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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 09.18.2014 | 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 09.15.2014 | 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 09.10.2014 | 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 09.08.2014 | 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 09.08.2014 | 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 09.05.2014 | 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 09.03.2014 | 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 09.02.2014 | 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 09.01.2014 | 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 09.03.2014 | 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 08.29.2014 | 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 08.29.2014 | 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.

The Best Pizzas In America

The Daily Meal | Posted 08.28.2014 | Taste
The Daily Meal

We have again sought the nation's best pies and slices, considering more places than ever in our quest for the best.

America's Labor of Love

Dr. Bill R. Path | Posted 08.26.2014 | College
Dr. Bill R. Path

Our nation was built on several principles, including the desire for democracy, the ideal of self-reliance and the importance of hard work. That emphasis on skilled labor has become a cornerstone of the U.S. workforce.

Should Washington Consider Accepting a Chinese Monroe Doctrine?

Ted Carpenter | Posted 08.28.2014 | World
Ted Carpenter

Is it time to recognize a Chinese equivalent of the Monroe Doctrine in East Asia--accepting that China is now the pre-eminent regional power? There are essential caveats to such a dramatic policy shift. At a minimum, Beijing would need to embrace not only the original logic of the Monroe Doctrine, but also the so-called Roosevelt Corollary. The latter, adopted during Theodore Roosevelt's administration, promised Britain and the other European powers that the United States would maintain order in the Western Hemisphere and discipline irresponsible governments in the region - especially North Korea.

America's Strategic Fatigue: Who Will Fill the Vacuum?

Joschka Fischer | Posted 08.26.2014 | World
Joschka Fischer

The West does indeed face a high risk of becoming overstretched. But what is the alternative, other than accelerating chaos, mushrooming security risks and serial humanitarian disasters? For the West, this dilemma cannot be avoided. Today's accumulating crises, accompanied by America's strategic fatigue, are forcing Europe to define what role it will play in the future of Western -- and global -- stability. If the U.S. can no longer bear the burden of Pax Americana, Europe must do more for collective security.

Ferguson and Race From White America's Perspective, If It Switched Places With Black America

H. A. Goodman | Posted 08.26.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

One possible way to empathize with the plight of my fellow Americans is to imagine a world where statistics from the Pew Research Center, NAACP, and other reputable sources are reversed.

Would You Pass the US Citizenship Test? Take This Quiz!

Michael Shammas | Posted 08.22.2014 | College
Michael Shammas

The following questions were taken from the list of 100 civics questions. Admittedly, these are some of the harder ones. Could you pass?

Form Follows Dysfunction: The Enduring Legacy of a Strategic Failure

Paul Gunther | Posted 08.22.2014 | Politics
Paul Gunther

Besides some failed emblem of American exceptionalism shining brightly abroad, it seems reasonable to conclude that national security and its according intelligence tools were and remain the principle role for such a massive presence abroad.

President Obama, Go Big or Go Home

Robbie Gennet | Posted 08.22.2014 | Politics
Robbie Gennet

There's an old saying in surfing: Go big or go home. Right now, each race around the country is in it's own little bubble, disconnected to the larger narrative. Only true vision and leadership can unite them to raise a populist wave and that is what the Presidential pulpit is for.

Why Detroit Has Captured the American Imagination

Laura Hogikyan | Posted 09.02.2014 | Detroit
Laura Hogikyan

I believe it is Detroit's dramatic narrative that has allowed it to capture the American consciousness where other cities have not. People are consistently attracted to New York or Boston for its infinite opportunity and excitement.

What We Can Learn From European Women

Sarah Warman | Posted 08.21.2014 | Women
Sarah Warman

What can we learn from our female counterparts across the pond? They are seemingly doing more with less. Even without a walk-in closet and a slew of Apple products, when European women hit the streets, they are doing it with style and ease.

A War Waged on Humanity

Antoinette Brock | Posted 08.21.2014 | Impact
Antoinette Brock

"There are no winners in war and the only right side to take is the one where humanity stands." -- Kenneth Nguyen The war waged against black boys ...