Caliph-Of-Hate By Hannatu Musawa
Whether the insurgent leader in Nigeria is dead, alive or in purgatory, this unacceptable level of violence against the people of Nigeria, the shocking vigilance to create instability in the North Eastern part of the country, the persecution, oppression, threats to people, the crimes, cannot be accepted under any circumstance whatsoever.
This good for nothing, barbaric, ignorant, repulsive, misguided, abhorrent assassins, who could almost be described as being under some fallacy that they have been cast as the antagonists in the most violent of the Quentin Tarantino movies must realize that the atrocities they continue to commit cannot be forgiven, forgotten and can certainly not go unanswered.
225th Anniversary of the First Congress: We’ll be posting documents and stories highlighting the establishment of the new government under the Constitution through March 2016.
Rhode Island’s path to ratifying the Constitution was a bumpy one. After rejecting the Constitution numerous times, the United Sates gave Rhode Island a deadline of January 15, 1790 to either call a new ratifying convention or have it’s exports to the U.S. taxed as foreign goods.
On September 26, 1789, President George Washington forwarded this message from Rhode Island’s Governor John Collins explaining Rhode Island’s hesitancy over ratifying the Constitution. The January deadline was postponed after Congress received a second letter which outlined plans for a ratifying convention in March 1790. The convention adjourned without taking a ratification vote, and Congress again considered legislation to treat Rhode Island as a foreign state.
On May 29, Rhode Island finally ratified the Constitution. They included with their ratification a list of 18 human rights and 21 proposed amendments. Most of the 21 amendments were included in the Bill of Rights passed by Congress and sent to the states for adoption. On June 30, Rhode Island passed all 12 of the proposed amendments, though only amendments 3 through 12 would be adopted as the first 10 amendments to the Constitution.
Message from President George Washington Enclosing a Letter from Rhode Island Governor John Collins, 9/26/1789, Sen 1A-E2, Records of the U.S. Senate
New quantum camera capable of snapping photos of ‘ghosts’
Spooky quantum cameras can capture images from photons that never encountered the objects pictured.
Oh boy, the weekend is here! Head to the Museum and explore your world, from the deep sea to outer space.
Here are some highlights from the past week:
- We welcomed autumn to the Northern Hemisphere at 10:29 pm, 9/22.
- Four Museum scientists departed on an expedition to Papua New Guinea.
- New research focuses on a "hidden gem" in Einstein’s 1916 theory of general relativity.
- The New York Times profiled Museum Ornithologist Rocky Rockwell and his insights into the changing diet of polar bears.
- Enjoy a video and podcast from the Museum’s recent expedition to Madagascar in search of snakes.
GIF from 1920’s Museum archival footage.
NOW ON VIEW: Stop by the Institute of Humanity Gallery (202 S. Thayer) to see the photography exhibition of Jennifer Karady: Soldiers’ Stories from Iraq and Afghanistan. Karady takes student veterans and stages photographs of them in home environments.
The gallery is open 9am-5pm, September 25th-28th.
By James Kariuki, Counsellor and Head of Politics, Economics and Communications Group at the British Embassy in Washington
“I know who Anne Frank is, but I didn’t know who Solomon Northrup was.” The Oscar-winning film, 12 Years a Slave, was inspired by British Director Steve McQueen’s determination to bring the true story of a free-man, tricked into slavery, to a global audience. Having succeeded at the box office, McQueen dreamt of bringing Northrup’s story to schools across America: it “needs to be shared and remembered for generations to come.”
McQueen’s dream came one step closer yesterday when he launched a project with the US National School Boards Association to make 12 Years a Slave available to American students. Public high schools will have access to educational toolkits, including a DVD of the film (edited for teen audiences), a Penguin paperback of the book and a study guide.
Speaking at Howard University – in Washington D.C.’s historically black Shaw district – McQueen told those of us privileged to be there that this goal was more important than Academy Awards. We had to remember not just the brutality of slavery but the spirit of those who confronted it. Northrup descendent Vera Williams reminded a mostly young, black audience that “in the 1800s, there were African Americans who were free, prosperous and living the American Dream. This story needs to be told.” For McQueen’s collaborator, TV personality Montel Williams, the project had contemporary relevance: “more people are living in slavery today than there were during the 19th century slave trade.”
Some US commentators were surprised that it took a black British Director to bring this most brutally compelling depiction of slavery to the big screen. But it is not the first time that British and American debates on emancipation and equality have informed each other.
Last year, representing the British Embassy at the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s March on Washington, I wrote about transatlantic connections in the history of race relations. The early anti-slavery campaigns of British politician William Wilberforce. The liberating experience of black GIs stationed in Britain during the Second World War. The civil rights campaigner Claudia Jones, deported to London in the 1950s to became a founder of our Notting Hill Carnival. The bus boycott in Bristol, England - inspired by action in Montgomery, Alabama - which paved the way for the landmark UK Race Relations Act of 1965. Recent events in the US – from the election of a black President to the traumas of Florida and Ferguson - are followed as avidly in Britain as they are around the world.
This is the LAST WEEKEND to see “Here and Elsewhere,” closing on Sunday!
For nearly four decades, Abdul Hay Mosallam has created detailed sculptures and paintings that document and archive Palestinian folk traditions as well as important figures and events in the modern history of Palestine. The work exhibited here dates to a period between 1977 and 1978 when his artistic vocabulary was dominated by pan-Arab colors and focused on chronicling the efforts of the PLO’s guerrilla fighters (fedayeen). A Military Statement/The Martyr Dalal Mughrabi (1978), pictured here, shows a silhouette embellished with a psychedelic scriptlike motif. The piece represents the Fatah militant, Dalal Mughrabi, who led the PLO’s Operation Martyr Kamal Adwan, an infamous bus hijacking that became known in Israel as the Coastal Road Massacre, and for which Mughrabi was denounced as a terrorist by Israeli officials and revered as a martyr by many Palestinians. Sedimented in this gritty and uninhibited depiction is not only Mosallam’s solidarity with the fedayeen, but perhaps also his conviction that these images, like weapons, could advocate a political cause.