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The Venice Diaries 2015: Climbing Everest, Descending into Beasts of No Nation and Meeting Michael Rowe

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 09.03.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Everest is a wondrous, beautifully shot, perfectly acted, very Hollywood film and I could swear I felt snow brush against my face at one point. It's perfect entertainment.

My Tour Through Our National Parks With Members of Congress

Audrey Peterman | Posted 08.20.2015 | Green
Audrey Peterman

Knowing that I am the beneficiary of such a huge investment of human and natural capital, how can I sit back and let it all go down under the cult of greed and personality to become an oligarchy?

Mauritania: Scholar Warns of "Implosion" Unless Leadership Embraces Change

Till Bruckner | Posted 08.18.2015 | World
Till Bruckner

I spoke with Amadou Sall, a lecturer of social anthropology at the University of Nouakchott and leading member of the Mauritanie Perspectives think tank, about politics, social change and the prospects for democracy in this rapidly changing West African nation.

The Civil War Was Lost. It's Time We Finally Won It

Andy Schmookler | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

It is true that the Union was preserved, so that was a measure of victory. But the spirit that animated the South and produced that war was never really stamped out, and for that the entire nation has paid a huge price.

The South Seemed Pretty Sure It Was Fighting for Slavery

Larry Womack | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics
Larry Womack

It is only very recently, as the debate over the confederate flag has been renewed, that I have come to realize just how deeply the myth that the Civil War wasn't really about slavery has taken root.

Rewriting History or Acknowledging It?

Michael Putzel | Posted 08.03.2015 | Politics
Michael Putzel

Hauling down the Confederate battle flag from its staff on the grounds of the South Carolina Capitol in July marked a tectonic shift in white rulers' manipulation of the tragic racial history of the American South. It may have been just the beginning.

'... And Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi' Provides a Unique Poetic View of the Hero's Journey

L. Steven Sieden | Posted 07.23.2015 | Arts
L. Steven Sieden

This is not a simple play, but it is quite stunningly beautiful in its words, staging and performance. After all, it's not often that the narrator of a play is the Mississippi River as brilliantly portrayed by Kathya Alexander.

It's Time for Another Deal, Mr. President: This Time to Save South Sudan

Tom Andrews | Posted 07.21.2015 | World
Tom Andrews

Ultimately, peace is up to the people of South Sudan. But the President's personal involvement coupled with these steps to enforce a peace agreement present the people of South Sudan with something they've been missing since the war began - hope.

Public Opinion on the Confederate Flag and the Civil War

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 07.18.2015 | Politics
Kathleen Weldon

The Confederate flag is gone from the South Carolina statehouse. But public opinion on the meaning of the symbols of the Confederacy remains divided along racial and regional lines, part of a larger disagreement over the significance of the Civil War revealed in multiple polls.

Symbols of the Confederacy: A Southerner's Revelatory Moments

B.J. Bernstein | Posted 07.12.2015 | Black Voices
B.J. Bernstein

Learning history awakens, enlightens and forces introspection. But when historical items become icons, the facts take a back seat to dogma. South Carolina finally has taken down the symbol that when I was young I did not fully understand. It's now time for the rest of us to understand the hate such a symbol represents.

The South Surrenders?

Shermin Kruse | Posted 07.10.2015 | World
Shermin Kruse

The question answered by the South Carolina House of Representatives today is whether their state government, as a political and democratic institution representing constituents of all races, should maintain on its capitol grounds the very flag it placed there 50 years ago to protest the civil rights movement.

S.C. House Approves Bill To Remove Confederate Flag From Statehouse

AP | Jade Walker | Posted 07.09.2015 | Politics

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Let Go Your Southern Ghosts!

F. Scott Hess | Posted 07.08.2015 | Politics
F. Scott Hess

I've noticed many online defenders of Confederate heritage argue that their opponents do not understand history and fail to see beyond racial barriers. I have white southern roots deeper than most. I understand my history and the lineage of bigotry it entails.

Yes, Washington: Accepting American Exceptionalism

John K. Herr | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics
John K. Herr

Alas! how dreary would be the world if America were not exceptional. It would be as dreary as if there were no Washingtons. There would be no torch of liberty, no shining city on a hill, no Channing Tatum.

Julia Craven

UNC Can No Longer Remain Silent On Silent Sam

HuffingtonPost.com | Julia Craven | Posted 07.08.2015 | Politics

When I first laid eyes on Silent Sam, he made me uncomfortable. As I looked up at the Confederate soldier who stands watch over students in the upper ...

Crafty Conservative Confederate Flag Move Obscures Larger Issue

Michael Fauntroy | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics
Michael Fauntroy

I fear that all of the attention on the flag provides cover to politicians who want to ignore the larger problem. Some of the same politicians talking about bringing down the flag are doing so to avoid talking about the proliferation of guns.

Confederate Land Art: The Apotheosis of Racist Iconography

Paul Gunther | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics
Paul Gunther

As South Carolina's Capitol grounds and other jurisdictions decide the fate of their most prominent emblems of past oppression and contemporary reaction, Stone Mountain guarantees that at least one Confederate icon will loom over the South's largest city for as long into the future as mankind can foresee.

Obama to End Three More Wars: Vietnam and Cold War Finally Over, Civil War Next

Richard Brodsky | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics
Richard Brodsky

Put aside ending the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. They weren't so much divisive as the American people changed their mind, once the lying stopped. Ending them was relatively easy. Obama is now taking on the tough ones. He's moving to end the Vietnam War and the Cold War and even the Civil War.

General Nathan Bedford Forrest Versus the Ku Klux Klan

John A. Tures | Posted 07.06.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

Think that if he were alive today, General Nathan Bedford Forrest would embrace Dylann Roof, the alleged killer of nine blacks in a Charleston Church who hoped to start a race war? Think again.

El Salvador Sees Highest Monthly Murder Rate Since Civil War

AP | Posted 07.03.2015 | World

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — The month of June saw 677 murders in El Salvador, more than in any other single month since the end of the country'...

KKK Posing as Victim of "Cultural Genocide"

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 07.02.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

For literally decades, calls have gone out by civil and human rights advocates to remove of the battle flag of the Confederacy from public sites like state capitol grounds and other government buildings.

The President Sings of Grace

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 07.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

The marriage victory required decades of work by countless people. More work remains, from transgender and immigrant rights to police reform, employment protections, and rebuffing the false pose of victimhood by religious bullies.

Charleston's Emanuel AME: A Catalyst for Change?

Rev. James J. Maher, C.M. | Posted 07.02.2015 | Religion
Rev. James J. Maher, C.M.

As we celebrate the independence of our nation this week, I am comforted to believe, to hope and to pray that, in time, we might reflect on this heartbreaking event as a harbinger not of hate and division, but of a new era of unity and peace in our nation for all its people.

Racism and the Confederate Flag

Neal Wooten | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Neal Wooten

Before you get your knickers in a wad, let me say that I would never fly the Confederate Flag. Why? Because it offends people. My history and heritage are what they are whether the flag flies or not.

The South Shall Rise Again

Benjamin A. Davis | Posted 06.30.2015 | Black Voices
Benjamin A. Davis

Reasonable people know that we are all in this race quagmire together and togetherness is how we will get ourselves out. There will be no fantasies of a "white" Northwest bordering west at Idaho, Utah and Arizona. Ain't gonna happen. There will not be a "New Africa" for "blacks with Atlanta as the capital. Just ain't gonna happen. Give it up.