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After Genocide, Only Human Wreckage Remains

Only Human Wreckage Left In Rwanda

The body of a man, who survivors say was a primary school teacher, lies beneath a blackboard drawing of Africa at a Karubamba school, May 13, 1994. Image Source: Jean-Marc Bouju/Associated Press

From The Associated Press, May 13, 1994:

“Nobody lives here any more.

Not the expectant mothers huddled outside the maternity clinic, not the families squeezed into the church, not the man who lies rotting in a schoolroom beneath a chalkboard map of Africa.

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Helen Keller’s Hands-On Meeting With Dwight Eisenhower

Helen Keller Meets Dwight Eisenhower

Image Source: Associated Press

On November 3, 1953, Helen Keller met President Dwight Eisenhower in what was likely the most unique greeting Eisenhower had ever received. Accompanied by Polly Thomson, Keller greeted the president with her hand — except instead of placing it in his hand, Keller went for the face. According to archival footage, Keller did this so that she might “see” him.

Said Keller after she “saw” Eisenhower: “I felt the courage in thought that carried him through such great years of the world’s history.”

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The Moscow Metro: A Mausoleum Of Revolutionary Ideals

Chandeliers Moscow Metro

Where else is the daily commute lit up by chandeliers? Be sure to check out the gallery at the end of this article for more gorgeous visions of the Moscow Metro. Source: flickr.com.

An average of 6.8 million riders get on the Moscow Metro every day. That is two million more daily riders than the ones crammed into the subway cars in New York City. For those nearly seven million Muscovites and visitors to the Russian capital, a ride in the metro is also a passage through an increasingly distant, though fascinating, Soviet past.

As in all state-sponsored, quasi-religious art, there is more than a seed of propaganda strewn across the gorgeous murals, sculptures and intricate ceilings of the Moscow Metro. The subway system of the former Soviet capital was explicitly created in the 1930s and 1940s as a paean to the highest ideals of Russia’s Communist revolution.

Moscow Metro CCCP Ceiling

The twelve mosaics from the 1950s on the ceiling at the Belorusskaya Station celebrate Soviet life in Russia’s neighbor, Belarus. Source: flickr.com

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People Without a Country: The Gypsies

In 1332, a Franciscan monk from Ireland visited the island of Crete. While there, he wrote this description of what he called “the descendants of Cain,” whom he met outside the town of Heraklion:


“They rarely, or ever remain in one place more than thirty days; but ever, as though bearing God’s curse with them, after the thirtieth day, go like vagabonds and fugitives from one locality to another, in the manner of the Arabs, with small, oblong, black, low tents, and run from cavern to cavern, because the place where they establish themselves becomes in that space of time so full of vermin and filth that it is no longer habitable.”

This was the first written account in Western Europe of the people who would come to be known as Gypsies, or Romani. Over the next four centuries, these people, who began their journey in northern India a thousand years prior, would cross every kingdom and principality in Europe. By the 18th century, they had traveled to America, and today they live all over the world.

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