D-Day: Eisenhower’s Letter to His Wife

D-Day: Eisenhower’s Letter to His Wife

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As we commemorate D-Day, it’s often easy to forget that the invasion was considered a long shot. CNN reminds us that it remains “[t]he largest amphibious (land and water) invasion in history”. Everything had to go off without a hitch. This was the Allies chance to stick it to the Axis forces and land a startling blow to the Nazis. The fact this operation succeeded at all is amazing, the fact it went off without any major hitch is astonishing. But what was it like down on the ground? What did this future president go through on that day?   Image …

5 Reasons Why We Still Need Love Letters

5 Reasons Why We Still Need Love Letters

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Ah yes, there is nothing quite like romance and grand gestures. As cheesy as they may be, they’re even lovelier these days because they’re so uncommon. Who writes poetry for their love? Who plays them a song on their front porch? All those 80s and 90s rom-coms are so far in the past, yet they’re as relevant now as they were back then. A particular act of love I’m referring to? A good old-fashioned handwritten love letter.   They’re beautiful, simple, true, raw, and real. So where the hell are they?! Nowhere, because they’re a thing of the past. Love …

China Bans the Letter ‘N’ in Censorship Crackdown

China Bans the Letter ‘N’ in Censorship Crackdown

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Chinese President Xi Jinping recently moved to abolish presidential term limits in China, meaning that he could effectively remain the country’s leader for the remainder of his life. The move has understandably been met with much criticism from both within China and internationally. In response to this, the president has had censorship authorities crack down on online critiquing of his proposed constitution change.    The Guardian notes that according to a list compiled by the China Digital Times website, the following search terms blocked on Weibo, China’s Twitter, were:   ‘Ten thousand years’ (万岁), which is China’s way of saying: ‘Long live!’ …