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History and Rehabilitation in China: A Vigorous Little Man Who Helped Shake a Nation

Jim Laurie | Posted 11.23.2015 | World
Jim Laurie

I first met him at the Great Hall of the People in 1982. "Met" is the wrong word. Encountered is better. He was waiting for a visiting foreign dignitary. I was on the other side of a red rope with a gaggle of other reporters. But I could see that he was different from other Chinese leaders.

Mystery and the Psyche

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 11.18.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Jane Simon, M.D.

"It began in mystery, and it will end in mystery, but what a savage & beautiful country lies in between." This beautiful quote by poet Diane Ackerm...

Cynics Be Damned, We Are Winning the Fight Against Political Corruption

Charlotte Hill | Posted 11.13.2015 | Politics
Charlotte Hill

When it comes to beliefs about government corruption, there are two types of people in the world. There are the cynics, a pessimistic bunch convinced that corruption is inevitable and that reform is a Sisyphean task. And then there are the rest of us.

Why Can't We Talk About the Real Issues?

Peter Cunningham | Posted 10.29.2015 | Education
Peter Cunningham

Education historian Diane Ravitch describes her blog as "A site to discuss better education for all." Apparently, however, she does not want to discus...

Terrorism and the Crisis of Sunni Islam

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 10.19.2015 | World
Soumaya Ghannoushi

The roots of Sunni Islam's ailments it must be noted are not entirely to do with religion, as most journalists, politicians and "experts" in Europe and across the Atlantic never tire of repeating. Rather than scripture and theology, it is in politics and economics, in power balances, foreign interventions and the scramble for influence and resources that the causes of its ills reside.

Restoring Banking Integrity - 10 Reform Proposals

Frank Vogl | Posted 10.13.2015 | Business
Frank Vogl

Public trust in the biggest banks is low. I have 10 specific recommendations to cure the banks of their evil ways. Bankers will not like most of my proposals, but the time has come for radical reform.

Pope Francis's Hollow Rhetoric On Place of LGBTQ People in the Church

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 10.09.2015 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Rather than requiring women to ask it for forgiveness, the Vatican needs, instead, to ask those of us whom it has repressed and oppressed for forgiveness of its sins throughout its existence.

Tsipras Faces Major Challenges After Election Triumph

The Huffington Post | Eline Gordts | Posted 09.29.2015 | World

ATHENS, Greece -- The triumphant return to power of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his Syriza party after the country's Sept. 20 elections c...

Multilateral Development Banks and Safeguards

David de Ferranti | Posted 09.08.2015 | Impact
David de Ferranti

By Vinod Thomas and David de Ferranti Independent evaluations at multilateral development banks (MDBs) have called for a reform of the system of safe...

Urban Resilience: A Tale of Two Cities

Scott Cowen | Posted 09.03.2015 | Education
Scott Cowen

On this tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, many observers are recognizing the renaissance of a city most people thought would never recover.

Five Bottom Line Reasons Why Employers Should Hire Ex-Felons

Mike Green | Posted 08.21.2015 | Business
Mike Green

There is no city in the nation that's growing faster than the population of 70 million Americans with criminal records. As one of them, former real estate developer R.L. Pelshaw is determined to turn this costly societal burden into an opportunity.

Six Months In, How Does Rauner Stack Up on Transparency Promises?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.28.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek says Gov. Bruce Rauner's oft-stated campaign goal of bringing unprecedented transparency to the governor's office is proving more difficult in practice than in stump speeches.

The First Step Towards A New Greece: Recourse to the People

Peter Alexander Meyers | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics
Peter Alexander Meyers

In the image and reality of democracy some recourse to the people is essential. It must involve rich and directly effective activity by citizens and transparent inspiration by leaders.

President Obama Took Another Big Step Toward Ending Grotesque Drug Sentencing Laws

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 07.15.2015 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Obama took yet another giant step on the path to fair and equitable drug enforcement and treatment with his mass clemency grants and prison visit. But make no mistake, it's a step that many more must take before we'll ever attain real and lasting drug sentencing reforms in America.

Cities Speak for Millions of Americans on Immigration Action

Kasim Reed | Posted 07.10.2015 | Politics
Kasim Reed

Today marks a milestone in the fight for common sense immigration reform in the United States. A federal court in New Orleans will hear arguments in the case challenging President Obama's executive actions on immigration.

Who Is the Patient: The Insurance Industry or Real People?

John Geyman | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
John Geyman

Uncontrolled inflation of health care costs continues unimpeded as insurers, hospitals, drug companies, and others in the medical-industrial complex embrace expanded and subsidized new markets with minimal oversight.

Three Things That Would Change Our Education System

Charles Orgbon III | Posted 06.24.2015 | Education
Charles Orgbon III

Few people are satisfied with our current education system, and many more people are unsure what changes need to be made.

Seven Myths About Democracy in Morocco

Till Bruckner | Posted 06.22.2015 | World
Till Bruckner

Judging by media stories and think tank reports, many foreign commentators seem unable--or unwilling--to see beyond the reformist image that the Moroccan leadership seeks to project abroad.

Rodham Rising

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 06.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

Bernie is a great guy, but he is no Steph Curry, and he is no Alison Bechdel. His value, not to be underestimated, is in pressuring the frontrunner by energizing progressives.

Bad for the Jews, Bad for America

Sandy Goodman | Posted 05.26.2015 | Religion
Sandy Goodman

The American Jewish community is coming apart at the seams. Its vital center is collapsing, and the entire group is increasingly polarized by runaway growth at both extremes: religious fundamentalism on one end, secular non-belief on the other.

The End of Reading in America and Other Related Matters

Frank Breslin | Posted 05.17.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

Reading Shakespeare, the Greeks, and the classics; reading for life-wisdom, nourishment, guidance and growth; reading to save one's soul and to make sense of oneself and the enigma of life -- this kind of reading rarely exists anymore.

Out-Thinking ISIS

Amanda Botfeld | Posted 05.03.2015 | College
Amanda Botfeld

Instead of proposing a liberal alternative, the United States seems to be apologizing. Statements explaining away the actions of ISIS with lack of job opportunities or poor governance can be used to justify genocide. But the strongest indication that America has entered crisis-mode is that it can no longer make its case.

Notes From a 'Commie' Sports Reformer

Ken Reed | Posted 04.13.2015 | Sports
Ken Reed

I am Sports Policy Director for League of Fans, a sports reform organization founded by Ralph Nader. In that role, I write position papers, columns, and a blog on what we think are the biggest and most important issues in sports today. I often call for significant change, and that can raise the ire of traditionalists, hence the incendiary labels I receive from some readers.

A Blueprint for Local Police Reform to Improve Legitimacy

Tara Lai Quinlan | Posted 02.21.2015 | Crime
Tara Lai Quinlan

While we certainly don't have all the answers, it's time to start talking about and funding constructive ways to reform policing to quell anger by improving legitimacy and community relations.

Lessons From Ferguson, Applied in Illinois

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 02.08.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Four years after Illinois' fiasco with former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's impeachment and trial, Andy Shaw of the Better Government Association says the state has learned from the ordeal. Reforms have been implemented to limit conflicts of interest, stop contract abuses and combat a general culture of corruption.