Newsweek 5/14/2021

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the archives

1993 “Looking to a possible next war, the Pentagon is fighting the last one, seeing intervention in Bosnia as Desert Storm II,” Newsweek wrote. There were 2.28 million refugees displaced or trapped within Bosnia and Herzegovina, with another 1.76 million scattered across Europe. U.N. troops were already on the ground in opposition to the Serbs, but what was needed was “to give those forces more clout.” The Clinton administration opted for a strategy of embargos and air strikes until, in 1995, the atrocities kept growing. That year, the U.S. deployed troops and assisted the negotiation of the Dayton Peace Accords. 1963 Concerned by the “rapidly expanding knowledge of the biochemists who may soon possess the ultimate secret of life,” some scientists feared they were “playing God,” said Newsweek. Since the 2009 invention of…

the hidden tax on women

@AnitaDiamant “The economic divide has never been as clear in history as we are witnessing now.” » P.61 Period poverty encompasses the lack of access to the basic necessities for menstruation—hygiene products, of course, but also clean water, sanitation and education about biology and reproduction—and it includes a great deal more than this as well. Without access to these basic necessities, people who menstruate the world over are marginalized and regularly unable to participate in school, work and other activities. With 800 million people menstruating at any given time, removing the barriers to affordable menstrual products are essential. In her new book, PERIOD. END OF SENTENCE (Scribner, May), Anita Diamant tackles the causes of menstrual inequity, why it is such a problem, which countries and organizations are taking the lead in eradicating…

q&a: anita diamant

How’d you get interested in this? I’ve written a lot about women’s health issues. I had recently published some essays about women who died in menstrual tents in rural Nepal, and the need for menstrual justice worldwide when Melissa Berton asked if I would be interested in writing this book. Perfect timing. What is most important for everyone to understand about the danger in stigmatizing periods? When menstruation is stigmatized, women become second-class citizens, and their self-esteem suffers. (The same holds true for non-female-identified menstruators.) The curse is one of the oldest and most common euphemisms for menstruation, which makes a healthy function of human anatomy into something shameful, polluting and even dangerous (to others). Menstruation isn’t a curse, but stigma is. In your bestselling novel, The Red Tent, women from Biblical times find…

how to support your graduating senior

@lindseypollak WEARING A CAP AND GOWN. Listening to inspiring words from assorted luminaries. Hearing the dean of students read off your name—not in person, but from a Zoom screen. Such is the state of college graduations these days. But this isn’t only about missing out on experiences most of us have enjoyed. The Class of 2021 is entering a challenging job market, perhaps like none other. While recent unemployment numbers have been encouraging, hiring for entry level, college grad positions has fallen 45 percent since the start of the pandemic, according to data from Burning Glass Technologies, a labor-market analytics firm. The bottom line: Four million graduates are going to need a lot of help and shouldn’t have to go it alone. Here’s how we—educators, parents and friends—can help. Become a Micro-Mentor Being asked, “Will you…

moving forward

@meghan_roos New York’s Democratic governor, Andrew Cuomo, became a popular leader in the fight against COVID-19 in the pandemic’s early stages, but recent scandals involving sexual harassment allegations and accusations about the state covering up virus deaths among nursing home residents have battered his image. As the scandals heated up earlier this year, Democratic New York Assemblyman Ron Kim publicly called out the governor, a man not known for forgiving slights. In February, Kim accused Cuomo of threatening him in response and called for the governor’s removal from office. Cuomo has denied any wrongdoing and said he does not intend to leave office before the end of his term. In the meantime, Kim and his colleagues have focused on pushing through a budget for the new fiscal year. Kim recently spoke to Newsweek…

can america seize this moment?

I want us to have a hard conversation— about race, about injustice and about the possibility that America could seize the unprecedented moment we are in right now, the aftermath of prosecutors and a jury finally holding a violent police officer accountable for killing an unarmed Black man, to finally address the systemic problems that brought us to this point. But first I’d like to talk not about racism and murder, but about peanut butter. Yeah, peanut butter. Imagine with me for a moment that the FDA has issued an emergency nationwide recall on peanut butter. All of it. Creamy and crunchy. The organic expensive stuff and the super processed store brands. Even products that have peanut butter in them, from Uncrustables to Captain Crunch, they’ve all gotta go. I don’t…