect are in the country illegally, and makes it a misdemeanor crime to not carry immigration papers. The law drew criticism from the Hispanic community, which claimed it would encourage racial profiling. Governor Brewer claimed the federal government had waited too long for immigration reform.
 

May 1 - Attempted Times Square bombing

 

On May 1, an attempted bomb plot shut down New York's Times Square.  Security cameras showed a man walking away from a smoking SUV.  The SUV was found to have explosive materials, but never detonated.   Two days later the U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced the arrest of Faisal Shahzad while reportedly attempting to board a plane to Pakistan.  Shahzad was sentenced on October 5th to life in prison without parole.


On May 1, an attempted bomb plot shut down New York's Times Square. Security cameras showed a man walking away from a smoking SUV. The SUV was found to have explosive materials, but never detonated. Two days later the U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced the arrest of Faisal Shahzad while reportedly attempting to board a plane to Pakistan. Shahzad was sentenced on October 5th to life in prison without parole. 


July 21 - Obama signs financial reform bill


On July 21, President Barack Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.  The measure was the most sweeping financial reform in the U.S. since the 1930s, and promised Americans would no longer have to pay for Wall Street mistakes.On July 21, President Barack Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The measure was the most sweeping financial reform in the U.S. since the 1930s, and promised Americans would no longer have to pay for Wall Street mistakes. 
 

 

 

July 25 - Wikileaks releases war documents


On July 25, the website Wikileaks releases thousands of classified military intelligence documents dating from 2004-2009.  The documents revealed startling information on what the U.S. knew about the Taliban, Iran and Pakistan's involvement in the insurgency, and the amount of civilian casualties.  Wikileaks founder Julian Assange (pictured) would not reveal the source of the leaked documents.  The Wikileaks website continued several more 'document dumps' through the year.On July 25, the website Wikileaks releases thousands of classified military intelligence documents dating from 2004-2009. The documents revealed startling information on what the U.S. knew about the Taliban, Iran and Pakistan's involvement in the insurgency, and the amount of civilian casualties. Wikileaks founder Julian Assange (pictured) would not reveal the source of the leaked documents. The Wikileaks website continued several more 'document dumps' through the year. 


August 13 - Ground Zero mosque debate

On August 13, President Barack Obama entered into the Ground Zero Islamic center debate.  Polls showed a majority of New Yorkers opposed the placement of a mosque within blocks of the former site of the World Trade Towers.  In a speech following a dinner celebrating the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, President Obama said, "Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country.  And that includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances."

On August 13, President Barack Obama entered into the Ground Zero Islamic center debate. Polls showed a majority of New Yorkers opposed the placement of a mosque within blocks of the former site of the World Trade Towers. In a speech following a dinner celebrating the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, President Obama said, "Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country. And that includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances." 


September 14 - U.S. hiker in Iran released
 


On September 14, American hiker Sarah Shourd was released by Iran after being detained for 13 months under allegations of spying for the U.S.  Hikers Shane Bauer and Joshua Fattal remain detained without trial.



On September 14, American hiker Sarah Shourd was released by Iran after being detained for 13 months under allegations of spying for the U.S. Hikers Shane Bauer and Joshua Fattal remain detained without trial. 

October 13 - Chilean miners rescue begins

 


 



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