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Breaking News

This page features brief excerpts of stories published by the mainstream media and, less frequently, blogs, alternative media, and even obviously biased sources. The excerpts are taken directly from the websites cited in each source note. Quotation marks are not used.




  • America's M4 Sherman Tank: World War II Wonder Weapon or Blunder Weapon?

    Because of its propensity to catch fire, the Sherman soon gained several nicknames. “Tommycooker” (which was a World War I trench cooker), “Ronsons” (a la the cigarette lighter that were guaranteed in their ads to “Light up the first time, every time!”), and also what the Free Poles called “The Burning Grave.”



  • How History Changed Anita Hill

    Professor Hill spoke with Jessica Bennett, gender editor at The New York Times and called for a greater recognition of gender-based violence in the political sphere, and stronger leadership on the issue.



  • Frantz Fanon and the CIA Man

    by Thomas Meaney

    Based on an encounter with Fanon’s CIA handler, C. Oliver Iselin, Meaney presents the firsthand experience of a mid-level figure in the U.S. security state who participated in the national liberation movements in Africa.