There are 12 monarchies left in Europe. Obviously some don’t really count: Andorra’s “co-rulers” are the Bishop of Urgell and the President of France; the Vatican is ruled by an elected Bishop. Of the hereditary monarchies left, all but three descend from either Queen Victoria of Great Britain or Ki Read more
Presidential candidate and real estate mogul Donald Trump recently caused waves when he referenced a 1950s program that deported thousands upon thousands of illegal (and legal) Mexican immigrants from the United States. The operation which Mr. Trump so obliquely referenced was dubbed Operation Wetba Read more
The tragic events that transpired in Paris this past month are inexcusable. The terrorist attacks that took place on September 11th were horrendous and killed thousands of innocent lives. In 1998, the US Embassy in Nairobi and the US Embassy in Dar es Salaam killed scores of locals who had nothing t Read more
Before World War I, European immigrants to the New World had two choices: New York City or Buenos Aires. That is not a joke. In the early 1900s, Argentina was the seventh richest country in the world, more affluent than France, Germany and Italy. The fertile and vast Pampa was Argentina’s version of Read more
Iran (formerly Persia) has been called a pariah state, a member of an axis of evil, and one of the most dangerous countries on the planet. It has also been described as, “still…the most cosmopolitan and sophisticated culture in the Middle East.”  The Times of Israel has said it its people are “both Read more
For the most part, the various states of the American Union passed from Native American hands to European hands to American hands. Three states, however, hold the distinction of being independent countries before becoming a mere state: Texas, Hawaii, and Vermont. The Republic of Texas and the Kingdo Read more
Beirut seems to be having a sort of renaissance. The city teems with smartly dressed young people sipping wine in one of the city’s new cafes. Gleaming new buildings line the city’s famed corniche. Since the end of Lebanon’s two decade civil war in 1990, Beirut has seen impressive and rapid revitali Read more
In the 1920s and 1930s a group of rich white aristocrats lived a life in the highlands of Kenya that would make Hugh Hefner blush. At the end of the 19th century, an influx of British nationals moved to various parts of Kenya. The area became popular with rich aristocrats because their already consi Read more

Why is Texas Full of Germans?

Nov 24, 2015
Amir Roohi - Contributor

Texas won its independence from Mexico in 1835. Although they wanted to become part of the United  States, this did not happen for another ten years. Growing up, most Texan school children are taught that the people of the great state wanted independence from Mexico because Mexico City was too far f Read more
The Sykes-Picot agreement has been endlessly discussed in the news since ISIS released a video where they referenced the agreement. The boundaries set up by the  agreement, partially revised, were ironed out at the San Remo Conference and ratified by the League of Nations. The agreement is very stra Read more
Two countries in the Middle East have more or less existed as cohesive cultural entities within their current borders for millennia: Iran and Egypt.  Countries such as Syria, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq had been divided into various provinces of the Ottoman Empire since the 16th century and only became m Read more