Dances of Life (Maori excerpt)
Excerpt from a 55 min documentary we have shot for PBS. For nearly 50,000 years, dances and songs have been an expression of Pacific Islanders' origins, thei...
Charles Darwin: Evolution and the story of our species
The story of Charles Darwin’s life. His theory of evolution changed the way we understood our place in the world.
Industrialization and Imperialism Western hunger for greater resources and influence resulted in a power grab across the world. Initially it was predominantly limited to North and South America . H…
U.S. Civil War: The US-Russian Alliance that Saved the Union, by Webster G. Tarpley
April 2011 marks the 150th anniversary of the U.S. Civil War, which began when Confederate forces opened fire upon Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina. The following essay by Webster Tarpley, tells about the largely untold alliance between President Abraham Lincoln and Russian Tsar Alexander II, which by many accounts was key to the North winning the U.S. Civil War, sealing the defeat of the British strategic design.
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Russian Tsar Alexander II (left) emancipated the Russian serfs and President Abraham Lincoln (right) emancipated the slaves during the 1860s. Of course, both of these stories are more complicated, and true emancipation took much longer. Nonetheless, the impulse toward liberty (liberalism) was at its height in this latter part of the 1800s.
"A caricature showing Gladstone on a donkey, marked "reform", being held back by Disraeli and a working-class man, who are holding the donkey's tail." Gladstone was an icon of liberalism while Disraeli was the same for British Conservatism.