The disappearance of 43 students in the Mexican state of Guerrero has shed light on Enrique Peña Nieto’s failures as president; a study shows a last name can still “set you up for life”; meanwhile, Google Glass may not be a success, but smart glass technology may yet prevail. These discoveries and more below.

Why America Is to Blame for Mexico’s Carnage and Corruption The crisis over 43 massacred students shows how dysfunctional and corrupt Peña Nieto’s government is. And yet Obama keeps patting him on the back.

How Having the Right Surname Still Sets You Up for Life Experts found that that social status is consistently passed down among families over multiple generations.

Angela’s Assets She may be the world’s most powerful woman, but German chancellor Angela Merkel has governed with the utmost caution—one of several contradictions that make her an enigma at home and abroad.

How Obama Dumped Hagel He ‘just wasn’t the man for the job,’ the president concluded.

Is Internet Addiction a Real Thing? Marc Potenza, a psychiatrist at Yale and the director of the school’s Program for Research on Impulsivity and Impulse Control Disorders, has been treating addiction for more than two decades.

The Vanishing Apprenticeship Why the decline of newspapers is a troubling sign for aspiring writers, especially novelists.

Lieberman’s ‘Peace Plan’: Pay Israeli Arabs to Move to Palestinian State Foreign minister publishes new party platform, says Israel should offer Arabs ‘economic incentives’ to leave in order to help resolve the ‘duality and divided loyalties from which they are suffering.’

Turkish Novelas in Chile; Dateline Sweden Now that I’m moving between part-time academic posts in three countries, I’m lucky, needy, or nerdy enough, to look for, accept, or leap at short-term opportunities.

Rivlin Comes Out Against Netanyahu’s ‘Jewish State’ Bill President says proposal undermines Israel’s Jewish character, warning democracy and Judaism must remain equal; calls for referendum.

Google Glass Is Dead; Long Live Smart Glasses Even though Google’s head-worn computer is going nowhere, the technology is sure to march on.

Being Gay in China: Does the Rainbow Flag Fly Free? In this narrow Beijing hutong, the rainbow flag flies free.

The Pros and Cons of Living in a Treehouse These are homes for the kid in all of us—and grown-ups looking at housing from different vantage point.

Maybe You Don’t Need Long-Term Care Insurance After All The biggest threat to a retiree’s nest egg isn’t a stock market crash. It’s a long illness requiring round-the-clock care.


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