World January 26 is Australia Day, a national holiday honoring the arrival of the British fleet into New South Wales in 1788 and the start of British sovereignty over Australia (or at least the eastern seaboard). To American eyes, Australia Day looks like a combination of July 4th and Thanksgiving, a time to reflect on the national character, remember Australian history and celebrate with family and friends. Festivals are held, community awards are given out—including Australian of the Year—new Australians are sworn in and the prime minister gives an address. The Australia Day parade in Melbourne attracts thousands of spectators. Darrian Traynor/Getty Images The first time January 26, 1788, was celebrated as the birthday of New South Wales was in 1818, more than 80 years before Australia declared its independence from the United Kingdom. It wasn't until 1935 that all Australian states and territories adopted "Australia Day" to mark … [Read more...] about Australia Day: Why Do Some Australians Want to Abolish It?
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Samantha Schmidt, The Washington Post Published 4:55 am PDT, Tuesday, July 10, 2018 It was the Fourth of July, and longtime Brooklyn residents Margarito Silva, 60, and Concepción Barrios, 50, wanted to celebrate the holiday with their daughter and son-in-law, a sergeant in the Army. Instead, while visiting the Fort Drum military base in Upstate New York, the parents were detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Silva and Barrios had visited several military bases in the past, in Brooklyn, Colorado and Hawaii, with no problems, their daughter Perla Silva wrote on Facebook over the weekend. While the husband and wife acknowledge living in the country illegally, they both have valid New York City-issued identification cards, which are available to New Yorkers regardless of immigration status. During the couple's previous visits to military bases, these ID cards were enough to gain entry, Perla Silva said. But during last week's trip to Fort Drum, military … [Read more...] about A couple visited their soldier son-in-law on July 4. The Army turned them over to ICE.
Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King, a leading voice on the left, declared on Twitter Wednesday: “The 4th of July was [sic] always been a sham. Always.” King, who received BET’s “humanitarian hero” award last weekend, was commenting on a quote from abolitionist — and, later, Republican — Frederick Douglass.In 1852, Douglass delivered a speech about the Fourth of July. King referenced a single passage in which Douglass said: What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July? I answer: a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciations of tyrants, brass fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, … [Read more...] about Black Lives Matter Activist Shaun King: ‘The 4th of July Has Always Been a Sham. Always.’
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THE Fourth of July - also known as Independence Day is America’s biggest national holiday and a time for celebration. Here is the history behind the most patriotic day in US calendar. What is Independence Day? Independence Day celebrates America’s independence from the British Empire. In 1775, the 13 colonies that made up America declared a war of independence against Britain. The British had inhabited America since 1587 and exploited their resources such as tobacco and tea. Tensions began to rise between the British and Americans as the British Government pushed for their own financial gain and continued to exploit American goods through taxation. Founding Father and head of the Sons of Liberty organisation, Samuel Adams, and his men boarded three ships in Boston harbour and threw 342 chests of tea overboard. Violent acts often arose from the tension, most memorably an incident that became known as The Boston Tea Party in 1773. How do Americans celebrate Independence Day? … [Read more...] about What is Independence Day and why do Americans celebrate 4th July?