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U.K. Government Officials Admit Brexit Is a Terrible Idea

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Leaked documents reveal that Tory ministers think their country will in no way be better off outside the European Union; meanwhile, all over the world people are wondering who will be Cuba’s next leader after Raul Castro ends his presidency. These discoveries and more below.

Brexit Will Hurt Britain in Every Way, Says Leaked Government Analysis
Britain would be worse off outside the European Union in every scenario modeled by secret government analysis prepared for cabinet ministers.

One Person’s Terrorist? Reflections on Zohra Drif’s Memoir of the Algerian Revolution
Is the civilian population of a colonial-settler regime ever a legitimate military target?

Why America Is Stuck With Only Two Parties
If the United States ever gets a major new political party, it won’t be built by think tank denizens.

Truth Decay: Diminishing Role of Facts and Analysis in American Public Life
Over the past two decades, national political and civil discourse in the United States has been characterized by “Truth Decay,” defined as a set of four interrelated trends.

How Peter Thiel and the Stanford Review Built a Silicon Valley Empire
Peter Thiel is a billionaire serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist and the most prominent supporter of President Trump in Silicon Valley. And in a world where money is power, Thiel is not afraid to wield his power.

The Nonbinary Gender Trap
As California residents rang in 2018, they joined residents of Oregon and Washington, D.C., in having the option to revise their legal genders from either “male” or “female” to “nonbinary.”

Utopia and Populism
Much has been made of the rise of populism in recent years and the threat it poses to liberal democracy.

Airline Turns Away Artist and Her Emotional Support Peacock
The photographer and performance artist Ventiko attempted to bring her peacock on a flight to Los Angeles. The airline said no.

The Tricks Propagandists Use to Beat Science
A model of the way opinions spread reveals how propagandists use the scientific process against itself to secretly influence policy makers.

One State or Two States? You’re Asking the Wrong Question
What we desperately need now is to go back to the basics and recognize that guaranteeing Palestinians’ rights is the foundation for any political solution.

The Untold Story of the Pentagon Papers Co-Conspirators
Speaking publicly for the first time, a historian reveals the crucial role that he and a small band of others played in helping Daniel Ellsberg leak the documents to journalists.

Urban Bird Feeders Are Changing the Course of Evolution
More than 50 million Americans are conducting an unwitting experiment on a vast scale.

Playboy Lawsuit Raises Major Question—Can Hyperlinking Be Copyright Infringement?
A hyperlink to an illicit digital stash of Playboy centerfolds is at the heart of a copyright infringement lawsuit that could have major consequences for internet users and publishers (though legal observers do not expect such an outcome).

Who Will be Elected Cuba’s Next President? Speculation Mounts
Could Mariela Castro, renowned LGBT activist and director of the National Center for Sex Education, follow in the footsteps of her father, Raul Castro?

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