Remains of 19th-century cannibal shipwreck yields new clues, Germany's overlooked genocide creates controversy a century later, Vietnam seeks reparations for American chemical attacks.
New Study Sheds Light On Infamously Mysterious 19th-Century Cannibal Shipwreck
New research into the infamous and deadly Franklin Expedition shipwreck is shining light on how the 128 crewmen lost their lives more than 170 years ago.
A new study published on Aug. 23 in PLOS One revealed that lead poisoning, one of the previously and most popularly believed causes, did not play a pivotal role in the deaths of the sailors. Over the years a few discoveries have helped researchers to begin to piece together how the crew members may have met their untimely ends, however much of this fateful voyage remains unknown.
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Germany Returns Skulls Of Namibian Genocide Victims — But Still Won’t Apologize For Killing Thousands
After more than a century, Germany has now returned the remains belonging to victims of a colonial genocide in present-day Namibia that left tens of thousands dead.
On Aug. 29, representatives of the Namibian government accepted 19 skulls, five full skeletons, as well as some bone and skin fragments at a church service in Berlin, wrote Fox News. German universities and hospitals had held onto the remains for decades after using them in a series of early-20th-century pseudoscientific experiments meant to prove the supposed racial superiority of white people.
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Vietnam Demands Monsanto Pay Victims Of Agent Orange Chemical Attacks
For the 40 years following the end of the Vietnam War the U.S. corporation, Monsanto, has largely evaded responsibility for their role in a chemical attack which had disastrous effects on Vietnamese civilians. But now the Vietnamese government demands that Monsanto pay compensation to the victims of Agent Orange.
Agent Orange is a toxic chemical that Monsanto had helped manufacture for the U.S. military during the Vietnam War, and is reportedly responsible for the birth defects and diseases of many of the country’s citizens. This will be the third generation of Vietnamese seeing effects of the chemical.
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