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Behind the return of stolen artifacts to Asia is a network of volunteer art sleuths working together to preserve their cultural heritage. They’re driven not only by a sense of responsibility, but also by a desire for justice.
US abortion ruling puts women on alert worldwide
The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling on abortion has surfaced different values and cultural norms around the world. It also has implications for how societies think about gender equality and reproductive freedoms. On the U.S.-Mexico border, meanwhile, the Supreme Court ruling has turned the world upside down. Once, U.S. women …
India needs daughters. Families want sons. What’s a ‘balanced’ approach?
The Indian government has long tried to balance the country’s male and female population. Some believe families should have the same right.
How the Ukraine war exposed education inequity in India
“The system is not fair; there cannot be any doubt on that,” says Dr. Anand Krishnan, a professor of community medicine at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi. “Medical profession is not just pure knowledge. You have to be more humane. ... We have to find …
To society, they’re married. To India’s courts, they’re roommates.
The struggle to legalize same-sex unions in a country that loves the concept of marriage
Interview: Afghan diplomacy? What terror attacks mean for West, Taliban.
Thursday’s terrorist bombings outside Kabul’s international airport were a humanitarian tragedy – and may greatly complicate the way forward for both the United States and the Taliban, which have been warily cooperating during the largest evacuation airlift since the Vietnam War. The attacks Thursday – which killed at least 12 …
South China Sea: A new US president confronts an old challenge
The Biden administration has high ambitions for building back relationships with Asian countries. Meeting that renewed goal may require tackling a not-new problem: the South China Sea.
Underground counselors: The chaplains helping transit workers cope
While religion is declining in the U.S., the use of chaplains is growing in workplaces as employers see spiritual care as crucial to employee well-being.
What should matter most for getting into college? In the UK, more than a score.
In the U.S., schools have increasingly dropped testing requirements for college applicants. Across the pond, the U.K. is facing similar calls to consider a more holistic approach to assessing students.
Prize, annoyance, memento: The many meanings of my jade bangle
The search for one’s identity is universal. In this personal essay, I write about a traditional piece of jewelry that I have carried with me for a long time, and how it's come to become an ever-shifting reflection of how I see myself.
Pandemic food lesson: Match struggling farms with hungry people
When the pandemic struck, a rise in hunger was matched by a surge in farms that lost much of their normal demand. In New York, an effort to get food where it's needed may have enduring benefits.
Carbon score card: Emissions are down but big tasks ahead for Biden
For four years, America’s president didn’t rank climate change as a priority. So does that mean progress on clean energy stalled? Actually no. But experts say the U.S. does need to play catch-up.
America’s diverse Asian communities unite against hate
America’s Asian communities had already been facing a pandemic-related spike in prejudice and hate. Killings in Atlanta this week have sparked a more concerted effort for solutions.
The caravan hoped for change. But it’s not all up to Biden.
No matter who’s in the White House, migration challenges aren’t going away.
How are zoo, aquarium animals coping with all this? Not badly, say keepers.
Zoo and aquarium animals have long helped humans make better sense of the world. Today, humans have an opportunity to return the favor.
Embattled TikTok: Behind the dance duels, a platform for youth activism
“TikTok was not the place for activism, but we got creative and turned it into that,” says TikTok user Alyssa Bigbee. “That just shows that that can happen in any space they enter, even if this app was gone.” Young activists say their message will find an outlet, with or …
More than a month: The push to change how Black history is taught
“We don’t want cultural awareness once a year for 28 days,” says Anthony Beckford, a community organizer in New York City who spearheaded the petition. “It should be a year-in, year-out endeavor.” A growing number of voices are demanding a new approach to teaching Black history in the nation’s K-12 …
Ballet in the kitchen? What arts majors learned during lockdown.
If there is anything that Camille Sokk learned this spring, it’s that she can practice pliés and rond de jambes in the kitchen. The dance major at San Jose State University simply cleared off a spot on the counter to use as her ballet barre when classes transitioned online. There …
Why U.S. diplomats are breaking silence on race, repression at home
Brian Nichols recently posted on social media how the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police touched him personally. He was reminded that, as a young Black man in America, he knew that many considered him a lesser human being. “As an African-American, for as long as I can remember …
'Put this on the news': Powerful moments from Floyd protests
Anti-racism protests that started in Minneapolis quickly spread throughout the country, and the world, demanding justice for the killing of George Floyd, and for greater police accountability. Images of violence and looting dominated the news of the protests, even though most have been peaceful. The hyperfocus on the violent actions …
George W. Bush video calls for compassion and solidarity
As the United States, and the world, face an invisible enemy, former President George W. Bush urges Americans to remember something essential – we are not partisan combatants. Former President George W. Bush reminded citizens that they are "equally vulnerable, and equally wonderful," calling for compassion and unity in the …