June 18, 2015 Kathmandu, Nepal I’ll never forget the Oath of Office I took when I was commissioned as an Army Intelligence Officer all those years ago. The most important part is where you swear to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against ALL enemies, foreign and domestic.”
Thirteen years ago my life changed forever. Colin Powell, then US Secretary of State and the most credible person in George W. Bush’s cabinet, made the case for war in Iraq on February 5, 2003. As a young military intelligence officer at the time, watching from a makeshift army base in Kuwait not far from the…
July 16, 2015 Kunming, China “The first form of culture,” wrote historian Will Durant, “is agriculture.” And he was right. When human beings discovered 10,000 years ago that the soil would provide more food than they could possibly eat, this changed everything.
File this one away under ‘completely ridiculous’. You might have heard that Elon Musk was on trial last week in Los Angeles; he was being sued because he claimed (multiple times) that British spelunker Vernon Unsworth was a pedophile. (He’s not.) It’s generally damaging to one’s reputation when a world-famous billionaire erroneously calls you one […]
Roughly 23,000 years ago in modern-day Israel, a small tribe of ex-cave dwellers built a tiny village near the Sea of Galilee that may have been one of the earliest agrarian societies in human history. Archaeologists discovered the site more than thirty years ago. And they found tens of thousands of well-preserved seeds and agricultural […]
If you were a southern Italian peasant around the turn of the 20th century, your life was pretty rough. The feudal system had officially ended with the unification of Italy a few decades earlier. But most laborers probably didn’t notice the difference. The vast majority of southern Italians were farm workers. But the landlords who […]