In the middle of the eighteenth century, residents of Ulster, the northeast region of Ireland, set sail across the Atlantic. Many were actually from Scotland, having originally immigrated across the Irish Sea to Ireland at the insistence of Britain’s King James I, who wanted to plant a contingent of loyal Protestant followers in the traditionally Catholic country. These migrants were known as “Scotch-Irish” when they reached the shores of America.
Traveling south from the New England port cities, the Scotch-Irish found a landscape in the southern United States that was not too different from their old home.
Syed Farook, Sr., a Pakistani immigrant, struggled to adapt to life in America with his family. Though he wore traditional Pakistani garb, he was not an observant Muslim, and he drove trucks for a living. He often had trouble paying the bills. The family filed for bankruptcy at one point and almost faced foreclosure for its home in Riverside, Calif. As the New York Times reported in December, he was also a drinker and an abusive father.
In his Republic, Cicero produced one of history’s staunchest defenses for a career in politics. Composed in the late 50s B.C. while the Roman republic enjoyed a period of precarious stability under the triumvirate of Caesar, Pompey, and Crassus, and styled after the famous work of Plato, the Republic first addressed the claims of those who want nothing to do with governing the state, and would prefer a quiet life unsullied by politics. Politicians, after all, tend to be “worthless,” according to these critics. Moreover, who would want to try to rule a capricious citizenry, or subject themselves to “foul abuse” from “corrupt and uncivilized opponents?”
Rep. Duncan Hunter (R., Calif.) is urging the Marine Corps to resubmit Sgt. Rafael Peralta for a Medal of Honor nomination after a recent statement of support from the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Nearly 200 people died in police custody in Russia last year, according to a new journalism project, as Russian authorities continue to face accusations of abusing political prisoners and their own citizens.
President Obama referred to Ukraine as a client state of Russia’s in his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, eliciting criticism from some U.S. lawmakers and analysts who noted Kiev’s independence from Moscow and ongoing battle against Russian-backed separatists.
Russia has again been accused of bombing humanitarian aid offices, schools, and hospitals in northern Syria, resulting in civilian deaths, according to reports.
Current and future U.S. military leaders will face immense pressure to lower standards in the services in order to allow more women to serve in combat roles, a top general recently warned.
The acting Army secretary is stepping down from his post until he is able to win confirmation from the Senate, the Pentagon said on Monday.
A Venezuelan oil contractor and Houston resident who donated thousands of dollars to President Obama’s 2012 presidential campaign was recently arrested on charges of bribery, wire fraud, and money laundering, according to reports.