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Former White House strategist Steve Bannon holds a news conference with National Front party leader Marine Le Pen in the northern French city of Lille in March 2018. (AP Photo)

Stephen Bannon’s world: Dangerous minds in dangerous times

Fears about the resurgence of fascism might have seemed irrelevant during the past 70 years, when it was discredited. It doesn’t seem irrelevant today with liberal democracy on the defensive.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg departs after testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., in April 2018 about the use of Facebook data to target American voters in the 2016 presidential election and data privacy. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The hypodermic effect: How propaganda manipulates our emotions

Knowledge of our selves, quantified in big data and transformed into affective algorithms, is exploited by corporations and political parties to give us our 15 minutes of fame.
Gary Oldman plays Winston Churchill in the 2017 film Darkest Hour. Jack English/Focus Features

Brexit and the lessons of history

Not just period pieces, the 2017 films "Dunkirk" and "Darkest Hour" shed light on the intense Brexit debate, and raise important questions about Britain’s fundamental identity.
Benito Mussolini’s bust and crypt in San Cassiano cemetery are a sensitive topic in Predappio, Italy. Saiko/Wikimedia

Can Italy deal with its fascist past?

Politicians hope that a "museum of fascism" in Benito Mussolini's hometown can help the country face its demons. Historians aren't so sure.
Afrikaans singer Steve Hofmeyr (with the yellow t-shirt) in front of a statue of Paul Kruger at Church Square in Pretoria. Alon Skuy/The Times

Donald Trump, white victimhood and the South African far-right

The idea of white victimhood played an important part in Donald Trump's rise. The South African brand of white supremacy has made a tangible contribution to this narrative of victimhood.
Suspended Labour Party MP Naz Shah speaks in the House of Commons. PA / PA Wire/Press Association Images

Labour in meltdown – but what is antisemitism?

When anti Jewish rhetoric emerges into the light, it is worth reminding ourselves of the dark history at its root.
The dispute between Philipp Lenard and Albert Einstein sheds considerable light on the power of nonscientific concerns to sway scientists. NASA via Wikimedia Commons

When science gets ugly – the story of Philipp Lenard and Albert Einstein

Scientists are not always as scientific as many suppose. Recent well-publicized cases of scientific fraud prove that scientists can be as susceptible to the allures of wealth, power and fame as politicians…

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