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The Price of Sweat: America's Minimum Wage Debate Echoes in India

Jehangir S. Pocha | Posted 04.17.2014 | World
Jehangir S. Pocha

Currently, India's labor laws only apply the 20 to 25 million workers in what is called the "organized sector," which includes registered corporations and businesses. New higher minimum wages must also be made to apply to the other 175 million workers who work in the unorganized or unincorporated sector, as farm hands, pushcart vendors, construction workers, private security guards, household help, drivers, shoe shiners, waiters, shop help etc. Currently, this is not happening.

The Universal Politician Speech

Neal Wooten | Posted 04.17.2014 | Comedy
Neal Wooten

Let us strive to bring about the change that will make our lives better for our families, the way great leaders like (insert Ronald Reagan or John F. Kennedy) did in their day.

Marriage and Happiness: David Blankenhorn Interviews Charles Murray

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 04.16.2014 | Religion
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

Can Charles Murray help us be happy? Curmudgeon, yes. Conservative, yes. Happy? As Andy Kline succinctly writes: It is widely agreed, by friend a...

These American Meat Products Are Banned Abroad

The Daily Meal | Posted 04.16.2014 | Taste
The Daily Meal

Believe it or not, a lot more of your favorite American foods might actually be banned from being sold abroad.

Contextualizing Anti-Semitism in Modern America

Simran Jeet Singh | Posted 04.15.2014 | Religion
Simran Jeet Singh

We are mistaken when we try to make this a story of the past. No matter how much we wish it wasn't true, anti-Semitism, neo-Nazism, and domestic terrorism are all realities in modern America. This is precisely why visiting the Holocaust Museum has meant so much to me.

Where Is the American Writer Writing About America in Pakistan?

Ethan Casey | Posted 04.15.2014 | Books
Ethan Casey

It's like the proverbial tree falling in a forest: If an American writer engages with the American empire, but no American readers read it, is the writer still engaging with the empire?

Local Muslim Community Bleeds With Boston

Kashif N. Chaudhry | Posted 04.14.2014 | Religion
Kashif N. Chaudhry

Like other American communities, the Muslim-American community condemned the actions of the Tsarnev brothers right away. The actions of the two brothers were not just an attack on Americans and our values, but also on the values of the Islamic faith.

27 Things You'll Miss About America When You're Abroad

The Huffington Post | Kate Auletta | Posted 04.15.2014 | Travel

You're pumped for vacation. You should be, you deserve it and you probably don't take it enough. But then the panic attack sets in: All those thin...

From Alligators to Ghost Stories, Here Are 4 Ways to Do Charleston

Fathom | Posted 04.09.2014 | Travel
Fathom

The beach bum, the adventurer, and every traveler in between will feel at home in Charleston.

Here's 1 Unexpectedly Awesome Reason To Be Proud Of Your Home State

The Huffington Post | Todd Van Luling & Amanda Scherker | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics

We know, we know -- your home state is the best. We did you a solid and found you another reason why.

17 Things You Need To Explain To International Visitors About America

Thrillist | Posted 04.08.2014 | Travel
Thrillist

Sinnce we're not exactly the most gracious of guests when we visit their countries, it only seems fair that we explain the way things are done here in Amuuurica.

Americans DO Care About Climate Change!

Craig Chalquist, Ph.D. | Posted 04.07.2014 | Green
Craig Chalquist, Ph.D.

Whether you come from inside or outside the States, do not be fooled by our busy, flippant exterior. Behind it we are worried sick about Earth, its creatures and each other. We are furious at politicians and financiers who either accelerate the damage or do nothing about it.

Affluenza: Plagued With the Complexion for the Protection

Christopher Norris | Posted 04.04.2014 | Politics
Christopher Norris

Affluenza is quite possibly the only sickness on the face of the Earth where those who are afflicted by it show no sense of urgency to be cured.

14 Aussie Phrases Americans Should Start Using

Stephanie Be | Posted 04.07.2014 | Travel
Stephanie Be

There is no easy American phrase that explains that "I could do that, but no, no I don't think I will do that, just because I don't feel like it." Can't Be Bothered uses minimal effort to express minimal effort.

Four Reasons This Will Be the Second American Century

Joel Kurtzman | Posted 03.27.2014 | World
Joel Kurtzman

Over the years, many people have counted out the United States -- and been wrong. Given our newfound energy wealth, the return of manufacturing, our tradition of creativity and our vaults filled with investable capital, I can't help but believe the people counting us out now will be proved wrong again.

Women in the U.S. Are Still Second-Class Citizens: Not Interested? You Should Be

Samantha Paige Rosen | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Samantha Paige Rosen

Despite the progress women have made in the last several decades, they are still treated like second-class citizens in all the ways that matter. Caring about the equal treatment of women in society doesn't make people feminists -- it makes them good humans.

Are you a SINK? The Manifesto for The-Single-Income-No-Kids Female

Christine Deakers | Posted 03.21.2014 | Women
Christine Deakers

What's the function of a woman who's married, yet childless? Better yet, what's the function of a woman who is single by volition, financially independent, and has no kids?

Are We Heading for a Jesus Singularity?

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 03.21.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

If AGI will be here in 20 years or so, and most of those people currently in charge of the U.S. government subscribe to Christianity and believe in Jesus, what are atheist transhumanists to do?

Dear America: "Will You Marry the Future?"

Alison Winfield Burns | Posted 03.20.2014 | Green
Alison Winfield Burns

Who would go on a blind date, flub it like crazy -- and expect a second chance? The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In an...

The Best Barbecue Chains in America

The Daily Meal | Posted 03.18.2014 | Taste
The Daily Meal

You can screw around with burgers or pizza, but you can't screw around with barbecue.

The Sochi Olympics Emboldened Putin's Abuses in Ukraine and Russia

Mugambi Jouet | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics
Mugambi Jouet

Organizing the Olympics is not only the precise opposite of international isolation, it probably emboldened Vladimir Putin's actions in Ukraine. Why did Russia get the Olympics in the first place given its appalling human rights record?

Jews and Gun Violence: An Update

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 03.14.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

Jews around the United States have had reignited (for lack of a better phrase) the prophetic aspect of their communal leadership. Rabbis are standing, walking, preaching, and lobbying with interfaith coalitions and political alliances to save live from the scourge of gun violence.

Six Ways America Is Like a Third World Country

Sean McElwee | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

Although the U.S. is one of the richest societies in history, it still lags behind other developed nations in many important indicators of human development -- key factors like how we educate our children, how we treat our prisoners, how we take care of the sick and more.

Putin' on the Ritz: Why Western Business Undermines Sanctions to Put Profits Ahead of Patriotism

Terry Connelly | Posted 03.12.2014 | Business
Terry Connelly

It turns out our own devotion to liberty and international law only goes so far when somebody's profits and dividends and executive compensation are put at risk. Talk is cheap, but patriotism is expensive, as it turns out.

Black Boys Have Feelings, Too

Christopher Norris | Posted 03.11.2014 | Black Voices
Christopher Norris

Boys will be boys, unless they're black -- then they're adults, suggests new research. Black boys aren't so different; they want what every other ad...