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Bonnie St. John


An Inconvenient Truth on Memorial Day

Bonnie St. John | Posted July 26, 2012

The inconvenient truth that won't be discussed enough this weekend is that fewer and fewer members of our armed forces are actually dying in today's wars. This Memorial Day, let's consider the courageous, wounded warriors.
Dylan Ratigan


Sustainability = Security: The Next Mission for America's Vets

Dylan Ratigan | Posted July 26, 2012

Over a million vets will be re-entering civilian life over the next five years -- one of the largest in our country's recent history. This Memorial Day weekend, we are focusing on the next mission facing our war heroes.
John Brown


Propaganda, Public Diplomacy and the Smith-Mundt Act

John Brown | Posted July 26, 2012

Propaganda is an instrument of war used by a government, primarily but not exclusively, against a present or possibly future enemy, and a democratic government should not propagandize its own people.
Mark V. Vlasic


"Old Country" Bonds: Chicago and the Future of the Atlantic Alliance

Mark V. Vlasic | Posted May 26, 2012

Despite the fact that NATO might be "the most successful military alliance the world has ever seen," our transatlantic bonds go far beyond combined military operations. They are interwoven into the very fabric of our society.
Chez Pazienza



Chez Pazienza | Posted July 26, 2012

Things are so thoroughly screwed-up these days that it's incomprehensible that any sort of raging against the dying of the light will make one bit of difference. Case in point: birtherism -- the conspiracy that simply will not die.
David Bier


Iowa Congressman Steve King Is Wrong On Immigration

David Bier | Posted July 26, 2012

If America wants to attract the world's best and brightest, it should base its immigration policies not on picking dogs, but on America's traditional openness, holding itself out as the land of opportunity once again.
Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm


Honor Sacrifice by Supporting Vets

Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm | Posted July 26, 2012

Caring for veterans shouldn't be a partisan issue. It should an American one. We must remember them, as a nation, through a commitment to treat our living veterans as well as they have treated us.
Norm Stamper


"Memorial Day Will Never Be the Same"

Norm Stamper | Posted July 26, 2012

There is much anguish at the plight of returning vets and their families, but as we enter the Memorial Day weekend, every vet and civilian in the country can take hope and inspiration from an amazing documentary released last year.
Don Tapscott


Living Out Loud -- Should We All Be More "Open?": Big Brother 2.0 (Part 6 of 7)

Don Tapscott | Posted July 26, 2012

If history is any guide, advances in privacy have tended to arise in the wake of widespread privacy abuses. Something similar may be happening today with data breaches and identity theft, as more and more people come to understand the pain and consequences of personal data misuse.
Bob Kerrey


Becoming Aware of Civic Unawareness

Bob Kerrey | Posted July 26, 2012

Civic education is vital in preparing students for the responsibilities and obligations of democratic citizenship. But a third of native-born American citizens fail the history and civics exam administered to immigrants who are seeking U.S. citizenship.
James Zogby


Romney: Going Negative, Subtly

James Zogby | Posted July 26, 2012

It is important to note some worrisome signs indicating that Mitt Romney and his campaign may have opted for a more subtle approach to establishing the "otherness" of Barack Obama.
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson


NAACP, Marriage Equality, Obama, and Voting Rights: The Perfect Storm

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted July 25, 2012

Voting rights are LGBT rights! Elder rights are LGBT rights! Economic rights are LGBT rights! The perfect storm of officials and movements coming together to support the American dream of equality is here.