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Magazine Faces Lawsuit For Racist Article

The Huffington Post | Carla Herreria | Posted 04.18.2014 | Media

Surfing Life, an Australian surf publication, is facing a $200,000 lawsuit for a story that described Indigenous Australian surfer Otis Carey as being...

In Partnership With Mother Earth

Robert Koehler | Posted 04.17.2014 | Green
Robert Koehler

If in one of the most defining religious-political texts of the human species we'd been charged with stewardship of the natural world, not some sort of adolescent, consequence-free control over it, what sort of spiritual understanding would have evolved over the millennia?

Where Literacy Founders in Cambodia, Young Teachers Are Turning Things Around

Michaela Haas | Posted 04.11.2014 | Impact
Michaela Haas

What if only one in 100 women where you lived knew how to read? That is the situation among Phnong-speaking people in the remote area of Mondulkiri, Cambodia. But an innovative program is making education spread like wildfire!

Finally, a Cultural Melting Pot Too Hot for Religious Fundamentalism

Jessica Joseph | Posted 03.28.2014 | Religion
Jessica Joseph

What protects American freedom is exactly the same thing that protects our freedom in sweet T&T-- a brilliantly worded secular constitution, keeping the cultural black hole that is absolutist, supremacist religious/political fundamentalism from swallowing up the rainbow.

Don't Buy Chevron's Big Lie!

Paul Paz y Miño | Posted 03.27.2014 | Green
Paul Paz y Miño

Chevron can spend untold millions touting this verdict but do not buy it -- and don't let anyone else buy it either.

Re-Thinking Intelligence

Mitchell J. Rabin | Posted 03.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Mitchell J. Rabin

We love intelligence, we respect intelligence and we laud it. We also have a bevy of assumptions around this intangible, ineffable but very powerful...

Send a Picture, Save the World: Why International Solidarity Matters

Atif Choudhury | Posted 02.25.2014 | Impact
Atif Choudhury

International solidarity is most valuable not in the individual act of solidarity itself, but what those acts collectively allow others to do. International solidarity helps to bring the attention of the world on crises which otherwise would remain "local issues."

Ethiopia Pushes River Basin Toward Hydrological Disaster

Lori Pottinger | Posted 02.20.2014 | Green
Lori Pottinger

Most significantly, the changes in river flow caused by the dam and the irrigation schemes could cause a huge drop in the water levels of Kenya's Lake Turkana, the world's largest desert lake and a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Wine Names as Windows Onto Ancient Cultures

Daniel Altman | Posted 04.09.2014 | Taste
Daniel Altman

Before Europeans made their way across the Atlantic, indigenous cultures flourished in what is now the wine country at the foothills of the Andes and...

Guatemala: The Quest for Justice

Barbara Borst | Posted 04.01.2014 | World
Barbara Borst

Guatemala is one of the world's most violent countries. Over the past half century, it has endured a 36-year civil war, a genocide and a huge, ongoing wave of organized crime and drug trafficking.

Holocaust and the Muslim Guy

Mike Ghouse | Posted 03.21.2014 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

Education is the purpose; we have to learn, acknowledge and reflect upon the terrible things that we humans have inflicted upon each other, and we have to understand that our safety hinges on the safety of all others around us.

Generosity and Compassion Heard Round the World: This Week in Seeding the Change

Ari Nessel | Posted 03.17.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Last week, we introduced you to several people who made such an impressive impact with their grant that we've awarded them another grant to continue seeding the change. Here are a few more of these special projects to be awarded an impact grant.

Seed Power!

Jacob Devaney | Posted 01.07.2014 | Green
Jacob Devaney

Inspiration is contagious, and I make sure to have a balanced diet of art, natural sanctuary places, and culture to make the stench of the compost a little more bearable as I till the soil.

Making Your First Feature Film: Campo De Batalla

Amancay Tapia | Posted 03.01.2014 | Latino Voices
Amancay Tapia

Making your first feature film not only takes a lot of work, but endless energy and determination. The results may not be what you expected, but what ...

The 10 Most Hopeful Stories of 2013 to Inspire Your New Year

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 03.01.2014 | Impact
Sarah van Gelder

There was something almost apocalyptic about 2013. But much happened that was hopeful this year -- a new pope focused on inequality, successful minimum wage campaigns spread across the country, and the number of states allowing gay marriage doubled.

How to Begin After Prawer-Begin

Rabbi David Seidenberg | Posted 02.17.2014 | Religion
Rabbi David Seidenberg

Now that the Prawer-Begin Plan is dead, it's time to look at how we got here. Why are there so many unrecognized Bedouin villages? Did they spring up not only carelessly but nefariously, as many supporters of the Prawer-Begin Plan maintained?

Knowledge From the Perspective of the Mayan Ixil People

Tobias Roberts | Posted 02.16.2014 | World
Tobias Roberts

In the northern highlands of Guatemala, the Mayan Ixil people are in the process of creating their own alternative university in an effort to reclaim ancestral knowledge and reject the imposition of Western educational norms and philosophies.

Our Furniture's Dirty Secret: Illegal Land Grabs and Logging Are Robbing Papua New Guineans

Nina Wegner | Posted 02.15.2014 | Green
Nina Wegner

Sad but true: the mahogany desk in your study or the merbau flooring in your living room probably came from illegal timber logged on tropical lands.

The Truth Has No Place in Kaplan's Court

Paul Paz y Miño | Posted 02.10.2014 | Green
Paul Paz y Miño

Chevron's sham trial wrapped up Monday, but thanks to Kaplan's inexplicable decision not to allow any testimony related to Chevron's contamination of the Ecuadorian Amazon -- the actual issue here and disaster from which all this started -- there's a lot that will never be discussed in the courtroom.

Carolyn Buck Luce: For What Purpose?

Carolyn Buck Luce | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Carolyn Buck Luce

I believe that the legacy of the generation of Gen Y women (and men) will be to finally answer the question, "For what purpose do we need more women in leadership?"

Mexico's Trinity of Death: Santa Muerte, Day of the Dead and Calavera Catrina

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

As they say in Mexico, "death is just and even-handed for everyone since we will all die." For many, this unalterable truth provides a strong reason to celebrate life while there is still time.

PHOTOS: This Woman Led Her Tribe To Reoccupy Its Land

Posted 10.17.2013 | World

For Damiana Cavanha, the leader of a group of Guarani Indians who have successfully overtaken a sugar cane plantation that they claim is built on thei...

Indigenous Woman Gives Birth On Hospital Lawn In Mexico After Doctors Denied Her Care

AP | ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON | Posted 12.09.2013 | World

MEXICO CITY -- MEXICO CITY (AP) — An indigenous woman squats in pain after giving birth, her newborn still bound by the umbilical cord and lying on ...

Honduras Makes Big Move For Indigenous Population

AP | ALBERTO ARCE | Posted 09.13.2013 | Latino Voices

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras -- The government announced Thursday that it has granted title to more than 1.6 million acres (655,000 hectares) along Honduras'...

The San People of Botswana

Senator Mobina Jaffer | Posted 11.06.2013 | Impact
Senator Mobina Jaffer

The San people who live in Metsimantle are part of an indigenous minority group. The Sans' story is one of indigenous peoples' around the globe -- that of struggle to keep their traditional way of life alive.