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“We cannot allow them to take over Richmond. We cannot allow them to take over America,” said Bernie Sanders during a 2014 speech in Richmond, California. Sanders, who came to the blue-collar city while campaigning during the 2016 presidential election, was referring to corporations like Chevron, which have an economic and political stronghold on the […]
Is organic food better for us? A growing number of scientific studies suggest that it is. The latest evidence to support this claim is a December 2016 report from the European Parliament, written by scientists at universities across Europe, and one Harvard professor. The team reviewed the existing science on both organic food and agriculture […]
The island of Ghoramara in east India has already been drastically affected by climate change as rising sea levels begin to evict families from their homes. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has already issued warnings to the residents of these Indian and Bangladeshi islands (of which there are about two hundred) stating that […]
President Donald J. Trump’s affection for authoritarians is prompting worried comparisons of our polarized country to the fascism that arose in Germany in the 1920s and ’30s. However, consider the Norwegians, who also experienced extreme polarization, yet managed to remain a social democracy. In some ways Norway and Germany were similar: predominantly Christian, racially homogeneous, and suffering hugely […]
The growing drug epidemic in the United States leaves to police the job of managing drug addicts. This usually means criminalizing their behavior and jailing them. But a former police chief in Gloucester, Massachusetts, had a better idea – to actually help drug addicts instead of throwing them behind bars. In 2015, then-Police Chief Leonard Campanello […]