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Nuclear Bombing of Hiroshima, Nagasaki Was Unjustified – US Experts

Seventy years ago, in early August 1945, the United States dropped nuclear bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and in so doing …

Pakistan has built a massive surveillance state: report

Pakistan has stealthily built up a surveillance network that “would rival some of the world’s most powerful surveillance programmes,” according to a …

Surveillance
Africa

A Soviet-era Russian colonel who was spying for the British describes his escape from the KGB

He had been suspiciously summoned to Moscow. They had got him drunk on cognac while a KGB general grilled him for four hours. He'd be executed if they could catch him. They seemed to be closing the net. But the MI6 double agent couldn't risk openly fleeing.<p>After he sobered up at home, Oleg …

Russia

70 years after WWII, Japanese company apologizes to US vets

A major Japanese corporation gave an unprecedented apology Sunday to a 94-year-old U.S. prisoner of war for using American POWs for forced labor during World War II, nearly 70 years after the war ended.<p>At the solemn ceremony hosted by the Museum of Tolerance at the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los …

World War II

The True Story of the Soviet Engineer Who Became a Spy and Saved the Federal Government $1 Billion

A KH-11 ‘Keyhole’ spy satellite costs, give or take, around $2 billion. In 1979, the US Air Force estimated that Soviet engineer Adolf Tolkachev had</i> …

Cold War
World History

Drug lord's escape tunnel an audacious feat of engineering

ALMOLOYA, Mexico (AP) — Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, the most wanted of Mexico's drug lords, would have breezed along the mile-long tunnel dug just for him on a specially modified motorcycle or one of the two carts it pushed on two steel rails.<p>A visit on Tuesday by journalists to the tunnel's exit in …

Mexico

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Toxic Time Bomb: Abandoned US Military Nuclear Dome Threatens Pacific Ocean

On the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean, roughly halfway between Australia and Hawaii, the US military hides a dirty secret. These islands …

Marshall Islands

Eric Roberts: The spy who suffered

<b>One of the UK's most brilliant wartime spies was poorly treated by colleagues at MI5 in the paranoid years of the Cold War and was left gripped by fear that he was suspected of being a traitor. Now an extraordinary letter and a series of family documents reveal the full story.</b><p>In the 1930s, Eric …

Washington D.C.

The decline of US power?

<b>Standing on the Washington Mall at the turn of the new millennium, it was impossible not to be struck by America's power and global pre-eminence.</b><p>Victory in the Cold War made it the hegemon in a unipolar world.<p>Few argued when the 20th Century was dubbed the "American Century", a term first coined in …

Political Science

I see no alternative to a larger, more intense conventional war against Isis

There are no quick solutions to current global conflict. But we risk a regional conflagration in the Middle East if the west doesn’t do more to contain Isis now<p>We’re living in an era of persistent conflict. This isn’t my insight – you can read it in the latest concept documents of half a dozen …

Middle East

US-led warplanes are pummeling the de facto ISIS capital like never before

The US-led coalition battling the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL) has dramatically intensified its air war against the militant group with strikes pummeling the group's de-facto capital of Raqqa, Syria.<p>Since Wednesday, the coalition has conducted aerial strikes against more than 70 ISIS …

Middle East

The socialist surge

The rise of Bernie Sanders is proving awkward for the Democratic Party.<p>No one asked Bernie Sanders what he thought about the Greek referendum on Sunday, but he shared his thoughts anyway.<p>“I applaud the people of Greece for saying ‘no’ to more austerity for the poor, the children, the sick and the …

Middle-class

The New Spymasters: Inside Espionage From the Cold War to Global Terror; Intercept: The Secret History of Computers and Spies – review

Two timely books on spying reveal the shortcomings of intelligence and its stranglehold on modern life<p>What good timing for these books on espionage, just as Isis – fruit of the worst “intelligence” lie of recent history, the Blair-Bush excursion into Iraq – surges on and spies for Britain and the …

Surveillance
History

The 5 Most Powerful Armies on Planet Earth

Prioritizing the five most powerful armies on Earth is not an easy task. Each country has its own unique security situation that shapes its military …

Guys You Love Anyway: 10 Best Antiheroes in Film

<i>Editor's Note: Jeff Klima is the author of The Dead Janitors Club and L.A. Rotten, and is co-founder of Orange County Crime Scene Cleanup. We were</i> …

Memphis Mayor Wants to Dig Up Dead Confederate War General

Posted: Jun 26, 2015 9:47 AM<p>Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton wants to dig up the bodies of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest and his wife and …

The tribe saving Borneo's forests

Once the nomadic hunter-gatherers of Borneo, the Penan are now eco-warriors fighting to protect their jungle home.<p>The rainforest was taking its toll. With humidity hovering around 100%, I was trying to keep up with our fleet-footed guide as I played a jungle version of whack-a-mole, flicking …

Hunter Gatherers

Meet the nomadic photographer who has been road-tripping with her dog around the US for the past 7 years

"Ever since I can remember, I have been independent and curious," Turner told Business Insider. "Being on the open road is a feeling I can't get anywhere else. It's a feeling of freedom," Turner said.<p>"The first year is the hardest — if you get through that and want to continue, then the road is for …

RVs

20 gorgeous natural wonders around the world

Places that receive the iconic UNESCO seal are chosen based on their cultural significance, their standing as a natural wonder, or both.<p>From the Rock Sites of Cappadocia, Turkey, made entirely from volcanic erosions, to Africa's Namib Sand Sea, the world's only coastal desert, here are 20 …

National Parks

Crashed 250-foot flying saucer is spotted in Antarctica on Google Earth

In a scene reminiscent of the Eighties horror film The Thing, a huge crashed flying saucer has been seen half-buried in the Antarctic ice.<p>The …

Scientists leave isolation dome after eight months simulating life on Mars

Six crew members in Nasa-sponsored study venture outside dome on dormant Hawaii volcano after eight months of close-quarters living<p>Six scientists who were living under a dome on the slopes of a dormant Hawaii volcano for eight months to simulate life on Mars have emerged from isolation.<p>The crew …

Geology

'Simpsons' producer clarifies Homer and Marge breakup

<b>(CNN) —</b> Al Jean, the executive producer and showrunner for "The Simpsons," would like fans to stop freaking out about Homer and Marge's marriage.<p>After Variety reported that Jean said the pair will legally separate in the upcoming season, there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth.<p>It was only one …

The Simpsons