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A Ritual for Light

Heather A. Paul | Posted 11.29.2015 | Religion
Heather A. Paul

This year, as we approach another dark winter, another anniversary of the Newtown shooting, and another Chanukah season, the world is once again reeling from one communal tragedy to another.

Thanksgiving for the Moments That We Share

Barbi Appelquist | Posted 11.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Barbi Appelquist

So on Thanksgiving Day, I remember and I am grateful. I am grateful for what I have learned about myself since the day I heard the diagnosis. Grateful for the surgeons and the nurses and my best friend from high school who insisted four years ago that I get my blood checked, just in case something was wrong.

Interview: 'From Beirut to Paris, We Are All Hypocrites and Selective Grievers'

Halim Shebaya | Posted 11.25.2015 | World
Halim Shebaya

I discuss the Paris and Beirut attacks in relation to the media response, selective empathy, and the 'what-about-ery' reaction.

Paris, Media Bashing & The Act of Mourning

Kuda Mangoma | Posted 11.25.2015 | World
Kuda Mangoma

As the majority of the world mourns, suspicion permeates as to why some acts of atrocity, which occurred almost simultaneously as the attacks in Paris, aren't receiving the same collective grief that now cocoons France. 

After Paris and Beirut, It's Time to Rein in Saudi Arabia

Inge Fryklund | Posted 11.24.2015 | World
Inge Fryklund

After the carnage in Paris, Western governments turned immediately to debating the usual tactics for "bringing the terrorists to justice." Should we employ drone strikes, they wonder? Boots on the ground? Police?

Copy and Paste Syndrome: Nuqat's Probe Into Creativity

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 11.24.2015 | Arts
Magda Abu-Fadil

It's a breath of fresh air that attracted art, culture, design and creativity aficionados to Nuqat's conference in Kuwait amid a storm of insanity engulfing the Middle East.

How Words Are Getting in Our Way

Noah Kim | Posted 11.23.2015 | Religion
Noah Kim

We often think of life as what we see and think and hear, but what does it all mean without words? We construct our social reality with language, and language in turn creates its own reality.

I Hate Fundamentalism

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 11.23.2015 | World
Ian Reifowitz

Fundamentalism is an idea so extreme that its adherents will do anything to see it succeed. Anything. Fundamentalism is an idea that cancels out any competing concerns, any other values or commitments. To a fundamentalist, the end justifies the means, no matter what.

Battle Hymn of the Blowhards

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 11.20.2015 | Politics
Richard J. Rosendall

As many Americans sang "La Marseillaise" and expressed solidarity with the French after the terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13, Republicans rushed to seize political advantage.

Catching Our Breath: Life After Beirut and Paris

Jack Levison | Posted 11.20.2015 | Religion
Jack Levison

You know the feeling of having the wind knocked out of you. There is a moment, just a moment, when you panic because you've got no breath in your lungs. There's a jolt of helplessness, pure vulnerability, a shock to an otherwise rhythmic system, which seems like it might otherwise go on forever.

Lack of Leaders in the Muslim World? Perhaps It's Time to Meet the Peaceful Khalifa of Islam

Usman Ahmad | Posted 11.19.2015 | Religion
Usman Ahmad

There is another leading figure in the Muslim world, who along with his followers is forging a path of reconciliation in these perilous times. He too is a Khalifa, but the Khilafat he represents is very different to the one of ISIS.

Paris vs. Beirut: A Balanced Look at Why Our Solidarity is Lopsided

Rosemary Pritzker | Posted 11.19.2015 | World
Rosemary Pritzker

There's been a lot of talk about how horrible it is that we grieve for France when we're not similarly frenzied about Beirut and others. On the one hand, that argument is totally right. Yes, we should mourn the deaths of innocent people wherever they are, in a far more balanced way than we do. All lives are equal, and all innocent deaths are tragic.

Our Western Media Complex

Anna Waletzko | Posted 11.18.2015 | College
Anna Waletzko

I pray that 2016 will be different, but until we become conscious it likely won't. Race aside, Facebook filters aside, monument lighting and world leaders aside, human hearts beat the same. No matter the religion and no matter the country, a life is a life

Lebanon's Complacency On ISIS Victims: A Harsh Reminder That The Time For Change Is Now

Kareem Chehayeb | Posted 11.18.2015 | World
Kareem Chehayeb

The Lebanese government's reputation couldn't be worse, especially the ministry of interior and Al Machnouk. Ever since the trash protests escalated in Beirut last August, all eyes have been on the Internal Security Forces (ISF) and Nohad Al Machnouk

War Is Not the Answer

Vincent Warren | Posted 11.17.2015 | Politics
Vincent Warren

Military responses are incompatible with the values of democracy. Sending troops means bringing home body bags. Dropping bombs means killing civilians, and ultimately far more civilians than military targets. Waging war means creating desperate refugee populations with no safe place to go.

Paris Attack Shows Why Al Qaeda Might Have Been Right About ISIS All Along

Alastair Crooke | Posted 11.17.2015 | World
Alastair Crooke

BEIRUT -- We don't yet know if the attack on the Russian airliner in Sinai, the suicide bombs in Beirut and the Paris onslaught were conceived and coordinated by ISIS leadership in Syria and Iraq. If they weren't, Europe has a different problem -- but one no less serious.

Terrorism -- Why It Frightens, and Unites Us

David Ropeik | Posted 11.17.2015 | Politics
David Ropeik

What is it about this particular threat that gives it such inordinate emotional power, far beyond the danger that it actually poses to most of us. Why does terrorism terrorize?

You Can Support Both France And Lebanon On Facebook Through This Hack

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 11.17.2015 | Good News

After Friday's terrorist attacks in Paris, Facebook launched a feature that allows users to add an overlay of the French flag to their profile pictur...

Dear Hive Mind of Social Media Empathy Fads

Bino A. Realuyo | Posted 11.16.2015 | World
Bino A. Realuyo

If big media presented the public a fuller and more global scope of terrorist events in the past week, I wonder if we would see an equal expression of compassion for Beirut and Baghdad in social media. I wonder if Facebook would have included a Lebanese or Iraqi flag options.

While Some Contemplate Who to Pray For, I'll Just Pray

Rowaida Abdelaziz | Posted 11.16.2015 | World
Rowaida Abdelaziz

I'll pray that the politicization of death ends soon. And for people to recognize the irony of dismissing victims anywhere and everywhere based on politics, race, color and religion.

From Beirut to Paris, We Are All Hypocrites And Selective Grievers

Halim Shebaya | Posted 11.16.2015 | World
Halim Shebaya

In rightfully and legitimately condemning selective grief, Lebanon (and for that matter the entire world) forgets that it is a country that selectively grieves all the time.

Refugees Are Not the Enemy

Chaker Khazaal | Posted 11.16.2015 | World
Chaker Khazaal

While this knee-jerk reaction of countries to close their borders to immigrants might appear on the surface to be a wise move, the truth is that we're just compounding the problem.

In Wake of Attacks, Humanizing Refugees Needed Now More than Ever

Benish Shah | Posted 11.16.2015 | Politics
Benish Shah

As we stand mourning the loss of life in Paris, Beirut, and others we also should be mourning our lack of humanity. Because we seem to forget that while we in the Western world experience violence as an anomaly, these refugees face that violence daily.

A Brief Calculus of Mourning

Nish Gera | Posted 11.16.2015 | World
Nish Gera

For now, let me grieve for my beloved Paris. And in that grieving, let me be connected with the grief of cities where people have been harmed and wronged.

Beyond Fear, Grief and Rage: A Terrorism Response

Nadine Smith | Posted 11.16.2015 | Politics
Nadine Smith

I will not be fearful. I will not toss aside the values that are fundamental to our democracy and exchange them for a vigilante mentality.