Archive for the 'History and Politics' Category

2524

They began to circulate the theory of the foreign body that had penetrated the social fabric and had to be surgically removed.

2522

Their dream: nothing less than the establishment of a colony from which an advance contingent of Aryans could forge a claim to the entire South American continent. But the continent had other plans.

2520

An Israelite man traveling with his concubine refuses to lodge in a foreign city, “that is not of the children of Israel”; He heads instead to the next Israelite town, where the locals attempt to rape him, and do in fact rape and slaughter his concubine. In retaliation, the people of Israel massacre the entire tribe of Benjamin, leaving only a handful of survivors so that there will not be “one tribe lacking in Israel”.

2514- Jasper Kettner

Boy meets girl.

2442

China”s one-child policy, and a traditional preference for male heirs, has led many couples to try to ensure that their single offspring is a boy. Some pay for illegal ultrasound tests to discover the sex of a foetus, and abort it if it is female.

2441

Archeologists believe they may have found the remains of two children of Russia”s last tsar, executed by the Bolsheviks in 1918. Ceramic vessels found nearby appear to have contained sulphuric acid, consistent with an account by one of the Bolshevik firing squad, who said that after shooting the family they doused the bodies in acid to destroy the flesh and prevent them becoming objects of veneration.

2436

47 million files hold meticulously recorded information on forced labourers, concentration camp victims and political prisoners. In grey, bureaucratic language the Nazis kept records on the smallest details – from the number of lice on a prisoner”s head to the exact moment of their execution.

2426

Bulgarian society is still divided on whether anyone should bear moral responsibility for the communist past and, if so, who. Few believe the new commission charged with opening the archives will act impartially.

2423

“Follow the money”. This famous phrase has inspired generations of investigative reporters.

2422

She was known for dressing like a man and wearing a false beard, and was more powerful than either of her more famous female successors, Nefertiti and Cleopatra.