"In the era before gunpowder, all killing was of necessity done hand to hand. For a Greek or Roman warrior to slay his enemy, he had to get so close that there was an equal chance that the enemy's sword or spear would kill him. This produced an i
Starving peasants storm the Bastille because oppression has driven them beyond the limits of human endurance. It is the quintessential image of political revolution. But what if it is wrong? Or what if there is an equally powerful force that also cre
Nick Ut's Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph of nine-year-old Kim Phúc fleeing from a napalm attack during the Vietnam war is one of the most iconic pieces of photojournalism in existence.
At its height, the Portuguese empire spanned four continents, with territory everywhere from Rio de Janeiro to Macau.
The original Star Trek was a failure. CBS passed on the show during the pitch process. NBC saw the first pilot, an episode called "The Cage" starring Jeffrey Hunter as Captain Christopher Pike, and rejected it.
Last week, I was chatting contentedly with my friends on Facebook (who would ever have thought I'd say that?) about gun politics, when I was interrupted by (ostensibly) a young woman (everybody's young compared to me these days) who denied that a
Donald Trump's surprise visit to Mexico, where he met the Mexican president and discussed the many contentious issues between our two countries, reminds me of President Reagan's important trip to Geneva in 1985. Reagan was more than willing to si
About a decade ago I'd gotten a little friendly with the late Alexander Cockburn, one of America's premier radical journalists and the founder of Counterpunch, a leading leftist webzine.
High School history fables taught us that the Spanish-American War of 1898 was a meaningless war instigated by the Yellow Journalist William Randolph Hearst.
An Indonesian man who claims to be the longest living human in recorded history has described how he "just wants to die".
As we know, the great dream that has been shaping the political integration of Europe for 60 years is today facing what is called an "existential crisis" - one so profound as to call into question its continued existence.
For example, three or four years ago I noticed a link on a prominent libertarian website suggesting that George S. Patton, one of America's most renowned World War II military commanders, had been murdered by order of the U.S. government.
Only two athletes in history have won medals in six consecutive Olympic Games. Only two.
A few years ago, we highlighted the manly last words of 16 men. Since then, we've discovered many more intriguing, poignant, badass, or just plain virile utterances given right before a man stepped into the abyss of the great beyond. Today we highl
In 1928, northern Brazil was captivated by an enticing bit of news.
Among the youthful Marxist-inspired revolutionary class, an unholy marriage of marxism and Islam was created. The Young Turks, as they became known, sought solidarity throughout the Ottoman Empire. Dhimmis were thus not allowed to own any new propert