New York State Officials Recommend Legalizing Marijuana

As the United States faces a devastating opioid epidemic, New York State officials have offered up one potential alternative: marijuana. In a report released Friday by the New York State Department of Health after consultations with a range of state agencies, officials laid out a case to legalize recreational marijuana sales to help curb addiction to […]

Illuminating the Shadowy Art of Armenian Puppet Theater

Illuminating the Shadowy Art of Armenian Puppet Theater

Behind a screen, puppets mounted on long, slim sticks dance and sway, twirling, backlit so that only their dark shadows appear, while puppeteers called Karagyoz players sing, provide sound effects and create voices for the characters. An interpreter translates, telling in English the Armenian stories like a libretto for an opera, so the audience will […]

Works by Over 100 Contemporary Artists Take Over Cleveland

Works by Over 100 Contemporary Artists Take Over Cleveland

This summer, Cleveland joins the ranks of Venice, Miami, Berlin and other global cities known in the art world for their citywide art exhibitions with the introduction of FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art. Kicking off July 14 and continuing through September 30, the inaugural event features the work of more than 100 local, […]

Raising a Glass to Armenia’s Elaborate Toasting Tradition

Raising a Glass to Armenia’s Elaborate Toasting Tradition

In Armenia, you learn quickly that “cheers” doesn’t cut it: Feasts among friends often entail elaborate ordered toasts sprinkled with poetry, religion, folk song and history. Armenians take toasts so seriously that they often nominate a tamadan (toastmaster) to hold court over, say, steaming bowls of khash or glistening mounds of stuffed grape leaves, and […]

Nevada Is About to Kill an Inmate Using a Drug Mix That’s Never Been Tried Before

Scott Dozier is scheduled to die on Wednesday. The Nevada inmate has been on death row since 2007 for having shot and dismembered 22-year-old Jeremiah Miller in a drug-related crime in 2002. Eight days before the execution, the state announced that they would use a new combination of drugs to put Dozier to death.  “There are so many concerns and […]

Prosecutors Are Using Jailhouse Snitches to Send Innocent People to Death Row

For the last two decades, Curtis Flowers has been on death row in Mississippi for a 1996 quadruple murder. He has consistently maintained his innocence and appealed his case six different times on issues ranging from racial bias in jury selection to prosecutorial misconduct. But each time, District Attorney Doug Evans succeeded in keeping Flowers behind bars, largely […]

In Some Countries, Following the Hippocratic Oath Is a Crime

Since 1864, international law has guaranteed medical workers the ability to provide care without fear of persecution. Whether treating the wounds of enemy soldiers on the battlefield, or providing medical care to foreign nationals who may be considered suspicious, this freedom from prosecution has long been seen by human rights advocates as fundamental to ensuring the universal right […]

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