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Profound Rebuilding Needed to Shore Up U.S. Democracy

Sunrise at Capitol Hill in Washington DC

Rachel Kleinfeld

SENIOR FELLOWDEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND GOVERNANCE PROGRAM

American democracy has been deeply damaged by a president’s refusal to concede power and his supporters’ use of violence and intimidation to pressure political officials—problems fueled by polarization and an antidemocratic faction of the Republican Party. Here’s where the fault lines come …

Uber was swindled out of $100m in ad spend

Uber losing $100m on ad spend shines light on the (often ineffective) programmatic ad industry.

Nandini Jami blew our collective minds when she resurfaced this story over the weekend.In 2017, her internet watchdog organization Sleeping Giants was nipping at Uber’s heels over ads the rideshare company placed on Breitbart.Uber responded by cutting ~$15m worth of adsSurprisingly, the …

UN chief welcomes new Government in Lebanon, after eight-month impasse

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres welcomed, on Friday, the announcement of a new Government in Lebanon; the result of eight months of negotiation, following general elections last May.

He congratulated Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Lebanon’s political leadership, saying that he looks forward “to working closely with the new Government to continue to address urgent …

FROM THE FIELD: ‘Miraculous’ music made by hearing-impaired children

The children, who practiced for six months for a Christmas carol concert held in the capital Beirut, attend a specialist school for young people with hearing disabilities which is supported by the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR.

Twenty-four Syrian refugees are enrolled in the school.

The children are unable to hear themselves sing clearly so had to …

UN ceasefire monitoring chief tours Yemeni port of Hudaydah

The head of the UN team which is monitoring and helping implement a ground-breaking ceasefire across Yemen’s crucial port city of Hudaydah, had his first face-to-face meeting with authorities there on Monday.

Retired Dutch General Patrick Cammaert and his advance team, also undertook “a familiarization visit” to the Port itself, where close to eighty per …