Breast cancer is not a pink ribbon. Nor is it pink. For Barbie maybe it was more red, white and blue, the color of the flag that will cover her coffin and be given to her son after she is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
Following the non-binding British Parliament's recognition of Palestine, it has been written a lot about Israel's inaction regarding the peace process. While reporting on Israel's politics and policy, it is important to draw the full picture -- most Israelis want peace.
I want people to understand that we are more than the latest breaking news. We are not "those Africans." We are not pitiful media images, statistics or projections. We are mothers, fathers, children, scholars, artists, doctors, and survivors. We are people.
Water problems are a complex mix of natural resource, technology, social, economic and political conditions. When water is limited during extreme events such as droughts, society puts in place a variety of responses. But many of the actions taken in recent years have actually increased the vulnerability of other systems.
In the Gulf, women are dangerously placed atop the social pyramid as unreachable, fragile beings.
Malala Yousafzai is a girl with a voice in a world where women remain voiceless. However, her decision to speak up against the injustices done to her and other young women was not without consequence.
Pinktober is like a long-running TV show. It began with a bang and was loved by millions. But it jumped the shark years ago and its ratings have slipped. There are better options. It's time to pull the plug on pink.
With the possibility that the Chibok girls will go free soon, we must intensify our efforts for the wider global goal that every girl has the chance to be at school, safe and free from violence.
But in situations like this, it's important that our voices not lose perspective - as the progress and change we desire only comes when we leave our emotional silos, seeking to understand and then hopefully educate people from diverse (different from our) viewpoints.
We are heading toward a potentially severe clash between environmentalists who advocate for reducing carbon emissions and community and labor activists who are most concerned about jobs, racial equity, and reducing wealth inequality.
Jill Ginsberg didn't know any of the people to whom she handed this money. It simply seemed to her that they needed it -- and that she needed to give it away.
Anyone who is truthful about their childhood remembers that they were either the victims of violence themselves or they had been unwilling witnesses to a bullying incident. The fact is, bullying has been an unfortunate fact of life for too many generations of children.
We, as citizens of this incredible nation, must rise to the task of supporting those who will be at the front lines of eradicating Ebola. Our Soldiers are representing America in a noble mission that is difficult and necessary in order to protect our country and the greater global society.
A new law encourages more opportunities for youths in foster care to lead "normal" lives by making it easier for their foster parents to allow them to participate in age- or developmentally-appropriate extracurricular and enrichment activities that currently often require permission from the child welfare agency.
A parent who doesn't feed his/her hungry child is judged harshly -- and children come to understand that being fed regularly is their birth right, their entitlement. This is not the case for those living in poverty and with food insecurity.
There are many ways for our children to experience teamwork and success on and off the field and the wonderful part is that these experiences can be complimentary.
With elections forthcoming -- mid term in the US, and local elections in Canada -- the question "What does it takes to be a leader?" ought to be on our minds.
It's time to engage in a global detox, by removing weapons from the hands of man and youth alike, let us build schools, hospitals, libraries, infrastructure in war torn countries. Lets offer assistance wherever it's needed. Lets listen to youth, it is indeed, their world.