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Angry White Men on the Right

Andy Schmookler | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

The Republican Party, as the instrument of the forces of corporatist oligarchy, has had a major hand (more so than the Democrats) in injuring the economic prospects of these men. But the ways these injuries have been inflicted are more hidden than the social revolutions that toppled the old order of automatic superiority.

#2: The Republican Party's Extraordinary Pattern of Destructiveness

Andy Schmookler | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

In the conduct of today's Republican Party, we can see a pattern of destructiveness. It displays an insatiable lust for power and wealth, an impulse to prey upon the vulnerable, a preference for conflict over cooperation, a persistent dishonesty, and a willingness to sacrifice the greater good for selfish advantage.

One Hour on the Sidewalk

Abby Klinkenberg | Posted 09.11.2014 | Women
Abby Klinkenberg

As a woman, I exist solely to be commented upon -- unsolicited opinions, either positive or negative (their stupidly contrasting judgments only further show the caprice of the male gaze), are mandatory conditions to which I tacitly agree upon entering the public sphere.

Border Problem, Beltway Crisis

Mark Hetfield | Posted 08.07.2014 | Politics
Mark Hetfield

The children at the border are only a symptom of a crisis of extreme violence in Central America and a crisis inside the Beltway caused by a dysfunctional Congress that misses opportunity after opportunity to fix our broken immigration laws. This is a life and death issue.

70 Percent Of Child Sex Trafficking Victims Are Sold Online: Study

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 07.29.2014 | Impact

In 2014, buying a child for sex online can be just as easy as selling your old couch or posting an updated resume. Astonishing statistics dug up by...

Betrayal of Trust: 3 Ways We Can Begin to Protect Our Children from Pedophiles and Abusers

Harry Leibowitz | Posted 09.16.2014 | Impact
Harry Leibowitz

Clearly, our legal and policing systems have not kept up with the explosion of materials and the ease of access that modern electronic communications have provided to those with a predilection to abuse children.

A Dangerous Summer for Central American Kids

Mark Hetfield | Posted 08.27.2014 | Impact
Mark Hetfield

This month, as kids across the United States wrapped up the school year and started their summer breaks, thousands of children from Central America were embarking on a different kind of transition.

A Symbolic Victory For People Power In Ireland

Ruairí McKiernan | Posted 08.13.2014 | World
Ruairí McKiernan

After 19 nights of sleeping on the floor of the Paris Bakery in Dublin, a group of mostly young migrant workers succeeded in forcing political action that will help them recoup unpaid wages and make history in the process.

20 Percent of a Country Enslaved: A Cry for Mauritania

Mary David | Posted 08.13.2014 | Impact
Mary David

Although he was born free, Biram Dah Abeid and his family know well the pain of slavery. Dah Abeid and his family are from the West African country of Mauritania.

Women Just Want More than F..un.. Gather at UN

Nancy Cohen-koan | Posted 05.13.2014 | Women
Nancy Cohen-koan

Without going into UN-speak and trilling off lots of initials for groups that I'm only just becoming familiar with, let me say that events at the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women this week and next is a welcome energy in our all too male-centered consciousness.

Are We Inspiring Change or Twerking Into Trouble?

Gail Federici | Posted 05.05.2014 | Women
Gail Federici

As International Women's Day approaches with its theme of inspiring change, perhaps in American we can be more sensitive to the imagery of women in all businesses. We are doing a disservice to our society and our daughters if we don't.

France Takes First Steps Towards Abolition of Prostitution

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 04.15.2014 | World
Taina Bien-Aime

The Nordic Model, as this set of laws is known, views the sex trade as irreconcilable with gender equality and refuses to consider prostitution as inevitable.

Senate Committee Passes Two Bills Protecting NSA's Actions

Daniel Simon | Posted 02.15.2014 | Politics
Daniel Simon

Indications show that there is little effort on the part of the U.S. government to ease its use of "eavesdropping" and "data collection" archives.

Reducing the Vulnerability Associated With Human Trafficking

Keeli Sorensen | Posted 02.12.2014 | Impact
Keeli Sorensen

It's important to remember that human trafficking and modern slavery is not just a crime committed by a criminal against his or her victim.

Christmas vs. the Empire

Craig S. Keener | Posted 02.08.2014 | Religion
Craig S. Keener

Does it matter where our wealth and merchandise come from? Or do we pledge first allegiance to different values, identifying with those in need and working for peace and justice in the world?

Black Friday: The Perpetual Pursuit of Happiness

Kanene Holder | Posted 01.28.2014 | Impact
Kanene Holder

Thus when we purchase new clothes, shoes, televisions, couches, they are clean, look good and make you feel good, but we do we ever see or feel the blood, sweat, tears and fears of the workers assembling and packaging our presents?

Disability and the Invisible American 'Gulag Archipelago'

Neil S. Greenspan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Neil S. Greenspan

The escape, earlier this year, of three women from a home in Cleveland where they were held captive for roughly a decade elicited intense interest her...

Silence of Lambs: Adjuncts in Academia

Khanh Ho | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Khanh Ho

This week, I learned some distressing news -- news that has become all too common in these beleaguered economic times. One of my friends had not been paid for the last two months of labor.

Why the American Economy Is a House of Cards

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 11.19.2013 | Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

The American economy today is a house of cards, wherein each added layer of cards at the top increases the pressure on the lower tiers and threatens the stability of the entire structure.

Hey Walmart, Instead of a Labor Day Sale, How About Labor Day Wages?

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 10.30.2013 | Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

As the nation's largest employer with 1.3 million workers and $15.8 billion in profits in 2012, Walmart occupies the unique position of being able to make a positive contribution to the lives of its workers and to our overall economy, and yet the company refuses to give up its exploitative ways.

How the Richest 1 Percent Control the 99 Percent in Elysium, and in America

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 10.19.2013 | Politics
Sanjay Sanghoee

In accepting the gross income inequality, obscene wealth gap, inexcusable corporate excesses, and blatant political corruption that we do today, we are already laying the groundwork for a real-world Elysium.

Which Would You Choose? Money Or Love?

Joanna Perry-Folino | Posted 08.18.2013 | Fifty
Joanna Perry-Folino

Does it make any sense at all then for a man of 60 to hook up with a woman of 30? Or vice versa? Logic would dictate against it; yet it happens all the time and many such relationships last for years.

Why Straight Comics Still Cling to the Word 'Faggot' and Why They Shouldn't

Chris Doucette | Posted 08.11.2013 | Comedy
Chris Doucette

The only people who can use the word "faggot" based on an incorrect, playground definition are children. Once you grow up and learn what the word really means, you have a moral obligation to change your behavior so that you don't use a word that perpetuates the dehumanization of people whom you claim to respect.

Goodwill Minimum Wage Loophole Will Shock You

John Hrabe | Posted 07.15.2013 | Business
John Hrabe

A majority of Goodwill entities in the United States pay people with disabilities less than the federal minimum wage, while these same Goodwills simultaneously spend tens of millions of dollars per year on executive compensation and travel-related expenses.

Charles Ramsey, 'Ratchet' Social Media and the Exploitation of Lower-Class Blacks

Ernest Owens | Posted 07.12.2013 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

The experiences of Charles Ramsey, Sweet Brown and Antoine Dodson are unique in a sense that the public is making fun of their sincere demeanor.