The world in 2030: Twenty-somethings will define the 2020s

Twenty-Somethings will define the world in 2030. All other generations would be wise to follow the advice of surrealist artist Salvador Dalí: “The problem with today’s youth is not being a part of it anymore.” 

Thanks to Twenty-Somethings, across the next decade, international trade will be managed for social justice, Islamist extremism will be moribund, liberal arts will flourish again, and and ecological sins will be repented. To those today to whom “O.K., Boomer” is rightly said, the world in 2030 will look surreal.

Kansas schools protect LGBTQ students as legal experts dismiss lawsuit concerns

A Wichita teacher accused the district’s school board of moving slowly on passing protections for LGBTQ students at the start of its December meeting.

Later in the meeting, after the district did pass such a statement, one of the board’s longest serving members announced his resignation.

Kansas schools have been adding gender identity and sexual orientation to their nondiscrimination policies. Olathe and Manhattan updated their policies this past year while Topeka did so about a decade ago.

Stolen and erased

A Navajo girl was exploited and sex trafficked in urban and rural New Mexico. Why did so many fail to help her? 

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Eva was found at dusk one Tuesday in late December 2016, standing in a parking lot in northeast Albuquerque. The 15-year-old Navajo girl had been missing more than two weeks when her grandmother got a call from the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s office — saying her silver Ford truck had been recovered.

“I don’t care about the truck, what about my granddaughter?” Heidi demanded. 

The markets have spoken: Phase one trade deal between the U.S. and China is ‘no victory’

From Shanghai to London, stocks rallied on Friday morning as a "Phase One" trade deal was reached between China and the Trump Administration—that is, until the details were announced.

By noon in New York, the major indices still trading were swooning, with the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average in negative territory, ceding big early gains.

What happened?

Trade law expert says WTO Appellate Body impasse 'major setback' to multilateral trade

KANSAS CITY, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- It's "tragic" to see the World Trade Organization (WTO) Appellate Body be "asphyxiated" by the United States, said a law professor and an international trade expert, who calls the current state of the body a step back for the multilateral trading system.

"When you remove a pillar of adjudication that stands for equal justice and that provides a level playing field, you introduce more political power elements into dispute resolution," Raj Bhala, Brenneisen distinguished professor at University of Kansas Law School, told Xinhua Tuesday.

U.S. House delegation from Kansas backs trade pact with Mexico, Canada

Bipartisan support emerged among U.S. House members from Kansas on Wednesday for passage of an updated trade agreement with Canada and Mexico that holds significance for the state’s agriculture and manufacturing interests.

The deal yet to be voted on by the House and Senate in Washington, D.C., would replace the North American Free Trade Agreement denounced by President Donald Trump with USMCA, or United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. The pact contains stronger protection for workers and provisions tied to environmental issues and pharmaceutical trade.


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