John Hunt Morgan, John C Breckinridge
Confederate Statues: The mayor of Lexington Kentucky announced his intention to accelerate plans to relocate Confederate statues in his city in response to the violence in Charlottesville. About these photos: John Hunt Morgan memorial (left) and John Cabell Breckinridge statue, both in Lexington, KY. Photo credit: Daderot / Wikimedia (CC0 1.0)  and Brent Moore / Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)

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Rare Earth Mineral Reserves Discovered in North Korea (Trevin)

A British private equity firm estimated the country’s reserves in 2013 to be at 216M tons, “a figure that is more than double the current global stockpile.”

Stuck Between NATO Countries and Russia (Dan)

Belarus is wedged between volatile forces: NATO countries and Russia. Thus it has become a battleground. And it’s only getting worse.

1953 Iran Coup: New Docs Confirm British Approached US About Ousting Mosaddeq (Jimmy)

From the National Security Archive: “The British Foreign Office approached the Truman administration on more than one occasion in late 1952 to propose a coup to overthrow Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddeq, according to freshly declassified State Department documents.

North Korea’s Missiles are Russia’s Fault, Says NYT (Dan)

Because the new long-ranging weapons are “possibly” from a post-Soviet Ukrainian factory, which was destabilized after the 2014 coup (exacerbated by Russian separatists), and thus gave rise to a black market in the country that is accessible to North Korea. This makes the Saddam-Al-Qaeda connection look simple.