Why race science is on the rise again

After the second world war, the belief that differences between so-called races are genetic became taboo. Now, with the far right resurgent, its back In 1985, historian Barry Mehler had a dream. His research was taking him deep into the murky territory of academias extreme right wing. As he worked, he found his waking life beginning to soak into his subconscious, colouring his sleep. In his dream, his son, then two years old, was trapped in a runaway car hurtling down a hill. The traffic is going in both directions, and I am in the middle of the road desperately waving my hands trying to stop the flow, in order to save the life of my son, he tells me. …

German who poisoned colleagues’ sandwiches receives life sentence

Victims of Klaus O suffered serious damage to health from ingesting mercury and lead A German man has been sentenced to life in prison for poisoning his co-workers sandwiches with mercury and other substances over several years, leaving one in a coma and two others with serious kidney damage. A judge at the regional court in Bielefeld, about 330 kilometres (205 miles) west of Berlin, found the 57-year-old defendant guilty on Thursday of attempted murder and gave him the maximum possible sentence. The man, identified only as Klaus O in line with German privacy rules, was arrested in May after surveillance video showed him putting a suspicious powder on a colleagues sandwich at a business in the town of Schloss …