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Why the U.S.-China duo is the most significant, and perilous, bilateral relationship in history

The U.S. and China represent the most significant – and potentially most perilous – bilateral relationship in human history.  Given that reality, neither side is managing their rising tensions with adequate skill or durable strategy.

That’s the way Stephen Heintz of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund put it in a conversation with me a couple of days ago. It is also the subtext of conversations I’ve had with world leaders visiting Washington, D.C. this week for the IMF and World Bank meetings.

U.S.-Soviet relations defined the Cold War, with both sides fielding the unprecedented nuclear capability to devastate each other, and

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The Sex Education Pamphlet That Sparked a Landmark Censorship Case | History

Mary Ware Dennett wrote The Sex Side of Life in 1915 as a teaching tool for her teenage sons.
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It only took 42 minutes for an all-male jury to convict Mary Ware Dennett. Her crime? Sending a sex education pamphlet through the mail.

Charged with violating the Comstock Act of 1873—one of a series of so-called chastity laws—Dennett, a reproductive rights activist, had written and illustrated the booklet in question for her own teenage sons, as well as for parents around the country looking

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David Olusoga: ‘Black people were told that they had no history’ | David Olusoga

Historian and broadcaster David Olusoga has been the face of a decolonial turn in British broadcasting that, in recent years, with series including the Bafta-winning Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners, A House Through Time and Black and British: A Forgotten History, has inspired new conversations about injustice in the story of Britain and Britishness in living rooms across the country. Anticipating this year’s Black History Month (October), he has contributed a foreword to the republication by Hodder & Stoughton of The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, the memoir of an 18th-century formerly enslaved

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Black History Month: The sporting heroes who changed our lives

Who is your black sporting hero? Who is the sportsperson who first meant everything to you, brought you boundless joy, conquered the world and changed your life in the process?

To kick off Black History Month, we asked BBC Sport staff who their personal hero is, who helped shape their identity, who made them fall in love with sport.

Ian Wright – by Nesta McGregor

Ian Wright celebrates scoring a goal for Arsenal
Wright scored 185 goals for Arsenal, nine for England, and enjoyed spells at six other clubs

As a child, Ian Wright had a profound impact on me. As an adult, nothing has changed.

Back then

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How the Renaissance Challenged the Church and Influenced the Reformation

The Renaissance, roughly spanning the 14th to 17th centuries, marked a time of cultural, intellectual and scientific advances. From European discoveries of continents and shipping routes to new views of mathematics and astronomy to the advent of the printing press, the period of “rebirth” following the Middle Ages was marked by changing ideas, enduring masterpieces of architecture, art and literature (it was the time of Shakespeare, Galileo, da Vinci and Machiavelli)—and a movement toward political and religious freedoms.

The shift toward political and religious freedom in turn, helped spawn the Reformation movement, which caused

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Decoding Human History With Ancient DNA From Extinct Archaic Humans

This year is the 20th anniversary of sequencing the human genome. In honor of this event, a research team led by Prof. FU Qiaomei from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences reviewed the most recent progress in the field of ancient DNA (aDNA), i.e., DNA obtained from the remains of past organisms. 

This review, entitled “Insights into human history from the first decade of ancient human genomics,” was published in Science on September 24, 2021. 

Ancient DNA research began with short DNA fragments and subsequently advanced due to the broad application

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Sha’Carri Richardson Plans An Olympic Comeback

Sha’Carri Richardson x Beats Studio Pods x Kanye West

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Even though her opportunity to compete in this year’s Games was thwarted, Sha’Carri Richardson still has plans to dominate at Olympics to come and give her fans what they wanted to see.

In a recent post to her Instagram Stories, the track star shared a picture tagged in Paris, France, the next city to host the international sporting event. Richardson noted, “Paris 2024, history will be made.”

Unfortunately, Richardson never made it to this year’s Tokyo Olympic Games. The 21-year-old sprinter rose to stardom when she dominated at the track

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How Haiti Was Forced To Pay Reparations For Freedom : Planet Money : NPR

The Baron de Mackau of France presenting demands to Jean-Pierre Boyer, President of Haiti, in 1825

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The Baron de Mackau of France presenting demands to Jean-Pierre Boyer, President of Haiti, in 1825

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In recent weeks, thousands of refugees from Haiti have arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border, desperate for a better life. Most left Haiti years ago, after a 2010 earthquake ravaged what was already one of the most dismal economies in the world. They had originally settled in places like Chile, but the politics of the region have made them feel unwelcome,

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Tracing the history of the 1911 Revolution in Wuhan

Editor’s Note: This year marks the 110th anniversary of the 1911 Revolution, or the Xinhai Revolution, which overthrew the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) and put an end to the country’s over 2,000-year-old monarchy. The revolution is of great historical significance, for it led to the establishment of the Republic of China (1912-1949) and the following social changes in the country. Nowadays, some of the historical sites have been preserved in the country to remember this important chapter in China’s history.

The history of the Xinhai Revolution began with the Wuchang Uprising, an armed rebellion against the Qing Dynasty rulers that broke

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