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War And America’s Civil Religion

Raymond Haberski, Jr. | Posted 09.01.2012 | Religion
Raymond Haberski, Jr.

The American experience with war acts like a civil religion -- a way for Americans to affirm and assess national ideals for which generations have been called to give their last full measure of devotion. It is a glorious, dangerous, heroic, terrifying cross to bear.

POLL: Do You Consider Yourself Patriotic?

Posted 10.09.2012 | MarloThomas

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The Strongest Woman In America Lives In Poverty

Buzz Feed | Posted 06.29.2012 | Women

Weightlifter Sarah Robles is an incredible athlete, but outside the world of squats and snatches, barely anyone knows her name. And even though she's ...

UNESCO Makes Nativity Church A World Heritage Endangered Site, Israel, US Abstain

AP | ELAINE GANLEY and KARIN LAUB | Posted 08.29.2012 | Religion

PARIS — UNESCO's World Heritage committee on Friday approved a Palestinian bid to place the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem on its list of s...

Creativity Is the New Economy

Richard Florida | Posted 08.27.2012 | Business
Richard Florida

It's common to say we are now living in a post-industrial information or knowledge economy. But the shift is actually deeper and more thorough-going than that.

Riding the Bus to a New Era of Respect

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 08.26.2012 | Impact
Stuart Muszynski

Parents and teachers need to work together to counter the negative forces feeding our children. Parents and teachers can lead discussions about the values that have shaped our American hopes and dreams since our country was founded.

What Do You Do? Identity vs. Work, East vs. West

Andrew Lam | Posted 08.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Andrew Lam

A while back, when I was visiting my mother's ancestral village in Thai Binh province in northern Vietnam, it occurred to me that, after a barrage of questions from distant relatives, not once did anyone ask that common question in America: "So, what do you do?"

Eating Is Dangerous

Dr. Cheryl Pappas | Posted 08.21.2012 | Green
Dr. Cheryl Pappas

Is it better to be ignorant and eat toxic foods or is it better to spend a lifetime reading ingredients on packages and asking where meat and fish were born, and what their astrological signs are?

WATCH: Are You Too Fat?

Posted 08.20.2012 | Comedy

A recent study by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine found that people worldwide are 34 billion pounds overweight. They also found tha...

Homesickness

Gideon Resnick | Posted 08.18.2012 | College
Gideon Resnick

I have always clung to my family's history as something that defines me in a way I have yet to understand. I feel ignorant though when people ask when was the last time I visited, because I simply haven't... ever.

US-India-Iran Ties

Aparna Pande | Posted 08.15.2012 | World
Aparna Pande

Despite the shifts in relations, it is US pressure on India that has turned Iran into a pressing foreign policy question in New Delhi. This has in turn led to an Indian-Iranian juggling act.

Why I'm Driving Around America

Ethan Casey | Posted 08.12.2012 | Travel
Ethan Casey

America cannot be understood piecemeal, and today's America is crying out for a writer who will connect the dots.

Some Big News Around Voting With Voto Latino

Craig Newmark | Posted 08.07.2012 | Impact
Craig Newmark

A good friend of mine, Maria Teresa Kumar, Co-Founder and President of Voto Latino, and actress America Ferrera began a new media, grassroots campaign called America4America. The campaign is doing good stuff, educating young folks about issues like voter ID laws and immigration.

Mr. Ahmed Goes to Washington (Along With Tony, Hanna and Ali)

Hani Almadhoun | Posted 08.05.2012 | Impact
Hani Almadhoun

On Thursday, June 21, 2012, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) will hold its annual Convention in the heart of Washington, D.C., th...

Norman Finkelstein On The End Of The American-Jewish Romance Over Israel

Posted 06.05.2012 | Books

The following is an excerpt from "Knowing Too Much" by Norman Finkelstein (OR Books, $18/10) My book was conceived in the mid-2000s and largely com...

The Global Epidemic of Indecision

Mark R. Kennedy | Posted 08.04.2012 | World
Mark R. Kennedy

The epidemic of indecision is a global phenomenon with disastrous consequences. The need for global decision-making is becoming ever more critical as our decades-long beneficial trend toward more open economic policies begins to stall.

China and the U.S. Must Work Together

Richard Attias | Posted 08.01.2012 | Business
Richard Attias

it is my firm conviction that, more than ever before, China and the U.S. need to work in partnership. They are the two world superpowers, the largest economies, and I believe that over the next five years China and the U.S. must together save Europe.

Modernize the Constitution, But Do it Through an Amendment

Rui Dai | Posted 07.31.2012 | College
Rui Dai

Yes, the U.S. Constitution desperately needs to be updated. However, any updates should go through the amendment process. The U.S. Constitution may be flawed, but changing it outright is more dangerous.

Inspiring a Mindful Nation: An Interview With Tim Ryan

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. | Posted 07.30.2012 | Healthy Living
Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

There have been a number of people and books raising awareness of the importance of cultivating greater mindfulness for the purpose of healing great stress, anxiety, depression, addiction, chronic pain and even creating great joy.

3 Steps to Becoming an American

Justine Rivero | Posted 07.23.2012 | Politics
Justine Rivero

Becoming an American is a complicated privilege for me, because as a chubby five-year-old who hated cereal and missed her cousins overseas, that privilege wasn't my choice.

3 Steps to Becoming an American

Justine Rivero | Posted 07.23.2012 | Women
Justine Rivero

I am still learning to be comfortable in a country I was once reluctant to call home. But I'm choosing to vote this year to help other Americans feel like this country is their home, too.

Finding America's Past In Australia's Present

James Moore | Posted 07.22.2012 | Travel
James Moore

Australia presents itself to outsiders like a gigantic national park with gleaming cities along its perimeter.

Richer, But Not Happier: America's Financial Conundrum

David Geller | Posted 07.17.2012 | Money
David Geller

Once you accept this truth, you quickly can grasp that the goal of having money is never to die with the most, and you can choose to make the best use of our money while we have control over it.

Why Health Care Will Bankrupt America

Rosemary Gibson | Posted 07.14.2012 | Books
Rosemary Gibson

No matter how the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the constitutionality of President Obama's health care reform, health care is on track to drive the federal government into bankruptcy. It's not a question of if, but when.

Why Obama and Gay Marriage Is What America Is All About

David Wygant | Posted 07.14.2012 | Gay Voices
David Wygant

Yes on gay marriage. Yes on letting them try what hasn't worked for so many heterosexual couples. I'd like to see if the gay community could ac...