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Can a non-binding UN resolution sway the Myanmar military?
On Friday, the U.N. General Assembly passed a resolution condemning the Feb. 1 military coup in Myanmar. The resolution undermines the military’s claimed legitimacy and marks an international stand against human rights abuses being perpetrated in the country.
Transgender women elected to Mexican Congress call for progress
For the first time, two transgender women will fight for LGBTQ and transgender rights as part of Mexico’s Congress. Members of the LGBTQ community have some legal protection in Mexico, but discrimination and hate crimes are still prevalent in the country.
Amid ethnic conflict, Ethiopians vote. Free and fair elections?
As conflict rages in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, Nobel Peace Prize winner and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who has been accused of overseeing famine and ethnic violence, now faces the country’s first multi-party election since 2005.
Monday Sunrise Briefing: Is an Iran nuke deal close?
Here are two news events - nearing an Iran nuclear deal and French elections - from this past weekend (while you may have been honoring Dad or playing pickle ball, and enjoying an offline life). Also, what to look for in the news this week.
French regional elections: Far-right and center parties fall short
Marine Le Pen’s far-right party and French President Emmanuel Macron's centrists did poorly amid low voter turnout in regional elections Sunday.
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USA
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Taxes and the rich: America’s history of favoritism and crackdowns
Are the rich taxed too lightly? The question isn’t new, but leaked tax records of billionaires may be swinging the pendulum again.
Employers have funds, workers need degrees. Why are dollars going unused?
While U.S. employers often tout benefits that promise to subsidize a college education, most workers can’t tap them. More flexible options could help.
Unearthing history: African American cemeteries remain at risk
Black cemeteries across the U.S. were often created on land associated with plantations or with questionable ownership. Today, activists and lawmakers are working to create a database to identify those cemeteries and fund education and preservation programs.
SCOTUS backs student-athletes in NCAA compensation dispute
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the NCAA, determining that the current limits for student-athletes on education-related compensation violate existing anti-trust laws. The Court did not reject limits on salaries, however.
How the Stonewall Uprising changed the course of LGBTQ activism
The Stonewall Inn is a symbol of resistance for the LGBTQ community today. Here’s a look at the meaning and myths behind the landmark.
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Commentary
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Strengthening family ties
Sometimes the responsibility of helping a loved one with a problem can feel oppressive. But a spiritual view of everyone’s roots as children of God brings inspiration that rejuvenates, strengthens our connections with others, and opens the door to solutions.
A message to Moscow from Armenians
A surprise victory for the Civil Contract party of Nikol Pashinyan reveals that Armenians see their best security in democratic values and clean governance.
A different view of religion and politics
Politics is often injected with a religious fervor, a winner-take-all attitude. But religion also has a different function: community building.
Prayerful parenting during extreme times
All-consuming fear about one’s children – their development and well-being – falls away as we trust God, the divine Parent of all.
A welcome diversion in ‘the beautiful game’
The start of the delayed Euro 2020 soccer tournament is a nice break from the cares of the world - and the pandemic.
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Economy
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In El Salvador, rural community offers glimpse at crypto economy
El Zonte, a fishing village on El Salvador’s coast, has been using cryptocurrency for the past year. Supporters of the currency point to the village as a demonstration of how bitcoin could help the country where 70% of people do not have bank accounts.
As Gamestop, AMC soar once more, is meme investing here to stay?
Months after a frenzy that saw novice investors flock to buy Gamestop stock, causing it to soar and then crash, they’re back for more. Not only has Gamestop resurged, but stock for AMC Entertainment has leaped from $2 to $62, a sign of these small investors’ power.
Will gig workers surrender employee status for other benefits?
Companies like Uber, Lyft, and Doordash hope to negotiate compromises with their workers without classifying them as employees. Some U.S. workers are willing to compromise, but many want to be classified as employees, which gives them the right to unionize.
States pass record budgets amid pandemic recession recovery
Flush with cash from U.S. federal aid, many states are pouring funds into education, health, and infrastructure but some lawmakers are raising concerns about how the aid will be spent.
Why G7 targets tech companies with global minimum corporate tax
The G7 countries agreed Saturday to support a global minimum corporate tax of at least 15% to deter multinational companies from avoiding taxes.
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Environment
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Wetlands and hot sauce: Tabasco company stems erosion with grass
McIlhenny Co. brews Tabasco sauce on Avery Island, Louisiana. Sinking land has been a problem throughout southern Louisiana, but Avery Island is slowly rising, thanks to the grass-planting efforts of the company in order to protect its factory.
Climate conundrum: Tax on emissions is pragmatic but unpopular
Joe Biden is seeking an unprecedented level of U.S. reductions in greenhouse gas emissions – yet shying away from one major tool for doing that.
If Jamaica wants more tourists, do more trees have to go?
On the coast of Jamaica, developers are building a $550 million resort, which they say will create 3,500 jobs. They have also promised to replant the mangroves, seagrass, and coral they will displace – but critics worry it won’t be enough to preserve the local ecosystem.
Solar geoengineering? Not in our skies, say Indigenous groups.
Harvard researchers are studying whether partially blocking the sun using particles high in the atmosphere can reverse global warming. Indigenous peoples and environmental activists are urging the scientists to scrap what they see as an unproductive and risky project.
Where do birds fly? Tracking backpacks hold the answer.
With new technological advances, including smaller, lighter tracking chips, scientists can tag a larger variety of bird species. The data from these tags, which can be retrieved without re-capture, may solve mysteries about migratory patterns and population decline.
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Technology
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Lina Khan, Big Tech critic and anti-trust scholar, to lead FTC
The U.S. Senate has confirmed Lina Khan, a legal scholar and energetic critic of the tech industry, as the Federal Trade Commission chair. Ms. Khan’s selection signals the Biden administration’s focus on stronger oversight of the tech industry.
Are tech giants doing enough for local news?
Throughout the digital age, many local news organizations have been struggling to adapt. Large corporations like Google and Facebook have pledged to financially support these outlets, but many view these efforts as perfunctory, insufficient, and self-serving.
If you can buy a ticket to space, does that make you an astronaut?
The word astronaut comes from the Greek words for star and sailor. But should anyone who boards a rocket be entitled to call themselves one? As space flight opens up to the public, the name seems up for grabs.
Road report: What it feels like to ride in a driverless car
Driverless vehicles are ready for ordinary riders to test them out and share their experiences with engineers. One company in Arizona is offering lifts to people courageous enough to climb into the passenger seat.
SpaceX satellites closing digital gap, but cause light pollution
Satellites launched by Elon Musk’s SpaceX are sometimes mistaken for UFOs. The error is easily corrected, but astronomers see other problems with the “industrialization of space.” Light pollution can spoil a clear view of the night sky, even obscuring scientific data.
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Science
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Space tourism draws nearer with Virgin Galactic test flight
Virgin Galactic on Saturday made its first rocket-powered flight from New Mexico to the fringe of space in a manned shuttle.
China lands a rover on Mars; NASA tweets congratulations
The rover is to explore an area known as Utopia Planitia. The landing follows China’s launch of the main section of a permanent space station and a mission that brought back moon rocks last year.
The Travelling Telescope brings stars to students
Susan Murabana’s Travelling Telescope program aims to show Kenyan kids the stars up close – and that astronomy and science are for everyone.
In a first, SpaceX reuses rocket to send humans into orbit
SpaceX has sent four astronauts into space using a recycled rocket and capsule, marking the first time it has sent people – and not just cargo – on a flight using reused parts. Reusability is crucial in lowering the costs of space travel.
Mars helicopter flies. Now comes a push to its thin-air limits.
One small drone flight might become one giant leap for humanity’s exploration of our solar system.
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The Culture
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Obstreperous: A jovial word with an ominous back story
It's a learned, yet folksy, way to describe someone as unruly or troublesome. Its roots are innocuous, but it was also used to describe slaves.
It’s no ‘Nemo,’ but Pixar’s ‘Luca’ will leave you smiling from gill to gill
Coming-of-age story “Luca” isn’t quite on par with aquatic sibling “Finding Nemo,” but it still offers summer vacation fun.
With prints and playing cards, painter puts Black art in people’s hands
Becoming a father made painter Sharif Muhammad want to make art that would show his children the value and beauty of Black people and culture.
‘Sisters on Track’ and ‘City of Ali’ bring athletes to life
When judging athletes, we often consider their achievements, not their origins. “Sisters on Track” and “City of Ali” reverse that narrative.
Q&A: An ‘everyday’ life in dance proves something quite extraordinary
Gavin Larsen’s ballet memoir “Being a Ballerina” opens up the dance world to show the determination, camaraderie, and physical strength at its core.
Strengthening family ties
Sometimes the responsibility of helping a loved one with a problem can feel oppressive. But a spiritual view of everyone’s roots as children of God brings inspiration that rejuvenates, strengthens our connections with others, and opens the door to solutions.
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Books
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Romantic entanglements bring humor and heartache to small town
Katherine Heiny’s novel transplants readers to Boyne City, Michigan, through the keen eyes of the town’s new schoolteacher.
‘On Juneteenth’: A Black historian reflects on Texas and emancipation
Annette Gordon-Reed’s “On Juneteenth” combines history, analysis, and memoir to explore the significance of the holiday and its Texas roots.
Capitalism American-style: A financial history of the United States
“Ages of American Capitalism" by Jonathan Levy sheds light on U.S. history as seen through a financial lens.
Benedict Arnold’s image as arch-traitor gets a makeover
Before he joined the British, Benedict Arnold was a staunch, dependable patriot. A new history explores his leadership during a critical battle.
The US Supreme Court’s ‘Great Dissenter’ repudiated ‘separate but equal’
Justice John Marshall Harlan’s dissents, like the one in Plessy v. Ferguson in 1896, earned him a reputation as a progressive force in his day.
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