John Ford: Life Before the Director’s Chair

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John Ford is one of the most highly acclaimed film directors of all time. Working prolifically within the constraints of the Hollywood studio system for over half a decade, the director established a reputation as a filmmaker comfortable within almost any genre of film. He still holds the record for having won more Academy Awards …

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The History and Origins of Avocado Oil

The History and Origins of Avocado Oil 3

The avocado tree (Persea Americana) is a member of the Lauraceae family and originated in Mexico and Central America. Its thick-skinned fruit is botanically considered a berry and contains a single large seed. Earliest archaeological records of the existence of avocados came from Coxcatlan in Mexico in approximately 10,000 BC. Evidence suggests they were cultivated …

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Judging Evil in the Trial of Rudolph Kastner

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When Hannah Arendt came to Jerusalem in 1961 to attend the Eichmann trial she expected to find Evil incarnated in the person of Eichmann. How surprised she was to see the man in the glass booth. The word she used repeatedly to describe him was “mediocre,” referring to the very average qualities of his person.[1] …

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Early Humans

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Recent discoveries have provided much new information on the emergence and spread of modern humans.[1] Scholars in the field of genetics have established that Homo sapiens originated in Africa in about 200,000 B.P., and that our species subsequently displaced all previous hominid species. Recent results in paleontology have gone far toward confirming these views.[2] Further, …

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Mao and Fanon: Competing Theories of Violence in the Era of Decolonization

Mao and Fanon: Competing Theories of Violence in the Era of Decolonization 6

The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon offers a powerful critique of colonial rule, while at the same time providing a call for violent and revolutionary struggle against European imperialism. Written in 1961 and in the context of the Algerian War of Independence, Fanon extols the virtues of violence as a means to liberate …

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