Students have reacted to claims from university professors that they struggle to read books from cover to cover by admitting it is true - but insisting it's because universities don't give them enough time to finish them. University academics caused a furore this week by claiming many students found the thought of reading books all the way to the end "daunting", due to shorter attention spans and an inability to focus on complex philosophies. read more
Former President Bill Clinton fired back at Black Lives Matter protesters who repeatedly interrupted him during a campaign event for his wife, Hillary Clinton, in Philadelphia Thursday. "I like protesters, but the ones who won't let you answer are afraid of the truth," Clinton said, before attempting to defend some of the more controversial policies of his own presidency, such as the 1994 Violent Crime Control Act, that have prompted activist criticism against Hillary Clinton's White House bid. "I don't know how you would characterize the gang leaders who got 13-year-old kids hopped up on crack and sent them out onto the street to murder other African-American children," Bill Clinton told protesters, defending his wife's controversial "super predators" comment. "Maybe you thought they were good citizens; she didn't. You are defending the people who killed the lives you say matter." read more
Some male Muslim students in Switzerland will no longer need to shake hands with their female teachers, following a ruling that has caused an uproar and consternation in the country.
Education authorities in the northern Swiss municipality of Therwil, in the canton of Basel-Country, reached the controversial decision after two male students complained that the Swiss custom of shaking hands with the teacher is counter to their religious beliefs if the teacher is a woman. read more
Inequality has risen. Jobs are going overseas. The more the stock market rises, the more the working class feels crushed by globalization.
And all of this has occurred exactly as Democrats have engineered it. Stuff happens, they say. The truth hurts.
The elite professional class, in the 1950s one of the Republican party's most reliable constituencies, became the very heart of the Democrats by the 1990s. The party of labor morphed into the party of lawyers. This didn't happen by accident. read more
Hillary Clinton's cozy ties to Washington's powerful neocons have paid off with the endorsement of Robert Kagan, one of the most influential neocons. But it also should raise questions among Democrats about what kind of foreign policy a President Hillary Clinton would pursue, writes Robert Parry. read more