Tales From the International Food Police

Eugene Durante

Warning! Your brown-bagged lunch may be illegal. “Sounds Cheesy” you might think, but the Swiss or mozzarella cheese on your sandwich may be considered contraband if the international food police are successful. The same goes for many meats, salads, teas and hundreds of other foods produced without authorization. Food inspectors around the globe are engaged in a conflict over regulations for trade. Because of varied production standards across borders, food manufacturers have struggled to develop trade agreements to satisfy the global marketplace. 

What is the U.N. Plan to Help Climate Migrants?

Megan Darby

In a report released this week, the ‘task force on displacement’ called for better data collection and analysis on climate migration trends, and finance to help those hardest hit. “The UN currently lacks a systemwide lead, coordination mechanism, or strategy on disaster displacement, including related to climate change,” wrote the authors, who mostly represent UN agencies. They called on Secretary General Antonio Guterres to develop a response.

Why New Orleans Is My Favorite American City

Panama Jackson

Cliché as this will be, I’m starting with the quite obvious ability to walk around with that drank. Sure, Bourbon Street smells like Hurl of Christmas Past and you’re likely to see a person laid out face down in the street, not dead, just passed out from all of the Everclear 151 and sugar mixtures. Hurricanes, Hand Grenades and Anti-Freeze, oh my! And the fishbowls, lawd the fishbowls. Drink responsibly, of course. But the ability to truly keep the party going at any and all times puts New Orleans at the top of the list by default. 

The Trump Administration and the Problem of Small-Town Police Abuses

Ian MacDougall

But Jeff Sessions, who took office as attorney general just months after the Justice Department report, has a different view. He considers his predecessors’ reform efforts, particularly via consent decree, to be gross federal overreach that denigrates and demoralizes police. Sessions all but declared that the Justice Department was getting out of the business of meaningful police reform. 

The Paintings of Tennessee Williams

The Editors

“The fact that Williams painted, much less that he painted in Key West, is a surprise to many and his paintings have mostly remained outside of the public eye. We are honored to have these works here at the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, and to be one of the few museums that David Wolkowsky has selected to exhibit these works outside of their Key West home,” according to Susan Gladstone, the Executive Director of the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU

Passing Fad or Fact? Analyzing Benefits of the Ketogenic Diet

Caitlin Cohen

Another example is those who are diabetic and try the diet. The Keto diet already requires people to cut out refined sugars and excess carbs—two factors that diabetics are recommended to avoid due the risk of increasing already high blood sugar. Therefore, someone with diabetes may try Keto with the goal of managing their blood sugar levels. Keeping personal goals other than weight loss in mind when making such a drastic change in diet or lifestyle is important. The desire to only follow the Ketogenic diet for rapid weight loss may not be the best reason to try it if there isn’t much weight to lose. 

Paris Painters Take on Onslaught of Encroaching Cafes

Jack Hunter

For decades, the artists of Montmartre have dazzled sightseers with their rapidly delivered portraits, paintings of Parisian scenes and cartoonish caricatures. But now the painters are threatening to fold up their easels and relocate elsewhere in the French capital, accusing restaurateurs of encroaching on their space.“It’s very difficult to paint now – it’s almost impossible,” said painter Midani M’Barki, 70. “We are now working in the gutter. Is it normal for artists to be put in the gutter?”

The Lawsuit Against Harvard and Its Alleged Discriminatory Practices

Rae Ann Varona

In its filing, the Justice Department called the scoring system “vague and elusory.” In its press release, it said that the university “scores Asian-American applicants lower on the personal rating than white applicants.” According to the university, the personal rating is meant to reflect on a “wide range of applicant information or applicant information, such as personal essays, which Harvard uses to understand the applicant’s full life story.”

A Victory for Colin Kaepernick

Monique Judge

Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem in August 2016—while he was still a quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers—as a means of protesting police brutality, the extrajudicial killing of black people by police, and racial inequality. His silent, respectful protest gained momentum as other players across the league and across American sports joined him by kneeling or speaking out against inequality. 

Capturing the Graffiti and Street Art of Porto, Portugal

John David Rowley

The best way to discover Porto is on foot, allowing you to explore its many nooks and crannies, from steep staircases and laundry-festooned alleyways to huge, tree-lined avenues with monumental buildings and many churches. One thing you notice almost immediately is the graffiti. As with many southern European cities, graffiti is rampant. There is a lot of “tagging,” the modern equivalent of writing “Kilroy was here,” I suppose, but somehow not nearly as charming or attractive.

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