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What Voting Day Is Like for the Scottish Referendum

Helen I. Hwang | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics
Helen I. Hwang

One simple question deserves one simple answer. Should Scotland be an independent country? With a miniature sharpened pencil -- the kind you're given at a miniature golf course -- I could put a big "X" to indicate "Yes" or "No."

I Wasn't Supported for Years and Here's Why

Stephenie Zamora | Posted 09.17.2014 | Women
Stephenie Zamora

I believed that no one wanted to take care of me, that I had to do it all myself, and that being so independent was a positive personality trait. I became so independent because I held a false belief and interacted with others and the world in a way that prompted them to reinforce that belief.

Intimations of Independence

Michael Drew | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Michael Drew

We are at a time when people wonder what it is they're attached to, and why that's important -- from the country-wide level to the personal one. Do you define yourself by your ethnicity, or by your citizenship? And what does that citizenship give you in terms of your personal identity?

Witness Says Tasered Teen Went Into Convulsions: Report

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 09.16.2014 | Crime

Witnesses to a police stop in Missouri say cops used excessive force when they used a Taser on a 17-year-old boy who is now reportedly in critical con...

Scotland, Sovereignty and Corporations

David Morris | Posted 09.12.2014 | Politics
David Morris

If Scotland does become sovereign it will quickly discover that that sovereignty has been severely restricted by new global rules promoted by increasingly dominant global corporations.

If Scotland Leaves the UK

Wikistrat | Posted 09.08.2014 | World
Wikistrat

Considering these risks and opportunities, Wikistrat evaluated four scenarios for charting Scotland's emergence as an independent country by the year 2020 -- if it gains independence within the next five years.

Free Scotland, Free New England!

Robert Kuttner | Posted 09.07.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Until recently, few people took seriously the possibility that Scotland might actually secede from the United Kingdom. However, with a referendum scheduled for September 18, the latest polls show secession in the lead for the first time, and gaining dramatic momentum. The British government is frantically scrambling to offer the Scots a much more autonomous form of federalism, to head off the drive for full independence. Meanwhile, the specter of a diminished Britain has led to speculative attack against the British pound. What's going on here? For one thing, with the European Union allowing membership for lots of micro-states, the idea of splitting up established countries with minority regions becomes economically plausible. An independent Scotland, population 5.3 million, would be a bigger country than nine EU members -- Ireland, Lithuania, Croatia, Slovenia, Latvia, Estonia, Cyprus, Luxembourg and Malta.

Scotch Independence

Jeff Danziger | Posted 09.03.2014 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

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So Empty Is My Nest

Bushra Alvi | Posted 08.29.2014 | Parents
Bushra Alvi

A parent's love for a child is the strongest and purest bond of all humanity and for this reason one of the hardest things for a parent to do is to wave goodbye as their child leaves for college.

Scotland Independence

Jeff Danziger | Posted 08.27.2014 | World
Jeff Danziger

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The Politics Behind the Chinese Exhibition in Prague (PHOTOS)

Olena Kagui | Posted 08.22.2014 | World
Olena Kagui

I attended the exhibition and found the art breathtaking and the history fascinating. However, recent developments in Chinese-Czech relations are even more interesting than ancient artifacts.

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Independence for Young Adults With Autism

Susan McCorkindale | Posted 08.12.2014 | Impact
Susan McCorkindale

All that frantic activity was a way of delaying what I really didn't want to do: get on my computer and find a place that would enable my 22-year-old son Casey, who has autism, to live as independently as possible. Why didn't I want to do this? Because my gut told me there'd be nothing. Nada. Zip.

How American Independence Fosters Philanthropy

Carrie Rich | Posted 07.24.2014 | Good News
Carrie Rich

Does the U.S. have a stronger sense of independence than other countries? Could this sense of independence translate into acts of kindness and purpose?

Why Parents Like Me Hate Camp

Malia McKinnon Frame | Posted 07.22.2014 | Parents
Malia McKinnon Frame

Please explain to me why I would pay someone to tell me that I cannot call or speak to my daughter for two weeks?

Wedding Season: Tying Your Own Emotional Knots

Rupa Mehta | Posted 07.22.2014 | Weddings
Rupa Mehta

Enjoy going to a wedding or two this summer. Have fun, drink champagne and eat cake, but don't consume yourself with what someone else's wedding vows mean about your own life. Your life is wonderful, and it is wholly yours.

America Is Number One, Always

Blake Henderson | Posted 09.02.2014 | Comedy
Blake Henderson

Let me start off by saying that I don't really care for numbers. Never have. But there's one number that I know in my heart to be true: that America is number one.

1776 Reasons To Party At Home On July 4th

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 07.04.2014 | Entertainment

It's time to switch things up, America! This year, forget the same old parties and boring routine. Here are 1776 reasons why staying home and watc...

Celebrate your Independence

Megan McDonough | Posted 09.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Megan McDonough

I love my country and the self-reliant, can-do attitude it was built upon. As we head out for fireworks, barbeques, and parades to celebrate this Four...

It's Time To Reclaim Your Right To Relaxation

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 07.02.2014 | Healthy Living

When was the last time you had a day to just decide what you want to do? We're usually at the mercy of our to-do lists and emails, but with the hol...

Independence Day Came Early for Our Little Girl

Lorne Jaffe | Posted 08.31.2014 | Parents
Lorne Jaffe

We might be less than a week away from the Fourth of July, but Sienna's been in the throes of a sudden independence streak.

Why You Might Not Be Free

Rea Nolan Martin | Posted 08.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Rea Nolan Martin

In the end, the only true freedom is the spiritual form, because once attained, it can never be taken away without our consent.

Scotland? It's A Family Affair

Nick Jefferson | Posted 08.27.2014 | World
Nick Jefferson

Like many English people, I'd been pretty ambivalent about it all, and very much of the "if they wanna go, let 'em go" school. But in Scotland, I changed my mind. And dramatically so.

Declare Your Independence

Rupa Mehta | Posted 08.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Rupa Mehta

This Fourth of July I encourage you to take some time to think about what makes you independent and how you, individually, contribute to the success of your family, friend group, community and country.

18 Things You Need To Do To Be Happy In College

The Huffington Post | Nina Friend | Posted 06.25.2014 | College

College students have a lot to deal with. Between balancing academics and social life, searching for summer internships and managing stress, “happin...

An Ode to the Roommates I Don't Have

Julie Daniels | Posted 08.23.2014 | Women
Julie Daniels

In the several months I've lived in New York, an important distinction has made itself known to me, and that is the difference between doing things alone and doing things on your own.