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The People's Pope: Our Attraction and Fascination With Pope Francis

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 09.30.2015 | Religion
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

Pope Francis is able to attract the masses as they thirst for hope and hunger for love. As we struggle with the dangers of climate change, social inequality, racial division, and xenophobia, the Pope does not turn a blind eye to these issues, he challenges us to face them and to make changes and act to work for justice.

Pope and People: On Shaping the Future

Joerg Rieger | Posted 09.22.2015 | Religion
Joerg Rieger

It is easy to predict that the visit of Pope Francis to the United States of America this week will go down in history. But will it be able to change the future?

Reminding Yourself You're F&^*% Hot (Step 1)

Alex Madda | Posted 09.19.2015 | Comedy
Alex Madda

Women are subliminally encouraged to retain "inherent" insecurities and buy things to make themselves "less ugly"." To which I say, FUCK THAT NOISE. To continue this combat of ugliness, I had a sexual encounter with my definition of a "100% fuck-ya holy shit I'm drooling" hottie.

What the Migrant Crisis Says About Us

Katia Vlachos | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics
Katia Vlachos

People all across Europe are taking matters into their own hands, not waiting for their governments to act, feeling the moral responsibility to ease the suffering of the hundreds who have been thrown at their doorstep.

From Solidarity to Business

John Feffer | Posted 08.27.2015 | World
John Feffer

When I met with Mariusz Ambroziak in 1993, he was secretary for the Solidarity trade union in the Mazowsze area around Warsaw. He'd been a Solidarity activist for most of his life, starting out as a young worker involved in the famous Solidarity chapter at the Ursus tractor factory in Warsaw.

The Migrant Crisis in Europe Does Have a Long Term Solution

Philippe Douste-Blazy | Posted 08.12.2015 | World
Philippe Douste-Blazy

Every day, for more than two years now, the world's poorest people risk their lives to escape from horror and reach the "paradise" of Europe. Many of them die on the way, in Africa, in the Mediterranean, or in the Channel Tunnel where they are crushed by the wheels of trucks.

He May be Argentine, but the Pope's no Che Guevara

Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI | Posted 08.06.2015 | Business
Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI

Pope Francis prays for systems that provide financial services and facilitate commercial transactions that will equitably advance human well-being, promote the common good and make the protection of our common home, the earth, a top priority.

What's the Future of Development?

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 07.17.2015 | World
Gaia Paradiso

I am closely following the UN Conference on Financing for Development happening now in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and I am thinking of the potentialities and the (hopeful) opportunities that a conference of this caliber can have on a global scale, making a meaningful impact on the lives of millions of people in developing countries.

Tornado in Veneto, Italy: Spirit of Unity and Solidarity has Infected the Riviera del Brenta

Marie Ohanesian Nardin | Posted 07.15.2015 | Impact
Marie Ohanesian Nardin

Just after 5 p.m. on July 8, 2015 the sky over Mira, Italy, turned charcoal-grey and thunder rumbled in the distance. The storm we had been told would break the insufferable humidity and high temperatures that had suffocated the Veneto Region and most of Italy for days was on its way.

South Carolina Police Officer Uproots Racism in Iraq

Danielle Wolffe | Posted 07.02.2015 | Impact
Danielle Wolffe

There is no magic formula to annihilate racism. Acknowledging we may have regurgitated hateful, flimsy terms that don't necessarily reflect what's in our true hearts is a start.

Daniel Marans

Europe's Populists Rally To Greece's Side | Daniel Marans | Posted 06.30.2015 | World

Populist parties in Spain, Ireland and other austerity-stricken European countries are flocking to support the Greek government’s defiance of its cr...

After Charleston

Tom F. Driver | Posted 06.22.2015 | Black Voices
Tom F. Driver

The most amazing thing has been the public reaction of the victims' families, who have, as they say, refused to let the mass murders push them into hatred. Instead of calling for revenge, or even "justice," they offered forgiveness. It is the strongest affirmation of nonviolence I have ever heard.

A New Internationalism

Van Gosse | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics
Van Gosse

For well over a century, a shared commitment to internationalism has defined what it means to be Left. Even when we do not use that particular word, r...

Can Spiritual Practice Heal Racism? An Interview With Tara Brach

Omega Institute | Posted 06.10.2015 | Impact
Omega Institute

Tara Brach talks about waking up to racism in our culture and how her Washington, DC, Insight Meditation community is doing something about it.

Being a Do-Gooder, Becoming a Freedom Fighter: BlackLivesMatter

Amira Sakalla | Posted 06.10.2015 | Impact
Amira Sakalla

From a very young age, little girls in America are programmed to believe in world peace, as I was. We were rewarded by people much bigger and more important than us for expressing such selfless aspirations so early on.

The Three Mistakes of Poland's Transition

John Feffer | Posted 05.13.2015 | World
John Feffer

Start with a failing economy. Throw in a team of inexperienced politicians, people in fact who had spent their careers deliberately avoiding official politics. Add a population with the highest possible expectations. And, as a wild card, introduce an international community that was not offering very much in the way of financial assistance.

The Disappointment of Fulfilled Dreams in Poland

John Feffer | Posted 05.12.2015 | World
John Feffer

Many Poles dreamed of the day when the Communist regime would fall. But even after the semi-free elections of June 4, 1989, in which Solidarity-affiliated candidates won nearly all the contested seats, few anticipated that their dreams would come true so quickly.

Why Latinos Should Speak Up for Black Lives

Alberto Retana | Posted 05.22.2015 | Latino Voices
Alberto Retana

It's time that we, as Latinos, boldly speak out in support of justice. If we are to truly deal with racism in America impacting Latinos, we need to understand what is happening right now with Black America.

Negotiating the Transition in Poland

John Feffer | Posted 05.01.2015 | World
John Feffer

Janusz Reykowski was a key figure in the reform wing of Poland's Communist Party. A psychologist, he was an early proponent of promoting reconciliation between the Party and the Solidarity trade union movement in 1989. In 2013 I interviewed him about what had happened in the intervening years.

Building the Women's Movement in Poland

John Feffer | Posted 06.10.2015 | World
John Feffer

Since 2000, Tarasiewicz has worked as the director for the Network for East-West Women in Poland. She has watched as many foundations that funded women's issues have pulled out of Poland as money from the European Union became available. But the EU funding has been a mixed blessing at best.

What Do Syrians Want? Q & A on the Syrian Freedom Charter

Danny Postel | Posted 06.09.2015 | World
Danny Postel

The Syrian Freedom Charter is a national unity document based on tens of thousands of face-to-face interviews with Syrians, in every governorate of the country, about what kind of society they want.

Why Global Civil Society Needs to Stand Together

Danny Sriskandarajah | Posted 06.09.2015 | Impact
Danny Sriskandarajah

In many ways, global civil society has flourished in recent years. The UN is making unprecedented formal efforts to facilitate civil society participation in the post 2015 global development framework and there is widespread recognition of the vital role civil society will play in delivering this agenda. And, on the streets, ours is an era of mass protest.

Solidarity Underground

John Feffer | Posted 06.07.2015 | World
John Feffer

Ewa Kulik was one of the key Solidarity leaders who kept the organization functioning underground. Today she is the director of the Batory Foundation in Warsaw, where she focuses on, among other things, civic education. She told me that Poland failed to focus on civic education after 1989.

Have Research Ethics Committees Got It Wrong? A New Study Looks at What Participants in Medical Research Actually Want

Tim Spector | Posted 05.24.2015 | Science
Tim Spector

Traditionally, the "gold standard" of informed consent for participation in medical research entails that participants need to consent to every new research study, which means that they need to be contacted and re-consented each time.

How to Launch People in Poland

John Feffer | Posted 05.23.2015 | World
John Feffer

Stocznia, which is Polish for "shipyard," is a different kind of NGO. It functions like a university. It focuses on transforming people. And in that sense it's an educational institution -- but not like any educational institution you might have encountered in the past.