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Potemkin village

{ Article added: 04/17/2012 }
Potemkin villages are disguised, misleading, or outright fake locations that are generally used for propaganda purposes. The villages have roots in Russian historical legend, purportedly built by Grigory Potemkin to fool Empress Catherine II in 1787. Potemkin villages ...Read More »


{ Article added: 01/16/2011 }
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Categories : Government, Sex
Kippumjo refers to a group of women, mostly between the ages of 18 and 25, who are used as entertainment by the government of North Korea. The group is known by various translations, such as "Joy Division", "Joy Brigade", ...Read More »

Canadian caper

{ Article added: 09/14/2010 }
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Categories : Government, Historical
The Canadian caper is the nickname for the rescue of six Americans who had been able to avoid capture during the Iran Hostage Crisis. The diplomats were not caught during the initial invasion of the United States Embassy in ...Read More »

Moscow–Washington hotline

{ Article added: 11/06/2009 }
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Categories : Cold War, Government
More commonly known as the "red telephone", the Moscow–Washington hotline is a direct line of communication between the United States and the Soviet Union (now Russia) developed during the Cold War. During the Cuban Missile Crisis, the two sides ...Read More »

List of shortest reigning monarchs of all time

{ Article added: 09/06/2009 }
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Categories : Government, Historical, Lists
Organized here is a list of the rulers who were in power for the shortest period of time, and those who reigned for under one year. King Louis XIX of France held the throne for approximately twenty minutes on ...Read More »

Black bloc

{ Article added: 05/04/2009 }
A black bloc is an often non-violent protest tactic utilized primarily by radical leftist activists. Originating in Germany in the 1980s with anti-nuclear activists, the protesters wear all black clothing along with ski masks and helmets. Also known ...Read More »

Bonus Army

{ Article added: 04/09/2009 }
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Categories : Government, World War I
The Bonus Army was comprised of 17,000 World War I veterans and their supporters seeking compensation for their time served during the war. Service Certificates were given to veterans and were valued according to a promised payment plus the ...Read More »