In December 2014, Dania Husni al-Jaabari, a 14-year-old Palestinian girl from Al-Khalil (not Hebron),won first place in the Intelligent Mental-Arithmetic International Competition. She solved 240 math problems in six minutes. Ahmad Ayman Nashwiyeh, an eight-year-old Palestinian boy also from al-Khalil, won second place. He solved 180 problems in six minutes. The two children competed against approximately 3,000 [...]
|By: Ben Norton Sunday December 21, 2014 2:00 pm|
|By: Laura Stepp Saturday September 27, 2014 1:59 pm|
Isabel Sawhill, an expert in poverty and fiscal policy, has long championed the idea that couples should marry before having children. As recently as May 2012, she wrote a piece in The Washington Post supporting former Vice President Dan Quayle’s remark in 1992 that TV single mom Murphy Brown had dishonored the country by bearing a child.
Her opinion generated almost 2,500 comments in the newspaper.
Sawhill, a senior fellow in economics at Brookings Institution, a public policy think tank in Washington, still strongly supports marriage. But in her book Generation Unbound, released this week, she writes that she has come to believe that while marriage is an important symbol of commitment and usually a good thing for children, it is no longer what those who care about children should insist come first.
|By: fairleft Wednesday July 9, 2014 7:03 pm|
And yet still we get obscene propaganda from the mainstream ‘news’ masquerading as a headline:
“Gaza rockets land deep in Israel as it bombards Palestinian enclave”
|By: Lisa Derrick Monday May 12, 2014 4:59 pm|
The other night I was out with some friends and one of them commented on obesity and how “slothful” people had become, how it was a blight on communities and destroying the lives of people young and old. This developed into a discussion on the economics of food and the lack of exercise in school. FED UP, directed by tonight’s guest Stephanie Soechtig, shows us that the global obesity epidemic actually stems from our very human addiction to a simple substance: sugar.
|By: Lisa Derrick Tuesday January 14, 2014 8:00 pm|
Who doesn’t love boobies?! Pope Francis stepped up to the pulpit at the Sistine Chapel and told nursing babies to suck it, because well, he’s just that kinda guy! He loves babies, and babies love boobies!
|By: Michelle Chen Saturday December 21, 2013 4:00 pm|
According to the National Partnership for Women and Families (NPWF), just 12 percent of American workers can take paid leave time to tend to an illness in their household, and only about 40 percent can get time off for themselves through employer-sponsored disability coverage. This gap affects about two-fifths of the private sector workforce, or 40 million people—a vast deficit compared to many other industrialized countries, where paid leave is routine.
Now, though, some lawmakers are recognizing that taking a few weeks off to deal with a health challenge shouldn’t hurt your paycheck. Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) have sponsored legislation to establish a nationwide paid family leave insurance program that would partially protect the wages of workers who take time off for the medical needs of themselves or their families.
|By: Jeff Kaye Sunday October 13, 2013 1:59 pm|
Against Their Will: The Secret History of Medical Experimentation on Children in Cold War America is a crucially important work, closer to today’s headlines than we might like to admit.
From the well-known scandals at New York’s Willowbrook State School and Massachusett’s Fernald Developmental Center – both covered in the book – to more recent revelations about use of orphans and babies as guinea pigs in HIV and herpes-related experiments, stories related to informed consent and safety regarding use of children by medical and psychological researchers continue to haunt the practice of science.
|By: Tom Engelhardt Friday August 16, 2013 5:45 am|
Now that Darth Vader’s breathy techno-voice is a staple of our culture, it’s hard to remember how empty was the particular sector of space Star Wars blasted into. The very day the Paris Peace Accords were signed in 1973, Richard Nixon also signed a decree ending the draft. It was an admission of the obvious: war, American-style, had lost its hold on young minds. As an activity, it was now to be officially turned over to the poor and nonwhite.
Those in a position to produce movies, TV shows, comics, novels, or memoirs about Vietnam were convinced that Americans felt badly enough without such reminders. It was simpler to consider the war film and war toy casualties of Vietnam than to create cultural products with the wrong heroes, victims, and villains.
|By: Michelle Chen Saturday February 23, 2013 11:30 am|
Of all the mildly liberal, media-genic proposals that peppered President Barack Obama’s state of the Union Address, one seemed especially designed to withstand curmudgeonly criticism from the Right: universal preschool. The image of millions of young tots learning their ABCs and fingerpainting is hard to demonize as evil Big Government.
|By: David Dayen Monday December 17, 2012 8:20 am|
Let me say something unpopular. There is nothing special about the fact that the Newtown massacre was visited upon 6 and 7 year-olds in an elementary school, relative to massacres where the majority of the victims are college students or adults. A human tragedy is a human tragedy regardless of the age level that it most directly impacts. But the fact that Newtown is seen as a spur to action, as a “tipping point,” that it can get someone like Joe Manchin to say that it’s time for action on the matter – is reflective of the basically dumb way we do politics in this country. In many cases, no outrage, no tragedy, no activity at all rises to the level of legislative response unless it gets visited upon children – and I could probably amend that to say “white children.”