Google Sightseeing: Fakin’ It!

The concept of a Potemkin village dates back to the late 18th century, when tales spread that the Russian military leader and governor Grigoriy Potyomkin (Potemkin) had ordered the construction of temporary, false-facaded ‘villages’ in his territory to impress visiting officials. The areas of the southern Russian Empire under Potyomkin’s governorship (‘New Russia‘, today’s southern…

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Brothers Without Arms: The Fifteen Countries Which Have No Military Forces

In the vast majority of countries, the idea of a standing military would be taken for granted.  Even countries such as Japan, Haiti, and Iceland, where standing armies have been either disbanded or prohibited by law, still maintain organisations such as foreign peacekeeping forces and coast guard units (and in Japan’s case, Self-Defense Forces).  Fifteen…

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