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Meth-fueled war

Books | The pill-popping Nazi Germany invaders of France
by Norman Ohler
Posted 9/22/18, 08:32 am

Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich is Norman Ohler’s tautly written account, based on previously overlooked documents, of how drugs fueled Adolf Hitler’s rapid rise during the 1930s and sensational fall during the second half of World War II. Among the conclusions: Methamphetamines distributed to thousands of soldiers made possible the blitzkrieg that killed France in 1940. Hitler became dependent on a witch’s cornucopia of heroin and other drugs during World War II.

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China’s beleaguered Uighurs under high-tech surveillance

International | A new report details disturbing government efforts to eradicate minorities in Xinjiang
by Mindy Belz
Posted 9/10/18, 01:10 pm

CHINA: A new Human Rights Watch report details the scaled-up efforts to eradicate Uighur Muslims, Kazakhs, and other minorities behind a wall of secrecy in Xinjiang province—in state parlance, “to cure ideological diseases.” Most disturbing, according to the report, for its widespread implications:

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Death toll rises from collapsed bridge in Italy

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/15/18, 11:35 am

Rescue workers continued to search for survivors Wednesday after a highway bridge collapse Tuesday in Italy resulted in the death of at least 39 people, including three children. A section of the Morandi Bridge in Genoa fell over an industrial zone, sending cars plummeting nearly 150 feet. Civil Protection Chief Angelo Borelli confirmed the number dead and said 15 others sustained injuries. Three French citizens were among those killed, according to the French Foreign Ministry. Italian officials continue to investigate the cause of the collapse.

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