Both were red, but one could have been dead

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Chinese Propaganda Poster courtesy of War History Online

The Cold War was memorable as it kept the world walking on eggshells constantly. The Soviet Union was among the world’s nuclear powers, and they were strong adherents of the version of communism that they preached to the world.

There was another Red state in the region, and that was the People’s Republic of China. Being aligned with the communist ideology could have meant that all was well between the two giants, but this was not the case. The Soviet Union got so bitter with China's relations, then an impoverished nation, that they decided they would nuke them to oblivion.

For perspective, the only nation that has ever been nuked is Japan. Additionally, it is important to note that nuclear weapons have gotten exponentially more powerful than they were in 1945. Experts have suggested that it was possible that nuking China at the time would have immediately sparked a third World War. …


The more we know, the crazier it gets

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Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash

Drugs might be the last thing you’d associate with one of the world’s largest religions, but evidence suggests that there may be more than we could imagine. The theories even exceed one’s wildest expectations of drugs and their relation to Christianity.

Let’s get into the story!

The spread

Christianity is a proselytizing religion. This means that one must be converted to practice and adhere to the tenets that this religion holds. With this key point in mind, we get to consider the myriad of ways it was spread.

In some places, it was spread through missionary work and uplifting deeds. In others, it was spread through conquest and state imposition. However, in other places, it was all fun and spiked drinks to pump the new believers with a reason to keep coming back. …


Pretty hair and cross-dressing

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A bust of an Ancient Greek man courtesy of Lindsey Meyers

“O king, they do that to show that they are not afraid of death. When they comb their hair before a battle, it means that they intend to fight until they die.” — Charles Shaw

When the Greeks were at war with the Persians at Thermopylae in 480 BC, intelligence arrived from the Greek side to the Persian side. Men were nudely practicing their gymnastics while the rest were fixing their hair. The Persians did not understand what was going on.

It is said that one of the Greeks among the Persians informed them what it meant. It meant that they were ready to fight until their very last breath. This astonished the Persians as they were unable to understand the need for this particular practice. …


A tale of British disbelief and disgust

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A British East Africa postcard courtesy of Vintage East Africa

The 19th and 20th centuries will forever be remembered as turning points in history. Revolutionary technologies and their implications on weaker populations played a role in shaping the world that we have today.

It was when empires had overreaching authority over indigenous peoples who were deemed too primitive to do anything for themselves. Among these empires was the British empire. A small island in the North of Europe had carved out a legacy, and it got to their head time and time again.

One such instance was the colonization of Uganda. The country we now know as Uganda is a conglomeration of many powerful kingdoms and tribes. When the British arrived, they set out to do what they normally did. They wanted to extract the wealth of the nation to enrich themselves. …


A short story on my freelancing adventure

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Photo by Icons8 Team on Unsplash

It is three in the morning, and I receive a call:

“I have a nice writing gig for you. Would you be interested in it? The client pays well, and it will be long-term.”

In the middle of the day, I receive another:

“I heard you are a great programmer. I have a project that will last 11 months. I sure wouldn’t mind working with you.”

I receive another call. And another. You understand where this is headed. …


My personal experience with it

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Photo by Thought Catalog on Unsplash

Is “writing” your favorite niche? If so, then how much can you offer in the way of advice or tips that you can present to an audience? These questions are significant, and I have learned to ask them because of the experiences that I was able to have gained in this niche.

I have written inadequately in this particular niche partly because of the biggest problem I encountered.

Nothing new

There is a good probability that you will not be adding anything new. …


Some are downright hilarious

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Thomas Edison courtesy of The Guardian

Thomas Edison is a household name for many reasons. Some adore him for the amount of creativity and ingenuity he put into his work. Others deem him a callous fraud because of all the evil things he did that have only recently been gaining traction in the public sphere.

All that aside, Edison was brilliant and had lots of insight into many topics because of his hands-on experience. This did not deter him from being wrong. …


CONFESSIONS

I am not sure why I got this productive

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Photo by Rashtravardhan Kataria on Unsplash

A few days ago, I set out to make January my most productive month yet. I was bold enough to set a target of 100 articles in a month. My goal was clear, and its implementation was a little bit hazy, but I have made a little progress.

In the first week of January, I intended to keep a simple minimum of 2 high-quality articles a day. It kept me from being lazy, and in the back of my mind, I was always sure that there was enough time to pull this off. …


He did it to save the KGB offices

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Young Vladimir Putin courtesy of www.ntnews.com.au

Vladimir Putin is the president of the Russian Federation. He is known in the entire world for all kinds of things, some of them include his incredible skills and amazing physicality, even as an elderly individual.

He normally embodies the stereotype that a Russian is supposed to be capable of many things. All the things he learned, including other languages, stem from his training as a Soviet spy in East Germany.

His reputation is so mystical that it shows an excessive touch of propaganda on the Russian government-controlled media side. This was not always the case. Putin has always been an intimidating man. …


One of history’s greatest ironies

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Osama bin Laden courtesy of USA Today

The ironies that far exceed our expectations always stem from the most unsuspecting point. In my honest opinion, these are the moments we should always strive to learn from.

Who would have thought that something as simple as starting a business in a distant country would culminate in one of the world’s most infamous terror groups. This is the story of Osama bin Laden. Yes. And it starts way before he was even born. It starts with the discovery of black gold in the Middle East.

Construction

The foundations of any nation lie in the power of the infrastructure established to support its populace or anyone who decides to start a business within the region. …

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Mwanikii

Writer. Techie. History buff. If it changes the world I’m on its case. Open for gigs… freddynjagi@gmail.com! Published by the Writing Cooperative.

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