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CIA document reveals Fmr Brazilian president Ernesto Geisel authorized executions of dissidents

Jimmy Carter, Ernesto Geisel
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Ernesto Geisel, President of Brazil, hosts a State Dinner for Jimmy Carter and Rosalynn Carter. March 29, 1978
Ernesto Geisel approved summary executions for "dangerous subversive" dissidents in Brazil, as the CIA quietly watched and approved.

A declassified memo from the U.S. Department of State revealed that Brazilian dictator Ernesto Geisel (1974-1979) approved summary executions of "dangerous subversive" people personally, continuing with the extrajudicial methods of his predecessors.

The document was made public back in 2015, but it wasn't until a few days ago that Matias Spektor, an international relations professor at the Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV) and a columnist at Brazilian newspaper Folha, found it as part of his research work and posted it on social media, along with a picture of Geisel and Joao Baptista Figueiredo, who later became his successor.

The document narrates a meeting between President Geisel, General Milton Tavares de Souza and General Confucio Danton de Paula Avelino, respectively outgoing and incoming chiefs of the Army Intelligence Center (CIE), along with Figueiredo, who at that time was Chief of the National Intelligence Service (SNI).

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DNA from people in South-East England shows some may be descended from entirely new but as yet unknown population

Unidentified Roman legions invade Britain
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Unidentified Roman legions invade Britain
The Romans may have given us impressive roads, plumbing and an entirely new calendar, but it was always thought that when they left Britain they took their DNA with them.

Previous studies have shown that the legionnaires left little genetic legacy before returning to defend the Roman Empire from marauding barbarians in the 5th century.

Comment: Evidence is showing that around that time catastrophic events were occurring in Europe: The destruction of ancient Rome - The barbarians were not responsible

But new research could be about to prove otherwise.

A recent study by Harvard University found a strange genetic disparity emerged in south-east England around the Iron Age and Roman Period.

Comment: So as of yet, the Roman lineage is merely a hypothesis and could more likely be from the area of Germany. Clearly there's a lot more to the story and it could possibly involve Earth Changes, population collapse and mass migrations:


Foul odours, strange lights, electrical shocks, paranoia and a comet: The ominous activity surrounding the devastating New Madrid earthquakes of 1812

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The New Madrid earthquakes of 1811-1812 were so violent and destructive that most people still to this day know of them, and fear their return. Earthquakes are rarely discussed for very long without the New Madrid fault line and its past earthquakes being mentioned. The New Madrid earthquakes of 1811 were probably some of the worst mankind has ever seen.

The earth relentlessly moved in waves like those of the ocean, and people thought the end of the world had arrived. Accounts of the earth moving in a wave-like manner similiar to water and undulating like the still twitching muscles of a freshly killed cow illustrate a fascinating and horrifying event. However there is much more to the New Madrid Earthquakes and the events surrounding them than we are typically told. Many strange occurences surround the 1811-1812 New Madrid quakes that still remain unexplained thus for the most part ignored to this day.


Multiple investigations reveal there is no secret burial chamber in Tutankhamun's tomb

Tutankhamun’s tomb
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A SECOND burial chamber isn't hiding in the tomb of Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun after all.

Three years ago, Egyptologists noticed faint lines on the north and west walls of Tutankhamun's burial chamber, pictured below, that suggested there might be a room concealed behind it. Other studies found temperature anomalies in the walls, which seemed to mark hidden doorways.

Comment: That may be so but there are likely many more secrets of King Tut and his clan that have yet to be revealed: Was Tutankahmun's tomb originally built for a female Pharaoh?

See also:

Георгиевская ленточка

One of the great heroic WWII battles the West forgets about: The Siege of Sevastopol, Crimea

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Editor's note: It is hard to convey to Western readers how emotionally powerful Victory Day is in Russia. It celebrates the central national narrative of the Russian State, and is BY FAR the most popular secular holiday of the year. The only one to match it in importance is Easter, the main religious holiday.

Put aside historical arguments around WW2 for a day, and get a taste of how Russians mark, what is for them, a quasi-religious memory.

The massive, awe-inspiring military parade, the bemedalled grandfatherly veterans, and in recent years, the marching of millions of Russians across the country with portraits of their ancestors who fought in the war (The Immortal Regiment), is truly stupendous. If you ever have a chance to be in Russia on May 9, don't miss the opportunity. Russians are the world champs in pageantry, and May 9 is when they pull out all the stops. It is a heart stopping, tear-jerking spectacle - all day long.

RI is publishing selected articles today from our archives about WW2 as Russia takes the day off to remember this extraordinary historical event.

Article by Alevtina Rea. Preface by Alexander Mercouris. Originally published in May 2015.

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Phyllis McGinley & the feminist war on Motherhood

The 20th-century writer's life and work is a perfect reminder this Mother's Day of the unique value and importance of being a mother.
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W.H. Auden, perhaps the 20th century's preeminent English-language poet, lionized Phyllis McGinley and wrote the introduction to her Pulitzer Prize-winning poetry collection Times Three in 1960. She appeared solo on the cover of Time magazine a few years later (one of only nine poets to receive that honor in 100 years) at a time when this was the ultimate mark of popular prestige. She wrote extensively both for the highbrow New Yorker and mass-market publications with equal success - her poetry, essays, and even children's books all sold remarkably well.

Robert Frost was reportedly an admirer, as were celebrities such as Kirk Douglas and Groucho Marx, with whom she carried on a years-long correspondence. She was even a formative influence on Sylvia Plath and Ann Sexton - today among the 20th century's most celebrated female poets - the latter of whom wrote gushing letters to McGinley in Sexton's early career.



A real X-File or a con? The tale of mystery airships, spies, and secret cults in WWI Utah

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The story begins with reports of strange lights seen in the night skies of the American West. The mystery lights seem attached to invisible aircraft which move in inexplicable ways for unknown purposes. At first, authorities dismiss the reports as hoaxes and the work of overactive imaginations. Nevertheless, they persist and a curious government agent decides to look into the matter. He is drawn into the intrigues of a cultish group and its charismatic leader who claims to have access to advanced technology of mysterious and, perhaps otherworldly, origin. Fearing the original investigator has lost all objectivity, or his mind, other agents intervene and initiate surveillance, interrogation, and arrests culminating in a declaration of insanity for the principal suspects. In the end, nothing is truly resolved and the mysterious lights continue to haunt the night skies.

The outline of an X-Files episode? No, this "Airship Mystery," for lack of a better name, is a forgotten episode in Utah history and of the broader history of Unidentified Flying Objects over the USA. Outside of a smattering of articles in the local press, the only real record of the case rests in the "Old German" files of the Bureau of Investigation, later the FBI. The relevant file, #8000-136072, even lacks a distinctive title; it is simply labeled "Various" like hundreds of others. The file runs to more than four hundred pages, and besides mysterious flying machines and miraculous anti-gravity devices, it records allegations of German spying, the intrigues of assorted Government agents, references to Freemasonry and the Mormon Church, plus hints of madness, the supernatural, the Hollow Earth and even a touch of marital infidelity. The fundamental question, of course, was what really was going on; an elaborate hoax, a con game, an outbreak of collective insanity, or something genuinely out-of-this-world? Was the Government's reaction an investigation or a cover-up?

This article does not purport to offer a definitive answer to any of these questions. Rather, it is a piece of historical detective work that will carefully examine the persons involved, review the resulting inquiry and assess a range of possibilities. If nothing else, the case demonstrates that the key elements of what today is described as the "UFO phenomenon" were plainly evident a century ago, though couched in the terminology and mindset of the time.


Ancient lost city of Mardaman uncovered in Northern Iraq

Mardaman City
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Archaeologists have discovered the lost city of Mardaman, the remains of which are pictured here. It is located in northern Iraq near a modern-day town called Bassetki. It was inhabited for thousands of years. The remains left by its ancient inhabitants form a hill called a "Tell."
Ruins from the lost city of Mardaman, which dates back some 4,800 years, have been discovered in the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq, archaeologists just announced.

A team from the University of Tübingen in Germany has been digging at the site for years now, but only last summer did they discover 92 cuneiform tablets hidden in a pottery vessel found in the remains of a palace.

More recently, Betina Faist, a philologist (language expert) at the University of Heidelberg in Germany, deciphered the text on the tablets, only to find the name of this ancient city: Mardaman (sometimes called Mardama).

The ruins of Mardaman, located near the modern-day town of Bassetki, suggest that the city got its start between 2800 B.C. and 2650 B.C., and reached its peak between 1900 B.C. and 1700 B.C., said Peter Pfälzner, a professor of ancient near-Eastern archaeology at the University of Tübingen. The city continued to flourish into the Neo-Assyrian period, which lasted from about 911 B.C. to 612 B.C. [In Photos: Ancient City Discovered in Iraq]

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A brief historical review of torture in America to the present day

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American torture is back in the news again as Gina Haspel, President Donald Trump's pick to head the Central Intelligence Agency, prepares for what could be a rocky Senate confirmation hearing with some tough questions about her role overseeing a secret torture prison in Thailand and destroying tapes of brutal detainee interrogation sessions.

Haspel's nomination, and to a lesser degree her earlier appointment as deputy CIA director, reopened what more well-meaning observers, including torture survivor Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), have called "one of the darkest chapters" in US history, the so-called "enhanced interrogation" abuse of men, women and children caught up in America's endless war on terror. However, post-9/11 detainee abuse can only be called a chapter if we recognize that it is part of a much larger story, one which begins with some of the first European usurpers to set foot on North American soil and one which continues essentially uninterrupted to the present day.


New WW2 documentary 'Remembrance' corrects distortions of Anglo mainstream media on the defeat of Nazism (VIDEO)

Revisionist debates about WW2
Revisionist debates about WW2 are raging as the old media hegemony disintegrates, and others have a chance to present their side of the story.

On the Russian side, you have the argument that it was the Soviets who did the lion's share of the job, and don't get enough credit for it. Ukrainian nationalists argue that they were on the right side in joining Hitler against the evil Bolsheviks. And conservative voices, including in Germany, are arguing that Hitler never wanted war and that the war was forced on him by England and the US, who did want it, and that among other things, the Holocaust never happened.

Comment: See also: Remembering The Russia's V-Day Story (or the History of World War II not often heard in the West)