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    WI: Giuliani gets whacked

    I've an amateur interest in NYC at its nadir in the 70s and 80s and a large part of that is the grindhouse scene on 42nd Street and Times Square. A den of XXX cinemas, live sex shows, pornography stores and crime. One of the most fascinating and elusive characters from that era is Hardcore...
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    The effects of a "successful" PLO Black September in Jordan.

    I put successful in quotes because I have my doubts that destabilising the Jordanian state would work out well for the PLO even short term but what happens should they succeed in overthrowing the Monarchy or at least carving out a viable state within a state? It seems obvious that Israel is not...
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    WI The Xi'an Incident backfires?

    So today is the 82nd anniversary of the Xi'an incident, in which Zhang Xueliang kidnapped Chiang Kai-shek in order to persuade him to call off his campaign against the Communists and align in a United Front against the Japanese. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xi%27an_Incident From the article...
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    Left SR don't revolt against the Brest-Litovsk Treaty

    The Left SR were one of the few Left Wing groups the Bolesheviks invites to join their Government following the overthrow of the Provisional Government in 1917. They were given some measure of responsibility, with 4 Commissar positions and influence in the Cheka. However they were bitterly...
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    Can the 28 Bolesheviks remain ascendant in Chinese Communism?

    I asked this originally in the other place but it got lost in the shuffle and I think it's an interesting period in Chinese Communist history. I've been reading recently about the beginnings of the Long March, the collapse of the Jiangxsi Soviet and Mao's rise to power after the ousting of Bo...