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Honeybees Can Do Maths

Tanya Loos Cosmos
Research shows the insects understand both subtraction and addition.

How The CIA Overthrew Iran's Democracy In 4 Days

Lawrence Wu and Michelle Lanz NPR
Over the course of four days in August 1953, Roosevelt would orchestrate not one, but two attempts to destabilize the government of Iran, forever changing the relationship between the country and the U.S.

The Battle for Venezuela

Tony Wood London Review of Books
In Latin America alone, the long and disastrous record of US-led interventions is enough to cause alarm about the possible outcomes of this crisis. Even if Maduro is levered out of power, the battle for Venezuela is just beginning.

Hedge Funds Win, Puerto Ricans Lose

Abner Dennis, Kevin Connor American Prospect
A federal court this week approved a plan that will grant predatory vulture funds a huge payday while consigning the island's citizens to 40 years of high sales taxes.