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Silk Road

The Silk Road was dominated at first by Chinese silk destined for European aristocracies and then spread to other commodities  beginning  around 250 BC. It has threaded through Afghanistan for centuries. Afghanistan’s location, equidistant between the China Sea and the Mediterranean, made it a strategic ancient crossroads. The silk Road is…

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Venetian Patent System

PROPER INTERPRETATION THE VENETIAN PATENT ACT OF 1474 Ted Sichelman* & Toni Veneri** ABSTRACT Scholars have widely and consistently contended that the Venetian Republic adopted the first “formal” patent system in its Patent Act of 1474. Based upon an extensive examination of archival material from the State Archives of Venice,…

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Fiorello LaGuardia: Revenge Politics

In November 1936, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt responded to a resolution of Congress and invited nations of the world to participate in the New York World’s Fair. Soon after, Fair President Grover Whalen began traveling across the world gathering commitments from an unprecedented number of foreign governments. The negotiation with…

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An American in the French Revolution

An American in the French Revolution   He helped inspire the American Revolution, but Thomas Paine suffered a broad range of indignities afterward: Political cartoonists lampooned him, he was denied the right to vote and a coin was minted that pictured him in a noose. During the 1770s and 1780s, France faced…

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The Amarna letters

The Amarna Letters are among some of the earliest known diplomatic records  written between pharaohs in the  Eighteenth dynasty of Egypt and the Amurru rulers of Canaan during the 14th century BC. Following the Battle of Kadesh in c. 1274 BC during the Nineteenth dynasty, the pharaoh of Egypt and the…

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Good Question : Kissinger

The question is not should we aid and advocate  during world crisis’ the question is to what cause and what length? The question is, how exactly should we go about this change? Henry Kissinger Former National Security Advisor of the United States

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Global diplomacy map shows the magnitude of the world’s diplomatic networks

Global diplomacy map shows the magnitude of the world’s diplomatic networks By Aleks Buczkowski – March 20, 2016

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Old Rivals

Their ancestors did battle with musket and cannon in one of the most famous battles in British history. And now the descendants of Napoleon Bonaparte and the Duke of Wellington are locked in another battle – albeit a more civilised one. It has been revealed the eminent pair are City…

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A primer on war-crime immunity

The most popular book of 2015 at the United Nations’ headquarters was Immunity of Heads of State and State Officials for International Crimes, according to the UN library. Titled ‘Heads of State and State Officials for International Crimes,’ the publication advises world leaders on how to literally get away with…

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Venetian Façade

  Giancarlo Galan, the man who said “I am Veneto”, the unchallenged Doge of Venice, the governor who for three decades has made  good and  bad weather from the Dolomites to the Adriatic, is now no longer anyone – politically speaking. The Council of Deputies has voted overwhelmingly, 388 votes in…

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Kosovo opposition release teargas in parliament

PRISTINA, Kosovo — Opposition lawmakers released multiple canisters of tear gas in Kosovo’s Parliament on Friday, the latest in a series of protests over corruption, unemployment and diplomatic agreements the government has struck with neighboring Serbia and Montenegro.

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Coming up Roses

Rada deputy Oleg Barna removes Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk from the tribune, after presenting him a bouquet of roses, during the parliament session in Kiev, Ukraine, December 11, 2015. Valentyn Ogirenko / Reuters from the tribune, after presenting him a bouquet of roses, during the parliament session in Kiev, Ukraine,…

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