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12 Photos That Capture The Beauty And Diversity Of America

Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts

What does "Americana" -- that vague term for objects that represent the lore and cultural history of the United States -- mean to artists? Photographe...

John Kerry's Regret

Ijeoma E. Okoli | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics
Ijeoma E. Okoli

John Kerry had an amazing first year as Secretary of State. I was totally on Team Kerry until he expressed regret over the arrest of an Indian national in the U.S. who is alleged to have mistreated her maid and lied on a U.S. visa application.

Surprise, Surprise! A&E Suspends Its Suspension of Phil Robertson

Brian Joyce | Posted 03.02.2014 | Media
Brian Joyce

When A&E suspended Phil Robertson, it chose profits over Phil Robertson. When A&E reinstated Phil Robertson, it chose profits over gay people. The network never cared about gay people, and it never cared about Phil Robertson.

Where Do You Stand? Where Do We Fall?

Joanna Perry-Folino | Posted 03.02.2014 | Politics
Joanna Perry-Folino

Mike McCarthy, political commentator and a friend of mine on Facebook, wrote this a few days ago: By mid century the society of this country will b...

Being Kind is Underrated

Michael Shammas | Posted 02.25.2014 | Good News
Michael Shammas

The other day I was speaking with a friend who was depressed because of a perceived lack of virtues. According to her, she was less intelligent, less ...

Self-Reliance for Greek Independence

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 02.25.2014 | Politics
Evaggelos Vallianatos

Americans can help Greece by demanding IMF leaves the country. Their moral support for the Greek struggle and visits to the country as tourists can bridge a new honest relationship between Greece and America.

An ER Christmas Story

Adam C. Levine | Posted 02.22.2014 | Impact
Adam C. Levine

It seems that many in Washington remain quite worried about America's long-term budget-deficit. From my front row seat on the ground floor of the hospital, though, I remain far more worried about America's long-term compassion-deficit.

A Rabbi's Christmas Thought (for Jewish Parents and Others)

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 02.22.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

We, American Jewish parents, guardians of the faith, have a choice. Do we try to diminish the magic of the lights our children see?

Why I Won't Stop Shopping at Target

Evelyn Lauer | Posted 02.21.2014 | Business
Evelyn Lauer

Yes, I panicked -- but not for long. The next day I was back in Target buying something or another that I'm sure I didn't need. It doesn't help that I live a block away from Target. It's like a second home.

U.S.-India: Playing Down the Strategic Partnership?

Aparna Pande | Posted 02.18.2014 | World
Aparna Pande

Has the United States abandoned the idea of a strategic partnership with India? Relations between India and the U.S. have often suffered in the past because of misaligned priorities at regular intervals. It seems that we are, once again, in a similar situation.

Remembrances: A Child's Christmas in Dalat, Vietnam

Andrew Lam | Posted 02.14.2014 | World
Andrew Lam

So many years have passed since the war ended, yet it is not the horrors of war that dwell now in my mind during Christmas time. It's the transcending peace in a tranquil world that is now lost.

Staying in Afghanistan Is a Recipe for More Terrorism

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 02.12.2014 | World
Anthony W. Orlando

Barack Obama is daring the terrorists. He's standing in their front yard. He's calling them out. Of course, that's not how it's reported.

Words to Young Writers

April Brucker | Posted 02.10.2014 | Books
April Brucker

Someone pointed out that the world doesn't always welcome creative people, and adults often discourage that path. What would I tell a young writer? That was a very good question.

The Magic of the American Southwest

Lisa Xia | Posted 02.08.2014 | Travel
Lisa Xia

To the desert go prophets and hermits; through deserts go pilgrims and exiles. Here the leaders of the great religions have sought the therapeutic and spiritual values of retreat.

Can We Talk About This?

Soha Yassine | Posted 02.08.2014 | Religion
Soha Yassine

We have a lot to work out as a community. If we can't discuss a two-minute video set to a Jay Z song, how can we expect to resolve the more serious issues plaguing our community, sometimes to tragic consequences?

A Jew in the White House -- Halleluyah!

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson | Posted 02.05.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

My eyes filled with tears thinking about the many miracles that had to transpire to make this moment possible: a young nation imperfectly fighting its way toward a more perfect union, expanding circles of freedom, a deep commitment to religious liberty and diversity.

What You Should Know About Some of the Most Vulnerable Children in America

Robert Piper | Posted 02.04.2014 | Impact
Robert Piper

America is a country home to some of the most successful people in the world. This is a country that put a man on the moon... why can't we solve the hunger epidemic in America? America has the resources to solve this problem.

Globalization: The World Changes America

Andrew Lam | Posted 02.03.2014 | Impact
Andrew Lam

Though sometimes it's hard for many of us Americans to make that distinction, Americanization is only a small part of globalization. And if America is changing the world, the reverse is true also.

Permanent Loss of Respect: Stemming the Demise of Thanksgiving and American Democracy

Steven Kurlander | Posted 01.27.2014 | Impact
Steven Kurlander

Today, Thanksgiving is all about football, gluttony, and now even sensational shopping rather than a celebration of the goodness and bounty of our land and our people. Much of our lack of respect of Thanksgiving comes down to a societal impudence for our great American institutions.

Be Careful Who You Get Into Bed With

Leah Stern | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Leah Stern

It's too early to declare that we have achieved "Peace in our time!" Even if every aspect of this agreement will be followed to the letter, it is unclear that Iran's nuclear ambitions, and the danger that these imply, have been effectively contained.

Scared to Death

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 01.24.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Don't call this America a "police state," not given what that came to mean in the previous century, nor a "totalitarian" state, given what that meant back then. The truth is that we have no appropriate name, label, or descriptive term for ourselves.

Ask What You Can Do For Your Country

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

I hope, as we remember a young President, that we will renew our commitment to building with urgency and persistence a just America where every child is valued and enabled to achieve their God given potential regardless of the lottery of birth.

Kosher Turkey: Traditions that Compliment - and Compete

Stuart Dow | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Stuart Dow

From its outset, the Torah posits an ongoing tension between two imperatives - the universal and the particular: The God of Israel is the God of all humanity, so morality transcends nationality, but Jews have additional obligations they are commanded to keep.

Thanks vs. Commerce -- The War Rages On

Valerie Alexander | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Valerie Alexander

I love Thanksgiving. It is my favorite holiday of the year, and not just for the food, but for the meaning. I love that I live in a country that at one time decided that we needed to designate a day to appreciate the bounty of our harvests, the kindness of our neighbors, and the riches we receive from the land and each other.

Kennedy Was Right: We Are the Heirs of the First Revolution

John W. Whitehead | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

The only real hope in any significant change for the better rests in the American people. But first we have to regain a sense of America's history and reclaim our inheritance.