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    Latino Split

    Can Latino Americans Ever Come Together?

    Can Latino Americans Ever Come Together?

    When he was alive, Fidel Castro divided Latinos. The Castro-led revolution in 1959 that sent Fulgencio Batista to exile in Portugal divided those folks who were “haves” under Batista from the “have nots.” And then, as refugees fled Cuba and settle...

    ‘Latino community’? As has never been clearer, we’re a few different communities. And we need to start listening to one another more than we have been.

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    David Clake

    Trump’s Favorite Sherriff’s Moscow Trip

    Trump’s Favorite Sherriff’s Moscow Trip

    Remember Bernie Kerik? You’re forgiven if the name’s rappelled into the memory hole, just one more known unknown from The Bush Years. Kerik was a rising star, who’d started off as Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s driver in New York and eventually became chie...

    Could our next secretary of homeland security really be a gun-loving, Russia-visiting jails boss who’s left a trail of dead inmates behind him?

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    Trump

    Trump Plans to Air Obama’s Iran Secrets

    Trump Plans to Air Obama’s Iran Secrets

    The private files outlining hidden agreements in the Iran nuclear deal may be released in one of President Donald Trump’s first actions in office.Senior officials who will be part of the Trump administration are already discussing what so-far-unse...

    Unclassified documents have been kept in ultra-secure facilities usually used for top secret materials. They could come out in January.

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    Latino Split

    Can Latino Americans Ever Come Together?

    Can Latino Americans Ever Come Together?

    When he was alive, Fidel Castro divided Latinos. The Castro-led revolution in 1959 that sent Fulgencio Batista to exile in Portugal divided those folks who were “haves” under Batista from the “have nots.” And then, as refugees fled Cuba and settle...

    ‘Latino community’? As has never been clearer, we’re a few different communities. And we need to start listening to one another more than we have been.

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    French Ideologues

    The Alt-Right’s French Inspiration

    The Alt-Right’s French Inspiration

    NICE, France—Alain de Benoist is the prolific and quintessentially Gallic icon of France’s New Right, the political and philosophical school of thought that formed in Nice in January 1968—and somehow wound up as a principal inspiration for America...

    Elderly Frenchmen Alain de Benoist and Guillaume Faye are far from household names in Europe and the U.S. But their ideas have fueled white nationalism across both continents.

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    pizza gunman

    ‘Pizzagate’ Gunman Liked Alex Jones

    ‘Pizzagate’ Gunman Liked Alex Jones

    Editor’s Note: This story has been updated throughout.The real-life consequences of a made-up conspiracy theory swirling around a popular D.C. pizzeria became all too real when a gunman walked into the venue Sunday afternoon.During the presidentia...

    A gunman took a rifle, and apparently a bizarre online conspiracy, into a kid-friendly D.C. restaurant Sunday.

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    Entertainment

    Singer Adele holds her six Grammy Awards at the 54th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California February 12, 2012. Soul singer Adele triumphed in her return to music's stage on Sunday, scooping up six Grammys and winning every category in which she was nominated including album of the year for "21" and best record with "Rolling In the Deep."

    Watch Live: 2016 Grammy Nominations

    Watch Live: 2016 Grammy Nominations

    Nominations for the 59th annual Grammy Awards will be announced Tuesday, December 6th. The awards show itself is scheduled for January 12, 2017 and set to be hosted by James Corden.The nominations will be released in two waves, with the noms for ‘...

    The 2016 Grammy Nominations will be presented Tuesday morning by Meghan Trainor and released by the Recording Academy.

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    Amy Winehouse

    Harry Benson on His Most Iconic Photos

    Harry Benson on His Most Iconic Photos

    From riding shotgun with The Beatles on their first American tour in 1964 to standing next to Robert F. Kennedy when the Senator was shot in 1968, Harry Benson has been not only present at some of the most memorable moments of the last fifty-plus ...

    The celebrated photographer—and subject of the new documentary ‘Harry Benson: Shoot First’—writes about the stories behind his most memorable images.

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    Westworld

    The Westworld Finale Was So Frustrating

    The Westworld Finale Was So Frustrating

    The last time we saw Thandie Newton’s rebellious robot Maeve in Westworld’s penultimate season one episode, she was warning, “Next time you go looking for the truth, get the whole thing. It’s like a good fuck: Half is worse than nothing at all.”We...

    Half of Sunday’s ‘Westworld’ finale boasted the kind of thrilling action we’ve waited 10 weeks to see. The other half? More confusing than ever—with so many unanswered questions.

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    The Affair

    Real Violence Hits Home in ‘The Affair’

    Real Violence Hits Home in ‘The Affair’

    Just over a year ago, the playwright David Henry Hwang, who wrote Sunday night’s episode of The Affair, was stabbed in the neck while walking home from the grocery store in a random attack in his Brooklyn neighborhood, Fort Greene. The attack almo...

    The writer of Sunday night’s episode, David Henry Hwang, was stabbed—almost fatally—in the neck, just like Noah. The terror of the character carried an all-too-real charge.

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    Amy Winehouse

    Harry Benson on His Most Iconic Photos

    Harry Benson on His Most Iconic Photos

    From riding shotgun with The Beatles on their first American tour in 1964 to standing next to Robert F. Kennedy when the Senator was shot in 1968, Harry Benson has been not only present at some of the most memorable moments of the last fifty-plus ...

    The celebrated photographer—and subject of the new documentary ‘Harry Benson: Shoot First’—writes about the stories behind his most memorable images.

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    A Teen Suicide Electrifies Broadway

    A Teen Suicide Electrifies Broadway

    From Stephen Sondheim through Rent to Next To Normal, Broadway musicals have long left their traditional moorings of boy-meets-girl, a bit of fluffy complication, uplifting self-discovery, and cheery ensemble dance routines. With the fascinating D...

    In ‘Dear Evan Hansen,’ a teenager’s mysterious suicide is the spur for another teenager’s lie—and an examination of truth, memory, and internet lunacy.

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    Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump on SNL.

    Alec Baldwin Taunts Trump on Twitter

    Alec Baldwin Taunts Trump on Twitter

    Late Saturday night, after SNL aired another sketch of liberal actor Alec Baldwin mocking President-elect Donald Trump—this time poking fun at his twitchy Twitter fingers, which resemble that of a reactionary, basement-dwelling teen—the soon-to-be...

    Responds to president-elect’s criticisms.

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    SNL Turns Hillary Into Bigfoot

    SNL Turns Hillary Into Bigfoot

    Since she lost the presidential election to Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton has made just a handful of public appearances, once at a charity gala in Washington D.C. and the other to deliver a UNICEF award to Katy Perry in New York City last week. Ot...

    ‘Saturday Night Live’ went deep into the Chappaqua woods this week to search for the elusive Hillary Clinton.

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    A Teen Suicide Electrifies Broadway

    A Teen Suicide Electrifies Broadway

    From Stephen Sondheim through Rent to Next To Normal, Broadway musicals have long left their traditional moorings of boy-meets-girl, a bit of fluffy complication, uplifting self-discovery, and cheery ensemble dance routines. With the fascinating D...

    In ‘Dear Evan Hansen,’ a teenager’s mysterious suicide is the spur for another teenager’s lie—and an examination of truth, memory, and internet lunacy.

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    World News

    Rome Falls to Trump's Barbarian Horde

    Rome Falls to Trump’s Barbarian Horde

    Rome Falls to Trump’s Barbarian Horde

    ROME — “A casa! A casa!” shouted the crowds marching through the streets of the Eternal City. Their demand: that Prime Minister Matteo Renzi “go home” after the crushing defeat of the constitutional referendum on which he foolishly staked his poli...

    Putin is stealth-invading the EU empire of liberal democracy. Vienna held out against the right-wing onslaught, but the Italian PM is out after a crushing loss.

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    Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen speaks on the phone with U.S. president-elect Donald Trump at her office in Taipei, Taiwan, December 3, 2016.

    Trump’s Taiwan Call Was a Good Thing

    Trump’s Taiwan Call Was a Good Thing

    Chris Murphy, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, thinks Donald Trump has just put America on the road to war.In reality, the opposite may be true. The president-elect may have taken the first steps to stabilize East Asia.On Thursd...

    For too long, the West has cowered when Beijing huffed and puffed about Taiwan. Trump is finally calling its bluff.

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    Austrian Referendum

    Far Right Loses in Austria—for Now

    Far Right Loses in Austria—for Now

    BERLIN — It was, once again, unpredictable. For 11 months, the dragged-out hope that Austria would not be the first European country to elect a right-wing populist head of state has rested on the scraggy shoulders of the retired economics p...

    The nationalist right wing in Austria nearly pulled off a win in the presidential election on Sunday but is likely just getting started.

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    The snow capped Popocatepetl volcano lets off a light plume of vapour as a church, which sits atop the pyramid of Cholula, stands in the foreground  November 24, 2006.

    Mexico Is Hiding World’s Largest Pyramid

    Mexico Is Hiding World’s Largest Pyramid

    MEXICO CITY—In 1519, Hernán Cortés and his conquistadors arrived in Cholula, one of the largest cities in central Mexico. Roughly 50 miles southeast from modern day Mexico City, its tens of thousands of residents sat in the shadows of the 17,000 f...

    In the city of Cholula in central Mexico there stands a hill with a giant church on top which hides a manmade pyramid filled with secrets.

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    Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen speaks on the phone with U.S. president-elect Donald Trump at her office in Taipei, Taiwan, December 3, 2016.

    Trump’s Taiwan Call Was a Good Thing

    Trump’s Taiwan Call Was a Good Thing

    Chris Murphy, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, thinks Donald Trump has just put America on the road to war.In reality, the opposite may be true. The president-elect may have taken the first steps to stabilize East Asia.On Thursd...

    For too long, the West has cowered when Beijing huffed and puffed about Taiwan. Trump is finally calling its bluff.

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     Excerpt from her bio of her father who was a forger for the Resistance

    My Dad Was a Forger for the Resistance


    My Dad Was a Forger for the Resistance


    When I was little I knew nothing about the story of my father's life. I was the youngest of three children. As far as I could see, I had a father like everyone else's, who always taught me to obey the law. At home he never talked about h...

    As a child, Sarah Kaminsky couldn't fathom her father’s cloudy past, but slowly it came out: he had worked against the Nazis as a forger. She knew she had to get that story told.

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    Captain William M. Callaghan

    American Who Buried a Kamikaze Enemy

    American Who Buried a Kamikaze Enemy

    The 75th anniversary commemorations of the dastardly Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor seem to be a great gift to the Alt-Right’s xenophobic nationalists. That Day of Infamy – December 7, 1941 – seemingly confirms fears of treacherous foreigners whi...

    In April of 1945, Captain William Callaghan and the USS Missouri were attacked by a kamikaze pilot intent on destroying all on board. His attack failed, and Callaghan stood up to his...

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    Fidel Castro

    Zoé Valdés Bids Fidel Castro Adieu

    Zoé Valdés Bids Fidel Castro Adieu

    PARIS — The moment exiled Cuban novelist and poet Zoé Valdés learned of Fidel Castro's death last Saturday she felt ecstatic, and draped a Cuban flag from the window of her apartment overlooking the Seine. "I was joyous," she told T...

    The legendary Cuban writer who was exiled to Paris will shed no tears for the late dictator, and has slim hope for her home island's future.

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     Excerpt from her bio of her father who was a forger for the Resistance

    My Dad Was a Forger for the Resistance


    My Dad Was a Forger for the Resistance


    When I was little I knew nothing about the story of my father's life. I was the youngest of three children. As far as I could see, I had a father like everyone else's, who always taught me to obey the law. At home he never talked about h...

    As a child, Sarah Kaminsky couldn't fathom her father’s cloudy past, but slowly it came out: he had worked against the Nazis as a forger. She knew she had to get that story told.

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    U.S.

    Standing Rock

    Vet: I’ll Take Bullet to Fight Pipeline

    Vet: I’ll Take Bullet to Fight Pipeline

    CANNON BALL, North Dakota — As thousands of U.S. military veterans descended upon Standing Rock on Saturday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced it would halt work on the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline that runs along the tribe’s rese...

    Even as the government freezes the pipeline for now, the resistance to it continues to expand.

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    NC Murders

    Brothers Arrested in Mom-Daughter Murder

    Brothers Arrested in Mom-Daughter Murder

    The broken window on Dawn Ward’s trailer was the family’s first warning sign. Inside the trailer, Ward, 40, and her daughter Taylor Carroll, 14, were nowhere to be found. It would be another three days until police found the pair dead at the botto...

    The missing woman’s estranged husband and his younger brother were arrested 800 miles from where she and her daughter disappeared.

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    Warehouse Fire

    Inside the Oakland Party Fire

    Inside the Oakland Party Fire

    Editor's Note: This story has been updated throughout.OAKLAND, California—The only way to the second floor of the warehouse known as the Ghost Ship was up a rickety staircase constructed of wood pallets. The makeshift staircase felt unsteady ...

    At least 30 are dead after a building went up in flames Friday night. I was there and saw why it was so dangerous.

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    Standing Rock

    Vet: I’ll Take Bullet to Fight Pipeline

    Vet: I’ll Take Bullet to Fight Pipeline

    CANNON BALL, North Dakota — As thousands of U.S. military veterans descended upon Standing Rock on Saturday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced it would halt work on the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline that runs along the tribe’s rese...

    Even as the government freezes the pipeline for now, the resistance to it continues to expand.

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    pizza gunman

    ‘Pizzagate’ Gunman Liked Alex Jones

    ‘Pizzagate’ Gunman Liked Alex Jones

    Editor’s Note: This story has been updated throughout.The real-life consequences of a made-up conspiracy theory swirling around a popular D.C. pizzeria became all too real when a gunman walked into the venue Sunday afternoon.During the presidentia...

    A gunman took a rifle, and apparently a bizarre online conspiracy, into a kid-friendly D.C. restaurant Sunday.

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    Bresha Meadows

    It’s Time to Stand Up for Bresha Meadows

    It’s Time to Stand Up for Bresha Meadows

    Bresha Meadows knows what monsters look like. She saw one daily, his presence unavoidable as he tormented her family through the shadows of the night and even in the broad daylight. She watched helplessly as he brutalized her mother, threatening a...

    After years of suffering abuse at the hands of her father, a 14-year-old girl picked up a gun and put an end to it all. Now, she faces a new monster: the criminal justice system.

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    Tech

    Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily Beast

    Pregnancy Bracelet Lets Dad Feel Kicks

    Pregnancy Bracelet Lets Dad Feel Kicks

    There is nothing weirder, wilder, or more magical than a baby’s movement in utero. For many mothers (it certainly was for me), the quickening, those first flutters, are the moment when a pregnancy starts to feel real, when a bump becomes a baby. A...

    Thanks to the Scandinavians, fathers can choose to be even more involved in their partner’s pregnancy—now where’s that bracelet for morning sickness?

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    Fake Facebook News

    I Write Fake News. Here’s What Works.

    I Write Fake News. Here’s What Works.

    At first, I created fake news stories stories that were meant to be head-turning: Hillary sold passport-making machines directly to ISIS. Obama won’t say the words “Radical Islam” because it would break an Islamic Spell he thinks he is protected b...

    Here’s what I learned trapping trending algorithms and the people of Facebook, even when I wasn’t really trying to.

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    Cult of Fitness: When ‘energy’ drinks actually contained radioactive energy

    When ‘Energy’ Drinks Had Real Energy

    When ‘Energy’ Drinks Had Real Energy

    By Timothy J. Jorgensen, Georgetown University Modern life have you feeling frazzled? Flagging a bit as you rush through your day? Maybe you’re one of the millions of consumers who lean on energy drinks to put a little extra pep in your step.Thou...

    Millions of people consume energy drinks every day, but back in the day those drinks were a little more, um, energetic.

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    Fake facebook news

    Here’s How to Fix Facebook’s Fake News

    Here’s How to Fix Facebook’s Fake News

    For those of us who (despite a big blow to our confidence) still believe in the power of ideas to generate good, Facebook’s fake news problem should be a lightning rod.Nobody wins in a system that rewards lying. If stories stating that Pope Franci...

    Transparent algorithms and unfiltered newsfeeds may not be enough to fix the digital delivery systems that have made fake news a fixture. What’s needed is a software overhaul.

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    Fake Facebook News

    I Write Fake News. Here’s What Works.

    I Write Fake News. Here’s What Works.

    At first, I created fake news stories stories that were meant to be head-turning: Hillary sold passport-making machines directly to ISIS. Obama won’t say the words “Radical Islam” because it would break an Islamic Spell he thinks he is protected b...

    Here’s what I learned trapping trending algorithms and the people of Facebook, even when I wasn’t really trying to.

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    A Lt. Col. on video games inspiring violence

    Breeding an Assassination Generation

    Breeding an Assassination Generation

    Imagine your child, or grandchild, or your niece or nephew, or your friend’s child have gone off to school, the mall, or the theater. Hours later, you hear the breaking-news story every parent in the United States fears most: Shooting in Progress....

    There’s a proven correlation between video games and gun violence, yet we still allow our children free access to these games, breeding an assassination generation.

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    Amazon Battles Trolls Over Megyn Kelly

    Amazon Battles Trolls Over Megyn Kelly

    The angry online male masses, seen recently mass-downvoting the trailer for Paul Feig’s “Ghostbusters,” Phoebe Robinson’s podcast “So Many White Guys,” and many shows that feature women doing things other than supporting male characters, have turn...

    An online war is taking place over on the Amazon page for Megyn Kelly’s new book, with one-star reviews from Trumpkins popping up and being deleted with lightning speed.

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    Facebook Shitshow

    48 Hours in Facebook’s Unreality

    48 Hours in Facebook’s Unreality

    In the fact-free world of what trends on Facebook, everything is going swimmingly in Donald Trump’s America over the last 48 hours—even if none of it is true.America’s biggest celebrities are flipping to Trump, manufacturing plants are shutting do...

    Mark Zuckerberg thinks it’s a ‘crazy idea’ that fake news on Facebook helped elect Trump. He should look at the most shared stories of the last two days.

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    A Lt. Col. on video games inspiring violence

    Breeding an Assassination Generation

    Breeding an Assassination Generation

    Imagine your child, or grandchild, or your niece or nephew, or your friend’s child have gone off to school, the mall, or the theater. Hours later, you hear the breaking-news story every parent in the United States fears most: Shooting in Progress....

    There’s a proven correlation between video games and gun violence, yet we still allow our children free access to these games, breeding an assassination generation.

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    Arts + Culture

    Art Basel

    Politics Fires Up Art Basel Miami 2016

    Politics Fires Up Art Basel Miami 2016

    As 2016 draws to a close, artists have descended upon Miami for Art Basel—where political discourse and stress serve as inspiration for many.

    As 2016 draws to a close, artists have descended upon Miami for Art Basel—where political discourse and stress serve as inspiration for many.

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    David Sterling

    Fighting the Nazis From a Hospital Bed

    Fighting the Nazis From a Hospital Bed

    Five months before Operation Squatter, a tall, thin soldier lay grumpy and immobile in a Cairo hospital bed. The 25-year-old officer had been brought into the Scottish Military Hospital on June 15, 1941, paralyzed from the waist down. A letter to ...

    David Stirling was no one’s idea of a good soldier, yet as Ben Macintyre’s new book reveals, the British officer was an inspired strategist, even while hospitalized.

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    1983, pigment print, image, 18 1/4 x 23 inches

    William Christenberry’s Haunted South

    William Christenberry’s Haunted South

    The noted photographer, who died this week, returned each year to obsessively and meticulously photograph the ever changing Alabama landscape that shaped his vision.

    The noted photographer, who died this week, returned each year to obsessively and meticulously photograph the ever changing Alabama landscape that shaped his vision.

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    A demonstrator puts a banner with an image depicting U.S. President-elect Donald Trump as he takes part in a protest against Trump, outside the U.S. embassy in Mexico City, Mexico November 14, 2016.

    Sinclair Lewis Predicted Trump—And Us

    Sinclair Lewis Predicted Trump—And Us

    It’s an election year, in a time of economic uncertainty. Running for president is a ranting populist type who has a bestselling book that is part biography, and part shameless boasting. He promises to “make America a proud, rich land again,” rail...

    In his 1935 novel, ‘It Can’t Happen Here,’ the Nobel prize winning author created a demagogue remarkably similar to Trump. He also nailed America’s love affair with demagogues.

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    David Sterling

    Fighting the Nazis From a Hospital Bed

    Fighting the Nazis From a Hospital Bed

    Five months before Operation Squatter, a tall, thin soldier lay grumpy and immobile in a Cairo hospital bed. The 25-year-old officer had been brought into the Scottish Military Hospital on June 15, 1941, paralyzed from the waist down. A letter to ...

    David Stirling was no one’s idea of a good soldier, yet as Ben Macintyre’s new book reveals, the British officer was an inspired strategist, even while hospitalized.

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    The City Without Jews

    Anti-Nazi Film With the Missing Ending

    Anti-Nazi Film With the Missing Ending

    Anti-Semitism was flourishing in Austria in 1924 when the filmmaker Hans Karl Breslauer first screened The City Without Jews, a prescient silent film about a “legendary republic of Utopia” that collapses when those in power blame economic woes and...

    As Hitler was brooding in prison, a film hinting at the portending devastation for Jews was released in Austria. And then it went missing for nearly a century.

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    Buck Angel, Major Griffin Gracy, Shane Ortega

    The Truth About Being Trans

    The Truth About Being Trans

    Miss Major Griffin-Gracy is remembering the time she was arrested, after fighting with a cop and knocking him out. “He tore my silk organza dress, girl. That is not a thing to do. Took me too long to find that dress in my size.”One of the takeaway...

    In HBO’s ‘The Trans List,’ a range of transgender groundbreakers and trailblazers, including Laverne Cox and Caitlyn Jenner, reveal how diverse the trans community is.

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    Pedro Almodovar poses for a portrait on August 12, 2016 in London, England.

    The Queer Heart of Pedro Almodóvar

    The Queer Heart of Pedro Almodóvar

    Is there anyone like Pedro Almodóvar?For those who know his work—and for a sometimes-experimental queer Spanish director, that’s more people than you’d expect—he is a rara avis: an artist whose work has grown over the decades, who has known both c...

    The Spanish director’s films are famed for their insane plots, bright colors, and high emotions—and a radical queer sensibility, even when the protagonists are straight.

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    The City Without Jews

    Anti-Nazi Film With the Missing Ending

    Anti-Nazi Film With the Missing Ending

    Anti-Semitism was flourishing in Austria in 1924 when the filmmaker Hans Karl Breslauer first screened The City Without Jews, a prescient silent film about a “legendary republic of Utopia” that collapses when those in power blame economic woes and...

    As Hitler was brooding in prison, a film hinting at the portending devastation for Jews was released in Austria. And then it went missing for nearly a century.

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