The Islamic State celebrated its one-year anniversary in customary fashion. Other organizations might sponsor parades and make speeches. ISIS spilled blood. A beheading in France, the murder of 38 tourists at a resort in Tunisia and a bomb blast at a mosque in Kuwait all reminded the world, if it had somehow forgotten, that ISIS isn't merely interested in securing sovereignty over a particular stretch of territory. It has much grander ambitions. At the moment, it doesn't have the means to take on the world or take over even a single country. But that could change. ISIS isn't like previous proto-states or liberation movements. It's a fundamentally different creature.
While all of what I described here remains in my memory there is only one split second incident that calls that July 4th, 1927 event to my mind.
I don't want to spend my time chastising you. I'll leave that to your business partners who have the power to scold you where it hurts. Instead, I'm writing to say thank you! What you did with your straight talk was send more Latino voters to the polls than several registration rallies combined!
For all its genuine achievements, the sad reality is that the once-proud edifice of the European Union has turned into a wobbling house of cards. What has gone wrong? Let me suggest a few of the most obvious weaknesses.
Falcon 9 is the third resupply mission of its kind to fail in recent months. Is it more than a failure, but also a metaphor of our times? Ambitions that, even in their smallness, can't be realized?
Given the economy's size and complexity, our problems cannot be solved by tinkering around the edges. Instead, a total revamp is necessary, one that both grows the middle class while reining in the runaway excess of the business class.
How much worse is it going to have to get before we take accountability for our racism and actively engage in dismantling it?
1400 years ago, the Prophet Muhammad prophesized that a time would come when nothing would remain of Islam but its name, nothing of the Quran but its word, and that many "Mosques would be splendidly furnished but destitute of guidance" (Mishkatul Masabih).
The NYPL, like many other libraries around the country, has already begun to seize the day in an effort to answer the needs and wants of its community.
Today's jobs report was a bit weaker than expected, and a bit weaker than it looked at first blush. While payrolls were up 223,000 in June, in line with expectations, and the unemployment rate fell to a record low in this recovery of 5.3 percent, there were several mitigating factors.
Military power is by definition destructive, but in the past such force often cleared the ground for the building of local, regional, or even global structures, however grim or oppressive they might have been. If force always was meant to break things, it sometimes achieved other ends as well. Now, it seems as if breaking is all it can do.
Here's the real message behind the congressional votes on fast-track authority and trade-adjustment assistance: Democrats will no longer support major trade agreements that cost American jobs and create further downward pressure on wages, especially as inequality continues to accelerate.
As the 2016 presidential campaign kicks off, the economy is growing and Americans are getting back to work. However, for far too many people plotting a course from the working class to the middle class requires navigating dangerous waters filled with financial icebergs.
Overtime pay has become such a rarity that many Americans don't even realize that the majority of salaried workers were once eligible for it. We just keep working longer and harder, for less. Meanwhile, corporate profits have doubled over the last three decades.
Anyone who aspires to our nation's highest office should have spoken up strongly against Trump's remarks immediately, without hesitation. It shouldn't be a surprise, though, that the major Republican presidential candidates did not. They didn't want to ruffle the feathers of their party's anti-immigrant base.
Social Security is as American as fireworks on the Fourth of July. This summer marks the eightieth anniversary of its enactment. To celebrate the birthday, let's do what past generations have done.
The documents, along with the analysis, highlight the way that the TISA responds to major corporate lobbies' desire to deregulate services, even beyond the existing World Trade Organization rules. This leak exposes the corporate aim to use TISA to further limit the public interest regulatory capacity of democratically elected governments.
We don't have to ignore the biology of addiction to appreciate its psychology and to approach those who suffer humanistically rather than moralistically.
We must never forget the genocide in Srebrenica. We must always honor its victims, its survivors. But we must never forget also that our words will ring hollow if, in the here and now, we don't believe the unbelievable, if we don't end the culture of impunity that exists in so many places around the world, and if we don't strengthen our resolve to protect those who count on us all.
Doing away with official reverence for the Confederate battle flag is largely a symbolic move that doesn't come close to addressing the problems surrounding race in America, including disparities in treatment by the criminal justice system and the resurgence of voter suppression laws and other schemes designed to rig the elections in favor of powerful conservative interests.
I was raised to be a strong, black woman who could handle her own emotions -- not ask someone to help me sort them out. How dare I need treatment for feeling worthless and for being bullied when I come from a lineage of ancestors who used strength and endurance as a way to survive?
Catholic Vote has created a video, "Not Alone," in opposition to last week's Supreme Court ruling granting same-sex couples the right to marry. On their website, they tell us that the video is about "6 courageous young people" who want to "tell the world" that they are not afraid to express their views against same-sex marriage. This video is offensive. Here's why.
Focus on what is good in the U.S. too often slips into chauvinist nationalism. So we need to reframe the celebrations this July 3-5 weekend as Inter-Dependence Day, avoiding all the implications of thinking that somehow it is possible to be independent of the global economy, culture or environment.
Fair warning, if you use the terms, "Fire and Brimstone," "God's Wrath," "Sodom and Gommorah" or "Damnation"... this is not the questionnaire for you.
If you're waiting for your next big vacation to truly de-stress, you may be putting yourself at risk for burnout. Here in the U.S., we don't even guarantee paid time off for all, making us the only advanced country leaving our workers with zero time to regroup.
If someone ever tells you that it's just meta data, remind him or her of how the British could have used meta data to find Paul Revere and show them this network visualization.
Something unexpected has happened along the way -- more and more participants have expressed the sentiment that what we really need is a new declaration of independence.
I breathed a huge sigh of relief as the Supreme Court rejected an attempt to undermine the housing law that was passed in Dr. King's memory. Yet it was hard to forget that last week also marked two years since the Court eviscerated the voting rights protections that activists like Dr. King and my father had given so much of their lives to achieve.
When the EEOC began recognizing that discrimination against trans persons was a form of sex discrimination, the community was nearly completely silent. When cases began being won, the silence continued; the issue was avoided when it wasn't being misrepresented.