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Rwandan King Kigeli dreams of a better future

OCALA, Fla., April 14, 2014 — Even for King Kiegeli V, life can be lonely at times. Most often when people say this, they are referring to a lost personal relationship. What about when one is evicted from his country, though? Can there be anything more lonely than forcibly leaving the land where you were ...

Kate Chopin: A soldier for liberty from the real “War on Women”

OCALA, Fla., April 11, 2014 — The “War on Women” is a major theme in the media these days. According to those who assert its existence, conservative activists and lawmakers are plotting to erode women’s rights. More or less, this would ultimately mean that abortion rights, contraceptive use, and pursuing a career over motherhood are ...

Kigeli V: A king who scorned corruption now lives exiled in Virginia

OCALA, Fla., April 4, 2014 — Today, almost 238 years since the Declaration of Independence was signed, a king lives in Virginia. He is not of England, or even Europe. Rather, his story began in one of sub-Saharan Africa’s most war-torn countries; Rwanda. Gradually, it played out westward until he and a loyal friend found themselves ...

Kigeli V: An exiled king in America who can’t go home

OCALA, Fla., April 2, 2014 — When one associates the words “king” and “Virginia,” images of British monarchs basking in opulence are conjured. While this was certainly true for the Commonwealth pre-1776, today a very different story presents itself. This is the story of King Kigeli V, Rwanda’s long-displaced monarch. He lives in the Northern ...

Kigeli V: The king just off of Route 66

OCALA, Fla., March 31, 2014 — When most people think about a house fit for a king, chances are that they conjure images of a palace tucked between rolling hills in some faraway land. While that might be the case for many monarchs, perhaps more in past years than today, it isn’t for one king. ...

The hard truth (for some) about Cesar Chavez

OCALA, Fla., March 28, 2014 — There’s a new film coming out about Cesar Chavez,  a very important, and equally misunderstood, figure in American history. Now more than at any time since Chavez’s death, it is important to learn the facts about him. This is because the fiction has created a myth used for rationalizing everything ...

What saved America’s economy after the Civil War?

OCALA, Fla., March 26, 2014 — These days, politicians, academics, and pundits find themselves caught in a tug of war. Pulling one end of the rope are Keynesian School economists, who call for the government to more or less control the economy with massive infusions of money. Opposite them stand the Austrian Schoolers, who want unfettered ...

Iroquois women enjoyed equality long before 1492

SAN JOSE, March 4, 2014 — Normal perceptions regarding Women’s History Month revolve around the struggle for women’s political equality in the United States. Yet, many citizens in the U.S. would not suspect that within some American Indian culture, long before Columbus ventured across the Atlantic Ocean, native women enjoyed an equality only dreamed of ...

President Obama, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Racism

San Jose, CA , January 22, 2014 — Last Sunday on January 19th, New Yorker magazine published an interview with President Barack Obama in which, among other things, he stated that some people in the country do not like him simply because he is black. It is interesting to hear this mantra yet again, and it ...