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Reconstruction

The Parties of No

Kevin Waite | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
Kevin Waite

Long before today's Republicans made obstruction their raison d'etre, Gilded Age Democrats turned "No" into a political rallying cry, and, in the process, rolled back some of the era's most important social reforms.

Philippines: A Time to Mourn, a Time to Rebuild

William Lambers | Posted 11.09.2014 | Impact
William Lambers

It's been one year since Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines. Thousands perished as high winds and massive rains leveled Leyte, Samar provinces ...

Mike Sacks

The Long, Corrupt History Of The Corporate Person

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics

The Supreme Court today heard the case of Hobby Lobby, Inc., a company owned by Christians who argued that requiring it to follow health care laws wit...

Book Review: Pomegranate Peace

Peter Van Buren | Posted 03.24.2014 | Books
Peter Van Buren

Pomegranate Peace, a new novel by Rashmee Roshan Lall, is a funny, sad and all-too-true piece of fiction about the failure of U.S. reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan. The novel is also a cookbook.

Post-Mastectomy Options

SidneyAnne Stone | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
SidneyAnne Stone

The decision to have a mastectomy is not one to be taken lightly, and I do not know a woman out there who did not agonize over it, including myself. For me, it was the right decision, but that does not mean I came to it easily.

Preparing for War

Maryam Abolfazli | Posted 11.04.2013 | World
Maryam Abolfazli

Yesterday in a meeting, a colleague asked about what will be needed after the conflict in Syria, what we could help with. I looked down. I was thinking, there's not much we can do if the infrastructure of the country is wiped out.

Bending The Arc

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The true lesson Martin Luther King teaches is the exact opposite of what many take away from hearing the words "the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice." Because that arc doesn't bend on its own. It takes effort. It takes action.

Stolen Republic

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 10.01.2013 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

No coalition marches in lockstep; we are too diverse. But the far right's broad assault on democracy should make it clear that without cooperation our social protections are paper-thin and our republic up for auction.

Finding Sisterhood: braGGs Reconstruction Bras & BRCA

Kara Gorski, Ph.D. | Posted 08.27.2013 | Impact
Kara Gorski, Ph.D.

My sister and I are different. We don't share the same political ideals. We took different paths to get to where we are -- she is more family-first and I've prioritized my career. Over time, the five years that separate us seem to have become fewer. Until one day, they completely disappeared.

Sri Lanka: Forgetting to Remember

Dinouk Colombage | Posted 08.18.2013 | World
Dinouk Colombage

Four years have passed since Sri Lanka's brutal and bloody civil war came to an aggressive end. At the time many rejoiced with the news. It now appears as though reconciliation is playing second fiddle to the growing political intrigue on all sides.

Do We Need an Office of Contingency Operations for Future Reconstruction?

Peter Van Buren | Posted 08.04.2013 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

The oft-repeated pop psychology definition of mental illness -- doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results -- pretty much sums up America's limp efforts at reconstruction, nation building, hearts and minds, counterinsurgency, whatever tag you choose.

The House My Rack Built

Lauren Cahn | Posted 07.28.2013 | Style
Lauren Cahn

After the initial fog lifted after my father's death, I began to consider my own vulnerability to more and more complicated complications that might arise out of my initial diagnosis, my treatment and all of the surgeries and hospital stays that followed.

Review: Doing Bad by Doing Good: Why Humanitarian Action Fails

Peter Van Buren | Posted 07.21.2013 | Books
Peter Van Buren

Coyne's book is a careful, detailed, academic answer to the real-world question surrounding U.S. reconstruction efforts: How is it possible that well-funded, expertly staffed and, at least rhetorically, well-intentioned humanitarian actions fail, often serially, as in Afghanistan?

Missing: Leadership and Core Values

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.15.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Is this the best we have to pass on to our children and grandchildren and the next generation of leaders the nation and world need today and tomorrow? Do corporate profits from dangerous products or harmful practices trump children's security and safety in our nation?

Rumors of Land

Max Ehrenfreund | Posted 04.30.2013 | Black Voices
Max Ehrenfreund

As winter turned into spring, a rumor that all freed slaves had been promised "40 acres and a mule" spread through the South. In the years to come, the phrase came to represent first a promise of a better society for blacks in the South and then a fading memory of what might have been.

Listening to Du Bois and Lincoln: The Supreme Court and the Voting Rights Act

Rick Valelly | Posted 02.21.2013 | Politics
Rick Valelly

To worry about federalism -- as important as federalism is -- would be a red herring. To dismiss the bipartisan consensus would amount to mocking the deliberative character of the legislative process.

Hurricane Season and Insurance Coverage: Questions & Answers

Bonnie Schneider | Posted 10.23.2012 | Money
Bonnie Schneider

Tropical weather is heating up! Now that we are in the thick of hurricane season, you may be wondering about disaster insurance: if the worst happens, am I covered?

10 Years 'After' Breast Cancer

Lauren Cahn | Posted 10.06.2012 | Healthy Living
Lauren Cahn

Why am I telling this story for what feels like the 100th time? Because I think it is important to recognize that I am just like you. I am not a hero. I am not particularly brave. If I could get through what I got through, then anyone can get through anything.

Before Obama: Remembering Black Reconstruction Era Politicians

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 04.09.2012 | Black Voices
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Every February, we celebrate the accomplishments and sacrifices of outstanding African Americans. Why? Because it allows us to pay homage to our ances...

A New Paradigm for Breast Cancer Treatment and Reconstruction

Michael Yaremchuk, M.D. | Posted 02.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael Yaremchuk, M.D.

This year, almost 300,000 U.S. women will have been diagnosed with some form of breast cancer. A new trend in the treatment and rehabilitation with women diagnosed with breast cancer has evolved in many major medical centers.

Why Doesn't Reconstruction Work?

Peter Van Buren | Posted 01.04.2012 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

When a relationship begins with a war and an invasion, and all the acts of violence that go along with that, you start deep in a hole. As corruption, mistakes, accidents and half-hearted efforts plague reconstruction, that hole only gets deeper.

The World's Newest Nations

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 01.03.2012 | World
Marcelo Giugale

Say that your province or region suddenly becomes an independent country -- with recognition from the United Nations and all. After the celebrations end, and the celebrities leave, the real decision-making begins.

Ryan Grim

The Long, Corrupt History Of The Corporate Person

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 12.12.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Of all the Occupy Wall Street refrains, one of the most memorable is, "I refuse to believe that corporations are people until Texas exec...

Every Day, In Every Way, Accountability Is Not Getting Better

David Isenberg | Posted 10.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Private military and security contracting folks like to point out that despite past mistakes and problems in oversight and accountability of such contracts, overall things are getting better. But are they really?

Mississippi Gets First Black Major Party Candidate For Governor In Modern Times

AP | EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS | Posted 10.24.2011 | Politics

JACKSON, Miss. — Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree on Tuesday became the first black candidate in modern times to win major-party nod for Mississi...