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Rethinking ‘McNamara’s War’

Rethinking ‘McNamara’s War’ at the height of the Vietnam War

Rethinking ‘McNamara’s War’ On Nov. 29, 1967, President Lyndon Johnson announced that Robert McNamara, the secretary of defense, would leave his post to run the World Bank. “I do not know to this day whether I quit or was fired,” McNamara wrote decades later. “Maybe it was both.” It’s actually quite clear:

Incas conquered with politics

A study of skeletal remains suggests that the Inca grew their empire through politics and alliances rather than through violence. “It appears that the Inca relied less on warfare to conquer other groups and more on political alliances, bloodless takeovers and ideological control tactics,” Andrushko says. An Inca conquest gambit mentioned in

Jerusalem tunnel excavation sparks political fears

The completion of a 2,000-year-old tunnel excavation in Jerusalem is sparking fears of violence. Some Palestinians believe the project is an attempt to damage the Al Aksa Mosque; previous archeological projects in the area have led to rioting by Palestinians. Uzi Dahari, the Israel Antiquities Authority 's deputy director, told Israel Radio

Digging up trouble in Jerusalem

Time has an interesting article discussing how politics and archaeology mesh (not well) in Jerusalem. The Jerusalem syndrome is a psychological disorder in which a visit to the holy city triggers delusional and obsessive religious fantasies. In its extreme variety, people wander the lanes of the Old City believing they are

When ancient artifacts become political pawns

The New York Times has an interesting piece about how Egypt's requests for the return of artifacts is motivated by politics as much as it is by culture. Mr. Hawass also recently fired a shot at France, demanding the Louvre return five fresco fragments it purchased in 2000 and 2003 from

Italian Prime Minister failed to declare 30 ancient tombs on his land

The Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, has failed to declare the presence of 30 Phoenician tombs on his land, dating back to 300BC. But officials say there is no record of him reporting any finds - a legal requirement for all Italians - and opposition MPs have called for a probe. In

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