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Empowered by #MeToo, a new generation fights sexual abuse in South Korea’s schools

  When students reported that a male teacher at the private Yonghwa Girls High School in Seoul was touching them inappropriately, they were ignored. So they came up with their own defenses: Block your chest with a textbook. Wear gym pants under your skirt. That was six years ago. The response was far different last […]

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Human Smugglers Are Thriving Under Trump

  In his quest to build a border wall, President Donald Trump has warned of jobs stolen from American workers, suburbs terrorized by criminal aliens, and desperate migrant caravans headed north. Lately, though, he has found a favorite new target in the “ruthless coyotes” and “vicious cartels” that smuggle migrants into the United States. “Tolerance […]

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High stakes in Nigeria’s elections for impoverished citizenry — and US interests

  Africa’s largest democracy, Nigeria, is scheduled to hold elections today amid uncertainty and tension. Originally set for Feb. 16, voting was postponed hours before it was to begin because of logistical problems and violence. Even now, there are genuine concerns about a credible outcome. As Nigeria’s strongest Western ally, the United States should put […]

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Mexican war on drugs has, in places, decreased life expectancy

  Most countries in the world have experienced sizeable improvements in health, living standards and life expectancy since the second half of the 20th century. In Mexico, life expectancy increased for more than six decades – but as we found in our new research, this rate slowed down between 2005 and 2015, and in some […]

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Male teachers are most likely to rate highly in university student feedback

  University students, like many in society, demonstrate bias against women and particularly women from non-English speaking backgrounds. That’s the take home message from a new and comprehensive analysis of student experience surveys. The study examined a large dataset consisting of more than 500,000 student responses collected over 2010 to 2016. It involved more than […]

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