He was a dictator who tortured and killed his people

Mohammad Reza Pahlavi—Source: Wikimedia Commons

If you are an internet lurker you probably would’ve seen photos like the one below about pre-revolutionary Iran. I come across them very often on Reddit, the caption of these photos usually says: Iranians will regret overthrowing the Shah for a long time, or revolution is not always a good thing. The purpose of these photos is to show that Iran under the rule of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi was a thriving society.


I cheated in all of my high school exams, now that I am in college I am still cheating

Photo by RODNAE Productions from Pexels

I was a good student till middle school, among the top 5 of my class, although I have no idea how I did that. After 8th grade, I stopped studying for exams and haven’t done it since.

I come from a country that has suffered greatly since its inception in 1947. We have fought four wars with one of our neighbors, though I don’t know who won those, I doubt anyone does. And for the past two decades, we’ve been fighting against terrorism which has killed over 50,000 of my countrymen. Our economy is in turmoil and our education system…


He saved 669 Jewish children from Nazi Germany

Sir Nicholas Winton in 1939 — Screenshot from a video / Source Wikimedia Commons

Nazi Germany committed many atrocities against Jews before and during World War 2 (WW2). Very few people did something to save the lives of innocent Jews, and among the few was Sir Nicholas Winton. For 50 years, the world wouldn’t know that he had saved the lives of 669 children from the Nazis.

Winton was born to a Jewish-German family who moved from Germany to England in the early 1900s. He was a successful stockbroker in London and lived a happy life. Winton had been involved in social work since his early life.

In 1938, just before WW2, Winton had…


The slave Gannibal was the great-grandfather of poet Alexander Pushkin

This portrait was initially believed to be of Gannibal but later proved otherwise — Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Throughout history, many enslaved people became notable personalities one such personality was Abram Petrovich Gannibal. Abram was born in 1696 in modern-day Cameroon though it is debated among historians. Some say his birthplace is the highlands of Ethiopia and some conclude that he was born in modern-day Eritrea.

Becoming a Slave

Gannibal was born to a noble African family and was a son of a prince. His father owned many slaves and was in the business of trading slaves with the Ottoman Empire. In those days, African slaves were a big business in Europe and the Ottoman empire. At the age of eight…


The recent blockage of the canal by the cargo ship Ever Given is not the first time the Suez Canal stopped operating

Ships anchored in the canal — Source: opindia.com

The Suez Canal is an important waterway for global trade, as it decreases the distance for ships by 8,900 km and also saves ten days. The blockage of the canal even for a day affects the global economy. The Ever Given cargo ship which was recently stuck in the Suez Canal only took six days to clear out. But in the late 1960s, a fleet of 15 ships was stuck in the canal for eight years.

The Six-Day War

In 1967, when the Israeli forces invaded Egypt, they occupied the Sinai peninsula in a few days and reached the eastern part of the…


By 2050 39% of the population will be over 65, that’s around 500 million people, more than the entire population of the U.S.

Photo by Ling Tang on Unsplash

Since the beginning of time, humans have faced many problems which have threatened their existence, the current problem is that of the aging population. An aging population is bad for any country, as it means more retirees governments have to pay, and fewer young people there will be to pay taxes.

Many developed nations are facing the problem of an aging population, and China is becoming one of them at a very fast pace. The median age of an average Chinese person will move upwards from 38.4 in 2020 to 48 in 2050. An aging population is going to affect…


The militant group is closing in on the country and taking control of strategically important locations

Image by Alejandra Santiago from Pixabay

NATO Coalition forces ousted the Taliban government in 2001 for sheltering Al-Qaeda. Since then, the terrorist group has been fighting for control of the country. As of 2020, more than 3,500 Western coalition troops, and more than 100,000 Afghan civilians have died.

In recent years, violence has increased again in the country. The Taliban has taken control over territories in almost all major provinces. The terrorist group now controls more territory than they did when they were in power before 2001. The map below shows areas under the control of the Taliban. …

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