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Recent Frank Fridays

  • Trump’s Electoral Support in a Deeply Divided Country The bitterly fought 2016 presidential election campaign ended with Donald Trump’s Electoral College victory over Hillary Clinton, which highlighted a deeply divided nation along race, class, and gender lines. It was the United States’ version of the Brexit vote: various analyses of the unexpected outcome have pointed to the support…
  • Could Hillary Clinton Be President? Even without a full endorsement by Republican Party elders, Donald Trump is poised to win the party’s presidential nomination at the convention this summer in Cleveland. The Democratic race, on the other hand, continues in full gear, although most pundits agree that Hillary Clinton will have the necessary delegate count…
  • Could Donald Trump Be President? House Speaker Paul Ryan said yesterday that he was “not ready” to endorse Donald Trump for president. This is a serious moment for the Republican Party; the presumed presidential nominee does not have the support of the highest ranking member of the party or the full support of staunch Republican donors…
  • Losing Food Stamps Will Only Lead to Greater Food Insecurity Close to a million people in the United States may lose food stamps benefits across the country as states reinstate time limits and work requirements that had been waived in the immediate aftermath of the economic downturn in 2008. About 45 million people currently receive benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP),…
  • The Moral and Economic Case for Women’s Leadership The 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is currently taking place at the United Nations with a focus on “women’s empowerment and its link to sustainable development.” For two weeks every year in March, the Commission comes together to assess the work of the United…
  • Reforming the Bail System Can Reduce Mass Incarceration in the U.S. The money-based bail system in the United States is an important contributing factor to the racial disparities within the criminal justice system in the country. At the national level, about62 percent of all people in jail are pre-trial detainees who are unable to post cash bonds or pay to be…
  • What Canada Can Teach Us About Gender Equality Canada’s new Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has made it his priority to bring greater gender diversity to the Canadian government by appointing 15 women to his 30-person cabinet, including native and foreign-born women. Asked why he had paid attention to this issue, he simply replied, “Because it’s 2015.” In the…
  • Gun Violence in the United States is Our Public Health Crisis Mass killings in the United States are now so commonplace that we barely skip a beat before going back to business as usual. News about our dysfunctional Congress dominate the headlines until there’s one more report of an incomprehensible mass killing at yet another school, college campus, church, movie theater, or…
  • Can world leaders implement the UN’s new Sustainable Development Goals? Last week, the United Nations released an ambitious global development agenda that serves as a blueprint for action for the next 15 years in the areas of poverty, inequality and climate change. Known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), they replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which expired this year.…
  • Is Pope Francis Our Best Steward for Environmental and Social Justice? In a highly anticipated visit, Pope Francis spoke yesterday at a joint meeting of Congress and urged them to cast aside their bitter partisan divides and step up to address the world’s most urgent priorities. Using his moral authority, the Pope spoke widely about the pressing need to address the very…

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