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Mark V. Vlasic

Timbuktu, ISIS and the Long Arm of Justice

Mark V. Vlasic | October 3, 2015 | World
Bringing a Timbuktu mausoleum destruction suspect to the ICC is an important precedent for war crimes committed by ISIS and a larger effort to combat blood antiquities As the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) met in New York this week - bringing together world leaders to inaugurate the Sustainable...
Bob Cesca

The Bob & Chez Show Podcast: Another Mass Shooting and Another Do-Nothing Congress, Plus the Next House Speaker Can't Speak

Bob Cesca | October 3, 2015 | Politics
Today's topics include: The 294th Mass Shooting in America This Year; Terrorist Attack on California Planned Parenthood; Huckabee Derps on Benghazi; the Next Speaker of the House is a Flaming Moron; and much more.
Ira Kalb

Bigger Logos Make You Look Smaller

Ira Kalb | October 3, 2015 | Business
It seems that the less people really know about marketing the more they think they know. While this is true of many other subjects too, it is particularly true of marketing. Despite lacking knowledge, experience, and evidence, too many truly believe that their intuition is as good as anyone else's....
Jim Moret

Shame On Us: Another Week, Another School Shooting

Jim Moret | October 3, 2015 | Crime
The victims and heroes and families should serve as a reminder of the very real, lasting human cost of these shootings. I have never lost a loved one to gun violence but perhaps it's time all of us start acting as if we had. Maybe then we'd do something about it.
Michael Elliot

Time to Unite To Face Addiction

Michael Elliot | October 3, 2015 | Impact
Addiction takes a terrible toll on families, on our health care system, on the economy and on the vitality of our youth. Currently we treat addiction like a moral failing, like an issue of personal responsibility rather than treating it like the disease it is.
Mary Quigley

Friendships Make Your Happier, Healthier

Mary Quigley | October 3, 2015 | Fifty
Friendship is a one-size-fits-all way to improve your happiness level in virtually every aspect of life, from physical health to personal enjoyment to sex.
Bernie Shine

More Bush "S---" from Jeb!

Bernie Shine | October 3, 2015 | Politics
Poor Jeb. He's stepped in it again. Responding to the possible need for new gun laws following the most recent school shootings and killings, this time Roseburg, Oregon, Jeb noted, "Look, stuff happens."
Jennifer Lovy

How my Son With Autism Forced Me out of my Comfort Zone: In a Good Way

Jennifer Lovy | October 3, 2015 | Parents
I'm a relatively quiet person, but after my son Evan was diagnosed with autism I became an advocate in ways I could never have imagined.
Yura Bryant

3 Reasons Wantrepreneurs Fail at Entrepreneurship

Yura Bryant | October 3, 2015 | Business
Being an entrepreneur is a fascination many wantrepreneurs want to be included within. They see all the attention and glamour and lustfully want to be included in all the celebration. What they don't see is the long process of work that goes into building your entrepreneurial foundation.
John Wellington Ennis

Street Art Fair LA: Packed with Art and Fans

John Wellington Ennis | October 3, 2015 | Arts
The first-ever Street Art Fair LA is going down this week at Siren Studios on Orange and Santa Monica in Hollywood, probably the biggest collection of street art in Los Angeles since MoCA's acclaimed "Art in the Streets" exhibit in 2011.
Seth Abramson

The New York Times Accidentally Publishes Metamodern Literary Art As a Serious Thinkpiece

Seth Abramson | October 3, 2015 | Books
Is it really true--and does Lombardi really believe--"the modern man never lets other people know when his confidence has sunk.
Deborah Lehr

Heritage in the Headlines During UNGA Meetings

Deborah Lehr | October 3, 2015 | World
It was a headline week for the protection of cultural heritage. When leaders from more than 160 countries gathered in New York City last week, a main topic of discussion for the attending heads of state was how to combat the growing strength of violent extremist groups in the Middle East.
Sheldon Filger

Global Economy Increasingly Vulnerable To Another Financial Shock

Sheldon Filger | October 3, 2015 | Business
Seven years after the outbreak of the global financial crisis, there are growing indications that the temporary solutions that were imposed through monetary policy by central banks are becoming ineffective. In all likelihood, a new global downturn in economic growth is in the cards.
The Conversation US

The University of Texas Faculty Are Watching Oregon Uneasily

The Conversation US | October 3, 2015 | Politics
In the spirit of defending personal and organizational interests,I hope that the university will make provisions to protect the interests of the students, staff and faculty who want to work, teach and learn in gun-free environments where everybody can freely express his or her ideas without fear.
Taylor Dibbert

Will There Be Accountability for Kunduz?

Taylor Dibbert | October 3, 2015 | World
An airstrike on a Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan has left at least 19 people dead. Once we discover exactly what happened, will there be genuine accountability for Kunduz?
Robert Scheer

Amid the Crowing of the GOP and Clinton, Sanders Is on the Rise

Robert Scheer | October 3, 2015 | Politics
How easy it is to mock the Republican candidates. They're the gang in the clown car climbing all over each other to offer a message of disarray that has all but destroyed the chances of the Bush family dynasty continuing. But isn't that a grand achievement for the democratic process?
Doug Bandow

U.S.-South Korea Alliance Treats Pentagon as Department of Foreign Welfare

Doug Bandow | October 3, 2015 | World
U.S. foreign policy should reflect global realities. When they change, so should Washington's approach to the world. The radical transformation of Northeast Asia over the last six decades requires a similarly radical transformation of U.S. policy.
Robbie Parker

This Is Not the Time to Pick a Side

Robbie Parker | October 3, 2015 | Parents
Before reposting someone else's thoughts and opinions as your own, ask yourself what difference can be made, and how your unique talents and abilities can help make that difference.
Magda Abu-Fadil

Do Lebanon's "Future" Media Have a Future?

Magda Abu-Fadil | October 3, 2015 | Media
It's a rough ride for one of Lebanon's media firms whose employees threatened strike action this week to protest 6-8 months of back pay, no viable alternative, and no light at the end of the tunnel.
HRH Princess Dana Firas

Goal 18: Global Development Goals and Heritage Preservation

HRH Princess Dana Firas | October 3, 2015 | World
All 17 UN goals adopted are important and key to achieving sustainable development. But just as important is the protection and preservation of our global cultural heritage. It was a glaring omission.