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Prem Shankar Jha

Climate Change Is an Opportunity, Not a Threat

Prem Shankar Jha | November 30, 2015 | World
NEW DELHI -- At the Paris climate talks, the international community should resolve to phase out fossil fuel power plants and instead support biofuels and solar -- two technologies that have rapidly advanced to become competitive, efficient and sustainable.
Eric Boehlert

The Planned Parenthood Attack and How Homegrown Terrorism Gets Downplayed by the Press

Eric Boehlert | November 30, 2015 | Media
Imagine if a Muslim gunman had opened fire at an American shopping center on Black Friday, shot eleven people and killed three, including a police officer. Do you think CNN would have broken away from programming just hours after the shooter was apprehended in order to air a pop culture documentary?
Robert Walker

Diving Down the Rabbit Hole

Robert Walker | November 30, 2015 | Politics
Last week's attack on the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs will not be the last episode of anti-clinic violence in America. It was far from the first.
Ali Hashem

Is Defeating ISIS Impossible?

Ali Hashem | November 30, 2015 | World
To defeat ISIS, the world needs to hit the core of the group, and this means untying the shroud of knots surrounding it and cutting blood off from ISIS' heart. A counter model is needed to fight the ISIS model, a model that is powerful, modern and shows real respect and appreciation for Islam.
Kaya Genc

Syria Should Not Cost Turkey Its Peace With the Kurds

Kaya Genc | November 30, 2015 | World
ISTANBUL -- Turkey's downing of a Russian military jet will help little in improving this much strained relationship. But it can clarify the basic political tensions which Turkey's Turkish and Kurdish politicians need to come to terms with, and get over, if they want to forge a new mode of coexistence inside Turkey's borders.
Robert Reich

Why Hate Speech by Presidential Candidates Is Despicable

Robert Reich | November 30, 2015 | Politics
I'm not suggesting Trump, Carson, Fiorina, or any other presidential candidate is directly to blame for hate crimes erupting across America. But by virtue of their standing as presidential candidates, their words carry particular weight. They have a responsibility to calm people with the truth rather than stir them up with lies.
Gene Karpinski

Congress' Next Polluter Giveaway: Lifting the Crude Oil Export Ban

Gene Karpinski | November 30, 2015 | Green
Instead of promoting dirty energy that degrades our lands and harms our climate, America's energy and environmental policy should be focused on promoting clean energy, energy efficiency, and other solutions to climate change while investing in America's natural heritage.
Reza Marashi

The Middle East is Changing, Hillary Clinton's Policy Isn't

Reza Marashi | November 30, 2015 | Politics
For someone who has been running for President seemingly her entire political career, Hillary Clinton raises more questions than answers when it comes to Middle East policy. It is not a lack of clarity that plagues her campaign - on the contrary, her views are crystal clear. Instead, it is...
Michael Schulder

ISIS Briefing: A Wavemaker Conversation With The Author of 'The Unraveling'

Michael Schulder | November 30, 2015 | World
In July of 2014, shortly after ISIS swept into the Iraqi city of Mosul, Emma Sky started getting messages from people in the Pentagon and journalists who wanted to understand this sudden, ominous development in northern Iraq.
Rev. Al Sharpton

Democrats Can't Be Trumped On the Power of the Black Church

Rev. Al Sharpton | November 30, 2015 | Entertainment
Today, Republican front-runner Donald Trump is scheduled to meet with 100 leading Black pastors, some who said they may be endorsing him and others who said they just want to hear him out.
Michael Brenner

The "Islam = Terror" Libel

Michael Brenner | November 30, 2015 | World
Augustine, possessing the mind of a shrewd political strategist, among other attributes, understood that securing the power of the state to instruct and to coerce was crucial for the Christian Church's long-term success. Sound familiar?
Richard Farrell

How Heroin Hijacked My Brain

Richard Farrell | November 30, 2015 | Politics
After 28 years of being clean, I'm still a "junkie." That's okay, though. I have accepted the fact that those 821 days out of over the 21,000 days I've lived will be the touchstone of my life. However, what I can't for the life of me figure out is what happened to my brain.
Dean Trippe

Foxmongering, the Greed Machine, and Poverty Profiteers: A Unifying Theory of Republican Politics

Dean Trippe | November 30, 2015 | Politics
Following the recent mass shooter attack in Colorado, many Americans are rightly considering the deadly and foreseeable consequences of the right-wing media's role in the dissemenation of demonstrably false accusations of fetal body part sales by the national community health care provider Planned Parenthood.
Kelly Dittmar, Ph.D.

Urgency and Optimism: Chisholm's Legacy and the Status of Black Women in American Politics Today

Kelly Dittmar, Ph.D. | November 30, 2015 | Politics
As the most reliable Democratic voters in the past two presidential elections, Black women are an essential part of the winning coalition that any Democratic candidate will need to win in 2016. The urgency that Chisholm felt in 1970 resonates strongly today. But so, too, does her optimism for a better future.
Brianne J. Gorod

Why Texas Shouldn't Be Allowed to Run Out the Clock

Brianne J. Gorod | November 30, 2015 | Politics
When it comes to the challenge to President Obama's executive action on immigration, Texas is trying to run out the clock. Luckily for the Administration and for the five million individuals whose lives are in limbo, there really is no clock.
Larry Hirsch

Elect These Republican Liars as President? C'mon!

Larry Hirsch | November 30, 2015 | Politics
Now it's said you can't trust a politician. This usually means they won't live up their promises. WIth the current crop of Republicans their straight out lies with no basis in fact mean you can trust nothing they say. Can we elect any of them? Fuggedaboutit!!
Rana Florida

Politics Take Center Stage at Art Basel Miami Beach

Rana Florida | November 30, 2015 | Politics
World-renowned artists, 250 galleries, museum curators and directors, highbrow collectors, celebrities, and more than 50,000 fans of modern and contemporary art will gather in Miami Beach this week for the annual Art Basel.
Sheldon C. Good

ISIS Has Little To Do With Islam, and Everything To Do With War

Sheldon C. Good | November 30, 2015 | Religion
If there's anything we should have learned since 9/11 and the "War on Terror," it is that violence against the Muslim world cannot defeat terrorism or anti-Western anger; only respect for human rights and sovereignty will work.
Mike Weisser

Christmas Comes Early for Gun Nuts

Mike Weisser | November 30, 2015 | Politics
The NRA is cheering because this small part of the military funding bill releases a huge stash of 1911 45-caliber pistols that have been gathering rust in military arsenals since the Army switched its battle pistol to the Beretta M9, 9mm model back in 1985.
Michael Sainato

The U.S. Needs to Broaden Bi-partisanship on Climate Change

Michael Sainato | November 30, 2015 | Politics
The Paris Climate Conference, which takes place from November 30th to December 11th, provides a great opportunity for the U.S. to affirm their status as a leader when it comes to enacting climate change initiatives.
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