Why Canadian Aid Won’t Really Help Palestinian Entrepreneurs

Majd Mashharawi describes herself and other Palestinian entrepreneurs as “full of dreams, life, energy and hope.” She is determined to improve peoples’ lives. Canada recently announced that $37 million of a $50 million development aid package will go to supporting Palestinian entrepreneurship. Rather than assist people like Majd, however, Canadian aid won’t do much good….

In 1968, Computers Got Personal: How The ‘Mother of all Demos’ Changed The World

On a crisp California afternoon in early December 1968, a square-jawed, mild-mannered Stanford researcher named Douglas Engelbart took the stage at San Francisco’s Civic Auditorium and proceeded to blow everyone’s mind about what computers could do. Sitting down at a keyboard, this computer-age Clark Kent calmly showed a rapt audience of computer engineers how the…

Netizen Report: Online Censorship Roundup

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world. What Role Does Facebook Play in Libya’s Civil War? Earlier this week, Facebook was blocked in the Libyan capital Tripoli and surrounding cities, as fighting between armed militias raged. On 3 September, Reuters reported that…

How Black Slaves Were Routinely Sold as ‘Specimens’ to Ambitious White Doctors

The history of human experimentation is as old as the practice of medicine and in the modern era has always targeted disadvantaged, marginalised, institutionalised, stigmatised and vulnerable populations: prisoners, the condemned, orphans, the mentally ill, students, the poor, women, the disabled, children, peoples of colour, indigenous peoples and the enslaved. Human subject research is evident…

Lost City of Etzanoa Now Open To Public In Kansas

The lost city of Etzanoa, one of the largest Native American archeological sites in the entire United States, has been opened to the public. Located in Arkansas City, Kansas, experts believe the site may exceed the size of the Cahokia Mounds. Using new translations of Spanish conquistador documents that were compiled by researchers at the University of California…

Castle Rock: The New Must See Show From Hulu

Stephen King adaptations have a reputation of either being spectacularly good or an absolute disaster. While the likes of It and The Shawshank Redemption stand as icons of cinema, there’s certainly more than a few clangers to level the playing field. Recent years have been good to fans of King’s work however, with 11.22.63 and…

Historic Artefacts Discovered During Cleanup of New York’s Gowanus Canal

Several artefacts of historical interest have been found during the ongoing cleanup operation at New York’s Gowanus Canal, one of the dirtiest and most polluted bodies of water in the entire United States. The Gowanus Canal, originally known as Gowanus Creek, is a 1.8-mile canal in Brooklyn, New York, that was once a key part…

Legends of the Squared Circle: A History of Mexican Lucha-Libre (Part One)

In July of this year Mexico City declared that lucha-libre, the Mexican sport of professional wrestling, was Intangible Cultural Heritage, giving the sport a status to stand alongside any other of the many cultural and historic riches that the Mexico can offer. The status was applied using the international standards on intangible heritage set forth…