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Faisal J. Abbas

Iran and Daesh are JASTA's only beneficiaries

Faisal J. Abbas | October 1, 2016 | World
"The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter," the great Winston Churchill once said. This statement has been proven yet again by the US Congress acting on behalf of the American people and overriding President Obama's veto of JASTA.
Doug Bandow

Is America's Problem it Doesn't Go to War Enough?

Doug Bandow | October 1, 2016 | World
A couple of Rand Corporation scholars have discovered America's problem vis-à-vis Russia: Washington isn't willing to use its military as much. This has given Moscow an apparently unfair advantage in challenging America. Maybe Washington should reconsider its policy, they suggest. Vladimir Putin appears to be working overtime to thwart U.S....
Joe Peyronnin

The Trump Reality Show

Joe Peyronnin | October 1, 2016 | Politics
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has been a disgrace to his party and an embarrassment to the nation. He has consistently demonstrated that he does not have the temperament, judgment, background or humility to lead our country. For more that a year, the Trump campaign has been run like...
William Bradley

Is Donald Trump Afraid of Being President?

William Bradley | September 30, 2016 | Media
Is Donald Trump afraid of being president? It would certainly explain his inexplicable behavior in the post-midnight, pre-dawn hours of Friday morning. Let me roll out my old Berkeley psych minor (that's a little joke) in noting that Trump is again sabotaging himself in a period in which a Trump...
Juliet Schroder

Get to Know Musical.ly's Biggest Star Baby Ariel

Juliet Schroder | September 30, 2016 | Teen
Social media apps are absolutely life-changing. They can be used for fun, business, or even a career path. People around the world are gaining notoriety for all sorts of digital content they share online. From YouTube videos and Instagram photos to Vine,...
Sidonie Sawyer

Hats, Apples, Umbrellas, A Pipe That Is Not A Pipe: Magritte, The Magician Of Art.

Sidonie Sawyer | September 30, 2016 | Arts
The Museum. Close to celebrating its 40th anniversary (in February 2017) the Centre Pompidou Museum in Paris is continuing to offer important and vibrant retrospectives of famous painters and crafters, as well as still launching many careers of less-known artists. The colorful industrial-looking...
Lisa Snedeker

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Celebrates 50 Years With New Album Releases on Sept. 30, First-Ever IBMA Performance

Lisa Snedeker | September 30, 2016 | Entertainment
I have always found it a bit ironic that one of the most iconic American bands that plays bluegrass has its roots, not in the verdant hills of Appalachia, but in the shifting sands of sunny Southern California. Note that I said "band...
Vivien Moon

Can Sportswear Make Sustainability Cool?

Vivien Moon | September 30, 2016 | Green
Promotional shot of the sustainable leggings from Girlfriend Collective. Image courtesy Girlfriend Collective This summer Girlfriend Collective launched the kind of campaign that propelled them into the headlines before they'd even sent out their first pair of leggings. By...
Chris Weigant

Friday Talking Points -- Trump Backs Up Titanic, Hits Iceberg Again

Chris Weigant | September 30, 2016 | Politics
Trump backed his personal Titanic up again and again, and tried to just ram through the iceberg, over and over. He was even up early this morning, providing yet another day's legs for this story.
Gay Browne

Sustainable Businesses Beyond Decision 2016

Gay Browne | September 30, 2016 | Green
This week I had the great pleasure to attend SUSTYBIZ16, a three-day event organized by the American Sustainable Business Council and held in Washington DC. Having been in the sustainable business world for over ten years, I knew that...
NerdWallet

What to Do With Your Student Credit Card When You Graduate

NerdWallet | September 30, 2016 | Business
By Ben Luthi What happens to your student credit card when you graduate? Among the options are continuing to use it as long as you want, canceling the card or applying for a new one. In some situations you'll be better off, however, if you don't cancel the...
Donna Henes

Sacred Seclusion

Donna Henes | September 30, 2016 | Women
This August, I was very lucky to spend two weeks at the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire. It is a venerable and prestigious retreat facility that supports artists, writers, musicians and other creatives to spend uninterrupted time working. And work I did. I accomplished a lot. But the best part...
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Tracking The Race For The Millennial Vote

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | September 30, 2016 | Politics
By: Noah Nelson, Youth Radio Staff Writer Welcome back to another week in the election that never ends. Have you started to wonder what life was like before every waking moment was consumed by the presidential race? Oh, good. We're not alone then. I remember liking movies,...
Ralph Nader

The Jolting Graphic Novel Of Our Times

Ralph Nader | September 30, 2016 | Books
As a serious scholar, Mr. Andreas realized that entry-level education about peace cannot start with 500 page tomes on diplomacy, foreign policy and preventable wars.
Sarah B Horton

IIRAIRA at 20: Still Punitive and Unequal

Sarah B Horton | September 30, 2016 | Politics
Co-authored by Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz and Sarah Horton (bios below) Today marks the 20th anniversary of an immigration bill that has irrevocably damaged the prospects of millions of undocumented immigrants to ever change their legal status. Passed on September 30, 1996, the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act...
#AleppoIsBurning

Syria Decimated Under World Watch: A Letter from Syrians Working with US, UK, And European Funded Organizations

#AleppoIsBurning | September 30, 2016 | World
We Syrian actors work for US, UK and European organizations or implement US, UK and European-funded programs both remotely and in Syria. Months ago, many of us signed a statement warning that our work was endangered due to escalated Assad regime and Russian attacks.
Hugh McIntyre

Tiësto's Partnership With Budweiser Is Actually Pretty Badass

Hugh McIntyre | September 30, 2016 | Entertainment
Alcohol and music go together perfectly in so many different ways. Audiences love a good drink while they're dancing the night away at their favorite club or at a music festival, and alcohol has helped plenty of musicians put on phenomenal shows and create the tunes that everybody loves. It's a cycle that is always turning, and the two worlds are becoming more intertwined than ever before with musicians starting their own brands, and those that are already leaders in the space partnering with the hottest acts in every genre to help them get closer to their consumers. Sometimes these partnerships can be rather uninspired, and sometimes even pretty lame. Any musician can shell for any brand, and some will take any paycheck they can get and run. On the other side of the business are those companies that are willing and ready to think outside the box and try new things, just to see if they excite the fans and get people talking. That's exactly what Budweiser and Tiësto did this summer at Tomorrowland, one of the biggest and most important EDM festivals in the world. In a recent call, Tiësto talked briefly about working with Budweiser, and how easy it was for him to maintain the creative control that artists everywhere should demand when working with a brand, and he can perhaps explain the massive beer company's feelings from the get-go better than I can: "Budweiser approached me, I think, one and a half years ago and they were like, 'You know, we're ready for anything! If you have any crazy ideas or want to do something special, just let us know.'" The two powerhouses came together to show those in attendance at Tomorrowland something they'd never seen before, and then the longstanding alcohol brand took things one step further to let fans continue the experience weeks and even months after the set was done. Tiësto was, if you can believe it, the surprise opener for the weekend-long Belgian festival, and his time on stage was supposed to be a "surprise." Well, when the name is that big, nobody can keep it to themselves, and he wound up playing to tens of thousands of people who came one night early to start their partying right. During his set, Tiësto played his new song "Infected," which Budweiser asked him to create. Again, the company stepped back and let the DJ (who selected up-and-coming talent Jauz to collaborate with) work his magic, and the result is a single and a music video that is exactly what his fans love. Just when things seemed like they couldn't get any cooler, a giant Budweiser truck, complete with fireworks and flames, rolled out and added a whole new element to the already-insane experience. That is something that neither the DJ nor the company had ever tried before, but they were both up for whatever, and it paid off. As it turns out, that truck was filled with beer, which the company is now selling to hardcore Tiësto fans in the U.K. That's right, if you are a huge EDM lover and you could use a beer, take a look in local supermarkets for a bottle that bears the producer's logo, as the liquid inside has actually been to Tomorrowland and back (and it's still worth drinking, I swear). He has "infected" it with his sound...and if you don't believe that, it's still pretty cool that the beer you're drinking probably had a better spot at the festival than you did. Was all of this branding? Yes. Was it advertising? Yes. Was it a multinational, billion-dollar business marketing its product to potential customers? Absolutely, but it was all of these things done right, and instead of detracting from an experience, they actually added to it, and those in attendance didn't feel like someone was just trying to sell something to them, but rather just be included in the party. Alcohol brands, take note: Tiësto and Budwesier have raised the bar (pun...
Liesha Petrovich

How Your Tiny eStore Can Compete with Amazon this Holiday Season

Liesha Petrovich | September 30, 2016 | Business
Who wants to fight crowds on Black Friday when you can shop in your jammies on Cyber Monday?
Dr. Jane Greer

Beyonce and Jay Z: A Balancing Act?

Dr. Jane Greer | September 30, 2016 | Entertainment
Their attempt to balance the responsibilities of parenthood and two careers is a great example of how spouses can support each other, but it isn't always easy to reach that point. How can two people who each want what they want reach a place where they are both getting what they and their family need?
Shannon Ullman

How to Stay Safe & Healthy While Traveling

Shannon Ullman | September 30, 2016 | Travel
To be able to travel is like a dream come true for many. When most people think about traveling, they have thoughts of adventure, glamour and culture floating through their minds. It seems though, that not many wanderlusters out there are thinking about the health and safety issues that sometimes creep up during traveling.