with eyes open wide
How is everyone doing? Fall weather is upon you, Americans and Europeans! Cherish it because it always seems to go by too fast. Here, we are getting rain and rain and more rain… hoping for the dry season to start soon.
Here are some interesting articles I read recently. Enjoy!
The New History Wars (NY Times) – I love this debate about what to teach in high school history classes. I am firmly of the belief that it needs to be more diverse than the current curriculum. It’s great for patriotism to focus just on America’s achievements and positives. But it’s not good on an international scope to breeze over the painful parts of our nation’s history. We are naïve about our place in the world. Egotistical in many instances. We are taught to believe that our government is the best and to not question our leaders’ decisions. Government is a well-oiled machine wearing the white Olivia Pope hat. Well, unfortunately this isn’t true and has never been true. It’s time to stop with the brain-washing and teach our nation’s young minds to think critically, analyze the good and bad of our history, so that we won’t make the same mistakes in the future.
The Kennewick Man Finally Freed to Share His Secrets (Smithsonian) – OBSESSED with this story. It’s very long, but totally worth it if you are into world history. This is one of the oldest skeletons found in North America and what researchers have discovered from him is amazing. Not to mention the story to gain access to the skeleton will make your blood pump.
Archeologists Have Discovered the “Titanic of the Ancient World” in Greece (Mic) – This is SO cool! I really should have been an archeologist. They say this is a true treasure ship (and they aren’t joking). Reminds me of The Goonies. 🙂
An Iron Education: Suki Kim and the Future Leaders of North Korea (Biographile) – So I DO NOT agree with the way that Suki Kim gathered her information for her book and her points of view have been disputed by at least one other person who has taught at this same school (see here, truth or paid propaganda?), but if what she’s saying is true (which I don’t find hard to believe from what else we have learned from North Korea), it’s a very interesting and open view of the reality in North Korea. Definitely take a look if North Korea interests you.
My Night With Afghanistan’s Only Female Warlord (New Republic) – In my opinion, this is a poorly written piece, but the material is still very interesting and worth a read. The situation that this journalist put herself in was extremely dangerous (and bluntly, stupid), but she has a few gems from her reporting which makes it worthwhile. Let me say, I think investigative journalism is extremely important, but not everyone needs to be reporting everywhere. I stand by my opinion that seasoned journalists need to train local journalists to break barriers in their own countries instead of international correspondents trying to sneak into places that they do not belong, causing way more trouble and distrust than necessary.
Here’s Why Public Wifi is a Public Health Hazard (Medium) – This title is a bit misleading, but the contents are very important for anyone who routinely connects to public wifi (think in a cafe, hotel, restaurant, park, library, etc.). It sucks that our personal lives are so vulnerable thanks to the advance of the internet, but this is another reminder that you should be very careful when online in a public space.