Demonstrators lift Israeli flags and LGBTQ pride flags during a protest against the proposed judicial overhaul in Tel Aviv in May 2023.
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LGBTQ rights are not the main issue bringing Israeli protesters to the streets, but they do symbolize the country’s stark divide.
A woman prays in front of a statue of the martyred Catholic archbishop of El Salvador, Oscar Romero, known for his embrace of liberation theology.
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The influential movement, which is still controversial both inside and outside Catholicism, must be understood in the context of Latin American history.
Acceptance of LGBTQ identities is growing in some parts of Orthodox Judaism, but slowly.
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Orthodox Jewish communities are still difficult places for many LGBTQ people. Yet the view, once ubiquitous, that Orthodox tradition is incompatible with their identities is gradually shifting.
‘Departure for Canaan,’ a detail of a 13th-century mosaic from the dome of Abraham in St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice.
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The Bible is full of stories about migrants. That doesn’t mean it has a simple takeaway message about them.
Algorithm can help farmers and governments make smart farming decisions.
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Algorithms can help determine what farm inputs and policies can boost food production.
President Joe Biden with first lady Jill Biden, speaking before signing into law the gun safety bill on June 25, 2022.
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Two scholars of Congress and public opinion dissect the reasons gun control finally passed and was signed into law, after decades of inability to enact such legislation.
Social Security makes it more likely the elderly have enough food.
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Higher Social Security benefits can significantly reduce the odds of an older person’s being food insecure.
More and more people are experimenting with mental health apps and discovering their benefits and limits.
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How do mental health apps compare to in-person therapy? A social worker and expert on technology and human services explains.
The front page of the local newspaper in Uvalde, Texas, on May 26, 2022.
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The nature of elected office combines with the lasting priorities of public opinion to put gun control on the back burner, even in times when it does get massive public attention.
The American flag flies at half-staff at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on May 14, 2022, after President Biden ordered flags lowered to commemorate 1 million American dead due to COVID-19.
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Your willingness to get a vaccination is tied to your political party. And that may have deadly consequences.
NATO has struggled to remain unified in recent years.
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Existing alliances arose in the wake of World War II, when global politics were very different and today’s challenges were yet unimagined.
Pope Benedict XVI acknowledges the crowd during an audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican on Oct.24, 2007. A January 2022 report faulted his handling of several sex abuse cases.
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Pope Benedict XVI’s many years of wrestling with the abuse crisis highlight the Catholic Church’s broader challenges addressing it.
It’s good to get insights from different perspectives.
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The lack of racial and ethnic diversity among nonprofit leaders could make it hard for their organizations to achieve their goals.
A copy of “Afterlives” (2021) by Tanzanian-born novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah.
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Gurnah’s novels delve deeply into family separation, endless betrayals of core familial relations, and the inexorable pull of the lost past.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo at a press conference in June, 2021.
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New Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in big trouble after an official state report documented 11 cases of sexual harassment by him. He seems to think he can survive the scandal, but a longtime pollster disagrees.
The proposed database would focus on income.
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Under a proposal from a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation initiative, the federal government would collect data on student economic outcomes.
The new budget aims to financially assist school districts with high percentages of low-income students.
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A proposed ‘historic’ investment in schools that serve low-income children would also give the federal government more power over America’s schools, a political scientist argues.
Attorneys for Apple heading to court during the so-called smartphone patent wars.
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Too many patents and too little information about them makes it hard for the system to weed out patents that unfairly block inventors.
Doctoral programs often prepare graduates to become professors, but those jobs are scarce today.
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Graduate programs can be rich in scholarship and still prepare students for real-world careers.
The U.S. Justice Department was among many federal agencies and private companies whose networks suffered intrusions from Russian hackers.
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A scholar of cyber conflict sets out why retaliation doesn’t prevent future attacks, and explains what might have a better chance.