June 29, 2017

America’s Retirement Deficit

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Deck the halls, this holiday season, with scenes of hunger. Struggling families all across America now have less food on their tables. Budget cuts that kicked into effect November 1 have lowered the nation’s average federal food stamp benefit to less than $1.40 per person per meal. Austerity American-style is squeezing elsewhere as well, from Head Start for kids to Meals on ... Read More »

Republicans May Derail Iran Deal

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Top Republican lawmakers suggested on Sunday that Congress should move to impose new sanctions on Iran despite the historic agreement reached in Geneva between the U.S., its international partners and the Islamic Republic over Iran’s nuclear program. According to the White House, in exchange for a freeze and roll back of Iran’s program, the P5+1 — the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Russia, ... Read More »

Social Security: Grand Bargain or Raw Deal?

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  Following the government shutdown drama, politicians in Washington appear hopelessly divided, according to conventional wisdom. Fair enough. But there’s at least one area where many politicians from both of the major parties agree — and many of the TV talking heads and newspaper pontificators are with them, too. Social Security, they insist, “needs” to be cut. For the last ... Read More »

What Happens When the US No Longer Has Moral Authority?

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President Obama’s recent failure to attend the APEC meeting in Bali and the East Asia Summit in Brunei was only symbolic of the US decline. The reality is more profound. Over the past 30 years, the United States as the predominant power has provided a public good in East Asia, enjoyed by allies and adversaries alike — including China — by maintaining ... Read More »

Food Stamp Cuts Will Stoke Hunger

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  Would you believe that the nation’s cabinet has approved an executive order defining food as a legal right? No, not our nation. India has taken this bold step. Malnourishment afflicts 42 percent of Indian children, and part of their government’s response to this entrenched problem is defining efforts to end hunger as more than a welfare challenge. Here in ... Read More »

Afghan Professor Takes in Campus Culture

Muzghan Hamraz (left), a professor from Afghanistan, and Suzanne Bott (right), discuss the heritage conservation program involving the UA and Kabul University on Wednesday. Bott is the director of the program, which aims to help build Kabul’s heritage conservation program in Afghanistan. (Photo by Michaela Kane via The Daily Wildcat)

A visiting professor from Afghanistan is learning about cultural conservation in order to take what she learns back to her country. Muzhgan Hamraz, is a professor from Kabul University in Afghanistan who came to Arizona through the UA’s Heritage Conservation Program. Hamraz said she’s hoping the knowledge she gains here will allow her to expand the class options at her ... Read More »

Big Night for McAuliffe, Christie and de Blasio

Bill de Blasio, the Mayor-elect of New York City. (Photo by cityyear, Creative Commons License)

Democrats scored big in Virginia and New York while the blue state of New Jersey, which President Barack Obama had won by a margin of 18 points, re-elected Republican Chris Christie as governor for a second term. Bill de Blasio, the Democratic challenger in the New York’s one-sided mayoral race, won by huge margin against Joe Lhota, who enjoyed the ... Read More »

Why Asians Are Deserting the Republican Party

Asians for Obama in San Fransisco. (Photo by Steve Rhodes, Creative Commons License)

Asian-Americans have been moving steadily toward the Democrats and away from the GOP. In 2012, Asians supported Obama by a staggering 73-26, compared to 62-35 in 2008. This is a remarkable trajectory for a group that, back in 1992, supported George H.W. Bush over Bill Clinton by a strong 54-30 margin. In every election since then, Asians have increased their support for ... Read More »

The US-Iran Thaw

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We are living in interesting times indeed. Many of the international relations global norms and systems that have come to be accepted as the bedrock of stability are in a state of flux. Consider this for example. The Security Council (UNSC) in particular is being blamed for its inability to deal with the existing and emerging conflicts. President Obama himself ... Read More »

Over 10% of America’s Largest Companies Dodge Tax

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Among companies listed on the S&P 500, almost one in nine paid an effective tax rate of zero percent — or even lower — over the past year, according to an analysis by USA Today. There are 57 separate companies listed on the index that paid a zero percent rate from the past year. Those companies include both household names like Verizon ... Read More »