"The seeds of catastrophe are frequently found in a collection of small inconsequential errors."
In what will probably be the top story in Irish politics this year, Sinn Fein, the oldest and most controversial political party in Ireland, scored an enormous upset in the 2020 general election, winning 37 of the 160 seats in the Irish Dail (the Irish house of representatives). The results sent shockwaves across Ireland and … Continue reading Analysis of Sinn Fein's Victory in The 2020 Irish Election
In the early twenty-first century, it goes without saying that the English language holds the title of Lingua Franca on Planet Earth. It is the language of international diplomacy, business, science and broader culture. Lingua Franca, is a latin term that more or less means, global language. It first came into use during the era … Continue reading Exploring The English Language; The Lingua Franca
"Time and experience have taught me that everyone, especially cancer patients, can benefit from the world of sorcery." -Paul Stoller, Anthropologist It is well understood that being diagnosed with cancer is a devastating prognosis. However, given the uncomfortable realities associated with the illness, the topic remains for most, something that is out of sight, out … Continue reading Exploring "Stranger in The Village of The Sick"
Via Amazon For many of us in The West, The Second World War is marked with the atrocities committed by Nazi Germany in the European Theatre of war. The attempted Genocide of European Jews, the massacre of Gipsi's, Slavs, Political dissidents and others, the events that unfolded in Europe during the mid twentieth century, have … Continue reading The Rape of Nanking
Mesopotamia is a region centered around the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in Southwest Asia. It is an area renowned for being the cradle of civilization and an archaeological hotspot. Mesopotamia is accepted historically, as the first place in the world to give birth to complex human society. It is where Humans first successfully transitioned from … Continue reading Exploring Mesopotamia, The Cradle of Civilization
Yunnan Province in the People's Republic of China is a province steeped in a rich history, as well as myth and legend. Among the Han Chinese, Yunnan has a reputation of being a wild, untamed region full of 'uncivilized' tribes. The name Yunnan, has been in use since the thirteenth century when China was under … Continue reading Yunnan Province; 'South of The Clouds'
The United Kingdom is officially set to depart the European Union and with it's departure, leaves a vital role that will need to be filled. While there isn't a defacto leader nation among the EU economic bloc, The UK with it's heavily influential economy, has long acted as a steward in diplomacy, military and other … Continue reading Germany to Lead EU in Post Brexit World
Via Forbes In the 1990's The Republic of Ireland experienced something akin to an economic miracle. Dubbed the Celtic Tiger in 1994 by an economist at Morgan Stanley, Ireland in an enormous switch in trends, went from being one of the poorest nations in Europe, to one of the richest (2). While it is important … Continue reading The Celtic Tiger and Ireland's Economic Miracle
Translator and Explorer, Bill Connors, has lived a hell of a life. In this personal essay, he reflects on what travel means to him, the trials that he's undergone and insights had, while living a life of adventure. His work can be found at siftingthroughlifeandtheworld.com Bill’s shirt translates, “foreign devil” It would be nice to … Continue reading Reflections of William Connors, American Expat and Translator Living in Germany