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How Russian special forces are shaping the fight in Syria

March 30th, 2016  |  Source: Washington Post

The troops that recently recaptured Palmyra, Syria, from the Islamic State included Syrian, Iranian and Hezbollah forces. And on Monday, Russian officials said there was another group that contributed to the victory: Russia’s elite special forces, also known as Spetsnaz.

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How did the opioid epidemic get so bad?

March 29th, 2016  |  Source: Boston Globe

Doctors are partly to blame, but so is a culture that demands zero pain after medical treatment.

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Trouble in Brazil

March 29th, 2016  |  Source: Bloomberg

With President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil looking increasingly likely to face impeachment by early May, investors are turning their attention to the man who’d succeed her.

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How to Get People to Delay Retirement

March 28th, 2016  |  Source: WSJ.com

Longer working lives are crucial to a secure financial retirement. Here’s how to encourage older workers to stay on the job, and companies to hire them

The average American retires relatively early, at 64 for men and 62 for women. But with life expectancy rising by one to three months with every year that passes, economists and policy experts say leaving the workforce at such ages is a luxury most people can no longer afford.


Forecasting Future Atrocities

March 25th, 2016  |  Source: PS Magazine

Researchers attempt to predict which countries are most at risk for genocide or politicide over the coming five years.


The Return on Investment in Affordable Housing

March 24th, 2016  |  Source: PS Magazine

The true cost of the lack of affordable housing in America.

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The Spread of Pro-Pot Legislation Across America

March 23rd, 2016  |  Source: PS Magazine

Nebraska and Oklahoma have a problem with Colorado's lax marijuana laws.


Big Maple: Demand for new sweeteners brings boom in Vermont

March 18th, 2016  |  Source: AP/Boston Globe

Once a side venture that helped farmers pay their taxes, Vermont maple syrup is becoming big business, with corporations buying up thousands of acres of trees as they bank in part on a rise in demand for alternative natural sweeteners.

In a state that often eschews outsiders as ‘‘flatlanders’’ and is fiercely protective of its image and branding, it’s perhaps surprising that smaller maple syrup operators don’t seem concerned about the big newcomers. That’s because demand continues to rise, they said.


Pobre México

March 17th, 2016  |  Source: PS Magazine

The millions of Mexicans who have evaded the legal immigration system work dangerous and dirty jobs for a fraction of American wages—and that's a national disgrace. But the end of cheap, vulnerable immigrant labor is near.


How Meditation Transformed This Entrepreneur's Approach To Work And Life

March 16th, 2016  |  Source: HuffPo

Louis Gagnon journeyed to India to share the power of mindful leadership

Louis Gagnon, president of the carpooling start-up ride.com and former executive at the audio content company Audible Inc., is eschewing the usual tech and entrepreneurship conference circuit for a rather unconventional sort of speaking engagement. 




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