The benefits of reading are obvious. Actually getting around to it is a different question.

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1) Set aside dedicated time

If you tell yourself you’re going to work out more every year, but you don’t plan it around your life, you probably won’t. Especially if you’re a busy person. Setting aside just 30 minutes a day to read will make a difference. Making time just after you wake up or just before you sleep is usually easiest to stick to, and allows you to both start and end your day away from technology. Reading before bed is even thought to improve stress levels and sleep quality.

2) Use Goodreads

Goodreads is a great way to keep track of what you’ve already read, what…


The Chinese Embassy in the US consistently uses their platform to spread misinformation about its policies in Xinjiang. Removing one tweet is not even close to an even-handed solution by Twitter.

Placards displayed at an anti-genocide protest I John MacDougall/AFP via Getty Images

Thanks to China, a rare moment of bipartisan Twitter agreement happened Thursday afternoon. China’s U.S. Embassy, subtle as they are, posted a poorly-disguised PR effort doubling as a news article, touting its feminist successes in it’s now-infamous Uyghur “reeducation camps.” It was, of course, disgusting. “…In the process of eradicating extremism, the minds of Uygur women,” they wrote, “were emancipated and gender equality and reproductive health were promoted, making…


Operation Dove’s Wings in 2013, brought members of the Ethiopian Jewish community to Israel decades after previous rescue missions Operation Moses and Operation Solomon in the 1980s & 90s. [Getty]

Entering the terms “Israel” “Jews” and “Ethnostate” into the search bar on Twitter, Google or Facebook will yield millions of results. Progressive activists can often be found deriding Israel as a Jewish supremacist monolith that seeks to purge its predominantly Arab non-Jewish population. Then there is the cocktail of far-right interests. Some like white nationalist Richard Spencer, who in 2016 led a Nazi-style salute before a crowd of followers, tend toward praise. They celebrate what they perceive Israel to be: a successful ethnostate in a world of increasing racial and cultural pluralism.

Others equally misconstrue Israel as an exercise in…


An allegory of justice (1508) by Raphael in the Apostolic Palace, Vatican City. Image via directmedia.de

ON November 8, 1998, the Human Rights Act received Royal Assent in the United Kingdom. The Act codified into British law the rights specified by the European Convention on Human Rights. However, far from ushering in a golden age of liberty, the Act has led to rulings that have threatened the safety and prosperity of British society. …

Georgia Leigha Leatherdale Gilholy

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