Red Blood, Yellow Skin: Living History

Vietnam was a “hot war” spot of the Cold War, along with areas such as the Korean Peninsula and Afghanistan. The eagle’s eye view of the post-World War II world elegantly divides the conflict into shades of red and blue. On the other hand, historians use the clarity of retrospect and point out that Communism in Vietnam was used as a freedom movement. However, for Nguyen Thi Loan, now Linda… Read More »

The History of Children’s Rights

It is hard to imagine a world where there is a lack of extensive laws upholding and protecting the rights of children. And  yet, international conventions on children’s rights were set into place only 91 years ago, by the League of Nations in 1924. Due to the collapse of that conference with the advent of World War II, the modern Convention  on the Rights of the Child, set by the… Read More »

The History of Human Trafficking

As of 2012 (the latest available data on human trafficking), 40,177 cases of trafficking were reported in the 2010-2012 period—and these are only the known cases. Broken down, it is a total of 13,392 persons trafficked a year; 36 trafficked every day; an average of one person trafficked an hour. 152 nationalities have been trafficked to 124 nations. 49% of the trafficking victims are women, and 33% are children. 21%… Read More »

Hungarian History: The Long Road to Democracy and Independence

In 1959, Scottish novelist Alistair MacLean set his fourth novel, The Last Frontier, in the USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) satellite People’s Republic of Hungary. Written during the bleak years following the failed October Revolution of 1956, it was in effect an appeal to the ‘West,’ to open as many channels of interaction to the satellite nations as possible, to win them freedom. However, the years under the Soviet… Read More »

Most Infamous Criminals of the 21st Century (So Far)

In just 15 years, the 21st Century already has a substantial list of infamous criminals, from the ever eerie serial killers to white collar criminals. Interestingly enough, many of these famous law-breakers became famous because of the circumstances leading up to and following their crimes. Jeffrey Skilling and Andrew Fastow Known as the CEO and COO of Enron, these two men created a seemingly unstoppable energy giant in the early… Read More »

For Afghanistan, Charity And Positive Change Still Begin At Home

The old saying, “Charity begins at home”, takes on a whole new meaning when the context is Afghanistan. Afghanistan is one of the nations that has seen continuous socio-political upheaval. The country has enjoyed existence as a nation-state since the uniting of the Pashtun tribes by Ahmad Shah Durrani in 1747. However, it is no secret that the civil wars after the Soviet Union intervention in 1979, and the divisions… Read More »