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The Weight of Things

Monica Parker | Posted 12.01.2014 | Women
Monica Parker

Its mid-morning and I know, I know, I should have already been out in full head-to-toe Lycra mufti, burning off the butter I slathered on my bedtime s...

Cell Phones, the COP and ISIS

Edward Goldberg | Posted 12.03.2014 | World
Edward Goldberg

As the world becomes more chaotic, what should the role of the United States be?

On The Road With No Degree

Cindy Capitani | Posted 12.03.2014 | Parents
Cindy Capitani

It's sort of like "On the Road" except the driver is on my car insurance. And when they finally decide to leave Maine (you're where?!), the driver has a cell phone and can call mom about flat tires, stripped lug nuts and how between the four of them, they're down to $2. OK, so it's not like "On the Road" at all.

The Islamic State and the Soul of Islam?

Mohsin Mohi-Ud Din | Posted 12.02.2014 | World
Mohsin Mohi-Ud Din

The battles against terrorists such as the Islamic State and the centuries-old tension between Sunnis and Shias are not symbolic of the 'soul of a religion'. Instead, these sectarian and politically fueled schisms are symbolic of the battles for the soul of humanity, pluralism and peace.

25 Beautiful Places You Won't Mind Getting Lost In On Your Next American Roadtrip

AskMen.com | Posted 12.02.2014 | Travel
AskMen.com

Being stranded somewhere usually means you're in an awful predicament, but America has some of the most marvelous landscapes that can make desertion a pretty OK situation (if you don't mind sweating, being bored and eventually starving)

Can China and America Create a '100 Year Peace' Out of Today's Global Chaos?

Dominique Moisi | Posted 11.29.2014 | World
Dominique Moisi

Something like the "bipolar hegemony" of Great Britain and Russia after 1815 (though other players like Austria, Prussia, and France mattered) could be reconstituted, with the US and China substituting for Great Britain and Russia. This seems to be Henry Kissinger's ultimate dream - a dream that one can glimpse in his latest book, Germanically entitled World Order: Reflections on the Character of Nations and the Course of History.

RIGHT NEXT DOOR: Harry Benson, Legendary Photographer

Ian Spanier | Posted 11.29.2014 | Los Angeles
Ian Spanier

Call Harry Benson the Zelig of modern photography: He came to the U.S. with the Beatles in 1964 and took what are certainly the most candid shots of ...

As America Fights Terror, it Loses More Than it Gains

Daniel Wagner | Posted 11.29.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

As the United States ramps up its 'no boots on the ground' war against jihadists in Iraq and Syria, the stream of threats emanating from the region appear to grow ever wider and deeper.

How Much Beer The World Drinks, In 1 Interactive Globe

The Huffington Post | Kevin short | Posted 09.26.2014 | Business

Spend a weekend in nearly any college town in the U.S. and you'll be convinced that no one drinks more than Americans. But it turns out the U.S. d...

India-US: Will a Strategic Partnership Emerge?

Aparna Pande | Posted 11.25.2014 | World
Aparna Pande

Americans have pinned hopes on a strategic partnership with India and the prospect of large contracts for U.S. corporations, on several previous occasions. But the India-US relationship has moved forward by inches, not miles. Will things be different this time?

What's Driving Americans Out of the Country?

Ella Jameson | Posted 11.25.2014 | Money
Ella Jameson

While leaving the U.S. may never be an issue of economic survival, the new economic climate is making it a much more tempting option than ever before.

There's One Huge Difference Between Canadians And Americans

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 09.19.2014 | Comedy

If you thought the biggest difference between residents of Canada and those of the U.S. is the way they pronounce the word "about," get ready to start...

We Must Recover America's Hopeful Spirit

Michael Shammas | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
Michael Shammas

While we used to feel inspired by our country, we now feel disenchanted. While we used to hope, now we doubt. And rather than listening to leaders who unite us, too often we pay heed to demagogues like Rush Limbaugh whose sole source of profit comes from division and discord.

ISIL and the World's Policeman

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 11.15.2014 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

So goes the political dance in America between reality and rhetoric. However, most Americans see past the rhetoric. They understand the reality that the Middle East is a mess and that American military action is not going to do much.

Rice: China, U.S. Should Avoid Military Incidents

AP | CHRISTOPHER BODEEN | Posted 09.10.2014 | World

BEIJING (AP) — U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice repeatedly raised concerns about risky Chinese fighter intercepts of U.S. surveillance flig...

The Death of Maria Fernandes Demands a Call to Action

Laura Reyes | Posted 11.09.2014 | Politics
Laura Reyes

When I heard about the death of Maria Fernandes, an exhausted worker who died while napping in her car between two of her four jobs, I felt an my immense sadness that quickly turned to anger. Maria was a victim of an economic condition that grinds up low-wage workers, particularly women.

Could Islamic State Defeat the U.S.? Yes - If the Left and Right Continue to Put Politics Ahead of the Nation

Bill Shireman | Posted 11.08.2014 | Politics
Bill Shireman

We all know that Islamic and other religious fundamentalists need to stop trying to destroy each other. But so do conservatives and liberals. We need to stop feeding our own fundamentalist movements.

Let Us Now Praise Weird, Wonderful Teen Fads of Yore

Ben Cosgrove | Posted 11.08.2014 | Teen
Ben Cosgrove

In late 1948, LIFE magazine revisited a topic that the popular weekly had covered a number of times in previous years, and would delve into again and ...

Why Asian Education Is Better, and Why It Is Not

David Scott Clegg | Posted 11.05.2014 | Education
David Scott Clegg

Everywhere I go these days it seems I'm faced with the same question: what is wrong with America's education system? The query is usually followed with a defining statement that Asian students are 'kicking our butts' on the international exams. But are they correct?

Healing the Soul of America

Audrey Addison Williams | Posted 11.03.2014 | Black Voices
Audrey Addison Williams

The "Soul" of America is sick and there is an urgent need for healing. A radical intervention is necessary if we are to recover our ability to feel and to care deeply, we need help.

Why President Obama Needs to Listen to American Muslims

Lorna Byrne | Posted 10.31.2014 | Religion
Lorna Byrne

I am told that if a small group of American Muslims drawn from both the Sunni and Shia strands of Islam, and from different ethnicities come together to discuss solutions they will come up with ideas that can lead to breakthroughs.

Labor Day and Why America (Still) Works

Joe Boyd | Posted 10.30.2014 | Business
Joe Boyd

Labor Day isn't the most celebrated of holidays on our calendar. It was birthed out of a movement to honor and respect the hardworking Americans who laid the foundation of our nation in the late 19th Century.

9 Years After Hurricane Katrina: New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward and Recovery

Vivian Norris | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics
Vivian Norris

The group of citizens gathered today alongside the levee which runs the length of the Industrial Canal, in the Lower Ninth Ward, the hardest hit, the place where so many lost their lives. The names written on a banner reminded us of the lives lost.

Is America on the Ropes?

Gil Laroya | Posted 10.29.2014 | Comedy
Gil Laroya

The United States is arguably the biggest kid on the worldwide block. We've got money, we've got power and lots of smart people -- heck, we've got Google headquarters. Who else has Google headquarters? We have all sorts of great things going for us. But today, the narrative is tainted.

The 'Perfect Crime' in America Is Killing an Unarmed Black Man and Claiming Self-Defense

H. A. Goodman | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

The crime of killing someone is now turned into a battle of narratives where the only other person who could challenge the narrative is dead, and millions of people simply believe that the unarmed black man deserved his fate.