FROM Melissa Gira Grant
Decriminalizing Sex Work Yesterday, the global human rights group Amnesty International voted to support policies that decriminalize sex work. That includes selling sex, buying sex, or being the owner of a brothel. About 400 Amnesty delegates from 60 different countries voted on the proposal, which is the result of two years of research. Many human rights advocates, including former President Jimmy Carter, pushed Amnesty to adopt the Swedish model—in which sex workers are not penalized, but the buyers are.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
Trump says goodbye Paris Accord: What does it mean for U.S. and the planet? President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, the landmark international agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Trump was to renegotiate a new deal, but will that happen?
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?