For years, Americans have seen proposals come and go on starting classes later for students in high schools and middle schools.
My son explained the gig this way: People are dumping buckets of ice water over themselves, filming it and posting the videos online. Then they tag three others, who have 24 hours to do the same or pay up. They’re doing this in the name of ALS.
A new study by the National Academy of Sciences warns that the rate of illegal slaughter of African elephants, permitted by African governments and fueled by the market for ivory in China and Asian countries, could lead to the extermination of the animal in the wild within a few years.
On the day the nation watched Michael Brown laid to rest in a nationally televised funeral, there were 16 death notices in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. That is hardly the full collection of people being mourned on one given day, but suffice it to say, on any given day in St. Louis, or Ferguson, Missouri, or any city in the nation, there are thousands of people grieving over the passing of loved ones.
The ongoing Gaza crisis seems to have broken a lot of crockery in the U.S.-Israel relationship.
Real bravery is knowing that you’re risking your life for a worthy cause but doing it anyway.
How long before Ferguson fatigue sets in? How soon before our rapt attention to the uproar over the killing of Michael Brown begins to flag? And not because we don’t care. We do. It’s just that we know that, in all likelihood, nothing will come of it.
The agitating Ebola emergency has captured headlines. There are some who undoubtedly assume that this kind of epidemic is unusual. However, localized epidemic disease has been a part of the biological system of the planet since the origin of life. Pandemics in which the spread of disease can encompass a continent or the world are just as ancient a process.
Even in the no-holds-barred world of Texas politics, the indictment of Gov. Rick Perry was a low blow. A grand jury in Austin, a Democratic Party hotbed, indicted Perry, a Republican with presidential aspirations, on two felony counts for allegedly abusing his power. His offense? Threatening to veto funding for the county district attorney’s Public Integrity Unit unless District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, a Democrat, resigned.
Just before he flew off to Martha’s Vineyard for a two-week vacation, President Barack Obama fielded some questions about the U.S. military campaign against Islamic State militants in Iraq. We imagine that he also had Syria (rebels besieged in Aleppo), Afghanistan (election recount debacle), Ukraine (plane shot down, Russian troops lurking), West Africa (Ebola epidemic spreading fast), Libya (militias rampaging), Iran (nuclear negotiations floundering), Obamacare (court ruling could bury it), the stock market (bubble bursting?) immigration (what to do with all those kids) and, oh, about 947 other crises on his mind.
Ghana, a country of 27 million on the west coast of Africa, called the Gold Coast when it was a British colony, has been in recent years one of the few stars of African economic and political performance.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spends most of his time talking about the Middle East, Ukraine and global warming. So when I interviewed him last week, I wanted to hear his views on the political crisis in Venezuela and other issues in Latin America.
For a long time, Texas Gov. Rick Perry walked too fine a line between politics and policy. It caught up with him late last week.
The ongoing violence in Ferguson, Missouri, is dismaying and — for those who have been in Los Angeles a long time — painfully familiar. As this city long ago learned, when the public loses trust in its police, many people suffer.
How much does the health benefit of giving up cigarettes outweigh the lost pleasure of smoking?
It took three years, but after a trial conducted by the Cambodian government in partnership with the United Nations, two former high-ranking officials were convicted of crimes against humanity for their roles as leaders of the Khmer Rouge during its bloody reign from 1975 to 1979.
After more than a decade of denial and concealment on the part of our government, President Barack Obama’s recent acknowledgment that “we tortured some folks” felt like a milestone. Even in its spare, reductive phrasing, the president’s statement opened up the possibility, finally, of national reflection, contrition and accountability.
When the Republican-controlled House of Representatives reneged on its promise to take up immigration reform before heading off on vacation, President Barack Obama vowed to take matters into his own hands by the end of summer.
We are all shocked and saddened by last week’s apparent suicide of Robin Williams. It leaves us all with a number of questions, including:
Despite the return of American warplanes to Iraq, the nation’s attention is rightfully riveted on Ferguson, Missouri, where residents are reeling from days of protests and riots.
Looks like police in Ferguson, Missouri, took it upon themselves to suspend the First Amendment.