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French Presidential Election 2022

For his second term bid, so-called centrist President Emmanuel Macron, sensing the prevailing right-wing winds, has drifted further …

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 …

      The Political Compass in a nutshell

      Our amusing video explains so much in less than 5 minutes!

      The Death penalty and the Authoritarian Personality

      Robert Dunham, Executive Director of the Death Penalty Information Center in Washington DC, discusses with Wayne Brittenden the ethical and legal situation of capital punishment globally — but particularly in the US, which is the only western democracy that — at least in 29 states — can still execute its citizens.

        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 …