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A Progressive's Angry Open Letter to President Obama (VIDEO)

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

As an irate, long-term Obama supporter, I give the President a piece of my mind on his surrender to the Republicans and the hyper-rich in, as Harry Tr...

Our Choice: Changing the Game

Robert David Steele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert David Steele

Some people say Gandhi was about nonviolence. And he was. But he is significant for something else that I believe is far more important: He changed the game.

Who You Are and What They Say

Chris Guillebeau | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Chris Guillebeau

If you are confident, they will say you are arrogant. If you are deliberate, they will say you are too sure of yourself. If you have a sense of purpose, they will say you are self-absorbed.

Obama's Mahatma Moment

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Vamsee Juluri

I hope in the future I will hear an Indian of substance say that it was an American, Barack Obama, who made something good possible for him or for her, just as President Obama said of the Mahatma today.

Obama Trip To India 2010: India Prepares For Visit (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

President Obama's highly-anticipated, four-day visit to India doesn't kick off until Saturday, but the country has already been abuzz with preparation...

A Letter From a Progressive to President Obama

Stu Kreisman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stu Kreisman

Dear President Obama, I'll vote for you in 2012, but you're not making it easy to do so. Your administration's communication skills are, to be honest, horrible. And now we're in for two years of gridlock and hell.

Rally to Restore Satyagraha?

Ben Brandzel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ben Brandzel

Wandering around the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear yesterday, I kept asking myself, "what exactly are we doing here?" In part, that's because...

Fishing Communities and Politics of Climate Change in India

K. P. Sasi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
K. P. Sasi

The cause of increasing sea levels may be a subject of debate to some, but it is a living reality threatening the lives and livelihood of more than 1 billion people living in low-lying areas.

"Cesar's Last Fast": An Interview with Producer/Director Richard Ray Perez

Kathleen Wells, J.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kathleen Wells, J.D.

Richard Ray Perez produced and directed the seminal political documentary Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election, which The Los Angeles Times c...

Gandhi, Hinduism And Non-Violence At The United Nations

Varun Soni | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Varun Soni

As one of the most influential Hindus and peacemakers, Gandhi's approach to peacemaking is instructive for the U.N. in a number of ways.

Has India Abandoned Burma?

Amnesty International | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amnesty International

By Anil Raj, Myanmar (Burma) Country Specialist for Amnesty International USA Gandhi once said, "An ounce of practice is worth more than a ton of pre...

A Reality (and Sanity) Check for Progressives- Speech to Petaluma Progressive Festival

Cynthia Boaz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cynthia Boaz

Transcript of my comments to the annual Progressive Festival in Petaluma, CA, September 26, 2010: First of all, thank you to the organizers of this e...

8 People Who Should Be More Famous Than The Most Overrated People In History

Mark Juddery | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Mark Juddery

Having knocked a few overrated people off their pedestals, it's now time to restore some balance by presenting a few underrated people. By the way, th...

Tarun Tejpal's heart-ache for "the idea of India" (AUDIO)

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christopher Lydon

NEW DELHI -- Tarun Tejpal -- muckraker, editor and novelist -- is speaking with professional zeal and a certain generational remorse about his remark...

A Pyrrhic Victory for Demagoguery

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Not liking the results of an election in a democracy does not mean voters are not being heard; it means the majority voted differently than you, and the majority was indeed heard.

Learn To Say 'No'

Ellen Snortland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Ellen Snortland

"A man of quality is not threatened by a woman for equality."  That's a familiar bumper sticker slogan for some of us. Men are crucial to any social...

Real India: A Historian's Cautions on "The Indian Century" (AUDIO)

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christopher Lydon

Ramachandra Guha, the provocative, critical historian of India After Gandhi, has vitality and charisma to match his country's. Writing and talking with fire-hose force, he's come to mirror India's sense of it's 63-year-old self.

Israelis Need a Gandhi of Their Own

Bradley Burston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bradley Burston

As the Jewish state begins to examine its own actions and decision-making in the flotilla disaster, it is becoming that much clearer that Israelis need, for their own sake, to begin to study non-violence.

Be a Counter Friction to Stop the Government Machine

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Thoreau was so much more than a political philosopher. He was an activist who embodied the revolutionary, freedom-loving, independent-minded spirit that was once the hallmark of every American.

The Oil Volcano and the Hole in My Heart

Catherine Ingram | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Catherine Ingram

It's not a spill; it's a volcano. And as each day passes, our hearts break a bit more. It is not only the ongoing horror of millions of gallons of c...

Mustafa Barghouti: Is there Room for Gandhi in Palestine? (AUDIO)

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christopher Lydon

Ask Palestinians why there is no Gandhi in their movement, and often the answer comes: but there are several, and Mustafa Barghouti should be recognized more widely as one of them.

Mythology, Media and the Future of Hinduism

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Vamsee Juluri

Hindu myths have survived much over the centuries. In the present day, mythology may not seem overtly in danger of extinction, but it will have to be thought through carefully to remain as vibrant and vital as it has been.

'Soul of a Citizen,' Volunteers Can't Solve Our Problems: For Every House Habitat Builds, 100s More Are Homeless

Paul Loeb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Paul Loeb

Through Global Youth Service Day, millions of young women and men got involved in their communities last week, often taking their first steps into liv...

Gandhi's Diet, Marie Antoinette's Cake Shop: Top 7 'Historical Tweets' Of Dreams That Went Awry (PHOTOS, POLL)

Alec McNayr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Alec McNayr

These historical figures followed their dreams and stuck out their chins, only to catch fate's backhand. The stinging pain led to wisdom we now revere.

In Bed with Gandhi: Are God and Sex Incompatible?

Kate Fridkis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Kate Fridkis

Why couldn't Gandhi just have sex like everyone else? Because he was exceptionally spiritual. So here's what I'm wondering: Why is it that sex and God keep getting separated?