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Plague Was Around for Millennia Before Epidemics

Understanding how human behaviors affect the spread and virulence of a disease can inform preparations for the future.

New York City Adopts Ranked-Choice Voting

The biggest city in the US is joining a voting reform movement.

A Preview of Voting Issues We Might Face in 2020?

A GOP incumbent governor won’t admit defeat. Elsewhere, new voting systems underperform.

When America Tried to Deport Its Radicals

A hundred years ago, the Palmer Raids imperilled thousands of immigrants. Then a wily official got in the way.

Trump Administration Undercutting Democracy in Bolivia

Will the US and the Organization of American States once again be able to overturn election results?

Lula Walks Free from Prison

Workers’ party leader had been held for 580 days for corruption. Court rules incarceration unlawful until appeals exhausted.

Brexit, Ireland and Pride

Irish LGBTQ campaigner Joseph Healy joined the Pride march in his home town of Newry. He explains how life on the border has changed - and the stakes of Brexit installing a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic.

Algeria'a Present Woes and Future Course

“Algerians cannot and will not put up with being humiliated any longer. They want to live in a democratic Algeria with social justice. The national wealth must be fairly distributed. Clientelism and corruption must be forever banished,”

Fighting Planned Voter Purges Across the South

Stacey Abrams, founder of Fair Fight Action.
Georgia’s Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger recently announced a voter purge of 330,000 people that could affect the 2020 elections. Voting rights activists are rallying to fight this and other similar purges throughout the South.

Curated Refugee Stories Could Do More Harm Than Good

An Afghani refugee poses for a photo with his daughter.
Refugees are expected to share and curate their stories, but this can do more harm than good. The pressure of storytelling can leave refugees feeling disempowered, and there is often the expectation that refugees owe the wider public their stories.
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Hitler: Still Messing With Our Heads

Christopher Clark London Review of Books
Two new books on the fascist leader walk different paths; one identifying Hitler as key to virtually every juncture of the party’s rise and fall while the other looks more toward his racial worldview as profoundly preoccupied with ‘Anglo-America.

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New Left Memories

Paul Buhle Portside
Two new memoirs portray the activist left over the last half-century.

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Delta’s Flight Attendants Are Organizing

Sarah Jones Intelligencer
AFA’s new drive is separate from a preexisting one organized by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. IAM has been organizing Delta flight attendants and ramp attendants since 2010, the year of AFA’s last loss.

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New Threats Put Wildfire Fighters' Health on the Line

Julie Turkewitz The New York Times
In the last three years, California has seen a record number of devastating fires, and thousands of firefighters have been exposed to chemicals they had not previously encountered in such high volumes.

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AI Learns to Play Hide and Seek

Agents discover progressively more complex tool use while playing a simple game of hide-and-seek. This suggests that multi-agent co-adaptation may one day produce extremely complex and intelligent behavior.

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Voting Machines

John Oliver discusses how voting machines work, how they don’t, and how we can fix them.

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Nancy Pelosi With Stephen Colbert

Following the House of Representatives' adoption of rules for the impeachment inquiry of Donald Trump, Speaker Pelosi has a candid conversation with Stephen