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Animation of ancient Rome

Rome Reborn is an international initiative whose goal is the creation of 3D digital models illustrating the urban development of ancient Rome from the first settlement in the late Bronze Age (ca. 1000 B.C.) to the depopulation of the city in the early Middle Ages (ca. A.D. 550). With the …

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Animation of the Santorini volcano history

In this video, made by Nicos Korakakis, the geographical history of Santorini is depicted. The island, which had been formed 30,000 years ago, was double in size compared to its modern state.  Almost 25,000 years ago, the island’s volcano erupted and formed the caldera, sinking almost half of the island. …

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Henry Kissinger’s role in the tragedy of Cyprus

“The illegal we do immediately; the unconstitutional takes a little longer” Henry Kissinger, 10 March 1975   The dichotomy of Cyprus constitutes a singularity within the western world as it is the spot with the only hostile borders within the alliance of NATO, the last city to be divided in …

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North Korea – Totalitarianism and the police state

“A society where individual life is absolutely pointless, and where everything that is not absolutely compulsory is absolutely forbidden” Christopher Hitchens, Why Orwell Matters (2003) Under Kim Il Sung North Korea morphed into an archetypal Nationalistic Stalinist state, and it was in this form that it managed to survive without …

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The myths of Christian persecution

“Christians love to feel persecuted. It is part of their origin story” Bill Maher We have all learned in school and heard from the pulpits that during the 3 first centuries AD, Christians were the victims of an unprecedented attack from the Roman Empire, when hundreds of thousands of believers …

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How Stalin and Lysenko bankrupted Soviet science

Lysenko constituted the most respected figure of the soviet scientific community for more than 20 years. The acknowledged biologist had the direct support of Stalin and was awarded with many titles during his career. The methods he introduced were forcefully applied throughout the Soviet Union, and in China. He was …

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George Orwell’s list

“Political language…is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind” George Orwell, Politics and the English language (1946) In 1998, the Daily Telegraph broke a story titled “Socialist Icon Who Became An Informer”. The article spoke of George Orwell, …

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