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"Cloud Nine:" A Mental Challenge for the Theatergoer

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 10.05.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

As you approach the Linda Gross Theater, you're struck by the imposing quiet of it. Sealed doors keep out the faint of heart; the Church-like building sleeps, bathed in the light of an October moon. Could this be your destination, or have you made a mistake?

U.S. Multiculturalism or Cultural Assimilation?

A. B. Wilkinson | Posted 10.01.2015 | Politics
A. B. Wilkinson

In 2015 multiculturalism should be openly embraced in the United States, a country where many pride themselves on having the freedom to be who they are without persecution. Instead, there are many who still advocate intolerance, including several presidential candidates.

War Among all Puerto Ricans: Prequel_1: War Against the Yankees!

Harry Franqui-Rivera, Ph.D. | Posted 09.30.2015 | Latino Voices
Harry Franqui-Rivera, Ph.D.

What will it take for more scholars and activists to recognize the damage this fabrication does to Puerto Rico's history? The anti-colonial struggle will not be won with fabrications.

An Immigrant Asks

Lee-Sean Huang | Posted 09.21.2015 | Politics
Lee-Sean Huang

You say that a wave of immigrants will overwhelm you and threaten your way of life in the United States and in Europe. Have you so little confidence in your civilization now?

Black Queerness/Queer Blackness

Michael Carosone | Posted 09.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

My thesis is that homophobia -- or heterosexism -- exits in the African-American community because of its strict adherence to religious traditions and norms. Consequently, such homophobia appears in the community's literature, arts and culture.

BJP's Maha(rashtra)-Strides Backwards

Digant Raj Kapoor | Posted 09.18.2015 | World
Digant Raj Kapoor

The media has spared no details when it comes to its coverage of the Mumbai meat ban. Naturally, it's a juicy topic. But more pertinent issues that have been percolating over time have not received their due attention.

On Colonial Fairs and 'De-Colonizing' American History in Elementary School

Frank Ligtvoet | Posted 09.18.2015 | Education
Frank Ligtvoet

The relative exclusion of African Americans and Native Americans in the colonial curriculum of so many schools in the U.S., even in its mild liberal form, has strange effects.

Sustainable Development: Something New or More of the Same?

Charles Eisenstein | Posted 09.14.2015 | Green
Charles Eisenstein

For thousands of years we have grown -- in population, in energy consumption and in economic output. Today we are beginning to realize that this kind of growth is no longer possible, nor even desirable; that it can be maintained only at greater cost to human beings and the planet.

Humanity Washed Ashore

Robert Koehler | Posted 09.11.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Humanity washes ashore, but does anything change? There's only one way for real change to happen: The value of human life must supersede citizenship. Refugees -- people forced by terrible circumstances out of their homes -- shouldn't have their escape routes blocked, either by barbed wire or bureaucratic minutiae, because they have been rendered "stateless."

Rewriting the Human Story

Robert Koehler | Posted 08.27.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Oh, sacred planet. The terror of climate crisis is a long time in the making. As I read about the mass mobilization forming around the upcoming U.N. climate change convention, which is likely to accomplish far too little, I feel a desperate impatience, a tearing at my soul.

5 Ways To Address Puerto Rico's Debt Crisis

Maru Gonzalez | Posted 08.12.2015 | Politics
Maru Gonzalez

Because of Puerto Rico's colonial status, the island's residents have never had any say over the imposed U.S. economic, trade and monetary policies which contributed significantly to the current economic crisis. So why are they now being asked to shoulder the bulk of the burden through austerity?

White Supremacy and Devaluation of African [Heritage] Lives

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 08.06.2015 | Black Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

The philosophy and practice of white supremacy devalues all African and African heritage lives whether human or non-human animal. White supremacy links slavery in the "Americas" with the ongoing police killings of unarmed black people and to the killing of animals on the continent of Africa.

Why Is Big-Game Hunting So Repulsive?

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 08.02.2015 | Politics
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

Big-game hunting leaves us troubled, I surmise, because it summons us to think of its sordid past. Big-game hunting no longer serves any social utility. Perhaps big-game hunting will vanish from the modern world, through the force of social criticism if not by positive legislative enactment.

Where's the Travel Writing for Black Women?

Sarah Enelow | Posted 07.20.2015 | Black Voices
Sarah Enelow

Ever since I got into travel writing, I've been told to read the works of Joseph Conrad, Jack Kerouac, Edward Abbey, Bruce Chatwin, Paul Theroux, William Dalrymple, Bill Bryson, and other white men. While I learned a lot from their stories, I was also repeatedly left with questions about misogyny and racial insensitivity.

A Pope for All People?

David Moore | Posted 07.14.2015 | Religion
David Moore

Indigenous peoples throughout the Americas know Junipero Serra's legacy, but Californians know it best, and many would like to know what the devil is going on. I truly want this Pope to have moral authority.

A Pope for All People?

David Moore | Posted 07.14.2015 | Religion
David Moore

I truly want this Pope to have moral authority. He called world leaders cowards for accommodating modern capitalism, referring to it as the "new colonialism." I pray the pope will be courageous in September.

Pope Apologizes For Catholic Church's 'Offenses' Against Indigenous Peoples

Associated Press | Kelly Chen | Posted 07.10.2015 | Religion

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Broken English: When Our Mother Tongues Take the Back Seat

Priscilla Takondwa Semphere | Posted 07.01.2015 | Black Voices
Priscilla Takondwa Semphere

There is nothing wrong with sounding Western, but there is something fundamentally problematic when it is born of disdain for one's own linguistic discipline or tradition.

Hindu Pride and the Future of Hinduism

Anantanand Rambachan | Posted 07.01.2015 | Religion
Anantanand Rambachan

We are not flawless and the Hindu past is not unblemished. The future of our tradition, however, is not contingent on a perfect past or on immunity to criticism in the present. It depends on its ability to address human problems and to promote the flourishing of all human beings.

Malvinas/ Falklands: Dialogue, not Militarization

Mariana Rodriguez Pareja | Posted 06.26.2015 | World
Mariana Rodriguez Pareja

The UN Special Committee on Decolonization is meeting this week at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The Committee - known as C-24- consists of representatives of 29 countries and addresses the situation of 17 dependent territories, including Gibraltar and the Malvinas/Falklands Islands, two matters of importance to Spain and Argentina, respectively.

A Patron Saint for Colonizers and Racists?

Matthew Fox | Posted 06.11.2015 | Religion
Matthew Fox

It is sad that a reforming pope who has actively sought the perspectives of the faithful would be so blind to the history of indigenous peoples on two continents, and deaf to the protests of indigenous and non-indigenous Christians alike.

From Sugar to Monsanto: Hawaii's Occupation by the Agrochemical Oligopoly

Andrea Brower | Posted 05.28.2015 | Hawaii
Andrea Brower

Hawai'i's sugar oligarchy past left largely intact a mono-economy, today's military and corporate tourism. Economic diversification is a widely-shared policy priority, and the agrochemical industry presents as an appealing "agricultural" and "high-tech" industry alternative, purportedly also contributing millions to the economy.

Kenyatta Criticized the West in the Past, Now He Wants Their Help

Washington Osiro | Posted 05.28.2015 | World
Washington Osiro

Corruption in Kenya is now so pervasive that the president, who romped to victory by excoriating the hypocrisy of America and Britain finds himself turning to them for help.

Birth of a Lion and the Great American Bildungsroman

Mario Tenaglia | Posted 05.27.2015 | Arts
Mario Tenaglia

I was in Philadelphia all day on Saturday. I went to Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell in the morning, the Italian Markets, Reading Terminal, the Barnes Foundation, and Chinatown in the afternoon, and saw The Lion King at the Academy of Music in the evening. It was, in short, an absolutely incredible day.

One College Student's Analysis on Representation in the Film American Sniper

Nadia Karizat | Posted 05.26.2015 | College
Nadia Karizat

In this day and age, many people are constantly exposed to all sorts of media texts, television series, films, music videos, social media, news and radio programs, etc., and are surrounded with images that help shape the way they view different groups of people.