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Reparations for Conservatives

If conservative Americans and their elected representatives thought of their history of racism as a financial debt that must be repaid to their creditors, would they be more likely to support reparations for African-Americans? Paying off the national debt, though not headline news at the moment, has been the conservative rallying cry since the twilight…

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Towards Sustainable World Agriculture

In 2008, author and activist Michael Pollan wrote an open letter to President Obama, the new “Farmer in Chief,” advocating for a sweeping agricultural reform. Pollan argued that reform would make our food healthier, less oil-dependent, and more environmentally friendly. Seven years later, the Obama administration has done little to address this issue. Though typically…

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A Global Market for Organs

According to the American Transplant Foundation, an average of twenty-one people die every day in the US alone due to a shortage of organs available for transplant, powerless against their personal health challenges. Most patients wait years to rise higher on the list, with approximately seven percent dying before ever receiving the transplant that could…

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Free Market Environmentalism

“No challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change,” President Obama stated during his State of the Union address. It would be easy to dismiss the President’s words as banal and empty platitudes were it not for the landmark agreement he made in November with President Xi Jinping of China, which stipulated…

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Alexander the Great, Soccer, and Child Labor

You’ve never heard of Sialkot, Pakistan, but you’ve almost certainly seen their product – and maybe even kicked it a couple of times. Sialkot produces half of the world’s soccer balls, including those used in last year’s World Cup. The story of how the city has been shaped by markets serves as a testimony to…

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Nigeria’s Nadir

Nigerians presently face a huge decision regarding their upcoming presidential election.  The incumbent, President Goodluck Jonathan of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) will try to maintain his party’s dominance which dates back when the nation resumed democratic elections in 1999.  However, he faces Muhammadu Buhari, a former  Nigerian military dictator in the 1980s, whose popularity…

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Lucrative Perks: The Man Repeller on Eating Disorders

Leandra Medine is an icon. The 27 year old of Turkish and Iranian descent describes her self-aware blog, Man Repeller, as “a humorous website for serious fashion.” Its accolades stand up to the description – combining Medine’s signature cheeky humor with the blog’s incredible clout when it comes to educating the fashionably elite. In 2012 Medine added recognition as…

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