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Unit 731: Japan's inhuman experimentation camp that the West tried to erase from history

No one involved with Unit 731 has ever been tried for war crimes, and there are many who hold the U.S. responsible for helping to cover up the atrocities.

Newly released historical documents are giving insight into a mass killing during the World War II era that is not covered in public schools. Japanese Unit 731, a group that specialized in biological warfare, committed horrifying atrocities during the Japanese Army's occupation of northeast China—and the United States was complicit in its cover up.

According to a report from Xinhua Net News, 24 documents were collected in Japan on Thursday that were written by members of Unit 731. This adds to the current public information on the unit, categorized in the Museum of Evidence of War Crimes by Japanese Army Unit 731, which was opened in 2015.

Archaeology

Stone monument carvings, only visible at night, may have been used in mysterious night-time rituals

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The Summer Solstice at Stonehenge
Ancient stone monuments may have been used for mysterious night-time ceremonies, archaeologists believe, after finding that some rock carvings only appear in moonlight.

Traditionally Neolithic structures were believed to align with the movements of the Sun, with the huge Wiltshire circle of Stonehenge lining up perfectly with the summer solstice.

But a new investigation of the stone age engraved panel Hendraburnick Quoit in Cornwall by Dr Andy Jones, found nearly 10 times the number of markings when viewed in moonlight or very low sunlight from the south east.

They also discovered that pieces of quartz had been deliberately smashed up around the site which would have glowed in the dark under moonlight, or firelight, creating a gentle luminescence.

Pyramid

Tunnel to 'underworld' discovered beneath pyramid at Teotihuacan in Mexico

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An underground tunnel that archaeologists believe was meant to imitate the underworld has been found under a pyramid at Teotihuacan in Mexico. Electrical scans taken at the ancient city revealed the extent of the mysterious tunnel.

"The finding confirms that Teotihuacans reproduced the same pattern of tunnels associated with their great monuments, whose function had to be the emulation of the underworld," archaeologist Veronica Ortega, who was involved in the discovery, said in a statement.

Hidden 10 meters (33 feet) beneath the ground, the tunnel extends from the Pyramid of the Moon, the second largest structure at the site, to the central square.

Comment: See also: Secret chamber may solve Mexican pyramid mystery


Camera

New photo may prove Amelia Earhart survived plane crash

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The new evidence came to light ahead of a History Channel investigation.
Aviator Amelia Earhart may have survived a plane crash previously believed to have killed her 80 years ago, according to a new picture uncovered in the National Archives. The image is widely speculated to show her alongside the Japanese military.

"I think it leaves no doubt to the viewers that that's Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan," analyst Shawn Henry told NBC News. Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan were declared dead after they disappeared in 1937 during her quest to become the first woman to circumnavigate the globe.

The photo, believed to have been taken in the Marshall Islands in 1937 by a US spy, was labelled 'Jaluit Atoll,' referring to a group of islands in the Pacific Ocean.

Earhart is believed to be the woman sitting on the dock with her back to the camera. Her short hair and pants give weight to the identification. Noonan appears standing on the left of the image.

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Tunguska impact of 1908: Witnesses describe what it's like to live through a meteor strike

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The Tunguska blast affected hundreds of square miles of northern Russia.
109 years ago today, a meteor crossed paths with Earth and blew apart in the air above a remote area of northern Russia, near the Tunguska River, on June 30, 1908.

Wind from the blast flattened trees for hundreds of miles, and the shock wave it sent through the ground would have registered a 5.0 on the Richter scale. The dying meteor exploded with a force estimated to be on par with the earliest nuclear bombs, around 15 megatons, although estimate range from 3 megatons to 30. (It's hard to say much for sure about the Tunguska object, because it left no crater, and no fragments have ever been found -- though not for lack of searching.) It could have flattened a major city. Fortunately, it struck in a remote area of the Russian taiga.

The director of the meteorological observatory at Irkutsk, whose seismographs recorded the impact, gave questionnaires to witnesses in the region and published a collection of their responses in 1924. Locals describe a fireball in the sky, multiple thunderclaps, a blast of heated wind, and a rumbling of the Earth.

Rocket

The 'Accidental' and 'Forgotten' U.S. Destruction of Iranian Airliner Flight 655­, Killing 290 Civilians

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The USS Vincennes
On the rare occasions the US mainstream media refer to the US shootdown of an Iranian airliner in 1988, they sustain the myth it was simply a "mistake".

Today marks twenty-nine years since the shootdown by the USS Vincennes of Iran Air flight 655, which killed all of the plane's 290 civilian passengers. This shootdown of a civilian airliner by a US naval ship occurred on July 3, 1988, toward the end of the eight-year Iran-Iraq War.

This incident is, of course, something that the people of Iran well remember. Americans who rely on the US mainstream media, on the other hand, would have to be forgiven for never having heard about it.

Furthermore, in the rare instances when the media do mention it, to this day they tend to maintain official US government falsehoods about what occurred and otherwise omit relevant details that would inform Americans about what really happened.

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5000-year-old 'giants' graveyard found in eastern China

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The giants' graveyard
A graveyard of 'giants' buried 5,000 years ago has been uncovered by archaeologists in eastern China.

The men, whose bones were discovered in Jiaojia village near Jinan City in Shandong province, would have towered above many of their contemporaries.

Many of the men discovered in the graveyard measured 1.8 metres (5ft 11in) tall and would have seemed like giants to the average person 5,000 years ago.

Vader

Lebensraum, Inc: How Germany partnered with Washington to carve up Yugoslavia and foster Islamic terrorism in Europe


'Good job, us!
By T.W. Carr, Associate Publisher, Defense & Foreign Affairs Publications, London

German and US involvement in the Balkans: A careful coincidence of national policies?

Presented at the Symposium on the Balkan War: 'Yugoslavia: Past and Present'. Chicago, August 31-September 1, 1995

Introduction

On June 12, 1994, US President William Clinton made a 'symbolic' speech at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin in which he made it clear to the world that a reunited Germany was the United States key European Partner in bringing about a new world order. At associated meetings he referred to Chancellor Hemut Kohl as: "Helmut is my principal partner in Europe"... and "A reunited Germany will be the leader of a united Europe". President Clinton projected a vision of a reunited, rebuilt Berlin as the centre of united Europe with Germany moving the continent forward in peace and economic progress.

Comment: See also: Why is NATO decimating the Balkans and trying to force Milosevic to surrender?


Archaeology

Age of the Aztecs: Ancient tower of skulls unearthed beneath Mexico City (PHOTOS)

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An ancient tower of human skulls has been unearthed beneath Mexico City - a discovery that researchers say raises fresh questions about the culture of sacrifice in the Aztec empire.

Archaeologists unearthed the 676 skulls embedded in a tower near the site of the Templo Mayor, one of the main temples in Tenochtitlan, the Aztec capital that would later become Mexico City.

What makes the grisly discovery unique, however, is that the tower includes the skulls of women and children.

Comment: See also: Massive human skull rack found at Aztec temple


Books

Statistical uncertainty: Did Mao really kill millions in China's Great Leap Forward?


Beijing's Forbidden City: Is it guarding terrible secrets? Or is it that its secrecy means non-Chinese can project whatever 'parade of horribles' they wish onto it?
Over the last 25 years the reputation of Mao Zedong has been seriously undermined by ever more extreme estimates of the numbers of deaths he was supposedly responsible for. In his lifetime, Mao Zedong was hugely respected for the way that his socialist policies improved the welfare of the Chinese people, slashing the level of poverty and hunger in China and providing free health care and education. Mao's theories also gave great inspiration to those fighting imperialism around the world. It is probably this factor that explains a great deal of the hostility towards him from the Right. This is a tendency that is likely to grow more acute with the apparent growth in strength of Maoist movements in India and Nepal in recent years, as well as the continuing influence of Maoist movements in other parts of the world.

Most of the attempts to undermine Mao's reputation centre around the Great Leap Forward that began in 1958. It is this period that this article is primarily concerned with. The peasants had already started farming the land co-operatively in the 1950s. During the Great Leap Forward they joined large communes consisting of thousands or tens of thousands of people. Large-scale irrigation schemes were undertaken to improve agricultural productivity. Mao's plan was to massively increase both agricultural and industrial production. It is argued that these policies led to a famine in the years 1959-61 (although some believe the famine began in 1958). A variety of reasons are cited for the famine. For example, excessive grain procurement by the state or food being wasted due to free distribution in communal kitchens. It has also been claimed that peasants neglected agriculture to work on the irrigation schemes or in the famous "backyard steel furnaces" (small-scale steel furnaces built in rural areas).