Why are these 32 symbols found in caves all over Europe | Genevieve von Petzinger

December 2015

Written language, the hallmark of human civilization, didn’t just suddenly appear one day.

Thousands of years before the first fully developed writing systems, our ancestors scrawled geometric signs across the walls of the caves they sheltered in. Paleoanthropologist and rock art researcher Genevieve von Petzinger has studied and codified these ancient markings in caves across Europe. Read more...

Bill Warner PhD: Islamic Slavery in Africa

July 2015

The story of slavery that we are told never includes the role of Islam. The slaves were captured by jihadists and brought to the coast.

We have a detailed record of how this took place. Prosperous regions of Africa were destroyed by the Arab slave traders. Out of the slaves that were captured, only 20% of them ever made to the pens on the coast to be sold. Read more...

I grew up in a cult. It was heaven — and hell. | Lilia Tarawa | TEDxChristchurch

November 2017

Lilia Tarawa was brought up in the Gloriavale Christian Community on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, where she was constantly surrounded by everyone she loved. But over time, she began to see the dark side of her community, and ultimately realised that she had to get out. In this raw and emotional talk, Lilia shares the reality of life in a cult, and her heart-wrenching journey to break free. Read more...

Why I escaped from my brainwashed country | Hyeonseo Lee | TEDxKyoto

December 2015

North Korean defector, Hyeonseo Lee opens her own life and losses to the world in order to illuminate a human rights tragedy that has for too long rested in the shadows.

Great or small, our losses stay with us, unshakeable even as we grow beyond them. Hyeonseo Lee knows about loss. A North Korean defector, Hyeonseo once thought her country the best on earth. Read more...

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