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Hugo Chavez: Lest We Forget

Conn Hallinan Dispatches From The Edge
"Charismatic and idiosyncratic, capable of building friendships. Communicating to the masses as few other leaders ever have, Mr. Chavez will be missed."

When Work Becomes a Sexual Battleground

International Labour Organization ILO Features
To mark International Women's Day on 8 March, which focuses on 'violence against women', the ILO is highlighting the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace - an often subtle but disturbing form of aggression.

Share of Homes With Guns Shows 4-Decade Decline

Sabrina Tavernise and Robert Gebeloff New York Times
The share of American households with guns has declined over the past four decades, a national survey shows, with some of the most surprising drops in the South and the Western mountain states, where guns are deeply embedded in the culture.

US nuclear exit?

John Mecklin Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Absent an extremely large injection of government funding or further life extensions, the reactors currently operating are going to end their licensed lifetimes between now and the late 2050s. They will become part of an economics-driven US nuclear phase-out a couple of decades behind the government-led nuclear exit in Germany.

Dissecting the Long, Deep Roots of Racial Profiling in America

Keith Rushing Huffington Post
Many think of racial profiling as a relatively recent problem that manifested in the 1980s when news of African Americans being pulled over for "driving while black" began making national headlines. The problem, however, dates back centuries and is a fairly recent manifestation of discriminatory conduct by law enforcement and the criminal justice system that dates back to at least the 1700s in the United States for people of African descent.

No, the United States Will Never, Ever Turn Into Greece

Matthew O'Brien The Atlantic
There isn't any evidence that the U.S., or other countries that borrow in currencies they control, face some debt tipping point after which borrowing costs spiral out of control. There isn't even much evidence this is true of Europe's troubled economies. Borrowing costs fell for the PIIGS in 2012 (one year after Greenlaw & Co.'s sample ended), not because those countries reduced their debt burdens, but because the ECB promised to do "whatever it takes" to save the euro.