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Yemen Crisis Points Up Danger of Our Close Ties To An Increasingly Irrational Middle East

William Bradley | Posted 03.31.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

So we have yet another crisis in a little-known place to worry about. The difference is that, with this one, it's not hard at all to see how it could trigger a regional conflagration.

First Freedom Tower Stair Race To Help Build 200 Homes For Vets With Disabilities

Associated Press | Posted 03.25.2015 | Impact

NEW YORK (AP) — The first stair-climb race at One World Trade Center — the nation's tallest building — will raise money for military veterans st...

Read An Excerpt Of Ayaan Hirsi Ali's Latest Book

The Huffington Post | Farah Mohamed | Posted 03.24.2015 | World

In her latest book, Somali-born author and activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali, known for her controversial views on Islam, argues that the religion is not a pea...

Excerpt: Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now

Ayaan Hirsi Ali | Posted 03.24.2015 | World
Ayaan Hirsi Ali

In these pages, it is my intention to make many people -- not only Muslims but also Western apologists for Islam -- uncomfortable. I am not going to do this by drawing cartoons. Rather, I intend to challenge centuries of religious orthodoxy with ideas and arguments that I am certain will be denounced as heretical. My argument is for nothing less than a Muslim Reformation.

There Are Few Legal Requirements To Be An Ambulance Driver -- And That Makes For Deadly Accidents

WABC-TV | Posted 03.19.2015 | Crime

SPRING VALLEY (WABC) -- Private ambulance companies have tremendous responsibilities, tasked with protecting the sick and safely transporting them to ...

What Happens if 911 Gets a Call and Nobody Is Talking?

Quora | Posted 03.23.2015 | Crime
Quora

The call-taker will ask the caller to make a noise or tap the phone to confirm the caller needs help. Sometimes the call might be an erroneous "butt dial" or it could be someone under duress or suffering a medical emergency that impairs speech (such as a stroke).

Jennifer Bendery

Obama Regrets Not Closing Guantanamo Prison 'On The First Day'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama said Wednesday that if he could go back and do his presidency over again, he would have immediately shut down the...

Former NYPD Cop Claims 9/11 Debris Haunted By Ghost

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 03.17.2015 | Weird News

Workers who were tasked with sifting through the rubble from the Sept. 11th terrorism attacks saw a female ghost among the debris, a new book claims. ...

James Van Der Beek Was Caught with ‘Dawson's Creek' Gay Porn

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 03.14.2015 | Gay Voices

You know you've made it when your TV show is made into porn, right? That's certainly how James Van Der Beek saw it during his "Dawson's Creek" days. ...

For Love of the Game, Family and Country: Part I of Richard Albero's Quixotic Yankee Walk

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 03.13.2015 | Sports
Robert David Jaffee

The pitchers may be ahead of the hitters, as the adage goes, but Richard Albero, a 65-year-old native of New Jersey, is ahead of all of the players, as he treks on foot from Tampa's George M. Steinbrenner Field to Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.

Are the Saudis Dragging Us Into Their Ideological War Against Iran?

David Oualaalou | Posted 03.12.2015 | Politics
David Oualaalou

The United States must come up with a strategy to deal with many Middle East developments rather than wasting time, energy and resources in senseless political bickering back home like we saw over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit last week.

Endless U.S. Support for Dictators Powers Islamic State

Steve Koppman | Posted 03.09.2015 | World
Steve Koppman

What if the real problem in the Middle East isn't a few thousand crazy guys running around in the desert chopping off heads? What if the real problem is the established order that inspired them to organize, the very order the U.S. continually helps perpetuate?

So Many Targets! So Little Time!

Rick Horowitz | Posted 03.08.2015 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Hillary, Bibi, O'Reilly, the economy... So many targets, so little time! ...

The Reality Behind Nixon and Khrushchev's Kitchen Debate: Cabbage Soup vs. Red Meat

Alparslan Akkuş | Posted 03.07.2015 | Arts
Alparslan Akkuş

To see how pictures can change the reality, and make the history, just take a look at before and after of an iconic photo taken by Elliott Erwitt unearthed in Magnum's "Contact Sheets" documentary.

War Against Muslims Post 9/11?

Alev Dudek | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics
Alev Dudek

9/11 has changed the life of Muslims substantially. Almost overnight, they became the target of media-hype, various "anti-terror" efforts, religious intolerance and hate crimes.

Own Goal

Paula Gordon | Posted 02.26.2015 | Politics
Paula Gordon

Here's the irony of the Homeland Security funding fiasco. The Republicans have found their groove.

Judge Halts 9/11 Case as Defense Charges Unlawful Influence

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 02.26.2015 | World
Daphne Eviatar

After the chief Guantanamo commission official convinced Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work to issue an order forcing military judges involved in the commissions to move to Guantanamo until their cases are over, defense attorneys objected. The order puts undue pressure on the judges to get their cases over with so they can get back home, they insisted.

American Sniper Leaves Oscar Weekend Behind Without Top Prizes But With Larger Laurels

William Bradley | Posted 02.26.2015 | Entertainment
William Bradley

American Sniper may not have come out of Oscar weekend with any of the top prizes, but it did come away with a new cumulative box office of more than $320 million. That's by far the highest of any war film in history, not to mention more than all the other Oscar Best Picture nominees combined.

Review: American Reckoning: The Vietnam War and Our National Identity

Peter Van Buren | Posted 02.24.2015 | Books
Peter Van Buren

Chris Appy's American Reckoning: The Vietnam War and Our National Identity is a book-length essay on the Vietnam War and how it changed the way Americans think of ourselves and our foreign policy.

Obama's Social Work Summit on "Violent Extremism" Misses the Root

William Bradley | Posted 02.21.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Will social work solve the problem of "violent extremism?" Well, it has the virtue of not having been tried. But that's probably because it's largely beside the point.

It's Time for a Dialogue on Ethnic and Religious Violence in America

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 02.20.2015 | Religion
Rep. Mike Honda

We cannot allow the deaths of Yusor, Razan, and Deah, and others, to be in vain. I hope that these tragedies, even years down the road, will unite all Americans, and remind us to respect the value of all lives, regardless of appearance, orientation, or belief.

In Whose America?

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

In sum, we, the people, are ever less in control of anything. The police are increasingly not "ours," nor are the NSA and its colleague outfits "our" intelligence agencies, nor are the wars we are fighting "our" wars, nor the elections in which we vote "our" elections.

Pax Americana at Presidents' Day: How Go Our Wars? (And How Many Are There, Anyway?)

William Bradley | Posted 02.16.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Even before American hegemony emerged after World War II, birthday boy George Washington's Farewell Address admonition to avoid "permanent alliances" and focus on neutrality had long since been ignored. Now we have a worldwide web of alliances, mostly of our own instigation, and involvement in a whole host of wars.

Martha Graham Dance Company Is As Relevant as Ever in Its Joyce Season

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 02.17.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

In 1960, dance critic Jill Johnston reviewed Martha Graham's season at the 5th Street Theatre. She likened the choreographer to "a kind of high priest...

Obama Looks to Expand the Wars

William Bradley | Posted 02.13.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Obama's war powers proposal justifies operations against vaguely defined "associated" people and entities. Put that together with the post-9/11 authorization for anti-Al Qaeda operations and you have a blank check to do pretty much anything, anywhere, any time against anyone who evinces admiration/sympathy/solidarity for Isis or Al Qaeda.