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  • US businesses begin to increase services for deaf people

    Tax preparer Joshua Beal knows well the challenges that a communications barrier can present when it comes to understanding tax policy and the Internal Revenue Service. Add in the extra challenge of being deaf, and overcoming those barriers can seem insurmountable. “We have many deaf clients who are overwhelmed by 10- to 15-page-long letters from the IRS regarding a deficiency or outstanding issue,” says Mr. Beal, who is deaf himself.

    Fri, 19 Oct 2018 17:00:05 -0400
  • Risk of a new civil war? Today 'us and them' differs from 1850s

    Recommended: Neutral no more: Can the Supreme Court survive an era of extreme partisanship? Powerful new communication networks that spread news of all this throughout the United States. Is this a staccato description of the state of America today?

    Fri, 19 Oct 2018 16:50:10 -0400
  • After charity sex-abuse scandal in Liberia, a storm of anger, guilt, and grief

    When Katie Meyler opened the tuition-free “More Than Me” school for girls in a smart green and white house in the center of Liberia’s capital in 2013, it seemed to many both here and abroad a perfect match. “More Than Me is designed specifically to help young women choose the lives they wish to lead,” explained a 2015 profile of Ms. Meyler in The Christian Science Monitor. Over a period of several years, one of the charity’s key founding staff members, Macintosh Johnson, allegedly had raped or assaulted as many as dozens of girls in its care.

    Fri, 19 Oct 2018 14:41:08 -0400
  • Identity politics on the ropes in Iraq?

    In a region rife with identity politics arising from ethnic and religious differences, Iraqis experienced something very universal in early October. A newly designated prime minister, Adel Abdul Mahdi, launched a website asking Iraqis to apply for top government ministers. Mr. Mahdi’s extraordinary move was quite contrary to a tradition in Iraq of politicians forming cabinets in backroom deals based on a power-sharing quota among the country’s three major communities: Shiites, Sunnis, and Kurds.

    Fri, 19 Oct 2018 14:34:25 -0400
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