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In One Month: A New Earth; Shots From Pluto and a Missing Sun

Audrey Peterman | Posted 07.29.2015 | Green
Audrey Peterman

I cannot recall a more eventful month than this July: We discovered the first Earth-like planet outside our solar system, capped a nine-and-a-half year space journey with the first shots back from Pluto, and saw the first report of a landmass "missing" its sun.

The Pope and Civic Studies

Harry Boyte | Posted 07.27.2015 | Education
Harry Boyte

Civic studies is a movement to challenge detachment. We seek to reintegrate what the modern world and theories of knowledge based on the stance of being "outside the world" have split apart. Laudato Si' and the civic studies movement both seek a reintegration of body and mind.

HuffPost Honor Roll: A City's New Program Gives Undocumented Minors Legal Help

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 07.23.2015 | Media

As journalists, we dutifully report on what's going wrong, from scandals and corruption to natural disasters and social problems. But far too often th...

Obama's Politics and the Nuclear Deal With Iran

Harry Boyte | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics
Harry Boyte

Politics in the older sense of the word, descending from the Greeks, conveys the practice humans have developed to negotiate the irreducible plurality of the human condition. It is the method to negotiate different, often conflicting interests and views in order to get things done.

Bridging Generations for Peace, a Passage for the Future of Diplomacy

Joshua W. Walker | Posted 07.09.2015 | World
Joshua W. Walker

Every year citizen diplomats, business influencers, municipal leaders and other luminaries from around the world converge at Sister Cities International's annual conference.

Who Owns Democracy? The Great Debate

Harry Boyte | Posted 07.09.2015 | Politics
Harry Boyte

Over the coming long months of public focus on elections, we need to talk about who owns democracy and what it means. College and university campuses, as well as other sites, have potential to be venues.

Perfecting Our Union Through Personal Ties

Ilir Zherka | Posted 07.02.2015 | Politics
Ilir Zherka

Together, we can perfect the Union by strengthening our civic life. But to do this, everyday Americans and our leaders need to take action. There are steps we can take today to help secure our future.

Reviving the Real American Dream

Harry Boyte | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics
Harry Boyte

As we head into an election season marked by bitter polarization, how can we develop a renewed sense of ourselves as a whole people, responsible for democracy as a way of life, not simply elections?

Does Gender Matter on Social Media?

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 07.02.2015 | Technology
Suren Ramasubbu

Social Networking holds potential to boost the economic, political and social empowerment of women, and the promotion of gender equality. But such boost is possible only with awareness of risks and benefits of the medium.

From the Ivory Tower Kitchen: My Two Homes

Hari Pulapaka, Ph.D., C.E.C. | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics
Hari Pulapaka, Ph.D., C.E.C.

I and millions of first generation immigrants like me all over the world have two homes. I am blissfully at home in DeLand, Florida where for the past 15 years I have taught, cooked, loved, been loved, and everything in between.

On Being American

Nigel Hamilton | Posted 06.16.2015 | Media
Nigel Hamilton

I became an American on Nov. 4, 2010, at an elegant ceremony in Great Hall of Bullfinch's Faneuil Hall, Boston, beneath a vast painting of Daniel Webster debating the preservation of the Union with Robert Hayne of South Carolina.

The Theft of Democracy's Memory

Harry Boyte | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics
Harry Boyte

In this coming election season we need to challenge ourselves and candidates of whatever party and at whatever level to recall the work of citizenship. And we need to ask candidates to stop pretending they will fix our problems by themselves. These are the questions to pose:

Is Becoming American Really Such A Big Deal?

Ido Bendet-Taicher | Posted 06.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Ido Bendet-Taicher

When my daughter tells me that she is more American than I am because she was born here and I wasn't, I respond that I actually think the opposite is true - that because I made the choice to become American, I am more American then she is. I made the choice to leave my past behind and asked to become a U.S. citizen, while she was given citizenship at birth. I never planned to leave my past behind and I didn't have a childhood dream to become American, but yet, I did end up doing this, so, how did I get here?

Words Beyond Walls: Real Lies and US Immigration Detention

Christina Fialho | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics
Christina Fialho

Ulises H. is in U.S. immigration detention, but he and his family believe he is a U.S. citizen. Currently, Ulises is detained at the Polk County Adult Detention Center, which was deemed one of the worst immigration detention facilities in 2012 by the Detention Watch Network.

Asian Immigrants Becoming US Citizens at High Rate

Elena Shore | Posted 06.02.2015 | World
Elena Shore

For the first time in decades, the number of immigrants coming to the United States from China and India outnumbers those coming from Mexico.

Educating Our Children for the Common Good

Rick Ayers | Posted 05.27.2015 | Education
Rick Ayers

Joel Westheimer, professor of education at the University of Ottawa and education commentator for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, unpacks important insights on schools and what happens in classrooms on a daily basis.

Australia Wants To Make Fighting For ISIS Reason To Lose Citizenship

AP | ROD McGUIRK | Posted 05.21.2015 | World

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia plans to strip citizenship from Australian-born children of immigrants who become Islamic State fighters in its...

Raising Children, Raising Citizens

Jennifer Bly | Posted 05.20.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Bly

We're not just raising children, we're raising a future. We're raising hope. We're raising the next generation of citizens.

Candidates Win Evangelicals With Pro-American Worker Immigration Policy

Ken Blackwell | Posted 05.17.2015 | Politics
Ken Blackwell

Candidates that wish to enlist the support from evangelical voters would be wise to advocate policies that prioritize American workers when it comes to immigration. That means opposing rewarding illegal aliens with work permits so they can compete with U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents for jobs.

Ten Years Since McCain-Kennedy, an Immigration Starter Kit for the 2016 Presidential Candidates

Steven Choi | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics
Steven Choi

Moving into the 2016 race, any Presidential candidate that wants a fighting chance needs to prioritize an immigration reform game plan -- one that is fair, just, family-oriented and economically sound.

The New Progressive Agenda: A Return to Citizenship

Toni Morrison | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics
Toni Morrison

The difference between understanding oneself as a "citizen" and understanding oneself as a "taxpayer" is not merely wide; it is antagonistic. A citizen thinks primarily about his or her community. A taxpayer thinks mostly about himself or herself. The Progressive Agenda seeks to return us to the adult responsibility of being citizens to each other.

Do You Need a Country? Here is One!

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 05.12.2015 | Travel
Sidonie Sawyer

Should you ever find yourself stateless, a new little country called Liberland might just take you in. Celebrating its independence May 10, we say good for you! Have many happy returns!

Republican Steve King Is 'Campaigning' For Hillary Clinton

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Fernando Espuelas

Hillary Clinton, please take a moment to thank Rep. Steve King for his tremendously effective effort to assure your election in 2016. When it comes to rapidly ascendant American Latino and Asian-American voters, Steve King and his radical ideas are the equivalent of several, well-funded SuperPacs dumping money in Hillary Clinton's favor.

We Must Tackle the Financial Barriers to U.S. Citizenship

Keith Mestrich | Posted 06.30.2015 | Impact
Keith Mestrich

One in five immigrants points to the costs associated with the process as the main reason they cannot finish becoming a citizen. For millions of legal immigrants, the financial costs to finish the citizenship process are just too prohibitive.

Elise Foley

House Republicans Go After Birthright Citizenship

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 04.29.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats in Congress frequently accuse the GOP of attacking immigrants, and on Wednesday, House Republicans gave them more fodder by ho...