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Michael Winship

Kent State and the Frisbee Revolution

Michael Winship | May 3, 2015 | Politics
Thinking I'd write a piece on the 45th anniversary of the deaths at Kent State, I realized I'd already written it - five years ago. There's not a lot I'd change in this, although there's some comfort in the knowledge that unemployment has dropped from the 9.9 percent of 2010...
Arianna Huffington

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | May 3, 2015 | Politics
This week, the nation's eyes were on Baltimore and the protests over the death of Freddie Gray. The media, once again, focused only on the most sensationalized elements -- in this case, a CVS being looted, footage of which looped endlessly -- ignoring both the long historical context for the anger and the substance of the more representative non-violent protests. But those protesters' calls for justice were, in fact, being heard. On Friday, Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby charged the six officers involved in Gray's arrest with a range of crimes including murder and manslaughter. "I've heard your call for 'no justice, no peace,'" she said in announcing the charges. Whatever happens in this particular case, it's clear the problems with our justice system go beyond Baltimore. A start on fixing them would be putting as bright a spotlight on the underlying issues as we do on a looted drug store.
Joseph V. Micallef

This Week in World War I, May 2-8, 1915

Joseph V. Micallef | May 2, 2015 | Politics
Passenger ships had continued to ply their trade between Britain and the United States since the start of the war. One such vessel was the Lusitania, which had made regular transatlantic sailings between New York and Liverpool via Queenstown in southern Ireland.
Christine Pelosi

Democrats Renew Call to Reform, Justice and Investment in Our Communities

Christine Pelosi | May 2, 2015 | Politics
So when I read about Freddie Gray, it brought the fight for change into focus. Yes, I can blog and tweet and march and hashtag -- and I will -- but as a political organizer by heart and habit, I believe my calling is to insist that the candidates I support take action to create jobs and justice.
James Zogby

A Night to Remember

James Zogby | May 2, 2015 | Politics
Our annual Khalil Gibran "Spirit of Humanity" Awards Dinner serves as a reminder of why we do the work we do. It speaks to us of the goals we've set for ourselves, the progress we've made, and the challenges we continue to face.
Steve Nelson

Do Torture, Shunning, Shaming and Humiliation Build Character?

Steve Nelson | May 2, 2015 | Education
KIPP Schools, Success Academies, Democracy Prep and any number of other "no excuses" schools are not developing true grit and resilience other than the numb grit required to endure humiliation and the resilience necessary to get up and go to school every day.
Mary Bottari

GOP Prosecutor Defends Scott Walker Criminal Probe, Says "Let's Get the Truth Out"

Mary Bottari | May 2, 2015 | Politics
The comments came after Walker, an unannounced candidate for president, used an appearance on an Iowa radio show to publicly attack a bipartisan criminal investigation into his campaign as a "political witch hunt" with the aim of "trying to intimidate people."
Udoka Okafor

Understanding the Baltimore Protests Over the Death of Freddie Gray

Udoka Okafor | May 1, 2015 | Black Voices
Like most people, I condemn violent protests, including what took place in Baltimore. However, the violence ought to be seen as occurring within the institutional context that has bred it.
Chris Weigant

Friday Talking Points -- Run, Bernie, Run!

Chris Weigant | May 1, 2015 | Politics
Bernie Sanders deserves the Most Impressive Democrat award this week, because he threw his hat in the ring. No, he is not Elizabeth Warren. But, more importantly, he is running to become president, which she is not.
Frida Berrigan

Baltimore Is Burning -- Not Just in Flames, But With a Righteous Anger

Frida Berrigan | May 1, 2015 | Politics
Baltimore is my home town -- the birth place of Jonah House, a Christian nonviolent resistance community founded by my parents, Phil Berrigan and Elizabeth McAlister. Those places that the whole world is seeing "going crazy" on the news? They are my geography, my history, who I am.
Jeffrey S. Trachtman

In Four Supreme Court Clashes Over 15 Years, a Consensus for Equality Emerges

Jeffrey S. Trachtman | May 1, 2015 | Gay Voices
As expected, civil rights legend Mary Bonauto knocked it out of the park for marriage equality. But something bigger was in the air -- a sense that history wasn't just turning but had, in some basic sense, turned.
Nathan Gardels

Weekend Roundup: The WorldPost Hosts Fareed Zakaria

Nathan Gardels | May 1, 2015 | World
This week, The WorldPost hosted a book party in Los Angeles for CNN's Fareed Zakaria as part of the launch of his new treatise, "In Defense of a Liberal Education." He is also a member of the Berggruen Institute's 21st Century Council. Attendees included, among many others, Rwandan President Paul Kagame, former Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, financiers Steve Schwarzman, David Bonderman and Mohamed el-Erian, California State Senator Bob Hertzberg, former California Governor Gray Davis and Hollywood producers Brian Grazer, Lawrence Bender and Mike Medavoy. Economist Nouriel Roubini, essayist Pico Iyer and Harvard historian Niall Ferguson also attended. Israeli-American media mogul Haim Saban sparred with Zakaria over the rights of Palestinians and the future of Israel as a democratic state. Jack Miles, editor of the "Norton Anthology of World Religions," writes in The WorldPost this week that America is losing in the Mideast because its foreign policy has been technology-focused (drones, etc.) instead of humanities-focused (history, religion, etc.). (continued)
Robert L. Borosage

The Sanders Challenge

Robert L. Borosage | May 1, 2015 | Politics
Sanders is not easy, not blow dried and not scripted. But in a populist moment, he is the real deal -- a full throated, unabashed, independent, uncorrupted, straight-talking populist. And that is a big deal.
Marian Wright Edelman

All in the Family

Marian Wright Edelman | May 1, 2015 | Politics
Kinship care has been found to help children maintain family, and oftentimes community, connections. There is strong evidence that children placed in kinship care experience greater stability, have fewer behavioral problems and are just as safe children in non-relative care.
Wenonah Hauter

California Drought: Will Governor Brown Stop the Biggest Water Abusers?

Wenonah Hauter | May 1, 2015 | Green
It's time for Jerry Brown to exercise courageous leadership that fixes the long-time mismanagement and corporate abuse of water that threatens the future of California's economy and agriculture. There are no easy shortcuts: the governor must govern.
Laura Carlsen

Leonhart's Fall Signals Urgent Need for DEA Overhaul

Laura Carlsen | May 1, 2015 | Politics
Congress must thoroughly review the tactics that place agents and contractors in cozy contact with the cartels they are supposed to be dismantling. It must also take this opportunity to consider whether the DEA is fulfilling its mandate -- and to reassess that mandate.
Daniel R. DePetris

Warren Weinstein and the Truth About the Drone Wars

Daniel R. DePetris | May 1, 2015 | Politics
The accidental killing of Warren Weinstein is nothing short of a painful, but unfortunately unavoidable, consequence of the drone wars.
Jade Greear

Hey America, It's Time to Wake Up

Jade Greear | May 1, 2015 | Teen
We think to ourselves, "Wow that is horrible, but this could never happen to me," but it could. That horrible reality faced my family that dreadful January day.
Mihai Pătru

Do Human Rights Really Matter in International Relations?

Mihai Pătru | May 1, 2015 | World
Giving human rights the "ignorance treatment" is far from a new approach for policymakers when it comes to taking a position against the perpetrating regimes. It actually follows a pattern that has occurred in relations with Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Russia, just to name a few examples.
Sean McElwee

In a Case Very Few Are Discussing the Supreme Court Could Hugely Increase the Racial Wealth Gap

Sean McElwee | May 1, 2015 | Politics
Conservatives believe that if blacks and Latinos simply work hard, get a good education and earn a good income, historical racial wealth gaps will disappear. The problem is that this sentiment ignores the ways that race continues to affect Americans today.
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