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The Price of Admission is Bullets

Jane Dougherty | Posted 07.31.2015 | Impact
Jane Dougherty

Unwittingly, I became a member of a club no one wants to belong to early on a chilly Friday morning, December 14, 2012. I had never even heard of this club. There is no formal name for this group and we don't have a clubhouse. The members are from across the country, all races, ages and genders. We live in urban areas, the suburbs and rural communities. Yet we all met the memberships' one criterion, a life taken by gun violence. The price of admission to this club is bullets.

6 Of The Greatest American Sandwiches Of All Time

Epicurious | Posted 07.31.2015 | Taste
Epicurious

The best way to make a sandwich: Bread. America. Bread. Read on for our favorite lunch picks from sea to shining sea.

No Warlords Need Apply: A Call for Credible Peacemaking in Afghanistan

Kathy Kelly | Posted 07.30.2015 | World
Kathy Kelly

A second round of peace talks between Afghan government officials and Taliban representatives, expected to begin before the end of July, 2015, suggests that some parties to the fighting want to declare a ceasefire. But even in the short time since the first round on July 7, fighting has intensified.

Erdogan Is Pursuing Turkish Self-Interests, Under the Guise of Fighting ISIS

Harut Sassounian | Posted 07.30.2015 | World
Harut Sassounian

The Turkish President's self-serving fake war against terrorism could have the tragic consequence of escalating the violence throughout Turkey and neighboring countries. If Ankara is truly interested in countering the Jihadists, it should have done that long ago, instead of arming and abetting ISIS and other terror groups.

Greece's Trump Card - NATO ?

Elena Ulansky | Posted 07.30.2015 | World
Elena Ulansky

The headlines on the talks between Brussels and Athens on the 86 billion euro bailout of Greece seem to indicate nothing but problems. It appears that even before talks can begin, Greece is being asked to enact further laws.

5 Things Americans Can Learn From the British (and Vice Versa)

Marie Morrison | Posted 07.30.2015 | Travel
Marie Morrison

When exposed to other cultures, you can't help but create comparisons with your home culture. Of course, these comparisons will always be biased and can never account for entire populations.

A Global Partnership Against Violent Extremism

Antony Blinken | Posted 07.29.2015 | World
Antony Blinken

Today in Rome and every day into the future, we can show violent extremists that their efforts to divide us have not only failed, but have inspired new unity, agility, and resolve to defeat them.

U.S.-Backed Assault on Yemen Putting Over 20 Million Lives At Risk: Where Is the Outrage?

Dan Kovalik | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Dan Kovalik

The unfolding human rights catastrophe in Yemen is but another example of the U.S.'s brutal and equally inexplicable foreign policy, its cynical posture towards human rights, and the main stream media's utter failure to hold the U.S. accountable on such questions.

A Way Out of Afghanistan's Crisis

Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam | Posted 07.29.2015 | Politics
Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam

After massive fraud during the 2014 presidential elections in Afghanistan, in September 2014 against the constitution a deal to form a national unity government (NUG) has been signed by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdulah.

Come to Mama

Pam Peterson | Posted 07.28.2015 | Travel
Pam Peterson

As a designer, slash, travel blogger, I like to think that I have my finger on the pulse of, well, design and travel. Imagine my delight when I discovered that I would be in Los Angeles just when the ultra-cool French hotel brand, Mama Shelter, would be opening their first United States outpost.

The Brooklyn Of Every State

Thrillist | Posted 07.28.2015 | Travel
Thrillist

Though pockets of it are still holding strong, most of Brooklyn has been swept by a sea of trilby-wearing millennials with waxed beards, who just wanna give back to the neighborhood with an artisanal dog treat shop, you know?

If I Were Writing the Great American Novel

Dan Truong | Posted 07.27.2015 | Books
Dan Truong

If I were writing the Great American Novel, I would be white. If I were writing the Great American Novel, I would be 10-20 years older. If I were writing the Great American Novel, I would not look at the Wikipedia page for the Great American Novel daily, as if it held some sort of great and terrible secret that would tell me exactly what to write and how to write it.

Enough -- RIP Racism

Naomi Elana Zener | Posted 07.27.2015 | Parents
Naomi Elana Zener

I was white until I shed my skin,/ Looked to depths of my cavern within./ Same was I to the woman, child, man, Whose original shell was black, brown or tan.

Why Nuke Treaty Vital for Israel, Iran and the United States

William Lambers | Posted 07.24.2015 | World
William Lambers

The United States, Israel and Iran should all ratify the CTBT to close the door on nuclear testing. It's a vital step toward peace and a step away from nuclear weapons.

American Christianity Has Been Hijacked

Mikah Meyer | Posted 07.21.2015 | Religion
Mikah Meyer

Why has American Christianity become known for the pain it causes? Let American Christianity stop being known as a religion that hurts, as a faith focused on what we're against, and instead let them know we are Christians by our love.

It's Time for Another Deal, Mr. President: This Time to Save South Sudan

Tom Andrews | Posted 07.21.2015 | World
Tom Andrews

Ultimately, peace is up to the people of South Sudan. But the President's personal involvement coupled with these steps to enforce a peace agreement present the people of South Sudan with something they've been missing since the war began - hope.

No-Vacation Nation: Does the U.S. Government Care About American Workers?

Marina Peña | Posted 07.20.2015 | College
Marina Peña

Around summer time, many Americans look forward to a week off from work where they can unwind and spend time with their families. Yet, the reality of taking a vacation while employed is that one in four U.S. workers don't receive paid time off.

Global Illegal Drug Markets

Donna A. Patterson | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics
Donna A. Patterson

Over the past decade, the incidences of contraband pharmaceuticals and over-the-counter drugs have increasingly appeared in U.S. markets. Just as counterfeit garments make their way into America, so do unregulated and fake drugs as the world becomes more interconnected.

Police Officers, Sheriffs, Rangers, and Marshals: What's the Difference?

Quora | Posted 07.21.2015 | Crime
Quora

Police are usually general-purpose law enforcement officers. They are most often employed by a city government, but may be employed by a county, state, college, hospital, transit district, or other quasi-governmental organization with the power to create a law enforcement branch.

World Is Inchoate Without Iran: A Plea to U.S. Congress

Liaquat Ali Khan | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics
Liaquat Ali Khan

I respectfully plead that Congress debate the agreement in a balanced and historically-informed manner. Iran is a sophisticated country. The Iranians are a creative people who have lot to offer in the fields of literature, arts, religion, medicine, architecture, and commerce.

America's True Challenge With the Iran Deal Is Selling It to Its Middle East Partners

Rizwan Ladha | Posted 07.20.2015 | World
Rizwan Ladha

When the Iran nuclear deal was reached last week, many around the world hailed it as a breakthrough in Iran's relations with the international community, a diplomatic achievement and a nonproliferation success. But now what?

These Are the Best Airlines in the U.S.

Hopper.com | Posted 07.20.2015 | Travel
Hopper.com

Want to know who ranks high? Hopper took a spin through their 2015 rankings to find you the absolute best airlines in the United States, according to ... well, according to you!

A Year in Service of Midwives -- A Lifetime Honour

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 07.29.2015 | Women
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

The profession faces a number of issues including a severe shortage of staff, poor working conditions, poor remuneration, limited support and supervision. However, I know that we can overcome them, together, in the years to come.

Congress Relegated to Catch-Up Role After UN Approves Iran Deal

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics
Evelyn Leopold

The United Nations Security Council has scheduled a Monday vote to approve the Iran deal, giving it the force of international law and relegating opposition in the U.S. Congress to a secondary role. It is unclear what wwill happen next. But in many ways the ball game is over for those opposing the agreement.

The Republican Party Is in Shambles

Walker Bragman | Posted 07.28.2015 | Politics
Walker Bragman

With 2016 fast approaching, things look bleak for the GOP. Pandering to a non-white voting block could very well end up costing it the South, as it did to the Democrats in the 1960s. At the same time, pandering to base will alienate too many groups to win in a general election--not the least of which are Latinos.