All these issues must be vigorously debated and legislated. But nuance doesn't play well in a crisis. The words "good" and "evil" are so strictly defined by each of us in our own way that it's almost impossible to accept shades of gray. Extremism triumphs.
The state of Oregon has offered us nearly two weeks of a 21st century governing challenge. One that has demonstrated a durable, resilient democracy among American citizens.
Focusing on establishing an effective dialogue, rather than initiating an armed standoff based on widely-disseminated but highly inaccurate narratives, may be better at resolving these issues.
Having grown up in Manhattan, and gotten lost in many a monumental edition of the Sunday Times, I understand and sympathize with the fact that, well, it's not always easy to see smaller cities for the humble but pleasant places that they (sometimes) are.
One more reason to save forests: The David Bowie Hunter, a spider newly discovered in the Malaysian highlands in 2015. Forests house fascinating forms of life.
"...a little rebellion now and then is a good thing..." --Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 1787. There is something deeply American going on out i...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkUZgeJ3OfU By, Siraj Hashmi On Saturday, an armed militia led by Ammon Bundy took over a vacant federal building o...
I don't know about you, but I am really enjoying the beating the idiots at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon are taking online and in soc...
Militia groups have been active in the Northwest for decades. What they want is an overthrow of federal authority and a return to old-school traditional family values.
To understand the source of the Bundy's self-righteous anger, it's helpful to examine their religious views, which are rooted in a maverick strain of fundamentalism found throughout rural Oregon, Wyoming, Idaho, Colorado, Utah, Arizona and Nevada.
Federal land is currently being occupied by protestors. Or, according to some, by domestic terrorists. But pigeonholing these guys with either label isn't quite as easy as it might first seem.
It becomes clearer perhaps why those waging the armed siege taking place in Oregon right now don't view themselves as terrorists. Rather, above-the-law is simply the way the meat industry is accustomed to operating in our country.
Auntie Rosa wanted to ensure the constitutional rights of all Americans. These men want public land turned over for private uses. Auntie Rosa was willing to go to jail for her beliefs. These men hide behind guns.
As a Muslim American who has repeatedly been called a terrorist and told "to go back home" as a result of the media's overdramatic coverage on the crimes carried out by "Muslims" that don't represent the teachings of my faith, my mind is filled with questions.
The only reason why white ranchers have any land to run their cattle on today -- whether it is land that they hold a deed to, that they now defend against federal seizure, or public land that they currently use to feed their livestock -- was stolen from the American Indians.
It appears we stopped being sensible some time ago, and 2016 doesn't appear to be the year we regain our senses. At least not if the news now is an indicator.