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Three Countries Where Military Coups (Eventually) Brought Back Democracy

Three Countries Where Military Coups (Eventually) Brought Back Democracy

Coups are usually messy, violent affairs that smash democracy to install dictatorships. But sometimes a country is in so much trouble, a military coup is actually good news.
How a Blond, Blue-Eyed Frenchman Fooled Europe Into Thinking He Was Taiwanese

How a Blond, Blue-Eyed Frenchman Fooled Europe Into Thinking He Was Taiwanese

George Psalmanazar was a French Caucasian who faked his way into an easy living by pretending to be from Taiwan. What does his success, even after he was exposed, say about human gullibility?
The Rise Of Europe’s Far Right

The Rise Of Europe’s Far Right

Far right nationalist parties are on the rise throughout the West. Who are these groups and why are they taking over?
How Ronald Reagan Paved The Way For Donald Trump

How Ronald Reagan Paved The Way For Donald Trump

Ronald Reagan was President 30 years ago, but the long shadow he cast still covers American politics.
Inside The British Genocide In East Africa

Inside The British Genocide In East Africa

"Surely it cannot be necessary to go on killing these defenceless people on such an enormous scale." – Winston Churchill, 1908.
The Herero Genocide: Germany’s First Mass Murder

The Herero Genocide: Germany’s First Mass Murder

Decades before the Holocaust, the German Empire committed the 20th century's first genocide.
True Stories Of The Japanese-American Internment Program

True Stories Of The Japanese-American Internment Program

The Japanese-American internment camps serve as a stark reminder of what angry, frightened Americans are capable of.
Inside The Alt-Right: An Explainer

Inside The Alt-Right: An Explainer

The alt-right has come from nowhere to reshape Western politics. Who are these people, what do they want, and where do they want to take the U.S.?
The Dark Secret of America’s WWII German Death Camps

The Dark Secret of America’s WWII German Death Camps

At the end of World War II, the U.S. opened camps of its own, where perhaps a million German prisoners died in secret.
Devastating Civil Wars That Make America’s Look Tiny

Devastating Civil Wars That Make America’s Look Tiny

The United States invaded Russia, Germany tore itself apart over religion, and hunger became a weapon in Africa. These domestic conflicts render America's Civil War puny by comparison.
How The Welfare State Helped Make America What It Is Today

How The Welfare State Helped Make America What It Is Today

The welfare state gets a lot of criticism, but what seldom comes up is how things used to be before programs like SNAP and Section 8 came along.