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The Murder of the Tsar and his Family, July 1918 Lessons for Us

By John Symons The last Tsar of Russia, Nicholas II, was born one hundred and fifty years ago. One hundred years ago, on 17th July 1918, he, his wife and their five children were murdered by the Bolsheviks. With our constitutional monarchy, there are many lessons for us here. The last Tsar, Nicholas II and his family in 1914 Who can forget the scenes…

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Dowager Empress Marie Feodorovna and the Murder of Tsar Nicholas II

By Coryne Hall News of the murder of Nicholas II hit the 69-year-old Dowager Empress Marie Feodorovna like a thunderbolt. Dowager Empress Marie Feodorovna and Tsar Nicholas II In the summer of 1918 she was living in German-occupied Crimea, where until May she and her family had been held under house arrest by the Bolsheviks. But throughout most of this time she had managed…

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The Crisis of Masculinity

The very act of being male seems to be a hot topic right now. In particular the Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson and his recently published 12 Rules for Life are getting a lot of attention, both positive and negative. Young men especially, appear to be flocking to follow his every word, while many women, perhaps still reeling from his car-crash interview with Channel 4’s Cathy Newman,…

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The Secret of Happiness

Money doesn’t make us happy. While people in wealthier countries do tend to be happier overall than those from poorer nations, the link isn’t strong or consistent. There’s also no evidence that people have become happier over time, even as wealth has increased considerably since World War II. Multiple studies across many countries show either a decrease or no change in wellbeing despite an…

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