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  • Assuming There Remains a National Endowment for the Arts… Every new presidential administration offers a fresh opportunity to rethink the purpose, value and budget of the National Endowment for the Arts, the federal government’s arts funding agency since its establishment in 1965. In 2016, Congress allotted the NEA $147,949,000, below its 1992 high of $175,954,680 but better than the $97,627,600 appropriation in 2000 when ...
  • African footballers face an allegiance problem: country versus club Wycliffe W. Njororai Simiyu, University of Texas at Tyler Africa’s ultimate football prize, the biennial African Cup of Nations (Afcon), kicked-off on Saturday 14 January in Gabon. Its 31st edition, Afcon 2017 is not only a 23-day-long showcase for African football, but also the place to observe trends in the game, such as foreign influence, money ...
  • Is Rachel Maddow Becoming a Liberal Glenn Beck? So It Seems. When Rachel Maddow finished a 26-minute monologue that spanned two segments on her MSNBC program last Thursday night, her grave tones indicated that she thought she’d just delivered a whale of a story. But actually it was more like minnow — and a specious one at that. Convoluted and labored, Maddow’s narrative tried to make major ...
  • Uncovering the deeper secrets of every mother’s breast milk Elloise du Toit, University of Cape Town Investigating the make up and composition of breast milk has been a critical part of understanding how newborn babies build their immune systems and ward off disease later in life. Initially it was thought that breast milk did not contain bacteria except when a mother had an infection. But ...
  • “Bearing the Unbearable: Love, Loss, and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief”: Book Review How does one make sense of the most unnatural thing possible? The pain of some tragedies is ineffable. Words offer little solace to those who have lost a child (or other loved ones traumatically, suddenly). Dr. Joanne Cacciatore’s “Bearing the Unbearable: Love, Loss, and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief” is one of those rare books that ...
  • Oporto for the Weekend By College Tourist – Author Carson Sharp of Georgia Southern University. Fall in Love with Oporto, Portugal in Just Two Days Situated in the North on the West Coast of Portugal, Oporto is a city rich in history, culture, sights, eats, and drinks which makes for an excellent weekend getaway. Wander down old stone paved streets lined ...
  • Broken Windows Breaks The Bank Two years after a federal lawsuit dealt the NYPD a legal blow to its wanton stopping and frisking of Black and Latino residents, it seems the country’s largest police department still can’t adhere to the law. Last week, New York City settled a lawsuit that challenged the NYPD criminal summonsing patterns over the course of ...
  • Kazakhstan Loses Censorship Battle in U.S. Courts — But Silences Opposition Website Anyway Image: Flag of Kazakhstan. Stock Photo. Kazakhstan has given up trying to use the U.S. court system to identify those who obtained and published a number of Kazakh officials’ embarrassing emails. The outcome in Kazakhstan’s nasty campaign was a victory for journalists and dissidents who have made a conscious decision to live overseas to avoid imprisonment in ...
  • Saudis, UAE Predictably Back Trump Syria Safe Zone Scheme Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates voiced support for President Donald Trump’s idea to establish safe zones in Syria, which comes as no surprise given it would boost Sunni extremists who want to topple President Bashar Assad’s secular regime. The White House, for its part, wants to bottle up refugees inside Syria to prevent ...
  • Protecting the Homeland Mr. Trump’s executive order to bar entry into the U.S. by citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries for 90 days and suspend entry of all refugees for 120 days immediately disrupted the lives of numerous people. It also created chaos in airports, prompted protests and offers of legal and other assistance by US citizens, brought criticisms ...
  • The Goldman Sachs Effect Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com Irony isn’t a concept with which President Donald J. Trump is familiar. In his Inaugural Address, having nominated the wealthiest cabinet in American history, he proclaimed, “For too long, a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished ― but ...
  • The Inevitability Of Impeachment Trump has been trying to govern by impulse, on whim, for personal retribution, for profit, by decree ― as if he had been elected dictator. It doesn’t work, and the wheels are coming off the bus. After a week! Impeachment is gaining ground because it is the only way to get him out, and because Republicans ...
  • Will Trump be Prosecuted for War Crimes? Consequences for President Donald Trump’s rhetoric differ substantively from those of Candidate Trump as such may affect his personal culpability over potential crimes under international law and now that he is Commander in Chief. Incitement may be enough to create criminal culpability. However, being in the chain of command, at the very top of it, ...
  • Around the World in 30 Days: January 2017 C. M. Rubin’s Global Education Report This month in The Global Search for Education, William Gaudelli, George Rupp and Dana Mortenson shared their perspectives on how to build more inclusive communities across political, economic and cultural divides, and on the lessons we all learned from recent world events. “The vote in the U.K. in favor of ...
  • Iowa, Meet Yourself: Can Attorney General Reclaim State Legacy on Refugees? Signing on to a joint statement with 15 other state attorney generals that President Trump’s executive order on travel bans is “unconstitutional, un-American and unlawful,” Iowa attorney general Tom Miller took a step toward reclaiming the heartland’s historical legacy on refugees on Sunday. For more than 150 years, Iowa has been one of the leaders ...
  • Irreligious Illiteracy Every academic field laments popular ignorance of its area of study. Scholars of religion decry religious illiteracy, but did anyone ever think to bemoan its opposite, irreligious illiteracy? I studied religion formally for ten years from a B.A. to an M.A. to a Ph.D. and was never exposed to a lecture or a book on irreligion, ...
  • 10 companies prioritize gender equality in the workforce Senator Scott Weiner kicked off The 2017 Gender Equality Challenge Forum this past Friday at the Gap Inc HQ in San Francisco. The Department on the Status of Women celebrated 10 private companies for their diversity initiatives to create equal opportunity for all genders and income levels. Gap executive David Hayer welcomed the attendees, and ...
  • 6 Cool Things To Do If Someone Hurts You Have you ever felt so upset with someone for hurting your feelings that you didn’t want to ever speak to them again? It’s a common scenario: someone says something that’s rude, accuses you of doing something wrong, or in some way makes you defensive. But does harboring dislike, revenge, even hate, do any good? Does ...
  • 21st Century Leadership Intelligence Being an effective leader of people in today’s world seems to be much more complicated than in years past. In the previous century, for the vast majority, work was approached as a means for survival. The level of employee engagement did not dictate how long they stayed in the role. That’s different today, however. Working ...
  • Trump Orders Raised Middle Finger to Replace Lady Liberty’s Torch BREAKING NEWS The All-White House. This afternoon, “president” Trump signed an executive order instructing the National Park Service immediately to begin work to replace the torch in the raised right hand of the Statue of Liberty with a hand that has a raised middle finger. Counselor to the “president” Kellyanne Conway explained that it is a completely ...