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Be Like Ike: Give Safe Haven to War Refugees

William Lambers | Posted 09.05.2015 | Impact
William Lambers

Thousands of Syrians each day are making a dangerous journey to get away from the conflict in the Middle East. What should the international community do? Start welcoming them. That is exactly what President Dwight Eisenhower did when he launched Operation Safe Haven.

The Islamic State's Murder of a Modern Day Monuments Man

Robert M. Edsel | Posted 08.21.2015 | Arts
Robert M. Edsel

Khaled al-Asaad, 83-year-old retired Syrian archaeologist known admiringly as "Mr. Palmyra" for his extraordinary knowledge of that revered 2,000 year-old Roman era city, has been killed.

It's a Man's World: Men's Adventure Magazines, the Postwar Pulps

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 08.18.2015 | Arts
Michael Nirenberg

The heteronormative confusion in contemporary American male identity is found all throughout the pages of defunct genre magazines such as Man's World and other extinct titles. But the current cultural value here is that the cover illustrations are so beautifully drawn and painted that it subverts the overtly macho context into a kind of kitsch.

The CIA's Coup Against Iran's Mohammad Mossadegh

ADST | Posted 08.18.2015 | World

Beginning in January 1953, the U.S. and Britain agreed to work together toward Mosaddegh's removal. The plot, known as Operation Ajax, centered on convincing Iran's monarch to issue a decree to dismiss Mossadegh from office.

The Atomic Bomb at 70: Its Fearsome Impact, Frightful Legacy, and Potential Stellar Redemption

William Bradley | Posted 08.11.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

As horrifying as the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs were, the quantum leap forward in destructive power afforded by the hydrogen bomb made our situation far more perilous. We've been fortunate that virtually unthinkable destruction has not ensued since the nuclear arms race of the 1950s.

Ike's Food for Peace to the Rescue in Syria

William Lambers | Posted 08.03.2015 | Impact
William Lambers

The size of the humanitarian crisis in Syria is so large that donations from Food for Peace and other countries needs to pick up dramatically. The situation is urgent.

Connecting Globally, While Thriving in Minneapolis: People From Around the World Convene to Spark Global Impact

Joshua W. Walker | Posted 07.22.2015 | Impact
Joshua W. Walker

Citizen diplomats, municipal leaders and business innovators from around the world just finished a monumental convening of Sister Cities International's 59th annual conference.

Rubio Doesn't Know Cuba's History

Harvey Simon | Posted 07.08.2015 | Politics
Harvey Simon

As the leading opponent of President Obama's move to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba, Rubio invokes an era before he was born to justify retaining a Cold War freeze on trade with our Caribbean neighbor.

Where Have All the Good Ones Gone?

Paula K. Garrett | Posted 06.15.2015 | Religion
Paula K. Garrett

I grew up thinking Billy Graham was a hero. My family was Baptist; my dad, a Baptist preacher. I was an adult before I realized Graham wasn't exclusively Baptist though by then he might as well have been because conservative Christians seemed, largely, to have let go of doctrinal differences in favor of ideological absolutes.

How Progressives Should Celebrate Flag Day

Peter Dreier | Posted 06.14.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Most Americans are unaware that much of our patriotic culture -- including many of the leading symbols and songs -- was created by people with decidedly progressive sympathies. Progressives understand that people can disagree with their government and still love their country and its ideals.

Republican Civil War Between Imperialists and Isolationists Has Deep Roots and Big Implications

William Bradley | Posted 06.06.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

The Republicans' dramatic intra-party fighting over NSA domestic surveillance, which saw the likes of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain having to give way to the likes of young libertarian Senator and presidential candidate Rand Paul and House Republicans, points up a brewing civil war on national security.

Time Travel Is Possible: We Did So in the Czech Republic and So Should Every Other American

Christopher Molaro | Posted 05.27.2015 | Travel
Christopher Molaro

Agree or disagree with our foreign policy or Washington bureaucracy, these are places and events I would encourage every American to visit and pay homage. Their symbolism preserves generations.

Memorial Day: Praying for Peace While Waging Permanent War?

Bill Quigley | Posted 05.25.2015 | Politics
Bill Quigley

Memorial Day is, by federal law, a day of prayer for permanent peace. But is it possible to honestly pray for peace while our country is far and away number one in the world in waging war, military presence, military spending and the sale of weapons around the world?

The Catholic Case for Tackling Climate Change

Stephen Seufert | Posted 05.21.2015 | Religion
Stephen Seufert

Pope Francis's much anticipated encyclical on the environment and address to the UN provides Catholics a rare opportunity to take the lead on presenting the moral argument surrounding climate change.

Ronald Reagan Was No Neocon: Peace Through Strength Did Not Mean War at Any Price

Doug Bandow | Posted 05.18.2015 | Politics
Doug Bandow

A de facto peacenik who was horrified by the prospect of needless war, Reagan likely would have been appalled by the aggressive posturing of most of the Republicans currently seeking the White House.

Natalie Jackson

Why Carson And Fiorina Won't Win | Natalie Jackson | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics

There’s something different about a couple of this week’s entrants into the contest for the Republican presidential nomination. In the mix of gove...

Sixty Years in Journalism: Morning Walks With an Ex-President

Irv Chapman | Posted 05.04.2015 | Media
Irv Chapman

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt did not make his medical records public. When he ran for a fourth term in November, 1944, only his cardiologist knew how unlikely it was that he would live through it.

Founding Fathers: We Are Not a Christian Nation

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 04.28.2015 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

As we witness yet again the brutal and bloody consequences of religious intolerance in the form of ISIS, we have a majority of Republicans pining for a Christian America. Proponents of converting the United States into a theocracy do not see the terrible parallel between religious excess in the Middle East and here at home.

Birthers, Then and Now

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 04.10.2015 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

The most virulent haters of President Obama have long been called "Birthers." A major historical anniversary we observe this month suggests that the name is far more appropriate than has been realized.

A Call to End Child Poverty Now

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

It is a national moral disgrace that there are 14.7 million poor children and 6.5 million extremely poor children in the United States of America -- the world's largest economy. It is also unnecessary, costly and the greatest threat to our future national, economic and military security.

Vietnam Welcomes America with Open Arms

Llewellyn King | Posted 02.08.2015 | World
Llewellyn King

No grunt slogging through the jungles of Vietnam could imagine that in 2014, 41 years after the end of the Vietnam War, the Vietnamese would be welcoming back Americans as investors, tourists, advisers and protectors.

House to Vote on Bill That Fights World Hunger

William Lambers | Posted 02.08.2015 | Impact
William Lambers

Food must be the highest priority for American foreign policy. So both the House and the Senate need to focus on this bill and others that feed the hungry.

Does the UN See US "Institutionalized Discrimination" in the Wake of Ferguson?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 01.25.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The Ferguson grand jury decision not to criminally prosecute a police officer in the shooting of an unarmed young black man has reached the Geneva HQ of the UN Office of Human Rights Chief Prince Zeid, but the consequences will be felt globally and probably with indefinite impact.

JFK Tried to Craft a Creative Course in Another Era of American Insecurity and Fear

William Bradley | Posted 11.24.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Just over a half-century ago, during another time of American insecurity and fear, of things both real and imagined, John F. Kennedy used his legendary but abbreviated presidency to try to chart a course to a more assured future.

10 Worst Senate/House Defeats of the Last 100 Years

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics
Jonathan Hobratsch

Some liken the Republican victory to a giant wave. However, when compared to historical elections involving the houses of congress, this win is more like spilling a glass of water. The following elections are the worst defeats of either Democrats or Republicans in the last 100 years.