Today's Takeaway | December 5, 2012

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Wednesday, December 05, 2012

lust, greed, envy, tall (Sophia D/flickr)

America's Changing Relationship with International Law | Lessons Learned from the Oslo Accords | Paris Opens Europe's First Gay-Friendly Mosque | "My Friend Dahmer": The Education of a Serial Killer | What Are the New Deadly Sins?

America's Changing Relationship with International Law

The vote to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities failed in the Senate yesterday by six votes. In recent years, American lawmakers and judges have become increasingly averse to international law. Gabor Rona, international legal director of Human Rights First, explains America's changing relationship to international law and how international treaties function with — or without — American leadership.

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Paris Opens Europe's First Gay-Friendly Mosque

Despite a long tradition of condemning homosexuality in Islam, Europe's first gay-friendly mosque opened last week in Paris. Similar efforts have also begun in the United States. Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed is the founder of the mosque.

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Young Latino Readers Search for Themselves in Books

Latino students now make up almost 25 percent of the country's public school population. But despite their numbers, young Latino readers still aren't seeing themselves in the books they read while at school. It's an issue that Motoko Rich has written about. She reports on education for our partner, The New York Times.

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Expanding the Sign Language Lexicon for Science

Regardless of the state of the law, people with disabilities have been finding their own way in the able-bodied world for some time. For example, in a highly technical field where terminology and vocabulary are highly specialized, how do you communicate efficiently? Caroline Solomon is a professor of biology at Gallaudet University who is trying to answer this question.


'My Friend Dahmer': The Education of a Serial killer

Serial killer Jeffery Dahmer was arrested in 1991 and charged with murdering 17 people. Derf Backderf went to school with Jeffrey Dahmer. After Dahmer's death, he finally sat down to tell his story about what it was like to have Dahmer as a classmate in "My Friend Dahmer."


What Are the New Deadly Sins?

Wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony. Why has Pope Gregory I's 650 AD list of deadly sins endured all these years later? Alex Clark, co-editor of “The Seven Deadly Sins: A Celebration of Virtue and Vice,” explains the social role sins have, and why it might be time for a modern update to an age-old list.

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