Today’s Solutions: February 29, 2024

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Greece is the first Orthodox Christian country to legalize same-sex marriage

Greece, the birthplace of democracy and ancient traditions, has defied a longstanding norm by becoming the first Christian Orthodox country to legalize same-sex marriage. In a watershed event, the Athens parliament voted decisively in favor of a historic change, generating a mix of excitement and Read More...

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Top 5 Martin Luther King Jr. speeches that aren't "I Have a Dream”

Martin Luther King Jr.'s impact on the Civil Rights Movement extended beyond his well-known "I Have a Dream" speech. According to Jason Miller, an English professor at North Carolina State University, King's oratory was his most significant contribution, serving as a medium for transformation. As Read More...

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France's composting mandate, ‘compost obligatoire’—a transformative environmental policy

France implemented a bold waste management policy known as the 'compost obligatoire', which went into effect on January 1, 2024. This innovative legislation requires the recycling of organic waste, indicating a big step towards sustainability. Government support and civic duty With financing from Read More...

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Somalia's first-ever women-led current affairs TV program shakes things up for the better

Somalia is preparing to launch its first-ever current affairs TV show led by women. The pioneering show, created by Bilan, the country's only all-female media team, represents a dramatic shift in a male-dominated media sector. Pushing boundaries on Somali airwaves Bilan, founded in 2022 with Read More...

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Hospitality workers’ wages get unprecedented boost with 30% wage increases

In an unexpected turn of events, the hospitality industry, long associated with some of the lowest-paid occupations, is undergoing a wage revolution. Over the last four years, salary raises in the industry have pushed hospitality workers' wages up by almost 30 percent, a significant increase that Read More...

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From guerrilla fighters to beer brewers: former FARC members craft peace in every sip

In the center of Bogotá, La Trocha Brewery, an unexpected company started by former Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) militants, is more than simply beer. It's a tribute to transformation, resilience, and a commitment to peace. Doris Suárez, co-founder of La Trocha, recounts the Read More...

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Soda taxes have a remarkable impact: sales plummet as prices rise in US cities

A recent study published in the journal JAMA Health Forum provides solid evidence that soda levies are beneficial in reducing sugary drink consumption. The study examines five U.S. cities, including Philadelphia, Seattle, San Francisco, Oakland, and Boulder, and finds a consistent decline in sales Read More...

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Mar Galcerán shatters stereotypes as Spain's first parliamentarian with Down syndrome

Mar Galcerán, an advocate for inclusivity, made history as Spain's first legislator with Down syndrome. The 45-year-old voted to Valencia's regional assembly, reflects on her path, and emphasizes the importance of being recognized for more than just her impairment. Galcerán's political career Read More...

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Shaping tomorrow: Greece's progress toward same-sex marriage equality

In a historic move, Greece's center-right government, led by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, is poised to legalize same-sex civil marriage and adoption. Crucially, this progressive plan has received backing from the left-wing opposition, indicating a historic alliance. Stefanos Kasselakis, Read More...

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Don Scott makes history as Virginia’s first Black house speaker

The Virginia General Assembly unanimously elected Democrat Don Scott as the new House speaker, marking a watershed moment for the state. Del. Scott's inauguration as the first Black speaker in the Virginia House of Delegates' 400-year history was met with shouts and a standing ovation across the Read More...