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How to Start a Movement: A Movie Review of 'Chavez'

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 05.31.2014 | Arts
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Director Diego Luna brought together a terrific ensemble of actors. Michael Peña gives us an understated yet engrossing rendering of the eponymous Mexican-American icon. We see how his fire burns deep -- how it chars him, not only fuels his cause.

Ukraine Crisis Bolstering Iran-Russia-China Axis

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

The tensions between Russia and the West have further ratcheted up this week since the Crimean Peninsula's local government called for a referendum to secede from Ukraine. The current standoff between the West and Moscow concerning Ukraine might be viewed as the gravest instance of tension in the post-Cold War era.

Crowd Control

Lewis Lapham | Posted 05.16.2014 | Politics
Lewis Lapham

For the last several years, the word "revolution" has been hanging around backstage on the national television talk-show circuit waiting for somebody, anybody -- visionary poet, unemployed automobile worker, late-night comedian -- to cue its appearance on camera.

What is North Korea So Afraid Of?

Mike Kim | Posted 05.14.2014 | Impact
Mike Kim

In one year, three missionaries were detained in North Korea from America, South Korea and Australia.

It Was the (Arab) Spring of Hope, It Was the (Syrian) Winter of Despair

Maryam Saleh | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics
Maryam Saleh

On this third anniversary, countless people -- including many of those who emerged in the first protests during March 2011 -- will argue that Syria is now living the worst of times.

A Reflection: The Fight for Democracy in Egypt

Erin Banco | Posted 05.12.2014 | World
Erin Banco

As turmoil, political unrest, and violence continue to escalate in Cairo, we are rarely reminded of the beginning -- the beginning of a time in Egypt, that Anthony Shadid, a former reporter for the New York Times who died in Syria in 2012, once coined as an "epiphany."

Crowds and Revolutions versus the Bonds That Endure

Marc Gopin | Posted 05.06.2014 | Politics
Marc Gopin

The only hope for creating real social change globally is when we as individuals create solid bonds of empathy and legal equality across racial, ethni...

Radical Beyond Belief

Ron Nikkel | Posted 05.04.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Ron Nikkel

You say you want a revolution Well you know We all want to change the world... But when you talk about destruction Don't you know you can count me out...

The World Will Change When You Accept That It Is Flat

Chase Adams | Posted 05.04.2014 | Technology
Chase Adams

I have a voice. I have opinions. I have experiences. 50 years ago, if I wanted to share my voice, I would have had a very small reach: the people I work with, friends and family.

Egypt's Textile Industry Regaining Her Speed

Myrdith Leon Mccormack | Posted 04.29.2014 | Black Voices
Myrdith Leon Mccormack

In January, I picked up my camera, put on my go-to black dress (which was probably made in China, although it bears a recognizable designer name) and ran to a luncheon, which promised to be monumental in the long history of conflict between Israeli and Arab record.

No Shining Path

Ron Nikkel | Posted 04.29.2014 | Religion
Ron Nikkel

Our labor has ended, the armed struggle has begun. The invincible flames of revolution will glow, turning to lead and steel. There will be a great rup...

The USA Has a Monarchy. Let It Have a Glorious Revolution

Robin Koerner | Posted 04.27.2014 | Politics
Robin Koerner

This year marks the 1,000th anniversary of political liberty. When the United States began, the tradition in which it was founded was already 762 year...

Venezuelan Crisis: Resentment, Struggle and a Way Forward

Stephanie Rudat | Posted 04.29.2014 | World
Stephanie Rudat

It is evident that the problems of inflation, scarcity, crime and violence are issues that affect all Venezuelans equally, regardless of their political affiliation or ideologies. Why, then, is the population still divided?

Yoani Sánchez Warns Venezuela of a Possible Cuban Fate

Ikam Acosta | Posted 04.28.2014 | Latino Voices
Ikam Acosta

Venezuela has become utter chaos. Many fear that the South American country will inevitably end up like Cuba, where you are unable to trust anything the media reports.

The Great War, A Century Later

Pranay Gupte | Posted 04.28.2014 | World
Pranay Gupte

The Indian Century was one of a vast national movement to eject colonial rule, but it also marked 100 years of ideas that defined nationhood. Those ideas initially focused on economic development.

I Am a Ukrainian

Paul Steven Stone | Posted 04.25.2014 | Politics
Paul Steven Stone

How can you not stand up and cheer at what we've just witnessed in Eastern Europe? To see an entire populace rise up against injustice, autocracy and the armed lackeys of a corrupt police state reminds me of what real courage looks like.

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (2014)

Bob Burnett | Posted 04.23.2014 | Politics
Bob Burnett

In 1970, the late jazz poet Gil Scott-Heron wrote "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised," which became an anthem for the black power movement. His thoughts remain relevant. I've broadened the context and updated the prose.

Charity "a la Carte"

Richard W. Kropf | Posted 04.20.2014 | Religion
Richard W. Kropf

Genuine charity or philanthropy requires, above all else, that we are dedicated to seeing to it, first of all, that every human being has access to all the basic human rights.

Iranians Celebrated the 35th Anniversary of Islamic Republic

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Ceremonies in the Islamic Republic of Iran began two weeks ago, marking the 35th anniversary of the victory of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, which deposed pro-West monarch Muhammad Reza Shah and brought in the Islamic Republic.

'The Biggest Loser' Is Society

Annie Schugart | Posted 04.14.2014 | Teen
Annie Schugart

The biggest problem isn't the debate over The Biggest Loser or Frederickson; the biggest problem is that society is constantly a critic (excuse the irony that I am criticizing society for being critics). Perhaps it's human nature to criticize, but where is the line when it has gone too far?

Move Over Celebutantes and Twerkers, It's Time for a Ladylike Revolution

Chelsea-Lyn Rudder | Posted 04.08.2014 | Books
Chelsea-Lyn Rudder

Have you heard about the latest YouTube craze, subwoofer orgasm videos? Why bother with twerking and other provocative dance videos when girls are wil...

50 Years After the Beatles: Isn't It Time for Another Political & Cultural Revolution?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 04.08.2014 | Entertainment
John W. Whitehead

Yet while the Beatles' greatest legacy was in effecting a revolution of spirit and mind, today we're in dire need of revolutionaries willing to challenge the status quo.

Egyptian Revolution Will Fail if the Press Is Not Free

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Daoud Kuttab

I was part of a delegation of the International Press Institute that visited the Egyptian capital last week to try and plead the case of some 12 Egypt...

Sun Dancing on Snow: Shining a Bright Light on Social Justice

Peter Samuelson | Posted 04.02.2014 | Entertainment
Peter Samuelson

Young filmmakers and their audiences are leading the march to a better world. An unstoppable wave of social justice is coming, long-overdue but now spread through the robust digital anthill of the millennial Web. Its films engender empathy that moves hearts and opens minds.

In Monroe Back To Killing On 'Revolution' This Week? | Posted 01.28.2014 | TV

Is Monroe back to his old ways? That’s certainly what it looks like in the above photo, which seems to show everyone’s favorite reformed(?) bad bo...