Equality

Paul Krugman: Republicans are stripping our freedoms one by one

"Americans are creeping along the road to serfdom, yoked to corporate employers."<p>America, as Paul Krugman writes in his Monday column, is supposedly “an open society, in which everyone is free to make his or her own choices about where to work and how to live.”<p>This idea of freedom is our favorite …

Social Justice

There’s one particular Trump policy that would make US inequality even worse

Massive US income disparities and the anger associated with it helped propel Donald Trump into office.<p>Trump's campaign speeches were littered with attacks on Wall Street bankers and hedge fund managers, who the candidate accused of robbing workers of the American dream.<p>Yet rather than kicking off …

Social Justice

‘It Was Forced on Me’: Child Marriage in the U.S.

When she was a scrawny 11-year-old, Sherry Johnson found out one day that she was about to be married to a 20-year-old member of her church who had raped her.<p>“It was forced on me,” she recalls. She had become pregnant, she says, and child welfare authorities were investigating — so her family and …

Opinion

Trump’s proposed budget does the opposite of what most U.S. taxpayers want

The Trump administration is calling its fiscal 2018 budget proposal the “Taxpayer First” plan — meaning that its priority is to take care of those who pay their taxes.<p>That’s in keeping with President Trump’s repeated promises, during the campaign and in his inaugural speech, that this …

Social Justice

First Gentleman of Luxembourg, Who’s Married to World’s Only Openly Gay Prime Minister, Poses With Spouses of World Leaders

While President Donald Trump has met with many male heads of government, First Lady Melania Trump has often mingled with their wives. But on …

North Atlantic Treaty Organization

Texas Poised to Allow Adoptions to Be Blocked on Religious Basis

Texas is moving forward with a bill this week that would allow adoption-service providers that receive state money to turn down prospective parents based on religious beliefs.<p>The bill would allow agencies to deny adoptive services to gay and lesbian couples, unmarried couples or non-Christians. …

Social Justice

Poverty? Oh, that's just a 'state of mind' for the Trump administration

Ben Carson’s comments on poverty make sense in the context of Trump’s cruel joke of a budget which punishes low-income people<p>There has not been a lot of good news for the American poor lately. The post-recession “recovery” has left them behind, the wealth gap is widening and Donald Trump wants to …

Republicans

Taiwan Gay Marriage Ruling Widens Political Divide With China - Bloomberg

Taiwan’s historic court ruling this week did more than make it the first place in Asia to let same-sex couples wed: It also widened the political gap …

China

'Enough Is Enough': Out Tennis Stars Respond To Margaret Court

Tennis stars have expressed outrage at Australian tennis legend Margaret Court’s boycott of Qantas over its support for marriage equality.<p>The Grand …

Social Justice

The Real Reason Behind Ben & Jerry's Ban on Same-Flavoured Scoops

Following in the footsteps of Airbnb and Audible, Ben & Jerry's has announced a bold new rule to highlight the injustice (and sheer ridiculousness) …

Social Justice

The Question Isn’t Why Wage Growth Is So Low. It’s Why It’s So High.

One of the economy’s biggest mysteries is this: The labor market is the strongest it has been in a decade, yet wages are rising barely faster than inflation.<p>For some reason, the booming job market and ultralow unemployment rate, which fell to 4.4 percent in April, haven’t led employers to raise pay …

Business

Author Thomas Shapiro to discuss racial wealth inequality at the Communities Foundation of Texas | Philanthropy

Author and social policy authority <b>Thomas Shapiro</b> will discuss racial wealth inequality at the <b>Communities Foundation of Texas</b> at 4:30 p.m. June …

Social Justice

The Heartland's Future Is Upon Us

If the broad middle of our nation focuses on its traditional strengths in manufacturing, agriculture and energy, it can usher in new prosperity for more Americans — and shift the dominant knowledge-and-technology hub narrative that drives economic growth, and urbanism discussion, on the east and …

Social Justice

Footballer and model seek legal humanist wedding

Leeds United midfielder Eunan O’Kane and model Laura Lacole argue they are being denied same rights as religious couples<p>A footballer and a model are mounting a court challenge to have their upcoming humanist wedding recognised as legal, arguing that they are being denied the rights given to …

Social Justice

Petition of concern 'abused' - UUP leader Robin Swann

<b>UUP leader Robin Swann has said he is "not minded" to sign a petition of concern preventing the introduction of same-sex marriage.</b><p>The matter could arise if devolution is restored.<p>Mr Swann said he will vote against any change to the definition of marriage in Northern Ireland or any change to current …

Social Justice

What Economic Policies Do Americans Need? Just Ask Them

It's not complicated. The poor want more money. The middle class worries about health care. The rich fret over retirement.<p>Usually, when economists think about how to improve the lives of people, they rely on introspection and theoretical assumptions. Many an econ paper buries itself in abstract …

Social Justice

More Americans Use Streaming Services Like Netflix Over Cable, But Only Half Pay for It

A recent report finds that 67 percent of households have access to streaming services like Netflix but half of users share a password to avoid paying.<p>Streaming services like Netflix and HBO Go have changed the way Americans watch TV. About 67 percent of Americans have access to video streaming …

Televisions

Your guide to how the IFS dismantled the two parties' plans

<b>By Chaminda Jayanetti</b><p>Today the Institute for Fiscal Studies published its analysis of the Tory and Labour manifestos. It does not make for pleasant …

Social Justice

We ended slavery, so why exploit people with a $7.25 minimum wage?

As Americans, we have always tried to do better, to live up to the ideals upon which we were founded 240 years ago.<p>When Thomas Jefferson wrote about …

Social Justice

Terms Like 'Brotherhood' and 'Men of Principle' Are Textual Discrimination, NY Student Gov't Rules

The University of Rochester Judicial Council has ruled in favor of students who alleged that gender-specific campus clubs, a capella groups, …

Social Justice

1 Step Forward, 2 Steps Back for LGBT Rights in Asia - Bloomberg

(AP) -- A first-ever ruling in favor of same-sex marriage in Asia. A public caning in Indonesia. A soldier convicted in South Korea.<p>For LGBT rights, …

Social Justice

The 5.14.17 Issue

<b>RE: OPEN MARRIAGE</b><p><i>Susan Dominus wrote about the experiences of nonmonogamous couples.</i><p><b>I cannot express</b> the depth of feelings this article brought up on many levels. I was touched within the first three sentences. This is a topic that does not routinely enjoy open dialogue as people tend to prefer …

Social Justice

“It’s Really Embarrassing”: Grinspoon Join Ryan Adams In Calling Out Margaret Court

Grinspoon frontman Phil Jamieson has addressed the anti-marriage equality comments by tennis veteran Margaret Court — a few weeks out from their …

Music (Australia)

Health Minister defends Margaret Court

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has defended tennis legend Margaret Court, arguing every Australian has a right to speak on gay marriage.<p>Court has …

Social Justice

Opinion: 'Tax competitiveness' in B.C. is a narrow measure of economic health

“Tax competitiveness” is the mantra favoured by those who focus on a narrow view of public budgets and priorities, such as the Fraser Institute …

Economics

Yale grad students’ hunger strike can’t turn the tide for labor

The strike at Yale reflects the deteriorating condition of the American labor movement<p>This article was originally published on The Conversation.<p>On April 24, graduate students at Yale University announced a hunger strike in support of Local 33 of Unite Here, a labor union that represents workers in …

Education

The day the Texas Senate revived the bathroom bill, Dallas lost its X-Men TV series. Coincidence? | Commentary

Janis Burklund, whose job it is to lure Hollywood to Dallas, feel asleep Tuesday night dreaming of superhero mutants running all over this city for …

Texas

Husband of Luxembourg's gay prime minister joins Melania Trump and NATO wives in photoshoot

Gauthier Destenay married politician Xavier Bettel in 2015.<p>A photograph of the wives and spouses of the NATO leaders has gone viral - because of the …

Donald Trump

Time for Donald Trump to close, sell or restructure Kentucky

Running the country like a business means we can't afford to carry low productivity states.<p>We’re told that, with President Trump as our nation’s CEO, America will now be run more like a business. Well, the first thing our new CEO should do is stop the hemorrhage of cash in money-draining operations.<p>…

Photojournalism

Ben Jerry’s bans doubling up on favourite flavours in gay marriage protest

Ice cream fans in Australia are being starved of vanilla and mint choc chip ice cream after Ben & Jerry's banned the sale of two scoops of same …

Social Justice