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How an American Bureaucrat Became President of Somalia

He was a refugee who embraced U.S.-style democracy. Now's he's trying to bring it home.<p>On the morning of February 8, a civil servant from Buffalo, New York—a Somali by birth but an American by choice—walked into a heavily guarded airplane hangar in the battle-scarred capital of his native country …

The Challenges of Being an Interracial Couple in America's Whitest City

<i>Relationships don’t look like they used to (and that's a good thing). But what does it honestly take to make a modern romance work? As part of</i> …

Relationships

Can Trump Break the Democrats’ Grip on the Union Movement?

For generations, Republican presidents have tried to woo organized labor, with mixed and halting results. Donald Trump might be the first to actually do it more permanently.<p>Late last month, when President Donald Trump talked with union leaders in the White House, it was something of an unexpected …

Labor Movement

Hate Trump supporters? Hate liberals? Here's why | Marc Lewis

Deep in the brain, your amygdala generates a knee-jerk response to political enemies and other threats. But experiments show the divide can be bridged<p>I was walking back to my room on the ninth floor of a hotel in Kuala Lumpur last October, and I happened to meet the guy in the room next door, …

How Richard Spencer's home town weathered a neo-Nazi 'troll storm'

An onslaught of antisemitic harassment descended upon the residents of Whitefish, a small Montana ski town, for taking a stand against the ‘alt-right’ racist in their midst. Then came the threat of a 200-person armed march<p>On a bitterly cold afternoon, the residents of a Montana ski town waited to …

Rights & Freedoms

Immigration ban? We were there exactly 100 years ago today

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump has dismissed as "ridiculous" a federal judge's decision to halt his controversial executive order denying certain refugees and immigrants entry into the United States.<p>Many Americans are up in arms. But in fact, keeping out desperate souls seeking entry into America …

Remembrance Day

The US lags far behind its peers on “inclusive” economic growth

Our data shows that inequality isn’t an inevitable byproduct of globalization and technological change.<p>Boosting inclusive economic growth was one of the few issues on which Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump at least purported to agree. Clinton said she wanted to build a “growth-and-fairness …

Economics

Fear-mongering is a contagious virus. Psychology can teach us how to spread the cure

A plague of hatred seems to be spreading across the West. In the US, bigotry and hate crimes are up 6% according to the FBI, with a nearly 70% increase aimed specifically at Muslim Americans. Meanwhile, cases of harassment and intimidation against women and minorities are becoming more …

Psychology

What psychology teaches us about opposing an unpopular president

Trump’s best hope is to convince opponents he’s more popular than he actually is.<p>These are disorienting times for American democracy. Key features of a democratic nation — that the candidate who wins the majority has the right to rule, that elections are free from outside influence, and that …

Morocco harnesses the power of the sun | Environment

<b>Ouarzazate, Morocco -</b> The southern sun bakes down upon Morocco's 580-megawatt solar plant, in line to be the largest in the world upon its completion in 2018.<p>This $9bn plant, known as Noor - "light" in Arabic - positions Morocco as a global leader in sustainable energy development. Situated in a …

Leavers complain, but they’ve shared the benefits of cheap EU labour | John Harris

Our consumerist way of life depends on a flow of workers who’ll do the jobs we won’t. If they go, Brexiters will feel the pain too<p>The idea that Peterborough feels like the future may seem unlikely. But it’s true: this bustling city with a population of 190,000 really does feel as if it’s on the …

What Trump's moves on trade, abortion and federal hiring really do — and don't do

On his first full workday in the White House, President Trump took action highlighting the range of his campaign priorities: trade, abortion and tackling government bureaucracy.<p>Trump's directives follow another he issued just hours after taking the oath of office Friday that marked a first step in …

Family Planning

The man fighting for independence of the West African nation of Biafra... from a flat in Peckham

It has been nearly 50 years since Biafra’s bitter independence struggle, the inspiration for Frederick Forsyth’s bestselling The Dogs of War. Now a south London DJ currently imprisoned in Nigeria has taken up the battle, and Biafrans are once again fighting – and dying – for the dream of their own …