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Vast scale of British slave ownership revealed

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46,000 Britons were slave owners on the day that slavery was abolished in 1833 and all received a share of a £17 billion compensation payout from the Government.
The shocking scale of British slave ownership has been revealed in scores of official records which have found that thousands of modern-day Briton's are related to owners who received huge sums in compensation when the trade was abolished.

A five year project by University College London has compiled the identities of 46,000 Britons who owned slaves, mainly in the West Indies, on the day that slavery was abolished in 1833.

Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha, Benedict Cumberbach, Ben Affleck and author George Orwell are just some of the high profile ancestors (sic) of the slave owners revealed in the files.

Comment: Sott is sure that the author actually means descendants.

Records from the Slave Compensation Commission show that some 800,000 Africans were freed upon abolition after being kept as legal property.

Upon their liberation the Commission paid out the modern equivalent of £17 billion in compensation to the UK's tens of thousands of owners - the largest government pay-out since the 2009 bank bailout.

The colossal sum represented 40 per cent of government expenditure in 1834.

Top Secret

The CIA's human experiments

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We used to think that cruel and inhuman experiments on human beings were conducted only in the concentration camps of Nazi Germany. However, unfortunately, we ever more often find out that such experiments are performed almost regularly in the United States by US intelligence agencies, and even citizens of the United States are among those who suffer in these experiments on human beings.

Recently, the international community obtained yet another piece of evidence of criminal nature of the CIA - the main instrument of Washington's 'democracy'. As follows from the secret documents made public by The Guardian newspaper, the CIA, in its program of torture of alleged terrorists in US prisons, performed inhuman experiments on human beings in the style of Nazi Germany butchers.

Comment: Horrific torture and unfathomable experiments perpetrated by the USA/CIA are finally coming to light. While seemingly disconnected, they mosaic into a terrible picture for terrible times by terrible people -- a self-fulfilling agenda of "exceptional" decisions by covert agencies, the military and pathological politicians. We will not be asked permission. It goes beyond brinkmanship. As stated in the above video, the CIA "would do the same again today." Maybe worse. Undoubtedly worse.

See also:
What else is there to learn? CIA 'experimenting' on people in 60+year old torture program
Did CIA doctors perform torture research on detainees?
CIA & Pentagon Knew Their Methods Were Torture
Shocking New Details of US Human Experiments in Guatemala


Mysterious Labyrinth of Buda: Ancient caves beneath castle in Budapest

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Prehistoric-style art decorates the walls of the labyrinth. CC BY-SA 3.0
Deep under the imposing stone walls of a 13th century palace, the Labyrinth of Buda contains, in its twisting paths and pitch-black corridors, the dark history of the ancient castle district of Budapest. Here, the skeletons of the dead reveal violent deeds, but in more recent times the caverns have been open to the public, showcasing their haunting beauty. Suddenly, in 2011 police raided the labyrinth and locked the doors for reasons unexplained. What prompted this strange closure? What was being hidden beneath the streets of Budapest?

The Dark History of the Caves

The complex of underground caves and passages were carved out of solid rock by rushing thermal waters long before prehistoric man used them as shelter and hunting more than half a million years ago. Archaeological evidence of 350,000-years-old stone tools belonging to Homo erectus were reportedly located in the caves.

The passages and chambers stretch out over 1200 meters (4000 feet) and are nearly 16 meters (53 feet) beneath the ancient castle district of what is now Budapest, the largest city in Hungary. So historic and unique are the caves that they were recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987 as an outstanding urban landscape. The caves have been a part of the history of mankind and the culture of Budapest since prehistory, and have seen many changes over the eons.


Were American volcanoes responsible for dust cloud that ended Roman Empire?

Thomas Cole's 'The Fall of Rome'
On March 24 536AD the sky suddenly darkened across continental Europe as a thick dust cloud rolled in and stayed put for 18 months.

Historians such as Prokopios record that the Sun shone as dimly as the Moon, sparking summer frosts and snow showers and providing too little light to ripen crops and fruit. Three years later a similar dust veil blocked out sunlight for several months.

The natural catastrophes led to widespread famine and was responsible for the Great Justinian Plague which wiped out one third of Europeans and probably dealt the fatal blow to the struggling Roman Empire.

Now scientists have determined that the cause was probably a series of North American volcanoes which shot huge amounts of sulphate and ash into the atmosphere, followed by further eruptions in the Tropics.

New studies of ice cores and historical records by the British Antarctic Survey, Nottingham University and 17 other international universities and institutions, show that there was a huge volcanic eruption in 535AD or early 536AD in North America. A second eruption occurred in 539AD.

Comment: As Pierre Lescaudron shows in his book Earth Changes and the Human-Cosmic Connection, catastrophes tend to be related to common causes, whether volcanoes, storms, earthquakes or cometary bombardment. So it's probably no simple coincidence that there is also evidence of a comet bombardment around the same time, in 540 AD. See:

Bad Guys

Srebrenica: A Town Betrayed (Documentary)

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Dutch UN safe area around Srebrenica during the Bosnian War
This controversial documentary by Norwegian director and independent journalists Ola Flyum and David Hebditch, talks about the events in Srebrenica and surrounding villages from 1992 to 1995, during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, when many Serbs were executed under the leadership of Naser Oric, after which more than 5,000 Muslim men were killed by the Serbian army.

Ola Flyum and David Hebditch made a film based on material recorded in the field and interviews with combatants and witnesses of this terrible event and brought a different picture of the Balkan tragedy. The sources were exclusively Muslim, and war survivors explained how they felt betrayed by their superiors in the game about the territories. From these testimonies we can clearly see that Muslim leaders were willing to sacrifice Srebrenica in order to get the area around Sarajevo. Throughout the film takes us a journalist Mirsad Fazlic who speaks with witnesses about the events in Srebrenica: Sefer Halilovic, a former commander of the Bosnian army; Miodrag Mica Urosevic, a combat cameraman in Bosnia; pathologist Dr Zoran Stankovic, a former minister of health and defense of Serbia, which talks about the massacre of Serbs; Hakija Meholjic, former chief of police in Srebrenica, which provide many details about the operation which was prepared by Alija Izetbegovic; Huso Sahilovic, former officer of the Bosnian army; Muhamed Filipovic, the former ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the UK...

Comment: Read also:


UN Chief: Case of crash that killed Dag Hammarskjöld should be reopened

Dag Hammarskjöld

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has claimed that plane crash that killed former Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold in 1961 should be re-investigated, as new evidence pertaining to the accident has been uncovered.

A panel appointed by Ban revealed new information suggesting that the plane transporting the second Secretary-General of the United Nations to Katanga, part of present-day Democratic Republic of Congo, may have come under an aerial attack. The plane crashed in Northern Rhodesia, now Zambia, taking lives of 15 people along with Hammarskjold.

"The panel ultimately found significant new information that it assessed as having sufficient probative value to further pursue aerial attack or other interference as a hypothesis of the possible cause of the crash," Secretary-General Ban wrote in a letter to the General Assembly released on Monday.

Specific information about the 1961 plane crash was requested from Belgium, France, Germany, South Africa, the United States and Britain by the three-member panel, which said not all of its requests were satisfied.

Comment: UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold -- whom JFK considered the greatest statesman of the era -- was killed in his plane flying over the Congo in 1961. Mystery has surrounded his untimely death ever since. Could the call for this case being reopened now, having found "new evidence", relate to the intensifying geopolitical maneuvering we are witnessing globally these days?See also:


Did our early ancestors start cooking to make carrion safe to eat?


Fire would have provided our early humans, like the Neanderthals shown in the artists rendition above, warmth but also allowed them to cook their food.
Early humans may have first started cooking their food to make carrion safer for them to eat, new research has suggested.

Anthropologists at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, have found humans scavenging for meat from carrion would risked exposure to dangerously high levels of bacteria.

They claim that simply roasting meat on hot coals can kill most of the bacteria that grows on carrion, making it safer for human consumption.

This they say could have helped to transform the diet of early humans, allowing them to access a rich supply of meat long before the development of weapons made hunting more efficient.

The findings provide strong support for theories that early humans obtained much of their meat by scavenging the kills of other predators.

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The legacy of the atomic bomb: Radium contamination in New York City

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A lingering Manhattan Project mystery is still buried at New York’s Great Kill Park.
In August 2005, the New York Police Department, with the Department of Energy, conducted an anti-terrorism radiation flyover survey. The survey was intended to provide a baseline of radiological activity, in order to catch a suspicious construction of a dirty bomb.

They didn't find a dirty bomb—but there was plenty of radiological activity. Surveyors found 80 radioactive locations in the city—one of them being Great Kills Park in Staten Island, one of the city's five boroughs. The Park is a popular place near a suburban enclave inhabited by cops, firefighters and other unsuspecting residents. The Park, more than 500 acres of woods surrounding softball and soccer fields and a marina, was constructed from garbage dumped in the bay between 1944 and 1946. Unregulated and illegal dumping has a long history in New York City.

Children Are Especially Vulnerable

The radium is the legacy of nuclear weapons production coupled with a cavalier attitude towards the odorless, tasteless and invisible threat posed by radioactivity.

"This is potentially a very dangerous situation," said former Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) in 2013, whose congressional district includes the park. "The last thing I want is to have anyone or their children get sick or hurt because of this contamination."

Comment: See also: Undark and the Radium Girls


Behind the Headlines: Ireland's Holocaust - Interview with Chris Fogarty

Our special guest this week on Behind the Headlines is amateur historian Christopher 'Chris' Fogarty. Fogarty was born in Chicago and raised on a farm in Ireland. He worked with his father on contract-plowing, meadow-mowing, and on a threshing mill. He has a degree in civil engineering and has worked around the world on major engineering projects. He served with the U.S. army in France.

He has spent years investigating the truth about the Irish 'famine' and runs a website where he exposes the truth that the deaths of up to 5 million Irish people in the 1840s was a result of systematic policy by the British to starve the "rebellious Irish". He has been a regular columnist for the past nineteen years in Irish American News, runs the web site www.irishholocaust.org and is the author of Ireland 1845-1850: the Perfect Holocaust, and Who Kept it 'Perfect''

Chris has been a keen observer of the trials of Irish republicans in London, Dublin and the Cullyhanna reenactment/investigation. He was 'honored' by being framed by MI5 and the FBI for triple murder of the Langert family. Weeks prior to his trial he was warned by an FBI agent that British and US intelligence were planning to "silence him" because of his human rights advocacy on behalf of Irish Catholics in the north of Ireland.

Chris is the Chicago agent of the National Graves Association (Ireland) and is in the process of systematically installing grave markers over some of Ireland's hundreds of Holocaust mass graves.

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Mongol ship sent by Genghis Khan's grandson to invade Japan is discovered after 700 years underwater


Historic: Archaeologists have discovered a Mongol ship which took part in a failed invasion on Japan over 700 years ago

The Mongolian ship which was sent to invade Japan in the 13th Century had been decaying underwater for over 700 years.

Dispatched by Genghis Khan's grandson Kublai, it formed part of two massive armadas - made up of 4,000 ships and 140,000 men - tasked with invading the island and expanding the legendary Yuan Dynasty in 1274 and 1281.

But both fleets were destroyed by destructive typhoon winds which have gone down in Japanese history as 'kamikaze' - or the divine wind - which saved the country from foreign invasion.

It was found in a bay close to the city of Matsuura on the west coast of Kyushu island - and archaeologists believe it was taking shelter from the storm when it sunk.