Editor's note

Qatar’s foreign policy has been angering its larger Gulf neighbors for years, most notably Saudi Arabia. The lingering dispute erupted into a crisis this month when Saudi Arabia led a group of countries to abruptly sever all ties with its fellow American ally over Qatar’s positive relationship with Iran and Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood. While the move has strained tiny Qatar’s food imports – on which it’s almost entirely reliant – the government hasn’t backed down. And there’s one big reason: the protective shield of the American military, writes Nader Habibi, an economist on the Middle East.

A report released Thursday found that 89 percent of baby food grape juice samples had detectable levels of lead. Scholars Keri Szejda and Andrew Maynard reviewed the report and concluded that while there may be no immediate risk, “the more we do to eliminate [lead] from our food supply, the better off we’ll be.”

And in this era of fake news, it’s alarming how easily young people can be duped by what they read online. Ed Madison from the University of Oregon describes how he’s using journalism to teach middle schoolers to spot misinformation.

Bryan Keogh

Editor, Economics and Business

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Nearly all of Qatar’s residents live in its capital, Doha. Doha skyline via www.shutterstock.com

Can tiny Qatar keep defying its powerful neighbors? It may be up to Washington

Nader Habibi, Brandeis University

Saudi Arabia and the UAE led a group of countries that have severed all ties to fellow American ally Qatar over its foreign policy. The US will play a key role in whether it accedes to their demands.

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    Keri Szejda, Arizona State University; Andrew Maynard, Arizona State University

    A new report from the Environmental Defense Fund raises concerns about lead in our food supply. Here are some things you should consider.

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