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Climate Change This Week: Sobering Suicides, Battery Breakthrough, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 05.17.2016 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Forests Protect The BUB: Bizarre, Useful and Beautiful biodiversity that sustains...

Climate Change This Week; Suffocating Seas, Climate Votes, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 05.11.2016 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. BBB: Beautiful Brazilian Biodiversity - as shown by these red-eyed tree frogs, is...

Argentine Apology, MidEast Betrayal: One 'Dirty War' to the Next

Steve Koppman | Posted 04.06.2016 | Politics
Steve Koppman

In Argentina where it no longer matters, Obama pays retroactive lip service to democracy. But ask people today across the Middle East -- in Egypt or Yemen, or Saudi Arabia, Gaza and the West Bank, or for that matter Syria -- if the U.S. supports democracy and self-determination.

Climate Change This Week: A Drying Southwest, Clean Cheap Power, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 02.17.2016 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Tiny Forest Fairy Lanterns are rare and considered threatened in Tasmania, ...

Climate Change This Week: The New Coal, Hot Water, Clean Energy Justice, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 02.04.2016 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. When we harm forests, we harm ourselves. Unique Giraffe Beetle, another bi...

Climate Change This Week: Solar Job Boom, US Blizzard Gloom, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 01.27.2016 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Save and regrow tropical forests -- says an expert, as nations continue to curb carbon emissions.

Fund Launch for Kids in Greece Characterized by Ancient Hellenic Ideals

Jim Luce | Posted 12.21.2015 | New York
Jim Luce

The recent launch of the J. Luce Foundation's Hellenic Fund to support children in Greece -- whether economically distressed, orphaned, or refugee -- was an enormous success. Held at an elegant Upper East Side Greek restaurant, the event gathered over sixty people of goodwill who care about children, any children, who suffer in Greece.

Mideast Diplomat Seeks Peace in Everyone, Despite Violence

Suzanne Skees | Posted 11.17.2015 | World
Suzanne Skees

Almost every day someone will ask me why I bother "wasting" my life on a "hopeless" issue. "Those people [Israelis and Palestinians] have been fighting for thousands of years and they'll be fighting until the end of days," the exchange begins. The question always irks me.

Chinese Admiral's Visit to Iran: U.S. Era of Dominance in the Mideast Is Ending

David Oualaalou | Posted 11.06.2015 | Politics
David Oualaalou

Make no mistake: A high-level visit to Iran from the emerging global power portends significant changes to the geopolitical landscape -- and not only in the Middle East.

Washington Responsible for Collapse of Iraq and Rise of the Islamic State

Doug Bandow | Posted 10.06.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

President Bush is most responsible for the ISIS deluge. The Obama administration has played a malign, but secondary, role. Like its predecessor, it also intervened too much rather than too little. For instance, President Obama continued to back Iraq's Maliki government despite the latter's sectarian excesses.

From Warzone to U.S. Campuses: Stories of Syrian Professors Making Impact

Jim Luce | Posted 10.05.2015 | Impact
Jim Luce

By getting to know Dr. Hasan and his wife, Mitzi has become an outspoken advocate on behalf of refugees fleeing violence in the Mideast and North Africa. The scope of this human crisis is overwhelming, simply unfathomable.

Climate Change This Week: The Melting Ice Connection, Sharing Solar, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 06.15.2016 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. "Yoda" Bat Is Threatened from climate change and climate changing activities like ...

Climate Change This Week: Methane Blob, Renewables And Global Heat Rise, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 06.20.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. @@ Funny or Die: Climate Change Denial Disorder - absolutely hilarious. Enjoy, a...

How to Lose to the Islamic State: Obama Administration Considers Deploying Troops to Iraq, Focusing on Assad in Syria

Doug Bandow | Posted 01.30.2015 | Politics
Doug Bandow

The administration appears to have lost its collective mind. The president has added ground forces to the battle in Iraq and the military has suggested introducing thousands more. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel might be lucky having been left at the curb.

How Will the Mideast War End? Christian History May Provide a Clue

Jack Miles | Posted 01.10.2015 | World
Jack Miles

Just as Catholics and Protestants concluded in their Wars of Religion, Sunni and Shia have to exhaust one another before concluding that neither side can determine what their religion is to be.

The Fatal Label: Reducing Hamas in Gaza to "Terrorists"

Jonathan Russo | Posted 09.14.2014 | Politics
Jonathan Russo

Why was this a mistake? The reason is that it is reductive to the point of inaccuracy and has therefore prevented the Israeli security establishment and the rest of the world from understanding what Hamas wants and how to engage it on proper terms.

Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Putin, Religion and the Second Coming of Fascism

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 06.05.2014 | Politics
Clay Farris Naff

It is tempting. But let's dodge a violation of Godwin's Law and instead look at what really matters: the alarming resurgence of religious fascism around the globe.

We Can Do Better Than Attack Syria

Gary Zukav | Posted 11.13.2013 | World
Gary Zukav

The requirements for our evolution have changed. Survival is no longer sufficient. Our evolution now requires us to develop spiritually -- to become e...

Hadid's 'Arab Atheism' Article Restores My Hope for Tolerance in Civilization's Cradle

Thom Senzee | Posted 10.16.2013 | Religion
Thom Senzee

Coming from a WASPy, mixed-faith, yet significantly agnostic and atheist, intellectual (and admittedly pseudo-intellectual) family these days living i...

Eid Reflections

Philip Barton | Posted 10.07.2013 | World
Philip Barton

Today is Eid al-Fitr, the festival marking the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. As with Lent in Christianity and Yom Kippur in Judaism, this fasting creates space for reflection, humility and compassion. Current events in many Muslim countries give cause for all three.

Syrian Maelstrom

Jeff Danziger | Posted 06.25.2013 | World
Jeff Danziger

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Drone Fire

Jeff Danziger | Posted 06.08.2013 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

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Armed Man Attacks U.S. Embassy Guard In Tel Aviv

Reuters | Posted 01.19.2013 | World

(Adds police say attacker may be mentally ill) TEL AVIV, Nov 20 (Reuters) - A man apparently suffering from mental health problems sta...

Rockets Fired From Gaza Despite Ceasefire

Reuters | Posted 01.15.2013 | World

JERUSALEM, Nov 16 (Reuters) - Israel's military denied on Friday that it had carried out attacks in the Gaza Strip during a visit to the enclave by ...

Israel Will Stop Assault On Gaza During Egyptian PM's Visit

Reuters | Posted 01.15.2013 | World

JERUSALEM, Nov 16 (Reuters) - Israel will stop its offensive action in the Gaza Strip during a three-hour visit by the Egyptian prime minister to th...