History

The Arab as “white foreigner” – the contested heritage of Timbuktu

Manuscripts of Timbuktu
[caption id="attachment_382" align="alignleft" width="199" caption="A Treasure of Timbuktu"][/caption] The legendary city of Timbuktu - a center for trade and learning for centuries and is the home of the oldest library south of the Sahara. Now, African and Saudi donors are joined in a contest to reframe the cultural heritage of a continent: No one in…
History

How a carefully disguised corpse helped win World War II

[caption id="attachment_316" align="alignleft" width="105" caption="A Heroic Corpse"][/caption] On April 30, 1943, the body of Glyndwr Michael, disguised as Major William Martin of the Royal Marines, was dropped into the sea off Huelva on the Spanish coast. In his briefcase were letters, meticulously faked by British intelligence officers to give the impression that the Allies intended…