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Why the Kerry-Karzai Afghan Security Deal Won't Work

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

What's needed is an inclusive, political settlement -- with all stakeholders included -- that ends the fighting and stops the region from meddling, something we missed the mark on years ago. Until we do that, any Afghan security deal will remain elusive.

Dem Rep Likens Tea Party Republicans To Civil War Confederates

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 10.15.2013 | Politics

Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) lashed out at tea party Republicans on Tuesday, invoking a dark era of American history in the process. In an intervi...

Feeling Syria

Phil Wolfson, MD | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Phil Wolfson, MD

The wail came from his scorched mouth, "Why do they bomb children at school?" In torment from the burns, the crushed shoulders and neck, remarkably, ...

LOOK: Civil War Photos Colorized Are Gorgeous

Posted 10.04.2013 | Politics

Classic scenes from the Civil War era have been given a glorious makeover in these digitally colorized photos. Created by Jordan J. Lloyd, a colori...

Massive Resistance Redux, Republicans and Obamacare

Steven Conn | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics
Steven Conn

It is surely an irony of our political moment that as we marked the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, we are witnessing the return of the strategy of "massive resistance" -- this time not against a black president and his agenda.

Friday Talking Points -- Cold War Nostalgia

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.13.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Before we get this ball rolling, we have two minor points which relate to the calendar which we feel merit mentioning. First, for the superstitious among us, it's not only Friday the 13th, but it's actually a double-dose, being 9/13/13. Wooo! Scary!

Reflections on the Day of Atonement

Kirk Douglas | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics
Kirk Douglas

There can never be forgiveness if we do not first admit our mistakes. Racism is a sin for which we have never atoned. It is a grave injustice that must be addressed before we can ever truly move forward as a nation. Apologies are not excuses, but they are a good start on the road to repentance.

This Is Not Iraq: This Is Syri...us

Jim Worth | Posted 11.04.2013 | Politics
Jim Worth

We're told that Syria is much different than Iraq. If the word 'wolf' comes to mind, ignore it. These are the same people that wanted to attack Iran less than a year ago because they were eerily close to a nuclear weapon.

A Rabbinic Take on Lincoln

Rabbi Herb Cohen | Posted 11.04.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Herb Cohen

Jewish tradition fosters argument for the sake of arriving at truth. The Talmud tells us the sages Hillel and Shammai often disagreed with one another, but their respective points of view have endured because of the purity of their motives.

To Serve Is to Live: Reflections From 'Photography and the American Civil War'

Frances Hesselbein | Posted 10.29.2013 | Impact
Frances Hesselbein

When we talked, every night by telephone, he often reminded me, "Hey, Mom, remember: I was a soldier, I am a soldier, I will always be a soldier. " And so he was.

Why We Fought the Civil War: Reading Thomas Fleming's A Disease of the Public Mind

Warren Adler | Posted 10.27.2013 | Books
Warren Adler

Fleming clearly reiterates the point that from our beginnings as a nation we have been plagued by the moral dilemma posed by the entrenched and repugnant institution of slavery.

The Most Famous Man You Never Heard Of: Part IV

Helen Davey | Posted 10.12.2013 | New York
Helen Davey

I think now of the many times I have enjoyed walking along Battery Park, never realizing this was where my grandfather -- "Father John," as he came to be known -- first set foot on this continent. He was 27 years old.

A Daguerreotype Glimpse Of The Civil War

AP | DOUGLASS K. DANIEL | Posted 10.05.2013 | Arts

"Mathew Brady: Portraits of a Nation" (Bloomsbury), by Robert Wilson Civil War photographer Mathew Brady largely taught himself the finer points of t...

A Challenge to African American Filmmakers

M.W. Jacobs | Posted 10.02.2013 | Books
M.W. Jacobs

There has yet to be a feature-length film devoted entirely and exclusively to the life experience of American slaves on the scale of the Southern white-suffering epics.

One Wrong Turn From Changing History

Greg Schwem | Posted 09.30.2013 | Comedy
Greg Schwem

History books may read far differently today if some of the most famous journeys inadvertently went left instead of right, north as opposed to south, or even down rather than up.

These Civil War Stereographs Will Absolutely Blow Your Mind

The Huffington Post | Posted 07.30.2013 | Politics

The Library of Congress has a collection of Civil War stereographs like you wouldn't believe. Below, 10 of the sterographs in gif form: "A m...

Look Familiar?

The Huffington Post | Alana Horowitz | Posted 07.25.2013 | Comedy

If he's going to win this war, he's going to need ALL the bacon and eggs you have. HuffPost unearthed this classic photo from the civil war era an...

The Independent: The Art of Congressional Compromise

Brent Roske | Posted 09.22.2013 | Politics
Brent Roske

The use of the Civil War to show where Congressional compromise has failed is an extreme measure, but in our current Congress other battles have been pitched from entrenched positions with unfortunate consequences, showing the need for compromise.

Trayvon and the Fighting 54th

Max Skolnik | Posted 09.21.2013 | Politics
Max Skolnik

A hundred and fifty years ago, 600 blue-coated infantrymen of the 54th Massachusetts charged over the Carolina dunes in the face of withering cannon and small arms fire. Was that daring charge meant to preserve a Union where young African-American boys could be hunted down and shot in the streets?

Civil War Cannonball Found

AP | JEFF MARTIN | Posted 07.20.2013 | Politics

ATLANTA -- A day after workers unearthed an apparent cannonball from a downtown Atlanta construction site, an expert on the American Civil War said th...

'Glory': Civil War Fight By Black Troops Recalled

AP | BRUCE SMITH | Posted 07.20.2013 | Black Voices

SULLIVAN'S ISLAND, S.C. -- Civil War re-enactors gathered on a wind-swept beach and marked the 150th anniversary Thursday of the famed attack by the b...

This Is NOT Historically Accurate

Posted 07.17.2013 | Comedy

You think you've got a historically accurate reenactment of the Civil War and then BAM! Anachronism in your face. Check out all the modern technology ...

Ghulam Azam's Verdict: Initial Thoughts

William Nicholas Gomes | Posted 09.15.2013 | World
William Nicholas Gomes

The outrageous levels of corruption, bias, and falsification within the tribunal have resulted in a complete betrayal of this ideal, and Bangladesh must now live with the consequences of this botched process.

Stop Honoring Rebel Generals

Jamie Malanowski | Posted 09.14.2013 | Politics
Jamie Malanowski

In the build-ups during World Wars I and II, the army had to quickly construct dozens of new forts across the country. Most were named for military heroes, and most of the ones in the south were named for Confederate generals.

Kelly Clarkson In Tears over Link between Ancestor's Sacrifice and President Obama's Inauguration

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 09.14.2013 | TV
Megan Smolenyak

When Kelly Clarkson sang the phrase "land where my fathers died" from My Country,'Tis of Thee at President Obama's second inauguration, little did s...