Nina Sparling

Donald Trump, Saudi Arabia

Human Rights of Little Concern in Middle East Arms Deals

Reading Time: 2 minutes A new report from the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service shows that the Trump administration has begun to adopt increasingly lax standards on the sale of arms to countries with dubious commitments to human rights. Regardless of track records on intensifying humanitarian crises, the administration has prioritized increasing the sale of weapons to the region — notably Read More

Kentucky Coal’s Adapt-or-Perish Moment

Reading Time: 4 minutes Can a solar farm bloom in the devastation left by an abandoned strip mine? Developments in Kentucky are putting a new face on the energy future of Appalachia — even as the Trump administration looks to turn the clock back to the 19th century.

Uber, taxis

Will Boycotts Change Anything?

Reading Time: 5 minutes #deleteUber was briefly the most popular hashtag on Twitter. Democrats built a “Boycott Trump” app. Could consumer boycotts, rather than traditional legislative efforts long dominated by powerful lobbying groups, allow the people to make their voices heard?