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US-Mexico border fence that separates Tijuana, Mexico, from San Diego, Calif. AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd

Deported twice, man struggles to help his family survive

A scholar documented the risks a migrant faced after deportation, including his becoming involved in smuggling people across the border.
The movement away from religion towards “spirituality” reflects a desire to leave behind hierarchical understandings of religion towards a more socially liberal one. Ben White/unsplash

Millennials abandon hope for religion but revere human rights

Canada is increasingly moving towards a secular culture. "Spiritual but not religious" has become our new norm -- bringing with it ideas of mutual respect and protection for marginalized identities.
The African Union (AU) Commission in session. The African Court on Human and People’s Rights operates under the AU mandate. Shutterstock

Fences need to be mended between Ghana and the African Court

Ghana's Supreme Court and the African Court, which was established by a Protocol under the African Charter, have the same powers to hear and decide cases. A recent case shows why this is problematic.
Even pocket parks in cities (Duane Park in Lower Manhattan, pictured here) can shelter wildlife. Read below for ideas about urban biodiversity and other green innovations. Aude

Creating a sustainable future: 5 essential reads

Trump administration rollbacks dominated news about the environment in 2017 – but beyond Washington D.C., many researchers are developing innovative visions for a greener future.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau walks with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during a welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China in December 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Canada drops charade of progressive trade with China

Canada’s "progressive trade agenda" with China might have died in the Great Hall of the People earlier this month. But there's now an opportunity for a serious reconsideration of the relationship.
The apparently growing practIce of governments and government officials blocking critics on social media has serious implications for freedom of expression. (Shutterstock)

Why governments must not block social media criticism

Citizens should be free to criticize government authorities on social media platforms, and muzzling such criticism may well be unconstitutional.
Stories that create ‘hygge’ — that Danish concept of security, connection and coziness — could be considered to achieve the highest expression of human rights, especially for children. (Shutterstock)

Six children’s stories to bring calm to the holiday chaos

Stories that create connection, comfort and security aren't just perfect holiday reading. They also provide inspiration - a vision of how life should be.

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