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Do We Need an Office of Contingency Operations for Future Reconstruction?

Peter Van Buren | Posted 08.04.2013 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

The oft-repeated pop psychology definition of mental illness -- doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results -- pretty much sums up America's limp efforts at reconstruction, nation building, hearts and minds, counterinsurgency, whatever tag you choose.

The House My Rack Built

Lauren Cahn | Posted 07.28.2013 | Style
Lauren Cahn

After the initial fog lifted after my father's death, I began to consider my own vulnerability to more and more complicated complications that might arise out of my initial diagnosis, my treatment and all of the surgeries and hospital stays that followed.

Review: Doing Bad by Doing Good: Why Humanitarian Action Fails

Peter Van Buren | Posted 07.21.2013 | Books
Peter Van Buren

Coyne's book is a careful, detailed, academic answer to the real-world question surrounding U.S. reconstruction efforts: How is it possible that well-funded, expertly staffed and, at least rhetorically, well-intentioned humanitarian actions fail, often serially, as in Afghanistan?

Missing: Leadership and Core Values

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.15.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Is this the best we have to pass on to our children and grandchildren and the next generation of leaders the nation and world need today and tomorrow? Do corporate profits from dangerous products or harmful practices trump children's security and safety in our nation?

Rumors of Land

Max Ehrenfreund | Posted 04.30.2013 | Black Voices
Max Ehrenfreund

As winter turned into spring, a rumor that all freed slaves had been promised "40 acres and a mule" spread through the South. In the years to come, the phrase came to represent first a promise of a better society for blacks in the South and then a fading memory of what might have been.

Listening to Du Bois and Lincoln: The Supreme Court and the Voting Rights Act

Rick Valelly | Posted 02.21.2013 | Politics
Rick Valelly

To worry about federalism -- as important as federalism is -- would be a red herring. To dismiss the bipartisan consensus would amount to mocking the deliberative character of the legislative process.

Hurricane Season and Insurance Coverage: Questions & Answers

Bonnie Schneider | Posted 10.23.2012 | Money
Bonnie Schneider

Tropical weather is heating up! Now that we are in the thick of hurricane season, you may be wondering about disaster insurance: if the worst happens, am I covered?

10 Years 'After' Breast Cancer

Lauren Cahn | Posted 10.06.2012 | Healthy Living
Lauren Cahn

Why am I telling this story for what feels like the 100th time? Because I think it is important to recognize that I am just like you. I am not a hero. I am not particularly brave. If I could get through what I got through, then anyone can get through anything.

Before Obama: Remembering Black Reconstruction Era Politicians

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 04.09.2012 | Black Voices
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Every February, we celebrate the accomplishments and sacrifices of outstanding African Americans. Why? Because it allows us to pay homage to our ances...

A New Paradigm for Breast Cancer Treatment and Reconstruction

Michael Yaremchuk, M.D. | Posted 02.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael Yaremchuk, M.D.

This year, almost 300,000 U.S. women will have been diagnosed with some form of breast cancer. A new trend in the treatment and rehabilitation with women diagnosed with breast cancer has evolved in many major medical centers.

Why Doesn't Reconstruction Work?

Peter Van Buren | Posted 01.04.2012 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

When a relationship begins with a war and an invasion, and all the acts of violence that go along with that, you start deep in a hole. As corruption, mistakes, accidents and half-hearted efforts plague reconstruction, that hole only gets deeper.

The World's Newest Nations

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 01.03.2012 | World
Marcelo Giugale

Say that your province or region suddenly becomes an independent country -- with recognition from the United Nations and all. After the celebrations end, and the celebrities leave, the real decision-making begins.

Ryan Grim

The Long, Corrupt History Of The Corporate Person | Ryan Grim | Posted 12.12.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Of all the Occupy Wall Street refrains, one of the most memorable is, "I refuse to believe that corporations are people until Texas exec...

Every Day, In Every Way, Accountability Is Not Getting Better

David Isenberg | Posted 10.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Private military and security contracting folks like to point out that despite past mistakes and problems in oversight and accountability of such contracts, overall things are getting better. But are they really?

Mississippi Gets First Black Major Party Candidate For Governor In Modern Times

AP | EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS | Posted 10.24.2011 | Politics

JACKSON, Miss. — Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree on Tuesday became the first black candidate in modern times to win major-party nod for Mississi...

Building Back Better: Joplin and the Case for Adaptation

Susanna Murley | Posted 08.03.2011 | Green
Susanna Murley

As long we've been around, humans have blamed someone else -- gods, fates, earth itself -- for natural disasters. But, now that science suggests we have ourselves to blame, how should we react?

Charlie Wilson's War on Libya

Sam Koppelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sam Koppelman

How do we make the endgame work in Libya? I'm only 15. This is the first time I've had the chance to watch a war unfold as an aware and politically active person.

Americans Would Doom an American Reconstruction Effort to Failure

David A. Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David A. Love

There is no question that the devastation caused by the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accidents in Japan, already estimated at $180 billion, will ge...

Japan Quake: When to Start Rebuilding

Cameron Sinclair | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Cameron Sinclair

For those not used to working in disasters, the first week is chaotic. It is not the time for architects to show up to rebuild. People are trying to find their loved ones, not think about what their lives will look like in 10 years.

Reject the Confederacy, Celebrate Reconstruction

Clarence Lusane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Clarence Lusane

Just as the radical Republicans, abolitionists, and black activists challenged the arguments of neo-Confederates in the 1860s and 1870s, so, too, should those notions be fought against once again today.

Nothing Worse Than Being All Mouth and No Trousers

Cameron Sinclair | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Cameron Sinclair

This is what my mum used to say to me. I didn't realize what it actually meant but as a nine year old I took it to mean -- don't just talk about something, do it.

Rangel and the Ghosts of Censure

Charles D. Ellison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles D. Ellison

Rangel is among an uncomfortably long list of Black lawmakers being probed by the House Ethics Committee, and many wonder out loud about the motivations.

Haiti: Our Promise, Our History, Our Neighbor

Rev. Jesse Jackson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rev. Jesse Jackson

Haiti must have a higher place on our priority list. In March, the United States pledged $1.15 billion in aid to Haiti, but to date it has paid nothing; the money is tied up in the congressional appropriations process.

What's Right with America? Let Me List the Books

Robert David Steele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert David Steele

I became the #1 Amazon reviewer for non-fiction [or 32/216 overall including movies, software, and fiction) quite by accident, loading 300 reviews fr...

Liberia's Diaspora Returns Home to Rebuild

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Henry Benson got off a plane in his native Liberia to a country resembling nothing of what he left.