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For the first time in US history, a decade will pass without the country falling into a recession

In every decade since the period immediately before the Civil War, the US economy could be relied on to do one thing: tumble into recession. But the American economy is on pace to defy that trend for the first time in nearly 170 years as it enters the 2020s. The 2010s would be first time […]

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Belgium: This country with a colonial history has a blackface problem

Belgium has a blackface problem. The country shares in the Black Pete tradition, albeit less enthusiastically than the Netherlands. But around Belgium, few seasons pass without folkloric festivals revolving around characters in the racist garb — and while its use has become polarizing around the world, Belgium has a casual approach to the tradition that […]

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