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Images From Protests for Palestine and Israel

In response to recent violence between Israel and Palestine spurred on by Israel’s attack on Al Aqsa mosque and the continued campaign of Palestinian displacement in East Jerusalem, activists in Los Angeles took to the streets in solidarity — with both sides.   

Images From Protests for Palestine and Israel

Reading Time: 4 minutesIn response to recent violence between Israel and Palestine spurred on by Israel’s attack on Al Aqsa mosque and the continued campaign of Palestinian displacement in East Jerusalem, activists in Los Angeles took to the streets in solidarity — with both sides. 

Reflections on the Tiananmen Square Massacre

Reading Time: 4 minutesOn June 4, 2021, the national flag was raised at 4:46 a.m. to the Chinese national anthem in Tiananmen Square. Bathed in the first rays of sunshine, streams of people — tourists, police guards, and morning exercisers — shared a moment of silence and watched as the flag rose.

A Minor Quake Hits a Popular Holiday Destination in China

Reading Time: 3 minutesDali, a popular tourist destination in Yunnan Province, China, was hit with a 6.4 magnitude on Friday. Three people were killed, and at least 28 were injured.

COVID-19 Raises the Stakes in Vegas

Reading Time: 4 minutesOpulence and eye-catching neon lights dominate the Las Vegas landscape, but just beneath the glitter lies a much different, dour place. While tourists pack the Strip, people experiencing homelessness crowd the nearby storm tunnels — and COVID-19 has upped the ante.

Delicious Turmeric and Its Amazing Healing Powers

Reading Time: 5 minutesNo matter what the law says, you probably shouldn’t be eating out yet. But why not invite a few friends or relatives over for a dinner party? (As long as they have been fully vaccinated.) And serve something more exotic than what you normally have around the house. Like Indian food. It’s easier to cook than you may think, and we will show you how.  

COVID-19 Worldview: New York City’s Coronavirus Comeback

Reading Time: 2 minutesBack in April 2020, New York City had the dubious distinction of being one of the few epicenters of the COVID-19 pandemic in the US. While that title has since shifted to other states and cities across the country, New York continues to suffer carrying the burden of over 1.8 million reported cases and 49,351 deaths since last year.

COVID-19 Worldview: Las Vegas Lights Get a Bit Brighter

Reading Time: 2 minutesThe lights of the famed Las Vegas Strip keep getting brighter as Nevada’s fight against the virus steadily improves.After suffering a devastating unemployment rate of 10.4 percent — deemed the highest among all large cities in the US by the Bureau of Labor Statistics — the Las Vegas Strip, the state’s largest tourist attraction, is now up and running after G

COVID-19 Worldview: Students Return to a New Manchester

Reading Time: < 1 minuteThe vibrant student city of Manchester, UK, remains uncharacteristically dark. Normally home to nearly 400,000 students across 20 different colleges and universities, the once-bustling town was muffled when its educational institutions closed, forcing most of its young residents to return home to their families. 

COVID-19 Worldview: LA Finds Respite After A Long Winter

Reading Time: 2 minutesFollowing a deadly surge in COVID-19 cases, Los Angeles County is getting a welcomed break from a punishing death rate and strict stay at home orders. 

COVID-19 Worldview: Wisconsin to Accelerate Vaccination Plan

Reading Time: 2 minutesThe US has passed the first year in its battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, one marked by social distancing, mask-wearing, and endless sacrifices.

COVID-19 Worldview: Seattle Faces New Coronavirus Strain

Reading Time: 2 minutesThe US has passed the first year in its battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, one marked by social distancing, mask-wearing, and endless sacrifices.

COVID-19 Worldview: Texas Reopens as Virus Cases Decrease

Reading Time: 2 minutesThe US has passed the first year in its battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, one marked by social distancing, mask-wearing, and endless sacrifices.

Uncharted Territory: Teaching Special Ed Amid COVID-19

Reading Time: 3 minutesOPINIONThis personal essay is part of WhoWhatWhy’s ongoing on the challenges and opportunities the coronavirus pandemic poses for the US education

Cheers and Jeers for Speakers’ Lineup at Democratic Convention

Reading Time: 4 minutes— COMMENTARY/HUMOR —When former two-term President Bill Clinton takes the (virtual) stage this week at the Democratic presidential nominating convention in Milwaukee, you would expect all the party faithful to be excited at the prospect.You would be wrong.“Why the F*ck is Creepy Bill Clinton Speaking?” began a

Surprising Benefits of Isolation Discovered During the Lockdown

Reading Time: 5 minutesSlurping down slushies on warm cafeteria benches. Treading up steep stairways and laughing as our legs burn. Promising to be the godmothers to each other&;s children, jokingly of course.

Going to School Has Never Been Safe for My Child

Reading Time: 4 minutesThis story is part of WhoWhatWhy’s ongoing series on the challenges and opportunities the coronavirus pandemic poses for the US education system on all levels.

A Murderous Evening in the Old South

Reading Time: 3 minutesPresident Donald Trump America “has been gripped by professional anarchists” and he knows what to do about them: Looters should be shot, peaceful protesters clubbed and tear-gassed —

GOP Leaders Cover Up COVID-19 Threat After Rep Tests Positive

Reading Time: < 1 minuteThe COVID-19 pandemic has not made relations between opposing political factions any easier. In a major blowup Wednesday, state Rep. Brian K.

Who Thinks About Nuclear War in a Time of Plague?

Reading Time: 6 minutes— OPINION — It’s less than two minutes to midnight, according to the Doomsday Clock, designed by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists in 1947 to express “the world’s vulnerability to catastrophe from nuclear weapons, climate change, and disruptive technologies in other domains.” 

Teachers Say Online Schools Best Bet Until Further Notice

Reading Time: < 1 minuteIn all but four states, schools have been shuttered for the rest of the year. That means parents, teachers, and students alike are doing their work from home.While many teachers miss their classrooms and wish things could get back to normal, they agree with the decision to call school off indefinitely.

Death Panels Are Real, Thanks to the Coronavirus

Reading Time: 7 minutesOpinion — Sarah Palin, the Republican 2008 vice-presidential candidate, whined about Obamacare “death panels” and predicted that bureaucrats would soon decide who gets lifesaving medical care and who doesn’t. Palin’s creation of the term was named by PolitiFact as its “Lie of the Year” for 2009.  Death panels were inconceivable.

Public’s Voice Needed, Even in a Pandemic

Reading Time: 4 minutesAs these words are being written, the clock is ticking on comment periods on a number of crucial proposals from the Trump administration — rule changes that could jeopardize public health and safety, and the environment. 

Now We Know Why Trump Thinks He Is Polling Well

Reading Time: < 1 minuteIf we could use only one example to show the bias of Fox News, it would be this viewer “poll.” Editor’s Note: The fight against the spread of coronavirus is demanding a lot of all of us, and it is a serious challenge for countries across the globe.

The Electoral College: Rubber Stamp or Kingmaker?

Reading Time: 6 minutesProtecting Out Vote 2020When the Electoral College convened following the 2016 election, Peter Chiafalo, Levi Guerra, and Esther John decided not to vote for Hillary Clinton.

Not Feeling the Bern

Reading Time: 4 minutesEditor’s Note: This is one in an occasional series of viewpoint pieces on the candidates. At WhoWhatWhy, we’re especially interested in hearing from those who have had documentable personal experiences with candidates that may provide insight into their priorities, manner, and character. 

Brain-Dead Republicans Acquit Guilty President — Now What?

Reading Time: 4 minutesOPINION One of the most edifying aspects of the recent impeachment process has been the sheer, magnificent variety of Republican approaches to denying reality and avoiding accountability, for themselves and their president. Putting aside the creativity, the bottom line is that not a single Republican made a compelling or coherent case for acquitting the president.

Is Boris Johnson Playing Chicken With Donald Trump?

Reading Time: 3 minutesLONDON During the recent UK general election, a key attack line for the Labour party was to cast Prime Minister Boris Johnson as the lapdog of Donald Trump.

Twitter, Trump, and Me: A Confession

Reading Time: 5 minutesHello, my name is Julian and I am an addict. My addiction has made me depressed and anxious, put a strain on my marriage, and wasted years of my life. But here’s the good news: I have now been Twitter-free for three weeks. It has been a rough road getting here.