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Who Are We?

Evan Handler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Evan Handler

Did people really think that undoing eight years of viciously one-sided, often inept, and largely misguided governing could be accomplished, painlessly, in fewer than 24 months?

The Chosen Peoples: America, Israel and the Ordeals of Divine Elections

Andrei Markovits | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andrei Markovits

Drawing on an obviously deep knowledge of Jews and Israel -- and America and Americans -- the authors argue forcefully that it is these peoples' respective "chosenness" that renders them unique among nations.

National Self-Interest: The Reason to Pass the Dream Act Now

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Fernando Espuelas

While the opposition cries out that the DREAM Act is a kind of back door amnesty for undocumented workers, it is actually a sensible, rational strategy to meet America's economic and social needs.

Update: Nordstrom Response to BBN Inquiry

BlackAndBrownNews | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
BlackAndBrownNews

Nordstrom's response to BlackandBrownNews.com's inquiry: In a telephone call to BBN last Friday, a Nordstrom spokesperson said, "Nordstrom sides with ...

US to Muslims: Please Sit at the Back of the Bus

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jim Luce

Islamophobia is growing in the United States. Hate graffiti is now discoloring my own building here in New York City -- calling for the Holy Quran to ...

Book Review: The Betrayal of American Prosperity by Clyde Prestowitz

Hussain Abdul-Hussain | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Hussain Abdul-Hussain

The Betrayal of American Prosperity is the best book in its genre. Clyde Prestowitz masterfully and meticulously explained the reasons behind an ailing American economy.

Polarization - When We're Threatened We Circle The Wagons

David Ropeik | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Ropeik

A threat to the tribe is a threat to us individually, at the most profound level. We social human animals have evolved to depend on our tribes, literally for our survival.

Obligatory Memorial

Tim Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tim Ellis

You're going to read a lot of these today. It's actually in the blogger manual, we're required to comment. So here goes: On this date in 2001, I skip...

An Open Letter to Pastor Terry Jones, the Brain Behind 'Burn-A-Quran Day'

Naazish YarKhan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Naazish YarKhan

I think Pastor Terry Jones, leader of the miniscule, 50-member, extreme right-wing Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida, and brain behin...

Could Naming Opportunity Solve Deficit Problem?

Frank Dwyer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Dwyer

Kochland, gem of the ocean! Star-spangled Kochland! Yay! Pay up! Bow down!...

In Time for Fashion Week: The Debasing Exploitation of Young Black Girls

BlackAndBrownNews | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
BlackAndBrownNews

(BlackandBrownNews.com) This advertisement masked as a short film for a fashion line was commissioned and created by White men with no visible under...

Tips For Driving Across America

Matt Kepnes | Posted 09.19.2011 | Travel
Matt Kepnes

Driving across America is not as easy as is imagined. Here are a few things to remember.

The Wisest, Most Relevant Novel About 9/11 Was Published In 1980

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jesse Kornbluth

The South African novelist J.M. Coetzee writes with a pen that's sharp as a knife, in ink made from his own blood. Or so it seems, for each word seems carved or cut, obtained at great price, offered as a sacrifice.

The Killer Inside Me As a Metaphor for America

Vivian Norris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Vivian Norris

We need to take out the killer in us and transform that negative energy bringing down the US into something creative and positive that binds us together and builds us back into a strong healthy country.

Do YOU Agree with These Bumper Stickers?

Scott Shrake | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Scott Shrake

Having been so inspired by the message T-shirts from last weekend's Restoring Honor rally in Washington, I spent the week traveling America's 50 state...

Saluting America's Workers on Labor Day

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Rep. Charles Rangel

Since it was first celebrated in New York City in 1882, Labor Day has celebrated the social and economic achievements of America's workers. I salute all these hardworking men and women, and say, despite these difficult times: Don't give up hope.

America's Crucial Choice: Religious Division Or Unity

Eboo Patel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Eboo Patel

The same arguments marshaled against Jews and Catholics in previous eras are being advanced against Muslims today. Unity in America is not to be taken for granted. Every generation must both preserve and protect our nation's core principle.

A Postcard From California: A Conversation with The Beach Boys' Al Jardine

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

In his new album, Al Jardine says that "the first set of songs is segued to appear united with one another so they tell a story. I love stories, we all do. We love that beginning, middle, and end kind of thing. It's just charming."

Reflections on Hurricane Katrina and the Moon Landing -- the Heights and Depths of American Accomplishment

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

I was working in Ghana when Katrina occurred. The reaction of my Ghanaian coworker was, "America will rebuild New Orleans in no time!" He then qualified his statement: "America could rebuild New Orleans in no time, if it wanted to."

Dear America, Dear Muslim World

Mohsin Mohi-Ud Din | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mohsin Mohi-Ud Din

Recent data revealed that over 50,000 people were killed by terrorist attacks worldwide in 2008. Over 50 percent of those killed were Muslim.

An Ode to Black Women and a Fair, Firm Message to ALL Others

BlackAndBrownNews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
BlackAndBrownNews

As a Black woman in America, I have never known a time in my life when I have felt more unsafe, vulnerable and unprotected. This acute sense of insecu...

Not So Open Road

New York Times | CELIA McGEE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

A Harlem postal employee and civic leader named Victor H. Green conceived the guide in response to one too many accounts of humiliation or violence wh...

Deregulation, the Forsaken Panacea for Climate Change

Sunil Sharan | Posted 10.17.2011 | Green
Sunil Sharan

America is stuck. Yet deregulation, a concept all but renounced by the country a decade back in the wake of California's energy crisis, holds the potential to unlock the gates to climatic heaven.

Getting to Know My (Br)other: U.S. Exchanges Build Trust

Philip Smucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Philip Smucker

Chicagoans this week embraced a group of disabled Egyptians. They expressed their fascination with Egypt as a nation. In turn, the Egyptians made friends and embraced American culture and business know-how.

Why Travel? Because It Is There

Sophia Dembling | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Sophia Dembling

Sure, some trips are more fun than others, and some places' charms aren't evident at first glance. But I've never been anywhere that couldn't hold my attention or anywhere I would refuse to visit again.