Liverpool for New Years.
Wet. but weirdly it would rain in one part of the city but not the other. I literally walked into the rain and then out of it.
Watched Liverpool FC win vs Burnley. goal in 93rd minute to win it.
Watched the new year come in with fireworks from London and Edinburgh.
writing in my new Hobonichi planner/diary. thinking of all the christmas thank you cards to write once we are back state-side.
Next France and Paris.
Winter Session begins tomorrow. and then the craziness - 6 quizzes and 3 tests in five weeks.
itvs annual harry potter marathon is coming to an end. Last year we started in edinburgh and every night a new movie.
So again it comes to an end as the year ends. Deathly hallows part 2 is halfway through. Nandos has closed. The fireworks will begin soon. The year ends. And we are in britannia again.
Liverpool FC won in a come from behind victory. Had fourth row seats in the daglish/kop corner. Awesome to see such a great game.
I uploaded new episodes to Great Big History Podcast.
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New episodes include: Assyria, Persia, Egyptian Old/Middle/New Kingdoms.
created six videos using camtasia this morning. worked out a nice workflow. it is there to get my HIS 101 students started on their webstudy - online class journey
check them out here: http://www.professorgennari.com/his101ol.html
here is an image of the first video. i think they came out pretty well.
soon to be on apple itunes and google play.
Great BIG History Podcast will take us on the journey from 10,000 BCE to last week. We will start with the basic HIS 101, HIS 102 type intro college course. laying out big events, important characters, interesting trends.
After that, we will start our deep dive series. "8 Kings and a Queen" - a history of Sweden and Scandinavia from 1520-1721.
and "History behind the News" - where we take big news events such as the rise of ISIS and discuss it in a historical context.
and finally, out military history section will talk about the battles, wars, weapons, treaties and philosophies which have defined fighting in the world (and in historical fiction as well - look out Game of Thrones we're looking at how you use dragon airpower and how the Starks use Soft Power keep hold of the North and our hearts).
Find episodes here: greatbighistory.com
A Sad Story of a Sad Family - and not knowing if you should (or can escape)
follow a family across 3 years from fighting a revolution to ISIS arriving in Aleppo to being refugees.
you can also find the video and information here: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/children-of-syria/
Europeans have gone to join ISIS but they have also gone to fight against it. Here is a VICE video about some of those ppl - including women who have left their families and children to fight against ISIS
we discussed this at last nights lecture. The biggest recruiter tool ISIS has is proof that western democracy, freedom and equality is a lie. and that racism is the true heart of western democracies. this popped up this morning
Anti-Islam Activists To Hold Armed Rally In Atlanta, Shred Copy Of The Quran
The Atlantic on President Obama's foreign policy for which he has won a noble peace prize (for basically not being President G.W. Bush). This foreign policy will essentially be thrown out by all the major contenders for president.
We were ahead of this discussion which has been prominent since the cease-fire and now peacetalks in syria are beginning.
Find the article here at The new Arab - an Anti-Assad article.
BBC has an article about what the post-Assad syria might be like.
#syria #assad #bbc
There was a moment - certainly brief - where ISIS was a violent jihadi movement (there's lots of heads in this video - be careful) but still wanted some kind of outside legitimacy. Enough to allow in a journalist to tell its tale. Is it propaganda - ISIS intends it to be - but it remains the only look inside the inner workings of the group. Two months after his reporting ISIS was overrunning northern Iraq, laying siege to Yazidi towns, and getting bombed by the United States. After that, very bad things happen to reporters in ISIS territory.
From Vice News - August 2014.
Medyan Daireh Reporting from inside ISIS
On how they got a reporter inside ISIS - from Huffington Post
from Vice News (2012)
from Vice News: at 2min notice the reporters surprise of randomly talking to a Yazidi fighting with the Kurds in order to regain his hometown.
From Vice News - June 2015
above, a kurdish woman manning a post. Below, westeners who have joined the kurdish army to fight ISIS. It is currently legal for American to join a foreign army as long as it is not characterized as a terrorist group (so no IRA or Turkish PKK) or fights the United States (see Russian army).
Christopher Gennari, Ph.D is an Associate Professor of History at Camden County College.