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   ... to the 'Anglosphere' :o)
3 novembre 2010 3 03 /11 /novembre /2010 12:36

From the BBCNEWS

2010midterm-election-results-graph.jpgLast updated at 11:45 am

November 3, 2010

Maps from the Associated Press

in the BBCnew article  >>>   "2010 General Election Returns"

[U.S. Senate, U.S. House, Governors, ballot initiative]

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10 octobre 2010 7 10 /10 /octobre /2010 21:34

... non violent like Nobel Peace prizes Liu Xiaobo, or Aung San Suu Kyi

(2010 and 1991), committed to social change (and a bright writer too !) like Mario Vargas Llosa... and so much more !

Click on the illustration below to find a few facts & figures about them :



Below, a few words by the 2010 Nobel Literature prize, Mario Vargas Llosa :


Click on the photo ^^^ to watch the video !

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9 octobre 2010 6 09 /10 /octobre /2010 16:14


Above is the symbol of WPD for the next three years.

World Post Day is said to "give governments and Posts an opportunity to demonstrate just how much the ever-expanding range of postal services contributes to national economic growth."



The Universal Postal Union's was established in 1874 in Bern -the Swiss capital. It was declared World Post Day by the UPU Congress held in Tokyo (Japan), in 1969.

- Each year World Post Day marks its anniversary on October 9 -

It aims at making people aware of the importance of the role played by the postal sector in people's everyday lives and work. Below you can view a few stamps celebrating World Post Day : from Luxemburgh / Syria / Poland / South Africa.http://www.mediabd.com/store_images/stamps/3/481_s.jpg




(1) : Mail box photo by   tricky TM  

under license CC BY-NC-SA

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21 septembre 2010 2 21 /09 /septembre /2010 22:05

 President Obama speaks to members and guests at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s 33rd Annual Award Gala in Washington, D.C.

Go to 21'38" and listen to the President's conclusion : it describes an ideal America.

"[...] So let me close by saying this : long before America was even an idea, this land of plenty was home to many peoples.  To British and French, to Dutch and Spanish, to Mexican, to countless Indian tribes.  We all shared the same land. We didn’t always get along.  But over the centuries, what eventually bound us together - what made us all Americans - was not a matter of blood, it wasn’t a matter of birth. 

It was faith and fidelity to the shared values that we all hold so dear. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, endowed with certain inalienable rights:  life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

      That’s what makes us unique.  That’s what makes us strong.  The ability to recognize our common humanity; to remember that in this country, equality and opportunity are not just words on a piece of paper, they’re not just words in the mouths of politicians - they are promises to be kept.

      And that is our calling now : to keep those promises for the next generation.  No matter which way the political winds shift, I will stand with you for that better future.  And if you stand with me, and if we remember that fundamental truth - that divided we fall, but united we are strong, and out of many, we are one - then you and I will finish what we have started.  We will make sure that America forever remains an idea and a place that’s big enough and bold enough and brave enough to accommodate the dreams of all our children and all our people for years to come.  Si, se puede !

Thank you.   God  bless  you, and  God  bless  the  United  States  of  America.  Thank  you !"


Video and transcript from the White House website

(Public Domain)

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16 septembre 2010 4 16 /09 /septembre /2010 20:33

... 390 years ago :

the Mayflower was a ship

On her first voyage she travelled to the Plymouth colony in Massachusetts (U.S.A.). The ship left England in July of 1620, but turned around twice because Speedwell (the ship it was travelling with) was  leaking. She finally left on September 16 of the same year, leaving the Speedwell behind.


The ship carried 102 men, women and children, who lived in the dark, damp, cold cargo decks below the crew's quarters. Many of them died on the voyage.

After over two months at sea, the English colonists arrived at Cape Cod on November 11. A few weeks later, they sailed up the coast to Plymouth, and started to build their town. They lived on the ship for a few more months, rowing to shore to build houses in the day, and returning to the ship at night. Many people began to get very sick from the cold and the wet. About half the people on the Mayflower died that first winter from common illnesses (colds, coughs and fevers...).

In March of 1621,  there were enough houses for everyone to live on land and the Mayflower returned to England on April 5. In 1623, a year after Christopher Jones (master of the Mayflower) died, the ship was probably dismantled (taken apart) for firewood in England. [ adapted from Simple English Wikipedia  ]   


Usually you use the pronoun "he" for a boy/man, "she" for a girl/woman, and "it" to name items, and inanimate beings (as animals). But for the word 'ship', you use "she"

Illustration : "Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor" by William Halsall (1882) -photo in the Public Domain

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29 juillet 2010 4 29 /07 /juillet /2010 12:09

'Captured : America in Color from 1939-1943'

"These images, by photographers of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information, are some of the only color photographs taken of the effects of the Depression on America’s rural and small town populations...


Click on the folding flag (1) ^^^ to view the photos

... The photographs are the property of the Library of Congress and were included in a 2006 exhibit Bound for Glory : America in Color."



(1) Flag animated picture from the Public Domain 

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28 juillet 2010 3 28 /07 /juillet /2010 10:31

"Was apartheid only white rule [?] :

Bantustans, collaborators and traditional leaders"

This article underlines that not only was apartheid ruled  by white people, but black and coloured people also played their role...

   "The National House of Traditional Leaders is demanding that that the Constitution be amended in rural areas to do away with elected local government and give the amakhosi the power to govern. Under the guise of “tradition and culture”, they wish to re-establish old bantustans.[...]

   Apartheid was a complex system that benefited not only a White minority, it had a range of African, Coloured and Indian beneficiaries as well. The late colonial and apartheid state in South Africa was always White dominated but supported ‘tribal’ leaders in the homelands or bantustans and a minority of Coloured and Indian collaborators.

   Apartheid would never have lasted a day without its collaborators located mainly in the rural parts of our country. There were exceptions among 20th century traditional leaders but they were small in number and persecuted by the apartheid state.

   Today, most of our university students would struggle to name even five homeland leaders [...].

The power of homeland leaders over people was not fake. Unless you voted for their one-party “regimes”, kissed their hands, gave them money — your access to land, education, health and other social services were restricted. Most damning is the power they exerted over women, girls and young men.    African women in most rural areas never became adults with full legal personalities. The system of chiefs, homeland “self-rule” and “independence” was also a part of the violence against our people. Inkatha chiefs killed thousands of ANC supporters who then had to defend themselves. All Bantustan jails were filled with activists while their police shot and beat people indiscriminately during protests.

   Our current version of history and struggle is a romantic myth with “bad Whites” and “good Blacks led by the ANC”. We forget that there were many African, Coloured and Indian collaborators who used minority rule to exploit our people. Most of them flooded into the ANC after 1990.

Religion, tradition and culture are an important part of South Africa’s diverse people. Democracy means developing forces into a progressive tradition that respects human rights. A struggle is emerging over democracy and the Constitution in South Africa. This struggle centers around the ideas of freedom, equality, social justice and the right to elect our representatives. If conservative Chiefs and other traditional leaders, Priests, Imams and Rabbis together with their business counter-parts have their way, minority rule will be manifested in different forms. The domination of women, girls, young men, workers, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and inter-sex people will become a part of our daily lives.

   It is vital that we read our history and that we understand that the struggle for democracy and social justice is never won — it is a permanent struggle. Now is the time to re-examine the role of “traditional” leaders and collaborators under apartheid. They did not go away, they entered the ANC to continue plundering the state as they plundered the Bantustans and the stooge Coloured and Indian Parliaments.

   We have to ensure that tradition, religion and culture is respected and developed, to promote human dignity, equality and freedom, not our subjection."

by Zackie Achmat

(c) Centre for Law and Social Justice and licensed
under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.5 South Africa License

The complete article is on the

WRITING RIGHTS - Centre for Law and Social Justice website.


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14 juillet 2010 3 14 /07 /juillet /2010 20:09
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7 juillet 2010 3 07 /07 /juillet /2010 21:58

"A harsh climate did not stop humans moving to northern

Europe nearly a million years ago", Miriam Frankel says.

Researchers have discovered stone tools in Norfolk : these suggest early humans arrived nearly a million years ago -or even earlier-  in Britain.

Here is a video on the Nature website :

You'd better launch the video and click on 'pause' until it is completely downloaded : then you'll be able to watch it. 

Click here >> BBC news

to read article about it.

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4 juillet 2010 7 04 /07 /juillet /2010 17:43

This Muppets' Pledge of Alliance
parodies the US :

Though the animation may look rather childish, it's full of history data. Try and answer these questions :
1) What are the three notions Sam the Eagle points out at the beginning of his speech ?
2) Which symbols of the American civilization & history can you see behind the Muppet band (name at least 2  of them) ?
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