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Even After Legalization, Black Americans Are Arrested More for Marijuana Offenses

January 31, 2018 Americans have finally come around to pot. There has been a historic shift in public opinion for legalizing marijuana over the last generation. And as public mode changed, so did the law; marijuana has now been legalized in eight states and Washington, D.C. (though the extent of legalization differs between...

The N.Y.C. Terror Attack Is Part of a Trend That’s Getting More Difficult to Combat

November 1, 2017 The vehicle-ramming attack in New York yesterday afternoon (Oct. 31) is the latest in a long line of less sophisticated “acts of terror.” The incident, while described as the deadliest terror attack in New York since 9/11, was not an elaborate plot—it was conducted by a man who drove a...

Four Steps To Leading Like Angela Merkel, Master Of Crisis Management

September 25, 2017 Where would Europe be without Angela Merkel? The staid force in global politics, who’s headed up Germany for twelve years, has earned the nickname mutti (“mommy” in German) and won countless accoladesfor her political savvy. But her particular brand of leadership remains elusive. On the eve of Germany’s national election,...

How to Stop Neo-Nazis From Mobilizing on the Street: Lessons From Europe

August 21, 2017 The violent white nationalist rally that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia last week was a turning point for the far right in the US. Neo-Nazis, the so-called “alt-right”, and white supremacists, who have until now largely organized online, spilled out onto the street in great numbers in what has become...

Women Are Slowly Taking Over the Military-Industrial Complex

May 22, 2017 The notion that the “future is female” has finally reached the military. With the appointment of Sylvie Goulard as France’s new defense minister last week, four of seven G7 countries now boast women in a role long seen as a bastion of male power. These female defense ministers—which include Germany’s...

Racial Segregation Is a Dire Health Concern

May 17, 2017 Segregation has a devastating effect on black Americans’ health. That’s the conclusion of a recent study, which found that black adults saw a significant reduction in their blood pressure once they moved out of a mostly black community to a less segregated one. The paper, published in JAMA Internal Medicine,...

The Stockholm Attack Is a Stark Reminder We Have No Way to Fight Low-Tech Terror

April 7, 2017 A truck drove into a department store in central Stockholm killing at least three people, in an attack that Swedish police are treating as terrorism. BREAKING: Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven says everything indicates truck crashing into department store is "a terror attack" — The Associated Press (@AP) April 7,...

Americans Just Experienced Their Biggest Spike in Stress in a Decade

February 16, 2017 Americans are seriously stressed out. After a bruising election that saw Donald Trump take the reigns of a divided nation, two-thirds of Americans—including a majority of both Democrats and Republicans—say they are stressed about the future of the country, according to a recent survey (pdf) released by the American Psychological...

Made-in-America Weapons, War Crimes, and the Outcry Over Yemen

December 22, 2016 Yemen’s 21-month war has devastated the country and sparked a humanitarian catastrophe. The UN recorded 4,014 killed and thousands more injured by Saudi-led coalition air strikes between March 2015 and September 2016, carried out with the backing of the US and UK. The war has displaced 2.2 million Yemenis, while...

Donald Trump's Yuge Learning Curve

November 14, 2016 Though the new president-elect dismissed Barack Obama on the campaign trail as “the worst president in the history of the United States,” Donald Trump will reportedly now take guidance from the current president. Trump appears to have underestimated the sheer amount of work it’ll take to translate his fiery campaign...