President Jacob Zuma at the opening of the National House of Traditional Leaders in Parliament.
The clash over South Africa's Traditional Courts Bill is essentially about custom and constitutionalism. The government is often seen as pandering to traditional leaders' whims.
President Barack Obama waves as he leaves the Oval Office for the last time.
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The Trump administration has been trashing Obama's economic legacy lately as it pursues a drastic change of course, but the facts tell a different story.
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If police officers are sent to museums to train observational skills, shouldn't literary texts be used to teach empathy?
Will Congress take the handoff from the Fed?
Although the economy added jobs for a 72nd month – the longest streak since WWII – growth remains sluggish. Two economists argue it's up to lawmakers and the next president to pick up the slack.
University students and supporters of the peace deal protest during a rally in Bogotá, Colombia.
Few Colombians who have been displaced by violence voted on the peace deal from abroad. An expert in conflict resolution explains why their voices must be part of the peace process.
Migrants at the Greek-Macedonian border earlier this year: Is there a better way to deal with seemingly intractable problems?
Our institutions are not solving the world's wicked problems, such as the refugee crisis and climate change. Can sustainable coffee – a bottoms-up, modular approach – provide clues to a better way?
The U.S. could do with a shot in the arm too.
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Although the Fed delayed raising rates this month, it has signaled it intends to wean the U.S. economy off its unprecedented monetary stimulus. Now the question is whether Congress will take the handoff.
Unlike clownfish (Nemo), Pacific blue tang fish (Dory) cannot be bred in captivity.
The release of the movie 'Finding Dory' comes with renewed calls to leave fish in reefs – a good idea in this case – but catching some ornamental fish can have a positive impact on reef communities.
Hillary Clinton celebrates her nomination.
Political scientists from Texas A&M, UMass Boston and Emory University react to Tuesday’s big milestone for women in American politics.
Focusing on the jobs we lost may not be the best way to do this.
Instead of trying to bring back the old economy jobs that have been lost, the U.S. should focus on training Americans in the new skills that will be needed in tomorrow's economy.
Demonstrating in Washington state, November 2015.
Many groups have been labeled 'enemy' in the American past. A literary scholar looks at the role literature and philosophy have played in dispelling fears and shifting public attitudes.
Why do special educators leave teaching?
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A shortage of special education teachers is threatening states’ abilities to provide high quality education for students with disabilities. Changing teachers’ working conditions can help.
Wall Street has been difficult to tame.
Sanders and Clinton have been trading blows over who’d be best to reform Wall Street, but new research suggests they may not have the ‘authority’ to do it.
So far, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has refused to endorse a candidate.
Neither Democratic candidate for president has gotten the endorsement of Massachusetts' junior senator. Here's a look at Elizabeth Warren's long game playbook.
Former British Poet Laureate Ted Hughes.
After Jonathan Bate, in his recent biography of Ted Hughes, wrote about Hughes' salacious sex life, a number of critics – including Janet Malcolm – were quick to pounce.
Most Americans will be pinching pennies after they retire.
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The presidential candidates are largely ignoring one of the biggest economic issues facing Americans: more than half are struggling to save enough for retirement.
Solar downtown: state-level policies led to a surge in solar adoption and energy efficiency measures in the late 2000s.
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States and regions are taking the lead on climate change action and, so far, are seeing economic and environmental benefits.
US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter leaves Israel with business undone. July 21, 2015.
Demographic changes have made the idea of a two-state solution obsolete. The Israeli population is becoming more religious and more conservative. That makes the army more difficult to command.
Colombia’s El Paujil Bird Reserve.
Forest conservation has been a contentious issue in international climate change discussions for years, but now developing countries are embracing the need to protect their forests.
Fair trade logo in coffee. The sustainability campaign mobilized business, but is it really enough?
Businesses are crucial to action on climate change but corporate social responsibility doesn't take us far enough or fast enough. Here's why.