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Clinton, Sanders And the Changing Face of the Democratic Party

The Conversation US | Posted 02.10.2016 | Politics
The Conversation US

Last week's debate in New Hampshire between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders over who is the "real progressive" said a lot about how they and the Democratic Party have changed over the past half-century.

America's New Vietnam in the Middle East

Ira Chernus | Posted 02.02.2016 | Politics
Ira Chernus

Right now, there are only two competing stories out there about the devolving situation in the Middle East. The Obama administration suggests that we have to "defend" America by gradually ratcheting up our efforts, while Republican candidates for president urge us to "defend" ourselves by bombing IS to smithereens.

What Do You Mean 'Sanders Might Be Another George McGovern'?

Dave Johnson | Posted 01.29.2016 | Politics
Dave Johnson

Sanders' mass appeal, big crowds and enthusiasm in spite of a virtual media blackout shows that America has grown up a lot since 1972. Thanks to the Internet, we are able to communicate past media manipulation and organize.

Presidential Politics and the American Soul

Robert Koehler | Posted 01.28.2016 | Chicago
Robert Koehler

When I want to believe that America is a democracy -- indeed, to feel so deeply this is so that my soul trembles -- I turn to Martin Luther King, who gave his life for it.

Astoria Characters: The Head Wigmaker

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 01.26.2016 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Raffaele Mollica is standing at the worktable in his basement studio with a half dozen tiny tissue-paper packets spread before him like a banquet.

Honor Dr. King By Rejecting Violence in All Its Forms

Mike Weisser | Posted 01.18.2016 | Politics
Mike Weisser

Not only is violence sanctioned in the American legal fabric, but when efforts are made to curb violence through lawful means, the gun lobby and its sycophants in and out of the media resist such efforts on a continuous and usually successful basis.

Why Do So Few Speak Up?

Nick Turse | Posted 01.11.2016 | Politics
Nick Turse

At a relatively young age, these men had traveled thousands of miles to kill people they didn't know on the say-so of men they didn't know, and for a mere pittance -- all of it done in the name of America.

Dead Veteran's Family Fire His Ashes Out Of Guns

Associated Press | Lee Moran | Posted 01.10.2016 | Weird News

HURRICANE, Utah (AP) — A Vietnam War veteran literally went out with a bang on Saturday, the St. George Spectrum newspaper reports (http://bit....

Trump Paves the Way for Bernie Sanders to Win

Diane M. Francis | Posted 01.06.2016 | Politics
Diane M. Francis

Conventional wisdom is that Trump and Hillary will get nominations, but the numbers currently show that Sanders is the main contender.

Who Killed Sammy Younge Jr.? SNCC, Vietnam, and the Fight for Racial Justice

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 01.05.2016 | Politics
The Zinn Education Project

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the release of a powerful statement of protest against the Vietnam War.

For The Sender: Love Letters From Vietnam

Dustin DeMoss | Posted 01.04.2016 | Entertainment
Dustin DeMoss

One of the subjects nearest and dearest to my heart is that of my fellow veterans. I've written several articles over the past year that have cente...

'Price' Book Among 'Best of the Best'

Michael Putzel | Posted 12.31.2015 | Books
Michael Putzel

Foreward Reviews, a quarterly magazine focused on books published by independent publishing houses, selected The Price They Paid: Enduring Wounds of War by Michael Putzel (Trysail Publishing 2015) as one of only four works of nonfiction favored by its reviewers as the best books of 2015.

60 Years in Journalism: The Press as "The Enemy"

Irv Chapman | Posted 12.18.2015 | Media
Irv Chapman

When I covered civil rights stories in the 1960s, we reporters were warmly welcomed to black churches and meeting places where protests were organized, often preceded by hymns and inspirational oratory.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens An Old Nostalgia and New Ideas

William Bradley | Posted 12.19.2015 | Entertainment
William Bradley

The new Star Wars film represents not so much a new hope as an old hope renewed. Or, since it's still the case that so few have actually seen the film, it represents the hope of an old hope renewed.

40 Years on, the Vietnam War Continues for Victims of Agent Orange

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 12.16.2015 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

Twenty years ago, the United States and Vietnam normalized diplomatic relations in an effort to put the terrible legacy of the war behind them. But for the survivors -- both Vietnamese and American -- the war continues.

Looking Back Longingly

Dorian de Wind | Posted 11.21.2015 | World
Dorian de Wind

Almost exactly five years ago to the day, I concluded a column as follows: The character of a nation is reflected in the faces of these volun...

Southeast Asian Film Festival: November 20-22

Khanh Ho | Posted 11.18.2015 | San Francisco
Khanh Ho

In the past decade, we have seen a renaissance of artistic production by Southeast Asians that addresses our condition outside of the confines of mass-market big-ticket rat-a-tat-tat film.

Yellow Ribbons and Endless War

Robert Koehler | Posted 11.13.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Our official policy is endless bombing, endless war. No matter how much suffering it causes and no matter how poorly it serves any rational objectives, our official response to geopolitical trouble of every sort is to bomb it into compliance with our alleged interests.

A Half Century of Lessons

Robert Whitcomb | Posted 11.11.2015 | HuffPost Home
Robert Whitcomb

Everyone is a different genome against which life throws stuff, painful and pleasant. With some of my best friends from school dead at early ages and now contemporaries dying at an accelerating rate, I'm pleased that I'm still here to contemplate the vivid colors of life in a high-school reunion book.

First It's Advisors, Then Support Troops, and finally Maneuver Battalions and Divisions -- Will the Vietnam Tragedy be Repeated?

Pete McCloskey | Posted 11.11.2015 | World
Pete McCloskey

Are the "advisors" merely a tactical ploy on Obama's part to force Assad to withdraw, or is the sending of advisors to help the so-called "coalition of Arabs" fight ISIL the first step, soon to be followed, first by relatively small Special Forces units as "boots on the ground," and in the end divisions like the Airborne and Marines?

If Walmart Really Cares About Veterans, It Would Start Paying A Living Wage

Kenney Ford | Posted 11.11.2015 | Politics
Kenney Ford

Talk of national support is a wonderful thing, and so is giving jobs to veterans, but this is about providing good jobs, not just any job. Through our hard work and sacrifices we, and countless other workers in retail, deserve better wages, better benefits and the opportunity to earn a better life.

The Journalist and the Spy -- A Veteran's Day Tribute

Barb Abramson | Posted 11.10.2015 | Impact
Barb Abramson

When we reached the end of the row of greeters, I found a spot to sit with him before his ride picked him up. "What did this trip mean to you?" I asked him. He grabbed my hand and whispered; his voice choked up. "This was the homecoming I never had!

A Salute to My Father

Michael Gordon Bennett | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics
Michael Gordon Bennett

I'm honored to be the son of a veteran. Watching dad put on that uniform everyday for over 20 years, and his complete dedication to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America, often at the expense of time with his family, brings a wistful tear to my eye.

Robert Redford Fights Dan Rather's Good Fight

Eric Mink | Posted 11.05.2015 | Media
Eric Mink

"He didn't try to do a caricature or an impression," Dan Rather told me. "He just tried to capture some of the essence of the person." Rather was sharing his thoughts about Robert Redford's performance in the role of Dan Rather in the movie Truth.

Helping to Heal the Divide That Was Vietnam

Chris Komisarjevsky | Posted 11.05.2015 | Impact
Chris Komisarjevsky

Is it possible that we can finally heal the divide that was Vietnam? I don't pretend to know the answer because I was in the middle of it all. Yet, with another Veterans Day coming fast, it's definitely time to talk.