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Almost a Century Ago, Another Democratic Socialist Ran for President of the United States -- From His Prison Cell

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

In the early twentieth century, roughly a century before Bernie Sanders's long-shot run for the White House, another prominent democratic socialist, Eugene V. Debs, waged his own campaigns for the presidency.

Letter For Ted Cruz: On Behalf Of My Generation

Jonah Bryson | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics
Jonah Bryson

I have devoted much of my time and passion to the world we live in. What I find especially disappointing is that climate change doesn't appear to be a concern of yours -- and on behalf of my generation, I am writing you this letter to ask why and urge you to reconsider.

Politicians Draw Straws To Determine Winner Of State House Race

The Huffington Post | Philip Lewis | Posted 11.19.2015 | Politics

Two opponents in a Mississippi state congressional race are tied with 4,589 votes each. How will they break the tie? By drawing straws, of course. S...

Don't Blame Carly. No Republican Can Defend Their Party's Job Creation Record

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 11.16.2015 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Have Democratic presidents been perfect? Of course not. Have they vanquished economic inequality and created paradise on earth? No president can. However, Democrats have a positive record to run on.

AKP's Machiavellian Victory: How It Happened and What It Means for Turkey

Karabekir Akkoyunlu | Posted 11.13.2015 | World
Karabekir Akkoyunlu

Beyond the internal dynamics of the Kurdish movement, the past five months have inflicted traumatic wounds and memories on Turkey's increasingly divided societies, which require a radical change of collective mentalities to heal -- something the past election certainly did not provide.

Burma: Democracy With An Asterisk

John Feffer | Posted 11.12.2015 | World
John Feffer

The asterisk involves the 25 percent of seats set aside for representatives of the military. This bloc also holds veto power over any constitutional changes. And, according to the constitution, Aung San Suu Kyi can't be president.

Open Letter to The Newly Elected

Robert F. Walsh | Posted 11.11.2015 | Politics
Robert F. Walsh

Represent our concerns rather than dictating them to us -- you work for us, not the other way around. Listen to our concerns rather than merely tolerating them -- if complaints are an inconvenience, you offered to serve in the wrong job.

Say What, Ben Carson?

Janet Eve Josselyn | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics
Janet Eve Josselyn

Whether it's true or not, Ben, why even tell that story? Why tell that story when you are running for President of the United States? I don't admire hammer-wielding people in general, but I cringe at the notion of anyone waving the hammer at their mother. That is just wrong on any level.

Afghans Searching for a Leader

Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam | Posted 11.06.2015 | World
Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam

During the last 14 years, we had everything but a leader. To secure the achievements and overcome the massive challenges, it's the right time to review quickly the unprecedented achievements of the last fourteen years as well as the challenges that remain and lie ahead.

With Automatic Voter Registration, Illinois Poised to Reduce Recidivism

Chandra Bozelko | Posted 11.02.2015 | Chicago
Chandra Bozelko

If the Illinois General Assembly passes Senate Bill 2134 - automatic voter registration - it may not increase voter participation as much as anticipated but it could be one of the most effective anti-crime laws in the state.

GOTLV: Get out the Lesbian Vote in 2015

Beth Shipp | Posted 10.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Beth Shipp

Jackie Biskupski is a vanguard, as the first out woman in the Utah State Assembly. Now, she is running to be the first out lesbian mayor of Salt Lake City, where she'd also be the first single mother in that role; in fact she'd only be the second woman mayor of the city!

Undocumented Voter: Running for Office in Texas

Tony_Diaz | Posted 10.29.2015 | Latino Voices

I'm running for Aldine School Board because I'm an activist, and I will stand up when the system is wrong, but life would be better if we can inspire the system to stay on course. We must not accept a system that takes the joy out of learning and teaching.

Bernie Sanders' Stance on Marijuana Can Pave the Way For Pollution Free Transportation

Wade Norris | Posted 10.29.2015 | Denver
Wade Norris

However there is something profoundly revolutionary about this -- by providing a way for Marijuana's non-intoxicating cousin Hemp to be a legal product for its various uses, from paper, to clothes, biofuel, food and especially reducing our carbon by CO2 absorption.

Latino Voters Are Making History in Yakima, Washington

ACLU of Washington | Posted 10.28.2015 | Latino Voices
ACLU of Washington

Around the nation, voting rights for people of color are under attack. But in central Washington, an historic advance for Latino voters is taking place in the wake of a legal victory by the ACLU.

The Rise of Ben Carson

Kevin Price | Posted 10.28.2015 | Politics
Kevin Price

The famed neurosurgeon is also a best-selling author and has long been a conservative favorite. On paper, he appears to be the ideal candidate for high office. However, he is not presidential timber for both obvious and less than obvious reasons.

Online Registration Could Bring More Latinos to the Voting Booth

Pedro A. Cortés | Posted 10.27.2015 | Latino Voices
Pedro A. Cortés

With next year's presidential campaign underway, we must keep in mind that the person elected as our national leader will have an important role in matters of immigration, health, education, jobs and other issues vital to Latinos.

As the Election Draws Near in the 'New Turkey'

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 10.26.2015 | World
Arzu Kaya Uranli

It seems undecided what role voters will play in this election. Unfortunately, Turkey seems to be rolling towards uncertainty and the Nov. 1 election may be the only way out if it, resulting in a reconfiguration of political forces.

The Battle of the Two Hillarys

Kathleen Schafer | Posted 10.26.2015 | Politics
Kathleen Schafer

The perceived personality battle of the two Hillarys may be more real that many of us would like to believe. It is indicative of the leadership corner many female officials get painted into--in order to succeed politically women are forced to take-on masculine characteristics to survive in the political battlefield.

Blood and Ballots in Turkey

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 10.26.2015 | World
Stephen Schwartz

The Turkish Republic will hold new parliamentary elections for the second time this year on November 1, following the failure of the Islamist Justice and Development Party (AKP) of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to maintain a legislative majority.

Old Demons in New Faces? The 'Deep State' Meets Erdoğan's 'New Turkey'

Karabekir Akkoyunlu | Posted 10.26.2015 | World
Karabekir Akkoyunlu

While this picture reinforces the sense that Turkey is returning to the dark days of the 1990s, there are two reasons why the country's current predicament is also different, and much more dangerous, than it was two decades ago.

The Reluctance Of Egyptians To Vote In Parliamentary Elections Isn't Surprising

Amr Hamzawy | Posted 10.21.2015 | World
Amr Hamzawy

Everyone who realizes that the new regime has extracted the essence of democracy from the electoral process has refrained from voting.

Presidential Election: Crying (Tears of Hope) for you, Argentina

Jesica L. Santos | Posted 10.21.2015 | World
Jesica L. Santos

On October 25, Argentinians will go the polls to elect their next democratic president who, for the first time since 2003, won't have "Kirchner" as a last name. But the choice Argentinians will really be making concerns not an individual but, rather, the type of country they want to recover.

How Donald Put Jeb into Checkmate: Beware the Dreaded Zugzwang

Alan Kelly | Posted 10.21.2015 | Entertainment
Alan Kelly

You can talk about the hair. You can shrink at his hatred. You can marvel at his immodesty. But this carnival barker, Mr. Trump, knows his target and the moves to demolish him.

Vote for Sharon Valentine-Thomas and She Will Not Perform Her Duties

Domenick Scudera | Posted 10.19.2015 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

Sharon Valentine-Thomas, the Republican candidate for register of wills in Pennsylvania's Montgomery County, wants to be the new Kim Davis. "I am opp...

Hillary: Not Out of the Woods Yet

Robert Kuttner | Posted 10.19.2015 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Whenever it appears that frontrunner Hillary Clinton has finally caught a break, along come reminders of the unexploded time-bombs that still lie waiting, just up the campaign trail. Take the email scandal (please). As Bernie Sanders pointed out during the CNN debate, in an uncharacteristic moment of courtliness, people are sick of it. The Republican use of it becomes more blatantly political by the day. So it's over, right? Well, not quite -- because it's still not clear what exactly was legal or illegal, and who is vulnerable to prosecution for what. We do know, however, that this question is being actively pursued by the FBI.