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A Crayon for Iqra

Celia Buckman | Posted 01.30.2015 | Teen
Celia Buckman

Homework is a challenge for the tutors and kids. It's hard to teach a 12-year-old algebra in forty minutes when they don't know how to count yet. But something has to go down on the worksheet.

Stop Arguing About Feminism

Lilian Klatskin | Posted 01.30.2015 | Teen
Lilian Klatskin

Overall, whether you consider yourself a "feminist" or an "anti-feminist," you care about women. So stop disagreeing and calling each other names, and realize what you agree on.

Netanyahu Betrays What's Best for Israel

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 01.29.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Netanyahu must understand that the eventual normalization of relations between the U.S. and Iran is the best way by which to eliminate the Iranian threat. Therefore, if there is any chance, however small, that such an agreement will stand the test of time, it must be explored. The alternative is leaving Iran free to redouble its effort to reach the nuclear threshold.

Reality vs. Rhetoric: NamObama on Climate Change

Chaitanya Kumar | Posted 01.28.2015 | Green
Chaitanya Kumar

Both Obama and Narendra Modi (NaMo) have waxed eloquent on stronger economic ties and friendly cultural relations, but their statements on climate change need to go beyond platitudes and into action.

Beyond the Rum and Cigars

John M. Eger | Posted 01.23.2015 | Politics
John M. Eger

On a trip to Cuba recently, it was clear to me that change is in the air. It wasn't just that President Obama and Raúl Castro had agreed to see if relations could be normalized, nor was it an admission that communism had failed. Rather, it seems to be an understanding that some form of capitalism is sorely needed to breathe life into the Cuban economy.

Muslim American Taxpayer Reaction to SOTU 2015

Mehrunisa Qayyum | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics
Mehrunisa Qayyum

The last two years of "lame duck" actually present an opportunity for executive leadership to truly drive policy change without fear of re-election politics. If caveats are included, here is where Obama may truly leverage his power as someone who has freedom to really pursue an agenda without worrying about spending political capital

The State of the Wind Industry Is Strong

Tom Kiernan | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics
Tom Kiernan

The fact that the U.S. is #1 - leading even China -- comes from an analysis by EDF Renewable Energy executive Dr. James Walker. Wind energy is an American success story: the U.S. invented utility-scale wind farms, and by investing in them here in the U.S., we now have some of the best infrastructure this country has ever built.

Learning Nothing from Paris

Joseph Blady, M.D. | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics
Joseph Blady, M.D.

There are certain things you don't get to do because there's no valid reason for doing them, and they could cause immense harm to others. Is there any reason we cannot add to that list that no one gets to go to a country where terrorists are at war with the U.S.?

How to Love Like a French Woman

Isa Freeling | Posted 01.20.2015 | Arts
Isa Freeling

In France, mothers get a medal from the government after having four children or more. Some call it the "Reproduction Medal." It's a fact that artist Sara Shaoul learned this year during her summer residency in Paris.

Global Economy Faces Strong and Complex Crosscurrents

Olivier Blanchard | Posted 01.20.2015 | Business
Olivier Blanchard

On the one hand, major economies are benefiting from the decline in the price of oil. On the other, in many parts of the world, lower long-run prospects adversely affect demand, resulting in a strong undertow.

Congress and Lack of Immigration Reform: A Study on How to Undermine the U.S. Economy and America's Place in the World

Edward Goldberg | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics
Edward Goldberg

What is most surprising about the U.S. Congress today is how harmful its parochial views have become to America's long-term global economic interests.

MLK Day: Changed Attitudes, Mindsets and Practices for the Greater Good of Everyone

Gary Pieters | Posted 01.20.2015 | Black Voices
Gary Pieters

King believed that "intelligence plus character ... is the goal of true education." In this respect, King in both word and deed demonstrated many of the character attributes that are essential to building and sustaining great communities.

America in 5 Words

Galanty Miller | Posted 01.13.2015 | Comedy
Galanty Miller

We're funnier than North Korea.

Drinks, Cards and 200 Years of Anglo-American Friendship

OpedSpace | Posted 01.13.2015 | Politics
OpedSpace

The Treaty of Ghent did not result directly in the Special Relationship, but were it not for the mutual respect and collegiality begun in Flanders 200 years ago, the Anglo-American dynamics of this most recent century would not have been possible.

Rebuilding the U.S.-Egypt Bilateral Relationship

Neil Hicks | Posted 01.12.2015 | Politics
Neil Hicks

The dominance of the military over politics has held back the emergence of functional civilian political contestation, leaving a vacuum filled by extremists despite the aspiration of millions of Egyptians for human dignity and non-corrupt government.

Millennials, Nostalgia, And Urban Preservation: Why We Clamor For A Past We Never Had

OpedSpace | Posted 01.09.2015 | College
OpedSpace

Since existential anxiety is the driving force behind our fixation on memory, the buck ends where our anxiety is assuaged. In our case: at surface level.

U.S. Duplicity In Punishing Palestine for Joining the ICC

Alexandra Halaby | Posted 01.07.2015 | World
Alexandra Halaby

Many Palestinians and supporters of the State of Palestine are curious about the U.S. applying such financial pressure to the P.A. After all, the U.S. has been selling a narrative of democracy-building in the Middle East as part of official foreign policy for the past two decades.

Rand Paul Versus Marco Rubio: Some Libertarian Air Is Good for Cuban-American Politics

Arturo Lopez Levy | Posted 01.05.2015 | Latino Voices
Arturo Lopez Levy

As prospective candidates claim their spot on the coveted 2016 Republican presidential ticket, two senators, Marco Rubio and Rand Paul bump heads on a newly awakened foreign policy issue: Cuba.

Population Boom and the Economic Impact in a New Year

Kevin Price | Posted 12.31.2014 | World
Kevin Price

The reality is, countries are not poor because of how many people they have, they are poor because of economic policies.

5 Up-and-Coming U.S. Tourism Cities

Shermans Travel | Posted 12.29.2014 | Travel
Shermans Travel

Before the rest of the world catches on, discover these five American cities that are gaining traction in the areas of fine arts, fine food, and fine beverages.

A Tale of Another Three Young Lives

Tania Bradkin | Posted 12.24.2014 | Crime
Tania Bradkin

While I do not condone Mr. Kleinman's behavior, I support Judge Wright's decision to put this young father behind bars for nearly 18 years, leaving his two young children without a father and creating a single mother, EVEN LESS.

Should We Oppose the Intervention Against ISIS? An Exchange of Views

Danny Postel | Posted 12.24.2014 | World
Danny Postel

Some Syrian activists question how committed the Kurds are to toppling the Syrian dictator. The Kurds, for their part, distrust Turkey, which supports the Syrian opposition. These debates and dynamics are mostly unknown to American progressives.

Don't Blame Obama If Race Relations Are Worse During His Presidency

Christopher Lamb | Posted 12.23.2014 | Politics
Christopher Lamb

President Barack Obama said Friday that conditions for black Americans have improved since he became president nearly six years ago. But as he said, blacks still lag behind whites.

Migration for the Good

Monique Barbut | Posted 12.23.2014 | World
Monique Barbut

Have the migration debates erupting all over the world all missed a crucial point? Climate change is pulling the rug from under poor rural people's feet; destroying their natural resources and taking away their ability to decide their own fate.

7 Questions About the Recent Oil Price Slump

Olivier Blanchard | Posted 12.22.2014 | Business
Olivier Blanchard

Oil prices have plunged recently, affecting everyone: producers, exporters, governments, and consumers.  Overall, we see this as a shot in the arm for the global economy. There is, however, much more to this complex and evolving story.