Archive | February, 2014

Black History (our story): Timeline: Mau Mau Rebellion

14 Feb

Interesting timeline of the Mau Mau Rebellion!

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The Mau Mau were a militant African nationalist movement active in Kenya during the 1950s whose main aim was to remove British rule and European settlers from the country.

August 1951 Information is filtering back about secret meetings being held in the forests outside Nairobi. A secret society called the Mau Mau, believed to have been started in the previous year, requires its members to take an oath to drive the white man from Kenya. Intelligence suggests that membership of the Mau Mau is currently restricted to members of the Kikuyu tribe, many of whom have been arrested during burglaries in Nairobi’s white suburbs.

24 August 1952 The Kenyan government imposes a curfew in three districts on the outskirts of Nairobi where gangs of arsonists, believed to be members of the Mau Mau, have been setting fire to homes of Africans who refuse to take the Mau Mau oath.

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You’re Missing Out on Great Literature – Pacific Standard: The Science of Society

12 Feb

An interesting article that deals with the few translations of international books phenomena inside the United States.

You’re Missing Out on Great Literature – Pacific Standard: The Science of Society.

Waitangi Day

7 Feb

Interesting read about the Maoris in New Zealand.

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Much the same as has happened to indigenous people elsewhere, The Maori experienced unfairness in their coexistance with European explorers, missionaries, and settlers. The Maori chiefs rightfully were afraid of their territory being taken over by a European nation.  They wanted an end to the disrespect and lawlessness of the British who had arrived in their country, present day New Zealand.

Meantime, as the British presence became more widespread on the two islands, Britain worked up a formal agreement with the Maori to express the aims of the British and to agree over treatment of the people and land of the territories. The document was drafted in English, then translated into Maori.

The Treaty of Waitangi was signed by 43 Northland Chiefs at Waitangi in the Bay of Islands, on February 6, 1840.  During the following eight months, the treaty was brought around to the various parts of the islands so…

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Practical Nahua Philosophy

2 Feb

I always loved the Mesoamerican philosophies and sciences, so here I am sharing a nice post about them!

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Being a student of Philosophy myself, I have no doubt whatsoever, that philosophy has been around in any time or area of mankind. And so it was in MesoAmerica. Unlike the Philosophy how we understand it nowadays, Philosophy in MesoAmerica was mainly a practical way of living on this earth.

I was intrigued by the fascinating ideas of Nahua Philosophy, that was spread far by the Aztec Empire, formed by Tlacaelel – and I want to cover a very short overview of it in today’s post.

Philosophy in the Aztec empire, that was established until the Conquista, was very practically orientated. The people asked for pragmatic answers, which help them to live their lifes in balance. I already pointed this out in our Codex-Day article about Medicine. The need for that balance was often symbolized by polar opposites like day/night, black/white, and so on. However, we have to understand…

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