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Know Place Like Home: Manuevering Midlife Meltdowns Via Divine Intervention

Greg Archer | Posted 08.03.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Greg Archer

So, there I was minding my own business when, from nowhere -- well, that's debatable -- I received "a sign" from The Universe to write about my Polish family's odyssey surviving Joseph Stalin's mass deportation of approximately 1 million Poles during the 1940s.

Prejudice: A Dangerous Defense Mechanism

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 07.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

"Prejudice is a great time saver: You can form opinions without having to get the facts." -- E. B. White Prejudice is described as an unfavorable o...

Is MH17 Putin's Katyn Wood Massacre?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 07.24.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Blocking accountability and seeking to blame others for its crimes, even when premeditated is a KGB tactic, but only marginally successful. Putin should have learned the lesson that the truth is bound to come through.

Donald Trump: The Winston Churchill of the 21st Century?

Kipp Friedman | Posted 07.20.2015 | Comedy
Kipp Friedman

By sounding the alarm of Hitlerism and the looming Nazi menace--thus saving Western Civilization from a new dark ages--many consider former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill to be the single greatest man of the 20th Century.

A Look in the Mirror

Fron Nahzi | Posted 07.16.2015 | Books
Fron Nahzi

In Modern Albania, Fred Abrahams has managed to put Albania's past, current, and future leaders under one roof and monitored their deeds for 25 years. In first-person narrative, Abrahams turns the tables from Big Brother watching you to us watching the Big Brothers.

Agents of Change: 5 Captivating Souls Generating Positive Change

Greg Archer | Posted 06.10.2015 | Good News
Greg Archer

Five years ago, Dennis officially launched his company with a bold intention: to help people feel better, and combat the fear and division in the world, mostly with the assistance of a big yellow badge boasting the phrase "this is a good sign."

The Upsides of a Political Body Double

Carl Pettit | Posted 05.27.2015 | Comedy
Carl Pettit

Saddam Hussein did it. So did Andy Warhol. Joseph Stalin was a big fan of using a body double (killing tens of millions of people can create a few murderous enemies), too.

Bully For Ancestry: The Upswing to the Mood Swing of Personal Growth

Greg Archer | Posted 06.21.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Greg Archer

We are never handed a "Growth Manual" when we enter this life. We often learn by observation and tend to integrate things from there--or try to. Of...

Movie Review: Child 44 -- Leave This One Behind

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.18.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Certainly the pedigree of Child 44 makes it seem promising. But the timing of the release -- April, a pre-summer graveyard -- and the fact that it wasn't screened for critics until shortly before opening both mitigate against it. 

The Déjà Vu of Russia's Rough Justice

Alex Storozynski | Posted 06.08.2015 | World
Alex Storozynski

As Europe commemorates the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, a troll army secretly floods websites with pro-Putin propaganda while Russian government officials openly defend the indefensible. Moscow archivists are spreading misinformation to whitewash Soviet history.

In Conversation With Principal Dancer Davit Karapetyan -- San Francisco Ballet's 'Shostakovich'

Sean Martinfield | Posted 06.08.2015 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Since joining San Francisco Ballet, Davit has danced all the leading roles in the major story ballets and a vast number of modern works.

Is Iran Too Evil to Talk to?

Joe Cirincione | Posted 05.23.2015 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

Iran's deplorable record is not a reason to walk away. It is the very reason we must hammer out a iron-clad agreement to ensure Iran cannot get it's hands on a nuclear bomb.

Agents of Change: 5 Inspiring Souls Worthy of Our Attention Right Now

Greg Archer | Posted 04.27.2015 | Impact
Greg Archer

They walk among us -- those agents of change. Sometimes, we just need to be reminded of who they are. Take note of five stand-outs creating significant sea changes.

5 Reasons Feb. 10, 1940, Should Be Remembered

Greg Archer | Posted 05.01.2015 | World
Greg Archer

The events that unfolded on this day back in Eastern Poland may still haunt those who lived through the experience and managed to come out the other side alive. However, the rest of the world is not yet fully aware of what took place and the ripple effects that remain.

Syriza in Athens and Putin in Moscow: An Unholy Alliance?

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 04.08.2015 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

Islam is by no means the only faith in which evil intentions are covered by pious phrases. The fantasy of a new Christian Orthodox empire should alarm the world no less than the tremors of the financial markets or the status of the euro.

Bully for Ancestry: How I Went From Glitz to the Gulags and Grew

Greg Archer | Posted 05.01.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Greg Archer

I remember when it first happened. Several years ago, I was sitting across from John Travolta at a round table press interview for a film the actor ...

Bully for Ancestry: My Journey Into the Past Uncovered a Forgotten Polish Odyssey

Greg Archer | Posted 05.01.2015 | Impact
Greg Archer

These may be heady questions, but now that we're 15 years into the 21st Century--yes, that's a jawdropper when you think about it--and the future has, basically, arrived, ironically, we find ourselves in the midst of another phenomena: Looking back into the past.

Lubyanka Runs the New Russia, Much Like the Old Soviet Union

Doug Bandow | Posted 02.25.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

Even during the worst of the U.S.S.R. the square was more symbolic than threatening. For the most part no one went to the Kremlin to die. Very different, however, is Lubyanka, just a short walk up Teatralny Proezd past the Bentley and Maserati dealerships.

Three Minutes to Remember: How Glenn Kurtz Resurrected a Forgotten Jewish Town In Poland and Its Citizens

Greg Archer | Posted 05.01.2015 | Impact
Greg Archer

I thought that I had done my part--simply write something about what my Polish family and their comrades had experienced. I was horribly wrong in that assessment.

Bury Lenin's Body: The Symbol of Communism Should No Longer Mock Humanity

Doug Bandow | Posted 02.12.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

Someday Russians will be free. Not just from Communism, but also less forms of authoritarianism. Liberation will come only through the Russian people's own efforts, however, not from the West. Only they can make their own future. The day liberty arrives will be the real Russian Revolution.

Movie Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 -- Action, Interrupted

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.21.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

At this point, it seems pretty pointless to review a new entry in The Hunger Games series. 

Agents of Change: 5 Enterprising People Worthy Of Your Attention

Greg Archer | Posted 01.20.2015 | Good News
Greg Archer

Sophia Turkiewicz They walk among us--those agents of change--but sometimes, we just need to be reminded of who they are, especially in an era that...

What's New in Russia? Moscow 2014

Jean Newman Glock | Posted 12.23.2014 | Travel
Jean Newman Glock

Visiting Russia three times in 2014 as the Ukraine crisis unfolded was insightful. For current events, but also for a look at what sites are being restored, opened and primed for tourists.

Untold (or Retold?) History: Oliver Stone's Showtime Series

Robert Orlando | Posted 11.17.2014 | Entertainment
Robert Orlando

Stone's confrontation with myth should be embraced, yet I don't think this simplistic Left vs. Right dichotomy, while making good drama, is helpful. Nor is limiting evil to capitalism, when the bloody saga of state Communism has been condemned prima facie by 20th century history.

McLenin's: The Taste of Communism

Tinatin Japaridze | Posted 10.13.2014 | Politics
Tinatin Japaridze

After imposing a "full embargo" on imports from the West, Russia has made it clear that the latest sanctions are politically motivated. Russians are likely to lose access to certain items that have long stopped being viewed as Western luxuries.