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Ukraine Crisis Bolstering Iran-Russia-China Axis

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics
Dr. 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 05.20.2014 | 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 05.19.2014 | 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 05.19.2014 | 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 05.12.2014 | 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 05.06.2014 | 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 04.28.2014 | 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 04.24.2014 | 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 04.22.2014 | 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

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
Dr. 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?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 03.12.2014 | World
Dr. 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.

What to Do Next About Syria

James P. Farwell | Posted 02.25.2014 | World
James P. Farwell

It didn't take long for the Syrian rebel Supreme Military Council to unload on the U.S. and U.K. as co-conspirators in a scheme to hand over Syria to violent extremist Islamists as the U.S. and U.K. cancelled non-lethal aid to the rebels.

The Republicans and the Radical Minority

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 02.24.2014 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

It is worth bearing in mind that extreme minority factions can do serious damage to the nation as a whole when they pursue a strategy of burning down the political house in hopes of building a new one.

Heightened Sectarian and Political Tensions: Iran, Syria, Hezbollah and Shiite Coalition

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 02.19.2014 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Hezbollah's determination to fight in support of the Syrian regime forces has led to a second set of issues manifested in regional tensions.

School Named For KKK Leader To Be Rebranded

Reuters | Posted 02.15.2014 | Black Voices

Dec 17 (Reuters) - A Florida high school whose name commemorates a leader of a white supremacist group known for lynchings and other violent acts ag...

Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and the Arc of Time

Dr. Gail Christopher | Posted 02.04.2014 | Black Voices
Dr. Gail Christopher

As we marked the 150th anniversary on November 19 of this powerful speech, the same struggle continues today in communities from coast to coast -- the fight for freedom and equality is far from over.

A Gettysburg Address Call to Arms -- Health Care Arms

Joseph Cooper | Posted 02.02.2014 | Books
Joseph Cooper

Seven Score and Ten Years Ago, Louisa May Alcott brought forth a collection of letters conceived in her relatively brief service as a volunteer nurse, and dedicated to the proposition that not all military hospitals were created equal.