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Retired teacher and volunteer Eva Agkisalaki clears tables at a soup kitchen run by the Orthodox church in Athens, Greece, February 15, 2017. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

Photo-essay: Greeks slide deeper into poverty, by Alkis Konstantinidis  Retired teacher and volunteer Eva Agkisalaki clears tables at a soup kitchen run by the Orthodox church in Athens, Greece, February 15, 2017. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

Reports

Will 2017 bring surprises for European integration? by Lionel Page     Analysis

There can be little doubt that this year’s elections in Germany and France may determine the future of the European Union. For nearly a decade now, the EU has been facing unprecedented challenges that comprise an existential threat. But the tide could yet turn.

When Evidence Says No, But Doctors Say Yes, by David Epstein, ProPublica   Report

Years after research contradicts common practices, patients continue to demand them and doctors in the U.S. continue to deliver. The result is an epidemic of unnecessary and unhelpful treatment.

Greeks slide deeper into poverty, by Alkis Konstantinidis  Photo-essay

The global financial crisis and its fallout forced four euro zone countries to turn to international lenders. Ireland, Portugal and Cyprus all went through rescues and are back out, their economies growing again. But Greece, the first into a bailout in 2010, has needed three. Rescue funds from the European Union and International Monetary Fund saved Greece from bankruptcy, but the austerity and reform policies the lenders attached as conditions have helped to turn recession into a depression.

Commentary:

Technology, not trade, real job-killer, by Tom Regan   Column

I hate to be the bearer of bad news but those jobs U.S. President Donald Trump promised aren’t coming back. And for others, there’s a very good chance that soon more people will be out of work. It won’t happen because of production going to China or Mexico, or and an immigrant or refugee taking jobs. It will be because of technology.

Under Trump, Is It Game Over for the Climate Fight? by Bill McKibben  Commentary

Donald Trump’s ascension to the presidency is a stunning blow to hopes for avoiding the worst impacts of global warming. But a broad-based, grassroots movement committed to cutting emissions and promoting clean energy must continue and intensify – the stakes are simply too high to give up.

I Cover Hate. I Didn’t Expect It at My Family’s Jewish Cemetery, by Ariana Tobin  Essay

The American cemetery  Chesed Shel Emeth, where Ariana Tobin’s relatives are buried was vandalized in February 2017. As authorities investigate whether it was a hate crime, she relates it to the project she works on for ProPublica,  “Documenting Hate.”  It’s about confronting the ugliness and comforting the scared, she notes — but it’s also about giving real answers, using actual numbers and telling true stories when our children ask questions like, “What happened to the Jews?”

In case you missed them:

America: One Nation Under Allah/TOM REGAN

WASHINGTON DIARY: the women’s march/ CHERYL HAWKES   Column

Media literacy in a post-fact age/PENNEY KOME   Column

Churchill essay on aliens timely reminder of modern dangers/ELIZABETH TASKER   Analysis

Europe’s ‘multi-morbidity:’ John Keane with Claus Offe/JOHN KEANE   Analysis

Canada-EU Pact Touted as Model Trade Deal/PHILIP BLENKINSOP  Report

The Death of a Businessman, the Philippines’ Drug War/KAREN LEMA & MARTIN PETTY  Report

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