On an episode of Rhode Island PBS's A Lively Experiment, Wendy Schiller discusses a federal judge's decision to dismiss the shoreline access lawsuit, the pros and cons of special elections, and a new report that shows chronic absenteeism in Providence schools.
Wendy Schiller comments for BNN Bloomberg, “It contributes to a general sense that the American dream is out of reach, and that if the Democratic Party promises a middle-class American dream and it’s failing, then I think those voters are more likely to listen to the Republican Party.”
Ashutosh Varshney writes for The Indian Express, "The Communist Party does not accept any challenges to its monopoly over power. A way out is to intellectually formulate a non-electoral conception of democracy and propagate it to the world. But that comes with its own challenges."
In a recent Associated Press article, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Italian Studies David Kertzer, who uncovered evidence in the Vatican archives of the Catholic church's history of involvement in the persecution of Jews, offers commentary.
Rose McDermott comments for BBC News, "You have these kind of established schemas and ways of thinking about things. And you're able to integrate new information into existing structures much more readily and in many cases creatively than you can when you're younger because you don't sit on the same degree of knowledge base."
Stephen Kinzer writes for The Boston Globe "The 1973 overthrow of a democratically elected government led to disappearances, repression, and dictatorship. Today, many Chileans see it as a moment of liberation."
Stephanie Savell comments for The Intercept “This is a case of the U.S. military showing a marked lack of transparency by using technicalities to avoid conveying an accurate understanding of the extent of U.S. bases in Africa."
Wendy Schiller comments for Rhode Island Current “He ended up breaking through at the right time to a bunch of voters who were not overly excited or committed to any of the front-running candidates and gave him a second look."
Wendy Schiller comments for Rhode Island Current, “In voting early, you take a risk. But typically, the voters that are going to take the time to vote and vote early are doing so because they have such a strong preference.”
Patrick Heller comments for Vox, “There is still a really strong sort of anti-colonial reflex in all these countries, that Europe and the US have dominated everything for as long as anyone can remember.”
In an essay written for Steve Ahlquist, Michael Kennedy discusses how "the Democratic Party Primary to run for Rhode Island’s Congressional District 1 seat seems to revolve around endorsements and money..."
Rose McDermott comments for BBC News, "In my view the algorithms should have brakes built in that force human oversight and evaluation - which is not to say that humans don't make mistakes. They absolutely do. But they make different kinds of mistakes than machines do."
Jeff Colgan discusses the findings of his new white paper, “Letting Europe’s Energy Crisis Go to Waste: The Ukraine War’s Massive Fossil Fuel Costs Fail to Accelerate Renewables,” co-authored by Alexander S. Gard-Murray and Miriam Hinthorn.
Ashutosh Varshney comments for The Print “The problem isn’t whether Congress or other governments have abused their power before. It is the degree of abuse — the degree to which restrictions are made, minorities are attacked, and freedom of expression is curtailed right now.”
Stephanie Savell comments for Responsible Statecraft "What this moment really calls us to do, in the United States, is to see this as a wake up call that a dramatically different kind of an approach is needed."
In an article for the Wall Street Journal, Emily Oster provided commentary on domestic labor division and how specialization is the key to getting things done efficiently in any setting - including a marriage.
Omer Bartov comments for The Washington Post "There's a connection between the occupation and everything it has done over the decades and this attempt by the government to change the nature of the regime of itself."