Wednesday 2/1  - Nataliya Vasilyeva, AP - 40% of all violent crime in Russia occurs at home, so why is Parliament weakening the law on domestic violence?

Wednesday 2/1
Nataliya Vasilyeva, AP
40% of all violent crime in Russia occurs at home, so why is Parliament weakening the law on domestic violence?

  It wasn’t that long ago, maybe 20 years, what’s usually counted as a generation, that a popular kind of sleeveless mean’s under-shirt was called, at least in the NY Metropolitan area, a “wife-beater.” You don’t hear that label applied much anymore.  Why?  Because using it as a common phrase “normalized” wife-beating, made it something that poor, uneducated, unfashionable people just did, and nowadays, the popular consensus in America is, wide-beating isn’t normal, isn’t acceptable. That is not the consensus…

Tuesday 1/31 - Christopher Livesay - PBS NewsHour - US boots on the ground along Russia's western borders

Tuesday 1/31
Christopher Livesay
PBS NewsHour
US boots on the ground along Russia's western borders

  The tempo of military life is usually summed up as “hurry up and wait.”   But for 4000 American soldiers based at Fort Carson, Colorado, the formula was reversed over the past year.  What started as un-urgent and generic training for potential exercises in Europe, became a sharply-focused, quickly-executed deployment to Poland.  It’s the largest deployment of US troops to Europe since the Cold War ended more than 25 years ago, and it is the first ever US military presence…

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