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How the US Built Its Super-Secret Spy Satellite Program

Ethics aside, espionage is an indispensable part of statecraft. The ISR [Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance] information gathered helps …

Military

‘Nasty, brutish, and short’: the dangerous world of Thomas Hobbes

There are many phrases which have remained in popular use but whose original context, and sometimes author, has been forgotten. A good example is the …

The Assassination of Martin Luther King - a summary

On April 4, in 1968, Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated. James Earl Ray, a white supremacist, was subsequently arrested for the crime and …

The Man Who Tried to Bury Stalin

On 31 October 1961, a small but symbolic event took place in Moscow. The embalmed body of former Soviet dictator, Joseph Stalin, was re-interred …

Did this man kill Cold War spy Georgi Markov with umbrella? 35 years on, prime suspect revealed as ex-Communist agent now working as antiques dealer in Austria

By<p>It was one of the most audacious acts of the Cold War which could have come straight from the pages of a spy novel.<p>Georgi Markov was jabbed with an …

These photographs capture the terror, joy and weirdness of the USSR's final days

In the last days of the USSR, the nation was changing incredibly fast. People were starving, but they were also joyfully rebelling against their …

Russia

First photographs emerge of Mussolini's secret wartime bunker

The first photographs have emerged of a secret concrete bunker constructed by Benito Mussolini who feared being assassinated by the RAF at the height of the Second World War.<p>The 860 square feet bunker, which was built about 50ft beneath Palazzo Venezia, his Rome headquarters, was only rediscovered …

Northern Italy

The shock of the old: what the sculpture of Pan reveals about sex and the Romans

Nothing is more likely to inspire us to see for ourselves than a warning about the effects of looking. Take the media interest this month when it was …

Hippocrates and the Hippocratic Oath - a summary

<b>‘Concerning disease, practice two things – to help, or at least to do no harm.’<br>Hippocrates, Epidemics 1.11</b><p>Considered by Seneca to be the ‘father of …