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The People's Pope: Our Attraction and Fascination With Pope Francis

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 09.30.2015 | Religion
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

Pope Francis is able to attract the masses as they thirst for hope and hunger for love. As we struggle with the dangers of climate change, social inequality, racial division, and xenophobia, the Pope does not turn a blind eye to these issues, he challenges us to face them and to make changes and act to work for justice.

Once, All Beer Was Made This Way: The Rebirth of Sour Beers

Kurt Michael Friese | Posted 08.07.2015 | Taste
Kurt Michael Friese

While the methods of the Belgian monks and their open-air yeast harvests may seem quaint, they are not very popular with risk-averse American business fearing an inconsistent product, so today's sour beers are usually given their tart aspects one or both of two ways.

Four Generations; 40 Years of Exile

Caroline Gluck | Posted 05.27.2015 | World
Caroline Gluck

The Sahrawis have lived as refugees in exile for nearly 40 years. They are one of the world's oldest refugee groups, but one of the least-known internationally.

Napoleon' Last Hurrah - A Grave With No Name on St. Helena: Getting Really, Truly, Terminally Away From It All on the Looney Front (Part 5)

Mike Arkus | Posted 02.07.2015 | Travel
Mike Arkus

The remote South Atlantic island of St. Helena is forever linked with the name of Napoleon Bonaparte, the megalomaniacal Corsican-cum-French emperor who was exiled there by the British in 1815.

"Troubled" Moses or Traumatic Origins of the Bible?

David Carr | Posted 02.11.2015 | Religion
David Carr

We have no way to ascertain whether Moses personally suffered from trauma. He lived long before history was written down in Israel and the stories about him are shrouded in centuries of later tradition.

It's Time to Talk About Cuba

Kate Oberdorfer | Posted 11.25.2014 | Politics
Kate Oberdorfer

Cuba is on the cusp of that change. And ninety miles north, so are we.

Jews and the Written Word

Noah Manne | Posted 08.31.2014 | Religion
Noah Manne

The written word has been a constant in most of Jewish history; it cannot not have had an impact on that history, of which rising from the ashes like a phoenix time and again is a signal achievement.

Cold Kisses Under A Tropical Sun

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 08.06.2014 | Latino Voices
Yoani Sanchez

The fear of not being able to leave, of remaining locked on the island, is shared by many of my compatriots. Those who have never traveled fear they w...

Embracing Ted's Journey: Spiritual Lessons From How I Met Your Mother

Rev. Michelle L. Torigian | Posted 06.02.2014 | Religion
Rev. Michelle L. Torigian

As many of us are saddened by the ending of this show and devastated on how it ended, know that the human life experience is not one of fairy tales and people living happily ever after, but one of peaks and valleys.

Legacies of Migration and Exile

Rachael Freed | Posted 04.09.2014 | Impact
Rachael Freed

Just a day after returning from a legacy writing retreat with a focus on migration and legacy, I found myself in a nail salon listening to a woman sit...

"Muddling Through" the Wilderness at Christmas

Rev. Michelle L. Torigian | Posted 02.19.2014 | Religion
Rev. Michelle L. Torigian

Yet, as we muddle through this season, there may be moments when we can begin to see the first rays of dawn. Maybe we begin to observe a few beams of light trickling into a shadow-filled room.

Detroit Born Hip Hop Artist Denmark Vessey Uses Religion As a Backdrop for the Misuse of Power on New Album Cult Classic

Kelly Frazier | Posted 01.23.2014 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

Denmark Vessey is a bit of an oddball, but his awkwardness is a part of the charm.

When the Hunter Becomes Hunted

Sophia Stuart | Posted 09.17.2013 | Arts
Sophia Stuart

Masculinity is a key driver of the plot. This is a town where men hunt, are given guns before they shave the first down off their cheeks, have families and do everything to protect them. This is a patriarchy of vast bearded men who drink and fight and kill.

Should Richard Hell Be in the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame?

Steven Rosen | Posted 08.27.2013 | Fifty
Steven Rosen

So far, this has been a hell of a year for Punk.By that, I mean it's been a great year for recognizing the formative influence that Richard Hell, now 63, has had on Punk -- and, by extension, all Rock & Roll and pop culture that has followed in its aggressive, assertive, rebellious wake.

Setting the Record Straight on South Vietnam

Andrew Lam | Posted 04.14.2013 | Impact
Andrew Lam

Born in the Mekong Delta in 1932 to a wealthy land-owning family, Thi Quang Lam spent 25 years in the army and rose to the rank of lieutenant general ...

Orthodoxy: Liberty's Other Enemy

Robin Koerner | Posted 04.14.2013 | Politics
Robin Koerner

There are many orthodoxies -- religious, political, philosophical and more. Like all other tyrannies, they seek conformity. Orthodoxy is to the mind as tyranny is to the person.

A Rehearsal Return: How Art & Cinema Help Tibetans 'Return Home'

Tenzin Dorjee | Posted 08.27.2012 | Arts
Tenzin Dorjee

Last October, thousands of Tibetan exiles were able to "return home" -- at least temporarily -- when Tenzing Rigdol smuggled 20,000 kilograms of native Tibetan soil into India.

Janell Ross

Two Books, Many Faces Of Marco Rubio, As Romney Gives Him The Veep Vet | Janell Ross | Posted 06.20.2012 | Latino Voices

As news that Marco Rubio may be a serious contender for Mitt Romney's GOP running mate emerged Tuesday, so too did a pair of books detailing Rubio’s...

Exiled Labor Leader Honored by AFL-CIO

David Macaray | Posted 01.18.2012 | Politics
David Macaray

Labor union leader Napoleón Gómez Urrutia recently received a human rights award from the AFL-CIO at a ceremony held in Washington, D.C. Unfortunately, he wasn't able to accept the award himself.

For Basque Radicals, Cuba Turns From Refuge to Prison

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 07.24.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

I was eight months pregnant when I met two Basque radicals living in Cuba, Rosa and Carlos, or at least that's what they called themselves then. They ...

Consuming Britney: Oops We Did It Again

Cathleen Falsani | Posted 06.05.2011 | Entertainment
Cathleen Falsani

Three years ago, the Associated Press had written Britney Spears' obituary. Just in case. Spears was 26 and seemingly mid-freefall in an epic tumb...

Lebanon: Finding Consensus Without the Factions

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
James Zogby

"Exiles" and their politics are part of the very fabric of American life. But there are many times when "exile" politics have proved to be a problem -- with the recent Iraq debacle, a case in point, and fragmented Lebanon being another.

What to Buy for Christmas in Cuba?

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The money came in a white envelope, brought to the door by an illegal agency. "Use it to celebrate Christmas," the accompanying note read, ending with a brief, "bye."

Dalai Lama: 50 Million People Displaced Around The World

The Toronto Star | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

"Exile is strangely compelling to think about but terrible to experience," the late Palestinian scholar Edward Said once wrote. "It is the unhealable ...

From Rage to Civilization

Nigel Hamilton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Nigel Hamilton

One of the nice things about blogging on Huff Post is not only can you expound on your chosen subject in more than a soundbite, but you may find yours...