World Refugee Day and the lost generation

Originally posted on World Education Blog:
One in 122 people worldwide is either a refugee, internally displaced, or seeking asylum, says UNHCR’s annual Global Trends Report: World at War, released last Thursday. And given that 58% of all refugees are children, World Refugee Day is a time to reflect on the educational impact of emergency situations, which affect millions of children worldwide. Photo: UNESCO GMR… Continue reading World Refugee Day and the lost generation

Read President Obama’s Statement Marking Juneteenth in Wake of Charleston Shooting

Originally posted on TIME:
On this day 150 years ago, more than two years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, the slaves of Galveston, Texas finally received word that the Civil War was over. They were free. A century and a half later, Americans still recognize this occasion, Juneteenth, as a symbolic milestone on our journey toward a more perfect union. At churches and… Continue reading Read President Obama’s Statement Marking Juneteenth in Wake of Charleston Shooting

Taylor Swift on Tabloid Coverage: This is ‘Why We Need Feminism’

Originally posted on TIME:
Taylor Swift is taking matters of press coverage into her own hands. OK! magazine, a British celebrity tabloid, used Twitter to repeatedly promote a story about Swift making a “pregnancy announcement.” https://twitter.com/OK_Magazine/status/612186903329263616 That “announcement” was one of Swift’s fans posing with her to share their own good news. Swift found the phrasing so misleading that she tweeted a firm rebuttal: https://twitter.com/taylorswift13/status/612250482241863680… Continue reading Taylor Swift on Tabloid Coverage: This is ‘Why We Need Feminism’

Scientists Warn ‘Sixth Extinction’ May Be Underway

Originally posted on TIME:
A new paper warns that a major extinction event, one that would be the sixth in our planet’s history, may be underway. The authors of the paper, published in Science Advances, sought to determine whether recent loss in biodiversity has been caused by human activity; the conclusion they reach is that “a sixth mass extinction is already under way.” The scientists’… Continue reading Scientists Warn ‘Sixth Extinction’ May Be Underway

Cooking with Tom: Choosing the right Pot

Originally posted on nudge. wink. report.:
Subtitle: Marijuana gets an edible complex. Brace yourselves. A veritable tsunami of marijuana “edibles” is coming. While your humble correspondent has never actually tried pot (except involuntarily by rock concert) this doesn’t preclude the self-adopted title of Senior Marijuana Correspondent here at the Nudge Wink. Look, I’m going to be blunt. I don’t like pot. I think it’s disgusting.… Continue reading Cooking with Tom: Choosing the right Pot

What Is the Summer Solstice? Explaining the Longest Day of the Year

Originally posted on TIME:
Sunshine revelers in the Northern Hemisphere have been enjoying the days growing longer and the evenings growing brighter; but now, that trend will be reversed. Sunday is summer solstice, the longest day of the year above the equator and the turning point after which the sun starts rising later and setting earlier. “Solstice” comes from the Latin solsitium, or “sun stands… Continue reading What Is the Summer Solstice? Explaining the Longest Day of the Year

Here’s How Much an Obamacare Repeal Would Cost

Originally posted on TIME:
The Congressional Budget Office has released its latest estimates for the financial cost should Congress repeal the Affordable Care Act—and it wasn’t what many Republicans were hoping for. Repealing Obamacare would add as much as $353 billion to the U.S. budget deficit through 2025, the non-partisan CBO found. When taking into account the economic effects of future policy changes — what’s… Continue reading Here’s How Much an Obamacare Repeal Would Cost

Church Shooter Made Racial Comment Before Fleeing, Document Says

Originally posted on TIME:
After Dylann Roof shot nine people dead at a Charleston, S.C. church, he stood over a witness who had survived the massacre and used a racial slur, according to newly released documents. Roof, 21, walked into the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church at 8:06 p.m. on Wednesday, where he was welcomed by church members into a Bible study circle, according to… Continue reading Church Shooter Made Racial Comment Before Fleeing, Document Says