Daily Archives: September 29, 2014

Israel points to Iran as main threat

Israel points to Iran as main threat http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29419911

Afghans to sign troop deal with US

Afghans to sign troop deal with US http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-29415170

Belgium tries 46 over jihadist links

Belgium tries 46 over jihadist links http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29415165

Hong Kong protesters stay on streets

Hong Kong protesters stay on streets http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-29418179

Is your brain male or female?

Is your brain male or female? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-29405467

Queen Mary: Liner that helped launch monster cruise ships

Queen Mary: Liner that helped launch monster cruise ships http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-29377549

this day in the yesteryear: Japan Resumes Diplomatic Relations with China (1972)

Japan Resumes Diplomatic Relations with China (1972)

The first Sino-Japanese War in the late 19th century damaged relations between the two countries for decades, as it marked the emergence of imperial Japan and saw harsh terms imposed on a badly defeated China. Relations did not improve until Kakuei Tanaka was elected prime minister of Japan in 1972. Shortly after his election, Tanaka visited China and signed an agreement establishing diplomatic relations between Japan and the Beijing regime. Who else made a historic visit to China in 1972? More… Discuss

Norway to Pay Liberia to Leave Trees Be

Norway to Pay Liberia to Leave Trees Be

Liberia is to become the first African nation to completely halt logging in exchange for development aid. Norway has agreed to pay Liberia $150 million to stop deforestation in the country by 2020. Though Liberia’s forestland is not as extensive as that of other countries, it contains a significant portion of West Africa’s remaining rainforest. The deal is a major turnaround from just two years ago, when Liberia handed out licenses permitting companies to cut down more than half of the country’s remaining primary rainforest. More… Discuss

Code Talkers

Code Talkers

“Code talkers” were Native American soldiers in the US military who transmitted secret messages using codes based on their native languages. Though code talking was used as early as World War I, it is chiefly associated with Navajo language speakers in the Pacific Theater of World War II. The Navajo code baffled the Japanese, and, according to military officers, was key to the American victory in the Battle of Iwo Jima. What was it about this “code” that made it so difficult to crack? More… Discuss

word: descry


Definition: (verb) To catch sight of (something difficult to discern).
Synonyms: spot, spy
Usage: From the top of the hill I descried a solitary rider. Discuss.