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Chris Tompkins

Helping Create Allies One Child At A Time

Chris Tompkins | December 8, 2016 | Queer Voices
One of the biggest reasons I hear from parents why they don't discuss gender and sexuality with their children is, "they're too young to understand." What I hear with that response is, "it's not something I understand or am comfortable speaking with them about." Children will learn anything we teach them.
Susan L. Travis

Harnessing Outrage: Lessons On Squandering The Fire In The Belly

Susan L. Travis | December 8, 2016 | Politics
We will have to work through a rather agonizing emotional defeat, as well as defending policy and ideology. It stinks. It really does; but apparently hitting rock bottom was our destiny, because, as the map in the mall says, "You Are Here" and, it appears, we are plummeting.

Royal Concertgebouw 'Wows' with Mahler at Carnegie Hall

ZEALnyc | December 8, 2016 | Arts
By Joshua Rosenblum, ZEALnyc Contributing Writer, December 8, 2016 During unsettled or troubling times, Mahler can seem like a spiritual balm, and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra's performance of the composer's mighty Symphony No. 5 at Carnegie Hall on Wednesday, November 30,...
Manjusha P. Kulkarni

How To Survive The Pre-Trump Holidays: DO's And DON'T's For The Next 43 Days

Manjusha P. Kulkarni | December 8, 2016 | Politics
One month ago, Donald J. Trump won 80,000 more votes in a few states that gave him the needed margin for a likely Electoral College victory. Unless something dramatic happens in the next several weeks, he will become the 45th President of the United States on January 20, 2017. ...
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

Got #FakeNews? Get Liberation Theology

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | December 8, 2016 | Religion
I have been a learner and a teacher of liberation theology all my adult life and I know this. Oppressors begin by cultivating false consciousness in those they seek to oppress.
Stephen H. Dinan

Why A Rigorous Voting Investigation Is Essential For Our Democracy

Stephen H. Dinan | December 8, 2016 | Politics
For American democracy to work, there is one element that is non-negotiable: our vote.
Robert Koehler

Trump, Taiwan and the Weapons Deal

Robert Koehler | December 8, 2016 | Politics
The president-elect stumbles over the protocols of geopolitics and war, tweeting all the way. It's not just insane. It's awkward. "Since 1979," the Guardian points out, "the U.S. has acknowledged Beijing's claim that Taiwan is part of China, with relations governed by the 'One China' set of protocols."...
Robert Brustein

Donald's New Restaurant

Robert Brustein | December 8, 2016 | Politics
A new gourmet restaurant has just opened in the White House, called the Osteria Trump. Here is the carte de jour: APPETIZERS: Cannelini Trumpetta A dish of Truscan beans, guaranteed to make you fart, plus the privilege of writing your name on the wall of the White House...
UN Women

Supporting Muna to get her life back

UN Women | December 8, 2016 | Women
Crossposted from UN Women. Muna Hadad has suffered a lifetime of violence and abuse. Fearing her son’s safety, she left her abusive second husband and found refuge in a woman’s shelter supported by UN Women. Today, she is safe, independent and a working mother. Muna Hadad* has a harrowing story. Her parents divorced when she was very young. When she turned 15 years, her father came back and forced her to live with him and his new wife. Over the next seven years, Hadad’s father raped her several times and her stepmother and stepbrothers physically abused her. At 22 she was married to a man chosen by her family. When her husband discovered that she was not a virgin, he promptly divorced her. Rejected by her husband and family, Hadad was put in jail under administrative detention for nine months. The Jordanian Crime Prevention Law n.7 (1954) authorizes administrative detention for protective custody purposes to detain women at risk of violence or honour killing for up to one year. However, most justice sector professionals believe that detention has a negative impact on women and their families. “Women in administrative detention face several challenges in being reintegrated into the society, stigmatized and rejected by their families, which can substantially extend their confinement,” explains Ziad Sheikh, UN Women Representative in Jordan. Once she left detention, Muna Hadad decided to marry again, but soon after the marriage, her second husband started to drink and gamble. “One day, when I was six and a half months pregnant, he came home drunk and high. He hit me brutally and I went into labor. When day broke, I gave birth,” recollects Hadad. Eventually, she decided to leave her husband, fearing for her son’s safety. Hadad found refuge at the Jordanian Women’s Union shelter for survivors of gender-based violence. The shelter is part of a joint programme Hemayati (‘My safety’ in Arabic) supported by UN Women, in partnership with UNFPA and UNICEF, and generously funded by the Government of Norway. The programme aims to increase sexual and gender-based violence survivors’ access to comprehensive and confidential lifesaving protection services, including health, psychosocial and legal services. “I have everything I need now. The Jordanian Women's Union helped me find a job and they registered my son in school. I am doing the best I can to become independent,” says Hadad. She is one of 5,186 women who have been supported through the programme. The programme also engages survivors in advocacy through arts and theatre. Muna Hadad, along with other survivors of gender-based violence recently performed in a play on early marriage, to mark the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, a global campaign running from 25 November to 10 December. The experience bolstered Hadad’s confidence. “My message to parents is to take care of their daughters,” she says. “My message to women is to be strong and stand on your own feet.” According to Nadia Shamrouk, the General Manager of the Jordanian Women’s Union, the plays provide a therapeutic experience to survivors of gender-based violence. “This is the first time that survivors played such roles as part of their healing process. One of the women who acted in the play had not been able to speak about the violence that she had suffered, but since participating in the play, she has opened up. She even decided to go to court to get custody of her children,” shares Shamrouk. The Hemayati programme will continue through 2017, and aims to expand safe access to response services, shelters and health care, including reproductive health services, for survivors of gender-based violence. * The name of the survivor has been changed to protect her...
Joe Lauria

Blaming Russia To Overturn The Election

Joe Lauria | December 8, 2016 | Politics
When the Clinton campaign said it would join the recount in three Rust Belt states narrowly lost to Donald Trump, it didn't say its motive was overcoming the vote totals but instead to find out if there was "foreign interference" in the election.
Krystal Ball

Trump Has Already Betrayed The Working Class

Krystal Ball | December 8, 2016 | Politics
They voted for him in droves. In a remarkable political shift, the white working class who have seen their wages decline over decades thanks to shameless pandering to Wall Street and big business by both political parties, finally gave up on the Democrats and threw their...

What I Wish I Had Known In My Twenties

Quora | December 8, 2016 | GPS for the Soul
What one thing do you wish you had known about life when you were in your 20s? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. Answer by James Altucher, blogger, author, social media,...
David Vognar

Loving While Resisting Trump

David Vognar | December 8, 2016 | Good News
Maintaining one's loving stance can be difficult in trying times. When anger and hate rise up, as they are on the right, it can be tempting to respond in kind.

Does College Make You a Better Coder?

Quora | December 8, 2016 | Technology
Does college make you a better coder? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. Answer by Hadi Partovi, CEO,, tech entrepreneur/investor, on Quora: Does college...

Three Simple Ways You Can Fend Off Unemployment

Quora | December 8, 2016 | Business
How can we make college more affordable for Americans? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. Answer by Mary Daly, SVP & Economist at Federal Reserve Bank San Francisco, on Quora....

How to Decide if Your Startup Should Be a Non-Profit

Quora | December 8, 2016 | Business
What are some of the main differences when founding a nonprofit vs for-profit startup? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. Answer by Jessica Jackley, Co-Founder of Kiva and Entrepreneur, on
John R. Schneider, III

The Queer Nuances Of LGBT Financial Planning

John R. Schneider, III | December 8, 2016 | Queer Voices
As a financial advisor and a trailblazer for the queer community, Pareto provides unique insight into LGBT financial planning for single people, partners and spouses.

The Best Life Advice From a Man Who Researches Everything

Quora | December 8, 2016 | GPS for the Soul
What's the best advice you've ever been given? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. Answer by Tim Urban, writer for Wait But Why - join their email list here...
Jack Levin, Ph.D.

Misconceptions About Terrorism In The Aftermath of the Ohio State Rampage

Jack Levin, Ph.D. | December 8, 2016 | Crime
The recent rampage on the campus of Ohio State University has been followed by much speculation based on a number of misconceptions and misunderstandings.
Kim Glas

Preserving America's Landscape, An Obama Legacy

Kim Glas | December 8, 2016 | Green
It is critical that President Obama acts swiftly to preserve land that is at risk of external threats before the end of his term as it has become blatantly clear that the next administration will not hold the same value for our environment over the next four years.