CONTRASTING FATES OF THE TWO QUEEN MOTHERS OF NEPAL

Two half-sisters were married to the Wali’Ahad a Persian formulation for ‘heir to the throne’, Crown Prince Trailokya Bikram Shah of Nepal. These marriages took place in short intervals, the elder sister Tara Rajya Luxmi Devi [...]

German Outposts in Libya, Yesterday and Today

United Nations Map of Libya, with cities, roads, and the current twenty-two Districts or Shabiyah of Libya. The German army seems to test, build, and export weaponry. They used to test warplanes in Libya. The deserts in Libya are gigantic. [...]

The Washington, DC Indoor Mask Mandate

GW Student, Faculty & Staff Testing Center, The George Washington University in Washington, DC The mayors of Washington, DC and San Francisco have supposedly violated indoor mask mandates in recent months. In August, Muriel Bowser was [...]

THE BIOGRAPHER: LIFE OF GENERAL PADMA JUNG RANA

An important biography of Maharajah Jung Bahadur Rana was written by his son General Padma Jung Rana during his exile in India and it was published after his death in Allahabad in 1909 A.D. by Pioneer Press titled “Life of Sir [...]

BAGH KI KANCHI MAIYA, THE PRINCESS IN THE GARDEN PALACE

Out of all the 20 or so daughters of Maharajah Jung Bahadur Rana perhaps the daughter with the most colorful personality was Jung’s second daughter from his Bada Maharani, the main consort, Hiranya Garva Kumari. Popularly known as Bagh [...]

APPRECIATING A LEGEND, LIFE AND TIMES OF MAHABIR SHUMSHER

I will always remember the saying, “Old Soldiers never die, they simply fade away”, made immortal by U.S. General Douglas MacArthur during his farewell address to the U.S. Congress on April 19, 1951. A very popular war hero [...]

THE MEN WHO WOULD BE KING

History is replete with cases of some would-be kings losing their natural inheritance and of some other accidental kings being crowned. In Nepal we have two very good examples of a legitimate heir to the Shah throne who was shunned aside thus [...]

Labor Unions in Lubeck, Germany

Lübeck-Blankensee Airport Virginia is formally the ‘Old Dominion’. It is the Commonwealth of Virginia. Many people in the area arrived from Prussia in the early nineteenth century. Prussia is in Germany’s eastern provinces [...]

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Disputed Territories in the Caucasus Region

Nagorno-Karabakh is an enclave in Azerbaijan. There are reports about rocket weapons and missile defense systems in the Caucasus region. Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia are in the Caucasus region. Yerevan is the capital of Armenia, Baku is [...]

ICONIC PHOTOS OF OVER A CENTURY AGO

In an earlier blog titled “Rana Court Photographers” I introduced two of the prolific photographers of their age plying their trade in the Indian Subcontinent based in their renowned studios in India. During the years 1868-71 A.D. [...]

The Logistics of Trade Between Hanoi and London

There are updates coming from London about an abandoned vehicle with deceased Chinese nationals in it. The deceased were thought to have come from China but it’s possible that many of them were Vietnamese nationals. The authorities in [...]

MARSHAL AND MAHARAJAH, SHORT HISTORY OF NEPALESE TOURISM

Perhaps the first Finnish tourist in the Himalayan Kingdom was Marshal Mannerheim. Nepal was better known then as a kingdom in the clouds, almost inaccessible, and a paradise for big game hunters from Europe, guests of the British Empire visiting [...]

FIRST IMAGES FROM SHANGRI-LA

Colonel George Ramsay faced a dilemma. He had been reminded a second time by Calcutta that the Viceroy Lord Canning had instructed a compilation of photographs of native peoples and distinctive landscapes and monuments to be documented across [...]

THE DELHI DURBARS AND THE RANA REGIME

The Delhi Durbar 1877 Maharajah Jung Bahadur Rana was thrilled to get the confirmation of his long sought-after ambition: to host a British Royal in Nepal. Following his visit to England in 1850 A.D. at the invitation of the British [...]

RANI MAHAL, STORY OF ITS MAKER

PROLOGUE  The first time I ever saw this historical edifice thirty five years ago, she was in ruins and looked like an old hag during the winter of her life, simply waiting for her eventual demise. I was then on my way further west on a [...]

“just Ignorant and Uninformed”

Not sure about you, but I am sleeping great again, relaxed and relieved. I had been fretting that our President was a racist. Why else would the leader of the greatest immigrant country during a bipartisan meeting in the White House repeatedly [...]

Charles Darwin’s Tangled Bank Job: Just More Evidence of his Science Fraud by Plagiary

– By Mike Sutton – A recent review in the Guardian newspaper    of the historian A.N. Wilson’s book on Charles Darwin points out –  quite correctly – many of Wilson’s mistakes and his failure to understand what [...]

An Experiment On Impact

Google Scholar’s Citation Index H-index score was mentioned with reverence at a recent meeting in a British University. The speaker was explaining how universities ranked the relevant importance of academics and the impact of their work. [...]
Will Banning 'Killer Robots' Actually Stop Robots From Killing?

Will Banning ‘Killer Robots’ Actually Stop Robots From Killing?

  A University at Buffalo research team has published a paper that implies that the rush to ban and demonize autonomous weapons or “killer robots” may be a temporary solution, but the actual problem is that society is entering into [...]