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America in Black and White

Aaron Caleb Bardo | Posted 08.03.2015 | Media
Aaron Caleb Bardo

The process of change begins with us and ends with us. Through social media and grassroots movement we can unite our colors as we did on June 26, 2015. We can inspire American Dreams for generations to come before the riots begin, before the violence turns viral.

Khamenei's Inflammatory Statements, Who Can Constrain Iran? The Muslim World

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 08.02.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

For Iranian leaders, their geopolitical, strategic and diplomatic ties with Muslim and Arab states are crucial since they desire to project the Islamic Republic as the front runner of the Muslim world, ideologically speaking. Iranian leaders are more concerned of being distanced and isolated by Muslim countries than Western powers

Art of Resistance: Charlie Hebdo's Antonio Fischetti and Judea Pearl on the War on Journalists

Devra Maza | Posted 08.01.2015 | World
Devra Maza

It's the prize no one should have to win. When The Daniel Pearl Award was presented to the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo, everyone who rose ...

The Kurdish Elephant

John Feffer | Posted 07.30.2015 | World
John Feffer

The more chaotic things get in the Middle East, the more power and territory Kurds can control. But the more power and territory they control, the greater the fear in Tehran, Ankara, and Baghdad that the Kurds will create greater Kurdistan.

$6-$35 Billions Annually to Assad: Stronger Iran, Mightier Assad?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 07.28.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

In the ongoing 4-year-long civil war, the Islamic Republic- one of the major bank-rollers for the Syrian government- has approximately spent between $6 and $35 billion a year in order to keep its staunchest regional ally, Bashar Al Assad in power.

The Future Of Social Movements

John Feffer | Posted 07.27.2015 | World
John Feffer

Social movements didn't disappear from Slovenia. Some groups became professionalized, like the Peace Institute. Other voluntary organizations continued, particularly among the younger generation. But they no longer had the prominence or influence they enjoyed during that brief period in the 1980s.

The Myth of India's Vegetarian Elites: A Response to NPR and New York Times

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 07.24.2015 | Green
Vamsee Juluri

All of India may not have been vegetarian all the time. But the importance given to vegetarianism in Indian life for the simple reason we could live without taking an animal life, is an enormous leap in human civilization that the modern West has had a very tough time coming around to accept.

Greece, Iran, And The Rules Of The Game

John Feffer | Posted 07.24.2015 | World
John Feffer

It's no surprise that the powerful both set the rules and break the rules with impunity. The world system isn't presided over by Miss Manners. For small countries like Greece, there's not much room for maneuver between the regulations of the EU and the general parameters established by globalization. There isn't much room for democracy either, as Greek citizens discovered when they voted in Syriza and attempted to vote out austerity in the more recent referendum. Iran, a larger country that plays a strategic role in the Middle East, has considerably more room for maneuver than does Greece. But it too cannot unilaterally remake the rules of the game. It can only negotiate the best deal it can. In the end, it must open itself up to the kind of inspection regime that more powerful countries would never tolerate.

As Cities Evolve, 'Access' Is About More Than Cars

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 07.22.2015 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

Questions and answers about accessing cities and neighborhoods once spoke the language of exit ramps, street widening and parking adequacy. Now, different conversations, and varied imagery, create diverse story lines, where urban policy and citizen activism converge.

Israelis Stage 'Sleep-In' To Save Palestinian Village

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.21.2015 | Politics
Van Winkle's

Does a "sleep-in" have the power to make a difference in the Middle East? One group of Israelis think so. This week, Israeli peace activists began a sleep-in protest in the Palestinian village of Khirbet Susiya to prevent the Israeli army from demolishing it, as reported by The Independent.

Nepal: Before and After the Everest Avalanche (PHOTOS)

Kuntal Joisher | Posted 07.21.2015 | World
Kuntal Joisher

As we came upon the once lively and boisterous village of Sankhu, all I could see for miles was a city turned into rubble. So many precious lives lost to the wrath of nature. I was shattered. A country that I had come to call my second home had been devastated.

Iran Nuclear Deal: Four Concentric Circles

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 07.18.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Although the deal will be signed soon, and although it has been described as a good deal by the relevant parties, there exist several crucial ambiguities and unanswered questions about the IAEA's role and the military dimension of Iran's nuclear program.

The Iran Deal: Obama Channeling Nixon?

John Feffer | Posted 07.16.2015 | World
John Feffer

To put the precipice truly behind us, we have to push the Iran deal through Congress. And then the hard work really begins of turning a narrow nuclear agreement into the game-changer that the Middle East so desperately needs.

Top-Secret White Attire Dinner Party Takes Over Another U.S. City

Leslie Chatman | Posted 07.15.2015 | Good News
Leslie Chatman

Beginning in 1988 in Paris, the first Dîner en Blanc was hosted by François Pasquier as a get together among friends to celebrate and to enjoy an adventurous dining experience.

Iran, U.S., Obama, P5+1: Nuclear Deal, Win-Win Deal? What Next?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 07.14.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

It is crucial not to raise our expectations and conflate our analysis with hope. The most crucial parts of the deal still remain to be implemented. The current deal is an understanding, agreement and accord.

What Has Become of Syria?

Daniel Raphael | Posted 07.14.2015 | College
Daniel Raphael

We can only hope that the war ends quickly and peace returns to Syria. As I write that statement I know it is idealistic and facile, for it is likely to be years if not decades before peace returns in Syria.

Using Urban Universals to Frame City Life

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 07.14.2015 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

The two photographs below say both simple and remarkable things about how urban residents interact with each other, and the streets around them.

Obama's Recent Victories: How and Why?

John Feffer | Posted 07.13.2015 | Politics
John Feffer

It would have been difficult, after the 2014 elections, to imagine that President Barack Obama could achieve much of anything in his last two years in office. After all, the opposition Republican Party had taken control of both houses of Congress in the midterm elections in 2014. The Supreme Court, led by the right-leaning Chief Justice John Roberts, maintained a narrow conservative majority. And the president's approval rating had dropped below 50 percent. And yet here we are, only a few months after the new Congress took up residence on Capitol Hill, with a suddenly resurgent president. Just in the last few weeks, President Obama has been scoring a surprising number of domestic and foreign policy victories. His critics are cowed. The president reached a 50 percent public approval rating for the first time since May 2013.

Obama Fears Nuclear Failure While Iran Seeks Political Opprtunism

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 07.12.2015 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

When we analyze the negotiations and terms comprehensively, it becomes evident that the current terms being negotiated will not only keep Iran's nuclear infrastructure and threat primarily intact, but it will create a whole new regional security dilemma, geopolitical concerns, and nuclear arms race in the region.

Srebrenica Must Be a Universal Lesson

Sasa Milosevic | Posted 07.06.2015 | World
Sasa Milosevic

The septicemia of nationalism must be cured by embracing clear-headedness, and the process of reconciliation. If not, Serbian victims will be killed once again without knives and bullets, but with political and judicial silence instead.

The Tennesseans to Premiere July 4

Ed Hooper | Posted 07.03.2015 | Impact
Ed Hooper

The Tennesseans: A Volunteer Legacy will premiere July 4 and 5 on the state's public television stations. The hour-long film is the first to highlight the events, men and women that earned the state its nickname from the Revolutionary War Battle of Kings Mountain to the modern battlefields of today.

The Islamic State and the Terrible Twos

John Feffer | Posted 07.02.2015 | World
John Feffer

Liberation movements want a place at the table. The Islamic State, on the other hand, wants to destroy the table. The Islamic State isn't simply an insurgency. Though it certainly aspires to overthrow the current regimes in Damascus and Baghdad, it doesn't have any particular attachment to this territory. It maintains a warm spot for the holy sites in Saudi Arabia. Otherwise, it doesn't care about national boundaries.

Iran-U.S. Nuclear Talks: What Absolute Deadlines?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 07.02.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

De-emphasizing and missing the deadlines appears to be a result of concerted efforts by the United States and Iran to show their domestic constituents and the global community that both sides are taking the deal seriously.

Five Miles in my Shoes

Brad Hobbs | Posted 06.30.2015 | Arts
Brad Hobbs

When photographers and creatives join forces the possibilities are endless. Five miles in my shoes is a great example of community and creativity. F...

Will P5+1 and Iran Clinch a Deal?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 06.28.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

After years of negotiations, the Islamic Republic and the six world powers, known as the P5+1; China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, plus Germany, are only a few days away from the June 30 deadline to seal a final nuclear deal.