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A Different Kind of Drink

Sister Jenna | Posted 03.09.2015 | Los Angeles
Sister Jenna

The new year is about more than ritualistically setting resolutions before the clock strikes midnight. This annual transition of time is an opportunity for our stage of consciousness to transition from dark to light; to let go of our past and invest in our future by living fully and lovingly in the present.

What is America? A Republic? A Democracy? An Oligarchy? A Plutocracy? A Theocracy?

Gerry Myers | Posted 03.08.2015 | Politics
Gerry Myers

The Electoral College, gerrymandering, photo IDs and other voter suppression tactics are just some of the practices that keep America from being a democracy.

Connecting Muslim-Americans to Health Insurance

Aamir Hussain | Posted 03.08.2015 | Impact
Aamir Hussain

IMAN has worked on providing critical services to Chicago's inner city communities, and has provided opportunities for Muslims to translate their faith into social justice work that benefits the community.

Test Your Travel Savvy: Name These 7 Eye-Popping Sites

Bob Schulman | Posted 03.08.2015 | Travel
Bob Schulman

Are you a been-there-done-that kind of traveler? If so, let's see if you can tag these eight stunning tourism attractions around the world, including a number well off the beaten track.

What Democrats Should Learn From 2014? Howard Dean Was Right!

Jonathan Freeman | Posted 03.04.2015 | Politics
Jonathan Freeman

We must remember that we as a Democratic party are at our best when we stand together, for the values that reward hard-working Americans. We need to express this idea, not in the cynicism of Washington politics, but in the politics of the grassroots.

Let 2015 Be the Year of Good Health in America

Ray Flynn | Posted 03.02.2015 | Fifty
Ray Flynn

Let's make 2015 the Year of the Elderly in America and when we start seeking alternative solutions to good health and a positive outlook on life. We owe that to ourselves and those who love and depend on us.

Five Perfect New Year's Lessons I Learned from Lee Daniels in Dubai

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 02.28.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Just in time for the ideal reflections on the new year ahead, I sat down with filmmaker Lee Daniels on a terrace overlooking the splendid Arabian Gulf during the recent Dubai International Film Festival.

Why 2014 Was a Good Year

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics
Sanjay Sanghoee

So let's enter 2015 looking forward to a better future. Let's not be a nation of complainers who find nothing good to smile about but plenty to be angry about. If we can't recognize the good in our lives, then we can never hope to find satisfaction. In that case, every year will be a bad one.

American Expatriates Should Come Home For The Holidays

Fred Lundgren | Posted 02.23.2015 | Travel
Fred Lundgren

So come on home to America where you can rant and rave all you want and help us change things for the better. Come home. We miss you and America needs your energy, your hands on knowledge of the world and your leadership.

Don't Just Question the 10 Commandments; Question the Entire Bible

Steve Siebold | Posted 02.23.2015 | Science
Steve Siebold

Most people are familiar with the story of the Ten Commandments. The short version is that God called Moses to Mount Sinai where he gave him two tablets of stone that contained the Ten Commandments.

Cyber Safe or Cyber Insecurity?

Sister Jenna | Posted 02.19.2015 | Entertainment
Sister Jenna

We must each examine our own inner security systems, the ones which will reveal who we really are, and emerge the virtues to the surface, so they can naturally protect our minds and lives. It is our hearts that must never be hacked.

The Chronicles of Gringolandia

Alex Cacioppo | Posted 02.18.2015 | Books
Alex Cacioppo

Americans like to think that they live in a perpetual present, as author Ilan Stavans, a Jewish-Mexican immigrant to the U.S. in the 1980s, writes in A Most Imperfect Union, lavishly illustrated by his compadre Lalo Alcaraz. But that is another illusory convention that, like many others, gets knocked down in the manner of a summary execution.

10 Lessons the U.S. Will Learn From CUBA

Alexia Parks | Posted 02.18.2015 | Impact
Alexia Parks

There was a time when I ran a 10K race with the Mayor of Yelapa, Cuba. As we headed uphill on the only asphalt road going into and out of town, we were passed by a group of teenage girls running barefoot.

Eric Holder On Racial Issues In America: 'We, As A Nation, Have Failed'

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 12.18.2014 | Black Voices

Attorney General Eric Holder, who in the past has spoken frankly about racial inequalities in the U.S. criminal justice system, will revisit the subje...

Let's All Breathe Again

Robert E. Johnson | Posted 02.15.2015 | Black Voices
Robert E. Johnson

As a father, a son, an uncle, a nephew, a brother, and a college president, I must ask myself, "How do I protect my son in a society where there is something structurally wrong with how young black men are treated by the criminal justice system?

James McBride: That's the America I Live In

Louisiana Channel | Posted 02.15.2015 | Arts
Louisiana Channel

"When you glorify violence, then it comes back to bite you." In this short video, writer James McBride reflects on the riots in the city of Ferguson and America's refusal to take a long critical look at itself.

Kenneth Goldsmith: Poetry in a Newspaper

Louisiana Channel | Posted 02.15.2015 | Arts
Louisiana Channel

Meet the playful American poet Kenneth Goldsmith, who demonstrates how poetry is all around us -- you just need to open your eyes to it.

Paul Auster: The Meanness of New York

Louisiana Channel | Posted 02.15.2015 | Arts
Louisiana Channel

The iconic New York novelist, Paul Auster, comments on the much debated Eric Garner case, and why he doesn't want to give his usual pep talk about his beloved New York.

'Pocatello' Is a Significant Work in the Tabernacle of American Plays

Isa Freeling | Posted 02.15.2015 | Arts
Isa Freeling

Award winning playwright Samuel D. Hunter speaks tombs of heartbreaking truth about isolation and the vanishing distinctiveness of American life in his new play, Pocatello. Samuel D. Hunter's Pocatello is a play very much worth the price of admission at Playwrights Horizons!

Tragedy or Pittance?

Jonathan Freeman | Posted 02.14.2015 | Politics
Jonathan Freeman

There is currently legislation in the Senate, known as the Clay Hunt SAV Act named for a Veteran lost to suicide. The cost is minimal, a drop in the bucket compared to the $1.1 trillion spending bill recently passed. But it's currently being held up by one man.

Beyond Three-Fifths of Health With Dr. America

Sanjeev K. Sriram | Posted 02.10.2015 | Politics
Sanjeev K. Sriram

One of our first sins as a country was abandoning an ideal of the Declaration of Independence: "all men are created equal." When it came time to write our Constitution, we included a three-fifths clause that said if you fit the slave profile, then you only count as three-fifths of a person.

Who Wants to Talk About That?

Tom F. Driver | Posted 02.10.2015 | Politics
Tom F. Driver

Racism is so ingrained in the American experience that no one who has grown up here is free of it -- white, black, or anyone else. Until we acknowledge that, describe it, and share it across the racial divide we are not free.

American Impunity Abroad and at Home

Ethan Casey | Posted 02.09.2015 | Politics
Ethan Casey

It's human nature to want to believe in the rightness of our own actions and intentions. But it's precisely human nature that is the problem; the fact that human evil is predictable does not make it excusable. We must be willing to consider ourselves culpable, and to put ourselves at risk.

Torture Goes Against the Very Soul of Our Country

Sen. Dianne Feinstein | Posted 02.09.2015 | World
Sen. Dianne Feinstein

There has been a suggestion in recent days that now is not a good time to release a review prepared by the Senate Intelligence Committee of the CIA's detention and interrogation program. But is there ever a good time to admit our country tortured people?

Where Americans Are Happiest And Why

Fast Company | Ben Schiller | Posted 12.10.2014 | World

The United States was founded so people could pursue happiness, but some places seem to do a better job of it than others. There's a big difference be...