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    Medical marijuana laws’ economic impact on organised crime

Medical marijuana laws’ economic impact on organised crime

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They make trafficking less profitable, reducing the benefit of investing in an expensive violence apparatus to protect supplies, write Evelina Gavrilova, Takuma Kamada, and Floris Zoutman.

Most large criminal organisations engage in international drug trafficking. Organisations such as the mafia and Mexican drug cartels have a comparative advantage in the drug market because they are willing and able to engage […]

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    Primary Primers: No matter who wins the Democratic primary, an end to ‘Forever War’ is unlikely

Primary Primers: No matter who wins the Democratic primary, an end to ‘Forever War’ is unlikely

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Since 2001, the US has been engaged in a global campaign of counterterrorism operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. Tom Watts writes that if a Democrat is elected to the White House in 2020, the ‘Forever/Endless War’ is unlikely to end. As presidential candidates, both Barack Obama and Donald Trump pledged to change how transnational terrorist organisations were fought, […]

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    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s primary victory was an outlier. Here’s how to encourage more Latino candidates to run for office.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s primary victory was an outlier. Here’s how to encourage more Latino candidates to run for office.

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Ahead of the 2018 midterms, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made international headlines by unseating 10-term incumbent Joe Crowley for the Democratic nomination for New York’s 14th US House District. In new research, Angela X. Ocampo and John L. Ray find that Ocasio-Cortez’s example is an unusual one: because of limited party support, Latinos are generally far less likely to run for […]

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    Trump’s reckless bludgeoning of the Iranian economy won’t force it to capitulate but shows that America still wields massive power.

Trump’s reckless bludgeoning of the Iranian economy won’t force it to capitulate but shows that America still wields massive power.

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In recent weeks President Trump has put increasing pressure on Iran over its nuclear program, with the Persian Gulf nation responding by shooting down a US drone and harassing shipping in the Strait of Hormuz. Christian Emery writes that President Trump’s ability to harm the Iranian economy through sanctions, over the objections of China and the EU, illustrates that […]

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    Workers would give up half their hourly wages in exchange for a steady job

Workers would give up half their hourly wages in exchange for a steady job

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Freelancers, gig workers and the self-employed like flexibility, but they would much prefer job security, writes Nikhil Datta.

The past two decades have seen a large increase in the number of workers engaged in “atypical” work arrangements. This type of work includes employment like zero-hour contracts (ZHCs), gig work such as driving an uber or taskrabbiting, and various types of […]

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    Book Review: Respawn: Gamers, Hackers and Technogenic Life by Colin Milburn

Book Review: Respawn: Gamers, Hackers and Technogenic Life by Colin Milburn

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In Respawn: Gamers, Hackers and Technogenic Life, Colin Milburn offers a detailed analysis of the entanglements of game cultures, political activism and the sociotechnical dilemmas of our present, drawing on a plethora of game examples and histories, online discussion threads and imagery. This is an engaging account that will be of interest to all those working at the intersections of digital media […]

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    Book Review: Belt and Road: A Chinese World Order by Bruno Maçães

Book Review: Belt and Road: A Chinese World Order by Bruno Maçães

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In Belt and Road: A Chinese World Order, Bruno Maçães discusses the contours and possibilities of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, an expansive project that explicitly seeks to reconfigure the contemporary global economy with socioeconomic and geopolitical implications for each of the countries involved. Maçães’s thorough analysis succeeds in capturing the exuberance as well as the apprehension generated by the […]

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    Bias of screening: when noise makes your criteria perform poorly

Bias of screening: when noise makes your criteria perform poorly

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When you excessively screen job candidates, this could lower the expected average value of the accepted applicants, write Ehud Lehrer and David Lagziel.

Screening occurs almost anywhere around us at any given moment. Though we might not be aware, it is essentially a daily routine. We screen career choices and investment opportunities; we screen job applicants, projects, and articles. Even […]

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    When state governments swerve left or right, voters’ support often changes with them 

When state governments swerve left or right, voters’ support often changes with them 

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A large amount of legislating and policymaking that affects Americans is produced by the states rather than the federal government. Often states’ policy choices reflect the ideology of its legislators. In new research, Stefani Langehennig, Joseph Zamadics and Jennifer Wolak investigate whether people’s approval of their state legislature depends on the political lean of the state government’s policies. They find that voters do care: […]

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    Better fiscal policy to help rural communities starts with better defining what rural means

Better fiscal policy to help rural communities starts with better defining what rural means

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What makes a community ‘rural’? Is it its population, or its location compared to urban areas? With the federal government allocating millions to support rural development, these definitions matter. In new research, Geoffrey Propheter tests a new definition of ‘rurality’ which incorporates population, population density, and airport proximity. He finds that depending on which definition is used, the likelihood […]

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