What ended WWII? The USSR, scholars say

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end of warIn academic circles, history is being rewritten.

Over Hiroshima 68 years ago today, the U.S. dropped the first atomic bomb. Only days later as the next one fell on Nagasaki, the Soviet Union declared war on Japan. Within hours, the Japanese Supreme Council met to discuss surrender, and Emperor Hirohito would later tell his subjects they must “endure the unendurable.”

In recent years, some scholars have concluded, it was not the bomb that triggered Japan’s capitulation. … Continue reading

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Mideast compared to the Balkans

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Just as the Balkans provided the match for World War I, the Middle East is “a pile of tinder that could ignite a much wider conflict,” writes retired Adm. James Stavridis in Foreign Policy.  “The Syrian civil war is ground zero, with Iran, Russia, and China on one side, and the United States, Saudi Arabia, the Gulf States and much of NATO on the other,” the former Supreme Allied Commander in  Europe says. It’s impossible, Stavridis writes, to ignore the possibility … Continue reading

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Pooh bear was a spy. Bother.

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A.A. Milne started writing Winne-the-Pooh for his son, Christopher Robin. The first book was published in 1926.

Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that the man who wrote “people say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day” worked for the government.

A.A. Milne — the (real) father of Christopher Robin and whimsical progenitor to Winnie-the-Pooh — was a spy … Continue reading

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