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Why Do We Laugh?

Sabrina Stierwalt Scientific American
We laugh even before we can speak, but why? Science has some answers to the mystery of human laughter, and some of them might surprise you

February 2020: A Very Busy Month for Europe’s Extremist Right

Michael Colborne OpenDemocracy
Far-right demonstration in Cologne, Germany.
This month the most extremist elements of Europe’s radical right will mobilize in marches, concerts, and remembrances of the defeat of Nazi Germany. They are also hoping an election in Slovakia, will provide them with a victory at the ballot box.

The Inversion of Human Rights in Brazil

Jacob Blanc NACLA
A dictatorship-era torturer is suing one of his victims in Brazil in a stark reminder of how Bolsonaro emboldens rights abusers.

U.S. Deploys a New Nuclear Weapon

William Arkin and Amy Goodwin Democracy Now
Risk of Nuclear War Rises as U.S. Deploys a New Nuclear Weapon for the First Time Since the Cold War