Naples’ Dark Side: From Skull-Worshiping Old Women to Experiments on Live Humans

PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY ELIZABETH BROCKWAY/THE DAILY BEAST From seductive sirens who lured sailors to their death to mad scientists who conducted experiments on their servants, the ghosts of Naples are ever present in the modern city. byBARBIE LATZA NADEAU NAPLES—Naples has been my city of escape and refuge for much of the 22 years I have lived in Italy. I rarely send people to Naples without me. I’d rather take them myself to make sure they aren’t distracted by the pandemonium or sidetracked trying to figure out where Elena Ferrante lived. Visiting Naples should instead be like going to see an … Continue reading Naples’ Dark Side: From Skull-Worshiping Old Women to Experiments on Live Humans

Women of the Roman Mafia Are Turning Their Men In

PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY LYNE LUCIEN/THE DAILY BEAST NO MORE DOLCE VITA A group of women played a vital role in major mafia arrests in Rome, but they can’t fight the mob alone. by BARBIE LATZA NADEAU ROME—Organized crime traditionally has been a man’s world. Women generally are relegated to the margins of this most secretive of societies. There have been famous cases in Italy’s mafia strongholds where daughters have delivered secret messages for their incarcerated fathers, or when widows collected protection money on behalf of their dead husbands. Mothers have even hidden knives used in killings among fresh linens. Increasingly, though, … Continue reading Women of the Roman Mafia Are Turning Their Men In

STUNNING new video reveals how Europe is “committing suicide” with open borders and political correctness

 by: Lance D Johnson (Natural News) European society is being flooded by migrants from North Africa, East Asia, and the Middle East. In 2015, over a million migrants made their way illegally into Europe, traveling by land and sea. Migrants from war-torn countries, including Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria are taking advantage of open border policies in Europe. Citizens from Germany, Greece, Bulgaria, Italy, Cyprus, and Spain are losing their cultural heritageas their communities are forced to accommodate any and all migrants. These countries are failing to vet refugees and do not consider the repercussions of aimlessly flooding communities with displaced migrants.  Economic opportunities and resources are being … Continue reading STUNNING new video reveals how Europe is “committing suicide” with open borders and political correctness

Black Achilles

Achilles slaying Penthesilea. Detail from an amphora, 530-525 BCE. Photo courtesy the Trustees of the British Museum The Greeks didn’t have modern ideas of race. Did they see themselves as white, black – or as something else altogether? by Tim Whitmarsh is the A G Leventis Professor of Greek culture at the University of Cambridge, and has held professorial posts at Oxford and Exeter. His latest book is Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World (2015). Edited by Sam Dresser Few issues provoke such controversy as the skin-colour of the ancient Greeks. Last year in an article published in Forbes, the Classics scholar Sarah Bond … Continue reading Black Achilles

Twitter Ablaze After Most of French Museum Collection Found to Be Fake

CC0 SOCIETY The social media platform quickly responded to news of fakes spotted in a landmark French museum, with a lion’s share of users pegging it ’embarrassing’ and questioning the level of expertise of those who originally accepted the works into the museum’s collection. State-owned Étienne Terrus museum in the southern French city of Elne, near the Spanish border, has discovered that 82 of the 140 works originally thought to have been painted by the renowned artist are in fact fakes, French media reported. An alarm was raised by an art historian after taking note that some of the buildings depicted in the paintings were erected after Étienne Terrus, a close … Continue reading Twitter Ablaze After Most of French Museum Collection Found to Be Fake

Communist robot dreams

Detail from the cover of Nikola Kesarovski’s 1983 book The Fifth Law of Robotics. Illustration by Hristo Braykov Tech flourished in communist Bulgaria and so did a body of science fiction asking vital philosophical questions by Victor Petrov is a postdoctoral student on the Max Weber programme at the European University Institute near Florence in Italy. Edited by Sam Haselby The police report would have baffled the most grizzled detective. A famous writer murdered in a South Dakota restaurant full of diners; the murder weapon – a simple hug. A murderer with no motive, and one who seemed genuinely distraught at what he had … Continue reading Communist robot dreams

Punjabi Men Are Struggling with Mental Health Because They Lack the Words to Describe It

by Hussein Kesvani Sukhi, a 28-year-old graduate student from Birmingham, England, was officially diagnosed with depression last year. He was forced to see a doctor after he started to lack the emotional energy necessary to do basic things: get out of bed, make food, hold a basic conversation with his flatmates, and most of all, take his final year exams for his master’s degree in economics. For years, Sukhi had dealt with smaller bouts of depression. He had days where, he tells me, he felt a “heavy, overbearing sadness” without any root cause. Other days, he found himself sitting in the … Continue reading Punjabi Men Are Struggling with Mental Health Because They Lack the Words to Describe It