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Technicians working to destroy the United States’ chemical weapons stockpile at the U.S. Army Pueblo Chemical Depot on June 8, 2023, in Pueblo, Colo. AAP Photo/David Zalubowski

Is the US being hypocritical in taking years to destroy its chemical weapons, while condemning other nations for their own chemical weapons programs? A political philosopher weighs in

When it comes to chemical weapons, American condemnation, even if hypocritical, is still valuable.
A U.S. artillery rocket system fires a missile during annual combat drills between the Philippine Marine Corps and U.S. Marine Corps in the northern Philippines in October 2022 in a region where the United States says it wants to deter China. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

U.S. allies should rethink their allegiance to an aggressive but declining superpower

Why have U.S. allies refused to grapple with American global violence, despite its horrific consequences and the fact that it clearly affects how the non-western world responds to the country?
Mourners preparing to bury the remains of 104 Yazidi victims in a cemetery in Sinjar, Iraq on Feb. 6, 2021. The Yazidis were killed by the Islamic State group in 2014, and were given a proper burial after the bodies were exhumed from mass graves and identified through DNA tests. (AP Photo/Farid Abdulwahed)

The power of cultural identity on psychological well-being: Singing, trauma and the resilience of the Yazidi population of northern Iraq

For the Yazidi communities in northern Iraq, there is a need to improve mental health. The sense of cultural identity has the potential to improve psychological well-being.
Mahdi Shaban, a Palestinian living in Gaza, paid for his master’s degree with earnings from digging graves. Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Young people in the Middle East struggle to see a promising future

Political and economic forces across the Middle East and North Africa combine to mean well-educated young people spend years looking for work, which delays their independence and adulthood.

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