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Europe's Coming Battle

John Feffer | Posted 01.15.2015 | World
John Feffer

If these murders do not constitute a war, they nonetheless point to a deep conflict inside Europe. This conflict is not over whose religion is the one true religion. It is about the very identity of Europe.

Searching for Charlie in Washington D.C.

András Simonyi | Posted 01.14.2015 | Politics
András Simonyi

The threats against our modern, multicultural and diverse societies, whether in America, Europe or Australia, are almost identical. When freedom of speech is under threat, then all that we stand for, all the underpinnings of our way of life, our future is under threat.

The Conflict Has Come to Us

Lucia Annunziata | Posted 01.12.2015 | World
Lucia Annunziata

The attack in Paris has presented a much more important problem -- while we continue to discuss the nature of this ongoing conflict, the conflict has come to us. And it has found us unprepared.

Duke Student Athletes Speak Out on the Power of Language

Daniel Kort | Posted 01.12.2015 | College
Daniel Kort

I am proud of my peers for leading by example in challenging marginalizing language and bias both on and off the field, building safer and more inclusive communities, and validating the identities and experiences of people of all backgrounds.

A Year Nearly Donne: Reflections on the Family of Man

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.24.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Can we even really imagine a world at peace? Can we even imagine seeing one another past the primitive veil of xenophobia, and perceiving the family resemblance? Can we imagine a world where we pull on the common bond of our humanity, and it never breaks?

Ferguson Burns and the World Looks on

Rev. Michael Rogers, S.J. | Posted 12.08.2014 | Religion
Rev. Michael Rogers, S.J.

It is good that we are unsettled right now as Americans. It is good that this is a moment which pushes our faces into the ugliness of our national reality as it is, and that will not allow us to simply to glance away as we wish that it was otherwise.

Game of (Nationalist) Cards in Romania

John Feffer | Posted 11.26.2014 | World
John Feffer

Despite the ongoing struggle for civil rights on the part of ethnic Hungarians and the continued playing of nationalist cards by extremists on both sides, Ungvari Zrinyi believes that the situation has improved overall.

Lessons of the Berlin Wall's Forgotten Aftermath

Tim Stone | Posted 01.08.2015 | World
Tim Stone

Though the Wende, or "Change," freed the East German people from over forty years of Stalinist dictatorship, remembering the forgotten side of German unification -- when right-wing hooligans waged thousands of attacks on defenseless foreigners -- provides a cautionary tale of failed leadership.

Worry, Don't Be Happy: How We Decide What's Dangerous

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 01.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

The desire to seal off borders and quarantine the health care workers is driven to a large extent by our ancestral behavioral immune system. Cues that once improved survival have become maladaptive behaviors in our contemporary world.

Choice Between Voters and Rioters?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 12.31.2014 | Politics
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

While some nations have imposed voting as mandatory for all citizens, the process of disenfranchisement in the US appears to be tolerated and/or encouraged at least by some political elites who claim to represent us as a whole.

"You ARE Home" -- How a Small Canadian Town Shamed Bigots Everywhere

Spencer Critchley | Posted 12.27.2014 | Politics
Spencer Critchley

Every cowardly bigot, in the US, Canada or anywhere, is put to shame by the people of Cold Lake. And there are plenty who should be ashamed -- Murrieta isn't a rare example.

Is Racism Playing A Role In The Panic Over Ebola?

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 10.25.2014 | Black Voices

As Americans succumb to Ebola panic, their response seems to have taken an ugly turn, particularly toward those of African descent. With Rwandan ch...

The Fictional Character Who Stoked Real Anti-China Hatred

Christopher Frayling | Posted 12.15.2014 | Books
Christopher Frayling

Dr. Fu Manchu lingered -- and lingers -- in the popular consciousness, more than any other twentieth century fictional bad guy, as the ultimate personification of oriental villainy.

The Myth of a Post-Racial America

Tré Easton | Posted 10.28.2014 | Black Voices
Tré Easton

The election of Barack Obama was the Lexington and Concord in the latest great battle of race in America. We are a nation at war with itself. For all of our desire to move beyond the narrow confines of many of the events of our tragic history, we cannot. The president's election gave new life to what had been lying dangerously dormant for the better part of 50 years.

What Makes A Phobia Different From Fear

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 08.27.2014 | Healthy Living

In the course of everyday life, the words "phobia" and "fear" are often used interchangeably. Dig a little deeper, though, and you will find a differe...

Blaming England's World Cup Defeat on "Too Many Foreigners" Is Dangerous Nonsense

Stefan Szymanski | Posted 08.23.2014 | World
Stefan Szymanski

This is dangerous nonsense. Nonsense because the performance of the England team has actually improved in the 20 years since the end of restrictions on player mobility, and dangerous because xenophobia is on the rise in Europe as a whole.

Europe: The Sky's Not Falling

Conn Hallinan | Posted 08.06.2014 | World
Conn Hallinan

The neo-Nazis and immigrant bashers will make a lot of noise, but they offer nothing but hate as an economic solution. The left has a better one, and they are back.

Open Forums: Can't We All Just Get Along?

Amy Wu | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics
Amy Wu

The complex relationship between Hong Kongers and Mainlanders recently resurfaced (this time in the YouTube universe) when a video of a young child from Mainland China urinating in Hong Kong streets went viral.

Foreign Climate: Why European Right-Wingers Should Be Tree Huggers

Jens Martin Skibsted | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Jens Martin Skibsted

Although the European right wing parties have varied programs they all have at least two points in common. They are not really concerned with global warming, but rather focus their political efforts on xenophobic concerns.

I Took Off My Hijab...

Leena Suleiman | Posted 04.14.2014 | Religion
Leena Suleiman

...by adding more layers -- a knit hat and a scarf around my neck, to be exact. I didn't understand what was happening at first. Women would speak to me like I'd known them forever. Men would look at me like I was approachable. And I was made to feel like I was actually from this planet.

France's Burqa Ban Gets New Scrutiny in European Court

Elizabeth Nicholas | Posted 02.17.2014 | World
Elizabeth Nicholas

The European Court of Human Rights is considering a case brought by an unnamed Muslim woman who says the French mandate that she remove her veil in public is an infringement on her religious, free speech, and privacy rights.

Fear and Loathing in La France: Marine Le Pen Injects Islamophobia Into the Release of Four French Hostages

Elizabeth Nicholas | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Elizabeth Nicholas

As the National Front's ranks continue to swell, thanks in part to dissatisfaction with alternatives on the center-left or center-right, it remains to be seen how far Le Pen will go to placate her fringe constituency while trying to appear mainstream enough for disaffected moderates.

Prabhjot Singh Wasn't Saturday's Only Hate Crime Victim

Religion News Service | Omar Sacirbey | Posted 09.25.2013 | Religion

(RNS) Shortly after teenagers beat up a Columbia University physician Saturday (Sept. 21), a Muslim woman was attacked a few blocks away. It is not...

What Duke Students Are Saying About the Miss America Backlash

Jacob Tobia | Posted 11.19.2013 | College
Jacob Tobia

On Sunday, Nina Davuluri was the first Indian-American woman to be crowned Miss America, and Twitter exploded with racist, xenophobic, and islamophobic comments about the choice. The next day, students at Duke University made a video about what they think about the backlash. Check it out, and make your own! Do you #StandwithNina?

That Awkward Moment When The Tea Party Rally Gets Overtly Racist

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 07.19.2013 | Politics

Earlier this week, tea party activists and GOP lawmakers gathered near the Capitol to rail against an immigration reform bill passed by the Senate. ...