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Let Us Now Praise Weird, Wonderful Teen Fads of Yore

Ben Cosgrove | Posted 11.08.2014 | Teen
Ben Cosgrove

In late 1948, LIFE magazine revisited a topic that the popular weekly had covered a number of times in previous years, and would delve into again and ...

Why Asian Education Is Better, and Why It Is Not

David Scott Clegg | Posted 11.05.2014 | Education
David Scott Clegg

Everywhere I go these days it seems I'm faced with the same question: what is wrong with America's education system? The query is usually followed with a defining statement that Asian students are 'kicking our butts' on the international exams. But are they correct?

Healing the Soul of America

Audrey Addison Williams | Posted 11.03.2014 | Black Voices
Audrey Addison Williams

The "Soul" of America is sick and there is an urgent need for healing. A radical intervention is necessary if we are to recover our ability to feel and to care deeply, we need help.

Why President Obama Needs to Listen to American Muslims

Lorna Byrne | Posted 10.31.2014 | Religion
Lorna Byrne

I am told that if a small group of American Muslims drawn from both the Sunni and Shia strands of Islam, and from different ethnicities come together to discuss solutions they will come up with ideas that can lead to breakthroughs.

Labor Day and Why America (Still) Works

Joe Boyd | Posted 10.30.2014 | Business
Joe Boyd

Labor Day isn't the most celebrated of holidays on our calendar. It was birthed out of a movement to honor and respect the hardworking Americans who laid the foundation of our nation in the late 19th Century.

9 Years After Hurricane Katrina: New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward and Recovery

Vivian Norris | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics
Vivian Norris

The group of citizens gathered today alongside the levee which runs the length of the Industrial Canal, in the Lower Ninth Ward, the hardest hit, the place where so many lost their lives. The names written on a banner reminded us of the lives lost.

Is America on the Ropes?

Gil Laroya | Posted 10.29.2014 | Comedy
Gil Laroya

The United States is arguably the biggest kid on the worldwide block. We've got money, we've got power and lots of smart people -- heck, we've got Google headquarters. Who else has Google headquarters? We have all sorts of great things going for us. But today, the narrative is tainted.

The 'Perfect Crime' in America Is Killing an Unarmed Black Man and Claiming Self-Defense

H. A. Goodman | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

The crime of killing someone is now turned into a battle of narratives where the only other person who could challenge the narrative is dead, and millions of people simply believe that the unarmed black man deserved his fate.

The Best Pizzas In America

The Daily Meal | Posted 10.28.2014 | Taste
The Daily Meal

We have again sought the nation's best pies and slices, considering more places than ever in our quest for the best.

America's Labor of Love

Dr. Bill R. Path | Posted 10.26.2014 | College
Dr. Bill R. Path

Our nation was built on several principles, including the desire for democracy, the ideal of self-reliance and the importance of hard work. That emphasis on skilled labor has become a cornerstone of the U.S. workforce.

Should Washington Consider Accepting a Chinese Monroe Doctrine?

Ted Carpenter | Posted 10.26.2014 | World
Ted Carpenter

Is it time to recognize a Chinese equivalent of the Monroe Doctrine in East Asia--accepting that China is now the pre-eminent regional power? There are essential caveats to such a dramatic policy shift. At a minimum, Beijing would need to embrace not only the original logic of the Monroe Doctrine, but also the so-called Roosevelt Corollary. The latter, adopted during Theodore Roosevelt's administration, promised Britain and the other European powers that the United States would maintain order in the Western Hemisphere and discipline irresponsible governments in the region - especially North Korea.

America's Strategic Fatigue: Who Will Fill the Vacuum?

Joschka Fischer | Posted 10.26.2014 | World
Joschka Fischer

The West does indeed face a high risk of becoming overstretched. But what is the alternative, other than accelerating chaos, mushrooming security risks and serial humanitarian disasters? For the West, this dilemma cannot be avoided. Today's accumulating crises, accompanied by America's strategic fatigue, are forcing Europe to define what role it will play in the future of Western -- and global -- stability. If the U.S. can no longer bear the burden of Pax Americana, Europe must do more for collective security.

Ferguson and Race From White America's Perspective, If It Switched Places With Black America

H. A. Goodman | Posted 10.24.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

One possible way to empathize with the plight of my fellow Americans is to imagine a world where statistics from the Pew Research Center, NAACP, and other reputable sources are reversed.

Would You Pass the US Citizenship Test? Take This Quiz!

Michael Shammas | Posted 10.22.2014 | College
Michael Shammas

The following questions were taken from the list of 100 civics questions. Admittedly, these are some of the harder ones. Could you pass?

Form Follows Dysfunction: The Enduring Legacy of a Strategic Failure

Paul Gunther | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics
Paul Gunther

Besides some failed emblem of American exceptionalism shining brightly abroad, it seems reasonable to conclude that national security and its according intelligence tools were and remain the principle role for such a massive presence abroad.

President Obama, Go Big or Go Home

Robbie Gennet | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics
Robbie Gennet

There's an old saying in surfing: Go big or go home. Right now, each race around the country is in it's own little bubble, disconnected to the larger narrative. Only true vision and leadership can unite them to raise a populist wave and that is what the Presidential pulpit is for.

Why Detroit Has Captured the American Imagination

Laura Hogikyan | Posted 10.21.2014 | Detroit
Laura Hogikyan

I believe it is Detroit's dramatic narrative that has allowed it to capture the American consciousness where other cities have not. People are consistently attracted to New York or Boston for its infinite opportunity and excitement.

What We Can Learn From European Women

Sarah Warman | Posted 10.21.2014 | Women
Sarah Warman

What can we learn from our female counterparts across the pond? They are seemingly doing more with less. Even without a walk-in closet and a slew of Apple products, when European women hit the streets, they are doing it with style and ease.

A War Waged on Humanity

Antoinette Brock | Posted 10.21.2014 | Impact
Antoinette Brock

"There are no winners in war and the only right side to take is the one where humanity stands." -- Kenneth Nguyen The war waged against black boys ...

For the Rest of Asia, America Might Be a Friend, but China Cannot Be an Enemy

George Yeo | Posted 10.20.2014 | World
George Yeo

Over the centuries, a rich China invariably brought prosperity to all of East and Southeast Asia. Therefore, while Asian countries might value the U.S. as a friend, no one wants China as an enemy. There is a spot that is sweet for everyone. If the U.S. moves closer to China and to other countries of Asia, all will benefit. If the U.S., in response to China's rise, moves too close to some as a move against others, everyone is caught in a lose-lose situation.

Letter From a Nonagenarian

David Harris | Posted 10.20.2014 | Fifty
David Harris

When my mother turned 80, she spoke out for the first time in "Letter from an Octogenarian." At the time, she wrote: "I never thought I would live ...

Hands Up Don't Shoot

Amelia Shroyer | Posted 10.19.2014 | Impact
Amelia Shroyer

Mainstream media don't want to acknowledge the basic humanity of a dead black kid. We see it all the time. Just look at #IfTheyGunnedMeDown. I'm horrified and outraged that it is not safe to be a black person in America.

Not That Anyone Gives a Damn, But...

Warren Adler | Posted 10.18.2014 | Comedy
Warren Adler

1. I found lyrics to describe today's Middle East. "Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king's horses and all the kin...

Clinton and Obama on Martha's Vineyard: Much Ado About Nothing

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 10.18.2014 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

For the next year and a half President Obama as commander in chief will be making decisions. But there will be a presidential campaign going forward, hopefully including Hillary, and she must tell us how she views the world and America's place in it.

Russian-American Duet: How Do You Keep the Music Playing?

Tinatin Japaridze | Posted 10.11.2014 | Politics
Tinatin Japaridze

How do you keep the music playing in a chaotic political climate where the only music being played is a dissonant duet with counter-melodies that never resolve, but instead contradict the common theme?