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Slavery was the ultimate labor distortion – empowering workers today would be a form of reparations


RELIGION Rebalancing labor relations so that workers are empowered would be an effective way to address racial wealth disparities and atone for the legacy of slavery, a scholar argues. 1162 words. By Joerg Rieger, Vanderbilt Divinity School

Tattoos have a long history going back to the ancient world – and also to colonialism

RELIGION The pandemic has made some people rush to get tattoos for different reasons. A tattoo historian explains why tattoos are often seen to be ‘trashy,’ a view likely influenced by colonialism. 982 words. By Allison Hawn, Arizona State University

Will having so many disasters happening at the same time affect donations? We asked an expert

COMMENTARY Needs will continue in Haiti and New Orleans – and for Afghan refugees – long past the point when most donors will have found new priorities. 943 words. By Patrick Rooney, IUPUI

Al-Qaida, Islamic State group struggle for recruits

COMMENTARY A second plot was planned on 9/11, but there were too few terrorists to carry it off. Twenty years later, al-Qaida and its offshoot the Islamic State group still have trouble attracting recruits. 927 words. By Charles Kurzman, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dance and movement therapy holds promise for treating anxiety and depression, as well as deeper psychological wounds


COMMENTARY The COVID-19 pandemic and a growing global refugee crisis have shone a light on the ever-increasing need for new approaches to mental health treatment. 1070 words. By Lana Ruvolo Grasser, Wayne State University

5 reasons video games should be more widely used in school

SCIENCE OR TECHNOLOGY While China has taken steps to rein in the playing of video games among students during the school week, a U.S. scholar makes the case for why the games should be featured more prominently in school. 1000 words. By Andre Thomas, Texas A&M University

A subway flood expert explains what needs to be done to stop underground station deluges

COMMENTARY Images of water gushing into subway stations filled social media following heavy rain in New York City. Solutions are at hands – but it takes money and political will, an expert explains. 1080 words. By Klaus Hans Jacob, Columbia University

Hurricane Ida: 2 reasons for its record-shattering rainfall in NYC and the Northeast long after the winds weakened

COMMENTARY Evidence is mounting that, as the climate warms, the amount of rain falling in heavy storms is increasing, especially in the central and eastern U.S. 685 words. By Russ Schumacher, Colorado State University

‘Get out now’ – inside the White House on 9/11, according to the staffers who were there

COMMENTARY A top White House aide to President George W. Bush recounts what 9/11 was like for White House staffers. 987 words. By Anita McBride, American University

How Arctic warming can trigger cold waves in North America – a new study makes the connection

COMMENTARY Counter to what you might expect, events like the February cold wave that froze Texas can actually become more likely with global warming. 845 words. By Mathew Barlow, University of Massachusetts Lowell and Judah Cohen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Bitcoin will soon be ‘legal tender’ in El Salvador – here’s what that means

COMMENTARY The country became the first to make bitcoin a formal part of its payments system, but whether it’ll catch on is another story. 691 words. By Jay L. Zagorsky, Boston University

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