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How Countries Fight Against Political Spending That Corrupts Democracy

Frances Moore Lappe | Posted 09.02.2015 | World
Frances Moore Lappe

I want to find out how other countries are fighting for democracy against its corruption by powerful private interests. My learning began in a conversation with Secretary General Yves Leterme of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), a Stockholm-based organization of 28 member states.

These Countries Show Why Losing Birthright Citizenship Could Be A Disaster

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 08.27.2015 | Politics

A significant portion of the GOP presidential field wants to end birthright citizenship for the children of undocumented immigrants, either by amendi...

Revoking 14th Amendment Birthright Citizenship: The Ultimate in Voter Suppression

Terry Connelly | Posted 08.27.2015 | Politics
Terry Connelly

Presidential candidate Donald Trump and several of his Republican competitors have now endorsed the notion of doing away with the very first sentence of the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution.

From a Recipient of Birthright Citizenship: Immigration Made America Great, Because Immigrants Are Us

Michael Shammas | Posted 08.28.2015 | Politics
Michael Shammas

Whether we are descended from majority who came here willfully and found a better life, or from the many who came here unwillingly and lived lives of destitution and terror, the fact remains: We are all transplants, all the descendants of immigrants who desired to have a flourishing life.

All Americans Not Equal: Mistrust and Discrimination Against Naturalized Citizens in the U.S.

Alev Dudek | Posted 08.27.2015 | Politics
Alev Dudek

Approximately 13 percent of the U.S. population is foreign-born, of which about six percent are naturalized U.S. citizens. Given the image associated with immigrants, one would assume that all Americans in the U.S., natural born or naturalized, have equal worth as citizens. This, however, is not necessarily the case.

Donald Trump and Birthright Citizenship: The Right Debate

Donald Kerwin | Posted 08.26.2015 | Entertainment
Donald Kerwin

As Donald Trump seeks to ride proposed legislative repeal of the Fourteenth Amendment's citizenship clause to the Republican presidential nomination, several of his rivals have called this debate a distraction.

Yer Mama's an Anchor Baby, and Other Electoral Silliness

Martin Luz | Posted 08.21.2015 | Entertainment
Martin Luz

GOP presidential candidates are now calling for a repeal of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, for being unconstitutional. OK. But let's say there never was a 14th Amendment. Would Donald Trump be a U.S. citizen today? Maybe, but maybe not.

Ted Cruz Once Said It Was A 'Mistake' To Try To End Birthright Citizenship

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 08.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said on Wednesday that he "absolutely" supports ending automatic citizenship for children born on Amer...

End 'Birthright Citizenship?' If So, We'd All Need to Find Another Home

William Petrocelli | Posted 08.19.2015 | Politics
William Petrocelli

Presidential candidate Donald Trump announced this week that he wants to abolish "Birthright Citizenship." Naturally, the other lemmings in the race -- who seem anxious to follow him over the cliff -- promptly announced their agreement with the idea.

Donald Trump: Babies Born To Undocumented Immigrants Aren't U.S. Citizens

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 08.20.2015 | Latino Voices

WASHINGTON -- Not only does Donald Trump support ending birthright citizenship, the real estate mogul now says children born to undocumented...

Latinos Deserve Full Economic Citizenship

Julie Stav | Posted 08.14.2015 | Latino Voices
Julie Stav

This focus on legal citizenship is important, but it's only part of the story. For Latinos, obtaining full economic citizenship is just as critical.

From What to How: Encouraging Dialogue on Municipal Climate Action

Marcus Andreas | Posted 08.12.2015 | Impact
Marcus Andreas

One aspect of the Climate Dialogue deals with exchanges and the learning process between municipalities. Information on numerous and diverse examples of good practice is provided by a range of brochures, data bases and competitions.

Reviving Pre-Citizen Suffrage

Nadeem Mazen | Posted 08.07.2015 | Politics
Nadeem Mazen

This summer we will propose sensible legislation in Cambridge, Massachusetts for the benefit of those on the long path to citizenship. Learning from past attempts at similar reform in Cambridge, we believe that extending the vote to documented residents is within the realm of possibility.

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: