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The U.S. Should Join Hands With Russia to Fight ISIS

Daniel Wagner | Posted 11.18.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

Any rational person would have to agree that the world stands a better chance of effectively fighting IS together, than separately.

Polish Heritage Month Reveals Significant Underreported Stories From World War II

Greg Archer | Posted 10.20.2015 | Chicago
Greg Archer

Growing up in Chicago in the 1970s, I was aware that my parents were Polish immigrants. My father, William Krzos, was an engineer at GTE -- I was intrigued by his vague remarks about being in a German labor camp.

Ben Carson, Firearms and False Parallels to the Holocaust

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 10.13.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I hold both extremes - the Holocaust deniers and the Holocaust revisionists - as offensive to the good people who were all taken from us far too soon. Let them rest in peace. Let the truth prevail.

Know Place Like Home: Manuevering Midlife Meltdowns Via Divine Intervention

Greg Archer | Posted 08.03.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Greg Archer

So, there I was minding my own business when, from nowhere -- well, that's debatable -- I received "a sign" from The Universe to write about my Polish family's odyssey surviving Joseph Stalin's mass deportation of approximately 1 million Poles during the 1940s.

Albert Vs. Jean-Paul: Why Camus Was Not an Existentialist

Greg J. Stone | Posted 07.01.2015 | Arts
Greg J. Stone

When Johnny Depp raises a wry eyebrow on screen, it's an "existential performance." When Donald Rumsfeld spoke of "unknown unknowns," it was existential poetry. Though many politicians and entertainers welcome the label, now applied so loosely, Camus certainly did not.

Agents of Change: 5 Forward Thinkers You Need to Know

Greg Archer | Posted 05.25.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Greg Archer

They walk among us -- those agents of change. Sometimes, we just need to be reminded of who they are. Take note of five luminous entities that strive to make the world a better place.

Bully For Ancestry: The Upswing to the Mood Swing of Personal Growth

Greg Archer | Posted 06.21.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Greg Archer

We are never handed a "Growth Manual" when we enter this life. We often learn by observation and tend to integrate things from there--or try to. Of...

Russia and North Korea Play Nice: Vladimir Putin's Ukrainian Dance With Kim Jong-un

Doug Bandow | Posted 05.24.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

Russia and North Korea make up the latest international odd couple. President Vladimir Putin reached out to one of the poorest and least predictable states on earth. So far the new Moscow-Pyongyang axis matters little.

Agents of Change: 5 Inspiring Souls Worthy of Our Attention Right Now

Greg Archer | Posted 04.27.2015 | Impact
Greg Archer

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.

5 Reasons Feb. 10, 1940, Should Be Remembered

Greg Archer | Posted 05.01.2015 | World
Greg Archer

The events that unfolded on this day back in Eastern Poland may still haunt those who lived through the experience and managed to come out the other side alive. However, the rest of the world is not yet fully aware of what took place and the ripple effects that remain.

Bully for Ancestry: How I Went From Glitz to the Gulags and Grew

Greg Archer | Posted 05.01.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Greg Archer

I remember when it first happened. Several years ago, I was sitting across from John Travolta at a round table press interview for a film the actor ...

Bully for Ancestry: Eat, Pray, Freak Out and Expose Stalin

Greg Archer | Posted 03.17.2015 | Impact
Greg Archer

When you become a Northern Californian -- a true Northern Californian -- you can develop a penchant for -- how do I put this? -- spiritual things.

Grace Revealed: A Powerful, Haunting Memoir

Kristen Houghton | Posted 03.14.2015 | Books
Kristen Houghton

Greg Archer, author and award-winning journalist, has brought to bear all his remarkable journalistic skills to tell the story of the haunting and heart-wrenching journey he undertook to discover his Polish family's past during the terror-filled time of Stalin and the Russian ruler's ruthless actions across Eastern Europe.

Bully for Ancestry: My Journey Into the Past Uncovered a Forgotten Polish Odyssey

Greg Archer | Posted 05.01.2015 | Impact
Greg Archer

These may be heady questions, but now that we're 15 years into the 21st Century--yes, that's a jawdropper when you think about it--and the future has, basically, arrived, ironically, we find ourselves in the midst of another phenomena: Looking back into the past.

Agents of Change: 5 Enterprising People Worthy Of Your Attention

Greg Archer | Posted 01.20.2015 | Good News
Greg Archer

Sophia Turkiewicz They walk among us--those agents of change--but sometimes, we just need to be reminded of who they are, especially in an era that...

Alan Turing Helped Save the World & They Persecuted Him

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 01.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I usually find TV award shows as primarily fluff and hype, and they rarely stir deep emotions in me. However, listening to Benedict Cumberbatch's acceptance speech in the Best Actor category at the American Film Awards ceremonies for his portrayal of Alan Turing in the film "The Imitation Game" brought me to tears.

Untold (or Retold?) History: Oliver Stone's Showtime Series

Robert Orlando | Posted 11.17.2014 | Entertainment
Robert Orlando

Stone's confrontation with myth should be embraced, yet I don't think this simplistic Left vs. Right dichotomy, while making good drama, is helpful. Nor is limiting evil to capitalism, when the bloody saga of state Communism has been condemned prima facie by 20th century history.

Obama: Mr. "We Don't Have A Strategy Yet" Does the Troubled NATO Summit

William Bradley | Posted 09.05.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Largely an exercise in fantasy, like the longest-running science fiction show on the planet, NATO, since the end of the Soviet superpower erased the Cold War fear of a Red Army surge through the heart of Western Europe to the Bay of Biscay, has been an institution in search of a new mission and an accident waiting to happen.

Must See Yerevan

Jared S. Baumeister | Posted 07.06.2014 | Travel
Jared S. Baumeister

While you are unlikely to confuse Yerevan with Paris, Tamanyan's plans were successful in making Yerevan a city that is quite distinct from many of the grey, monolithic ex-Soviet cities that litter the territory of the former USSR.

Kerry as Churchill

Brent Budowsky | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

While commentators grow impatient with Kerry's Churchillian warnings about the consequences of failure in the Middle East peace process, the world might sadly witness how right Kerry is.

The Temptation of Moses Feigin

Shana Nys Dambrot | Posted 06.29.2014 | Arts
Shana Nys Dambrot

This popular and exciting work, influenced by both Russian folk-art and European post-Impressionism, was nevertheless banned in 1931, when Stalin issued a decree forbidding such "degenerate" art, sanctioning only Social Realism.

McCain: Situation In Ukraine 'Hearkens Back To The Days Of Adolf Hitler And Joseph Stalin'

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) warned Friday that the crisis in Ukraine resembles the geopolitical factors at play when Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin led...

Vladimir Putin Can Learn A Lesson From History Taught By Joseph Stalin

Sheldon Filger | Posted 05.05.2014 | World
Sheldon Filger

He would render a great service to his own country and world peace if he were to reflect on a costly lesson, well learned, by Russia's greatest and most ruthless Tsar.

Ukraine: Putin, Pride and Ports

Daniel Wagner | Posted 05.02.2014 | Politics
Daniel Wagner

The de facto expropriation of Crimea by Russia raises serious questions about the perceived legitimacy of the new government in Kiev, ethnicity in Ukraine, Russian history, Russian pride, and Russia's ability to project its power in the future.

From the Pinnacle of Power, Putin Stands Before the Abyss

David Paul | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics
David Paul

The Sochi Olympic Games were supposed to mark the pinnacle of Putin power and prestige, but instead it may mark the moment of his undoing.