President Donald Trump made a very controversial promise about punishment in America: to provide the death penalty for leading drug dealers, despite many studies suggesting not only that the death penalty is not an effective deterrent, but worse, that it is not applied fairly to people of color. Yet, after conversations with the Chinese president and others, Donald Trump says … [Read more...]
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A Wrinkle in Time was a must-see film for me, and a must-see flick worldly different from dashing out to see Black Panther. It doesn’t mean, however, Ava Duvernay’s $100 million film with a multicultural cast isn’t without problems. It is, which is one reason why the film has received mixed reviews — unlike Black Panther’s ongoing and wildly enthusiastic critical … [Read more...]
‘Hidden rules of class’ help the poor do more with less Conclusion of a six-part series The culture of poverty has some universal characteristics which transcend regional, rural-urban, and even national differences… There are remarkable similarities in family structure, interpersonal relations, time orientations, value systems, spending patterns, and the sense of … [Read more...]
On February 18, federal prosecutors in Minnesota announced charges against three men Vsama Dawich Haamade, 53; his brother, Issam Darwich Hamade, 55; and Samin Ahmed Berro, 64 for conspiring to illegally export drone aircraft technology to Hezbollah, which the U.S. government defines as a "terrorist organization." But Russia is also an enemy of the U.S. government just like … [Read more...]
St. Paul City Council President Amy Brendmoen told members of ISNow, "We need to pause and take the time to answer basic questions about how a wage increase would affect workers before making any decisions." Yet, why doesn't the councilwoman tell the healthcare industry, landlords, colleges, and universities — those that are swimming in profits — that they need to pause and … [Read more...]