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May 2013

Bring in the Mediator! Conflict Resolution Tips for the President, Congress, and the Rest of Us

by ANDREA CHALUPA MAY 29, 2013, 1:08 PM BigThink As more Americans feel the effects of the ongoing sequester, government dysfunction continues in Washington. It’s time to bring in an expert in conflict resolution to help President Obama and Republican leaders in Congress work together for the sake of all Americans. (How much longer can […]

Universities Show Uneven Efforts in Enrolling Poor

By RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA Published: May 30, 2013 NYTimes Opponents of race-based affirmative action in college admissions urge that colleges use a different tool to encourage diversity: giving a leg up to poor students. But many educators see real limits to how eager colleges are to enroll more poor students, no matter how qualified — and […]

Middle East Coronavirus Called ‘Threat To The Entire World’

by SCOTT HENSLEY May 29, 2013 3:24 PM NPR If you’ve been following the news out of China about the latest bird flu and its threats to humans, may we direct your attention toward the Middle East for a minute? A virus that many people had been calling a SARS-like virus because of the severe […]

Grasping for Ways to Capture Carbon Dioxide on the Cheap Read more: http://www.technologyreview.com/news/515301/grasping-for-ways-to-capture-carbon-dioxide-on-the-cheap/#ixzz2Uod6V6zF From MIT Technology Review Follow us: @techreview on Twitter | technologyreview on Facebook

By Kevin Bullis on May 30, 2013 MIT Technology Review Last week, the new U.S. secretary of energy, Ernest Moniz, pledged to continue his predecessor’s work in making the Department of Energy a “center of innovation,” while also highlighting projects he thought deserved more attention. Near the top of his list is a renewed emphasis […]

Data Won the U.S. Election. Now Can It Save the World?

By Ted Greenwald on May 29, 201 Technology Review As chief scientist for President Obama’s reëlection effort, Rayid Ghani helped revolutionize the use of data in politics. During the final 18 months of the campaign, he joined a sprawling team of data and software experts who sifted, collated, and combined dozens of pieces of information […]

War on drugs ‘driving hepatitis C pandemic’

29 May 2013 Last updated at 19:44 ET BBC The global war on drugs is fuelling a hepatitis C pandemic causing millions of needless infections, the Global Commission on Drug Policy has warned. Repressive drug law enforcement is driving high rates of infection among injecting drug users, it said. Resources need to be redirected into […]

The Wire creator David Simon on what’s behind the US war on drugs – extended video interview

theguardian Writer and ex-crime reporter David Simon, who created HBO TV drama The Wire, speaks to John Mulholland about capitalism, Margaret Thatcher and how anti-drug enforcement has evolved into social control. Simon features heavily in Eugene Jarecki’s documentary The House I Live In, which explores the war on drugs in the US http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/video/2013/may/25/wire-david-simon-war-drugs-video-interview  

A much-needed change of tune in war on drugs

By: Robert Muggah Published on Tue May 28 2013 TheStar.com he Canadian prime minister visited Colombia and Peru last week, two of the most productive economies in Latin America. Canada sees Latin America, and the Pacific Rim countries in particular, as gateways to freer trade. While extolling the virtues of enhanced trade ties, Harper failed […]

Marijuana Legalization: The War On Drugs Doesn’t Just Destroy No

Pierre-Guy Veer policymic Since the beginning of the 20th century, the U.S. government has been waging a war on this imaginary foe named “drugs.” Not only could it be considered unconstitutional with respect to the Tenth Amendment — nowhere is it written that Washington can arbitrarily control substances unless it passes an amendment like the […]

Gridlock and Its Causes

Gary HartPresident, Hart International, Ltd The blog There is not a lot of honest exploration of the root causes of what is now widely known as political gridlock. Most political journalism simply reiterates the fact that the legislative branch of government is virtually dysfunctional and deplores the fact. But this did not happen by accident […]