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International School Meals Day: From the U.S., Central African Republic to Syria

William Lambers | Posted 02.27.2015 | Impact
William Lambers

On International School Meals Day think of this ultimate goal: That every child in the world should receive food and education. Our generation should be the one that makes this wish for children come true.

The United States and Malaria: A Long History of Smart Investments That Benefit All

Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré | Posted 02.27.2015 | Impact
Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré

For the first time, some African nations are on the way to eliminating malaria, and fewer people on the continent are being infected than ever before. This means healthier children, more vibrant economies and stronger, less burdened health systems.

What (Some) Women Want

Rym Tina Ghazal | Posted 02.24.2015 | Women
Rym Tina Ghazal

It probably applies to both genders. I should start by saying this is not a scientific sampling; it's just women I met from different religions and backgrounds. This is what I found from my own interviews:

The Newly Renovated Harvard Art Museums: An Artist's Perspective

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 02.25.2015 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

As I walked up the familiar steps and entrance everything seemed as it had been during my time as a student. The inside, however, was quite different and the courtyard was bathed in light, still surrounded by some familiar artwork.

Suppose America Retrenches -- A Thought Experiment

Dr. Harlan K. Ullman | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics
Dr. Harlan K. Ullman

Critics accuse President Barack Obama of being a foreign policy minimalist seeking to do the least harm rather than by choosing more effective if riskier solutions. In fairness, the president was dealt the most horrible hand on taking office dating back to FDR in 1933.

Joseph Nye's 'American Century'

Philip Seib | Posted 02.23.2015 | Books
Philip Seib

Harvard professor Joseph Nye, well known for his explorations of soft power, considers the American prospect in his newly published book, Is the American Century Over? His answer is a carefully constructed "No," which is based partly on the fact that there is no logical successor to convincingly claim dominance over the next century.

Fair Play -- Equal Laws for Equal Working Opportunities for Women

Christine Lagarde | Posted 02.23.2015 | Women
Christine Lagarde

Despite some progress over the past few years, gender-based legal restrictions remain significant. Almost 90 percent of countries have at least one important restriction in the books, and some have many.

For Whom the Balangiga Bells Toll

John R. Eperjesi | Posted 02.23.2015 | World
John R. Eperjesi

Tensions between the Balangiga townspeople and the U.S. military escalated in the context of the Philippine-American War, a war many Americans have probably never heard of, one of America's many "forgotten wars."

Venomous American Politics Shows World Our Weaknesses

David Oualaalou | Posted 02.19.2015 | Politics
David Oualaalou

Step back and calmly contemplate the state of our great nation. Does anyone see anything beyond the confusion, disillusionment and ambiguity?

Charlie Hebdo Has a Right to Offend You and It Is Not a Double Standard

Dan Arel | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics
Dan Arel

I am sure some readers found the images of Mohammed offensive, but so what? Offense is taken, not given, readers who are attacking the magazine now are failing to understand any sort of context to which the cartoons represent.

In a Time of Climate Change, Boston and the World Can't Afford the Olympics

Joseph Nevins | Posted 02.19.2015 | Green
Joseph Nevins

The U.S. Olympic Committee's decision last month to make Boston its candidate for the right to host the 2024 Summer Games has generated much excitement within the city and its environs. It has also engendered considerable opposition.

The Case for 'American' American History

Louise Mirrer | Posted 02.18.2015 | Education
Louise Mirrer

We must make sure that Americans honor their differences, but also know that they have a shared history -- a history that is the indispensable basis for an inclusive, tolerant society.

U.S. and New World Order: Why Ukraine Is Not a National Interest and ISIS (And Russia) Are

Federiga Bindi | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics
Federiga Bindi

the U.S. is now at a crossroads. It can choose to bring the world to further international chaos by insisting on confronting Russia in Ukraine, or it can acknowledge that today's national priorities -- international security, peace, increased shared prosperity and real values and rights -- can only be achieved through shared international cooperation.

Cuban Citizens Deserve a Free and Democratic Media

Carmen Cusido | Posted 02.16.2015 | Latino Voices
Carmen Cusido

With diplomatic talks between the United States and Cuba scheduled to resume later this month, one important way to help empower Cuban citizens is to advocate for independent media on the island.

Killing of Muslims at Chapel Hill Used by Inside Edition to Set Up Segment on Parking

Negar Mojtahedi | Posted 02.13.2015 | Media
Negar Mojtahedi

Equating the deaths of three young students to trying to find a parking spot faster at the mall is simply tasteless. Would Inside Edition have presented the story in this manner if the roles were reversed?

What President Reagan Told Me About America

Ken Dychtwald Ph.D. | Posted 02.13.2015 | Politics
Ken Dychtwald Ph.D.

I would like to take this occasion to share an experience in which President Reagan (for whom I had not voted) taught me something powerful and lasting regarding the value -- and importance -- of loving (yes I mean loving) our country.

The Kennedy-Johnson Climate Legacy

Sen. Ed Markey | Posted 02.10.2015 | Green
Sen. Ed Markey

Fifty years after President Johnson signaled a new concern to Congress in carbon pollution, we know he was right. Fifty years from now, how will the next generation look back on us? Will they say that we dealt with a moral and technological challenge of our time?

Did You Hear What Obama Said?

Jonathan Walton | Posted 02.04.2015 | Religion
Jonathan Walton

Our perception of the world is horribly off because the scale we use to measure ourselves is skewed and it will never be stacked in our favor unless there is a radical transformation. And that transformation does not exist outside of an encounter with Jesus.

Outrage of the Month: Fake IV Fluids Not Intended for Human Use Sicken at Least 17 Patients Across the U.S.

Michael Carome, M.D. | Posted 02.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael Carome, M.D.

Moving forward, federal regulatory agencies must act promptly to implement additional safeguards to prevent similar life-threatening mistakes from occurring.

The Tragic Tear In U.S.-Israel Relations

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 02.04.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The Israelis must deny Netanyahu another term in office because should he win, his victory will demonstrate that they are following a blind shepherd who is systematically destroying Israel's vital relations with the U.S. at a time when Israel is in dire need of America's unmitigated backing.

I'm Privileged and I'm Proud: America's War Against the Advantaged

Neel Swamy | Posted 02.03.2015 | College
Neel Swamy

Yes, unpacking the war against privilege in our country is almost as dangerous and convoluted as unpacking privilege itself. For one reason or another, our nation as a whole is wired to socially excommunicate and extradite those who are born into superior circumstances.

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.