A child living in servitude is often called a restavèk, a Creole word that literally means a “stay-with.” But the word has come to be a foul word in Haiti, an insult one would use to say someone is worthless. And this is how restavèk children generally feel.
Based on his extensive fieldwork at gun training schools, Harel Shapira, Assistant Professor of Sociology at The University of Texas at Austin, explains how gun owners are socialized to think of guns as tools rather than weapons.
CHARLESTON, S.C. — The race to fill the House seat left empty by current Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., entered its final day on Monday as former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford and businesswoman Elizabeth Colbert Busch set out to convince registered voters to turn out in Tuesday’s special election. The two have been nearly tied throughout the campaign, according to various polls, but officials in both parties are confident that their candidates will win. Produced by Nathan Frandino and Carmen Russell-Sluchansky
WASHINGTON (VOR) — As Secretary of State John Kerry presses Israel and Palestine to revive their long-awaited peace talks, Ambassador Maen Areikat, the chief representative of the Palestine Liberation Organization to the U.S., remains cautiously optimistic about the future of the people whom he represents. Areikat says last year’s vote in the United Nations General Assembly to recognize Palestine as a non-member observer state, gave the Palestine Authority the support needed to gain membership in international organizations, offering tools to fulfill the needs of the Palestinian people. Still, the greatest obstacle to achieving full statehood and peace in the region remains the relationship between Israel, the U.S. and Palestine and each country’s willingness to improve bilateral relations and resolve issues such as human rights abuses, settlements and more. Host Carmen Russell-Sluchansky spoke with Ambassador Maen Areikat, chief representative of the P.L.O. to the U.S., to discuss the latest in Palestinian issues. Produced by Nathan Frandino, Carmen Russell-Sluchansky Edited by Brett Fox
Thousands of veterans came to Washington, D.C., on Monday in honor of their fellow men and women uniform to celebrate Memorial Day. Despite the holiday, some veterans are still waiting for assistance as the Department of Veterans Affairs is weighed down with a backlog of more than 600,000 claims. Host Carmen Russell-Sluchansky spoke with Jes Godinez, a Vietnam War veteran and Ride to the Wall member who makes a pilgrimage to the Vietnam War Memorial every year along with hundreds of others, to discuss Memorial Day. Produced by Nathan Frandino and Carmen Russell-Sluchansky
Voice of Russia American Edition’s chief political and legal correspondent Carmen Russell-Sluchansky has been covering the Bradley Manning trial in Fort Meade, Md. There Manning’s supporters have gathered each day before the trial to protest Manning’s treatment and the conditions of his imprisonment. Produced by Nathan Frandino, Carmen Russell-Sluchansky Edited by Brett Fox
Due Diligence caught up with former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford on Daniel Island while on his campaign to be next first congressional district representative in U.S. Congress. Here’s what he had to say on three issues facing the country and his campaign. Produced by Nathan Frandino and Carmen Russell-Sluchansky
Around 10,000 people attended a rally on Wednesday on the steps of the Capitol to demand comprehensive immigration reform and continue pressuring Congress to stay focused on the issue. Due Diligence spoke with several people who traveled from near and afar to be a part of the national discussion. Produced by Nathan Frandino and Carmen Russell-Sluchansky, Due Diligence
The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Wednesday in the case of United States v. Windsor, which will determine the constitutionality of the 1996 law known as the Defense of Marriage Act. Due Diligence spoke with several people who were able to get into the room to hear the trial just as they were leaving the courtroom to get their thoughts on the case. Produced by Nathan Frandino and Carmen Russell-Sluchansky, Due Diligence
Money in politics. It’s an inevitable theme that the U.S. sees every election cycle, and in particular this past election with candidates breaking records in campaign spending. On Saturday, about 200 people participate in the K Street 5K, a march to raise awareness about the role money plays in politics–through Super PACs and lobbying. Due Diligence spoke with a few participants to find out what they had to say. Produced by Nathan Frandino, Carmen Russell-Sluchansky, Due Diligence