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When JFK Endorsed The Ugly American

Ugly American

by Steven Watts In the crisis of masculinity that preoccupied so many in late 1950s America, a few beacons of hope pierced the gloominess. Cosmopolitan, in its 1957 special issue examining the conundrums of the modern American male, included a

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The Incredible Case of Monsignor Scarano

Monsignor Scarano

by Gianluigi Nuzzi In March 2013, before the election of the new Pontiff, the prosecutors’ offices in Salerno and in Rome had begun an investigation into the financial activities of Monsignor Scarano, the chief accountant of the special section of

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Reserva del Comandante: Fidel Castro’s Private Account

reserva del comandante

by Juan Reinaldo Sanchez To free himself from all control, Fidel had long ago created, in the 1960s, the notorious reserva del Comandante, a private account made up of special funds siphoned off from national economic activity. Designed for the

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Alba Marina Escobar: Where did Pablo Escobar’s Money Go?

Search Bloc members with the body of Pablo Escobar, killed in a shootout after a 17 month intensive search. By Steve Murphy djibnet.com, copied from flickrp. Image is in the public domain via

by Juan Pablo Escobar Juan Pablo Escobar writes, after his father’s death, his aunt Alba Marina Escobar stole the hidden money Pablo Escobar had left in his secret stashes. Juan Pablo wrote that his uncle Roberto also betrayed the family

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Jim Lovell: The Eagle Scout That Saved Apollo 13

Jim Lovell

by Alvin Townley Jim Lovell: Troop 60, Milwaukee, Wisconsin Jim Lovell later described the event as a “bang-whump-shudder,” and its reverberations pulsed through the spacecraft, knocking the astronauts into the walls of the cramped ship. Lovell, the mission commander, looked

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