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Melinda Gates: What she's learned - CSMonitor Sep 2019
In her work overseeing one of the world’s most influential philanthropic organizations, Melinda Gates has discovered what she considers a fundamental truth about development work: empowering women is the key to uplifting humanity.
philanthropy  feminism  poverty  women  CSMonitor  people  profile 
29 days ago by pierredv
Wildfires: Protecting the West’s ‘clean-air refugees’ | The Christian Science Monitor
Taking action on climate change can help people from feeling helpless. Out West, officials are fighting not just wildfires, but smoke. Dan Jaffe, a professor of environmental chemistry at UW Bothell, is quoted.
Jaffe.Dan  !UWitM  2019  natl  csmonitor  Climate.Change  UW:Bothell 
7 weeks ago by uwnews
Why Japan and South Korea are feuding | The Christian Science Monitor
As if one trade war weren’t enough. The play-by-play of Japan and South Korea’s dispute may seem hard to understand, let alone their motivations. But one thing it highlights is regional dynamics in flux – due, in part, to D.C. Don Hellmann, professor emeritus of international studies at the UW, is quoted.
csmonitor  !UWitM  2019  natl  Jackson.School.International.Studies  Hellmann.Donald 
9 weeks ago by uwnews
Chinese class comes to South Africa. How do you say 'No thanks'? - May 2019
"Learning another language can feel adventurous, or even liberating. But in South Africa, where generations of students were forced to study colonizers’ languages, new Mandarin classes have sparked debate. The country has 11 official languages of its own. Should schools focus on those first?"
CSMonitor  Chinese  language  South-Africa 
9 weeks ago by pierredv
How to save politically ‘mixed marriages’ in Trump era - The Christian Science Monitor Daily for July 8, 2019
"There was one person I interviewed who really embodied this, a young woman, and her father was a dear friend of mine. He died a very terrible death. He had five brothers and sisters, all of whom were progressives and she totally identified with these people. He had one brother who had moved to the South, converted to evangelical Christianity, and was in the military. Guess who was the only person who showed up to help her? And he left his wife and his five children far away and came. Not one of the progressives – she knew them well – lifted a finger. And this was not lost on her. "
CSMonitor  politics  love  stories  people  relationships 
july 2019 by pierredv
Whom does your DNA belong to? Hint, it’s not just you. - The Christian Science Monitor Daily for May 6, 2019
“When you make this individual choice to upload a genetic sample to a site, you’ve brought along everybody you’re directly related to, as well as potentially your current or future children and grandchildren, and presumably you have not asked any of those people for their consent.”
CSMonitor  biotech  genetics  genetic-testing  privacy 
may 2019 by pierredv
How the mythology of World War II shaped Brexit - The Christian Science Monitor Daily for March 28, 2019
"Inside the [Biggin Hill Memorial] museum, a retired police officer peers into a cabinet of medals, maps, and crockery. “This is why a lot of people voted to come away,” explains Robin, who didn’t want his surname used. “We would like to stand alone again. We’ve always been an island nation.”"

"But the mythmaking that connects the Battle of Britain to Brexit has a particular strain. In this narrative, Britain is forever battling alone, bereft of allies, against a dominant continental European power. And anyone who settles for less than victory is an appeaser on par with those of the 1930s, before Churchill led the nation to its “finest hour.”"

"In the hands of pro-Brexit politicians, myths of wartime derring-do fueled the 2016 referendum, which turned on ideas of sovereignty and EU overreach, as well as immigration and jobs."

“In many countries [the war is] recognized as a disaster and a cause of immense suffering. In Britain’s case it’s seen as a uniquely powerful moment of national success.”
CSMonitor  politics  mythology  Brexit  UK 
april 2019 by pierredv
Persecuted abroad, Uyghurs in US revive their culture | The Christian Science Monitor
Uyghur New Year celebrations are unlikely in China, where a government crackdown attempts to erase Uyghur identity. In a show of peaceful perseverance, some in the U.S. are sustaining their culture. Darren Byler, lecturer in anthropology at the UW, is quoted.
csmonitor  !UWitM  2019  natl  Byler.Darren  Department:Anthropology  College:Arts&Sciences 
april 2019 by uwnews
The deep roots of America’s rural-urban political divide - Dec 2018
"Perhaps the problem is that too many social and cultural aspects of personal identity are becoming aligned with politics and geography. Rural voters are predominantly white Christian Republicans. Urban voters tend to be minorities, or more-educated whites, and on the whole younger and Democratic."
CSMonitor  politics  US  culture  society 
april 2019 by pierredv
A 2-year-old couldn't walk on his own. So a high school robotics team built him a custom car - CNN
Via CSMonitor Daily, April 2, 2019

"Due to a genetic condition, Cillian Jackson, 2, can't walk. But the Minnesota boy now motors around in style, thanks to some enterprising students at his local high school."
CNN  CSMonitor  robotics  disability  stories 
april 2019 by pierredv
Native justice: How tribal values shape Judge Abby’s court - CSMonitor Mar 2019
"When Judge Abinanti joined the Yurok Tribal Court in 2007 it operated like a normal state court, albeit on a much smaller scale. When most Yuroks got into trouble with the law they went to local state courts, and they entered a system designed to be adversarial and punitive. Root causes often went ignored and unaddressed, and recidivism inevitably followed.

Judge Abinanti has taken the court in a different direction: one more communal and rehabilitative. It’s a judicial path followed by other tribes around the country. Personal responsibility and renewal – two pillars of the once nearly extinct Yurok culture – now permeate the court’s functions.

Incarceration has largely been replaced by supervised release combined with Yurok traditions such as dancing and wood carving. Lawyering up for family disputes and child custody battles has been replaced by mediation. Almost every case is resolved through mediation – victims and perpetrators talking with each other – even if it takes years. Tribal courts resemble the growing U.S. restorative justice movement, which emphasizes repairing the harm caused by criminal behavior and getting all stakeholders involved. Judge Abinanti says it just resembles the old Yurok values system."

"The Klamath River has always been at the center of Yurok life, and the tribe – the largest in California with about 5,000 members – is one of the few that still occupies its ancestral land. "

"Among the first laws the state legislature passed was the legalization of the “indenture” of “any Indian.” American Indians were also barred from voting, from giving evidence for or against whites, and from serving on juries. In combination, those laws “amounted to a virtual grant of impunity to those who attacked them,” writes Benjamin Madley, a history professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, in an email."

"Massacres, slavery, and disease reduced California’s native population to about 30,000 within 23 years of statehood. Some tribes lost 95 percent of their population. The Yurok Tribe says three-quarters of its population died in this period, and the tribe faded into obscurity."

"Whether a higher caseload would affect results is unclear. Critics of restorative justice say it’s naive and lacks effective consequences for wrongdoers."
CSMonitor  Justice  law  courts  Native-American  tribes  California  History 
april 2019 by pierredv
Slow and steady, the American prairies grow | The Christian Science Monitor
In the last three decades, grassland conservationists and scientists have been playing the long game, and their efforts are paying off. Peter Dunwiddie, affiliate professor of biology at the UW, is quoted.
csmonitor  !UWitM  2019  natl  Dunwiddie.Peter  Department:Biology  College:Arts&Sciences 
february 2019 by uwnews
As more Africans reach for web, more leaders reach for ‘off’ switch - Jan 2019
"Internet shutdowns are a blunt instrument of repression, but as access to the web mushrooms across Africa, they’re also becoming a more popular one"

"Today, the internet is an increasingly essential part of the economies of many African countries, from mobile payments for daily groceries to e-commerce. But with that growth, it is also becoming a tool for social change, prompting governments to take increasingly bold moves to muzzle it – with sometimes unforeseen consequences."
CSMonitor  Africa  internet  censorship 
january 2019 by pierredv
Patron of the past: The Jordanian duke who's preserving the soul of the Levant - Dec 2018
Dukedom has not given Bisharat airs.

While Amman’s rich and powerful clog Amman’s narrow streets with Rolls-Royces and Lamborghinis, the duke drives a silver Chevy pickup packed with tomatoes. His blazers and suits are frayed, dating to the 1960s.

“What I learned in England is that it is not the car that you drive or the clothes that you wear that is important,” Bisharat says, preparing for his next supper party, “but whom you dine with.”
CSMonitor  quotations  people  profiles  Jordan 
january 2019 by pierredv
Voice of a nation: How Juba Arabic helps bridge a factious South Sudan - Nov 2018
"Juba Arabic isn’t just the language spoken by more South Sudanese than any other. It is a tongue that has grown up alongside the country, the witness and stenographer to its difficult history."
language  politics  Africa  CSMonitor 
december 2018 by pierredv
How one state gives foster kids a better path to jobs | The Christian Science Monitor
As of July, a new law provides foster and homeless young people funding assistance for apprenticeships. One aim is to create options for the thousands of kids who face unemployment when they age out of foster care. Angelique Day, assistant professor of social work at the UW, is quoted.
Day.Angelique  csmonitor  !UWitM  2018  natl  School:Social.Work 
december 2018 by uwnews

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