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What Do You Call Yourself if Your Mother is White and Your Father is Black?

March 11, 2017
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What Do You Call Yourself if Your Mother is White and Your Father is Black?

On the 2010 Census, President Barack Obama, identified himself as  “black.” But millions of Americans consider themselves “bi- or multi-racial.”  And their numbers are rising.

The number of mixed or multi-racial people in the U.S. rose by 6.6 percent between …

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Mending Walls, By Robert Frost

March 4, 2017
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Mending Walls, By Robert Frost

Robert Frost (1874 – 1963) was a great American poet. Just before he died, he read his poetry at the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy.

“This poem is a quiet, humorous look at rural life. It is also …

Waging Peace in Colombia is Not Easy

March 3, 2017
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Waging Peace in Colombia is Not Easy

The fifty-year war in Colombia was over. It was time to make peace work. The rebels (known as FARC) agreed to turn in their weapons. The movement was to become political. The military phase was over.

But a lot …

Who is Targeting American Jews?

March 2, 2017
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Who is Targeting American Jews?

Anti-Semitism is another word for being anti-Jewish. It means being against people because of who they are.

Jews have suffered for centuries because of their religion. Seventy-five years ago, Hitler set out to kill all the Jewish people in countries …

Pineapple on Pizza? The Global Debate

February 25, 2017
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Pineapple on Pizza? The Global Debate

The President of Iceland started it. Last week he joked that pizza topped with pineapple should be outlawed. His remarks set off a debate that went viral.

He made his remarks in a visit to a high school. Students were …

North Korea and Russia Testing Trump

February 16, 2017
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North Korea and Russia Testing Trump

America’s enemies are probing the new president.

North Korea is building a missile that can reach the United States. The missile could carry a nuclear warhead. The test violates U.N. resolutions. It is not the first time North Korea challenged …

Updating the News: Gambia, Colombia, Myanmar

February 7, 2017
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Updating the News: Gambia, Colombia, Myanmar

Gambia and Gay People

The president of Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, is gone. He ruled Gambia for twenty-two years. He lost an election. Still, he held on to the office. Troops from other countries surrounded the country. African leaders convinced him …

Trump’s First Commander in Chief Action Fails

February 6, 2017
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Trump’s First Commander in Chief Action Fails

Yemen is a key place to gather intelligence on Al Qaeda. It is a country in distress. Its government is not in charge. It is a dangerous place. Houthi rebels control much of the country. They are allies of Al …

The Awful Plight of the Rohingya People

February 2, 2017
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The Awful Plight of the Rohingya People

The Rohingya are a Muslim ethnic group. Their home is Myanmar (also called Burma). Even though they live in Myanmar, they are not Myanmar citizens. The U.N. says they are the world’s most persecuted minority group.

The Myanmar government invade …

Alarm bells are ringing

Russian Style Politics at the White House

January 31, 2017
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Russian Style Politics at the White House

The man’s name is Stephen Bannon. Donald Trump hired him during the campaign. He has far right wing views. He is a nationalist, and he is anti-immigrant. Most of what Trump has done that has made headlines comes from Bannon’s …

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Selling Kids on Vegetables

How to get kids to eat vegetables? Marketing is the answer. You can call it tricks or just good ideas. Whatever works.

School lunchrooms are...

What Do You Call Yourself if Your Mother is White and Your Father is Black?

On the 2010 Census, President Barack Obama, identified himself as  “black.” But millions of Americans consider themselves “bi- or multi-racial.”  And their numbers are...

Mending Walls, By Robert Frost

Robert Frost (1874 – 1963) was a great American poet. Just before he died, he read his poetry at the inauguration of President John...

Pineapple on Pizza? The Global Debate

The President of Iceland started it. Last week he joked that pizza topped with pineapple should be outlawed. His remarks set off a debate...

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