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7 Legendary American Dive Bars That Should Have Survived

Liquor.com | Posted 01.22.2015 | Taste
Liquor.com

The down-and-dirty criteria for a true dive varies, but the sense of ease you feel when you enter is universal.

Why I Went to Israel

Haroon Moghul | Posted 01.22.2015 | Religion
Haroon Moghul

I did not go imagining I would single-handedly solve anything, nor did any of us go presuming to speak for or represent Palestinians. I went to better understand, and to invest in a relationship we see far more promise in -- that between American Muslims and American Jews.

LA To Chicago: This Timelapse Takes You Across America In A Minute

Roadtrippers | Posted 01.21.2015 | Travel
Roadtrippers

For a bite-size taste of the most beautiful views, stunning landmarks, and incredible natural features, we sent out adventure timelapser Joel Schat from La to Chicago to capture the sights of Yellowstone National Park, the Grand Canyon, Crater Lake, to the The Willis Tower (Sears Tower) and everything in between.

Obama and Modi: The India-US Moment?

Aparna Pande | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics
Aparna Pande

President Obama's participation in India's Republic Day celebrations on January 26 is more than a gesture. Just as the Americans tend to seek allies overseas, India builds friendships and avoids alliances. An alliance implies dependence whereas economic and military self-sufficiency is India's desire.

That Time I Was Called an Ugly American

The GypsyNesters | Posted 01.20.2015 | Travel
The GypsyNesters

About three quarters through our meal, a woman appeared at my side. There wasn't a beat between my looking up to acknowledge her and her spewing out, "You are a really rude person."

Congress and Lack of Immigration Reform: A Study on How to Undermine the U.S. Economy and America's Place in the World

Edward Goldberg | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics
Edward Goldberg

What is most surprising about the U.S. Congress today is how harmful its parochial views have become to America's long-term global economic interests.

Selma: And The Cultural Relevancy Yesterday, Today And Tomorrow

Antoinette Brock | Posted 01.19.2015 | Black Voices
Antoinette Brock

America is indeed "unsure of how to care for us." We are miraculous in that we are a magnificent flower that grows in spite of the most unlikely and adverse conditions. Protests, movements and riots even are not sparked by Black people because we are violent.

Awakening the 'We the People' Within

Annabel Park | Posted 01.16.2015 | Politics
Annabel Park

What would happen if all of us critically examined our basic story of America and see if those stories cause us to make assumptions about people in our lives? What would happen if people could meet each other and see unique individuals with unique stories rather than characters in a pre-existing, pre-scripted story?

My World War I 101

Roger Fisk | Posted 01.14.2015 | Books
Roger Fisk

The line of people who know more about World War I than I do could stretch longer than the Great War's 450-mile scar that runs through Europe to this day.

From Student to Teacher: The Rise of Singapore Education

David Scott Clegg | Posted 01.14.2015 | Education
David Scott Clegg

How did they do it? How did an island nation of five million people become one of the elite education systems on the planet? What is their secret, their special formula? What is the Singapore story?

America in 5 Words

Galanty Miller | Posted 01.13.2015 | Comedy
Galanty Miller

We're funnier than North Korea.

Rising Stars of Rap: Pearls Negras

Crane.tv | Posted 01.23.2015 | Arts
Crane.tv

Long gone are the days where women were merely background accessories to rap videos. "Women can handle rap too, we're standing up for women's power."

A Different Kind of Drink

Sister Jenna | Posted 01.07.2015 | 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 01.06.2015 | 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 01.06.2015 | 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 01.06.2015 | 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 01.02.2015 | 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 12.31.2014 | 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 12.29.2014 | 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 12.25.2014 | 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 12.24.2014 | 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 12.24.2014 | 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 12.23.2014 | 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 12.19.2014 | 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 12.19.2014 | 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.