• Ahead of election, Nigerians reassess an old promise of safety
  • February 15, 2019

    Maryam Abubakar was bent in prayer when she heard the first blast crack over Kano’s central mosque, a sound so loud it felt like the stately building had cracked in two. It was Nov. 28, 2014, and in the nerve center of Nigeria’s largest Muslim-majority city, the terror group ...
  • Beyond guilt or innocence, should jurors weigh if law is worth enforcing?
  • February 14, 2019

    The more questions the potential jurors are asked, the more questions they seem to have. A howling winter wind is audible through the drawn curtains of a fifth-floor courtroom in the Mendocino County Superior Court, punctuating questions from the defense attorney and the prosecutor. “The judge does the ...
  • Adam Smith's hidden hand of empathy
  • February 14, 2019

     The “s” word – socialism, that is – has returned to American politics, with President Trump signaling in his recent State of the Union address that he sees it as a key weapon against the growing list of Democratic Party candidates for the White House. Some of Mr. Trump’s ...
  • How an alliance between Millennials and religious sisters has changed outlooks
  • February 14, 2019

    This essay is part of an occasional series provided by our partner organization Encore.org, which created the Generation to Generation (Gen2Gen) campaign, inviting those in midlife and beyond to connect with young people who need champions. The number of Roman Catholic women religious – colloquially known as nuns – ...



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