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From the Front Lines of Ferguson: A Community Organizer Explains How People of Faith Can Help

Sarah Cunningham | Posted 08.21.2014 | Religion
Sarah Cunningham

I had the chance to interview Wes Lathrop, the Department Directer of Power, as he worked on the front lines of Ferguson. POWER is an affiliate of The PICO National Network, the largest faith-based community organizing organization in the country.

The Revolution May Not Always Be Televised, But It Damn Sure Will Be #Tweeted

Nida Khan | Posted 08.21.2014 | Media
Nida Khan

Challenging the status quo through engagement, participation and active expression of thought is the kind of revolution I'm talking about.

From Ferguson to Cairo

Freedom House | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics
Freedom House

Clearly, Ferguson is not Gaza, or Bahrain, or Egypt. As many activists in those countries would note, the situations are simply not in the same category in terms of scale, severity, or political context. But no one should be satisfied merely with the fact that there is less tear gas and deadly police violence in the United States than in authoritarian countries.

Michael Brown, Son, Student 'Thug'?

Ama Yawson | Posted 08.21.2014 | Black Voices
Ama Yawson

The politics of respectability in the black community may not only hinder us from acting and engaging in the constructive protest, lobbying and collective action needed to create a more just society, as it has with respect to the Ferguson protests, but it may also prevent us from simply being and living freely.

Make Art Not War

Michael Perman | Posted 08.21.2014 | Impact
Michael Perman

Moments of conflict like these call for social innovation: new ways of solving problems and new ways of creating calm while recognizing and providing vents for anger. What say you fellow innovators, artists and chefs?

Thank God That Is Happening In #Ferguson and Not Here

Sarah Cunningham | Posted 08.20.2014 | Religion
Sarah Cunningham

It's so profoundly important that we, living elsewhere in the U.S., don't squelch the concern in our souls by saying, "Thank God that is happening in Ferguson, Missouri and not here."

The Fury in Ferguson and Our Forgotten Lessons From History

Heather Ann Thompson | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Heather Ann Thompson

Despite the crystal-clear conclusions drawn by the Kerner Commission about why the '60s had seen so much urban unrest, and what would happen if we ignored the lessons of the these rebellions, we are right back where we were 50 years ago.

To the Weekend Protesters

David Harris | Posted 08.10.2014 | World
David Harris

This weekend, there have been large protests on the streets of London, Cape Town, and Santiago, and smaller demonstrations in Paris and New York.

Congressman Criticizes Boycott Of White House Iftar Dinner

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 07.21.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

After an Arab American group called for a boycott of the White House’s annual Iftar dinner due to the escalating situation in Gaza, Congressman Keit...

Why I am Rooting for Brasil

Mandeep Singh | Posted 07.08.2014 | World
Mandeep Singh

Brasil winning the World Cup could be a small moment of reconciliation for the nation's struggle, potentially helping to heal the wounds of what is lost.

The House and Senate Battle over Egypt Aid

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

If Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is expecting the United States to deliver the $1.3 billion in annual military assistance without any delays or restrictions, he may be in for a "rude awakening," as Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez said during a hearing on Egypt earlier this month.

Why Iranian World Cup Fans Wave 3 Different Types of Flags

Ravishly | Posted 06.25.2014 | World
Ravishly

These fan mementos aren't of the zany variety displayed so often at the sporting event. Rather, they represent competing political persuasions regarding the Persian motherland and for what they want Iran's jerseys to signify.

After One Too Many Fouls, the World Cup Deserves a Red Card

Azlan Ibrahim | Posted 08.06.2014 | Sports
Azlan Ibrahim

Just a few days away from the largest sporting festival in the world, the stories coming out of Brazil are not so festive. The handwringing reflects less on Brazil, but on whether the world even needs a World Cup anymore.

Liu Bolin - Hiding in the City

Janet Fong | Posted 08.06.2014 | TED Weekends
Janet Fong

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgHis work illustrates that amid the accelerating progress of society, our living environment has significantly improved, while humans are becoming increasing lost about the meaning and value of self -- sometimes even allowing the self to disintegrate. The artist's Chinese army training uniform and disappearance into the background are deliberate and metaphoric gestures of protest against this loss.

Liu Bolin: The "Invisible Man" Journeys From China To The West

Michael A. Santoro | Posted 08.05.2014 | TED Weekends
Michael A. Santoro

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgThere is more, however, to Bolin's technique than simple pleasures--there is the scene finding and set up, the painting, the social commentary, and finally the snap of the camera. It is a genre-bending combination of street theatre, conceptual art, and photography rolled into one.

Hidden Injustices, Irreconcilable Contradictions

Meredith Ludlow | Posted 08.03.2014 | TED Weekends
Meredith Ludlow

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgAs Liu remarks, "any culture has its irreconcilable contradictions." Often we are just too wrapped up in our own societies to see them. Sometimes it takes fading into the background as a quiet observer to bring these contradictions into sharp focus.

Harnessing The Power Of Invisibility

Blair Schulman | Posted 08.02.2014 | TED Weekends
Blair Schulman

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgTo embark upon a series of stealth configurations I expect more than a sleight of hand to invoke some intrigue or unrest. "My intention was not to disappear in the environment but (to) let the environment take possession of me", Bolin says. Once possessed, now what? How do you roil the many to action? Does such work bring out the tumbrels or will it present a shrug instead, leaving everyone to return to their meager comforts?

A Chinese Artist Offers Irreverence And Hope With His Work

Amy Wu | Posted 07.30.2014 | TED Weekends
Amy Wu

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgTrue, I could not access Google and my Gmail or Facebook, but I was also introduced to an underground rock scene, to journalism students who asked thoughtful questions and who were inspired into the profession to tell the truth, and met young intellectuals and artists who like Liu find ways to openly express themselves within the boundaries of society and reality.

The Artist Versus The Dictator

Tenzin Dorjee | Posted 07.30.2014 | TED Weekends
Tenzin Dorjee

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgToday, a growing number of Chinese artists are sharing their vision of a free China with the public, and there is little that the government can do to stop them. Every now and then, the authorities will put someone in jail - in 2011, they detained Ai Weiwei for 81 days - but they cannot imprison his art, which lives in a realm beyond the reach of violence. They may turn off the lights, but they cannot force the prisoner to sleep.

WATCH: These Profound Images Are For Anyone Who's Ever Felt Invisible

TEDTalks | Posted 07.30.2014 | TED Weekends
TEDTalks

Chinese artist Liu Bolin can disappear into everything from famous landmarks to the rows of instant noodles at the supermarket. The question is: Why? By going invisible, what does he help you see?

Michigan's Minimum Wage Bill Trounces Democracy and Shortchanges Low Wage Workers

Reverend Charles E. Williams II | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics
Reverend Charles E. Williams II

The Republican-led legislature and the Governor of Michigan passed a watered-down anti-democratic semblance of a bill to increase the minimum wage recently, and critics wonder why no one is jumping for joy.

Turkey's Erdogan Prepares for Another Showdown After Mine Accident

James Stafford | Posted 07.20.2014 | World
James Stafford

The mining accident has already reinvigorated the corruption scandal and the investigations that had been largely quashed by Erdogan in the run-up to 30 March local elections, in which the AKP won an unexpectedly significant victory.

Working At McDonald's Is Starkly Different In These 3 Countries

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 05.15.2014 | Business

No matter where you go in the world, you can rest assured that your Big Mac will taste basically the same: two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuc...

Brazil Braces For Widespread Protests

AP | By ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON | Posted 07.15.2014 | World

SAO PAULO (AP) — Protesters and police clashed in Sao Paulo Thursday, as demonstrations against the World Cup and rallies calling for improved publi...

Potential Constitutional Crisis in Taiwan Erupts Over China Trade Pact

Brian Christopher Jones | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics
Brian Christopher Jones

Taiwan's Legislative Yuan is now literally under citizen control. Late Tuesday night protesters, unhappy with the scrutiny applied to a service trade pact with China, stormed the Legislative Yuan and have occupied the building ever since.