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Italian General Election 2022

In 2018, Brothers of Italy (Fratelli d’Italia) commanded just 4 percent of the vote. Today the extremist party emerges at the helm of a deeply conservative coalition …

The Propaganda Trap

Are you caught in it without even knowing?

Erudite and provocative blogger, Professor Ugo Bardi from the University of Florence, argues that the more we’re educated, the more vulnerable we are to propaganda.

    German and US Conservatives have Little In Common

    While across the US the German election has been depicted in the mainstream media as a defeat for the ruling Conservative (Christian Democrat) Party, the reality of conservatism in Germany — and most of Europe — is that it bears little resemblence to what it means to Americans.



    The chasm between your icons and what you probably don’t know about them

    Gardens and Politics

    What your garden reveals …

      Brazilian Election Round 2

      The pollsters got it half right. The Workers’ Party’s Luiz da Silva (Lula) indeed polled around 48 percent …

      How Fascism Works — The politics of us and them

      Benito Mussolini

      Philosopher and Professor of Philosophy at Yale University Jason Stanley discusses his book on fascism — a word currently widely used but often misunderstood. Stanley, also the author of How Propaganda Works, offers some unique insights into the fascist mindset and the circumstances that help create it. 

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        Christmas — The Political History

        The astonishing but little known politics behind the establishment of Christmas. An interview with UK based Unitarian minister, Rev. Matthew Smith

          Heroes — Do we need them?

          Some of our most celebrated heroes have had dark sides that history’s air-brushed out in order to exaggerate their virtues. Wayne Brittenden discusses heroes and our apparent need for them with Dr Binoy Kampmark of RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia.

            Lenin and The Ukraine

            Vladimir Lenin’s view on THE UKRAINE was vastly different from Vladimir Putin’s!

            What Big Oil knew about climate change, in its own words

            Four years ago, I traveled around America, visiting historical archives. I was looking for documents that might reveal the hidden history of climate change — and in particular, when the major coal, oil and gas companies became aware of the problem, and what they knew about it …