The Night of the Murdered Poets

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It sounds like the plot to a fantastic movie doesn’t it? Sadly the truth is a stain on history and yet another blot that fascism has left on our past.

On 12th August 1952, the execution of thirteen Soviet Jews in the Lubyanka Prison in Moscow in the then Soviet Union was carried out, the charges? Counterrevolutionary crimes and organised action meant to topple, undermine, or weaken the Soviet Union, whatever that means. Read More

New Book to Claim “Trump is Russian Asset”

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We’re living through some extraordinary political times the world over and as such this year has been a bumper one for political nonfiction books. Today we hear that publishers Transworld is publishing a new, explosive book next month that claims that the President of the United States is actually a Russian asset.

House of Trump, House of Putin: The Untold Story of Donald Trump and the Russian Mafia is authored by Craig Unger and American journalist and author. It’s not his first foray into political writing, he also explored conflicting loyalties of US President George W Bush in House of Bush, House of Saud published in 2004.
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J.K. Rowling Burns Twitter User Who Threatens to Burn His Harry Potter Books

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Yesterday, we reported the news that J.K. Rowling, along with several other notable Twitter users, was in stitches over the fact that President Donald Trump published a Tweet boasting of his writing skills. The problem is, the Tweet actually contained an error. Trump used the word ‘pour’ when he meant to use ‘pore’. He has since deleted the Tweet and republished it with the correct use of the word. Read More

J.K. Rowling Can’t Stop Laughing After Donald Trump Publishes a Grammatically Incorrect Tweet Boasting About His Writing Skills

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It seems famed Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling can’t stop laughing after President Donald Trump published a Tweet criticising the press for “pouring over” his Tweets in an effort to find any spelling or grammar mistakes. Trump pointed out that he has written “many best selling books” and that he only capitalizes certain words for emphasis, not because they should be capitalized. Unfortunately for Trump, the Tweet in which he praised his writing skills included a typo. Can you spot it?
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Literary Tweets in the style of POTUS 45

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Tweets from our favourite literary characters would be great fun… But how could we make it even funnier?

Take a handful of literary characters, mix with some light-hearted ribbing about the Tweeting style of the 45th president of the United States of America and the result is this…

A fabulous blog of fake, obnoxious, and hilarious literary Tweets.

We could’ve made so many of these but for now we have just these ten Tweets to tickle your funny bone.

Let us know if you have any more ideas on Facebook or Twitter!

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South Carolina Police Challenge School Summer Reading List

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Incoming freshmen at Wando County High School have received their summer reading list, a list of suggested books to get them ready for the upcoming year. However, Charleston County Police have challenged two of the books saying they promote an anti-police mentality among impressionable young readers.

The two books that have been challenged are Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give (about to be released as a movie), and All American Boys. Both books deal with similar subject matter, an unarmed character dead at the hands of police violence.
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Barack Obama Shares What Books He’s Been Reading

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It’s always interesting to learn what other people are reading, even more so when they happen to have been one of the most powerful people on the planet. If you’ve been wondering what former US President Barack Obama has been reading since he left office then you’re in luck. As Harper’s Bazaar reports, Obama recently took to his official Facebook page to share what he’s been reading.

“I’m often asked what I’m reading, watching, and listening to, so I thought I might share a short list from time to time,” he wrote. There’s so much good writing and art and variety of thought out there these days that this is by no means comprehensive – like many of you, I’ll miss The Americans – but here’s what I’ve been reading lately. It’s admittedly a slightly heavier list than what I’ll be reading over the summer.” Read More

US Authors Campaigning Against ‘Kids in Cages’

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Wherever you are it’s unlikely that you haven’t heard about the current move by the US administration separating children from their parents who are seeking asylum. Despite many smokescreens and accusations that this policy has been around under previous administrations, that is simply a myth. The policy was introduced on 6th April 2018 and was the brainchild of John Kelly and Stephen Miller and approved by President Trump to serve as a deterrent for undocumented immigration. Read More

In 1938, Tolkien Tried to Get the Hobbit Published in Germany, He Was Asked If He Had Jewish Ancestry, Here Is His Reply

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In 1938, only a year or so before the start of the Second World War, J.R.R. Tolkien was busy trying to get The Hobbit published overseas. Tolkien’s publisher was working on bringing the novel to Germany where, under Adolf Hitler, anti-Semitism was rife. Before The Hobbit would be published, Tolkien was asked whether he was of Aryan origin, and by extension whether he was Jewish or had Jewish ancestry. Tolkien replied thusly:
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New Book Speaks of the Compulsory Hijab and Women’s Rights in Iran

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You may have already heard of Masih Alinejad, the Iranian runs the My Stealthy Freedom Facebook page, and dedicates much of her life to protesting Iran’s compulsory hijab laws. Uncovered her hair is a mass of beautiful corkscrew curls, but the beauty of them isn’t the issue here, her entire head of hair has become a political symbol and now she has a book out too.

Masih says she isn’t anti-hijab, but she doesn’t want to wear one and believes that throughout the world women should have the right to choose. However, Iran hold a compulsory hijab law and they have their own morality police to enforce it, and Masih’s protests have seen her imprisoned, forced to leave Iran and now unable to see her family.
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