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Why Oversight Matters: The Consequences of Hiring Criminals and Insurgents to Guard US Bases

Erica Gaston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Erica Gaston

When U.S.-employed base guards commit extrajudicial killings, kidnappings, or other harassment of the local population with no consequences, the local community holds the U.S. responsible.

A No-Brainer: Spurring Job Creation at No Cost to Taxpayers

John Taylor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Taylor

If Washington is serious about addressing job creation, the White House and Congress should support the expansion of the Community Reinvestment Act, legislation that has invested over a trillion dollars into our economy during the past decade.

The Value of Connecting With Others for True Happiness

Gretchen Rubin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Gretchen Rubin

One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make other people happy. One of the best ways to make other people happy is to be happy yourself.

Kids Will Be Kids

Todd Greene | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Todd Greene

It's a confusing message when we attach a price tag on culpability. Especially to our kids.

How Far They've Come, How Far They Have To Go

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Two new reports give us a detailed look at how far private military and security contractors have come and how far they have to go in terms of ensurin...

3 Years After Blackwater Massacre in Iraq, Contractors Still Lack Accountability and Oversight

Human Rights First | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Human Rights First

By Melina Milazzo and Daphne Eviatar Law and Security On September 16, 2007, Blackwater Worldwide (now Xe) private security contractors working for ...

By One Vote, U.S. Court OKs Torture and "Extraordinary Rendition"

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

The ruling delivered last Wednesday by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, in a lawsuit filed by the ACLU on behalf of five men subjected to "extraordinary rendition" and torture, is so troubling it takes a while to digest.

Does Transparency Matter?

Tom Murphy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Tom Murphy

The transparency discussion that I complied started as one that focused on the lack of transparency, but evolved to include a second string of thought.

Bahrain's Ugly, Sectarian Crackdown on Dissident Bloggers

Sohrab Ahmari | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sohrab Ahmari

Abdulemam, an icon among bloggers for his use of social media in pursuit of greater government transparency and accountability, was recently detained by Bahraini intelligence on bogus charges.

So, You Think You Earn an Honest Living?

Crystal Syben Haidl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Crystal Syben Haidl

While Tea Partiers, pundits, lobbyists and mid-term candidates are out-shouting mantras on how to fix the system, the one thing almost everyone agrees...

A Capital Investment

Yolanda Reid Chassiakos | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Yolanda Reid Chassiakos

All education is an investment in our future. Our society should continue to support and fund the nurturing of our next generations of students and workers.

An Open Letter to Glenn Beck

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

Before, I thought you were just another cable news talk show host. Now, you are using the language of a spiritual and even a religious leader. But to invoke the name of God and the vocation of a spiritual leader has consequences.

The President Got the Message

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Alan Grayson

I want to express my thanks to you, and to the Huffington Post community. Many readers here, along with 4,000 other friends, submitted comments for ...

Rebuttal to Josh Treviño on Anwar Ibrahim's Trial

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Azeem Ibrahim

It is true that most Western media have not taken the accusations against Anwar Ibrahim too seriously. There are three good reasons for this.

Israel to Let the UN in...or Not?

Phyllis Bennis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Phyllis Bennis

The UN's flotilla investigation may well be "unprecedented." But don't get too excited yet. This particular "international" and "UN-backed" team actually reflects Israel's own US-backed influence at the UN.

A Permanent Home for the G20

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Craig and Marc Kielburger

A month post-Summit and the G20 hangover is still hammering headlines across the country. Solidarity protests have attracted thousands between Halifax and Vancouver. Opposition MPs are foregoing summer recess.

Five Lessons Institutions of Higher Education Need to Learn

Scott M. Helfrich | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Scott M. Helfrich

Recently there has been much discussion related to budget cuts, accountability, and what institutions of higher education need to learn for the future in order to survive and thrive. Here are five lessons.

Report Questions NGO Accountability in Haiti

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

The Disaster Accountability Project found that of the 197 organizations identified as soliciting money for their activities in Haiti following the earthquake only six have provided factual situation reports itemizing their activities.

Why 'Get Off Your Knees' is Inspirational

John Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
John Robinson

As a congenital amputee, 'Get Off Your Knees' has become my personal mission statement. I was an uninspired young adult in need of motivation, just like many young people today.

A Public Response to Public Sector Woes

Amy B. Dean | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amy B. Dean

Over the past thirty years, Republicans have led a relentless assault on government, arguing that we needed to "starve the beast." Now we're in exactly the position they wanted us to be in.

The Battle for Justice Heats Up

Charlotte Dennett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Charlotte Dennett

I can safely report that the battle to bring Bush and his top advisors to justice -- for murder, war crimes, warrantless wiretapping, bank fraud, and shredding the Constitution -- is far from over.

NAACP, Wells Fargo and a Banker's Heart

Faye Anderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Faye Anderson

Outside of Bank of America's former headquarters in San Francisco, there is a sculpture that locals have dubbed a "banker's heart." The NAACP has com...

Giving the Finger to Passing the Buck

Gregory Chambless Ayres | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Gregory Chambless Ayres

Google "blame" and you're going to get about fifty million search results in your browser window. But shouldn't our brains have grown up a bit by now? Enter the Blame Accountants.

Promises, promises...

Erin Thornton | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Erin Thornton

A promise is a promise. Or is it? Is it really a promise if it's not legally binding? Or if not everyone really meant it? It's hard to know, and a...

Pick That Up!

Ryan Mack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Ryan Mack

On July 10, the Optimum Institute of Economic Empowerment is taking a stand against filthy streets by organizing a community trash cleanup day on Fulton Street in New York.