More US Troops to Eastern Europe

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Shedding Legal Light on the Gaza Electricity Crisis

Israel is the main supplier of electricity and fuel to the Gaza Strip, Palestine. When the functioning of vital services such as hospitals and the pumping of clean water were seriously compromised by Israel’s reduction and limitations on the fuel supply for Gaza’s only power plant in 2007, a group of Palestinians unsuccessfully petitioned the…

The YIMBYs Push Unaffordable Housing

As rents and real estate prices skyrocket in cities across the country, organizations advocating for more developer-built housing are coming together as a centralized pro-development voice under the banner of “Yes In My Backyard” — or “YIMBY.” Taking their name as the supposed opposing of “NIMBY” — standing for “Not In My Backyard,” a label to describe…

Tough Trade Talk Fades as Trump and Pence Toe the Koch Line

President Donald Trump (right) is introduced by Vice President Mike Pence at the Manuel Artime Theater in the Little Havana neighborhood on June 16, 2017, in Miami, Florida. (Photo: Joe Raedle / Getty Images) When he was running for president, Donald Trump had very harsh words for deals like the North American Free Trade Agreement…

When High Deductibles Hurt: Even Insured Patients Postpone Care

In November 2015, Tina Heck was in her garage lifting 40-pound bags of wood pellets to fuel her heating stove, when something went very wrong with her back. “The next day, I could barely walk,” said the 55-year-old who lives on an acre of land in Nevada City, Calif., 60 miles northeast of Sacramento. The…

US Lags Far Behind in Banning the Use of Mercury in Dentistry

United Nations — The United States is lagging far behind its Western allies — and perhaps most of the key developing countries — in refusing to act decisively to end a longstanding health and environmental hazard: the use of mercury in dentistry. The 28-member European Union (EU), with an estimated population of over 510 million…

Planting Resilience to Climate Change

Aurelia Arzú inspects the cocoplum patch and reaches in to pluck the ripest fruits. It’s early in the year, and the season is just beginning, so the bush is loaded with edible, plum-sized fruit ripening from yellow to pink in the unrelenting afternoon sun. Arzú bites into the cocoplum, quite literally eating the fruits of…

French EasyJet Pilot Convicted of Flying While on Ecstasy

A 49-year-old French pilot was convicted by the nation’s Créteil criminal court on Friday, after confessing to landing a plane in Paris in May under duress due to being high on ecstasy. He was handed a 12-month prison sentence and has been banned from flying.

Justin Bieber’s New Remix Is a Blatant Example of Cultural Appropriation

The mounting success of Bieber’s remix to “Despacito” reflects a larger issue within the pop music industry. If you can walk outside of your house without hearing “Despacito” at least one time, consider yourself lucky. The Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee track hasn’t stopped playing since the remix featuring Justin Bieber was released back in…