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 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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This lake now has legal rights, just like you
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This lake now has legal rights, just like you

In the summer of 2014, a giant algae bloom took over Lake Erie. It was so big, you could see it from space. This algae contained a toxin that could cause vomiting and liver damage. “Leaving over half a million people with no safe drinking water.” “Residents have been served notice: stop drinking water. Don’t […]

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Hong Kong’s huge protests, explained

The people of Hong Kong are out in the streets. Hundreds of thousands are demonstrating against a deeply unpopular bill. But this is about a whole lot more than a bill. It’s about the status of Hong Kong and the power China has over it. It’s a fight to preserve the freedoms people have here. […]

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The big problem with comparing Trump to Nixon
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The big problem with comparing Trump to Nixon

Nixon and Trump. Both presidents faced major FBI investigations, were accused of obstructing justice. called their investigations “witch hunts,” and oozed raw sexual charisma. It’s not a perfect analogy, but the similarities have led some to argue that, like Nixon, Trump’s time is running out. What’s going on here is very Nixonian. Having prosecuted the […]

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Poland is pushing the EU into crisis
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Poland is pushing the EU into crisis

Poland is changing. Every year the country celebrates its national Independence Day in the capital, Warsaw. There are parades and speeches But in 2017, Poland’s Independence Day made worldwide news because of these signs: 60,000 people showed up for a march led by Nationalist and white-supremacist groups. That’s because they have reason to celebrate, too. […]

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