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Why Football and Baseball Bring Balance to America

Aristotle Tziampiris | Posted 02.22.2014 | Sports
Aristotle Tziampiris

Baseball is the mythic ideal. Football is the brutal reality. Both represent the two symbolic sides of the coin that is America.

Inner State Crumbles United States

Suna Senman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Suna Senman

America is striving to build a more peacefully prosperous society by digging into the foundation of our ground structure. Health care is a part of tha...

The Long Road to Societal Change

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.24.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Measuring racism is not always a clear dichotomy. Not every attitude or word spoken is either clearly "racist" or "not-racist," to put this another way. There is a spectrum. The good news is that the spectrum shifts over time. What was once considered acceptable becomes taboo. Attitudes shift, even if it takes generations.

Islam and Intolerance in America

T.A. Ridout | Posted 08.04.2013 | Politics
T.A. Ridout

My Muslim friends are some of the best people I know. I don't normally think about their religion because no one has made a coherent argument as to why I should care. But when there are spikes of anti-Muslim sentiment in this country, I am reminded of the Islamophobia they deal with every day.

The Boston Marathon: Who Will Be the Next Mass Killer?

Justine Frangouli-Argyris | Posted 06.23.2013 | World
Justine Frangouli-Argyris

How can we expect to outline the preciousness of human life when we have totally marginalized the concepts of peace, solidarity, humanism, reconciliation, forgiveness and friendship and abandoned the idea of a "human-centered" education?

Social Engineering and the Politics of Ignorance

Paul Stoller | Posted 09.02.2012 | Education
Paul Stoller

Given the impoverished state of American literacy, is it any wonder that negative political ads, so filled with half-truths, misleading statements and boldface lies, have had such an impact on millions of adults?

We Can't Have It All, But We Can Give Her Credit

Ming Holden | Posted 08.28.2012 | Media
Ming Holden

Two main misconceptions have cropped up in the buzz around Anne-Marie Slaughter's current cover story in The Atlantic, "Why Women Still Can't Have It All."

Where Will the Leadership Come From?

Ethan Casey | Posted 08.27.2012 | Politics
Ethan Casey

Anyone who knows Pakistan knows that it's simplistic to chant (like the sheep in Animal Farm), "Civilians good, military ba-a-a-ad." But it's also true that a military takeover is not only far from out of the question, but likely only to make things worse. So where can we look for leadership?

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.

Saving Social Science

Paul Stoller | Posted 05.21.2012 | Education
Paul Stoller

STEM is important in the future of higher education, but so are the social sciences and humanities which teach students how to think critically and to how assess the social and cultural ramifications of rapid technological change.

Pakistan, Palestine, and the USA

Ethan Casey | Posted 11.23.2011 | Politics
Ethan Casey

I woke up this morning to the news that Admiral Mike Mullen, the Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, had directly accused Pakistan's Inter-Se...

Pakistan and the American Learning Curve Part 2

Ethan Casey | Posted 08.23.2011 | World
Ethan Casey

To write on controversial subjects in a way that I consider helpful takes a capacity for keeping one's cool and a willingness to refrain from scoring cheap points. That's no more true of Pakistan than of any other subject.

Are We a Society?

Gary Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Hart

The current U.S. budget confrontation raises the issue of whether we are a society, a community, or a collection of individuals inhabiting the same geographical space.

Spiritual Perspectives On Greed

Judith Johnson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

We are social beings confronted with the fact that while many of us do as we please without concern for others, we cannot do so without affecting them.

Is America Any Different from Pakistan?

Ethan Casey | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ethan Casey

What is it that allows us to consider Jared Loughner a mentally troubled young man acting alone and Faisal Shahzad, the mentally troubled young U.S. citizen who tried to blow up Times Square last May, a terrorist "Made in Pakistan"?

Study: Americans Crave Forgiveness But Are Not Very Forgiving

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Whitney Jones Religion News Service (RNS) Most Americans have a desire for more forgiveness in their lives, but they are more critical when cho...

Lindsay Lohan: Easy to Be Hard

Dr. Cheryl Pappas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dr. Cheryl Pappas

Joan Rivers is right about Lindsay Lohan. Sadly, her comment that Ms. Lohan will not survive another ten years of her current lifestyle appears reasonable and prescient.

The Perils of a Plastic Society

Carol Smaldino | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Carol Smaldino

Our dependency on plastic is not purely physical; it is the word used for surgery of many of those most of us envy. And sadly it is a word that describes many of us, certainly in how we deal on the outside.

My Relationship with Corporate America

Donna Flagg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Donna Flagg

In talking with this colleague, I realized that "difficult" was a relative term and uniquely defined by every person based on his or her own individual perception of negative.

Maybe We Are Maturing

R.T. Eby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
R.T. Eby

In my early basic and advanced individual training I remember some of the young men from the south having a hard time living with, sleeping next to, and interacting with other young men who were not white. You see, unlike those southern men, the Army had been integrated for quite some time.