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British Drug Pushers in China–The 2nd Opium War

Bayard & Holmes ~ Jay Holmes Last week, we began the sordid tale of the First Opium War, in which England pushed opium produced in India onto China to balance its trade deficit with that country. Today, we continue with the rest of the [...]

British Drug Pushers in China — The 1st Opium War

Bayard & Holmes ~ Jay Holmes China became involved in direct trade with Europe when the Portuguese established a trade center in Macau, China in 1557. Then, in 1565, Spain established a permanent colonial presence in the Philippine Islands [...]

A Flimsy Excuse for WWI

Bayard & Holmes ~ Jay Holmes An intelligence agency ignored its own government and ordered an assassination. No, not in Pakistan…. On July 23, 1914, Austrian diplomat Baron Giesl von Gieslingen delivered an ultimatum to the government [...]

Taking Down the Cosa Nostra

Bayard & Holmes ~ Jay Holmes On July 19, 1992, Italian Anti-Mafia Task Force leader Judge Paolo Borsellino–one of the most important men in the history of Italy–and five police body guards*, were murdered by a car bomb in Palermo, [...]

Cotton Reigned Until Slavery Was Outsourced

Bayard & Holmes ~ Jay Holmes Today, Western nations are forced to consider the price and flow of crude oil in all foreign policy decisions concerning the Middle East. From Algeria to Iran, Oil is King. However, back in 1861, petroleum was [...]

Why We Never Forget

Bayard & Holmes ~ Piper Bayard   Earlier this year, I was talking with a friend in the UK when Islamic terrorists attacked at their Parliament building. She said the UK had been dealing with terrorists time out of mind, and that while [...]

USS Fitzgerald/ACX Crystal Collision – Questions & Conclusions

Bayard & Holmes ~ Jay Holmes At approximately 2:20 a.m. local time on June 17, 2017 the US Navy Destroyer USS Fitzgerald suffered a collision with the Philippines-registered container ship ACX Crystal approximately 64 miles southwest of [...]

Staying Safe in Public Spaces

Bayard & Holmes With the increasing number of terrorist attacks around the world, the public is becoming ever more aware that it’s wise to take precautions and think about safety measures. Today we welcome former CIA officer Doug [...]

Someone Ruining Your Summer? Send Them to Camp Cheerful

Bayard & Holmes ~ Piper Bayard & Jay Holmes Inspired by the HAMAS and UN summer camps in Gaza, we are asking, “Why should Palestinians have all the fun? For that matter, why should kids have all the fun?” Summer should be a time [...]

Anzac Day–Memorial Day New Zealand Style

Memorial Day–New Zealand Style By Matthew Wright Guest Post at Bayard & Holmes     In one of the quirks of history, both New Zealand and Australia remember their war dead on 25 April – which isn’t when any war ended. It’s [...]