A Town Split in Two

Quite literally, this town, half in Belgium and half in the Netherlands, is split in two by an international border. Thankfully you don’t need a passport to go outside your door, but the border is marked with pavement lines, signs, and little flags on every building in town. This border exists almost as an accident … More A Town Split in Two

Commemorating Women on Women’s Equality Day

August 26 is Women’s Equality Day, which commemorates the 96th anniversary of the 19th amendment granting women’s suffrage. A few days ago (two to be exact),  it was Women’s Equality Day. Many years ago (96 to be exact), it was the day where women finally won the right the vote. Nearly a century later, women have emerged as … More Commemorating Women on Women’s Equality Day

“Youth Bulge”

The term “youth bulge” has been around for a while, and the concept is quite straightforward: because of demographic trends, much of the population in most developing countries is under the age of 30. For some countries, the statistics are even more extreme, for example according to this article, “In Afghanistan, Angola, Chad, East Timor, … More “Youth Bulge”

When elephants fight, it’s the grass that gets trampled on

“This is Omran. He’s alive. We wanted you to know.” In the following clip, CNN anchor Kate Bolduan tears up while reporting on a heartbreaking photo from Aleppo, Syria. The image and footage of a little boy named Omran Daqneesh is going massively viral. It’s a haunting and disturbing representation of the current war in … More When elephants fight, it’s the grass that gets trampled on

The Winter War

A large piece of Finnish history but one little-known outside the Nordic country, the Winter War, a conflict fought between the Soviet Red Army and the Finns during World War II, is a fascinating piece of military history that may actually hold useful lessons for modern warfare. Read more here about how the Finns managed … More The Winter War