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US: Maternity for Teens (3/99)

With nearly 500,000 teenagers giving birth nationwide each year, most are unmarried and not ready for the emotional, psychological, and financial challenges of parenting, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Under federal welfare reform, the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, the bulk of control over federal assistance for such families has been given to the states, with incentives such as bonuses for reducing teen, out-of-wedlock births, estimated at 76 percent of all teen births in 1994, compared to 15 percent in 1960. read more

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Violence and Trauma (6/99)

For peace organizations working in the Balkans, NATO’s bombing wasn’t the conflict resolution they had in mind. Rather, it was the perfect example of why nonviolent conflict resolution efforts need to be more strongly supported by the international community.

As the bombing began, Matthew Rothschild, editor of The Progressive, said, "The thing about Kosovo that people don’t understand is that in the last ten years there was a nonviolent resistance movement … that was one of the most active since the days of Gandhi. And only in part because US and Western governments didn’t support that nonviolent resistance movement did the people of Kosovo … join the Kosovo Liberation Army." read more