Following the failure of Chinese Communist Party Chairman Mao Zedong’s Great Leap Forward—a disastrous attempt to accelerate the Chinese economy that left as many as 45 million dead from famine between 1958 and 1962—the founder of the People’s Republic of China sought to reassert his authority, eliminate his political enemies and revive the country’s revolutionary fervor. On May 16, 1966, Continue reading “What was the Cultural Revolution?”
The attacker who killed 39 people in a shooting at an Istanbul nightclub on New Year’s Eve has been identified, the Turkish foreign minister has said.
The Minister did not name the suspect, who remains at large, in a televised interview with Turkish state-run news agency Anadolu on Wednesday. Continue reading “Night Club Attack in Istanbul”
They call it Galapagos syndrome: Japanese technologies that have stalled or developed in isolation from the rest of the world. And one of the key exhibits is the ubiquitous fax. Continue reading “Japan’s Affection for Fax Machines”
Jump onto the back of a motorcycle taxi almost anywhere between Nigeria and Kenya and the odds are that your driver will be wearing a high-visibility vest carrying the logo of a mobile telephone company. The phones themselves are even more ubiquitous. Continue reading “Africans don’t Have Mobile Phones”
If you do not leave these areas urgently, you will be annihilated. … You know that everyone has given up on you. They left you alone to face your doom, and nobody will give you any help.
These chilling words come from leaflets dropped over the besieged area of Aleppo by Syrian and Russian aircraft, before the final bloody assault on the city. And during the last few days, they have rung truer than anyone in Aleppo, or anywhere else, had dared to imagine. Continue reading “We Are All Accomplices to the Slaughter of Aleppo”
The latest survey of international education should spur politicians to reform their countries’ schools. Continue reading “What countries can learn from PISA tests”
Four years ago, I realized that I needed to take responsibility for the damage I had done to students who came into my room loving (or at least liking) school and left diminished in some ways. Those kids who loved math until my long-winded lectures about process left them confused and bitter. Those kids that loved to read until my strict book report guidelines and reading logs devoured their curiosity for great stories. Continue reading “Change for the Good”
Social media has become one of the most used features of the Internet. Websites such as Facebook and Twitter are used by hundreds of millions of people around the world every day. As the virtual world becomes ever more ubiquitous, a lot of people are spending even more time using social media than they do actually interacting with people in the real world. Continue reading “Criticisms of Social Media”
For decades, the United Kingdom has had an ambivalent and sometimes contentious relationship with the European Union. London has kept its distance from Brussels’s authority by negotiating opt-outs from some of the EU’s central policies, including the common euro currency and the border-free Schengen area. Continue reading “The Debate Over Brexit”
The so-called Jihadi groups, which consist of extremist Muslims of every faction: ranging from Salafis, Wahhabis, Al-Qaeda, Taliban, Isis and many more, consider themselves as advocates of True Islam. These groups claim that the Paris, London and New York attacks are supported and justified by the Quran. Continue reading “The Proof that Islam is a Peaceful Religion”