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James Dorsey


Gulf states and their US critics seek to shape US perceptions on the soccer pitch

James Dorsey | August 21, 2014 | Sports
By James M. Dorsey Gulf states seeking to polish images tarnished by allegations of violations of human rights and their critics are employing soccer in an effort to shape American perceptions. At stake for countries like Qatar and the United Arab Emirates is more than just reputation; it is the...
Meredith Allard


Why Does a Straight Woman Care About Same-Sex Marriage?

Meredith Allard | August 21, 2014 | Gay Voices
Once we learn to see the stories of LGBT people not as "their" story but as human stories, then we can see that we are interconnected and our struggles are universal. After all, all people have to learn to feel comfortable in their own skin. We all have parts of ourselves that we need to come to terms with and accept, whether we're gay or straight.
Randy Eddy-McCain


How a Young Boy Knows He's Gay

Randy Eddy-McCain | August 20, 2014 | Gay Voices
As I reflect on that innocent horseback ride with Paul, I see it now as a time when my natural, God-given sexuality was beginning to take shape. I cherish the memory of that time with my young friend. Unfortunately I was robbed of the joy of being able to celebrate my coming of age.
Ali Rosen


VIDEO: What Exactly is a Ramen Burger?

Ali Rosen | August 20, 2014 | Taste
For more food drink and travel videos visit Ramen is one of the few things that is beloved by food snobs and cheap college students alike. But what about if you combine it with another favorite - the classic American burger? Keizo Shimamoto spent years in Japan learning about ramen while also tweaking an idea for a burger hybrid. He didn't imagine his tinkering would become such a craze that he could open a restaurant on the back of the concept. So we sat down with the burger's inventor to find out how the inspiration came to him; how he turned the idea into reality; and what he thinks makes his particular ramen burger so much better than the imitators. Watch the video above to find out more! For more great food, drink and travel videos make sure to check out Potluck Video's website, head over to our Facebook page or follow us on...
Mehrnaz Samimi

Tying the Knot in Today's Iran

Mehrnaz Samimi | August 20, 2014 | Weddings
Over 11 million eligible Iranians are unmarried, according to official statistics. The government has repeatedly expressed concern over the low rate of marriage in the country over the past few years, and has encouraged single people to tie the knot.
Jim Hill


Which Disney Princesses Will Soon Be Showing Up on Sofia the First ? Rapunzel and Tiana But Not Anna and Elsa

Jim Hill | August 20, 2014 | Entertainment
With apologies to Mel Brooks, while it may be good to be the king, it's great to be the princess. Particularly if you're Sofia the First, Disney's little girl princess.
PP Wong


Racist Bullying Needs to Stop: We Cannot Become Desensitized to 10-Year-Olds Hanging Themselves

PP Wong | August 20, 2014 | Education
Kids are expelled for drugs or carrying knives. They are given detention when they swear or wear the wrong shoes. So why is racist bullying not taken as seriously? Why do many teachers close their eyes to name calling and "small" scuffles?
Daniel N. Nelson


Six Bullets

Daniel N. Nelson | August 20, 2014 | Politics
We have very little time before the cumulative effect of socioeconomic inequality and racial bias take an irrevocable toll on the United States. Please, Mr. Obama, end your vacation not for Iraq but for America.
Steve Caldwell

Every Leader Must Delegate Well: 4 Tips to Become Effective

Steve Caldwell | August 20, 2014 | Business
I've observed time and time again that so many new (and some not so new) managers struggle with delegating. They've never been taught that it means more than giving your subordinates "stuff off your to do list."


'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles': 5 Reasons to Watch the New Cartoon, Not the Movie | August 20, 2014 | Entertainment
As Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles tops the box office for a second week in a row, we hate to say it, but a little part of our inner child dies. Between the 'roided out CGI turtles, the inevitable sexploitation of Megan Fox, and turtle lips (that should be enough right there), the new Turtles movie seemed poised to disappoint true fans from the get-go.
Jason Salzman


Gardner Needs to Explain His Support for Personhood

Jason Salzman | August 20, 2014 | Denver
It's not just senatorial Colorado candidate Cory Gardner who's taken the endlessly puzzling position of being opposed to personhood at the state level but supportive of the federal version.
Colleen DeBaise

Why Male Investors Should 'Get' Women-Led Companies

Colleen DeBaise | August 20, 2014 | Small Business
The world of angels and VCs is still a boy's club, and men apparently tend to invest in other men -- something investor Adam Quinton of Lucas Point Ventures (who actually does invest in women-led companies) calls "unconscious bias."
Her Campus


5 Steps to a Stellar Grad School Application

Her Campus | August 20, 2014 | College
What a relief it was when you got that "fat envelope" in the mail three years ago signaling your acceptance into college! Now it seems like you're going through that excruciating process all over again for graduate school, except this time, it's a lot more competitive and financially draining.
Bob Lotich


5 Household Budget Templates That Will Help If You Actually Stick With It

Bob Lotich | August 20, 2014 | Money
If you are like many, the challenging economy has caused us to take a look at our personal finances and consider making a budget. Good news! Budgeting doesn't have to be painful!
Diane Gottsman


The Etiquette of Borrowing and Lending Money

Diane Gottsman | August 20, 2014 | Money
Borrowed money creates a layer of tension and can strain the strongest of relationships, despite the best of intentions. Is it possible to borrow or loan money and keep your relationship intact?
Chris Weigant


McConnell's Reconciliation

Chris Weigant | August 20, 2014 | Politics
I'm using the word "reconciliation" in a very specific rules-of-the-Senate fashion. Because McConnell just revealed to Politico how he intends to govern, should his party take control of the Senate in November -- and it appears that the previously-arcane "budget reconciliation" maneuver will figure heavily in his playbook.
Dr. Gail Gross


The Solution to the Problem of Unequal Schooling: Standards

Dr. Gail Gross | August 20, 2014 | Education
As education is funded by real estate taxes, there will always be savage inequalities in schools across America. Lower real estate taxes, from impoverished neighborhoods, guarantee that students will have poorer buildings, less equipment, fewer microscopes, books and supplies.
Allen Frances


Treatment Before Tragedy: A Mother's Plea

Allen Frances | August 20, 2014 | Politics
Liza Long is the mother of a son who has bipolar disorder. When her post-Newtown blog post "I Am Adam Lanza's Mother" went viral, she decided that she had to speak up for children like her son. Her goal is to expose the gaping cracks in our badly broken mental healthcare system.
Yoani Sanchez


Dengue Fever and Tall Stories for Children

Yoani Sanchez | August 20, 2014 | World
In 1981 an epidemic of dengue hemorrhagic fever broke out in Cuba. I was barely six, but that situation left me deeply traumatized. The first thing they told us in school was that the disease had been introduced by "Yankee imperialism."
Carl Safina


A Tortoise Isn't a Billboard, Except in Aspen

Carl Safina | August 20, 2014 | Green
I'm willing to grant that the turtles will probably survive the experience. But if it isn't cruel, it's certainly tasteless, in the non-culinary way. This is not the relationship we're supposed to have with living things. They are not here to be treated like some kind of moving furniture.