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People who believe aliens have visited Earth are less likely to trust the 2020 election results. Colin Anderson Productions pty ltd/DigitalVision via Getty Images

What belief in extraterrestrial visitors to Earth reveals about trust in elections

Americans who believe aliens have visited Earth are more likely than disbelievers to say that Joe Biden is not the legitimate winner of the 2020 presidential election.
The U.S. was one of 33 countries to experience election-related violence in 2020 – the worst year for peaceful elections ever. Brent Stirton/Getty Images

Election violence spiked worldwide in 2020 – will this year be better?

Elections are getting less safe in democracies and nondemocracies alike. Last year was the bloodiest year for elections in decades, with 54% of all national votes marred by some kind of violence.
Foreign military students from the U.S. Navy’s Patrol Craft Officer course conduct a field training exercise at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi in 2009. Department of Defense

US-educated foreign soldiers learn ‘democratic values,’ study shows – though America also trains future dictators

The US Armed Forces run 14 programs in over 150 countries, providing education and training for roughly 70,000 foreign military personnel each year. What, if anything, are they learning?
Los aledaños del Capitolio de los Estados Unidos el 6 d enero de 2021. Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

¿Es el asalto al Capitolio un golpe de Estado?

Los partidarios de Trump irrumpieron en el Capitolio de los EE.UU. el 6 de enero, interrumpiendo la certificación de Joe Biden como presidente electo. Los autores, expertos en golpes de estado, explican que esta insurrección violenta no fue técnicamente un golpe.
Devant le Capitole à Washington, le 6 janvier 2021. Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

L’assaut du Capitole, manifestation frappante de la fragilité de la démocratie américaine

Techniquement, la prise du Capitole par des partisans de Donald Trump ce 6 janvier n’a pas été un coup d’État. L’événement n’en révèle pas moins la grande fragilité de la démocratie américaine.
Sage burning as a spiritual cleansing ritual is common at Black Lives Matter protests. Erin Clark/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Far from being anti-religious, faith and spirituality run deep in Black Lives Matter

BLM has been accused of being 'Godless' and operating in a 'demonic realm.' But scholars of religion see a deep spirituality at work in the movement.
A nursing home resident in Rome is moved to a hospital. Mauro Scrobogna/LaPresse via AP

5 reasons the coronavirus hit Italy so hard

The coronavirus found dangerously fertile ground in elements of the country's demographics, business, geography and culture.
Talk to the hand. SoumenNath/Getty Images

Is workplace rudeness on the rise?

Growing alarms over a 'rudeness epidemic' make it seem like incivility in the workplace is on the rise. The data suggest otherwise.
Dilbar Ali Ravu, 10, is kissed by his aunt, Dalal Ravu, as Yazidi children are reunited with their families in Iraq after five years of captivity with the Islamic State group, March 2, 2019. AP Photo/Philip Issa, File

5 years after Islamic State massacre, an Iraqi minority is transformed by trauma

Interviews with the Yazidi survivors of IS attacks that killed 3,100 people in 2014 reveal the emotional, cultural and spiritual scars of religious persecution.
Les forces démocratiques syriennes dirigées par les Kurdes sur le champ pétrolier d'al-Omar à Deir Al Zor, en Syrie, lors de l'annonce qu'elles avaient mis fin au contrôle de l'État islamique sur les terres de l'est du pays, 23 mars 2019. Rodi Said/Reuters

Parmi les Kurdes visés par l’offensive turque : les milliers de femmes qui ont affronté Daech

L’offensive turque contre le Kurdistan met notamment en danger des milliers de femmes qui ont héroïquement combattu Daech.
The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces at al-Omar oil field in Deir Al Zor, Syria, at the announcement that they had ended the Islamic State’s control of land in eastern Syria, March 23, 2019. Reuters/Rodi Said

Kurds targeted in Turkish attack include thousands of female fighters who battled Islamic State

Kurdish women have fought on the front lines of military battles since the 19th century. A scholar explains the origins of Kurdistan's relative gender equality in a mostly conservative Muslim region.


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