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Kenneth Bae: When One Hurts, All Hurt

(2) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 1:51 PM

The annual joint military drills between South Korea and the United States have ended but tensions continue and fire has been exchanged between South and North Korea. Rather than mediation, there is mutual agitation and antagonism.

Korea was divided along the 38th parallel...

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What Happens After Easter: Living the Life of Hope

(1) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 4:48 PM

When the dust settles after Easter, many return to their daily routine and leave Christianity aside. For others, Easter has been a time of Easter bunnies, chocolates, bonnets, new clothes and Easter Eggs. With commercialization, many have forgotten what Easter is all about. Whatever the season of Easter means to...

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Military Drills and the Harmful Cycle of Fear

(5) Comments | Posted March 30, 2014 | 6:19 PM

The annual South Korea-U.S. military drills began again on Feb 24, 2014 and will last until April 18th. The DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) opposes these annual drills which began in 1976. They see them as military threats. The U.S. and South Korea engage in these drills as defense...

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A Dream Deferred: The Right to Food in America

(125) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 5:03 PM

This year our nation commemorated the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, giving us all occasion to reflect on his civil rights aspirations and the extent to which they have been fulfilled. But the persistence of

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Police Chiefs Are Right: Ban Assault Weapons

(232) Comments | Posted August 3, 2012 | 12:43 PM

"We're talking about weapons that are made for war," said Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee. "An AK-47 is a Russian-made weapon that is made for war. An AR-15, which is an answer to the AK-47... these high-capacity [guns]... you can shoot 50 to 60 rounds within a minute. Within a...

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Lax Gun Laws Allow Terrorism at Home

(39) Comments | Posted July 24, 2012 | 11:41 AM

We are shocked and saddened by the massacre in Aurora, Colo. But Aurora is part of a pattern, not an isolated incident. Two days earlier, 17 were hurt outside a bar in Tuscaloosa, Ala., when a gunman opened fire.

There is no safe zone.

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and...

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A New Politics for Black Youth: From Rodney King to the 2012 Elections

(3) Comments | Posted July 16, 2012 | 2:05 PM

The recent death of Rodney King reminds us of many things, not least of which is how important technology can be in the pursuit of justice. The videotape of the beating of King by Los Angeles police in 1991 challenged our nation to take seriously claims from communities of color...

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Put U.S. Jobs Above D.C. Partisanship

(260) Comments | Posted July 10, 2012 | 3:23 PM

African Americans and Latinos have suffered the most in the Great Recession. They were the first to lose jobs, and the last to find new jobs. They struggle with the highest unemployment, the greatest loss of personal wealth, the highest percentage of families losing their homes.

The calamity...

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Young America Is Key to 2012 Election

(53) Comments | Posted July 3, 2012 | 10:37 AM

When young Americans come alive, they transform the possible. We saw that in 2008 when young Americans -- the millennial generation of 18- to 29-year-olds -- voted in large numbers (larger than the aging baby boomers), and overwhelmingly for Barack Obama. They cast almost one out of every...

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Rep. Issa Waging Phony Drug War

(260) Comments | Posted June 27, 2012 | 11:05 AM

There is a real drug war being waged on our border with Mexico. Drug cartels are clashing, U.S. agents on this side are struggling to keep the violence out of America, often without success, and the innocent are dying.

There is also a fake drug war being waged by Rep....

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Not everyone has fair chance at success

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2012 | 4:28 PM

In a One Big Tent America, everyone deserves a fair chance to succeed.

We shouldn't trade in the legacy of the New Deal and Fair Deal for a Raw Deal. It follows from the Declaration of Independence that declared that "all men are created equal," expanded over time to include...

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Adidas Shackle Shoe Human Degradation

(98) Comments | Posted June 19, 2012 | 9:47 AM

The attempt to commercialize and make popular more than 200 years of human degradation, where blacks were considered three-fifths human by our Constitution is offensive, appalling and insensitive. Removing the chains from our ankles and placing them on our shoes is no progress

For Adidas to promote the athleticism and...

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We Must Choose Nonviolence

(76) Comments | Posted May 29, 2012 | 10:48 AM

Terror haunts the streets of our cities. Since 2008, more than 530 young people have been killed in Chicago. Almost four-fifths of these killings were in 22 African-American and Latino community areas on the city's South and Southwest sides.

Each year, across the country, about 7,000...

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We Need Smarter Kids, Not More Smart Bombs

(89) Comments | Posted May 17, 2012 | 10:31 AM

Chicago is girding for the opening of the NATO Summit on May 20. The ministers and heads of state will be greeted by a rich array of protests, marches, events and counter-summits. Security is already tight near the conference center, and tensions are building.

Why protest a meeting of U.S....

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Europe's Lesson: No Time for Austerity Measures

(115) Comments | Posted May 8, 2012 | 9:32 AM

The defeat of French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Sunday's French elections provides a clear lesson to America. So does the fall of the conservative Dutch government, the rebuke of the British conservative government in local elections, the defeat of the establishment parties in Greece and the turmoil in Spain. Europeans...

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Make Public Colleges Free for All Who Qualify

(649) Comments | Posted May 1, 2012 | 10:58 AM

Interest rates on subsidized government student loans are slated to double to 6.8 percent in July. That would add up to $1,000 to the burden of students dependent on loans to help pay for their education.

Not surprisingly, President Barack Obama has called on Congress to...

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School Suspension Policy in Chicago Brutal, Unfair

(62) Comments | Posted April 3, 2012 | 11:08 AM

Trayvon Martin was shot to death in Sanford, Fla. He was there visiting his father while suspended from school. He was suspended last month after school officials claimed to have found marijuana "residue" in his book bag. No actual contraband was found; no arrest or citations were issued...

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Renew the Movement to Fight for Civil Rights

(72) Comments | Posted March 27, 2012 | 9:00 AM

We mourn Trayvon Martin, the young African American who, armed only with candy and a soft drink, was shot dead for the offense of "walking while black."

George Zimmerman, the man who shot him, has not been arrested, apparently protected by Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law, which "authorizes" anyone to...

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In Hard Times, Democracy More Important Than Ever

(65) Comments | Posted March 20, 2012 | 10:43 AM

Is democracy a luxury good in America, discarded when the going gets rough?

Apparently Michigan's Gov. Rick Snyder thinks so.

In Michigan, Detroit and other cities have hit the wall. The Great Recession has devastated city finances. Everyone agrees tough steps are needed.

Snyder's response is what Canadian author and...

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We Have to Choose What Kind of a People We Are

(139) Comments | Posted March 13, 2012 | 11:40 AM

Even while we see jobs coming back, the tsunami created by the Great Recession is hitting cities and counties with full force. Suffolk County, one of the largest New York counties, has declared a financial emergency. Stockton, Calif., a city of 300,000, is on the verge...

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