Ancient Handholding Skeletons Are Men but Italy Won’t Say Gay

Archeo Modena ROME—In 2009, the straight world swooned when archeologists discovered two ancient skeletons from between the fourth and sixth centuries A.D. holding hands in a grave in Modena, Italy. They were dubbed the “Lovers of Modena” and have become…

Why Did America Drop 40 Tons of Bombs on This Iraqi Island?

Screenshot/Twitter/OIR Spokesman Col. Myles B. Caggins III In a dramatic and destructive demonstration earlier this week, a formation of U.S. Air Force warplanes dropped 40 tons of bombs on an island in the Tigris River north of Baghdad. Islamic State…

While Trump Shrugs, North Korea’s Building Better Missiles

Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/Getty TOKYO–Blame it on John Bolton. That’s President Donald Trump’s explanation for why talks to get North Korea to give up its nuclear program haven’t been going anywhere. It was indeed Bolton’s idea that…

Boris Johnson’s Suspension of Parliament Ruled Unlawful

Reuters / Phil Noble Boris Johnson’s suspension of the British Parliament has been ruled to be unlawful in an explosive court decision in Scotland. The prime minister suspended parliament in an arcane procedure known as prorogation earlier this week. Though…

Trump’s Longtime Lobbyist Has Some Very Iffy Middle East Connections

Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Getty In June, Federal Advocates, a Washington D.C. lobbying firm with close ties to President Donald Trump and his family, hired Hassan Nasser Fawaz, a Lebanese banker, to introduce the firm’s lobbyists to potential clients…

Will the CIA’s Former Top Spy Fall Prey to Putin’s Murderous Mole Hunt?

Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Photos Getty The Kremlin is painting a target on the back of a former insider who reportedly was a key CIA source before the agency “exfiltrated” him from Russia to the United States in July…

What to Expect When You’re Defecting

Getty Vladimir Putin’s top spokesman swears there wasn’t an American spy hiding out under his boss’ nose, but Russia’s state media is already taking great pains to smear the man identified in American news outlets as the CIA’s top spy…

To Win Re-Election, Bibi Netanyahu Is Waging ‘Wars’ at Home and Abroad

Oded Balilty/Getty TEL AVIV—Benjamin Netanyahu is firing in all directions these days.  Facing a tight re-election bid next Tuesday, the long-serving Israeli prime minister has just in the last two weeks launched air strikes against multiple neighboring Middle Eastern countries,…

Who Was the CIA Mole Behind 2016 Putin-Trump Leaks?

Maxim Shemetov/Reuters The CIA had to pull its top agent in Russia out of the country in 2016 because the agency feared authorities there might uncover the source at any moment. CNN and the New York Times say those fears…

William Dalrymple’s ‘The Anarchy’ About the East India Company Tells a Story of Monstrous Corporate Greed

Universal History Archive/Getty At the beginning of William Dalrymple’s The Anarchy: The East India Company, Corporate Violence, and the Pillage of an Empire, the award-winning Scottish historian states plainly the thesis of his latest work: that the Company’s “military conquest,…

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