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The Secrets of National Songs

All you need to know about the making and meaning of national songs! Erik Levi, Professor of Music at Royal Holloway, University of London, talks about the musical devices that stir emotions in patriotic songs and takes a critical look at some interesting examples.

    The Death penalty and the Authoritarian Personality

    Robert Dunham, Executive Director of the Death Penalty Information Center in Washington DC, discusses with Wayne Brittenden the ethical and legal situation of capital punishment globally — but particularly in the US, which is the only western democracy that — at least in 29 states — can still execute its citizens.

      How the US Overthrew Iran’s Democracy in 4 Days

      A little-known history that needs to be told, and the US National Public Radio does a fine job.

      As the Sufi poet philosopher Omar Khayyam put it: When I want to understand what is happening today or try to decide what will happen tomorrow, I look back.



        The chasm between your icons and what you probably don’t know about them

        The Political Compass in a nutshell

        Our amusing video explains so much in less than 5 minutes!

        An Open Letter to Christopher Columbus

        Christopher Columbus

        Since you’ve been in the news, it seems timely to drop you a line. After all, it’s not everyone that gets a US holiday in their honour. You and Martin Luther King. The two of you could hardly be more different …

        Lenin and Ukraine

        Vladimir Lenin’s view on UKRAINE was vastly different from Vladimir Putin’s!

        What Big Oil knew about climate change, in its own words

        Four years ago, I traveled around America, visiting historical archives. I was looking for documents that might reveal the hidden history of climate change — and in particular, when the major coal, oil and gas companies became aware of the problem, and what they knew about it …

        Gardens and Politics

        What your garden reveals …

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