Rochelle H. Kwan

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This is how a superpower commits suicide

By Richard Javad Heydarian<p><i>Richard Javad Heydarian is an author focused on Asian geopolitics. He previously taught political science at De La Salle University and Ateneo De Manila University and served as a policy advisor at the Philippine House of Representatives.</i><p>MANILA, Philippines — During …

Why It’s No Longer Possible for Any Country to Win a War

The last few decades have been the most peaceful era in human history. For the first time ever, fewer people die today from human violence than from …

Langston Hughes Creates a List of His 100 Favorite Jazz Recordings: Hear 80+ of Them in a Big Playlist

“Langston Hughes was never far from jazz,” writes Rebecca Gross at the NEA’s Art Works Blog. “He listened to it at nightclubs, collaborated with …

The word “women” literally never appears in the US Senate’s 142-page health-care bill

Women have babies. If they didn’t, first the economy would collapse, and then the species would die out.<p>But because they do, from their late teens to their early forties, women have higher health-care costs than men of the same age. Carrying and birthing a child is a sometimes difficult, dangerous, …

Health Care

Whose shell is this? Neuroscientists selectively wipe specific snail memories

“It’s <i>Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind</i>, but with snails” sounds like a desperate Friday afternoon pitch meeting at Pixar, where everyone’s a bit …

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Times Like These: How and Why Books and Politics Intersect

The intersection of literature and politics has spurred conversation and debate for decades. The two spheres often intertwine with the latter providing an oft-reluctant muse for the former. Whether it be to further the understanding of a given moment or to turn a satirical lens on the issues of the …

Books

A history of sanctuary cities: How Black Americans protected fugitive slaves

Frederick Douglass called on free and enslaved people to defy state and federal laws that protected slavery<p>Barbara Krauthamer<p>February 9, 2017 4:00pm (UTC)<p>This article was originally published on The Conversation.<p>Over the past few days, the national climate has grown increasingly tense over the …

How We Got Here: Essential Reading to Understand the History of Racism

Frederick Douglass<p>Born into slavery, Frederick Douglass went on to become one of the most brilliant and influential authors, abolitionists, and general champions of human rights in American history. While his first and most acclaimed book, <i>Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass</i>, describes his …

Black History

10 Overlooked Books of 2016: From The Red Car to Future Sex

2016 was a year of unexpected loss and stark realities. In the morass of the recent election, words morphed to serve the expedient needs of its speakers. It became unclear how to separate fact from fiction in this “post-truth” age.<p>Last year, nonfiction stepped forward to speak for those without a …

Books

The Greatest Science Books of 2016

From the sound of spacetime to time travel to the microbiome, by way of polar bears, dogs, and trees.<p>I have long believed that E.B. White’s abiding wisdom on children’s books — <i>“Anyone who writes down to children is simply wasting his time. You have to write up, not down.”</i> — is equally true of …

The 10 Best History Documentaries On Netflix Right Now

<b>Last Updated: January 26th</b><p>History tends to be one of those subjects you either find insanely boring or massively fascinating. Often that comes down to the execution of the history being conveyed — because Dan Carlin sadly doesn’t have enough time in the day to narrate every historical story to …

Documentaries

The 12 best podcasts of 2016, according to Apple

This year's list includes Malcolm Gladwell, a retired Navy SEAL, and shows about mystery and murder. In its list, Apple said true-crime shows, politics, and radio dramas were particularly hot in 2016.<p>Here are the top 12 podcasts Apple said were the best in 2016, along with the company's comment:

Apple

The Men Who Mentor Women

While women make up 51.5% of all managers, much fewer women rise to the C-suite. A survey of 25,000 Harvard Business School graduates found that although male and female graduates had similar levels of ambition, men were significantly more likely to have positions in senior management, direct …

What's missing when you hike the California backcountry? People of color

Last month, two friends and I backpacked for a week in the Sierra Nevada. We hiked through meadows dotted with wildflowers, slept beneath snow-draped peaks and met plenty of other hikers: the dad and son whose Green Bay Packers caps sparked a conversation about our mutual ties to Wisconsin; …

The Number of Women in Jail Is Up 1,260% Since the '70s—What Are They Doing Wrong?

In 1970, 73 percent of county jails at the time reported zero female inmates.Now, women are in jail in virtually every county in America.<p>Her name is redacted, but her body is exposed for everyone to see. She stands in the courtroom after three days in jail, seemingly naked from the waist down, …

Multiple Sclerosis

Latinos hold the key to pot legalization, but will people of color share in its economic riches?

The town hall meeting, in a cavernous garage on an industrial side street in Gardena, was billed as an opportunity to learn about cannabis from some of the industry's experts.<p>I assumed there would be strong arguments made in favor of Proposition 64, the November ballot initiative to legalize …

The Danish Way of Parenting review – how to raise the world’s happiest kids

Denmark approaches childhood, and society as a whole, very differently to Britain or the US, argue Jessica Joelle Alexander and Iben Dissing Sandahl<p>Having muddled through six years of parenthood without consulting any books on the subject, I was pretty excited about this, my first one. Perhaps it …

Watch Tupac Discuss Income Inequality and Donald Trump in This Unaired 1992 Interview Clip

"There's no way that these people should own planes and there are people that don't have houses."<p><i>Screenshot via MTV News</i><p>Income inequality. Giving people a level economic playing field. Donald Trump.<p>You'd be forgiven for assuming that someone bringing these topics up was talking about the 2016 …

How Sacred Rituals can Transform your Daily Life

Today Indigenous people are still deeply connected to rituals as an inherent part of their daily lives. This connection brings a sacredness and power …

Mindfulness and Meditation: Why Training Our Minds is Just as Important as Training Our Bodies

You're reading Mindfulness and Meditation: Why Training Our Minds is Just as Important as Training Our Bodies, originally posted on Pick the Brain | …

What most Americans don’t know about yoga

Is the discipline a form of cultural appropriation? And is it even beholden to a tradition? Two experts weigh in<p>Andrea Jain • Michelle Goldberg<p>March 27, 2016 7:30pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on Religion Dispatches.<p>Last month, a yoga class at the University of Ottawa that was cancelled …

50 documentaries you need to see

Ten of the best nonfiction film-makers today choose their own favourites, from serial killer stories and studies in the horrors of war to meta pranks<p>• Storyville’s Nick Fraser on the power of the documentary form<p><b>The Texan director’s feature debut, The Act of Killing (2012), and its follow-up, The</b> …

Documentaries

The Sexism in American Politics

Why is it that today even a woman as impressive as Hillary Clinton is judged not by her merits and extensive resume alone, but held to a pernicious double standard?<p>Twenty-two years ago, I had the honor of introducing Hillary Clinton at a Humanitarian Award dinner, given by The Elie Wiesel …

The Presidential Candidates Seriously Don't Seem To Care About Our Food Supply

Or at least it appears that way, since none of them responded to our survey on food and ag issues.<p>Last month, we noticed something.<p>Though various media outlets have reported on how much the presidential candidates’ campaigns have spent on pizza and other fast food, we know little about where the …

Eating Less Meat And More Fruit Could Save Lives -- And The Planet

Drastic changes in diet could bring about drastic changes for the Earth.<p>• Report says eating more fruits and vegetables and less meat could reduce greenhouse gas emissions.<p>• Global mortality could decline by as much as 10 percent.<p>• Over a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions arise from food …

The Guerrilla Girls Call Out Art-World Inequality

It’s women’s history month, and your favorite radical feminist avengers want you to go ape. The Guerrilla Girls have been making noise about gender and racial inequality in the art world since 1985. Fighting discrimination with a sense of humor and their signature faux fur, these masked feminists …

3 Big Reasons Why Science Says Eat More Fruit and Veggies

You can be happier and healthier by eating your fruit and vegetables.<p>We all know that eating more vegetables is a good thing. According to the USDA, diets rich in foods containing fiber, such as many vegetables and fruits, may reduce the risk of heart disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes. In fact, …

What is a Plant Butcher? And Why You Need One

You might have scratched your head when you first heard of vegan bacon or mushroom steak, but as those non-meat proteins rise in popularity, right along them is a growing group of people who specialize in the craft of crafting unique, delicious plant proteins. Meet “plant butchers.” This select …

Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

Gender Disparity: 5 Women Changing the Trajectory

This week social media was set ablaze with beautiful tributes for International Women's day. March in itself is Women's History month as well. I was both ecstatic and concerned because although we have made strides, there are still so many issues that unjustly impact girls and women on every corner …

The 'Criminal' Black Lesbian: Where Does This Damaging Stereotype Come From?

Since the Black Lives Matter movement gained national attention in 2013, organizers have pushed to prioritize voices of black queer and transgender women. Two of the three founders identify as queer, and along with drawing attention to numerous brutal murders of transgender women of color, they …