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Not All Money Troubles Are Created Equal

In the U.S., even though all groups can suffer from financial insecurity, blacks and Hispanics have it much worse.<p><i>Updated on May 20, 2016</i><p>Stories like the one told in this month’s cover story—of a well-off white professional whose finances are a wreck—seem to suggest that financial calamity can …

Donald Trump's dangerous antics prove he's no leader

Rose Hamid is a middle-aged Muslim who in January went to a Donald Trump rally in Rock Hill, S.C. Wearing a hijab and a T-shirt with the message, “Salam, I come in peace,” she stood during his speech, silently registering her disagreement with his anti-Muslim sentiments. The angry crowd began …

Donald Trump's canceled Chicago rally sparks extraordinary stretch in GOP race

In a Republican presidential primary filled with extraordinary moments, a 24-hour stretch that began Friday night stands above them all.<p>Opponents of Donald Trump were so committed to keeping him from speaking in Chicago that they aggressively clashed with supporters, forcing the GOP front-runner to …

17 Martin Luther King, Jr. Quotes More Relevant Today Than Ever

Martin Luther King, Jr.'s most prescient quotes still resonate nearly 50 years after his death.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

How MLK Day Became a Holiday

Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day is no long-standing tradition. The holiday is a little more than three decades old, and its establishment was …

Black History

The Corrupt System That Killed Laquan McDonald

A Chicago cop now faces murder charges—but will anyone hold his colleagues, his superiors, and elected officials accountable for their failures?<p>Thanks to clear video evidence, Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke was charged this week with first-degree murder for shooting 17-year-old Laquan …

Paid Leave for Dads: A Feminist Issue

Workplaces are (slowly) becoming more equal. Yet many have policies that all but ensure that households will stay stuck in the past.<p>While women have made significant headway when it comes professional equality, a shift of a similar magnitude hasn’t happened on the home front: Traditional gender …

The Bleak Future of College Football

The sport is becoming an enterprise where underprivileged young men risk their health for the financial benefit of the wealthy.<p>Football can be a force for good. The University of Missouri’s football team proved it earlier this month when student athletes ​used a facet of campus life many often …

Things to know about the Cleveland Police Department

CLEVELAND (AP) — A white Cleveland patrolman who participated in a 137-bullet shooting that left two unarmed black people dead in their car was acquitted of criminal charges on Saturday, leading to angry but peaceful protests.<p>The acquittal of officer Michael Brelo followed a determination by the …

Justice

137 shots, no justice: Cleveland protests as another cop goes free

<b>Michael Brelo listens to the judge read his verdict Saturday, May 23, 2015, in Cleveland. Brelo, a patrolman charged in the shooting deaths of two unarmed suspects during a 137-shot barrage of gunfire was acquitted Saturday in a case that helped prompt the U.S. Department of Justice determine the</b> …

ISIS Is Torturing, Enslaving, And Murdering Women At A "Staggering" Rate, U.N. Official Says

"They are institutionalizing sexual violence," said Zainab Hawa Bangura, U.N. Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict.<p>The U.N's Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict this week spoke with <i>Middle East Eye</i> about her recent tour of refugee camps across the region, where she …

Saudi forces and Yemen's Houthis trade heavy fire, border crossing hit | Reuters

CAIRO (Reuters) - Saudi forces and Yemen’s Houthi militia traded heavy artillery fire which destroyed part of the main border crossing between the two countries overnight, residents said on Sunday, an escalation of the two-month war.<p>Houthi rebels transport part of a Saudi fighter jet found in Bani …

Middle East

Cleveland Officer Not Guilty in Shooting Case

A Cleveland officer was found not guilty on Saturday in the shooting deaths of two unarmed suspects in a 137-shot barrage of police gunfire after a high-speed chase.<p>The judge's verdict for Michael Brelo, 31, comes after a four-week bench trial on two counts of voluntary manslaughter in the deaths …

Dozens Of Cleveland Protesters Arrested After Officer's Acquittal

<b>Updated at 9:40 a.m. ET</b><p>Cleveland police in riot gear made a number of arrests Saturday night, as protesters poured into the streets, angry over the acquittal of a patrolman charged in the shooting deaths of two unarmed suspects.<p>Reuters says a total of 71 arrests were made.<p>Demonstrators chanting …

Justice

‘The police didn’t see Deen as a victim despite blood pouring out of his head’

One August evening, in Brue Close, a housing estate in Weston-super-Mare, police and emergency services were called to No 39. Two police cars, a police van, a dog and several officers arrived. They saw a crowd of hostile white adults, “an angry mob” and a middle-aged black man standing in his front …

Sociology

Russia bans 'undesirable' NGOs, sparking international outcry

<b>(CNN) —</b> Non-governmental organizations working in Russia awoke Sunday to a new reality -- that they operate now under a law that allows the government to prosecute them on the grounds they are 'undesirable.'<p>And those who work for such organizations could be sentenced to as much as six years in …

Novelist Mat Johnson Explores The 'Optical Illusion' Of Being Biracial

Growing up in Philadelphia, Mat Johnson lived mostly with his mother in a black neighborhood. The son of an African-American mother and an Irish-American father, his skin was so light that he might have passed for white. But being biracial meant only one thing back in the '70s: "Um, it meant: …

Iraq regains ground from Islamic State; mass deaths reported in Palmyra | Reuters

BAGHDAD/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iraqi forces recaptured territory from advancing Islamic State militants near the recently-fallen city of Ramadi on Sunday, while in Syria the government said the Islamists had killed hundreds of people since capturing the town of Palmyra.<p>The fall of Ramadi and Palmyra, …

Islam

Why Is The University Still Here?

Universities are supposed to be dead. These bastions of higher learning have been on Silicon Valley’s hit list for much of the past decade, and disruption phasers targeting the industry have certainly been set to kill in the years since the global financial crisis.<p>And yet after years of efforts, we …

Higher Education

US: Iraqi forces lack will to fight ISIL

US Defence Secretary Ash Carter has criticised Iraqi forces for showing no will to fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group during the fall of Ramadi, in comments dismissed as "baseless" by a senior Iraqi legislator.<p>Carter told CNN's State of the Union programme on Sunday …

US defense secretary says fall of Ramadi shows Iraqi forces lack will to fight Isis

Iraq,World news,Middle East and North Africa,Islamic State,US military<p>Ash Carter says defenders vastly outnumbered Islamic State fighters<br>• Iraqi lawmaker says US to blame for failure to provide support

U.S. Secretary of Defense

Same-sex marriage: Catholic church needs reality check, says Dublin archbishop

Diarmuid Martin, who says he voted no in Ireland’s historic referendum, believes decision symbolises a social revolution<p>One of Ireland’s most senior Catholics has said the church needs a “reality check” following the country’s overwhelming vote in favour of same-sex marriage.<p>The first gay marriages …

Obama Cares Too Much About Israel

After President Barack Obama delivered a pre-Sabbath address Friday about his deep admiration for Israel and the Jewish people, I had many questions. …

Israel

Iraq, the war that won't go away

<b>(CNN) —</b> Iraq isn't going away anytime soon.<p>Over the past few weeks, Republican presidential candidates have been scrambling to explain what their position is on the war that was launched under President George W. Bush.<p>His brother, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, bobbed and weaved in both directions. …

'Inside Out: Portraits Of Cross-Gender Children' Beautifully Documents Transgender Kids

For the past 12 years, Dutch photographer Sarah Wong has documented the lives and experiences of a group of children who have transitioned -- or are in the process of transitioning -- to live as their authentic selves.<p>Wong captured these images of children involved with VU University in Amsterdam, …

Your 2015 Summer Reading List

The biggest literary news of the year was the decision of Harper Lee, author of <i>To Kill a Mockingbird</i>, to release her previously unpublished novel, <i>Go</i> …

We’ve Been Treated Like The Help: The Obamas Open Up About Their Experiences Of Racism In America

President Obama and the First Lady have spoken out about their experiences of being treated as second-class citizens due to the color of their …

How Watermelons Became a Racist Trope

Before its subversion in the Jim Crow era, the fruit symbolized black self-sufficiency.<p>It seems as if every few weeks there’s another watermelon controversy. The <i>Boston Herald</i> got in trouble for publishing a cartoon of the White House fence-jumper, having made his way into Obama’s bathroom, …