Vincent K. Brooks (1958- )

Vincent K. Brooks is a distinguished general in the US Army and is currently the commander of the UN Command, Combined Forces Command, and US Forces Korea. He was born on October 24, 1958, in Anchorage, Alaska, to Leo Brooks Sr., an army general, and … Read MoreVincent K. Brooks (1958- )

Bonnie Denise Jenkins (ca.1960– )

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" Bonnie Jenkins is a retired U.S. Naval Reserve officer, diplomat, and expert in international security, arms control, treaty laws, and nonproliferation and disarmament of weapons of mass destruction. Born in Queens, New York, and growing up in the Bronx, New York, … Read MoreBonnie Denise Jenkins (ca.1960– )

Rabat, Morocco (10th century- )

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” Rabat is the capital of Morocco and is located on the Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of the river Bou Regreg. The city was made the administrative capital after the French invaded and occupied Morocco in 1912. Rabat is also one … Read MoreRabat, Morocco (10th century- )

Pamela L. Spratlen (1954- )

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” Career Foreign Service officer Pamela L. Spratlen was nominated by President Barack Obama in July 2014 to become U.S. Ambassador to Uzbekistan, and after confirmation by the U.S. Senate was sworn in on January 6, 2015. This important Central Asian appointment … Read MorePamela L. Spratlen (1954- )

Hugh Heyne Smythe (1913-1977)

Ambassador Hugh Smythe and His Wife Mabel Murphy Smythe, Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic, 1965 "Image Ownership: Public Domain" Diplomat, scholar and author Hugh Heyne Smythe was born on August 19, 1913 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His mother was a housemaid and his father, who died when … Read MoreHugh Heyne Smythe (1913-1977)

Kingston, Jamaica (1692– )

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" Kingston, the capital of Jamaica, was founded in July 1692 when an earthquake destroyed the nearby city of Port Royal. The most recent census puts its population at 937,700. Today Kingston is the center of trade, manufacturing, and shipping for the … Read MoreKingston, Jamaica (1692– )

Muhammad Anwar al-Sadat (1918-1981)

Image Ownership: Public Domain Muhammad Anwar al-Sadat, third President of post-independence Egypt (governing from 1970 to 1981), was born of peasant background in the Nile Delta village of Mit Abu al-Kum on December 25, 1918. The son an Egyptian army clerk and a Sudanese housewife, … Read MoreMuhammad Anwar al-Sadat (1918-1981)

African Military Slaves in the Muslim Middle East

“Sub-Saharan African troops in Egypt in the 19th Century” In the following article Professor Emeritus Jere L. Bacharach, a specialist in Medieval Middle Eastern history, describes the little known saga of one of the largest groups of persons of African descent in the region, military … Read MoreAfrican Military Slaves in the Muslim Middle East