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Top Russian official: Churchill had Stalin killed, US bombed Russian Far East in 50s

Joseph Stalin and Winston Churchill
"We hid this from the rest of the world? - We hid a lot of things. Actually, we live in a fog of historical myth..."

What if everything you think you know about Joseph Stalin isn't true?

Similarly, what if the icon you perceive Winston Churchill to have been - is a mere illusion of history?

Anomalies in the way history is written is nothing new; the more or less objective truth is published many years later.

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The dark history of Israel's independence

Nabka
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Palestinians driven from their homes in Galilee are on the road to Lebanon, November 1948.
On May 14, 1948, Israel declared its independence. Each May 15, Palestinians solemnly commemorate Nakba Day. Nakba means catastrophe, and that's precisely what Israel's independence has been for the more than 700,000 Arabs and their five million refugee descendants forced from their homes and into exile, often by horrific violence, to make way for the Jewish state.

Land Without a People?

In the late 19th century, Zionism emerged as a movement for the reestablishment of a Jewish homeland in Palestine, then part of the Ottoman Empire. Although Jews ruled over kingdoms there more than 2,000 years ago, they never numbered more than around 10 percent of the population from antiquity through the early 1900s. A key premise of Zionism is what literary theorist Edward Said called the "excluded presence" of Palestine's indigenous population; a central myth of early Zionists was that Palestine was a "land without a people for a people without a land."

Book 2

Two previously unreadable pages of Anne Frank's diary deciphered, reveal dirty jokes

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Teresien da Silva, left, and Ronald Leopold of the Anne Frank Foundation show a facsimile of Anne Frank's diary with two pages taped off during a press conference at the foundation's office in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Tuesday, May 15, 2018.
Researchers using digital technology deciphered the writing on two pages of Anne Frank's diary that she had pasted over with brown masking paper, discovering four naughty jokes and a candid explanation of sex, contraception and prostitution.

"Anyone who reads the passages that have now been discovered will be unable to suppress a smile," said Frank van Vree, director of the Netherlands Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies. "The 'dirty' jokes are classics among growing children. They make it clear that Anne, with all her gifts, was above all also an ordinary girl."

Anne, age 13 at the time, wrote the two pages on Sept. 28, 1942, less than three months after she, her family and another Jewish family went into hiding from the Nazis in a secret annex behind a canal-side house in Amsterdam.

Later on, possibly fearing prying eyes or no longer liking what she had written, she covered them over with brown paper with an adhesive backing like a postage stamp, and their content remained a tantalizing mystery for decades.

It turns out the pages contained four jokes about sex that Anne herself described as "dirty" and an explanation of women's sexual development, sex, contraception and prostitution.

"They bring us even closer to the girl and the writer Anne Frank," Ronald Leopold, executive director of the Anne Frank House museum, said Tuesday.

Archaeology

New look at ancient Persian epic poem could rewrite history

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© Hanyang University Museum
This 14th-century Persian painting portrays a scene from the Kushnameh in what scholars believe could be the betrothal of prince Abtin (kneeling) and Silla princess Frarang (sitting).
More than a thousand years before the first European explorer reached Korea's shores, the Persian Empire was writing love stories about Korean princesses.

It's a little-known story that could change the way we see our history. Recently, historians took a second look an old Persian epic written around 500 AD and realized that, at the center of the tale, was the unusual story of a Persian prince marrying a Korean princess.

It's an incredible discovery. Up until recently, we weren't sure that the Persians of that time even knew Korea existed. This new revelation shows Persia didn't just make contact with Korea - these countries were intimately connected. And it might just call for a total rewrite of history.

Archaeology

2,000yo remains of carbonized horse discovered by tomb raiders amongst ruins of Pompeii

horse fossil pompeii
© Antonio Ferrara and Riccardo Siano
The remains of the horse were uncovered by looters.
Donkeys, pigs, and dogs have all been found amongst the ruins of Pompeii, but the remains of a carbonized horse are the first example archaeologists have come across of that animal. While the discovery is great, the way it was found is unsettling.

The Local.it reports the horse was found in a stable, complete with a trough, beside a large Roman villa. Unfortunately, archaeologists were not the first to make the discovery - tomb raiders are responsible for unearthing the horse. Nonetheless, Massimo Osanna, the director of the Pompeii site, calls the horse an "extraordinary" find.

Authorities found the looters had dug a 60 meter (196.85 ft.) long network of tunnels under the villa, to search for frescoes and other precious artifacts. Laser scanners show the tunnels measure just 60 cm (23.62 inches) wide, according to Independent.ie. Steps have been taken to find the looters and archaeologists have begun excavating the area properly to try to avoid further destruction .

Bad Guys

As if torture wasn't cruel enough: Human experimentation was a core feature of CIA's program

CIA torture human experiments
Human experimentation was a core feature of the CIA's torture program. The experimental nature of the interrogation and detention techniques is clearly evident in the Senate Intelligence Committee's executive summary of its investigative report, despite redactions (insisted upon by the CIA) to obfuscate the locations of these laboratories of cruel science and the identities of perpetrators.

At the helm of this human experimentation project were two psychologists hired by the CIA, James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen. They designed interrogation and detention protocols that they and others applied to people imprisoned in the agency's secret "black sites."

Human experimentation was a core feature of the CIA's torture program. The experimental nature of the interrogation and detention techniques is clearly evident in the Senate Intelligence Committee's executive summary of its investigative report, despite redactions (insisted upon by the CIA) to obfuscate the locations of these laboratories of cruel science and the identities of perpetrators.

At the helm of this human experimentation project were two psychologists hired by the CIA, James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen. They designed interrogation and detention protocols that they and others applied to people imprisoned in the agency's secret "black sites."

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Manufacturing "McCarthyism": M. Stanton Evans and the truth about Joe McCarthy

The best book since the Bible, kinda...
Senator Joseph McCarthy
Alright, there are some serious competitors for that title, even if we limit ourselves to books on the cold war era. Notably, Witness by Whittaker Chambers is a more literary, though less learned, revelation. Yet beyond the hyperbole (courtesy of Miss Coulter) there lies a kernel of truth, or at least an application of the marginal utility theorem. Unless you have, Blacklisted by History: The untold story of Joe McCarthy is the most important book that you have not yet read on American politics.

Indeed, it bears some faint likeness to the Bible, in that it centers around a resurrection, albeit in this case the resurrected reputation of a man who has been damned repeatedly by the Pharisaic court of American establishment history. Like a Biblical epic, this damnation of Joe McCarthy transcends the fate of any particular man, however laden with interesting vices or admirable virtues. Rather, this verdict has shaped the moral and legal precedents which have become the rotting core of modern America's extra-constitutional political framework. McCarthy and so-called "McCarthyism" (a term which is taken as synonymous with "witch-hunting") have become the bywords and shibboleths of partisan conflict within our body politic, entailing the suppression of ideological meaning and accountability.

Heart - Black

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

Jimmy Carter, Ernesto Geisel
© U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
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).

Microscope 1

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:


Sherlock

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.