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Today in history: Germany surrenders, European war ends 70 years ago

Victory in Europe Day, is celebrated on May 8, but actually the formalities of the war's end were spread over three days.

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Today in history: The Lusitania is torpedoed and sinks 100 years ago

The British passenger liner Lusitania was torpedoed by a German U-boat 18 miles off the Irish coast.

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Today in history: The Vietnam War is over!

Today is the 40th anniversary of the official end of the Vietnam War.

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Today in history: U.S. invasion of Dominican Republic teaches lessons today

The U.S. invasion was justified as protecting American lives. Within days, this was changed to "preventing a Communist takeover."

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In Germany: From the U.S. Embassy to small town thugs

This was a minor victory; in over twenty years it was the first petition on Mumia which the embassy has accepted.

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Dangerous game: Yemen and the Congress of Reaction

The civil war in Yemen is a long-running conflict over access to political power and resources, not religion, or any attempt by Iran to spread its influence.

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Today in history: A joke from the USSR for April Fools’ Day

I heard the following joke in Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, then part of the USSR, as was Moldavia.

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Fascists at the gate in Greece

Golden Dawn - with its Holocaust denial, its swastikas, and Hitler salutes - makes it look like it inhabits the fringe, but it has roots that make it dangerous.

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Today in women’s history: Church of England ordains women priests

The women were ordained in alphabetical order; Angela Berners-Wilson is considered the first woman to be ordained in England.

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Syriza’s Greece: whispers of battles past

The negotiations between Greece and the EU bring to mind Themistocles, a man who knew when to retreat and when to fight. 

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