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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 
27 days ago by pierredv
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
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
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
‘Why would anyone want to run this race?’ The question that prompted a story -, Jul 2018
Interview with Ryan Brown

"South Africa is a deeply divided country. By some measures, it’s the most economically unequal nation in the world, and still very segregated. Like in the United States, who you interact with on a day to day basis here is highly dictated by your race and class background. But for a single day each year, during the Comrades Marathon, 20,000 South Africans share a single common goal."
CSMonitor  journalism  South-Africa  running  interviews 
november 2018 by pierredv
One reporter's fascination with Siberia leaves readers asking for more -
Interview with Fred Weir

Q. What were the biggest surprises you discovered about this region when you started your reporting?
A. I keep being surprised. I suppose it is the vast, almost endless expanse of Siberia that always amazes me most. I took the trans-Siberian train, twice, when I was younger. That trip is eight days from Moscow to Vladivostok; it’s like crossing an ocean, and everything you see out of the window is Russia.
CSMonitor  stories  journalism  Russia  interviews 
november 2018 by pierredv
Labor Day: Where does it come from? -
Labor Day dates back to 1882, when New York labor unions established a September parade. The first participants were heckled, but within 12 years, they'd won a national holiday.
CSMonitor  history  employment  holidays  labor 
september 2018 by pierredv
Rainy Roth - Generation to Generation - Crisis Text Line
Via CS Monitor,,

"I am very proud to be a volunteer Crisis Counselor with Crisis Text Line. Crisis Text Line is a free, 24/7 crisis line, all via text message. Since most of the texters who reach out to us are under the age of 25, this activity provides me with the chance to reach the younger audience and connect with them in a compassionate, caring way. I am also the Children’s Ministry leader within my church. Surprisingly, the two seem to intertwine, as I love being around children and helping them be the best they can possibly be.

This is also an incredible volunteer activity I could do from my teeny, tiny town (population, 943). The training and volunteering is all done from my personal computer."
CSMonitor  volunteering 
february 2018 by pierredv
Behind a corporate stirring on dubious social media content
Unilever has threatened to pull its ad spending from social media firms that don't do more to weed out offensive content. This looks like a shift "from a faith in algorithms and toward a more nuanced view of corporate responsibility." But, as the piece points out, "The replacement of techno-optimist ideals with corporate values may not be the ultimate answer, however, if the history of previous media disruptions is any guide." It's a recurring pattern, according to Victor Packard at Penn: new media becoming overly commercialized and socially irresponsible followed by a backlash from merchants and advertisers when profits are threatened.
CSMonitor  socialmedia  advertising  politics 
february 2018 by pierredv
I am tugged into the past by a string - Feb 2018, Murr Brewster, illustration John Kehe
"Mom saved string, although I don’t believe she’d save it if it were less than two feet long."

Great illustration by John Kehe
CSMonitor  essays  writing  memoirs  **  illustration 
february 2018 by pierredv
Why the 5G race goes much deeper than technology - The Christian Science Monitor Daily for February 1, 2018
On Wednesday, ZTE said it planned to sell $2.1 billion worth of stock privately to help fund development of its 5G mobile network technology.

More subtly, Beijing is pushing for a greater role in setting technical standards in the next-generation wireless arena. The more 5G patents Chinese companies hold, the more they can pressure Western patent holders to license their technology to Chinese companies at a cheap price.

“It is here – in its potential reshaping of norms for standards-essential IP – that China’s ascent poses a real challenge to American firms’ practices,” concluded a 2013 report for the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. “The Chinese approach emphasizes IP as another factor of production, not as a source of profit or unique competitive advantage. Accordingly, the aim is to lower its price to the minimum, which would (hopefully) increase the profit margin of equipment producers” at the expense of patent holders.


At an October hearing by the office of the US Trade Representative, examining China’s intellectual-property practices, Chen Zhou of the China Chamber of International Commerce warned that any US penalties could “trigger a trade war.”
CSMonitor  5G  IPR  trade  China 
february 2018 by pierredv
Amid Evangelical decline, growing split between young Christians and church elders -, Nov 2017
"... there are signs that many of the same trends that decimated mainline Protestantism over the past few decades are now at work among evangelical denominations as well. According to a massive study by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) released in September, the number of white evangelical Protestants fell from about 23 percent of the US population in 2006 to 17 percent in 2016."

"For Andrew Walker, the current “post-Christian” state of American culture has posed a serious challenge to the faithful. For a variety of reasons, fewer and fewer Americans now have a grasp of the fundamentals of orthodox, biblical teachings, ... he notes, too, the dramatic rise of the so-called “nones,” especially among the young, who may believe in God, but have begun to refuse to identify with a particular religious group."

"Perhaps more than anything else, conservative Christians ... have had to confront the shock of the country’s evolving sexual mores."

“They grew up in a nominal Christian culture, where it’s no longer of a cultural or social benefit to identify as a Christian,” he says. “To add to that is, there’s often not only no social prestige to gain, there’s also social prestige to lose, if you say you are a Christian in our society.”

Yet narratives of danger and decline also help to motivate the faithful, notes Glenn Bracey, professor of sociology at Villanova University in Pennsylvania. “White Evangelicals often describe themselves as culturally embattled, and that perspective often increases members’ commitment to their organizations and politics.”

"Yet precisely because of such efforts [to reassert the fundamentals of Christian orthodoxy and ratchet up their political efforts], younger conservative Christians like Chelsie Maynard have been conflicted about their religious identities, and many say they no longer want to be associated with the evangelical demographic."

"Some Evangelicals have called for another retreat from society... The Christian thinker Rod Dreher has proposed a “Benedict Option,” suggesting that Christians forgo politics and adopt a kind of monastic shield from society."

"For many Evangelicals, the Nashville Statement was simply an affirmation of Christianity’s historic moral teachings and a pastoral document to guide the faithful. But critics noted that the statement went beyond condemning homosexuality and transgender identity: It also condemned those who affirm them."
CSMonitor  religion  politics  US  * 
january 2018 by pierredv
How to fix US politics? Maybe start by seeing it as an ‘industrial complex.’ -, Sep 2017
The political-industrial complex. Fascinating piece. Excerpts:

"The system is designed to deliver what it’s delivering. The challenge is that it’s not designed to deliver for citizens, for the public interest. Instead, our system has been designed and optimized over time to benefit the interests of our two political parties and all their associated industry allies."

"If you have two dominant competitors, the last thing they want to do is compete for the same customers. They’d rather divide up the customers, because then they can differentiate themselves. Their respective loyalists will then be very dedicated to support them and give money and vote."
CSMonitor  US  politics  interviews 
september 2017 by pierredv
Why are there still Nazis? These eight questions can help explain. -, Aug 2017
"Social dominance theory postulates that societies maintain their hierarchies by creating and promoting social beliefs that keep dominant groups on top."
"Social dominance theory seeks to explain how hierarchy-enhancing ideologies do not just drive social inequality, but are also a result of it. It suggests that a single personality trait, called social dominance orientation (SDO), strongly predicts a person’s political and social views, from foreign policy and criminal justice to civil rights and the environment.

In psychology lingo, the SDO scale has both predictive validity, because it strongly correlates with other social attitudes, and discriminant validity, in that it isn’t simply a measure of something else by another name. While people who score highly on the SDO scale do not necessarily subscribe to the same beliefs, they do tend to fall into similar ideological camps as others with high SDO scores."
CSMonitor  psychology  ideology  identity 
august 2017 by pierredv
Policing in Trump era: A tough job isn't getting any easier -, Jul 2017
While they are heartened to have a vocal advocate in the White House, eight officers interviewed by the Monitor say they see it as a minor benefit for a profession that is both intensely local and becoming increasingly complex.
CSMonitor  policing 
august 2017 by pierredv
Want to encourage cooperation? Try exchanging names. - Apr 2017
"Researchers have found that reducing anonymity in a classic social experiment promotes cooperation between participants – suggesting that even small steps toward getting to know one another could bring big benefits."

Neologism: onymity
anonymity  game-theory  psychology  cooperation  CSMonitor  neologisms 
april 2017 by pierredv
The mystery of knitting ... remains a mystery -
"Because knitting makes no sense at all. A knitter, by definition, creates holes by surrounding them with string, using sticks, a clickety-clickety noise, locally sourced air, and goodness."
writing  CSMonitor  knitting  craft 
april 2017 by pierredv
How a mother-daughter duo has helped inmates read with their kids -
Elizabeth Handel and her daughter Jane have collected some 30,000 books that have then been distributed to prisons in the Boston area. When inmates share the books with their children, it can strengthen family bonds.
CSMonitor  philanthropy  reading  children  prison 
march 2017 by pierredv
'You, Too, Could Write a Poem' is literary criticism at its best - Feb 2016
Eventually, he arrives at a fascinating conclusion, as in this section from “The Great(ness) Game”: “When we lose sight of greatness, we cease being hard on ourselves and each other; we begin to think of real criticism as being ‘mean,’ rather than as evidence of poetry’s health.... Perhaps most disturbing, we stop making demands on the few artists capable of practicing the art at its highest levels.”
poetry  books  reviews  toread  CSMonitor 
march 2017 by pierredv
A cottony clash of quilters - - Jan 2016
"A round robin quilt is a collaborative effort. Each participant creates her own center block. Her partner designs a border to go around that block. The quilts are sent back and forth, gaining area with each contribution, and are declared finished when they look to be about the right size. 

"Or, to put it another way, a round robin quilt is a confrontational effort. Each combatant creates her own center block and her adversary lays siege to it from all sides. The quilts gain area with each pitched battle and are declared finished when someone surrenders."
CSMonitor  writing  design 
march 2017 by pierredv
Denmark’s envoy to the global ‘other’ -
a decision last month by Denmark to appoint a special kind of envoy – a “digital ambassador” to the world’s tech giants such as Facebook, Amazon, Google, and Apple. These global nonstate entities with their extraordinary power and immense wealth do not fit neatly into the normal diplomacy of the nation-state.
CSMonitor  diplomacy 
february 2017 by pierredv
Memo to: the next president -
Resilience quote:
“People want economic development to be a silver bullet, but it’s not. It’s like spinning plates,” says Beth Doughty, head of the Roanoke Regional Partnership, which markets the region to potential investors. “No one person or entity is responsible for all of the plates, but you do want them all spinning at the same time.”
cities  CSMonitor  resilience  urbanism 
january 2017 by pierredv
Trump poised to reshape GOP, no matter what - - Oct 2016
That’s because with both free trade and immigration Trump has exploited an existing split between GOP voters and leaders. He didn’t create it – just noticed it was there. In 2014, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs took a unique survey matching rank-and-file voters against their party elites. At the time, 55 percent of GOP voters said that immigrants and refugees coming into the US were a critical threat to the nation – but only 16 percent of Republican leaders held the same view. Only 27 percent of GOP voters said the US should accept Syrian refugees, while a whopping 71 percent of leaders said the US should accept them.

About a third of GOP voters opposed free trade pacts under almost all circumstances, according to the Chicago Council data. But 90 percent of GOP leaders disagreed, and supported such deals.

Demographic trends within the Republican Party underlie many of these attitudes. The GOP is becoming whiter, older, more male, and less educated than the nation as a whole, according to Pew Research data. During the years of the Obama presidency, GOP gains among whites and men have enabled the party to offset corresponding Democratic gains among nonwhites and women, according to Pew.

“Something else seems to be the primary motivator of GOP voters, something closer to the neighborhood of cultural conservatism and racial and economic grievance rather than a passion for small government,” wrote the data-oriented site FiveThirtyEight’s Clare Malone in July.
Trump  GOP  politics  USA  CSMonitor 
october 2016 by pierredv
In one Colorado prison, convicts save dogs, veterans – and themselves -
"For the women on Unit 1, a dog-training program has brought a second chance. For a vet struggling with PTSD, it has opened a new life"
CSMonitor  prison  dogs  healing  veterans 
august 2016 by pierredv
Is bitcoin money? Are Airbnbs hotels? Why courts have trouble deciding. -
The United States is divided on the issue. In 2014, the Internal Revenue Service defined virtual currency as property, for federal tax purposes. The Securities and Exchange Commission, on the other hand, has deemed it as currency, and the Federal Trade Commission says it’s a commodity.

“Bitcoin is not a currency, it’s not a commodity, it’s a computer protocol,” Marco A. Santori, a partner specializing digital currency at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman in New York City, tells the Monitor.
CSMonitor  law  money  finance  IRS  SEC  FTC  bitcoin 
july 2016 by pierredv
Why free lawyers shouldn’t come cheap -
"The US criminal justice system tilts against public defenders. But some states are trying to fix the imbalance."
"n Loudoun County, Va., where Ruzic works as an assistant public defender, the police department gets $84 million, county prosecutors get $3.3 million, and public defenders get $2.1 million. "
CSMonitor  prison  justice  prosecution 
july 2016 by pierredv
Why the US needs a new, tech-driven growth strategy - Feb 2016
By Gregory Tassey, Economic Policy Research Center, University of Washington "What the country most needs is to adopt a new, technology-driven growth strategy that supports investments in four major categories of assets that drive productivity growth: technological innovation, new equipment and machinery, labor skills, and infrastructure."
growth  opinion  CSMonitor  productivity 
march 2016 by pierredv
Veterans Day: For many vets, college is scarier than Afghanistan -
"Veterans Day highlights the the sky-high dropout rates for veterans attending college. But new college 'boot camps' are helping vets transition to a new life of classroom debates and selfies. " college-immersion boot camp called the Warrior-Scholar Project
CSMonitor  veterans  education  college  university  war 
january 2016 by pierredv
The mysterious Islamic movement quietly sweeping the Middle East - 7 December 2015
"An ultraconservative Muslim order that preaches nonmilitancy is gaining followers across the region. Does Dawah represent an antidote to Islamic State or another threat to the West?"
Islam  CSMonitor  religion  Dawah  Tabligh 
january 2016 by pierredv
With restored US-Cuba ties, a long trip home for Miami Cubans -
The challenge for younger generations is to move the community past long-held grudges without seeming to dismiss early exiles’ pain over losing so abruptly the life they loved. They’ve long covered it up with anger, [says Richard Blanco, a writer and poet born to Cuban exiles.] “It’s easier to be angry. It’s easier to hold on to anger and to hold on to really negative emotions than to face loss and pain. It’s easier to scream than it is to cry.” ... “There’s pain in my grandparents’ generation for what was lost, beyond the material. What was lost was a sense of identity, a sense of dignity, a sense of belonging,” says [Raul] Moas, whose organization also helps organize trips to Cuba. “Talking about traveling to Cuba for some families would almost be like surrendering.”
CSMonitor  Cuba  stories 
october 2015 by pierredv
How eight microsatellites could improve hurricane forecasts -
"The suitcase-sized satellites began moving off assembly tables earlier this month and are designed to estimate wind speeds in the core of a hurricane." "The craft are designed to use global-positioning-satellite signals, reflected off the sea surface, to measure surface roughness. Roughness is a surrogate for direct wind measurements."
CSMonitor  cubesates  microsatellites  weather  weathersatellite  GPS  CYGNSS 
october 2015 by pierredv
What NOT to look for in the first GOP debate - - Aug 2015
"Forget the fireworks, the tiptoeing around Donald Trump's histrionics, and all the Republican squabbling. Here's what really matters to voters in choosing a president"
CSMonitor  USA  elections  voting 
august 2015 by pierredv
On the uncertain road to Europe with Syrian refugees -
Monitor reporter Kristen Chick offers a personal account of her travels with Syrian refugees through the Balkans while on assignment.
CSMonitor  Syria  Europe  refugees  immigration  photography  photojournalism  Balkans 
august 2015 by pierredv
Why Southern writers still captivate, 55 years after 'To Kill a Mockingbird' -
If there’s one thing Southerners can agree on now, it’s their literary tradition and their writers,” says William Gantt, who directs the Southern Literary Trail Pat Conroy, author of “The Prince of Tides,” joked in 1985 that his mother, “Southern to the bone,” once told him, “All Southern literature can be summed up in these words: ‘On the night the hogs ate Willie, Mama died when she heard what Daddy did to Sister.’ ”
CSMonitor  writing  USA  quotations 
july 2015 by pierredv
Why fringe parties are surging in Europe - - Mar 2015
"Parties on the far left and right are growing as middle-class voters rebel and immigration issues dominate at the ballot box. Is the populist revolt remaking the politics of Europe?"
CSMonitor  Europe  politics 
march 2015 by pierredv
How one small Midwest town has turned immigration into positive change -
"In parts of the Midwest, floods of immigrants are reshaping the culture. The influx is presenting challenges, but some towns have made strides toward striking a balance between old and new."
CSMonitor  immigration  Latino  culture  Iowa  US  politics 
march 2015 by pierredv
Europe pivots between safety and privacy online - - Jan 2015
John Emerson: “What’s the first thing an American says when [he or she] sees Google Street View? ... An American will go, ‘Hey, there’s Billy in the front yard.’ The German reaction is, ‘Oh my God, how can they do that?’ ” "Yet all of Europe, [member of the European Parliament] Mr. Moraes says, agrees on one point that sets it apart from the US: If Americans value freedom of speech as an inalienable right that sometimes must trump privacy, in Europe the right to privacy is so fundamental that all national laws must consider it. . . We often appreciate the companies we are interacting with. The issue is about the principles of bulk collection, issues of trust, issues of mass surveillance, and issues of accountability."
CSMonitor  privacy  Europe 
february 2015 by pierredv
Small school feels like a family - YouTube CS Monitor
From photo essay in CSMonitor "Leviton Dual Language Elementary School in Providence, R.I., follows the lead of principal Dr. Javier Montañez, who is a mentor and father figure to the children. The teachers, staff, pupils and administrators are like a family."
CSMonitor  education  immigration  video 
october 2014 by pierredv
The 'maker movement' creates D.I.Y. revolution -
"The ‘maker movement’ is heralded as a new industrial revolution – combining the spirit of the old shop class with modern tech in community 'Do It Yourself' spaces."
maker  maker.movement  DIY  CSMonitor 
july 2014 by pierredv
Whither US entrepreneurs? Why a key engine of economic growth is sputtering. -
"Brookings Institution report drawing on US Census data: Businesses less than a year old accounted for only about 8 percent of all US firms in 2011, down from nearly 15 percent in 1978."
entrepreneurship  innovation  US  CSMonitor  Brookings 
june 2014 by pierredv
Superheroes invade daily life (+video) - May 2014
"For these fans, stepping outside in full costume is an opportunity to show one’s artistic skill and dedication to a film or book. It allows introverts to feel like extroverts."
CSMonitor  cosplay  introverts  introversion 
may 2014 by pierredv
Homelessness declines as new thinking fuels 'giant untold success' - May 2014
"Homelessness in America has declined 17 percent since 2005 as states reverse the old prevailing wisdom. Now, moving into a home can be the first step off the streets, not the last." "The shift comes as the prevailing wisdom that homeless individuals need to get a handle on other social problems in their lives before they can receive housing gives way to new thinking. In recent years, many states have started to flip that idea and have adopted what’s known as a “housing first” approach." "However, the housing-first approach only works if there is enough affordable housing to go around."
CSMonitor  homelessness  poverty  trends 
may 2014 by pierredv
How the American people would fix Social Security -
"The process they went through simulates the one a policymaker goes through. (Try this "policy simulation" yourself at"
US  politics  CSMonitor  social-security  simulation  policymaking  policy 
april 2014 by pierredv
An alternative vocabulary of winter -
Winter words to savor: snew, snowen, snoweth, snawn ...
CSMonitor  words  vocabulary  winter  snow 
march 2014 by pierredv
'Extreme Makeover' with chicken coops and compost: Welcome to Kenyan reality TV -
"With 11 million viewers, a reality TV show in East Africa is helping build prosperity by offering small farmers advice." "In the US, reality TV is replete with spoiled teenagers, extreme eating challenges, and arguing roommates. Here in Kenya, though, an innovative show is putting aside ratings-grabbing petty squabbling and trying to do good: helping small farmers back from the brink of poverty. Now in its fourth season, the show, "Shamba Shape Up,” has become hugely popular in East Africa. Think “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” – but with chicken coops and composting."
farming  Africa  Kenya  CSMonitor 
january 2014 by pierredv
Income inequality: Does wider gap between rich and poor threaten capitalism? -
Almost two-thirds of Americans say federal policies currently favor the wealthy, and 57 percent say the government should try to reduce the gap between the wealthy and those less well-off, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll in December.
polls  CSMonitor  wealth  poverty  politics 
january 2014 by pierredv
General Butt Naked: Warlord Blahyi Seeks Forgiveness in Liberia - SPIEGEL ONLINE
"For years, Joshua Milton Blahyi, better known as General Butt Naked, was one of Liberia's most feared warlords. Then he became a pastor. Today he visits the families of his victims to seek forgiveness for his sins."
compassion  CSMonitor  Spiegel  war  Liberia 
january 2014 by pierredv
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