Inside the Mussolini Museum

Inside the Mussolini Museum

Every year around Italy’s April 25 liberation day festivities, a group of unapologetic Italians hold a commemoration of their own—they mark the death of Benito Mussolini, who was killed on April 28, 1945, in Giulina di Mezzegra in northern Italy. But it is not to celebrate the event. In what is becoming a trend in Mussolini nostalgia, a growing number of Italians are finding the bright side of a very dark chapter in Italian history. Commemorating Mussolini is not entirely new in Italy.

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Vietnam 40 years On: How a Communist Victory Gave Way to Capitalist Corruption

Vietnam 40 years On: How a Communist Victory Gave Way to Capitalist Corruption

After the military victory, Vietnam’s socialist model began to collapse. Cut off by US-led trade embargos and denied reconstruction aid, it plunged into poverty. Now its economy is booming – but so is inequality and corruption

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Australian rugby player gives incredible interview that’s impossible to understand

Australian rugby player gives incredible interview that's impossible to understand

Meet Nick "Honey Badger" Cummins, an Australian rugby union player for the Western Force. Here are a few of the things we believe Cummins said in a stellar postgame interview. 1. "I sound like I've…

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Don’t Believe Everything You Read: Lower Fuel Prices Aren’t Why U.S. Airlines Are Earning Big Profits

Don't Believe Everything You Read: Lower Fuel Prices Aren't Why U.S. Airlines Are Earning Big Profits

The nation’s largest airlines last week reported ridiculous – for them – first-quarter profits. And it had far less to do with the price of oil and jet fuel than you’ve probably read. Oh, to be sure, a 43 percent drop in the price of a gallon of jet fuel in the first quarter this year vs. the first quarter of 2014 is noteworthy and important.

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The Great African Rip-Off

The Great African Rip-Off

I am a refugee in my own country,” says Betty Pascal, forty-two, her dull and listless eyes revealing only exhaustion, physically and spiritually. She sits in front of her family’s makeshift home, a tent-like structure made from grass and sticks, covered with a white tarp that seems insufficient for the heavy rains of the season.

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The Dying Sea

The Dying Sea

There is a place in the California desert where a pipe pokes out from a berm made of broken concrete and delivers freshwater to a dying sea. I stood there recently, on a beach of crumbled barnacles, and watched it gush. The sea was the dull blue of a cataract, surrounded by small volcanoes, bubbling mud pots, and ragged, blank mountains used for bombing practice by the Navy and the Marines. The air smelled sweet and vaguely spoiled, like a dog that has got into something on a hot day.

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