North America

To Fix Marriage, We Need To Fix Divorce

Divorce - The DC

Marriage is in decline. In roughly 35 years, or about two generations depending on the age of marriage, the percentage of married men aged 20-39 has halved. Leslie Loftis The Daily Caller This is not a conundrum only for the curious. The decline of… To Fix Marriage… Read More »

World Agrees To Just Take Down Internet For A While Until They Can Find A Good Use For It

Internet - The ONION

NEW YORK—Saying the global computer network will cease to be available to users as of midnight tonight, the people of the world announced plans Wednesday to shut down the entire internet… Godaddy The Onion According to the earth’s 7.5 billion inhabitants, the internet—a technology that allows every human on the face of the planet to communicate and share data with every other human—seemed like an… World Agrees To… Read More »

Protests with many participants and unified message most likely to influence politicians

Eurek Alert

WASHINGTON, DC, March 29, 2017 — Protests that bring many people to the streets who agree among themselves and have a single message are most likely to influence elected officials… American Sociological Association Eurek Alert “We found that features of a protest can alter the calculations of politicians and how they view an issue,” said Ruud Wouters, an assistant professor of political communication and journalism at… Protests with many… Read More »

The uncertain future of democracy

MANCHESTER, NH - FEBRUARY 09:  Voters head to the polling booths inside the Webster School gymnasium February 9, 2016 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Tuesday is the 100th anniversary of the New Hampshire primariy, the 'First in the Nation' test for presidential candidates from both parties.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Joshua Wong was 17 when he was first arrested for his political views. Douglas Heaven BBC News But by then he had been taking part in pro-democracy protests for more than three years. In 2011, aged… The uncertain future… Read More »

The Trump Administration’s Potentially Constructive Objectives for NAFTA

Prauk 3c

After a campaign in which presidential candidate Donald Trump(link is external) vilified the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) as one of the worst trade deals in history, the… Jeffrey J. Schott (PIIE) Photo Credit: REUTERS/Eric Thayer In a few areas, as expected, new US goals sharply deviate from past US practice and the provisions of the… These need clarification and… But in a draft letter… The Trump Administration’s… Read More »

Van Jones: Trump may have signed Earth’s death warrant

New law - CNN

(CNN) – As usual, Donald Trump is completely upside down on the facts. Van Jones CNN In 2015, President Barack Obama created the Clean Power Plan to slow climate disruption. It was the… Van Jones: Trump may… Read More »

Populism, defined in 170 words

Populism in USA

The term “populism” is often used but rarely understood. Sean Illing VOX In the 2016 presidential election, populism became a catchall to describe both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. Populism was a… Populism, defined in… Read More »

The war on terror needs new strategies

Arab news

A close friend of mine lives and works in London. Maria Dubovikova Arab News Her message to me on the day of the terrorist act near Westminster was: “I’m afraid to leave the office. Everybody is alarmed… The war on… Read More »

Cecile Richards Thinks Women Need Drugs To Compete With Men

Feminism - The Federalist

Planned Parenthood’s president once again reveals feminists’ low regard for women’s unique creative capacities and contributions. Georgi Boorman The Federalist We knew that self-awareness isn’t exactly a defining characteristic of progressive Twitter crusades, but Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards blundered into a feminist faux pas recently. Richards was Twitter… Cecile Richards Thinks… Read More »

Enter the Matrix: ‘Humans are transforming into a new technological species’

Matrix - RT

Humans and computers are going through a transformative time, but there are still many more questions than answers. Nick Bostrom, Oxford Martin Programme Founder, and Gray Scott… RT Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, is backing a new idea that seeks to explore the possibility of connecting the human brain with artificial intelligence (AI). Not everybody agree… Enter the Matrix… Read More »

Trump said he’d stop dragging us into war. That’s yet another fat lie

War - The Guardian

President Trump has escalated US intervention in Syria. Medea Benjamin The Guardian American strikes there now kill or injure more civilians than Russian strikes, says one report President Trump told… Trump said he’d… Read More »

AEI Political Report — Environmental update: Climate change, tax reform, and health care postmortem

AEI - logo

  President Donald Trump recently issued an executive order scaling back federal regulations on climate change. Eleanor O’Neil, Heather Sims and Karlyn Bowman AEI In the April issue of AEI’s Political Report, we look at what Americans think about climate change and environmental and energy concerns. We also examine… AEI Political Report… Read More »

You can’t compromise on civil rights. But North Carolina just did.

North Carolina

At a local coffeehouse in this small town Thursday morning, most patrons’ minds were on House Bill 2 — the state’s infamous “bathroom bill” that prevents transgender people from using the… Steven Petrow The Washington Post An important deadline was about to expire: The NCAA had threatened to remove all championship basketball games from the state through 2022 if H.B. 2 was not repealed by Thursday. Because the political… You can’t compromise… Read More »

Russian and America Media Polarization: Where It Comes From, Where It’s Going

Putin - The NI

This is how the media—in Russia as well as the American free market—helps shape public opinion. Maria Snegovaya The National Interest Both Russians and Republicans now seem to like each other more. These similar trends… Russian and America… Read More »

Gun culture is more dangerous than any gunman

Gun culture - Brisbane

The recent furore over the importation of powerful pump action shotguns might have been couched in terms of liberty, but there is a dark side just beneath the surface. Bill O’Chee Brisbane Times That dark side is revealed in some of the conspiracy laden gun magazines now entering the country from the United States. If the one… Gun culture is… Read More »

Othering Islam and Muslims in America

Muslims - DS

The otherization of Muslims and Islam by Trump and his administration has awakened a sleeping civil society giant, a human decency guided by universal ethical and moral imperatives that soon… Hatem Bazian Daily Sabah Since its founding, the United States of America has consistently struggled to define its identity and to classify who belongs and who are ostracized. From the first… Othering Islam and… Read More »