Tag: Children and Childhood

Kurdish-led Forces End Prison Siege, Defeating ISIS Fighters

BEIRUT, Lebanon — After six days of deadly battles, the Kurdish-led militia that had been battling Islamic State fighters for control of a prison in northeastern Syria retook the facility on Wednesday, ending one of the most audacious attacks by the jihadist group since the collapse of its so-called caliphate nearly three years ago. Dozens […]

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Boys Held as Hostages by ISIS Worry Rights Activists

BEIRUT, Lebanon — The boys in the prison sleep in groups of about 15 in cells with no windows, according to aid workers. They get fresh air and see the sun during visits to a walled-in yard, but receive no visitors. They range in age from as young as 10 up to 18 and have […]

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Two Covid Americas

Covid’s starkly different impact on the young and old has been one of the virus’s defining characteristics. It tends to be mild for children and younger adults but is often severe for the elderly. More than three-quarters of all U.S. Covid deaths have occurred among people 65 and older. Given these patterns, it seems obvious […]

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As U.S. Strikes Syria Prison Held by ISIS, Young Detainees Are Caught in Crossfire

BAGHDAD — An American-backed militia that has waged four days of deadly battles to dislodge Islamic State fighters laying siege to a prison in northeast Syria warned on Sunday that the jihadists were using more than 600 boys detained in the complex as “human shields.” The United States has dispatched attack helicopters and carried out […]

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Federal Funds Will Go to Online Tutoring Despite Pandemic Failures

“A key piece of tutoring is that social relationship with a caring adult,” said Amanda Neitzel, an assistant research scientist at the Johns Hopkins Center for Research and Reform in Education. “How can you build that in an online format?” Her worry, she added, was that the federal tutoring push would amount to “an expensive […]

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Pope Francis Is Troubled by Your Pet

You scroll down, you scroll sideways, you scroll back up, steering clear of any three-season, 30-hour odyssey that won’t give you resolution for weeks or months and will come to feel like unfinished homework no matter how juicy or artful it is. Maybe this decades-old TV movie starting Judith Light is an overlooked gem? While […]

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Why Your Brain Short-Circuits When a Kid Cries

That makes sense, because babies need adult attention to get their basic needs met, and ultimately to survive. Even though my children are ages 7 and 4, the part of my brain that’s aroused in 100 milliseconds wants to protect them. “That’s still your reproductive success,” that’s on the line, said James Rilling, Ph.D., a […]

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Catching Waves for Well-Being

A qualitative study of 22 youths participating in The Wave Project, published in June in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, noted that surf therapy may work through offering a safe physical and emotional space, peer mentoring and positive reinforcement. Similarly, in 2017 a British study looked at the effectiveness of a […]

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