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'Casting couch' or 'crime scene'? How language promotes culture of sexual harassment
Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:51:25 -0400

'Casting couch' or 'crime scene'? How language promotes culture of sexual harassmentBefore “Harvey Weinstein: The Scandal” captured the national conversation, there were whispers. When The New York Times published a scathing report earlier this month accusing the Hollywood mogul of engaging in a decades-long pattern of sexual harassment, coercion, and abuse of young actresses, few were entirely surprised.


Trump and the nuclear button: Does presidential authority need curbs?
Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:33:53 -0400

Trump and the nuclear button: Does presidential authority need curbs?It takes at least two people to launch a nuclear weapon at almost every point in the US chain of command. Missile silos, bombers, nuclear submarines – all require more than one officer to validate a “go” order. President Trump’s behavior in office has raised anew this old question.


'People power' for rule of law in the Philippines
Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:19:34 -0400

'People power' for rule of law in the PhilippinesOne gift to the world from the Philippines has been the term “people power,” or peaceful resistance in the streets against a leader’s arbitrary rule and violent suppression. Three decades later, Filipinos are at it again. This time they are quietly resisting President Rodrigo Duterte’s neglect of both the rule of law and the presumption of innocence in a violent crackdown on drug users and dealers.


As anti-drug push's toll grows in the Philippines, so does church's pushback
Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:06:20 -0400

As anti-drug push's toll grows in the Philippines, so does church's pushbackIn a dimly lit events room in a church compound in Manila's endless suburbs, a few dozen parishioners have gathered on a bleak Tuesday afternoon. The Rev. George Alfonso watches intently. Since President Rodrigo Duterte took office in June 2016, pledging to rid the country of drugs in order to reduce crime, addiction comes with more than the usual risks.



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