What is Parliament?

Parliament is the heart of Canada’s democracy. Located in the national capital Ottawa, it’s the country’s federal legislature. This means Parliament makes laws that affect the whole country in certain areas like fisheries, trade, defense, or the postal service. These are things that affect all Canadians no matter where they live. Parliament has three parts: […]

The Rise and Hard Fall of Angela Merkel

A terrible natural disaster revealed the largest engineering mistake in United States history. Not only did New Orleans’ levees flood after hurricane Katrina hit on August 29th, 2005, but the government wasn’t prepared to triage injured or evacuate survivors. “I want to get some perspective here, because earlier” “That is perspective! That’s all the perspective […]

How does representative government work?

Etched in stone in the rotunda of the Capitol are the words “Here, sir, the people govern.” Those words were spoken by Alexander Hamilton when he asked what Congress represented. To the framers of the Constitution, the Congress was the first branch of government, the place where the people’s representatives met to decide the people’s […]

Haitian Revolutions: Crash Course World History #30

Hi, I’m John Green. This is Crash Course World History. And apparently it’s Revolutions Month here at Crash Course, because today we are going to discuss the often-neglected Haitian Revolutions. The Haitian Revolutions are totally fascinating and they involve two of my very favorite things: 1. Ending slavery, and 2. Napoleon getting his feelings hurt. […]

Magna Carta and the emergence of Parliament

Video Transcript: Magna Carta [Music]>>Narrator: Stories from Parliament: Magna Carta England, February 1215 and all is not well. Across the country from North to South the voices of angry barons can be heard. The cause of their anger: one man.>>Fitzwalter: King John.>>De Clare : He demands even higher taxes to pay for his futile wars […]

The (Secret) City of London, Part 1: History

# The (Secret) City of London — Part 1 The Great City of London, known for its historical landmarks, modern skyscrapers, ancient markets and famous bridges. It’s arguably the financial capital of the world and home to over eleven *thousand* people. Wait, what? Eleven… thousand? That’s right: but the City of London is a different […]

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