TODAY in HISTORY: JANUARY 03

TODAY in HISTORY: JANUARY 03

In the Spacecraft Assembly and Encapsulation Facility-2 (SAEF-2), a KSC technician looks over the Mars Polar Lander before its encapsulation inside the backshell, a protective cover. The solar-powered spacecraft, targeted for launch from Cape Canaveral Air Station aboard a Delta II rocket on Jan. 3, 1999, is designed to touch down on the Martian surface […]

TODAY in HISTORY: DECEMBER 31

TODAY in HISTORY: DECEMBER 31

The Address Downtown Dubai hotel caught fire hours before the New Year’s Eve fireworks in Dubai. Ahmed Jadallah / Reuters Following are some of the major events to have occurred on Dec 31 1946 – U.S. President Harry Truman formally declared an end to all hostilities in World War Two. 1997 – Dow index rises […]

Today in History – Dec 30

Today in History – Dec 30

Grigori Rasputin (1864-1916). (Unknown author. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons) December 30 (Reuters): Following are some of the major events to have occurred on December 30: 1916 – Grigory Rasputin, the Siberian peasant, mystic, and favourite of Russian Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra, was shot, poisoned and eventually drowned. 1947 – King Michael of […]

TODAY in HISTORY: DECEMBER 28

TODAY in HISTORY: DECEMBER 28

North Koreans mourn their deceased leader Kim Jong Il at the Kumsusan Memorial Palace in Pyongyang, on December 27, 2011. (Reuters/KCNA) Following are some of the major events to have occurred on Dec 28 Reuters 1923 – Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, the French engineer who built the tower in Paris that bears his name, died aged […]

Human Trafficking – Hidden in Plain Sight

Romy Hawatt Inter Press Service The media globally tends to have a bias to negative, sensational and headline grabbing stories and events and this certainly applies to reporting related to human trafficking in the third world. With the abundance of stories around sweat shops, massage parlours and organ trafficking networks happening ‘somewhere else’, the West […]

Today in History – DECEMBER 27

Today in History – DECEMBER 27

Supporters of Pakistan People’s Party hold an image of Pakistan’s former prime minister Benazir Bhutto during a candlelight vigil to commemorate her death anniversary in Lahore. (Thomson Reuters File Photo) Following are some of the major events to have occurred on December 27: Reuters 1927 – The Russian Revolutionary leader Leon Trotsky was expelled from […]

TODAY in HISTORY: DECEMBER 24

TODAY in HISTORY: DECEMBER 24

A file photo shows British playwright Harold Pinter talking to journalists outside his home after he won the Nobel prize for literature in London October 13, 2005. Pinter, the British playwright and Nobel laureate famous for his brooding portrayals of domestic life and barbed politics, has died aged 78. (REUTERS File Photo) Following are some […]

TODAY in HISTORY: DECEMBER 21

TODAY in HISTORY: DECEMBER 21

British pop star Elton John and his partner David Furnish leave the Guildhall in Windsor, southern England, after their civil ceremony December 21, 2005. John tied the knot with long-term partner Furnish on Wednesday, joining hundreds of gay couples in England taking advantage of a new law to formalise their relationships. REUTERS/Kieran Doherty  Following are […]

Taking Away the Ladder

Jomo Kwame Sundaram and Anis Chowdhury Inter Press Service The notion of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and later, South Africa) was concocted by Goldman Sachs’ Jim O’Neill. His 2001 acronym was initially seen as a timely, if not belated acknowledgement of the rise of the South. But if one takes China out of […]

TODAY in HISTORY: DECEMBER 20

TODAY in HISTORY: DECEMBER 20

George Soros was convicted of insider trading by a French appeals court in 2002. (Reuters Photo) Following are some of the major events to have occurred on Dec 20 1922 – Poland names politician, scholar and activist Stanislaw Wojoichewski as new president. 1968 – The American novelist John Steinbeck died; he achieved fame in the […]

TODAY in HISTORY: DECEMBER 19

Following are some of the major events to have occurred on Dec19 Reuters 1907 – More than 230 miners killed in Pennsylvania mine disaster. 1950 – The North Atlantic Council named General Dwight Eisenhower as Supreme Commander for Allied Powers, Europe. “1965 – Charles de Gaulle won the French presidential election runoff, defeating Francois Mitterrand. […]