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Outrage of the Month: Our Broken System for Protecting Human Research Subjects

Michael Carome, M.D. | Posted 12.01.2015 | Politics
Michael Carome, M.D.

Despite these federal regulations, highly unethical human research continues to occur. While perhaps not as obviously abhorrent as the STD research in Guatemala, the iCOMPARE and FIRST trials share a common theme with those 1940s studies: Researchers are deliberately exposing human subjects to an experimental procedure already known to be harmful.

Painting in Provence

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 11.30.2015 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

In Provence, I chose the Luberon for its beauty, and for the most part, stayed in the villages to paint. The Chambres d'hotes were the most memorable and staying in the old farmhouses also provided painting material.

France's War Rhetoric: The Rise of the Exterminators

Pierre Guerlain | Posted 11.29.2015 | World
Pierre Guerlain

The dirty war in Algeria, which pitted Islamists against the army, haunts many people who fled to France to escape the terror and murder meted out by the FIS (Islamist front). Others who fled Iran may be equally vehement. French people who should remember the murderous consequences of such rhetoric during the Algerian war of independence still favor it today.

Toddlers Involved in More Shootings Than Terrorists in 2015

Benjamin Powers | Posted 11.29.2015 | Politics
Benjamin Powers

Mass shootings in the US are not a rare occurrence and yet, we have done little to nothing to stop them.

7 Questions to Ask Yourself at the End of the Year

Polly Irungu | Posted 11.30.2015 | College
Polly Irungu

2015 is coming to a close - whether we are ready or not; whether we like it or not. I am not ready, and I wish I had a few more weeks, but here are a few reflections to ponder: what worked and what could possibly change?

Has World War III Already Started?

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 11.28.2015 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

The struggle with jihadism is in fact a world war with multiple front lines scattered across the world's major cities. That conclusion is inescapable. It is not the Third World War, because it has little in common with the first two. It is therefore possible to say that this is the first "World War" fought by asymmetric forces simultaneously across the globe.

Anti-ISIS 'Grand Alliance' Derails in Wake of Russian Jet Downing and Quick Revival of Business-As-Usual

William Bradley | Posted 11.29.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Would the result have been different had Turkey not chosen to shoot down a Russian plane which may have veered momentarily -- and this in the Turkish version, mind you -- into its territory? We'll never know.

More Security Databases Won't Make Us Safer

Nick Micinski | Posted 11.25.2015 | Politics
Nick Micinski

The xenophobic bill passed by the House of Representatives on Thursday is policymaking by committee of the worst kind. It creates additional bottlenecks at the top of our security agencies and reeks of nationalistic politics, all while stoking an irrational fear of Iraqis and Syrians.

Those Teachable Moments in a Standardized World

Jacob Stewart | Posted 11.24.2015 | Education
Jacob Stewart

They say there's no such thing as a stupid question. 'They' have clearly never been a middle school teacher.

I'm Grateful the United States Let Us In

Geoff Livingston | Posted 11.24.2015 | Impact
Geoff Livingston

Thank you to all of our ancestors, those that left their homes for a better life in America and those that embraced the refugees of yesteryear, helping them find their way. I am grateful for what you built. I hope this generation continues those principles.

Letter For Ted Cruz: On Behalf Of My Generation

Jonah Bryson | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics
Jonah Bryson

I have devoted much of my time and passion to the world we live in. What I find especially disappointing is that climate change doesn't appear to be a concern of yours -- and on behalf of my generation, I am writing you this letter to ask why and urge you to reconsider.

Five Ways the JFK Assassination Changed the World

Garry Rodgers | Posted 11.20.2015 | Politics
Garry Rodgers

John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th President of the United States of America, was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, 52 years ago. JFK's murder on November 22, 1963, might be the most significant, singular event that shaped modern history.

America Cancels Thanksgiving as Trump and Carson Still Lead in Republican Presidential Polls

Flora Nicholas | Posted 11.20.2015 | Comedy
Flora Nicholas

For the first time ever, The United States of America canceled one of the most revered federal holidays on the nation's calendar -- the annual stuff your face with turkey, get totally drunk and spend the evening belching and farting fest, known by its more traditional name of "Thanksgiving."

United States Runs Out of Outrage, Starts Borrowing From China and Japan

Spencer Green | Posted 11.19.2015 | Comedy
Spencer Green

The United States has officially exhausted its supply of outrage and will begin borrowing massive amounts from China and Japan. "The Treasury has been using emergency measures for quite some time to conserve our ever-dwindling resources but, obviously, it wasn't enough," said Florence Didyall, Secretary of Moral Indignation.

The Worst Are Full of Passionate Intensity

Michael Benson | Posted 11.19.2015 | Politics
Michael Benson

If the events in Richmond, Kentucky, and Paris, France, have served any purpose for those who have witnessed them, it is to compel all of us to remember the words of Edmund Burke: "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."

Islam, Republicans and the Far Right

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 11.19.2015 | World
Soumaya Ghannoushi

What makes the Republicans discourse' on Islam and the Muslim world dangerous is that it is disseminated through a wide and powerful network of media outlets and rightwing think tanks then consumed by a public with no direct contact or firsthand knowledge of the Muslim world.

Turning Away Syrian Refugees is Exactly What ISIS Wants

Jesse Andreozzi | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics
Jesse Andreozzi

Refusing Syrian refugees sanctuary in America appears to be a lose-lose situation for both the American and Syrian people. It isn't out of the realm of possibility to imagine a scenario where a refugee uses the devastation of being turned away to exact revenge against the U.S. by joining ISIS.

In Venezuela's Upcoming Election, U.S. Seeks Observers it Can Influence

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 11.18.2015 | World
Mark Weisbrot

Just as big fish eat little fish and lions prey on antelope, so there is no moral shame in the U.S. government trying to undermine, destabilize or get rid of democratically elected governments that it doesn't like.

Why Have Past Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations Failed?

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 11.18.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Whereas Israel enjoys a preponderance of military and economic power and negotiates from a position of strength, the Palestinians are living under occupation with a limited ability to challenge Israel.

20 Distinct Regional American Accents, Ranked

Thrillist | Posted 11.19.2015 | Travel

By: Megan Frye Credit: Jennifer Bui/Thrillist From sea to shining sea, the United States is one of the most culturally diverse countries on th...

Je Suis Human: Thoughts About Suffering, Humanity, and Paris

Antione Gray | Posted 11.16.2015 | College
Antione Gray

As we all ‪#‎PrayForParis‬ and apply Facebook filters to our profile pictures, we cannot turn a blind eye to human suffering around the world just because "those people" are not "us."

Tommy Mottola: HBO’s ‘The Latin Explosion’ Is For Americans Who ‘Still Don’t Get' The Power Of Latinos

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 11.16.2015 | Latino Voices

NEW YORK -- Tommy Mottola remembers a childhood filled with the lively rhythms of Latin music, hearing it trickle out of houses and shops in his neigh...

U.S. Citizenship: Does it Even Matter?

Michael Wildes | Posted 11.16.2015 | Latino Voices
Michael Wildes

Some people acquire U.S. citizenship immediately at birth, for others, U.S. citizenship is conferred later in life. Regardless of how it is acquired, there are very fundamental reasons why a person would want to be recognized as a U.S. citizen.

Tonight's Debate: We Need to Talk About Mass Incarceration

Lauren-Brooke Eisen | Posted 11.14.2015 | Politics
Lauren-Brooke Eisen

When it comes to criminal justice, the nation is at a crossroads. There is widespread agreement that too many are in prison for too long. Saturday night would be an ideal time for one of the candidates to begin demonstrating leadership on this issue.

How I Got There: Eliska Coolidge

Lan Anh Vu | Posted 11.11.2015 | Politics
Lan Anh Vu

Eliska Coolidge built a remarkable career in the United States. She served as Director of the White House Office of Presidential Messages which she established in 1964 and as Special Assistant to five U.S. Presidents for eighteen years, from John F. Kennedy to Ronald Reagan.