Category Archives: Policy

Single Mothers Are Not the Problem

  No group is as linked to poverty in the American mind as single mothers. For decades, politicians, journalists and scholars have scrutinized the reasons poor couples fail to use contraception, have children out of wedlock and do not marry. When the American Enterprise Institute and the Brookings Institution formed a bipartisan panel of prominent […]

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The Biggest Impediment to Saudi Women Was Never the Driving Ban

  No matter their age, Saudi women are treated like minors — to the point that many require permission from their sons to work, study, or travel.  It looks like 27 years of protesting, along with international pressure and government recognition that it needs more Saudi women in the workforce, has finally paid off. In […]

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Engaging North Korea Successfully on Human Rights

  Despite a generally abysmal human rights record, North Korea has shown improvement in one specific area: disability rights. North Korea has the worst human rights record of any country in the world except perhaps Eritrea and Syria. There is, however, a curious exception to this record: disability rights. This case offers a powerful counter-example […]

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Surge in Latino homeless population ‘a whole new phenomenon’ for Los Angeles

  Timoteo Arevalos never imagined he’d end up here, loitering for hours on a bench at Hollenbeck Park in Boyle Heights, using his backpack as his pillow. He used to have a government job, but the recession hit and he was laid off. He then tried to scrape by as a dishwasher, but last fall […]

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Same-sex marriage legalised in Taiwan, but there’s still work ahead to ensure equal rights

  Software engineer Cindy Su and her partner of three years are among many same-sex couples who are celebrating after Taiwan’s top court declared on Wednesday (May 24) that same-sex marriage should be legal, a landmark decision that paves the way for Taiwan to become the first in Asia to allow these unions. Under the […]

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