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An Interview with Bacilio Mendez II, Public Services Division Intern

This week’s interview is with Bacilio Mendez II, an intern in the Public Services Division of the Law Library of Congress. Describe your background. I’m a gay, first-generation, Puerto Rican from Reading, Pennsylvania. Most people recognize the name of my hometown because of the long-defunct railroad that lives on Monopoly boards, but thanks to my […]

May Retrospective

In May, a lot of people learned about the actual date of Mexico’s Independence Day, in what turned out to be our most popular post of the month, Cinco de Mayo is Not Mexican Independence Day? We also celebrated with Law Day, Jewish American Heritage Month, Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, and Eritrean Independence Day this month. It must be because […]

Memorial Day, 2011

Monday, May 30, 2011, is Memorial Day. As our sister blog, In the Muse, wrote last year, Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday in May. Memorial Day was originally established as Declaration Decoration Day in 1868, three years after the Civil War ended, as a time for the nation to decorate the graves […]

Eritrean Independence Day

Today, Eritrea, Africa’s youngest nation (at least until next month, when South Sudan is expected to declare its formal independence), celebrates its 20th Independence Day. Eritrea, like all of its African brethren, is a colonial creation.  Although Turkey, Egypt, and the local Ethiopian rulers controlled different parts of what later became Eritrea at different times, […]

The Story Behind the New Zealand Budget Process

Yesterday was New Zealand’s Budget Day – the day that the Minister of Finance tables various documents and makes a statement in Parliament relating to the Government’s economic policies and spending proposals for the next fiscal year, which starts on July 1.  While the proposals in the Budget are interesting and have a large impact […]