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A brief history of Esperanto, the 135-year-old language of peace hated by Hitler and Stalin alike

Joshua Holzer Assistant Professor of Political Science, Westminster College In the late 1800s, the city of Białystok – which was once Polish, then Prussian, then Russian, and is today again part of Poland – was a hub of diversity, with large numbers of…

Why Muslim countries are quick at condemning defamation – but often ignore rights violations against Muslim minorities

by Ahmet T. Kuru   The Indian government finds itself in a diplomatic crisis following offensive remarks by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson, Nupur Sharma, on national television about the Prophet Muhammad and his wife, Aisha. The BJP…

How a public hearing is different from an investigation – and what that means for the Jan. 6 committee

On Thursday, June 9, the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the United States Capitol holds the first of several public hearings. By Claire Leavitt – The Conversation The committee aims to lay out the results of months of investigative…

There are historical and psychological reasons why the legal age for purchasing assault weapons does not make sense

The Uvalde and Buffalo mass shootings in May 2022 had at least two things in common: The shooters were 18 years old, and they had both legally purchased their own assault rifles. By Ashwini Tambe The shooters’ young age was…

Arming teachers – an effective security measure or a false sense of security?

In the wake of the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, some elected officials are making calls anew for teachers to be armed and trained to use firearms to protect the nation’s schools. To shine light on the matter, The Conversation reached out…

What we know about mass school shootings in the US – and the gunmen who carry them out

When the Columbine High School massacre took place in 1999 it was seen as a watershed moment in the United States – the worst mass shooting at a school in the country’s history. By James Densley and Jillian Peterson Now, it ranks…

Corals and sea anemones turn sunscreen into toxins – understanding how could help save coral reefs

Sunscreen bottles are frequently labeled as “reef-friendly” and “coral-safe.” These claims generally mean that the lotions replaced oxybenzone – a chemical that can harm corals – with something else. But are these other chemicals really safer for reefs than oxybenzone?…

Biology with Tibetan Buddhist monks: What I’m taking back to my college classroom from teaching at a monastery

It would be quite appropriate for a college professor to assume students know that a tree is alive and a rock is not. Or would it? By Beth Daley For several summers, I have had the pleasure of teaching biology…

Elon Musk and the oligarchs of the ‘Second Gilded Age’ can not only sway the public – they can exploit their data, too

During the Gilded Age of the late 19th century, and the early decades of the 20th century, U.S. captains of industry such as William Randolph Hearst and Jay Gould used their massive wealth to dominate facets of the economy, including the news…

Ukrainian teens’ voices from the middle of war: ‘You begin to appreciate what was common and boring for you

Editorial Note: Teaching in high school for the 18 years prior to initial rumblings of this exhausting decade, I recall emphasis from school districts encouraging accreditation for classroom teachers to transition to administrative hierarchies. I also remember the words of…

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