Brazil’s indigenous land is being invaded
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Brazil’s indigenous land is being invaded

The Karitiana are an indigenous group in Brazil. They live on protected land, deep in the Amazon rainforest. When it was established in 1986, it was surrounded by rainforest. But today, it’s almost completely surrounded by farms. This kind of encroachment is happening across the Amazon. Brazil has over 400 protected indigenous lands. But its […]

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The military coup in Zimbabwe, explained
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The military coup in Zimbabwe, explained

On November 14th 2017, Zimbabwe military troops drove tanks into the capital city, Harare. “Military police on tank, this is happening in Harare. ” “Wow! It’s real guys, it is real.” They patrolled the streets, blocked access to government buildings, and took over the state television station to insist…. This is not a military takeover […]

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The phone call that could get Trump impeached
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The phone call that could get Trump impeached

It started out like a typical phone call between two world leaders: “Congratulations on a great victory.” Earlier in the year, Volodymyr Zelensky defeated the incumbent to become President of Ukraine. And now, his political party had won a majority in parliament. “We all watched from the United States and you did a terrific job.” […]

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Impeachment is broken. Impeach Trump, anyway.
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Impeachment is broken. Impeach Trump, anyway.

In 1788, three founding fathers made the case for the US constitution in a series of essays called “The Federalist Papers”. And if you want to understand why impeachment is broken today, it’s worth starting there. With what they thought it would look like if it worked. In Federalist 65, Alexander Hamilton makes the case […]

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The royal weddings that shaped European history
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The royal weddings that shaped European history

The last British royal wedding — between Prince William and Kate Middleton, brought together 1,900 guests, many of whom were pretty high profile people. Footballer David Beckham was there with his wife and fashion designer Victoria Beckham. Elton John was there too. But this photo might be the most impressive of all, because This is […]

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How a case gets to the US Supreme Court
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How a case gets to the US Supreme Court

Old TV shows made it seem really easy to appeal to the Supreme Court. Like when this lady wanted to fight her speeding ticket. Or on Gilligan’s Island, when Thurston Howell is locked in a bamboo jail and he says, But even though they make it sound like a right, nobody is entitled to an […]

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The roots of America’s democracy problem
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The roots of America’s democracy problem

America has a democracy problem. Take a look at this chart. Over there on the left, that’s how many people each member of the US House represented in 1790. There’s now one representative for every 747 thousand Americans. That makes the US a crazy undemocratic outlier internationally. But it also makes us different than what […]

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