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 »

The History of Zoos

Today, the zoo is on the list of inevitable field trips and vacation destinations. There is no title, bloodline, or income bracket required for admission into any public zoo, whether the  Philadelphia Zoo or the London Zoo. It was not always this way: the first animal collections were symbols of prestige for kings and emperors, and later assembled for scientific study. The Period of Kings and Emperors With the advent… Read More »

May is Now Bike Month in Memphis

On my commute into work today, I noticed a rather large influx in bicyclists–I mean, a lot more! There were enough cyclists on the road that–in my natural curiosity–I got online to see if I could ascertain as to what the hubbub was all about. It turns out that today is National Bike to Work Day. In the last few years Memphis, Tennessee, has become a much friendlier city to bike riders. In fact, as of today, a… Read More »