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A Fourth of July Miracle

Charlie Carillo | Posted 09.03.2011 | New York
Charlie Carillo

Fourth of July. In Douglaston, Queens this was the day of the annual athletic competition. For some masochistic reason I entered these events every Fourth, and got clobbered time and again by the neighborhood kids.

Celebrating Fourth Of July As A Muslim

Dr. Faheem Younus | Posted 09.03.2011 | Religion
Dr. Faheem Younus

In my experience, all Muslims would agree on one thing: that the United States provides them with more freedom, more security, more opportunity, and more peace than the country from which they emigrated.

The 4th Of July: American Sikhs Celebrate a Self-Evident Truth

Satpal Singh | Posted 09.01.2011 | Religion
Satpal Singh

Let the sparklers light the deepest corners of our hearts this 4th of July. Let us embrace the spirit of the day. We can see the fulfillment of a 'self-evident' truth on the horizon.

America's Sacred Ground

Eboo Patel | Posted 09.01.2011 | Religion
Eboo Patel

I believe Ground Zero is sacred. I believe every inch of America is sacred. I believe, in an era where more and more people are convinced that different faiths are fated to fight, America is nothing short of a mercy upon all the worlds.

Schools for Government

Colin Talbot | Posted 08.31.2011 | Politics
Colin Talbot

Americans hate government, Brits love it (I exaggerate for effect). But Americans have dozens upon dozens of schools of public affairs/administration/policy/management; we in the UK have virtually zilch. How come?

Alice Walker: Israel And America Are Terrorist States

Foreign Policy | Posted 08.24.2011 | Books

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker will join the flotilla of ships next week that will try to break Israel's maritime blockade of the Gaza Str...

A Holistic Approach To Ending Childhood Hunger

Vicki B. Escarra | Posted 08.24.2011 | Impact
Vicki B. Escarra

Among other things, the data and service records from this holistic model may be used to help us shape and inform critical public policy and funding debate around hunger and poverty issues.

July 4th, 1776: Preview Of The United States Of The World?

Shastri Purushotma | Posted 08.22.2011 | Religion
Shastri Purushotma

For Baha'is, the founding of the United States of America is considered a prelude to what is possible for the entire human race.

The Highest Calling: Being a Dad

Jim Wallis | Posted 08.20.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

To have this relationship with these two boys is literally the best thing I will ever have. And to always be with them, and for them, in this world, is the highest calling I will ever know.

Who Really Controls Iraq's Oil Industry?

NY Times | Posted 08.17.2011 | World

MOSCOW — When Iraq auctioned rights to rebuild and expand its oil industry two years ago, the Russian company Lukoil won a hefty portion — a field...

Wanted: 1,000 Pastors For the Poor

Jim Wallis | Posted 08.16.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

There is a policy myth is that churches and charities alone could take care of the problems of poverty -- especially if we slashed taxes. But this really has more to do with libertarian political ideology than good theology.

Pakistan and the American Learning Curve

Ethan Casey | Posted 08.15.2011 | Politics
Ethan Casey

Our lazy and self-comforting reductionism says nothing about Haiti or Pakistan, and all too much about us Americans. The earthquake in Haiti and the floods in Pakistan were natural disasters, but didn't happen in a geopolitical vacuum.

Finding Meaning In The Death Of A Teacher

Haroon Moghul | Posted 08.09.2011 | Religion
Haroon Moghul

He and I were instantly linked the moment I received word of his passing. How could my end be any different -- and was there anything in that life, seen from its beginning to its end, which I should feel unfulfilled by, were it my own?

Political Parties Restrict Americans' Freedom

Dinkar Jain | Posted 08.08.2011 | Politics
Dinkar Jain

Consider three Americans: a gay businessman who wants to lower taxes; a scientist who teaches evolution but opposes amnesty for the illegal; an agnost...

In Weak Economy, Americans Still Avoiding Doctors

Posted 08.03.2011 | Business

NEW YORK (Lewis Krauskopf) - Americans' use of medical services has not yet rebounded during the weak economy, health insurers say, in a trend th...

Six Simple Ways To Help Ease Poverty In America

Gimundo | Posted 07.29.2011 | Impact

One in seven Americans live under the poverty line, according to the latest census data. That doesn't mean they have to live in poverty. Never in t...

The Outside Insider: New Work by Taravat Talepasand

Gabrielle Selz | Posted 07.25.2011 | Arts
Gabrielle Selz

Image-making is by definition always a process of objectification; Iranian-American artist Taravat Talepasand extends this process by incorporating the use of self-portraiture into her work.

Chipotle Firings: One Story of a Broken Immigration System

Jim Wallis | Posted 07.19.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

While the broken state of our immigration system, and its desperate need for reform, might not be a part of your daily life, there are many for whom it is. It's time we all start following this story.

What Obama Should Say

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 07.19.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

When US President Barack Obama makes his scheduled speech today, he will have to deal with a totally different kind of Arab world than when he took office or when he made his famous Cairo speech.

Osama Bin Laden: The Aftermath

Hisham Wyne | Posted 07.18.2011 | World
Hisham Wyne

Over a couple of weeks have transpired since the assassination of the purported rock star of the Al Qaeda world. The champagne has been guzzled, and t...

Dr. Strangeidol, or How I Learned to Stop Thinking and Love the Bomb

Gwen Davis | Posted 07.14.2011 | Entertainment
Gwen Davis

For many years I held in my heart the idea that I am a serious human being, concerned with higher issues, especially those involving my country. Thus...

Oil Executive to Young People: 'As Long as I Make Money, I Don't Care What Happens to You'

Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins | Posted 07.13.2011 | Politics
Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins

Cross-posted from Jack & Jill Politics Quick question: Do you think that tax subsidies for the "big five" oil companies -- which earned $32 billion i...

On Immigration, the Past Is Prologue

Amy Novick | Posted 07.09.2011 | Politics
Amy Novick

Time and time again, immigrants have been met with fear and misinformation, often stoked by politicians desperate for electoral success -- even if it means taking the low road and appealing to the worst instincts in American life.

I'm With Stupid: Breaking Our Arms to Pat Ourselves on the Back

Todd Hartley | Posted 07.06.2011 | Politics
Todd Hartley

I consider myself to be a fairly patriotic guy, as patriotic as the next guy, anyway. And by that I don't mean I'm one of those morons who thinks ever...

One Man's Opinion: Why Shouldn't We Celebrate Osama's Death?

The Adam Carolla Show | Posted 07.03.2011 | Comedy
The Adam Carolla Show

I have several thoughts on the celebrations surrounding Osama bin Laden's death. First, we have to watch the world take the streets whenever something terrible happens here, so isn't it our turn?