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The Future of Ukraine -- Civil war?

Elena Ulansky | Posted 04.18.2014 | Politics
Elena Ulansky

The West has not given defensive arms to Ukraine. Instead, it imposed meaningless sanctions and despite its rhetoric it appears to be leaving Ukraine to its own devices to deal with the pro-Russian secession movement.

Assad and His Friends Brag About Winning

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 04.18.2014 | World
Daniel R. DePetris

The Obama administration's entire Syria policy rests on the foundation that Assad's internal calculation needs to change. A willingness by Assad to participate in serious and meaningful negotiations is the objective of this policy. Right now, that foundation is crumbling into dust.

Syria: High-Priced Economic Card for Iran?

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Majid Rafizadeh

Although the Syrian government and leaders of Hezbollah are offering differing signals from the Islamic Republic, Iranian leaders view the situation from another prism.

The Untold Story of Civil-Rights Progress in the U.S.: An Interview With Author Clay Risen

Steve Kettmann | Posted 04.09.2014 | Books
Steve Kettmann

In many ways, the bizarre state of affairs in which our nation's capital now finds itself mired is not so new. Author Clay Risen explores a key juncture in our history when archaic procedures threatened to change the course of history.

Stepping Out of Myself and Onto the Stage

Al DeLuise | Posted 03.31.2014 | Fifty
Al DeLuise

I experimented with being a thespian once, but that was back in my college days.

America's Pension Black Hole: Dissecting Warren Buffett's Tapeworm

Bob Swarup | Posted 03.31.2014 | Business
Bob Swarup

Warren Buffett described public pension plans as a "gigantic financial tapeworm" and warned of a decade of pain. He was right on the first point, less so on the second.

Ukraine Crisis Bolstering Iran-Russia-China Axis

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 03.28.2014 | Politics
Majid Rafizadeh

The tensions between Russia and the West have further ratcheted up this week since the Crimean Peninsula's local government called for a referendum to secede from Ukraine. The current standoff between the West and Moscow concerning Ukraine might be viewed as the gravest instance of tension in the post-Cold War era.

Florida Republican Freaking Out Over Proposed Memorial To Union Soldiers

The Huffington Post | Janie Campbell | Posted 04.17.2014 | Politics

When a group of residents asked to add a monument to Union soldiers at the site of the largest Civil War battle in Florida, neither they nor park offi...

Crimea 'Vote' Once Happened Here

Patrick Hope | Posted 03.20.2014 | Politics
Patrick Hope

The best way to limit Russian aggression is to strike at their economy, and thus their ability to finance these illegal operations.

The Soul of a Book Lover

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 03.19.2014 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

The task of writing a review of An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine is daunting. Why? Because I don't want to write anything that might keep someone from reading this book.

Elizabeth Thorn: Pregnant and Burying the Dead at Gettysburg

Kate Kelly | Posted 03.19.2014 | Women
Kate Kelly

Thorn's husband was caretaker of the Evergreen Cemetery in Gettysburg, so after the Battle of Gettysburg (July 1-3, 1863), the work of burying the dead was left to Elizabeth and her father. Elizabeth was six months pregnant at that time.

The New Mongrels: A Resurrection of an Old Idea

Marcel Hidalgo | Posted 03.12.2014 | Arts
Marcel Hidalgo

The New Mongrels, a collective musical society, have a long history that goes back to the Civil War. As the story goes, a soldier named Henry Brooke who came back from the bloody war shell-shocked and deaf in one ear had an idea.

Is There Another Southern Narrative?

Dr. Lawrence M. Schall | Posted 03.06.2014 | Fifty
Dr. Lawrence M. Schall

Is their a southern narrative other than one which lays proud claim to the Civil War? I think the answer here lies in a nostalgia for a simpler life, a life less corrupted by the influences of modernity.

The Urgency of Venezuela

Tom Hayden | Posted 02.28.2014 | Politics
Tom Hayden

Call me naive, but I do not believe President Obama wants to see President Maduro overthrown. But there's another US "government," a secret network that works tirelessly to undermine any Latin American threat to the dominance of American capital and military power.

The National Debt

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 02.22.2014 | Politics
William B. Bradshaw

Democrats and Republicans are blitzing us with propaganda about the national debt. My purpose here is not to side with either political party, but to add understating to the subject.

State Mulls Finally Repealing Pro-Slavery Amendment

Reuters | Posted 02.20.2014 | Politics

By Alice Popovici Feb 20 (Reuters) - More than 150 years after Maryland adopted a proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution barring ...

The Two Sudans: Problems Are Linked - So Are Solutions

David L. Phillips | Posted 04.07.2014 | World
David L. Phillips

Sudan and South Sudan are a revolving door of deadly conflicts. Comprehensive and sustainable peace can only be achieved through parallel steps affecting conditions in both countries. Managing crisis in one while neglecting the other is a stop-gap.

As The World Revolts, The Great Powers Will Watch

Reuters | Posted 02.04.2014 | World

Civil wars, those raging and those yet to come, present the largest immediate threat to human societies. Some have similar roots, but there is no over...

State Legislature Reconsiders Pro-Slavery 'Shadow Amendment'

The Baltimore Sun | Timothy B. Wheeler | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics

The Civil War casts a long shadow. In the first year of that wrenching conflict, Maryland's lawmakers voted unanimously for a constitutional amendmen...

United Nations' Invitation and Irans Reversal

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
Majid Rafizadeh

Many nations attending the Geneva II conference, including the United States, appear to have been totally caught off guard by a recent hastily organized news conference and announcement issued by U.N Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

My Journey Into America's Divide

Annabel Park | Posted 03.28.2014 | Politics
Annabel Park

I worried that we were going to slide into deeper economic turmoil and perhaps even violence. I feared that our division was aiding a gradual slide into plutocracy -- governance by the elite, the super wealthy. In other words, we were being divided and conquered.

Flags, Holidays and Heroes

Robert Strong | Posted 03.22.2014 | Politics
Robert Strong

The holiday set aside by Virginia to honor Confederate generals Lee and Jackson falls on or near Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This coincidence prompted debates in my community about whether it was appropriate to fly Confederate flags when the nation is remembering its most important civil rights leader.

The Campaign to End All War

Dennis Trainor | Posted 03.16.2014 | World
Dennis Trainor

Originally Posted at AcronymTV In this interview with David Swanson, we discuss a campaign, still in its planning stages, to eliminate "the inst...

Virginia City May Repeal Law Requiring Streets To Be Named For Confederate Generals

AP | Posted 03.16.2014 | Politics

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Steeped in Civil War history, the northern Virginia city of Alexandria is considering repeal of an old law requiring certain ...

Will Iran Use its Political Influence in Syria to Halt the Violence?

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 03.12.2014 | World
Majid Rafizadeh

This month, Iranian leaders encounter a unique and distinct political opportunity to improve Tehran's political image. The "London 11" will hold a meeting in Europe next week and the subject of Iran's role in the resolution efforts of the Syrian civil war as well as delivery of humanitarian aid to the nation will be discussed.