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The Power of Climate Change Fiction
A sub-genre of science fiction that explores the possible, often catastrophic, effects of climate change is gaining in popularity and has even been added to some university curriculums. Will these "cli-fi" movies and novels make a difference in how...
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Are 'Starchitects' Ruining Cities?
Witold Rybczynski, the architect and emeritus professor of urbanism at the University of Pennsylvania, complained recently about "starchitects" who often work in cities they are unfamiliar with, creating buildings that are out of sync with their surr...
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Is 'Broken Windows' a Broken Policy for Police?
Eric Garner, 43, died after a police officer put him in a chokehold for resisting arrest on charges of selling loose cigarettes on Staten Island. Many New Yorkers were enraged not just by his death, but also because it occurred as part of the New Y...
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Monday, July 28, 2014

Rethinking Wedding Traditions
In the midst of the busy wedding months, a recent Slate advice column deals with whether men should ask their future in-laws for permission to marry their daughters. In today's world, the custom seems antiquated. What wedding traditions should be re...
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Friday, July 25, 2014

New Rules for Part-Time Work
Part-time jobs often come with fluctuating, on-call schedules and - because of the uncertain hours - inconsistent pay. This can make it hard for workers to schedule weekly routines, childcare or other means of employment for themselves. Legislation ...
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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Self-Defense or Atrocities in Gaza?
As Hamas has fired rockets into Israel, Israel has bombarded Gaza, Hamas's home. Last week Israel invaded to destroy Hamas's missiles and the tunnels that hide and transport them. While Israel has said its strikes were only intended to kill Hamas's l...
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Flight of the Corporations
In recent months, several big U.S. companies have reached so-called inversion deals that will allow them to reincorporate in countries like Ireland and the Netherlands, where corporate taxes are lower. Are these deals a sign that corporate taxes sho...
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Does Poetry Matter?
"Poetry is the weak sister of its sibling arts," writes David Orr in Sunday's New York Times Book Review, which is dedicated to contemporary poetry. Orr argues that every tool - including celebrity writers - could be used in the effort to persuade us...
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Monday, July 21, 2014

Holding Peacekeepers Responsible
A Dutch court took the unusual step of holding its government responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Bosnians whom Dutch soldiers in a United Nations peacekeeping force let Bosnian Serbs slaughter. But does holding peacekeeping troops responsible...
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Friday, July 18, 2014

What Standards of Child Labor Should Apply Overseas?
Child labor is condemned as immoral and exploitative, but despite pledges to crack down, international corporations continue to struggle to prevent minors from being hired at their contract manufacturers overseas. Some say such rules prevent poor fam...
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

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