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Ireland's Approach to Marriage Equality Is All Wrong

James McDonald | Posted 07.01.2014 | Gay Voices
James McDonald

Ireland has the great opportunity to show how much it values equality, how seriously it takes human and civil rights. The people's support is not just needed in an abstract way -- we're being called upon to actively engage in the extension of so central an institution as marriage.

Why the West Plunders Greece

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 11.27.2013 | World
Evaggelos Vallianatos

The plunder of Greece by Western Europe goes back to the Romans. Despite their admiration for Greek culture, they made Greece a colony in 146 BCE. Fro...

Europe's Rising Social and Political Risks

Daniel Wagner | Posted 05.11.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

It is no longer simply a question of left versus right or nationalism versus xenophobia. Today, the choice in increasingly between old world versus new world, and a future which envisions participation in the EU versus one that does not.

Facial Expression Study Has Scientists Rethinking Darwin's 'Six Emotions'

| John Bohannon | Posted 04.18.2012 | Science

A smile and a frown mean the same thing everywhere—or so say many anthropologists and evolutionary psychologists, who for more than a cent...

Europe, United States Hold Fundamentally Different Visions For Society

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 11.21.2011 | Business

More than an ocean divides the United States and Western Europe. Americans are significantly less supportive of a social safety net than Western ...

Saudi Arabia's Appropriate Response to Iran's Assassination Plot

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 12.16.2011 | World
Raymond J. Learsy

Rather than waiting for the United States government to take the lead would it not be salutary for this once to have Saudi Arabia take the initiative and formulate policy in response to Iran?

Business Doesn't Need American Workers

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert Kuttner

America now has about 25 million people either out of work or underemployed. Meanwhile, corporate profits continue to set records. What's going on?

How Do Oil Shocks Cause Recessions?

Jeffrey Rubin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jeffrey Rubin

Oil prices caused the last recession, and oil prices will cause the next one as well. In fact, this time around, oil prices are rising much earlier.

WATCH: Morphing Map Covers 1,000 Years In 5 Minutes

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

While most European borders may seem permanent and fixed, a new video illustrates their fluidity over the last 1,000 years. The clip, "10 Centuries I...

Se Habla Fear: Monolingualism and Its Discontents

Mark Olmsted | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Mark Olmsted

What is it, exactly, that Tea Party America finds so horrific about European Social Democracy? The universal health care? The excellent public transportation? Four weeks of vacation a year?

"Happy" Anniversary, Iceland

Iris Erlingsdottir | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Iris Erlingsdottir

This has been a very rough year for Iceland, and it's not likely to get better anytime soon. The public's anger continues to grow, and it would not be surprising if this winter sees a repeat of last winter's uprising.

Banking on Failure: FDIC Shutting Down Insolvent Banks at a Record Pace

Sheldon Filger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Sheldon Filger

It is preposterous to conclude that the U.S. banking sector is well capitalized and strong enough to endure a severe economic recession.

Free Trade

Randy Charles Epping | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Randy Charles Epping

By getting our leaders to open the world's borders to trade, we not only help ourselves: we help developing countries of the world and become true partners in a renewed 21st century economy.