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A woman takes a picture of red lanterns and decorations on display in the trees ahead of the Chinese Lunar New Year in Beijing on Feb. 4, 2024. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Why the West’s resentment of China is so misguided

Western hostility towards China reflects the grudging realization that the West may not be the pinnacle of achievement after all.
Thinking about issues’ impact on their own lives can help people envision more common ground. wildpixel/iStock via Getty Images Plus

Making it personal: Considering an issue’s relevance to your own life could help reduce political polarization

Changing the ‘psychological distance’ someone feels toward an issue can shift their attitudes in ways that might help people on opposite sides of an issue see more eye to eye.
Youth flag football players run drills with their coach before a game in Dayton, Ohio, on Oct. 8, 2023. Megan Jelinger/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Could flag football one day leapfrog tackle football in popularity?

The NFL’s embrace of the sport points to a promising future. But gender and political divides could stand in the way.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shakes hands with New Democratic Party leader Jagmeet Singh as Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre looks on at a Tamil heritage month reception in January 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Educated voters in Canada tend to vote for left-leaning parties while richer voters go right

Does the ‘diploma divide’ make politics more about culture than economic inequality?
President Joe Biden eats an ice cream cone at a Baskin-Robbins in Portland, Ore., in October 2022. Carolyn Kaster/AP

The president loves ice cream, and a senator has a new girlfriend – these personal details may seem trivial, but can help reduce political polarization

When politicians talk more about their personal lives and less about politics, it makes people from the opposing side of the political line see them as people and like them more.
Student-Managed Investment Funds provide students with experience managing real investment portfolios. But new research shows only. a small minority of funds include environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in their mandates. (Shutterstock)

Business schools must step up on sustainable investing education

As we confront pressing social and environmental challenges, business schools must play a big role in building momentum for sustainable investing and ignore partisan, anti-ESG sniping.
Donald Trump sits next to Jair Bolsonaro at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla., in March 2020, when both men led their countries. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Judicial activism has had vastly different impacts in Brazil and the United States

Judicial activism can be a double-edged sword. While it swiftly penalized Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro for election misinformation that stoked violence, it’s resulted in anti-choice laws in the U.S.
Crowds attend Family Day at the Calgary Stampede in Calgary in July 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Albertans have more in common than recent elections suggest

Ongoing research suggests the average Albertan is far less conservative than it appears, especially on social issues like health care and inclusion.
A community event takes place on June 29 outside Hagey Hall at the University of Waterloo to focus on supporting one another and making everyone feel safe after an attack at the university earlier in the week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nicole Osborne

University of Waterloo stabbings: We all need to teach ‘gender issues’ to protect our communities from hate

We need to care for those most affected, and consider both how we create safe work and learning environments, and how we de-escalate movements of misogyny, homophobia and transphobia.
Former President Donald Trump reacts to the crowd after he finished speaking at a campaign rally in support of Sen. Marco Rubio in Miami in November. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

We can’t fight authoritarianism without understanding populism’s allure

The newest class of right-wing populists aims to not only dismantle the guardrails of democracy, but also the most fundamental principles of the rule of law. We must prepare.

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