Around the World in 80 Days, Day 73: Sweden, Part 2 – Knowing They’re on the Street Where You Live

In opening their borders to Muslim extremists, Europeans have effectively let the Orcs into the Shire.  What is worse, they still don’t seem to recognize the fact. Take, for example, the April 7th terrorist attack here in Stockholm.  On that day, Rakhmat Akilov, a Muslim immigrant and asylum-seeker stole a beer truck in the heart … Read more

Around the World in 80 Days, Day 64: The United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland, Part 1 – The March of Folly

We are now in the fourth quarter of the Around the World in 80 Days project.  To recap the countries covered thus far: Birmingham, Alabama > Los Angeles, California > Auckland, New Zealand > Brisbane, Australia > Tokyo, Japan > Okinawa, Japan > Singapore > Hong Kong, China > Delhi, India > Moscow, Russia > … Read more

Around the World in 80 Days, Day 54: Argentina – Like Whitney Houston & Bobby Brown

In early 1944, Heinrich Himmler, head of the Nazi SS, sent agents to Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Their task was to establish an escape route for Nazis should Germany lose the war.  When that outcome became a reality in May 1945, Nazis flowed into Argentina (and throughout South America) where they were welcomed by the government … Read more

Around the World in 80 Days, Day 50: South Africa – The Power of One

My first impression of Afrikaners, formed early in life, came from the 1989 hit Lethal Weapon 2.  South Africa, hitherto largely unknown to me beyond vague recollections of something my history teacher called the Boer War and old episodes of Wild Kingdom, took on a very sinister quality.  The baddies in that movie are blue-eyed, … Read more

Around the World in 80 Days, Day 44: Nigeria, Part 5 – The Fast and the Furious

Yesterday, my last day in Nigeria, began uneventfully.  A rooster in a field near the house where I am staying awakened me as usual.  Unfortunately, it was his habit to awaken me several times during the night.  I am convinced he is blind and has no idea when it is dawn, so he just cock-a-doodles … Read more