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Your Story, Our Stories: A New Program at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum

Annie Polland | Posted 01.23.2015 | New York
Annie Polland

"Your Story, Our Stories," a new program at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, invites New York City students and teachers to explore their own family's origins as part of their immigration units.

LA To Chicago: This Timelapse Takes You Across America In A Minute

Roadtrippers | Posted 01.21.2015 | Travel
Roadtrippers

For a bite-size taste of the most beautiful views, stunning landmarks, and incredible natural features, we sent out adventure timelapser Joel Schat from La to Chicago to capture the sights of Yellowstone National Park, the Grand Canyon, Crater Lake, to the The Willis Tower (Sears Tower) and everything in between.

A New Year, the Same Path

Aurelia Condrat | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics
Aurelia Condrat

2015 extends the crises of the Middle East. They impact the entire world, starting with the riots from 2009, continuing with the disastrous policies...

Obama and Modi: The India-US Moment?

Aparna Pande | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics
Aparna Pande

President Obama's participation in India's Republic Day celebrations on January 26 is more than a gesture. Just as the Americans tend to seek allies overseas, India builds friendships and avoids alliances. An alliance implies dependence whereas economic and military self-sufficiency is India's desire.

How Barack Obama Can End the Economic Sanctions Against Cuba

Salim Lamrani | Posted 01.15.2015 | Politics
Salim Lamrani

With the authorization of conventional tourism to Cuba, the business community would certainly put pressure on members of Congress, whose political careers depend largely on the private funding they receive from companies, to permanently end the economic sanctions against Cuba.

Why the War on Terror Isn't Working?

Ali Hashem | Posted 01.13.2015 | World
Ali Hashem

No it's not because the bad guys are strong enough to do whatever they fancy doing, nor because they have the popular backbone that keeps them alive.

Cheap Oil and the Poor

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 01.09.2015 | World
Marcelo Giugale

Depending on the model economists use and the assumptions they make, they estimate a net stimulus that ranges from small to very small. But, behind the word "net," lies a wide spectrum of gains, pains, people, and policies.

Connecting Muslim-Americans to Health Insurance

Aamir Hussain | Posted 01.06.2015 | Impact
Aamir Hussain

IMAN has worked on providing critical services to Chicago's inner city communities, and has provided opportunities for Muslims to translate their faith into social justice work that benefits the community.

Here's to a Shameless 2015

Anjhula Mya Bais | Posted 01.05.2015 | Impact
Anjhula Mya Bais

As the year begins, let us ask ourselves why we continue to pretend or not acknowledge what there is to acknowledge?

ShoeMe's Roger Hardy: A Man Leading Online Commerce From Eyes to Feet

Sharad Khare | Posted 01.05.2015 | Business
Sharad Khare

Roger Hardy never imagined that a website made for less than 3 thousand dollars would take him on a journey that would allow him to sell Coastal Contacts for 370 Million USD.

China and the US: A New Century, a New Partnership

Dr. William J. Carroll | Posted 12.31.2014 | College
Dr. William J. Carroll

My sense from engaging many levels of Chinese society is that China does not want an aggressive relationship with the United States; it wants to forge a partnership of mutual respect and opportunity.

Cuba: Barack Obama, While Repairing an Anomaly from Another Time, Has Probably Made the Most Emblematic Decision of His Presidency

Salim Lamrani | Posted 12.29.2014 | Politics
Salim Lamrani

By responding to the call of the international community and public opinion in his own country to restore relations with Cuba, President Obama has probably made the most emblematic decision of his two presidential terms and repaired a fault that dates from another time.

What Do Foreign Tourists Really Think of US?

Orbitz.com | Posted 12.15.2014 | Travel
Orbitz.com

As Americans, we love to muse over the national character of other countries: The Germans, they're so efficient! The French are so romantic! The Japanese, so polite! But what do foreign visitors think of us, our habits and lifestyles?

The Global Consequences of Western Sanctions to Change Russian Policy Towards Ukraine

Elena Ulansky | Posted 12.12.2014 | World
Elena Ulansky

Are western sanctions over Russia's support of Eastern Ukraine separatists, the declining price of oil, and the sharp decline of the ruble causing significant enough pressure on the Russian economy to change Putin's stance on the Ukraine?

American Impunity Abroad and at Home

Ethan Casey | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics
Ethan Casey

It's human nature to want to believe in the rightness of our own actions and intentions. But it's precisely human nature that is the problem; the fact that human evil is predictable does not make it excusable. We must be willing to consider ourselves culpable, and to put ourselves at risk.

Why Hollywood Can't Beat This True Story

Mona Friis Bertheussen | Posted 12.09.2014 | Entertainment
Mona Friis Bertheussen

Is there really such a thing as a coincidence? Or is there something in life, working behind the scenes to bring every story together? I did not set out to answer this question. I just followed my fascination with a strange and beautiful story from China, about twin sisters surprisingly reunited by a red dress.

Will Russia's Eastern Game Plan Work?

Elena Ulansky | Posted 12.02.2014 | World
Elena Ulansky

Russia's projected growth of the economy in 2015 will not surpass 1% by even the most optimistic projections. What does Russian leadership do to mend this sinking boat?

10 Sunset Destinations in the U.S. to Be Grateful for (Photos)

Stephanie Be | Posted 01.24.2015 | Travel
Stephanie Be

I wish that I could say that I make time for the sunset every day. I don't. I take it for granted. But when I do make time for myself, and the people I love - - I always try to include panoramic views of sunset hues.

The U.N is Walking Into a Trap in Syria -- Here's How to Avoid it

Mohammed Alaa Ghanem | Posted 01.24.2015 | Politics
Mohammed Alaa Ghanem

The new U.N. envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, hopes that a ceasefire would serve as a "concrete example" and a model for other frontline areas in the country. But de Mistura is likely walking into a trap.

US vs. UK: Business Meetings Aren't That Different... Right?

Barry Whyte | Posted 01.23.2015 | Business
Barry Whyte

With the exception of royalty, spelling and humour (humor), most Brits and Americans like to think of their countries as culturally rather similar. You would be forgiven for thinking this is most obvious in the globalized world of business.

Keep the Islamic Republic of Iran on a Tight Leash

Jamsheed K. Choksy | Posted 01.21.2015 | World
Jamsheed K. Choksy

The deadline to reach a deal curbing Iran's nuclear program is imminent. The world is waiting to see if Tehran will keep successfully kicking the can down the road to buy time as it hones atomic skills or if the U.S. can really rein in the ayatollahs' drive for nukes.

The Convention on the Rights of the Child is 25 years old: It's Time for America to Ratify

Samantha Nutt, MD | Posted 01.20.2015 | Impact
Samantha Nutt, MD

New York in November. The zombie masks and ghoulish cut-outs that flooded stores from Bloomingdale's to Battery Park have been displaced by cartoon pilgrims, turkey decals and a seasonal carol or two.

Libya -- What Happened?

Yusra Tekbali | Posted 01.20.2015 | World
Yusra Tekbali

Three years after the Libyan people and NATO overthrew Muammar Qaddafi, Libya is being dragged apart at the seams by two governments.

A 21st Century Modest Proposal

Samuel Faktorow | Posted 01.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Samuel Faktorow

I propose that we ban all heterosexual marriages, defined as being the union of only one man and only one woman, and legalize homosexual marriage, defined as being the union of either only two men or only two women.

America Is Not a 911 Number

András Simonyi | Posted 01.17.2015 | World
András Simonyi

On a recent visit to Europe I was most struck by the latent and open anti-American sentiments that are contaminating the political elites across the continent. This is especially strange in a year when we commemorate the end of the Cold War.