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Sirley Silveira Paixao, an immigrant from Brazil seeking asylum, kisses her 10-year-old son Diego Magalhaes, after he is released from immigration detention in Chicago on July 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

Drugging detained children is like using a chemical straitjacket

Psychotropic medication is 'pharmaceutical violence' against migrant children and other incarcerated youth throughout the United States. Drug addiction is one consequence.
And if President Trump is removed from office? Meet President Pence. Mandel Ngan/AFP

‘Resistance’ to Trump in the White House: impeachment by insiders?

The claim of "resistance" inside the White House offers the possibility of government by Trump appointees who prefer to keep their positions rather than publicly denounce a man they disapprove of.
Opposing demonstrators at a marriage-equality rally in front of the US Supreme Court in April 2015. Elvert Barnes/Flickr

Diversity predicaments on the campus: moral tribalism, free speech, and productive discomfort in a polarised world

Educators must work to ensure inclusion with diverse student bodies, yet it seems inevitable that in today's world, talking about identity issues can be risky and emotional. So how to move forward?
The World Trade Center burns after being hit by planes in New York Sept. 11, 2001. Reuters/Sara K. Schwittek

Why al-Qaida is still strong 17 years after 9/11

An unprecedented onslaught from the US hasn't destroyed the terrorist organization. What is the secret of its resilience?
Job seekers at a Walmart hiring event. in 2012 in Altadena, California. Hundreds of applicants showed up for 65 positions that were available. KPCC

Survey: Americans like their jobs, not the US labour market

In April 2017 the IPSP surveyed a representative sample of US adults about what makes a job a good one. Respondents put money and atmosphere first, two very different and complementary criteria.
Tariffs may help certain industries, but their broader impact on middle- and lower-income consumers is generally harmful. Reuters/Lawrence Bryant

How Trump’s trade war affects working-class Americans

The president says he's fighting his trade war because a generation of free trade has failed working-class Americans. An economist explains why tariffs will only make things worse.
The U.S. won’t be able to walk all over Putin with unilateral sanctions. Reuters/Sergei Karpukhin

New sanctions on Russia and Iran are unlikely to work. Here’s why

American policymakers and lawmakers are floating unilateral sanctions against Russia, Iran and even Turkey in an effort to change behavior. But research shows sanctions only work in narrow circumstances.
Protester one year after Occupy Wall Street. Glenn Halog/Flickr

Survey: Social justice divides Americans

The support for the key values that pervade the discourse about social justice is overall very strong but it may be surprising that democracy and solidarity receive less support among respondents.
Supporters of Nationalist Movement Party at a rally before the June election. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

A turbulent future may be in store for US-Turkish relations

Turkey's close relationship with the US dates back to the Cold War. But after the June election there put nationalists into a position of power in the government, that alliance could turn rocky.

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