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Reaffirm Our National Community By Forgiving Student Debt

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 03.22.2017 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The election of 2016 forced us, like so many Americans, to reconsider much of what we imagined we knew about our country and our society. For example,...

Kenyans Decide 2017: The Case Against Re-electing Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta and Mr. William Ruto

Washington Osiro | Posted 01.10.2017 | Home
Washington Osiro

2017 is just under two weeks old and with Kenya's presidential elections scheduled for sometimes during the year, I decided to forgo the customary yea...

The Strange 'Unifying' Power Of Donald John Trump

Washington Osiro | Posted 10.28.2016 | Home
Washington Osiro

Donald John Trump (DJT) is accomplishing a feat most Kenyans would have thought impossible. In an accomplishment worthy of a Nobel Peace Prize since ...

Taking 'Our' Country Back While Grabbing $%@! and Eating Meat

Washington Osiro | Posted 10.19.2016 | Home
Washington Osiro

Like the two sides vying for the American and Kenyan presidencies, Sam and I, remained stubbornly locked in our own set of facts and parallel worlds, speaking past one another!

What Kenyans Can Learn From The U.S. Presidential Campaign

Washington Osiro | Posted 08.12.2016 | Home
Washington Osiro

In my initial comments about the recent political conventions, I opined that the socio-political dynamics between Trump/GOP and Clinton/Democrats were eerily similar to the one in Kenya between Jubilee and CORD. However, my friend's response was scathing and biting.

MAKING FIREWORKS: New X-MAN LANA CONDOR Talks About Her Fan Favorite Character; JUBILEE!

Andrew Cristi | Posted 06.01.2016 | Entertainment
Andrew Cristi

After two decades of live action X-Men on the big screen, from the major box office smashes, to origin stories and spin-offs, to TV movies and televis...

Corruption In Kenya: Riding a Tiger By The Tail and Murder.

Washington Osiro | Posted 05.13.2016 | Home
Washington Osiro

"I'm riding a tiger, hoping that the monster will not devour me" -- Chief Justice Willy Mutunga "Out, damn'd spot! out, I say!" -- Lady Macbeth Act 5...

The Real Cost of Corruption, Incompetence and Impunity in Kenya.

Washington Osiro | Posted 05.06.2016 | Home
Washington Osiro

Days after a six-story apartment building collapsed in Huruma -- killing scores, injuring hundreds and causing millions in damages -- President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered the arrest of one Samuel Kamau, the (building's) owner.

What is so appealing about 'The Bachelor?'

Haley Besser | Posted 03.14.2017 | Entertainment
Haley Besser

In today's society, reality shows have become one of the most popular genres on television. Shows like Jersey Shore, The Voice and The Real Housewives...

‘The Bachelor’ Has A Race Problem, And This Bachelorette’s Exit Is Proof

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 06.01.2016 | Arts

After four episodes of Season 20 of "The Bachelor," one contestant was an unlikely standout: Jubilee, a black, Haitian-born veteran with a deadpan wit...

'The Bachelor' Is Letting Its Race Issues Show, But That's Not Enough

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 06.01.2016 | Arts

Members of Bachelor Nation sat through a particularly harrowing episode on Monday, as black, Haitian-born Jubilee became the focus of an oddly virulen...

16 LGBT Must-Dos in 2016

Jim Werner | Posted 01.12.2017 | Queer Voices
Jim Werner

It's that time of the year again: resolutions! Before you resolve to volunteer more, drink less and eat healthier you should jot down ways to improve your 2016 travel calendar.

Kenya: 2015 in Review

Washington Osiro | Posted 01.05.2017 | Home
Washington Osiro

The year 2015 saw a Kenyan government unable to keep its citizenry safe and secure largely because of its inability to maintain a competent, well-armed, well-equipped and professional law enforcement and security apparatus.

A Special 'Holy Year' Is About To Begin In The Catholic Church

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 01.03.2017 | Religion

(RNS) For months now, Vatican watchers have been talking about the upcoming jubilee as one of the biggest events of Pope Francis’ pontificate. But w...

Corruption in Kenya: Sharing the Blame But Not the Wealth!

Washington Osiro | Posted 11.25.2016 | Home
Washington Osiro

A very interesting narrative is taking shape in Kenya's latest "war" against corruption. The narrative advances the storyline that: Kenyans are corrupt because Kenyans are corrupt or as someone put it: "The problem has always been us, yes, me, you and every other individual who calls himself or herself a Kenyan."

Is Kenya at 50 Teetering on Failed Statehood?

Washington Osiro | Posted 11.19.2016 | Home
Washington Osiro

At the risk of stating the obvious, there is a strong relationship between peace and stability on the one hand and strong/effective governance on the other.

Haunted by Student Debt to the Grave

Mary Green Swig | Posted 07.28.2015 | Politics
Mary Green Swig

Many people, including many student debt holders, may be surprised to learn that people can be pursued for student debt even into their elder years. In fact, the government is withholding Social Security payments for some retirees, because their student loans have not been fully repaid.

Sen. Warren Receives 240,000 Signatures Asking to Cancel All to Student Debt

Roger Hickey | Posted 05.03.2016 | Politics
Roger Hickey

Last week, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the Senate's foremost advocate for lowering student debt and lowering the cost of college, received a petition signed by over 240,000 people. The petition called on Congress and the president to cancel all student debt.

Ancient Torah Speaks to the Climate Crisis: From Eden to Manna to Sabbatical Year to Now

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 06.29.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

On the Shabbat of May 15-16, the Torah reading (Leviticus 25-27) sets forth the Torah's most explicit and most powerful regimen for healing the Earth from human over-use.

Who Really Controls Wall Street, and Why It Matters

Nourish International | Posted 05.31.2015 | Business
Nourish International

We have to remember that the same banks responsible for so much of the financial strife, confusion, and crisis are guided by social forces. When we believe our financial systems are beyond our control, we neglect our responsibility to those most impacted by its flaws.

Free the Corinthian 15 -- And 41 Million Other Student Debtors

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.16.2015 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The Corinthian story is certainly an unjust one. These strikers have raised issues which go to the heart of our nation's entire student debt crisis. That crisis affects 41 million Americans, who hold an estimated $1.3 trillion in debt. Those are staggering numbers -- and if we do nothing they will continue to soar.

Why Is the 'Tinderbox West' the New Normal?

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 10.02.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

In Arizona a few weeks ago, 19 highly skilled firefighters were killed by a fire in what the New York Times called "Deadly New Normal: A Tinderbox West."

May Day And Torah: Biblical Ecology And Economics For The 21st (Or 58th) Century

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 06.22.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Is there some subterranean -- even subversive -- connection between spring celebration of the Earth and spring celebration of work and time for rest?

Vegas Dancers Still Sizzle

Quia Querisma | Posted 04.30.2013 | Travel
Quia Querisma

After staring from my window at Caesar's Palace, across the street to the towering advertisement for Jubilee! I had to learn more.

'Forgive Us Our Debts': Occupy Operationalizes The Lord’s Prayer on Debt

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | Posted 01.16.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

It has never been more important to raise the issue of debt forgiveness and do something about it in concrete ways than it is in 21st century America. But how could the biblical Jubilee possibly be an economic plan in today's economy? Enter Occupy Wall Street's "Rolling Jubilee."