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President Lyndon B Johnson signing the Civil Rights Bill, April 11, 1968

U.S. Supreme Court Rules on Upholding Housing Discrimination Law

Jul 15, 2015
Supreme Court upholds key tool for fighting housing bias by ruling on Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, challenging race-neutral policies that have negative effects on minorities.

El Chapo Escapes: Major Setback for Mexico’s War on Organized Crime

Jul 14, 2015
The drug lord known as “El Chapo” has escaped from a maximum security prison for a second time. What are the implications for Mexico’s war on organized crime? Mexico Institute Director Duncan Wood provides an overview.

Sexual Scandal: Law and Justice in Russia

Jul 07, 2015
"The Russian uproar over Jennifer Fichter's case is yet another example of the tendency to separate legality from justice. The view in Russia is that although the woman did wrong, her victims partook of the pleasures, and so of the responsibility," writes Sergey Radchenko.

Russia's Virtual Universe

Jul 05, 2015
"Even as our government becomes less and less 'Soviet,' as it consolidates and whittles down health clinics, schools and other services, the Kremlin keeps imposing the old Soviet world view on our citizens," writes Maxim Trudolyubov.

5 Reasons America Should Fear the Global Middle Class

Jul 02, 2015
"U.S. officials understandably are focused on America’s middle class, but they should also pay closer attention to the ways in which the growing global middle class may undermine American interests, beyond its acknowledged effects on climate change and resource scarcity," writes Brenda Seaver.

Powerless in Pakistan

Jun 30, 2015
"Pakistan is in the midst of rapid urbanization — a major societal shift that could worsen the effects of energy problems in the years ahead...With droves of Pakistanis entering cities and becoming dependent on grids, supply pressures will deepen exponentially," writes Michael Kugelman.

The New Ukrainian Exceptionalism

Jun 23, 2015
"The new Ukrainian exceptionalism comes at a high price for Ukrainian civil society and for the international community focused on helping Ukraine," write Matthew Rojansky and Mykhailo Minakov.

Orthodoxy and the Future of Secularism After the Maidan

Jun 12, 2015
In many ways the undeclared war between Russia and Ukraine has triggered seismic shifts in the religious landscape in the two countries. Although united by a common Eastern Christian faith tradition, Russia and Ukraine are increasingly separated by the same. After more than twenty years of an independent Ukrainian state that has adopted its own legislative policies toward religious institutions and the means of regulating the exchange of peoples, goods and ideas, a growing number of differences in terms of cultural values and political orientations are now manifest between the two countries.

Los conflictos que distancian a los líderes de América Latina

May 31, 2015
Cynthia J. Arnson is quoted about the regional differences that might impede the process of integrating Latin American nations. This article is in Spanish.

Just the Facts: What is “Fact Checking” and Why is it Growing?

May 22, 2015
Journalism, at its best, is a search for truth. And identifying the truth involves getting the facts correct. But a movement known as “Fact Checking” is growing globally and takes what some consider standard journalism practice to new heights. Following the release of a new report on fact checking, we spoke with Jane Elizabeth from the American Press Institute about the findings and to learn more about the practice. She provides an overview in this edition of CONTEXT.