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Pearl Harbor memories fading with time

Pearl Harbor memories fading with time | Als Return to Education | Scoop.it
You could hardly escape reminders of it during World War II. And over the course of decades since, Dec. 7 has meant one thing to generations of Americans: Pearl Harbor. Unprovoked attack.
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Just a small reminder of what today is and what it means to many Americans.  My grandparents told me about this when they were alive.  How unexpected it was, how shocking it was and how angry they, as well as many Americans were.  My grandparents have all passed away, but I made sure I told my kids about the importance of this day.  It is something that never should be forgotten.  This act reunited a nation in one common cause that I do not think has happened again.  There was only one purpose after December 7, 1941....to win a war that we did not start.

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Son says US war vet father, 85, detained by NKorea

Son says US war vet father, 85, detained by NKorea | Als Return to Education | Scoop.it
The son of an 85-year-old American veteran of the Korean War says his father was detained in North Korea as he sat in a plane set to leave the country.
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The Korean War never end.  Only an armistice was signed not a peace treaty.  Seems the North sees this 85 year old US veteran as a threat.  This area is the home to the worlds most heavily defended border in the world.  All you need is a spark to set it off.  The missle tests, the nuclear program, the human rights violations and now the detaining of a US veteran that happened a month ago and still no word on the man.  Seems that a spark might be coming.  Let's all hope it doesn't.

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Kashmir: Nuclear war between India and Pakistan likely?

Kashmir: Nuclear war between India and Pakistan likely? | Als Return to Education | Scoop.it
Month after his meeting with Manmohan Singh, Nawaz Sharif said nuclear war is likely between India, Pakistan over Kashmir. He will meet Barack Obama in US.
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Kashmir is still a hot spot in the world especially when thw two powers involved but have nuclear weapons and both seem willing to at least say they are still on the table in any conflict.  A long problem starting back when lines were drawn on the map by Imperial Britain.  Much like in Africa, however, nukes, at least as far as we know, are not on the table in Africa....yet.

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Meagan Harpin's curator insight, November 13, 2013 9:12 AM

Kashmir is a hot spot in the world  whith the two powers involved having nuclear weapons and both are willing say they are still on the table for a conflict.  

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Israel strikes Russian weapons shipment in Syria

Israel strikes Russian weapons shipment in Syria | Als Return to Education | Scoop.it
The attack was confirmed by an Obama administration official. The revelation came as Syria met a deadline to destroy chemical production facilities.
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The situation is Syria is still in flux and very dangerous.  It seems that they are cooperating with the chemical weapon sanctions that the UN wants but they are still buying Russian weapons for Hezbollah.  Israel has struck before at weapons bound of Hezbollah from Syria.  The weapons are usually long range missles that Hezbollah can use against aircraft, ships and land targets fired from inside Syria.  State support terrorism..I think this shows it is still around.....

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The Ever-changing Map Of Middle East

http://www.middle-east-museum.com The map of Middle East countries and empires has been changing constantly since ancient time. This video shows the various ...
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Just a quick time map that shows how this area has been under the control of just about everyone in the area.  There are so many cultural, historical, social, economic and religious, amoung others, reasons that this area is so convoluted.  There is no real easy way to explain why the conflicts here keep going.  My dad once told be that they have been fighting for so long they forgot why and for what.  That they are fighting because theirs fathers did and their fathers and their fathers and so on.  Didn't Einstein say that the definition of insanity was "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results?"  Well seems to me that this applies to this entire area of the world today. 

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Cuban Missile Crisis - John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum

Cuban Missile Crisis - John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum | Als Return to Education | Scoop.it
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Just a look back of what the relations were in the 1960s and how close the US and the USSR came to full blown nuclear war.  I asked both my parents what it was like in 1962 during this time.  Both of them said it was a scary time.  Nuclear attack drills daily when this was going on in October 1962.  This area so close to the US geographically made a huge difference even though the Soviets had missles that could reach the US from Russia and elswhere in Europe.  It was the fact that there would be so little warning of a launch and that it was right in our "back yard"...remember the Monroe Doctrine.  Kennedy invoked its use in order to stop the missiles.  But now times have changed..see my next scoop...

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Paige McClatchy's curator insight, September 25, 2013 8:22 AM

The Cuban Missle Crisis was a very scary moment for the world and is a very blatant example of how the US managed/used coersion in their relationships with Latin American countries during the Cold War. Geographically, the fall of Cuba to communism was a huge blow to the United States because it represented a severe military threat. The US sought to control all of South America and democratize it in the Cold War because of its geographically strategic position to the US.

Meagan Harpin's curator insight, October 6, 2013 10:59 AM

A look back at a scary time during October 1962 when the US and USSR where close to a nuclear missle war. It was filled with days of nuclear safety drills and fear of the unknown while Kennedy worked hard to get the situation under control.

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The Water's Edge » Has Congress Ever Denied a President’s Request to Authorize Military Force?

The Water's Edge » Has Congress Ever Denied a President’s Request to Authorize Military Force? | Als Return to Education | Scoop.it
Many people inside the Beltway doubt that President Obama will succeed in convincing Congress to authorize a military strike against ... (Has Congress ever turned down a president's request to authorize military force?
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Interesting to see that Congress has say no in the past, albeit very much in the past.  Since that time the US has used its military power under the authority of the President as Commander in Chief and not with a formal declartion of war from Congress.  The President has the power and the right to have military actions, but should he wield it.  Just because you have the power does not mean you should always use it.

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China military urges vigilance over Japan's defense plan

China military urges vigilance over Japan's defense plan | Als Return to Education | Scoop.it
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China's response to the action that the Japanese might want to increase their military.  Interesting to see that China feels Japan should not be in fear of China's military, even though they just completed their first aircraft carrier.  They also refer to Japan's World War II past...is that fear really there, that Japan will do the same thing.  The Chinese also feel that Japan has not done enough to atone for their past action in China in WWII.  Intersting especially from a country with questionable human rights violations.

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The Right to Fight: African-American Marines in World War II

The Right to Fight: African-American Marines in World War II | Als Return to Education | Scoop.it
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Amazing to think that it took a war to let African-Americans serve their country.  It was still a segregated military in World War II, not just for African-Americans but also for Japanese Americans, albeit for different reasons.  The segregation was even worse in the Marines, who did not have any African-American troops in the service.  It took the re-election of FDR for a thrid term and the support of African-American leaders to get him re-elected to start to allow African-Americans into the Marines.   

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Moving A Rare Piece Of Military History - WKRG-TV

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Moving A Rare Piece Of Military History
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Relocating the gun to Bicentennial Park is a small part of a long-term strategic plan to make North Baldwin County a regional, military history and tourism destination.
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This is something that needs to needs to done country wide and where the US has memorials overseas.  We need to preserve oour history no matter where it is.  It is part of our culture, it is part of our history and they all need to be protected and preserved.

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British have invaded nine out of ten countries - so look out Luxembourg

British have invaded nine out of ten countries - so look out Luxembourg | Als Return to Education | Scoop.it
Britain has invaded all but 22 countries in the world in its long and colourful history, new research has found.
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Looks like the British wanted to make everyone mad.  Remember the old say "the sun never set on the British Empire."  Now you can see how that can be true.

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Spartan Military - Anything like this exist today?

Spartan Military - Anything like this exist today? | Als Return to Education | Scoop.it

The Ancient Spartan Military - Weapons, Warriors and Warfare."

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A culture based on a super stong military and all things martial.  The question to ask, can that happen today? or is it already here?

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Re-examining the Battle of Gettysburg with GIS

Re-examining the Battle of Gettysburg with GIS | Als Return to Education | Scoop.it

"GIS has given us the chance to re-examine how the Civil War battle was won and lost." 


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Kristen McDaniel's curator insight, July 9, 2013 11:46 AM

Looking for GIS integration into history classes?  Smithsonian has a great page using the Battle of Gettysburg.  

John Slifko's curator insight, July 10, 2013 9:17 AM

the rent of the civil war 

Todd Pollard's curator insight, February 4, 7:34 PM

I really like this interactive map application.

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2010: Lost WWII battlefield found -– war dead included. Remained untouched since 1942 - WAR HISTORY ONLINE

2010: Lost WWII battlefield found -– war dead included. Remained untouched since 1942 - WAR HISTORY ONLINE | Als Return to Education | Scoop.it
An Australian trekker said he has discovered the site of a significant World War II battle in the jungles of Papua New Guinea, complete with the remains of Japanese soldiers right where they fell almost 70 years ago.

Via Graeme Hosken
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An amazing discovery that was left alone since 1942.  You have to remember in this part of the South Pacific there was major fighting in this area.  The Battle of the Coral Sea and Guadalcanal were very important turning points in World War II.  The British and the Australians, mainly the Australians, stopped the Japanese advance on their march to take Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea which was a majpr base which stopped the Japanese from invading Australia.  This theater of war was extremely important that covered thousands and thousands of miles, even greater than the land war on the Eastern Front.

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Civil War Battles & Casualties

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Via Seth Dixon
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This is just an amazing resource that tells the military side of the Civil War.  This war claimed more US casualties than World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam combined.  A great resource to use to show the geogaphy of the war, the theaters of war that were themost imortant and how the Union wanted to fight the war.  Watch the time lapse of the map and it will show the pattern of the conflict as the war progressed.

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Kristen McDaniel's curator insight, November 18, 2013 10:11 AM

Awesome interactive map of Civil War battles

Arlis Groves's curator insight, November 25, 2013 6:09 PM

This interactive map can be a helpful resource for details about battle casualties.

Teresa M. Nash's comment, November 27, 2013 11:20 PM
Awesome!
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WWII Doolittle Raiders make final toast in Ohio

WWII Doolittle Raiders make final toast in Ohio | Als Return to Education | Scoop.it
The surviving members of Doolittle Raiders made a last toast to their fallen comrades with a bottle of 1896 cognac from Lt. Gen. James Doolittle himself.
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One of the most iconic pictures of World War II when a B-25 takes off from the carrier USS Hornet to attack Toyko only moths after Peal Harbor.  With the war in Europe going bad at this stage and the Pacific War all going the way of the Japanese, this moral boost is what started the turn around.  These men knew this was really a one way mission, though most survived, but still did the impossible..attacked the Japanese at home.  This shocked the Japanese which caused them to divert more resources to protect the home islands at a time they could have been used elsewhere.  This was in April of 1942.  In May of 1942 the Japanese were stopped at the Battle of the Coral Sea and in June of 1942 the were decisively beaten at the Battle of Midway.  From that point on, until 1945 the Japanese were in retreat.  All of this started by men make a small but huge morale boosting raid on Toyko.  They should never be forgotten.

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How Israel's Military Success Erased the History of the Diaspora's Jewish Warriors

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How Israel's Military Success Erased the History of the Diaspora's Jewish Warriors
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The historian Derek J. Penslar starts his masterful new book, Jews and the Military: A History, with an anecdote.
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A look at how Jews have served in other militaries and how this led to them to be fighting for the Jewish state of Israel.  Jew have long servered in many western armies, but espiecailly with the British in WW I when they lobbied, sucessfully, to be part of the liberation of the Jerusalem from the Ottoman Empire.  There is a long military tradition that Israel has, even though the state of Israel only came into being in 1948. 

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American Battle Monuments Commission

American Battle Monuments Commission | Als Return to Education | Scoop.it
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This is something, as Americans, we should all go and try and see in Europe.  I know this week is a tuday of the Euorpean region, but all of these cemeteries are in Europe.  I have see only one, the one in Italy and it is a breath taking site.  Just being there puts alot into perspective, of what the US stood for and of our soldiers who fought and died in other countries for the defense of others, not just ourselves.  When others criticize the US, and yes I know we don't always do the right thing, they should come and see these rows and rows of graves just to jog their memories a bit and maybe just maybe try to see things from our point of view.  As Americans we too should take a look to remeber what these men, boys really, did and to strive to live up to their sacrifice.

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The U.S. Plan to Invade Canada: War Plan Red

The U.S. Plan to Invade Canada: War Plan Red | Als Return to Education | Scoop.it
A time-honored tradition in the U.S. military, contingency plans have been drawn up for the defense against, and invasion of, most major military powers. In fact, in response to recent events on the Korean peninsula, the U.S.
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And you all thought that the US/Canadian border was going to be safe...well it is...now.  Seems that both sides made plans to invade each other in the 1920s.  Seems that there are contingency plans for everything.  With the relations that we see today, its had to believe that such plans are even necessary...however don't forgot your history.  The US was invaded from Canada by the British during the revolution and we also invaded Canada in both the Revoultion and the War of 1812.  Check out this little article for a brief War of 1812 history http://forgottenhistory.blogspot.com/2007/05/united-states-invades-canada.html ; So imagine now if we did not enjoy what is considered the longest undefended border on the planet??  What would life be like along an unfriendly border that stretches from the Atlantic to the Pacific and the long Alaskan/Canadian border??  Nice to live next to a counrty and not have the North Korea/Sout Korea mentality.

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ANOTHER FACE: U.S. military stronghold keeping watch over the Pacific

ANOTHER FACE: U.S. military stronghold keeping watch over the Pacific | Als Return to Education | Scoop.it
Under the Obama administration, a strategic pivoting to Asia will see 60 percent of the U.S. Navy's fleet based in the Pacific Ocean by 2020. This has been described as a strategic "rebalance" to strengthen the U.S.
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A change in the geopolitics of the Pacific Area.  With the growing of the Chinese Navy with their new aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, and the economic importance of the area, the US will ship 80% of the navy to Pacific waters.  Hawaii's importance as a military base has now increased, or at least returned to the same level as in WWII.  Showing a shift of importance away from the Atlantic waters and Europe.

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Japanese Minister Proposes More Active Military Presence in Region

Japanese Minister Proposes More Active Military Presence in Region | Als Return to Education | Scoop.it
Actions by China and North Korea are leading Japan to consider a more aggressive military posture after decades of postwar pacifism.
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Given their geographic loaction, the geopolitcis of the area are going to force the Japanese to reverse its stance on the military since the end of World War II.  Some in the government want to change the post-war constitution and change the JSDF, Japanese Self-Defense Force, into a full military not just a self-defense force.

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A wonderful tale of chivalry from WWII

A wonderful tale of chivalry from WWII | Als Return to Education | Scoop.it
This is an incredibly marvelous story, well worth the read for those interested in military history: A Higher Call: A stricken Allied bomber, the
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An incredible act of compassion from an enemy pilot.  His belief and his traditons of chivalry and how he was raised led to this act in a time when it seemed all sense of humanity was gone.  What the German pilot risked for the American pilots was nothing short than his life. 

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Rabbi-Chaplains of the Civil War

Rabbi-Chaplains of the Civil War | Als Return to Education | Scoop.it
A controversial proposition, a receptive president and some surprising support.
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Amazing to see how our belief and our culture of religious freedom was used to help get Rabbis into the Union Army to serve the Jewish soldiers that were fighting.

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Developers have WWII airfield in their sights

Developers have WWII airfield in their sights | Als Return to Education | Scoop.it
During an anniversary ceremony in Hawaii several years ago, retired Marine Maj. John Hughes described the scene of the surprise attack by the Japanese on the island on Dec. 7, 1941.
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A battle here going on historical importance and culture on one side and the need to develop on the other.  the City Council of Honolulu gave the ok to develop the area of Ewa Filed.  This was one of the airfields that was attacked during the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941.  Many people do not want this to happen as it is an important to them for the memory it serves, no less important in their eyes to say the Arizona Memorial.  We need, as a culture, in my opinion to keep this historical sites free from development so we know where we have come from and where we need to go in the future.

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Ghosts of War

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The remarkable pictures show scenes from France today with atmospheric photographs taken in the same place during the war superimposed on top.

 

In this fastinating set of images, Dutch artist and historian Jo Teeuwisse merges her passions literally by superimposing World War II photographs on to modern pictures of the where the photos were originally taken.  This serves as a reminder that places are rich with history; to understand the geography of a place, one must also know it's history (and vice versa).   

 

Tags: Europe, war, images, historial, place. 


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Incredible to see this kind of work.  I really hope this helps people remember what happened and what was given up in World War II.  As we lost more vets every day, we really need to make sure their scarifice is not forgotten.  Incredible piece of work here.

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Magnus Gustafsson's comment, April 26, 2013 12:53 PM
Yeah, this is interesting and give us possibilities to understand history is real.
Lauren Stahowiak's curator insight, February 25, 9:56 AM

Historian Jo Teeuwisse creates dramatic imagery by overlaying negative images onto current images. These World War II photos show how different things were at the time and how people walk these streets everyday and may not even think twice about the streets history. Art is the best way to show emotion, and Jo Teeuwisse's art imposes a creative take on this.

Cam E's curator insight, February 27, 8:26 AM

I'm not even sure what to say about this set of pictures exactly, except that they're a very cool way to see history. I'm interesting in Social Studies and history because I'm captivated by seeing the world framed in a story, and these images do just that. To see the same places where the war was fought and what has changed is great, but these photos also give the impression of some stories of war. The idea of them being "ghosts" gives the impression of something left behind which marks the land even to this day.