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  • Is populism waning in Germany? The steady rise of The Greens party

    As is the case in many countries across Europe, the past few years have seen significant growth in the political far right in Germany. It has proven a galvanizing force for Germany’s Greens party, which has become the country’s second largest according to recent polls. While sticking to its environmentalist ideas, The Greens have added an iron core of pragmatism that has made the party a formidable power broker in a rapidly morphing political landscape.

    Thu, 18 Apr 2019 10:47:22 -0400
  • Tangle of church and state roils Ukraine's Orthodox parishes

    Boris Kovalchuk arrived in this small agricultural village, about 30 miles from Kiev, straight out of the Kiev Spiritual Academy 19 years ago. The new church, created on the basis of a charter granted by the patriarch in Constantinople and heavily backed by President Petro Poroshenko, is meant to reduce the influence of the traditional Ukrainian Orthodox Church, which owes spiritual allegiance to the patriarch in Moscow (UOC-MP). It’s an issue that is often discussed in the language of geopolitics and national aspirations, exacerbated over the past five years by Ukraine’s conflict with Russia.

    Wed, 17 Apr 2019 16:56:36 -0400
  • 20 years after Columbine: one parent’s reflection

    When news of the Columbine shooting broke, I was sitting in a restaurant in Moab, Utah, on spring break from the Colorado high school where I was teaching that year. When I returned to campus – an alternative residential high school in Estes Park – a few days later, we held a moment of silence for Columbine High School during the first all-school gathering.

    Wed, 17 Apr 2019 16:12:48 -0400
  • Should the census ask about citizenship? Supreme Court to weigh in

    On April 23, the high court will weigh whether Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross acted lawfully in deciding to reinstate a citizenship question in the census.How did we get here? Last year, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced he would reinstate a citizenship question for the 2020 census. The U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan agency, has not asked the question on the decennial census since 1950 (though it has asked a small subset of the population in the annual American Community Survey).

    Wed, 17 Apr 2019 15:44:27 -0400
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