Six questions about the French elections

As France goes to the polls to elect a new president, observers are wondering if the vote will follow a populist trend that led to Brexit and the election of Donald Trump. read more

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Venezuela has lost its democratic facade

Although the Venezuelan government has become increasingly authoritarian since the early 2000s, last week was the first time it openly attacked democracy. read more

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Do Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner have too much power?

Much attention has been focused recently on President Trump’s “new” foreign policy. read more

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Beyond instant runoff: A better way to conduct multi-candidate elections

Last November, Maine voters approved, by a slim majority, a ballot initiative to adopt a voting system called “instant runoff.” read more

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Why addressing loneliness in children can prevent a lifetime of loneliness in adults

The Republicans’ controversial effort to repeal the perhaps optimistically named Affordable Care Act because of rising premiums may be fatally stalled. But there are other ways to rein in health care costs that have been almost entirely overlooked. Making a serious effort to reduce loneliness could make a real difference. read more

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Don’t believe everything you hear about pesticides on fruits and vegetables

Spring is just around the corner, and with it comes another growing season. Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can help lower calorie intake; reduce risks for heart disease, obesity and Type 2 diabetes; and protect against certain cancers. read more

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How the Trump budget undercuts security risks posed by pandemics

President Trump proposed a US$54 billion military budget increase to solidify the security of our nation. However, the government also recognizes pandemic threats as an issue of national security – one that knows no borders. read more

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