Ancient Christian thinkers made a case for reparations that has striking relevance today

Some ancient theologians argued that the Israelites deserved a share of Egypt’s wealth after being enslaved for centuries. Culture Club/Hulton Archive via Getty Images Reparations to Black Americans for centuries of slavery and oppression have been discussed for a long time. But ever since journalist and author Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote “The Case for Reparations” in… Continue reading Ancient Christian thinkers made a case for reparations that has striking relevance today

American cities have long struggled to reform their police – but isolated success stories suggest community and officer buy-in might be key

Getting police and community on board with reforms is crucial for success. Stephen Maturen/Getty Images The guilty verdicts delivered against Derek Chauvin on April 20, 2021, represented a landmark moment – but courtroom justice cannot deliver the sweeping changes most Americans feel are needed to improve policing in the U.S. As America continues to grapple… Continue reading American cities have long struggled to reform their police – but isolated success stories suggest community and officer buy-in might be key

Guilty verdict in Sankara trial shows power of activists to fight impunity in Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso’s former President, Blaise Compaore, convicted for the murder of Thomas Sankara. SIA KAMBOU/AFP via Getty Images On April 6, 2022, a military tribunal in Burkina Faso found 11 men, including the former president, Blaise Compaoré, guilty of “attacks on state security, complicity in murder and concealment of a corpse.” This marked a historic… Continue reading Guilty verdict in Sankara trial shows power of activists to fight impunity in Burkina Faso

Students lead more public schools to close for Islamic holidays

Several school districts across the country will close in observance of Eid, a holiday that marks the end of Ramadan. FatCamera/E+ via Getty Images Some public school districts across the nation will be closed on Monday, May 2, 2022, or Tuesday, May 3, 2022, in observance of the Islamic holiday Eid al-Fitr, a festive celebration… Continue reading Students lead more public schools to close for Islamic holidays

New Englanders support more offshore wind power – just don’t send it to New York

Several offshore wind farms are planned for the U.S. Northeast. Scott Eisen/Getty Images In Rhode Island, home to the first offshore wind farm in the U.S., most people support expanding offshore wind power – with one important caveat. Our research shows they’re less likely to support a wind power project if its energy flows to… Continue reading New Englanders support more offshore wind power – just don’t send it to New York

Blasting Earth’s location out to potential aliens is a controversial idea – two teams of scientists are doing it anyway

Scientists think there are 300 million habitable planets in the Milky Way, and some may be home to intelligent life. Bruno Gilli/ESO, CC BY If a person is lost in the wilderness, they have two options. They can search for civilization, or they could make themselves easy to spot by building a fire or writing… Continue reading Blasting Earth’s location out to potential aliens is a controversial idea – two teams of scientists are doing it anyway

Yes, US economy may be slowing, but don’t forget it’s coming off the hottest year since 1984 – here’s who benefited in 4 charts

Tracking changes in net wealth is one of the best ways to see who benefited from economic growth. Chris Rogers/Photodisc via Getty Images The U.S. economy unexpectedly shrank in the first quarter, according to gross domestic product data released on April 28, 2022. While the reasons were technical and weren’t seen as signs of weakness,… Continue reading Yes, US economy may be slowing, but don’t forget it’s coming off the hottest year since 1984 – here’s who benefited in 4 charts

Why do teens engage in self-harm? Clinical psychologists explain how to help teens reduce their emotional distress

Nearly 1 in 5 young people worldwide intentionally injure themselves every year. xijian/E! via Getty Images Emotions are tricky things. They allow for humans to fall in love, wage war and, as it turns out, engage in self-harm. It is hard to imagine an era in which young adults were more distressed than today. Recent… Continue reading Why do teens engage in self-harm? Clinical psychologists explain how to help teens reduce their emotional distress

How race and religion have always played a role in who gets refuge in the US

Ukrainian refugees wait near the U.S. border in Tijuana, Mexico. AP Photo/Gregory Bull In the weeks since Russia invaded Ukraine, millions of Ukrainians have fled the country as refugees. Hundreds of those refugees have now arrived at the southern border of the United States seeking asylum, after flying to Mexico on tourist visas. At the… Continue reading How race and religion have always played a role in who gets refuge in the US