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The Secret to Saving the Lives of Black Mothers and Babies

Lisa Rab Politico
Studies show that doulas help reduce the rate of caesarean surgeries, which is higher among black women, and other costly interventions. They can even alleviate some socioeconomic factors that contribute to poor maternal health.

Why Did the Pentagon Push the FDA to Approve a Powerful New Opioid?

Kastalia Medrano Gizmodo
Editorial cartoon on addiction
In 2018, the Food and Drug Administration approved America’s newest opioid, the strongest prescription painkiller available and the first one brought to you by the Pentagon, which pushed for the drug’s expedited approval and endorses its benefits.

The Limits of Capitalism

Laurie E. Adkin The Socialist Project
We are at a crossroads where either global apartheid and authoritarian, nativist regimes will prevail, or a radical democratization from below motivated by humanist and universal values as well as love of biodiversity.

Higher Minimum Wage, Fewer Suicides

Dylan Matthews Vox
Four recent studies suggest that higher minimum wage laws might save lives. The newest paper estimated that a $1 increase in the minimum wage led to a 3.4 to 5.9 percent decline in suicides among adults with a high school education or less.