Climate Change and Drought: A Spark in Igniting Syria’s Civil War


An abundance of history books tell us that civil unrest can never have a simple or unique cause. The Syrian conflict, now civil war, is no exception.

The Burning of Columbia and the Persistence of Confederate Mythology

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In the wake of the controversy which led to the closing of the University of Oklahoma’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter, Louis Venters shares a blast from the Confederate past.

Reflecting on Thanksgiving in a Time of Crisis

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Rabbi Adina Lewittes urges us to be hopeful and fiercely optimistic during a Thanksgiving season when the world seems upside down.

Veteran’s Day and the Dead of Ox Hill


Brian Shea on remembering not just the honored, but the forgotten.

The Success of Captain Whitaker’s Dress


To mark Halloween, here’s a poem from Stephen Scott Whitaker about a costume–a costume that is both funny and indicative of how gender affects interactions.

Further Claims of Russian Troop Deployments Follow Capture of Soldiers in Donetsk, Ukraine


President Poroshenko cancels a trip to Turkey, saying Russian forces are active on two fronts in eastern Ukraine.

Iraq Edges Towards Civil War Thanks to Post-Invasion Errors


With ISIS wreaking havoc in major cities, the legacy of writing sectarian rifts into Iraq’s constitution is plain to see.

Ukraine Referendums: Another Attempt to Rewrite Ethnic History


Staking a claim to Russianness in Ukraine has never been a simple matter.

Ukraine Separatists Engaged in High-Risk Game as They Press on with Referendum Plan

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Pro-Russian secessionists have ignored Putin’s call to postpone this weekend’s vote as the situation in Ukraine worsens.

In Praise Of Slavery


Cliven Bundy isn’t the only person who thinks slavery in the United States was just fine.

Life Below The Mason-Dixon: It’s Not What You Might Think


Article after article frames the South as backwards and ignorant. You would have to go there to know the truth.

Living by the Hobo Code

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Wil Elrick offers a brief history of hobos and an honor code that would serve us well today.

Welcome To The New Cold War


Russia’s invasion of Crimea is a new chapter in American-Russian relations, and the same old story for former Soviet republics.

Making Sense of Three Revolutions With A College Professor and Pretty Great Musician

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Dr. Joel Tannenbaum helps me understand what the hell is going on.

28 Black People You Probably Don’t Know About (But You Should)— P.B.S. Pinchback


There have only been four black governors of U.S. states. Pinckney Pinchback was the first.

28 Black People You Probably Don’t Know About (But You Should)— Hiram Rhodes Revels


There have only been nine black U.S. Senators in American history. Hiram Rhodes Revels was the first.