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Young

Photo Credit: Ric Manning On January 27, 1973, the Paris Peace Accords on “Ending the War and Restoring Peace in Vietnam” was signed — even though South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu had demanded changes to it which could not … Continue reading

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Trade

Photo Credit: Justin Clements On the Swahili Coast and nearby islands of East Africa, Persian and Arab culture mixed with that of the local Bantu people because of their trading settlements which they had established.  This intricately carved door embodies … Continue reading

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Borders

The Great Wall of China was built as early as the 7th century BC along the historical northern borders of China to protect the Empire from warlike nomadic peoples.  But it is one thing to designate territorial boundaries and build … Continue reading

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αἰὲν ἀριστεύειν

Photo Credit: Steve Swayne αἰὲν ἀριστεύειν (pronounced ‘aYEN arheesTEueen’ in ancient Greek/ ‘aYEN areesTEVeen’ in modern Greek) is translated into English as “Ever to Excel“. The phrase is derived from the sixth book of Homer‘s Iliad, in which it is used … Continue reading

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Change

Photo Credit: Hectonichus Change happens all the time. But when it comes to society, how can reform take place? As I’ve mentioned before, philosopher Immanuel Kant stated in his Political Writings that “progress can be expected to follow from the … Continue reading

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Individuals: Sir Stamford Raffles

Photo Credit: Engraved by Thompson, from a Miniature in posession of Mr. Raffles The only thing I knew about Sir Stamford Raffles before was his founding of Singapore.  And that the biggest, stinkiest flower in the world is named after … Continue reading

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House

Photo Credit: Gerswin Since I only started studying in the Philippines from high school to college, in suburban Metro Manila, I never had a sense of Philippine architecture.  All I could see were malls, subdivisions, and unfortunately — informal settlers.  … Continue reading

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