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Why Hong Kong's #OccupyCentral Used Nonviolent Action as Tactic

Michael Shank | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank

The Occupy Movement has returned and is resurrecting itself in Hong Kong. But in this case, the "occupying" is not associating itself with the Occupy Wall Street of recent years.

Rethink America's Yemen Policy, Set New Standard for Syria, Iraq

Michael Shank | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank

Addressing root causes of inequality, inequity and injustice and promoting the well-being of Yemeni citizens will ensure that the country thrives in the long-term.

Fossil Fuel Divestment Works in Slowing Global Warming

Michael Shank | Posted 09.03.2014 | Green
Michael Shank

In Washington, or any town where money is often valued above all else, the act of moving dollars out of fossil fuels and into sustainable, renewable options is a powerful demonstration of values.

Overseeing Koch Profits: The Roots of David Vitter's Green Billionaires Club Report

Steve Horn | Posted 08.29.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

A DeSmogBlog investigation reveals that Kristina Moore, the Senate staffer listed as the author of U.S. Sen. David Vitter's (R-La.) "green billionaire's club" report published by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) on July 30, has career roots tracing back to the Koch Brothers' right-wing machine.

Gaza Memo to Congress: Talk to Hamas

Michael Shank | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank

This week, former United States Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) reached out to me regarding a Dear Colleague letter that he wanted to circulate to ...

How Gchat Is Hurting Your Workplace Productivity

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 07.28.2014 | Healthy Living

Despite our determined efforts to stay focused and productive throughout the workday, we often find ourselves distracted by the tools intended to make...

Yemen Urgently Needs a Lifeline: My Trip Report from Sana'a

Michael Shank | Posted 07.09.2014 | World
Michael Shank

This week in Yemen - with foreign reporters getting deported and the blood of dead Yemeni soldiers staining the grounds of the presidential palace - i...

Why I'm Going to Yemen

Michael Shank | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank

Following on the heels of the "massive and unprecedented" U.S. drone strikes in Yemen this month, which killed scores of Yemenis, I'm headed there for...

Depression, Happiness and the Challenges of Global Peace Work

Marc Gopin | Posted 06.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Marc Gopin

I had two revelations recently as I was reading Mill's revolutionary "Essay on Utilitarianism" (1863). An amazing prodigy, Mill was one of the greates...

U.S.-E.U. Rhetoric on Russia as Destructive as a Chekhovian Duel

Michael Shank | Posted 05.22.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank

Now should be the time when Secretary of State John Kerry and President Barack Obama aggressively propose confidence-building measures, not mete out more military muster. This will get us nowhere fast.

Illinois' Fiscal Report Card: Not Good. At All.

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 03.25.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

It's well-known that Illinois' fiscal situation is not good. In fact, it's one of the worst in the nation. But exactly how bad is it?

U.S. Soldiers in Somalia and the Pentagon's Unlearned Lessons

Michael Shank | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank

News that the Pentagon is sending its military back into Somalia, after 20 years, shows that America is still missing the point on the Horn of Africa when it comes to preventing violence. Has the Defense Department learned that little in its many misadventures on the African continent?

Federal Minimum Wage War Outmaneuvered By Municipalities

Michael Shank | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank

All the reasons are there for an increase in minimum wage. It's good for the economy. It's good for workers and for business. It's good for social mobility, and it's good for the American Dream. What a patriotic policy, then, and how fitting for the nation's capital to consider it. Let's hope D.C. implements it and soon.

September Is Book Month: Area Book Festivals

Alma Katsu | Posted 11.13.2013 | DC
Alma Katsu

Every year about this time, we in the National Capital Area experience our annual glut of book festivals. It's an embarrassment of riches. For those who are book crazy, this -- and not Christmas -- is the most wonderful time of the year.

Live at Lincoln: RFK, JFK, MLK's Nonviolent Message at 50th MoW

Michael Shank | Posted 10.24.2013 | DC
Michael Shank

"That is a dangerous, defeatist belief," said the President. Dr. King called America the "greatest purveyor of violence in the world today." He was right. And it is still today.

PolitiFact Rated Half Of GOP's Claims This Year As False

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics

Republicans' claims are far more likely than Democrats' to be rated false by the fact-checking site PolitiFact, according to a study released Tuesday....

Koch Bro. Linked To Big Publication

NSFWCorp | Yasha Levine | Posted 05.16.2013 | Media

Our story begins late last week when I got a tweet from @AlphaInvictus telling me to go check ...

Classic Looks Remain Trendy at George Mason University

CollegeFashionista | Posted 06.04.2013 | Style
CollegeFashionista

The majority of students tend to crave fashion-forward pieces but are reminded of the key importance to wearing versatile and comfortable pieces that can transition from class to work to night out.

Classic Looks Remain Trendy at George Mason University

CollegeFashionista | Posted 06.02.2013 | Style
CollegeFashionista

I would describe Mason fashion as classic chic with a hint of urban flare. Students walk around campus in typical east coast preppy attire but they make it their own by adding pieces that brighten the outfit and add texture.

Corporations, pro-business nonprofits foot bill for judicial seminars

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 05.28.2013 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Chris Young, Reity O'Brien and Andrea Fuller March 28, 2013 This story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, which is a no...

International Corporate Volunteering: Rapidly Growing Trend to Advance People, Planet, Profits

Alice Korngold | Posted 05.04.2013 | Impact
Alice Korngold

The best way for companies to design and implement global pro bono programs that maximize the benefits of their ICV programs is through partnerships and collaboration.

NRA Response to New Jersey Shooting of 3 Police Officers: More Guns?

Michael Shank | Posted 12.28.2012 | Crime
Michael Shank

How would the NRA, who suggested after the Sandy Hook shooting in Connecticut that we provide armed guards in every school across America, at a cost of nearly $8 billion per year, respond to New Jersey's shooting?

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George Mason Profs Launch Innovative Online University

HuffingtonPost.com | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 10.08.2012 | College

Two George Mason University economics professors are teaching on a new campus: in the cloud. Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok have launched MRUniversi...

Fiscal Cliff: Public Sector Workers Should Be Very Afraid

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 10.05.2012 | Business

If America falls off the fiscal cliff, there’s going to be a hell to pay, and fewer workers to pay too. Around 277,000 public sector workers wil...

The Top 3 Security Threats the UN General Assembly Must Address

Michael Shank | Posted 11.28.2012 | World
Michael Shank

What we say, do, and eat has global implications, and on these three major security frontiers we must do better: religious, food and climate security. Each of us has a role to play, and each of us is capable of making a difference.