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Chinese Premier Addresses Public Concern for Air Pollution At the end of the annual meeting of the National People’s Congress, Chinese Premier Li Kegiang announced that he intends to seek more effective anti-pollution policies. Maintaining that China has remained committed to reducing pollution, Li acknowledged that measures thus far have been largely ineffective. China’s air [...]

Justice Without Peace: What’s Missing from Our Discussion on Sexual Violence

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It’s time to seriously re-evaluate the framework in which we discuss sexual violence and broaden our attention spans past the point of immediate drama, so as to extend our dialogue and introduce terms like “long-term recovery” and “healing” into our vocabulary. I know this from personal experience. Last August, I was assaulted by my then-boyfriend. [...]

Maduro Cannot Be Chavez So Long As Oil Prices Are Low

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Nicolas Maduro, President of Venezuela, employs fiery rhetoric when dealing with political controversies. Most recently, his government published an advertisement in The New York Times as a reaction to recent American sanctions on seven Venezuelan officials: “Never before in the history of our nations has a president of the United States attempted to govern Venezuela [...]

The Iran Letter and an Intractable Issue

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For nearly a decade now, the so-called P5+1 nuclear negotiations with Iran have produced few major breakthroughs and many headaches for the Western world. Following the election of moderate Hassan Rouhani to the Iranian presidency in 2013, the West renewed efforts to curtail the Iranian nuclear program, and talks are now continuing at a feverish [...]

Challenging Big Business: Why We Need More Internet Competition

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For a country that prides itself on being a bastion of free market enterprise, the United States government has failed the Internet service industry. Internet service providers (ISPs) – Comcast, Verizon, and Time Warner in particular – are an oligopoly, controlling large service areas without substantial competition. In 2014, Comcast spent $17 million lobbying Congress, [...]

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