[Subscription Required] The U.S. unemployment rate declined to 3.7%, a rate unseen in almost half a century, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. Given the booming labor market, the Federal Reserve has reason to worry that the economy may be overheating.
In 1879, after Chief Joseph and his band were sent to live in Oklahoma, far from their ancestral land in the Northwest, he said, “Let me be a free man, free to travel, free to stop, free to work, free to trade where I choose, free to choose my own teachers, free to follow the religion of my fathers, free to talk, think and act for myself.”
China’s relationship with Islam goes back to the 7th century, when Arab merchants and envoys traveled to Canton (Guangzhou) to discuss trade ties with the Tang dynasty. Building mosques and madrassas, hosting preachers, and creating largely homogenous enclaves within China, Muslim communities persisted throughout repeated disintegration and reformation of Chinese dynasties.
Since its founding in 1949, the Chinese communist government in Beijing has long considered a northwestern region on its vast political map a primary troubled spot for the regime and has systematically implemented various measures to seek total control of this important territory. Of the four non-China Proper areas, the other three, i.e. Manchuria, Mongolia and Tibet have longer, and more complicated historical connections with China.
Thanks to the support of the Hoover Institute, I spent this summer working in the Reading Room on research for my dissertation. Titled, “Fighting the War Abroad: The Sandinista Revolution and Transnational Activism in Nicaragua and the U.S., 1979-1990” my project is a transnational social history of the Nicaraguan Revolution.
Every once in a while, I come across a book that I can say changed the way I understand the world I live in. Raymond Ibrahim's new book, Sword and Scimitar, altered the way I understand the development of our civilization – I mean the one that America inherited from Europe and made our own.