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5 Ways Americans Often Misunderstand Cuba, from Fidel Castro’s Rise to the Cuban American Vote
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5 Ways Americans Often Misunderstand Cuba, from Fidel Castro’s Rise to the Cuban American Vote

Cuba recently erupted in the largest protests seen there in six decades, reflecting popular anger over a crippling economic crisis, scarce food and medicines and a half-century of repression. Cuba remains largely an enigma to outsiders, and especially to Americans. Myths prevail because of Cuban government censorship and the United States’ historic tendency – born...

Evangelical Support for Israel Is Neither Permanent nor Inevitable
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Evangelical Support for Israel Is Neither Permanent nor Inevitable

Israel’s former ambassador to the U.S., Ron Dermer, made waves in May 2021 when he publicly suggested that Israel should prioritize its relationship with American evangelicals over American Jews. Dermer described evangelicals as the “backbone of Israel’s support in the United States.” By contrast, he described American Jews as “disproportionately among [Israel’s] critics.” Dermer’s comments...

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Biden Immigration Overhaul Would Reunite Families Split Up by Deportation

Hundreds of thousands of immigrant families have been separated by deportation from the United States, in many cases with a parent on one side of the border and children on the other, according to estimates by the Urban Policy Institute and Migration Policy Institute. Reunification is a priority in President Joe Biden’s proposed immigration overhaul...

UCLA-led Study Reveals ‘Hidden Costs’ of Being Black in the U.S.
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UCLA-led Study Reveals ‘Hidden Costs’ of Being Black in the U.S.

A woman grips her purse tightly as you approach. A store manager follows you because you look “suspicious.” You enter a high-end restaurant, and the staff assume you’re applying for a job. You’re called on in work meetings only when they’re talking about diversity. The indignities and humiliations Black men — even those who have...

She Votes: Women, the Workplace, and Pandemic Politics
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She Votes: Women, the Workplace, and Pandemic Politics

The Covid-19 pandemic has upended the lives and careers of millions of women, highlighted inequities in health care, education and the economy, and underscored the importance of electing women to political office, according to a new online survey released today by Gender on the Ballot, a partnership between the Women & Politics Institute at American University’s School...

Men of Color Avoid Public Places Out of Fear of Involvement with Criminal Justice Agents
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Men of Color Avoid Public Places Out of Fear of Involvement with Criminal Justice Agents

The U.S. criminal legal system has expanded at a rapid pace, even as crime rates have declined since the 1990s. As a result, individuals’ interactions with and surveillance by law enforcement are now commonplace. But citizens experience different interactions, with people of color who live in impoverished urban communities having the most frequent encounters. A...

New Book Considers Democracy’s Future, Improving Governance
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New Book Considers Democracy’s Future, Improving Governance

Following recent years of turbulent developments in politics, economics and social media around the world, one might assume these events inspire University of Illinois Chicago researcher Zizi Papacharissi to have an ominous view about what the future holds. That would be an incorrect assumption. It was during the Obama administration when she began to consider...

The Gender Gap in Economics Is Huge – It’s Even Worse Than Tech
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The Gender Gap in Economics Is Huge – It’s Even Worse Than Tech

There is no shortage of disciplines and industries rife with sexism. The STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – are particularly well known for their misogynistic cultures. But I believe, based on my personal experience, the experiences of my fellow female economists and hard data, that there’s a strong case to be made...

Study Aims to Break the Chains of Incarceration in African American Males
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Study Aims to Break the Chains of Incarceration in African American Males

Over the last three decades, the United States prison population has exploded from 300,000 to more than 2 million. More than 1.1 million are African American men – the vast number of whom have returned within one to three years of their release. In fact, according to the World Prison Brief, America boasts the highest...

Sudden Police Layoffs in One American City Associated with Increases in Crime
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Sudden Police Layoffs in One American City Associated with Increases in Crime

Amid a sharp economic downturn in 2008, police departments around the United States experienced budget shortfalls that required them to enact cutbacks. A new study examined the effects on crime of budget shortfalls in two New Jersey cities–one of which laid off more than 10 percent of its police force while the other averted layoffs....