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World Humanitarian DayWorld Humanitarian Day by Rene Wadlow
21 August 2017
The United Nations General Assembly has designated 19 August as "World Humanitarian Day" but celebrated this Monday 21 August to pay tribute to aid workers in humanitarian service in difficult and often dangerous conditions. (Add a comment)
Bullying Venezuela: Trump's Unvarnished ThreatBullying Venezuela: Trump's Unvarnished Threat by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
21 August 2017
Whether he holds good on it is beside the point. President Donald J. Trump's great value to US foreign policy is its lack of artifice and sophistication, a bullying force of nature that alters with the next burst of adolescent acne and the breaking of t (Add a comment)
A week (14-20.08) in Review all in ...GreekA week (14-20.08) in Review all in ...Greek by George Kalatzis
21 August 2017
George Kalatzis reviews last week's news and events all ...in Greek - Ανωκατωσκόπηση εβδομάδας 14-20/08/2017 (Add a comment)
The Swing Era beginsThe Swing Era begins by The Ovi Team
21 August 2017
The sound of swing, which utterly dominated the American popular-music scene in the late 1930s and early 1940s, instantly evokes images of tuxedo-clad Big Bands and dance floors crowded with exuberant jitterbugs dancing the Shag and the Lindy Hop. While t (Add a comment)
The Mona Lisa StolenThe Mona Lisa Stolen by The Ovi Team
21 August 2017
21st Aug. 1911: The Mona Lisa, the famous portrait by Leonardo da Vinci also called (La Gioconda) (painted between 1503 - 1506), was stolen today from the Louvre in Paris. The Painting was stolen by Vincenzo Peruggia an employee of the Louvre who believed (Add a comment)
Dark HouseDark House by Abigail George
20 August 2017
Two bodies inherit the orbit of darkness. Enter the bedroom and it is all hurried movements in the dark first. She takes off her clothes. He takes off his clothes. There's a history there that is centuries in the making. He laughs, as he takes hold of he (Add a comment)
Horse made of glass - Part 14Horse made of glass - Part 14 by Katerina Charisi
20 August 2017
A man who's meeting his future wife's father for the first time and won't show up doesn't convince me is the best man for my girl. (Add a comment)
Breaking the Seal: Child Abuse and the ConfessionalBreaking the Seal: Child Abuse and the Confessional by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
20 August 2017
The only surprise was that it did not come sooner. Australia's Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has gotten on with the gruesome task of making 85 recommended changes to the law that will provide some measure of future p (2 comments)
First Commercial Radio StationFirst Commercial Radio Station by The Ovi Team
20 August 2017
20th August 1920; the first commercial radio station begins operating in Detroit, Michigan with call sign 8MK (Now WWJ (News radio 950)). The radio station was started by The Detroit News newspaper and is now owned and run by CBS. (Add a comment)
Soviet Union intervenes in CzechoslovakiaSoviet Union intervenes in Czechoslovakia by The Ovi Team
20 August 2017
August 20th 1968; In the face of rising anti-Soviet protests in Czechoslovakia, Soviet troops (backed by troops from other Warsaw Pact nations) intervene to crush the protest and restore order. The brutal Soviet action shocked the West and dealt a devasta (Add a comment)
Jacqueline SusannJacqueline Susann by The Ovi Team
20 August 2017
On this day in 1918, August 20th, Jacqueline Susann, the author of Valley of the Dolls, the 1966 mega-hit novel about the showbiz lives of three women (reportedly modelled in part after Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly), is born in Philadelphi (Add a comment)
Arthur Waley: Ways of Thought in Ancient ChinaArthur Waley: Ways of Thought in Ancient China by Rene Wadlow
19 August 2017
Arthur Waley (1889-1966) whose birth anniversary we mark on 19 August was an important cultural bridge-builder between China and the West. He was a translator of Chinese and Japanese poetry and philosophical texts, especially the Taoist classic Tao Te Ch (Add a comment)
The Caligula Presidency: a Weekly Ovi Column - Week 10The Caligula Presidency: a Weekly Ovi Column - Week 10 by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
19 August 2017
The tenth installment of a weekly Ovi column dubbed "The Caligula Presidency" This week on people's report card, divisionary tactics, Fox news, Russian money, Bannon, FBI probe, the interference with the 2016 presidential election (Add a comment)
A Plague on Parliament: Australia's Citizenship CrisisA Plague on Parliament: Australia's Citizenship Crisis by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
19 August 2017
It is proving to be a toxic gift that continues to give with increasing regularity. The latest potential victim of section 44 of the Australian Constitution, one barring a member of parliament from having an allegiance, obedience or adherence to a foreig (Add a comment)
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