We don’t know where the world is headed, but we know where part of its problems began: in the bedroom on the second floor of a Tudor in Queens where Donald Trump was probably conceived. Now an Airbnb, one Newsweek reporter spends the night there to help understand… well, everything.
Gentrification is a global socioeconomic problem. These are the people fighting it in Los Angeles’ Boyle Heights, where the overwhelming majority of residents are Latino renters living on the poverty line, and especially susceptible to being driven out.
Legends say that a 16th century Spanish galleon traveled into what’s now California’s arid interior and got stranded, leaving its hull and cargo buried in the desert for modern treasure-hunters to find. Or not; the story isn’t verified. No one agrees on the details, whether it was Spanish or Viking, in California or Mexico. People still search for it. What’s real? Should people believe any of this?
Many Californians reject Trump’s values, policy and thinking about climate change, immigration and equality, and they are sending a clear message: they will resist. With the sixth largest economy in the world that contributes billions to the federal budget and huge amounts of America’s domestic food supply, California wields a lot of power and offers a vision of America’s future. But can it influence federal decisions?
When UC Berkeley, once a hotbed of political activism and progressive thinking, tried to stop an undergraduate peace and conflict studies major from teaching a class on Palestinian history, it fueled a hot-button debate about Anti-Semitism, academic freedom and the ways universities can foster inclusive intellectual discourse.
“Perhaps what Will Hunting says to a pompous Harvard scholar is really true: ‘You dropped a hundred and fifty grand on an education you coulda’ picked up for a dollar fifty in late charges at the public library.’ Except, of course, an Ivy League education has become even more obscenely expensive in the 17 years since Good Will Hunting romanticized Southie autodidactism.” An examination of three books criticizing the Ivy League.