Category Archives: Social Justice

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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Is Democracy the Problem?

  Democracy skeptics are getting a wider hearing than ever these days. But on five crucial issues that ail us, the evidence shows that some democracies do better while almost all non-democracies do not. In trying to explain the dispiriting descent of U.S. politics and governance into pervasive paralysis, conflict and sheer mediocrity, it is […]

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