Why ‘That’ Part of Town Matters

By: Barbara Yuki Schwartz You know, “that” part of town. The part of town that’s on the “wrong side of the tracks,” where it’s believed that there are too many broken windows and boarded-up stores, where it’s widely…

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The Dawn of Synthetic Biology

Last week scientists announced the successful creation and replication of synthetic DNA in a living cell, a major breakthrough in the quest to create artificial life. It has been a fascinating watching the story develop and to examine…

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Memorial Day Edition

A member of a military band from the Armed Forces of the Philippines warms up in the memorial hall where the names of fallen U.S soldiers are recorded on the walls before Memorial Day ceremonies May 30 in…

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How Ending DADT Isn’t a Blow to Religious Liberty

Why are some religious groups, whose rights to deny membership, services or even hospitality or basic human dignity to BGLTIAQ persons within the framework of their own polities, opposed to the repeal of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell…

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Losing Funding, Losing Hope?

Now that it looks like the global market (discounting Europe) is taking its first tentative steps towards recovery from the 2008-2009 recession, attention is once again being paid to various humanitarian causes to see how they weathered the…

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If only nutrition-hawks understood ‘poor’ people!

Racialicious, I found this post at The Fat Nutritionist about the general hand-wringing that goes on over what poor choices in meals low-income people make. Michelle says: … the most popularly proposed solution is to teach them (“them”)…

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Is Libertarianism Ever About Community?

Jeff Fecke at Alas, a Blog, talks about Rand Paul and his libertarian-based thoughts on the Civil Rights Act. Apparently, according to Paul, he would have supported the Civil Rights Act, but only up to a point —…

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More Studies on Microfinance Could Aid Its Goal to Reduce Poverty

  By Cynthia Kao Xenia Intern In Neil MacFarquhar’s New York Times article, “Banks Making Big Profits From Tiny Loans,” MacFarquhar explores the complicated role of microfinance as a for-profit business focused on fulfilling a social need. He brings…

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The Public Debate Over Facebook Privacy

Facebook founder and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg delivers the opening keynote address at the f8 Developer Conference on April 21 in San Francisco, California. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images. After the giant social media site Facebook changed its…

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A Response to Zev Trachtenberg: dialogue in the expanse

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog about my understanding of the nature of dialogue. In response, Xenia fellow Zev Trachtenberg wrote an interesting post expanding upon the issue of recognition which I had briefly touched upon….

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