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Norman Solomon

CIA Leak Trial: "This Case Is Not About Politics" [sic]

Norman Solomon | January 26, 2015 | Politics
Continuing to deliberate as this week gets underway, the jurors in the CIA leak trial might ponder a notable claim from the government: "This case is not about politics." The prosecution made that claim a few days ago in closing arguments -- begun with a somber quotation from Condoleezza Rice...
Leo Stutzin

Stoppard's Indian Ink Returns to ACT, Visually Gorgeous but Dramatically Uneven

Leo Stutzin | January 26, 2015 | San Francisco
Time-traveling through memory: poet Flora Crew (Brenda Meaney) in the 1930s, sister Eleanor (Roberta Maxwell) with her letters in the '80s. Photos by Kevin Berne No one should be surprised when any theatrical canvas painted by Tom Stoppard is enormous: In...
James Dorsey

UK search for Jihadi John spotlights recruitment role of soccer

James Dorsey | January 26, 2015 | World
By James M. Dorsey The United Kingdom's search for Jihadi John, the masked, British-accented fighter who appears in videos and beheading of foreigners condemned to death by the Islamic State, the jihadist group that controls a swath of Syria and Iraq, has highlighted the significance for militants of soccer as...
George Heymont

Life Can Be Such A Drag!

George Heymont | January 26, 2015 | Arts
So many questions about gender identity found a place in 2014's headlines that, as the world put last year to rest and got on with the business of 2015, I couldn't help but think back to a particular week last fall. October in San Francisco always evokes images in a...
Aisha Subhan

I Am a Muslim and My First Trip Abroad Aas to Israel

Aisha Subhan | January 26, 2015 | World
During my time in Israel, I refused to accept that our values are different, that peace is not possible. I witnessed the similarities of our values and the compatibility of our nature. We must relinquish fear and retain hope. In doing so, coexistence is near.
Kate Grant

Paving The Road To Postpartum Recovery

Kate Grant | January 26, 2015 | Impact
Days after delivering a stillborn child, Umuhoza had grown terribly ill, She was running a fever, barely able to walk and incontinent. Her mother grew increasingly concerned and knew she had to get Umuhoza to a hospital, even though it was hours from their rural village in northwest Rwanda. ...
Ali Rosen

What Is Tataki? (VIDEO)

Ali Rosen | January 25, 2015 | Taste
For those who can't decide between sushi and a medium rare steak, there's a way to have the best of both worlds. The Japanese dish tataki refers to a piece of meat or fish that is mostly raw but has a slight sear around the edges.
Rajesh Setty

Three Ways to Get Good, Immediate Feedback

Rajesh Setty | January 25, 2015 | Business
There is an old saying - "feedback is the breakfast of champions." I would make a small change. In my version, it would be - "good feedback is the breakfast of champions." The only thing that would ace this is "good, immediate feedback."...
Robert Kuttner

A Break in the Greek Tragedy

Robert Kuttner | January 26, 2015 | Politics
Europe should count itself lucky that a leftwing anti-austerity party won the Greek elections, swept into office by citizens who've had enough. Elsewhere in Europe, seven years of stupid, punitive, and self-defeating austerity policies have led to gains by the far right. If a radical left party is now in power in Athens and sending tremors through Europe's financial markets, the EU's smug leaders and their banker allies in Frankfurt, Brussels and Berlin have only themselves to blame. Alexis Tsipras, leader of the winning Syriza coalition, says he doesn't want Greece to leave the Euro. He just wants Europe's leaders to renegotiate Greece's debt. It's about time. This crisis could have ended years ago with far less suffering for ordinary people who had no responsibilities for the offending policies. Greece, after all, has about two percent of the EU's total economic product -- and it has about 25 percent less than it had before the crisis. Writing off Greece's debt outright would have cost peanuts, and still would.
Matt Baume

Politician Wants Arrests After Gays Marry

Matt Baume | January 25, 2015 | Gay Voices
There's a big fight underway right now in Alabama, with a Judge overturning a marriage ban and state officials refusing to obey his order to issue licenses. Anti-gay politicians are threatening to ban all marriage licenses if the Supreme Court rules in favor of equality.
Paige Davis

Life Before and Life After Cancer

Paige Davis | January 25, 2015 | Healthy Living
Life before cancer was full of details and memories. Life after cancer is full of moments. Especially, the in between moments, where the true gift of being present and awake is always available to us. No invitation needed.
Tom Engelhardt

Drone Addiction on the Border

Tom Engelhardt | January 25, 2015 | Politics
Predator drones, tested out in this country's distant war zones, have played an increasingly prominent role in the up-armoring of the U.S.-Mexican border.
Kristen Houghton

Prisoner of Technology Escapes!

Kristen Houghton | January 25, 2015 | Healthy Living
No matter where we go in 2015 we can be reached at will by the outside world. Cell phones and text messages, Bluetooth and Sync, Skype and email -- you're only a click away from being found. Honey, you're in techno overload; I am a prisoner of technology! Everywhere I...
Todd Miller

Gaza in Arizona

Todd Miller | January 25, 2015 | Politics
In Arizona, with up to a billion dollars potentially at its disposal, CBP has tasked Elbit with creating a "wall" of "integrated fixed towers" containing the latest in cameras, radar, motion sensors, and control rooms.
Jennifer Twardowski

The Hidden Reason Why Your Relationship May Be Struggling

Jennifer Twardowski | January 25, 2015 | Healthy Living
There is something that you can do even in these situations where the person doesn't really tell you how you can help them. It is one of these hidden reasons that we may not always think of or realize unless we choose to really sit back and focus on the big picture.
Jonathan Schwarz

Survivor of 'Charlie Hebdo' Massacre 'Very Happy Obama Didn't Come to Paris'

Jonathan Schwarz | January 25, 2015 | Politics
In a new interview Laurent Léger, investigations editor of Charlie Hebdo and a survivor of the January 7th assault on the magazine's Paris office, condemned President Obama for his administration's attack on press freedom.
Natasha Che

Ask Yourself This Question if You Want to Live a Creative Life

Natasha Che | January 25, 2015 | Healthy Living
The new year started in a whirlwind. I wrote three essays over the holidays. Two of them got on media outlets of high traffic volume. The third one was picked up on the front page of another popular website. Visits to my blog...
Susan Pearse

You're a Mind Gardener

Susan Pearse | January 25, 2015 | Healthy Living
You're a mind gardener. This is so important I'm going to say it again. You are a mind gardener. Every moment of every day you cultivate your mind whether you realize it or not. There is no moment in your life, since the day you were born, that you have...
Mary Ann Johnstone

How to Procrastinate Without Feeling Guilty

Mary Ann Johnstone | January 25, 2015 | Healthy Living
The not doing that some call "procrastination" is universally steeped in shame and guilt and treats this incubation period like it should be included in the list of deadly sins next to greed and murder.
Kristin Wartman

Not Lovin' It: McDonald's Wages Class War in New Ads

Kristin Wartman | January 25, 2015 | Green
If McDonald's really cares about the average American, as it purports to in its ads, how about some real transparency that makes it so "every-man" has more information about what he (or she) is eating?