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Brazil in the World

Next only to the worst destroyers of the earth’s climate slowing their destructive activities, one of the best steps that could be taken for this planet might be for the destroyers of the Amazon rain forests to knock it off.…

How a Guaranteed Income Can Actually Solve Inequality

Poverty in America disproportionately affects women and people of color, and that is precisely what hinders political action to address it—even when solutions abound. By Sonali Kolhatkar An ongoing study conducted in Stockton, California, examines how the lives of low-income…

The Choice for Democrats in Congress: Go Big or Go Home.

The precedent created by letting one or two moderates derail popular legislation supported by the rest of the caucus is truly dangerous. By Joe Dinkin The President’s party almost always loses ground in Congress in the midterms. But Democrats have…

The Collapsing American Dream (What Comes Next?)

About two months ago I came across a journal of my grandfather Herman Lesseraux’s writings in a storage closet. Some of the entries in the journal dated back to the beginning of twentieth century (1912) when he and his family…

There Is Only Us

“There is no us vs. them…there is only us.” -Hal Strickland “It is so tempting to personify good and evil, to locate each in the person of whomever appears most conspicuously in the dramas offered for our consumption. One side…

Reporting Terrorism & Violence: Media Profits and Pitfalls

Over the last century, terrorism seems to have become a widespread issue in the world. News of violence is frequently talked about in the media, and it seems as though these actions are becoming more prominent and widespread. Is this…

The Baltic States are the European troublemakers

By Antanas Tubelis Foreign policy of the Baltic States creates conflicts in the international relationship of Eastern Europe. Earlier, head of the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Žygimantas Pavilionis was delegated to Georgia as a mediator in the…

Approaching Human Security

The following article was first published in the November 2020 edition of Cadmus, the journal of the South-East European Division of The World Academy of Art and Science. The current paradigm through which the most influential nations pursue security is…

Waste not, want not

Brendan Montague The Food Waste Index Report 2021 looks at food waste that occurs in retail outlets, restaurants and homes. A staggering 931 million tonnes of food – 17 percent of total food available to consumers in 2019 – went into the waste bins…

Black Lives Still Don’t Matter in America

A welcome change in national leadership in the U.S. means little for the scourge of racism infecting the nation—unless words are matched by action. By Sonali Kolhatkar There is a scene in the new film “Judas and the Black Messiah,”…

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