Rembrandt van Rijn, Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee, 1633, oil on canvas, unknown location,

Two men, police uniforms and some duct tape; this is how Rick Abath and Randy Hestand, security men at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, got themselves tied up after midnight in the basement of the museum until the authorities released them six hours later on the morning after St. Patrick’s Day. But what the police didn’t find were the 13 pieces missing from Isabella’s art collection. And so the chase began. After 30 years, we still don’t know where the $500 million artworks are hidden. The stakes are too high now; no doubt the museum is offering a…

UN peacekeeping blue helmets, © Afolabi Sotunde / Reuters

The United Nations Peacekeeping

Peacekeeping, a role held by the Department of Peace Operations, is a unique and essential tool available to the United Nations. It was developed by the organization as a way to install stability in conflict-torn countries and provide political and peacebuilding support. The United Nations Security Council monitors the evolution of peacekeeping operations on an ongoing basis and is the main organ that authorizes their deployment by passing resolutions.

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC)

The United Nations Security Council is an organ of the UN that deals with international peace and security. It consists of 15 Members in total: five permanent…

Diego Rivera, a section of Man, Controller of the Universe depicting a central figure controlling a machine, fresco, 1934, Palace of Fine Arts, Mexico City, Mexico.

At the suggestion of his mother, Nelson Rockefeller commissioned Diego Rivera, a passionate socialist and Mexican artist, to paint the mural that was going to decorate the ground floor of the Rockefeller Center in Manhattan. The original sketches for the fresco were approved by the family, but an inciting headline from a famous newspaper changed everything. The Rockefeller family could not face the allegations brought up in the article that they were supporters of the communist movement. Rivera’s retaliation against the accusations later resulted in his dismissal from the project, the destruction of his artwork, and protests in his support…

Sixth Committee of the General Assembly meets to debate rule of law, 2015, United Nations

Commonly referred to as the Legal Committee, the Sixth Committee (C6) of the General Assembly (GA) primarily focuses on legal questions concerning public international law or other legal matters targeting the United Nations and its internal affairs. Consequently, all 193 member states of the UN are entitled to representation in the Committee. The C6 is responsible mainly for the proposals to amend the Constitution and the rules of Procedure of the General Conference, negotiating the implementation of new international treaties, handling annual reports from its subsidiary bodies, and tackling legal questions submitted by the GA or any of its organs…

The Dunkirk Evacuation, 1940

Maybe one of the most devastating conflicts in human history, World War II (1939–1945) left approximately 60–80 million dead victims behind, its shadows following us even to this day. Swiftly rising to power, Germany lead by the Nazi leader party Adolf Hitler, and together with its Axis allies sought after world domination. Their opposition, the Allied forces, faced many setbacks before Germany’s eventual surrender on May 8, 1945. At the beginning of WW2, when everything seemed lost, only a miracle could have saved the British Expeditionary Forces (BEF) and its French and Belgian counterparts. …

Photo © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Georges Meguerditchian. © Succession Brancusi — All rights reserved. ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2018.

In 1926, Bird in Space crossed the Atlantic Ocean from Paris to New York City for an exhibition at the Brummer Gallery, curated by one of Brancusi’s most trusted friends — Marcel Duchamp. But what was different this time? This is the amazing case of Bird in Space and how it set precedent, changing forever the definition of art in courtrooms.

Who was Constantin Brancusi?

Constantin Brancusi was a sculptor born in 1876, in Hobizta, a small Romanian village. He attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Bucharest and then left for Paris in 1904. …

Protest following the celebration of International Women’s Day, (February 23, 1917). Photo by K. Bulla. Courtesy of the Central State Archive of Kino-Photo-Phono Documents, St. Petersburg

On the 8th of March every year, women all around the world and their efforts are celebrated by International Women’s Day. Even though companies have been abusing this celebration for marketing purposes, its origins lie in the Socialist movement dating back to the 20th century, and the fearless women who risked their lives for equal rights. From German socialists to the Russian Revolution, this article explores how female socialists brought drastic change on an international level, thus improving the lives of millions for generations to come.

The Uprising of 20,000, or more commonly known as the New York shirtwaist strike…

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