President Obama was the first US leader to visit Ethiopia. The US had developed close relations with the country during the Kennedy administration. When the Derg deposed the Halie Selassie monarchy a Marxist government was established in 1974. Relations with the US deteriorated during that period. The Marxist rule came to an end in 1991 […]Read more "President Obama Visits Prime Minister Desalegn Hailemariam of Ethiopia (2015)"
Muhammad Ali made a visit to Egypt when the Arab Boxing Federation invited him to the country. This was more than just simple visit, but reaching out to other Muslims and African peoples. President Gamal Abdel Nasser was a major anti-colonial pan-Africanist and pan-arab nationalist. He was one of the founders of the Non-aligned Movement […]Read more "Muhammad Ali Meets Gamal Abdel Nasser (1964)"
James Baldwin appears on the BBC program Bookshelf . Here he explains his writing ,influences, and the the state of race relations in America. Baldwin states in the interview “if I’m a novelist with a message it is only one….. the effort people have to make to deal with others as human beings.” African Americans have […]Read more "James Baldwin BBC Bookshelf Program Interview (1963)"
Angela Davis an activist, author, educator, and a leader of the Communist Party USA was a guest of East Germany in 1972. She was also collaborating with the Black Panther Party for the sake of African American freedom struggle. Davis was a supporter of the Eastern block nations. She came to East Germany getting a […]Read more "Angela Davis Meets Erich Honecker (1972)"
This is a photograph taken in 1965 of Ho Chi Minh and Mao Zedong. Although the meeting seems cordial there had been tension between Vietnamese and Chinese through out their long histories. This was the year in which the US would begin its war against Vietnam. The Vietnamese and Chinese were allies with America during […]Read more "Ho Chi Minh Meets Mao Zedong (1965)"
This is an interview of Ayn Rand by Mike Wallace. She was the developer of Objectivism during the 20th century, which many ideas of the American conservative movement have adopted . Far-right Libertarians also adopted her ideas, but in reality Rand did not agree with their ideological positions. Ayn Rand explains her philosophy in this […]Read more "Ayn Rand Interview (1959)"
The Fra Muaro map is considered to be an important artifact of cartography. This marks the shift away from Biblical map making to more scientific based cartography. When it was produced in 1450, it was the most detailed and accurate description of the world. Fra Murao was a monk and creator of this map who […]Read more "The Fra Mauro Map (1450)"