Understandably, this has caused fear and dismay among transgender people around the country. We all have to use the bathroom, but these laws would seemingly force transgender people to choose between fines and jail, risking horrific violence or leaving the state.
I would like to make a distinction between two terms -- terms that are often used interchangeably, but in actuality, while connected in some ways, stand as unique and separate from one another. The terms are "patriot" and "nationalist."
They walk among us -- those agents of change. Sometimes, we just need to be reminded of who they are. Take note of five stand-outs creating significant sea changes.
Jewish Democrats need to suck it up and support Netanyahu's speech no matter how uncomfortable it makes them. Yes, this is the first time in a long time when Jews have had to choose between being a Jew or Democrat first. This isn't the big deal that some are making it
When Jennifer Teege, a German-Nigerian woman, randomly picked up a library book off a shelf, her whole life -- her whole sense of self -- changed forever.
Although Christianity did eventually emerge as a separate religion, similar falsifications of biblical history are rampant in collections of Renaissance art spanning hundreds of years. These distortions were not harmless. They imposed a dangerous division between Christians and Jews that lingers today.
In many ways I can remember every detail of the liberation that happened 70 years ago. Nobody prepared us for what liberation would be like. I hoped then I could go home and find my family. We had a daily saying, like a mantra, "Someday soon I will be free and I will go home." But going home to me meant reuniting with my mother, father, and two older sisters, not just an empty house with four walls, which is what we found.
When any group of people is targeted for oppression, it is ultimately everyone's concern. We all, therefore, have a self-interest in actively working to dismantle all the many forms of oppression, including cissexism.
The resilience of the survivors upon emerging from the Nazi death camps and other sites of persecution and oppression and their ability to not just rebuild their lives but teach their children and grandchildren by example to continue to have faith in humankind is evidence, to me at least, that a dawn follows even the darkest of nights.
In his director's statement for the stunning new film Woman in Gold, which world premiered at this year's Berlinale as part of their Special Gala line-up, Simon Curtis writes "the film is about identity and asks the question, are you where you're from or where you are?"
The year 2015 is the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide in which over a million Armenians were murdered by the Ottoman Turks.
Perhaps as American and European leaders warn that an AL-Qaeda or ISIS seeks the destruction of "our way of life," we should come to see the Putin danger similarly, but unchallenged he actually has the capacity to deliver on the threat.
The cartoon by Ricardo Cate' is worth more than the proverbial thousand words I will offer in this post. Cate' is from Santo Domingo Pueblo in New Mex...
Perhaps with international efforts, ISIS can be contained, weakened and driven back to its stronghold in Syria. But it isn't expected to die an easy death. Even so, its crimes against humanity demand all efforts. The Khmer Rouge, left to their own devices, murdered nearly a quarter of its own population.
Much of the book is an intertwining of history and mystery, and yet romance plays a major role as well. Who was this woman with whom her grandfather had a serious love affair? Why was she left behind, and where was she now?
Not only is this shameful misuse of history an insult to the victims of Nazi terror, but it utilizes their lives and deaths without their consent.