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Despite Western Paranoia, Russia Unlikely to Attack the Baltic States

Doug Bandow | Posted 03.29.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

NATO expansion was considered a great success. But now the alliance realizes that it is obligated to war against nuclear-armed Russia on behalf of three essentially indefensible countries.

Western Paranoia Aside, Russia Unlikely to Attack the Baltics

Doug Bandow | Posted 02.26.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

What would Russia gain from attacking the Baltics? A recalcitrant, majority non-ethnic Russian population. A possible temporary nationalist surge at home. A likely short-lived victory over the West. The costs would be far greater.

We Don't Need a Big Military if We Don't Try to Police the World

Doug Bandow | Posted 01.26.2017 | World
Doug Bandow

Much is said these days about the mismatch of missions and resources for the military. Indeed, the chants of neoconservatives on Capitol Hill have gotten quite loud: more military spending, more personnel, more weapons.

Awarding Grants for Prison Education

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 12.04.2016 | Education
Christopher Zoukis

While education programs for prisoners are often a hard pill to swallow for the average American who must pay for their own children to go to school, the research is clear: prison education is the most cost-effective crime control method that exists.

Wellness Programs: Paternalism-Based, Impersonal Medicine

Neil S. Greenspan | Posted 07.08.2016 | Healthy Living
Neil S. Greenspan

In recent years, many corporations, universities, and medical centers have initiated wellness programs for their employees. The presumption is that s...

Smart Justice -- Begins With Health Equity

Ginger Lerner-Wren | Posted 06.15.2016 | Healthy Living
Ginger Lerner-Wren

Smart Justice is a banner many state law enforcement and criminal justice stakeholders utilize to drive prison reform. Whatever strategies and program...

California's Public Safety Realignment Act: Will It Serve as a Model for Community Mental Health?

Ginger Lerner-Wren | Posted 01.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Ginger Lerner-Wren

I recently visited California. There, I was bombarded with ads for Proposition 47 -- The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Fund. I must admit being from ...

Post-Election Ferguson: Bipartisan Congress to Demilitarize Police

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 12.21.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

The time is now to change the way we police America before hundreds of thousands of more pieces of military gear go to main streets across America. The face of America is changing quickly. Let's make sure it's not for the worse.

A Chance to Fulfill JFK's Vision of Community Behavioral Health Care in America: Connect 4 Mental Health

Ginger Lerner-Wren | Posted 10.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Ginger Lerner-Wren

Not long ago, I met with a number of criminal justice and public health researchers from the RAND Corporation. They were doing me a favor, actually. I...

Numbers Tell the Story of ACA's Success, But They Also Show Millions are Missing Out

Bob Semro | Posted 06.29.2014 | Politics
Bob Semro

Residents and health providers in some states will reap the benefits of the ACA while others will not. Whether the motivations for the divide result from a political strategy or an honest disagreement over the role of government, the consequences are very real.

U.S. Eyes European Safety Standards for Oil Refineries

Susan Buchanan | Posted 06.15.2014 | Green
Susan Buchanan

Oil refiners can learn from Europe as they try to reduce accidents at plants in Louisiana and other states, U.S. safety experts say. After a string of disasters, President Obama issued an executive order last August to improve chemical facility safety.

In Military Families, Caregivers Need Help

Rosalynn Carter | Posted 05.31.2014 | Impact
Rosalynn Carter

While governmental and community organizations offer many programs for the returning service members and veterans, those caring for them receive little help.

Latest Research on Tobacco Use and Health Care Cost Has Global Implications

Dr. Derek Yach | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Derek Yach

High BMI and smoking remain among the top three risk factors that contribute to the highest burden of disease in Western Europe and the U.S., and the research mentioned above highlights this issue and discusses potential solutions, with implications far beyond South Africa.

The Government Shut Down, But Alzheimer's Did Not

George Vradenburg | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
George Vradenburg

When the government re-opened, it failed to address the arbitrary, across-the-board sequester that is systematically weakening the federal research enterprise. This may have superficial appeal on short-term balance sheets, but it's handicapping long-term prospects.

New Study Sheds Light On Military Divorce Rate

Posted 09.03.2013 | Divorce

A new study by the RAND corporation, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense, has found that the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have had an impact o...

First Ladies First

Cora Neumann | Posted 10.20.2013 | Impact
Cora Neumann

Five years ago, I could have only dreamed that we would bring Laura Bush and Michelle Obama together on an international stage to discuss their experiences as first ladies with their counterparts.

Chasing Infinity

Robert Koehler | Posted 06.24.2013 | Politics
Robert Koehler

In mainstream media and culture, indeed, there's no such thing as "causes." The concept is just too complicated, unless "illegal immigration" is a cause, or "al Qaeda" is a cause. Or opaque garbage cans are a cause.

Will This Be The Fiscal Nightmare Of The 21st Century?

Michael Hodin | Posted 06.16.2013 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

A debate about the expenses of Alzheimer's is welcome. Disagreement will attract attention, and for too long Alzheimer's has been relegated to the 'back burner.' But there's also a dirty little secret revealed by the RAND study: Alzheimer's is about the children. They're the ones who will have to pay for it.

Rich Kid, Poor Kid: How Mixed Neighborhoods Could Save America's Schools

| Sarah Garland | Posted 07.26.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. During the half century that Theresa Cartwright has lived in the East Lake neighborhood of...

Man Who Created The Windsurfer Dies

The New York Times | DANIEL E. SLOTNIK | Posted 07.04.2012 | Business

Jim Drake, an aeronautical engineer who helped design the X-15 rocket plane and the Tomahawk Cruise Missile and in his spare time created the Windsurf...

Blacks Outpace Other Female Recruits In U.S. Military

The New York Times | JAMES DAO | Posted 12.23.2011 | Black Voices

Black women are enlisting in the military at far higher rates than are white or Hispanic women, and they now represent nearly a third of all the women...

More, Better Early Education Could Help Close California's Achievement Gap

| Sarah Garland | Posted 12.27.2011 | Education

This article comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. This is the third of a three-part series. Read the first piece, English-Learning Students F...

On 10th Anniversary of Afghan War, Time to Exit Militarized US Foreign Policy

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 11.28.2011 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

October 7 marks the tenth anniversary of the US war in Afghanistan. After expending $4 trillion and thousands of lives, the US needs an exit from the depressing impasse of its militarized foreign policy.

Muslims Are More Peaceful Than Their Neighbors

Abdul Malik Mujahid | Posted 11.12.2011 | Religion
Abdul Malik Mujahid

Since Sept. 11, 2001, Muslim Americans have spent good amount of our time and resources praying, preaching and marching for peace. Still, Anxiety about Muslim Americans is at an all-time high.

Joy Resmovits

Teachers Should Make Between $60,000 and $150,000, Arne Duncan Says | Joy Resmovits | Posted 09.28.2011 | Education

WASHINGTON -- Teachers should have salaries starting at $60,000 and the opportunity to make up to $150,000 based on performance, U.S. Secretary of Edu...