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America's Best Roadside Attractions

Christina Ricchiuti | Posted 09.19.2011 | Travel
Christina Ricchiuti

2011-03-16-Screenshot20110316at11.12.37AM.jpgOften zany, sometimes corny, these monuments offer relief from the monotony of the open road.

Japan's Tragedy

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joe Peyronnin

As America expresses its deepest sympathies to the people of Japan for the painful tragedy that has befallen that great nation, it is still hard to grasp the enormity of the disaster.

Killing Fogel Family in Itamar Is Not Acceptable

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The strong disagreement over settlement doesn't excuse the brutal killings of the family of five in Itamar. If anything this senseless murder should cause genuine commitment from all sides to find an end to the 44 year old occupation in a peaceful way.

Welcome to the New TMZ

Jim Lichtman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jim Lichtman

Strange. Erratic. Irresponsible. No, I'm not talking about the behavior of Muammar Gaddaffi, I'm talking about Good Morning, America's extensive, up-close-and-personal celebrity train wreck of an interview with Charlie Sheen.

Losing Our Sons and Daughters: The Cost of Afghanistan

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

The small percentage of Americans who have borne the brunt of the human costs of our Afghan war, the utter corruption of the government we are supporting, and the toll in civilian casualties all make the continuing of this war immoral.

Time to Take off the Rose-Tinted Glasses in the Middle East

Anav Silverman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Anav Silverman

It's time to take the rose-tinted glasses off and realize that two cultural mindsets will inevitably clash no matter what attempts are made to gloss over the Mideast reality with Western verbiage.

Lessons of the Crises in the Middle East

Kathy Kemper | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kathy Kemper

Our ability to discern the geopolitical signs of the times remains remarkably poor. Recent history is replete with examples of such failures.

How to Get America Back on Track

Dambisa Moyo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dambisa Moyo

Without actively re-skilling the population and meaningfully redirecting capital towards constructive investment rather than parasitic consumption, America will remain on a perilous path of long-term economic decline.

Abolishing The Zero: A Modest Proposal For Rep. Peter King

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

Most terrifying is the fact that radicalization is not even about a particular ideology anymore. It's about the most devastating terrorist invention of them all: the Arab Numeral zero.

Who Needs the Government?

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

As President Obama recently said, "We are the government." It makes no sense to be anti-government in the American context, unless you are opposed to the values that it represents.

Balancing the Budget, Looking for Simple Answers

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

To cut costs you need to trim the big ticket items. Unfortunately, serious discussions about the budget and dramatic actions aren't going to raise re-election coffers or make politicians popular.

Mothers Superior: From China To France, It's Childhood That Counts

Debra Ollivier | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Debra Ollivier

In being so ridiculously extreme Chua is, in fact, perfectly American. In our culture of extremes we can thank Chua for ushering in a perfectly American new idiom: Extreme Parenting.

An American Prophet (Chris Hedges) Is Vindicated

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Schaeffer

If Jesus ever actually showed up in America it would be our "Christians" who would shout him down -- if, that is, he talked about peace and the horror of an imperial nation addicted to war.

Renewable Energy and the Little Engine That Could

Kelly Rigg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kelly Rigg

I have often thought the uphill climb faced by advocates of renewable energy was like the "little blue engine" of the post-industrial age. Is it possible to power that engine of economic growth with renewables instead of coal and oil?

Time for a Syrian Revolution

Hussain Abdul-Hussain | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hussain Abdul-Hussain

For Syrians to finally depose their dictator, like Egyptians did, they have to go to the streets, despite the regime's promised violence. Today is the time. The Syrians should not miss their chance.

The F Word: Obama Should Be Ashamed of His Budget

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

While around 22 million Americans are looking for work, domestic spending will be at its lowest level since Dwight Eisenhower? We should be ashamed to let our president get away with this.

Revolutionary Thoughts

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chris Weigant

Don't expect an outcome equal to the (mostly) peaceful overthrows in Tunisia and Egypt in every single country now affected by this "people power" movement. There are major differences from country to country.

Egypt Post-Mortem: American Principles and the New Middle East

Adam Chandler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Adam Chandler

The regime changes of the past month are not cause for an American victory lap. And when future Egyptian leaders speak out against oppression, their anger will be also directed at the U.S.

Don't Blame the Song, Blame the Packaging

Susan Deily-Swearingen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Susan Deily-Swearingen

On the home page of AOL News last week I encountered this opinion piece by Kevin Blackistone, "Time to Turn Off National Anthem Before Sports Events,"...

Rejoice Egypt, Rejoice!

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joe Peyronnin

On an historic day that will resonate throughout the Arab world, Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak has stepped down. But, as millions of Egyptians celebra...

Can India Move From Gilded Age to Progressive Era?

Madhavi Bhasin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Madhavi Bhasin

India has, in the past, overcome apocalyptic prognosis regarding its survival as a single democratic nation. Hopefully, the Asian elephant can now work its way out of its own Gilded Age.

Battle Hymn of the Hippopotamus Mother

Ted McCagg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Ted McCagg

Choosing Naivete About Egypt

Carol Smaldino | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carol Smaldino

If Americans are so "exceptional," do we need to examine whether or not the stated values of American society are being lived at all?

What Legacy, Mr. Mubarak?

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

Throughout the ongoing crisis in Egypt, President Mohammad Hosni Mubarak has appeared personally on television and given statements where he emphasize...

From Palestine, With Love

Hisham Wyne | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hisham Wyne

Barely had the pundits and populace come to grips with the Tunisian revolution that the existence of Palestine Papers was declared. Al Jazeera, the Qa...