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A Time for Moral Reckoning

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Theologically, we are witnessing a massive despoiling of God's creation. We were meant to be stewards of the Gulf of Mexico. Instead, we are watching the destruction of all that. Why?

Voices From Haiti: "Stop Feeding on Haiti's Suffering"

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

One of two Pediatric tents we visited There is a sign in a damaged Petionville, Haiti bar that reads: "There are no truths, there are only stories....

The Oil Spill is Not Like Katrina

Alyssa Battistoni | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alyssa Battistoni

After weeks of being pushed by right-wing bloggers, the "Obama's Katrina" meme, comparing Deepwater Horizon to the 2005 hurricane, has finally made it...

Haiti: Time for an NGO Police?

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

"Any military commander will tell you that the first step to taking control of an area is to take over the airport." And so Dr. Tiffany Keenan, an ...

Haiti: "All the Resources Are in the Wrong Place"

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

There is plenty of blame and criticism to go around, but that being said, the humanitarian situation in Haiti is so dire it seems as if there may be no comprehensive solution.

Nashville's Fateful, Flooding River

Nathan Harden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Nathan Harden

We in Tennessee have spent the past week digging ourselves out, hauling away wreckage and holding onto each other. We want the rest of the country to understand what we are going through.

BP Waives Responsibility -- Health Effects of Oil Cleanup Could Be Deadly

Philip Radford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Philip Radford

After the Exxon Valdez spill, employees and volunteers working around the oil became seriously ill. Thousands died from inhaling air and handling dispersants that contained benzene.

Haiti's Fayette Villagers Forgotten at Epicenter

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

Fear continues to linger in Fayette, the village closest to the epicenter of the earthquake in Haiti. A visit from scientists who are doing more than passing through with their instruments would be appreciated.

Misery, Fear, Loss, and Confusion in Haiti Four Months After the Quake

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

This is my second trip to Haiti after the January 12 earthquake that killed up to 300,000 people and left 1.2 million homeless, although neither of ...

Make A Hands-On Difference for Haiti: Student Update

Anne Dilenschneider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Anne Dilenschneider

Middle school students across the country provide "hands-on" support for Haitian earthquake victims by assembling hundreds of health kits for an international aid organization.

Post Earthquake, Some Nasty Voices On Battered Haiti

Joseph B. Treaster | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joseph B. Treaster

Most of the country's trees had long since been chopped down for firewood. Much of the topsoil had washed away and when the rain got heavy, the bare hills and mountains became launch pads for floods.

Empire of the Sunset

Randall Amster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Randall Amster

Sometimes, I really miss America -- or at least the idea of it. You know: that can-do spirit, streets paved with gold, champion of the tired and poor,...

Make a Hands-On Difference for Haiti: Pa Za Pa

Anne Dilenschneider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Anne Dilenschneider

Elementary school children across the country are making health kits for Haiti with the United Methodist Committee on Relief. Communities everywhere are encouraged to join the effort.

Compassion for Haiti: How Long Can It Last?

World Vision | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
World Vision

Americans donate generously to disaster relief in Haiti, even as the economy makes giving difficult. But aid group, World Vision, fears compassion fatigue.

The Psychological Impact of Earthquake in Haiti

Michael Blumenfield, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Blumenfield, M.D.

Just about every survivor in Haiti can be expected to be going through a very personal grieving process and many will experience at least some symptoms of post traumatic stress.

Make a Hands-On Difference for Haiti: Charlotte Tigers Update

Anne Dilenschneider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Anne Dilenschneider

This week they are gathering the supplies they will need to put together 442 health kits that will be sent to Haiti. Hundreds of thousands of these kits will be needed over the coming months.

Make a Hands-On Difference: Katrina Volunteers Still Needed

Anne Dilenschneider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Anne Dilenschneider

The United Methodist Committee On Relief is the only major relief agency still on the ground rebuilding Louisiana after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. They still need volunteers and you can help!

What Is Your Most Disastrous Thanksgiving Turkey Story?

Cheryl Carlesimo | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Cheryl Carlesimo

I think everyone's had a disastrous Thanksgiving Turkey event in their lives. My personal disaster happened in my sophomore year at Fordham, at the very end of the sixties.

Haiti Earthquake: Hope in the Heartache

World Vision | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
World Vision

Navensky Charles lies in a hospital bed in a street outside. Regularly, trucks rumble past carrying corpses. They come from the city morgue about a block away. Outside the morgue, hundreds of bodies are stacked three deep.

The End is Near: What's Your Personal Apocalypse?

Dan Dubno | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dan Dubno

It's always good fun predicting how our world will end. So many of us engage in this sport, I'm hoping we can somehow harness the considerable intellectual energy that goes into this question.

I'm Glad Obama is President, But That Inauguration Was Terribly Planned

Nathan Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nathan Robinson

The metro on Tuesday were massively delayed, and people on our train became sick due to the sudden lurches of the delayed trains.

Crisis = Disaster + Opportunity: Yin And Yang, And What China Knows About The Economy

Vivian Norris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Vivian Norris

This lack of balance is why we need more women involved in leading the world's economy. There is simply too much of a male-focused approach and it is not working!

Preventing the Next Privacy Disaster

Leslie Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leslie Harris

The next president steps into a landscape where the capacity to collect, store and exchange sensitive personal information has outgrown the legal framework that protects that information.

South Texas: Election Last Thing on Anyone's Mind After Hurricane Ike

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Georgianne Nienaber

Gas prices had been dropping daily due to the worldwide market crash, but for the people in south Texas, financial devastation was already old news. Was she worried about the election? No comment was offered--just a quizzical look.

All But Ignored: Gustav Deals Major Blow to Baton Rouge and Indian Tribes in South Louisiana

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Georgianne Nienaber

Local radio coverage is "pathetic," Wirt said in frustration, urging citizens journalists to try to make contact with the Terrebonne Indian tribe "who did not dodge a bullet."