Domestic Spying, Blackmail, And Murder: Inside The FBI’s COINTELPRO
How the Cold War-era FBI took down countless U.S. citizens deemed to be enemies of the state and got away with it.
Not Making Headlines: Major News Stories Lost To The Media Grind
Sometimes a big story gets lost only because its unfortunate timing pits it in a competition for our attention with another, much larger story elsewhere.
Why The World Should Not Forget About Pol Pot, The Brutal Cambodian Dictator
After a solid 30 years of solemnly pledging "never again," the world stood by and watched in horror as another 20th century genocide unfolded — this time in Cambodia.
Colma, California: The City Of The Dead
Why just south of San Francisco there lies a little town where the dead outnumber the living 1,000 to 1.
That Time Cold War Britain Patented A Flying Saucer
On March 21, 1973, the British Patent Office issued Patent No. 1,310,990 – British Rail's own design for a flying saucer with artificial gravity, a laser-induced fusion engine, and space on board for dozens of passengers.
Jihad May Be the Most Misunderstood Part of Islam
Jihad is a very modern problem, but its roots reach back to the beginnings of Islam. What has this term historically meant, and what does it mean today?
What Hollywood Always Gets Wrong About The Vikings
A thousand years after their last raid, Vikings still fascinate us all. But who were these barbarian raiders, and were they anything like we picture them?
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
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
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
Ronald Reagan was President 30 years ago, but the long shadow he cast still covers American politics.