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Dissecting the Concept of Empathy: On Harambe and Beyond

Neel Swamy | Posted 06.08.2016 | Impact
Neel Swamy

It is natural to feel helpless and upset when we turn to the news for information. We live in a world where tragedy is frequent and suffering is far from nonexistent. Reading stories about the refugee crisis, domestic violence, environmental disasters, decimating animal populations and gun violence in our own country is emotionally taxing.

Where Does Death Matter?

Niyathi Chakrapani | Posted 03.23.2016 | Politics
Niyathi Chakrapani

It wasn't long ago that we were Paris, standing in solidarity against terrorism when it happens in one of the most beautiful, pristine, impeccable pla...

America's Foreign Engagement Gap

Christopher Holshek | Posted 03.04.2016 | Politics
Christopher Holshek

The U.S. is once again in the midst of an inward turn. Unlike the disconnection following the First World War, America's growing national deficit in the capacity and will to engage other people not like them is not the innocent confidence of a rising power but the false bravado leading one to its fall.

Israelis Stage 'Sleep-In' To Save Palestinian Village

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.21.2016 | Politics
Van Winkle's

Does a "sleep-in" have the power to make a difference in the Middle East? One group of Israelis think so. This week, Israeli peace activists began a sleep-in protest in the Palestinian village of Khirbet Susiya to prevent the Israeli army from demolishing it, as reported by The Independent.

The WorldPost Celebrates Its First Anniversary

Arianna Huffington | Posted 03.29.2015 | World
Arianna Huffington

A year after the launch of The WorldPost, the hunger for an expanded global conversation is stronger than ever. Wherever we are in the world, we're living in a golden age of engagement for news consumers. And as the media landscape has evolved, The WorldPost has evolved along with it, while staying true to our DNA of combining the best of traditional journalism with the best of an open media and new technologies.

Global News Community Stands Its Ground Against 'New War On Journalists'

The GroundTruth Project | Posted 02.04.2015 | Impact
The GroundTruth Project

We are both sobered and saddened by this steady drumbeat of horrific news about our colleagues trying to do their jobs. We realize that the rules of field reporting, particularly in places such as Iraq and Syria, have radically changed.

Scooping International News While Empowering Women: Global Press Institute

Suzanne Skees | Posted 01.02.2015 | Impact
Suzanne Skees

Once upon a time, a young American woman landed her dream job -- and then gave it to someone else. Nine years later, she's creating a sustainable new model for international journalism that provides jobs and empowers women all over the world.

What All This Bad News Is Doing To Us

New York Magazine | Jesse Singal | Posted 08.12.2014 | World

A terrifying jihadist group is conquering and butchering its way across big swaths of Iraq and Syria. Planes are falling out of the sky on what seems ...

TV News Is Just As Crazy In Other Countries

The Huffington Post | Catherine Taibi | Posted 07.18.2014 | Media

Ever feel like US news shows are a more of hotbed for wild, gaffe-filled drama than a place where you get information? Well, guess what: it's not j...

American Media Brands Cast Web Over News in India

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 05.27.2014 | Media
Preetam Kaushik

The Indian news cycle has been operating at a feverish pitch of late. American media players are attempting to foray into the Indian market for online news, and results have been mixed so far.

What Happened to War and the Imperial Drive to Organize the Planet?

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.03.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

If you survey our planet, the situation is remarkably unsettled and confusing. But at least two things stand out, and whatever you make of them, they could be the real news of the first decades of this century. Both are right before our eyes, yet largely unseen.

Weekend Roundup

Nathan Gardels | Posted 04.30.2014 | World
Nathan Gardels

2014-02-15-weekendroundup2.jpg This week, The WorldPost focused on media issues. Pierre Omidyar, founder of eBay and president of First Look Media, calls social media one of the great leaps of human civilization, connecting people across cultural differences as never before and enabling networks of individuals to challenge power. British philosopher Alain de Botton argues that the minute by minute avalanche of news fragments need to be put into context in order to be meaningful and, when done properly, can actually prove interesting to the reader. (continued)

Weekend Roundup

Nathan Gardels | Posted 04.24.2014 | World
Nathan Gardels

2014-02-15-weekendroundup2.jpg As the dramatic events unfolded over the past week in Ukraine, The WorldPost published a passionate speech given by French philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy to protesters in Kiev's Independence Square. At a time when citizens from Spain to Italy to Germany are doubting the very project of European unity, Levy told the crowd: "You have a dream that unites you. Your dream is Europe. Not the Europe of accountants, but the Europe of values. Not the Europe of bureaucrats, but that of the spirit." (continued)

Using Skyfall to Fight Back Against Kim Jong-un

James Jones | Posted 03.16.2014 | World
James Jones

While making Secret State of North Korea for the investigative journalism series FRONTLINE, we found a group of defectors who are risking their lives once again to fight back against the regime of Kim Jong-un.

When Is Bankruptcy the Answer?

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 10.19.2013 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

Detroit's financial woes have placed the issue of bankruptcy in the national spotlight. Yet, for many Americans, who are still struggling to get back on their feet amid high unemployment and expensive medical bills, bankruptcy is all too familiar.

Columbia University Hosts Panel on Climate Change: We Are in the Soup!

Alison Winfield Burns | Posted 06.10.2013 | Green
Alison Winfield Burns

Nuclear winter was to have been the worst-case scenario following a large-scale nuclear war. Nuclear winter would have meant the darkening of Earth's skies to the point where possibly all photosynthesis could terminate. This sounds very James Bond and it isn't going to happen.

Time to Get It Right: Southeast Asian Nations Human Rights Declaration

Grace Poore | Posted 11.26.2012 | World
Grace Poore

Foreign Ministers from ten countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will meet in New York on September 27 to review the ASEAN H...

Why, as the Gates of Newsgathering Information Have Been Opening, the Minds of Its Audience Have Been Closing?

Daniel R. Schwarz | Posted 09.02.2012 | Media
Daniel R. Schwarz

Even as the Internet has opened the gates of information and replaced the gatekeeping function of major news media, the American news audience has become more close-minded it its desire to consider diverse opinions.

The Psychology Behind The 'Fear Of Missing Out'

Tijana Milosevic | Posted 04.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Tijana Milosevic

Urban Dictionary says that FOMO stands for "the fear that if you miss a party or an event you will miss out on something great." As in: "I can't decide if I should go out tonight, but I know that if I don't, I'll get a chronic FOMO."

9 Ridiculous Headlines That Will Make You Laugh

Madeleine Crum | Posted 12.27.2011 | Books

Bold, catchy and to-the-point, the large text above a news story plays a vital role in conveying information to readers. But details can get lost in t...

What If We Had a Nutrition Label for the News?

PBS | Posted 12.11.2011 | Media

Alisa Miller's TED Talk brilliantly illustrates what news industry observers have been warning for years: Our news diet is distorted. We get very litt...

The Power of Connections in a Shrinking World

Rev. Larry Hollon | Posted 11.09.2011 | Media
Rev. Larry Hollon

The tide of history is sweeping us toward a more interconnected and interactive world. It is better to embrace this reality than to ignore it and be swept up in the current.

What Does Global Citizenship Look Like Today?

Rev. Larry Hollon | Posted 10.30.2011 | World
Rev. Larry Hollon

A new survey that looks at American attitudes towards global citizenship underscores the increasing sense of connection people have with international events.

Global Arms Trade Treaty Picks Up Speed

Louis Belanger | Posted 09.14.2011 | World
Louis Belanger

The Control Arms coalition is calling for a bullet-proof treaty that will prevent irresponsible arms transfers that fuel conflict, poverty and serious human rights abuses.

Searching for "American Jihadi" (VIDEO)

Christof Putzel | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christof Putzel

After reading about an American youth who converted to Islam and joined an extremist insurgency in Africa, I realized he and I had unwittingly crossed paths a few years before.