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  • Watch out, 2020: Young voters are on the rise

    Vikianna Petit-Homme tried to get the Boston University student to look her in the eye. “I can’t vote,” implored Vikianna, the youth leader of March For Our Lives Boston, on the eve of the election. The BU student insisted he just didn’t have the time.

    Thu, 15 Nov 2018 14:53:57 -0500
  • In Sweden, conscription and a leaflet on how to prepare for war – just in case

    When Russia annexed Crimea in 2014 and began acting aggressively toward its immediate neighbors, perhaps none of the countries in the Nordic and Baltic region was more taken aback than neutral, pacifistic Sweden. After the end of the cold war, by 2004 Sweden had radically downsized its armed forces, adjusting their traditional territorial defense role in order to focus on select expeditionary missions. Since then, Sweden has worked to gear up its defense against Russia by various means, including the reintroduction of conscription and bringing military preparedness back into the public mindset, for example by circulating a pamphlet instructing the population what to do in case of war.

    Thu, 15 Nov 2018 12:32:37 -0500
  • A key ingredient in Amazon’s selection process

    In its selection of New York City as one of two places for a new headquarters, Amazon revealed a key necessity for such a big investment in one community. The tech giant first had to make sure that Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo would get along in shepherding the project. More than 200 places vied to be a second (or third) headquarters for Amazon.

    Wed, 14 Nov 2018 16:39:58 -0500
  • Behind breakup of Trump-Macron bromance, a deeper US-Europe divide

    It was clear from that first power-grip handshake a year ago between President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron that this was one bromance that was not destined to last. There were expressions of deep friendship between the two leaders, and even a White House state dinner in April feting both Mr. Macron and the Franco-American bond. The breakup of the West’s unlikely power couple was laid out over a painful weekend in Paris crafted by Macron to commemorate the centenary of the World War I armistice – only to be sealed Tuesday with a series of tweets from Mr. Trump.

    Wed, 14 Nov 2018 16:36:03 -0500
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