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5 facts about Latin American wars of Independence

Trigger spark

Contrary to popular notion, the cause of Latin American wars of independence was more then just a desire to get rid of "foreign invaders." Yes, the key positions in the colonies were occupied by the officials sent from the mother country, and local population (even Creoles) was not admitted to high office. But the decisive role belonged to economic reasons: (more…)

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Comeback

Thorn bush scratched his arms to blood and the path disappeared in the pile of leaves underfoot. Fearing snakes, widespread in these places, he kept looking under his feet and walked very slowly, but still lost the way. It was getting cold and dark very fast. He decided it was time to emergency call, but when he took out his phone the battery was dead. (more…)

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10 facts about human rights during war

  • The main rule

The basic principle of modern international humanitarian law was set by Jean-Jacques Rousseau in his treatise "The Social Contract" in 1762. This principle is the following: the war is not a relationship between people, but a relationship between countries, and people become enemies by chance, not as human beings and not even as citizens, but as soldiers. And one can fight with soldiers only as long...

Treasure

He bandaged her eyes and led through meandering tunnels. "You could do without these precautions," she said after a dozen of turns. Then added, trying to smile: "I never would have remembered this way.” He only vaguely chuckled in response.

There was so quiet that the sound of their footsteps was like a slow drumbeat, mercilessly pounding in their ears. Again and again she regretted about all...

Awkward truth

The difference between a politician and a statesman is that 

a politician thinks about next elections, 

while the statesman thinks about the next generations.

W. Churchill

Every person begins its life with an innocent purity. Child asks simple questions: “why there is a division into poor and rich?”, “why do people deceive each other?”, “why do people kill each other?”… There are millions of...

Psychological rehabilitation of soldiers: role of family

War…It destroys cities, buildings and houses. It attacks psyche, exhausts physically and mentally.  It calls to arms fathers, husbands, brothers, sons, friends and relatives…

Psychologist Anna Sharaeva, provided militaries’ families with invaluable advices on how to manage stress and emotions while waiting for a soldier’s return from war; how to explain to a child where his or her father is; how to support a man that just...

Button

The doors softly slammed shut and it became very quiet and dark inside the car. Old man on the backseat watched rain drops silently knocking into the car window, thinking about something. Finally he turned to the driver and commanded: "Move on!" Long black car quickly drove in the bright evening city, exciting envy and admiration in passers-by.

 He had a lot to think about. Theatre wasn’t...

One wish

An explosion shook a house. People sitting in the cellar looked at the ceiling from which dust sifted down as the walls trembled. “This is the fourth time they are bombing us this morning”, mother said. Vadim shrugged and went on playing with his toy car. Two wheels of the toy were lost during numerous moves and paint has scaled off, but still it was his favourite toy....