Go East Young Man

It was in early September 1920, that a historic conference took place in Baku, Azerbaijan. The aim was to inspire a revolutionary consciousness among the people of former Tsarist Republics and beyond, many of whom …

The Flying Column

It was on this day in 1897 that one of the most famous names in the fight for Irish Independence was born, Tom Barry. A veteran of service in the British Army in the First …

Nothing is Written

It was on 15 May, 1961, that principle photography on the motion picture ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ began.  Lawrence of Arabia was nominated for ten Oscars at the 35th Academy Awards in 1963; it won seven …

The Prophet and the Cat

Today marks the start of Ramadan, a holy season for those who practice the Islamic faith. In the United States the population of Muslims is small and the increase in immigration from countries with a …

Markings

It was 10 April, 1953, that Dag Hammarskjold was sworn in as the 2nd Secretary General of the United Nations. A Swedish diplomat and economist, he spent his childhood in the Swedish city of Uppsala. …

Poet of Optimism

Samad Vurgun was born in 1906, and saw his first published poems in 1925, in the journal, ‘New Thought’. In 1929 he entered the Literature School at Moscow University. A proud advocate of his Azerbaijan …

The Rock of Gibraltar

It was on 6 March, 1988, that Irish Republican Army Volunteer, Mairead Farrell, was killed by British soldiers of the Special Air Service (SAS). Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, she joined the Provisional IRA as …