Il Duce’s Smile

Europe’s first fascist leader, Benito Mussolini, once said that “Democracy is beautiful in theory; in practice, it is a fallacy.” Democracy might be bringing fascism back to Italy again, however, almost 80 years after Il Duce was executed. That’s because when Italian voters go to the...

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Cracks in the Foundation

Hundreds of thousands of Chinese homeowners are boycotting mortgage payments and demonstrating over unfinished properties, a very rare form of protest in a country that rarely tolerates dissent and relies on real estate as its economic growth engine, Bloomberg reported Wednesday. The unprecedented demonstrations come amid...

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Stinging Hikes

Hundreds of Indonesian tourism workers launched a strike this week over the government’s decision to raise ticket prices to visit the country’s famous Komodo dragons, saying the move would impact their livelihood, the Independent reported. The demonstrations, which began on Tuesday, came a day after officials...

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Ukraine, Briefly

The US Treasury Department announced new penalties against Russian companies and individuals associated with Vladimir Putin, including a famous former Olympic gymnast, Alina Kabaeva, whom the US government believes to be the Russian president’s girlfriend, the Wall Street Journal reported. The Russian Army looks...

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The Winding Paths

The surface wasn’t all it was cracked up to be for some of the primordial species that emerged from the Earth’s oceans hundreds of millions of years ago, according to Cosmos Magazine. In 2004, paleontologists discovered the fossilized remains of Tiktaalik roseae, a 375 million-year-old creature...

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