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Mehrnaz Samimi

Social Media Helps Young Iranian Fashion Designers

Mehrnaz Samimi | April 18, 2014 | World
Vahdat Hall, originally called Roudaki Hall and built for artistic performances, was a prominent venue for major concerts and plays over the years. This year, however, on the occasion of spring and Nowruz, the Iranian new year, it became the site for a different type of event: the Fajr Fashion...
Maryam Zar

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Truth In Advertising and Misleading a Generation

Maryam Zar | April 18, 2014 | Impact
"Every girl is expected to have Caucasian blue eyes, full Spanish lips, a classic button nose, hairless Asian skin with a California tan, a Jamaican dance hall ass, long Swedish legs, small Japanese feet, the abs of a lesbian gym owner, the hips of a 9-year-old boy, the arms of...
Chris Weigant

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Friday Talking Points - Our 4/20 Acronym Contest Challenge

Chris Weigant | April 18, 2014 | Politics
As we've noted, 2014 is shaping up to be a pivotal year for marijuana reform. The Colorado and Washington experiments are proceeding apace, and the only real question people are asking is "which state will be next?"
Rabbi Michael Bernstein

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A Time of Vigilance in the Ukraine

Rabbi Michael Bernstein | April 18, 2014 | Religion
We are challenged these days by the ugly reminders of anti-Semitism on both sides of the Ukrainian conflict and, of course, so recently in our own backyard. We must both remain vigilant against those who would do us harm and anticipate not increasing danger but redemption and peace.
Barbara Brown Taylor

Learning to Wait In the Dark: A Holy Saturday Reflection

Barbara Brown Taylor | April 18, 2014 | Religion
That was where Jesus spent Holy Saturday: in a dark hole in the ground, doing absolutely nothing. It was the Sabbath, after all. His friends had worked hard to make sure he was laid to rest before the sun went down. Then they went home to rest too, because that was what they did on Saturdays.
Wendy Spencer

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Green Service: Creating Opportunity and Protecting Our Planet

Wendy Spencer | April 18, 2014 | Impact
Like many transitioning service members, Mike Bremer was having a tough time finding work after he came home. Then he joined AmeriCorps, serving on the all veterans fire team with the Southwest Conservation Corps. With the skills he learned, Mike was able to secure a job with the...
Jackie K. Cooper

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'Heaven Is For Real' Is the Perfect Easter Movie

Jackie K. Cooper | April 18, 2014 | Entertainment
When Hollywood decided to make a movie of Todd Burpo's international bestseller, Heaven Is For Real, they could have really messed it up. They could have made it too saccharine; they could have made it too religious; they could have made it too far out there for anyone to want...
Jonathan D. Lovitz

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LGBT Kids Need to Know They're Not Alone Online

Jonathan D. Lovitz | April 18, 2014 | Gay Voices
We have all felt alone, lost, and unsupported. We cannot let the next generation feel so abandoned when we have so many resources at our disposal to help them. Each and every one of us can be an active advocate for change by just using our voice, in person or online.
Gil Laroya

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How the Touch Screen Became So Out of Touch

Gil Laroya | April 18, 2014 | Technology
The touch screen -- interface of the future or gimmicky marketing headache? When the first touch screen interfaces came out (at least in a big consumer kind of way) it was in smartphones. Sure there have been other instances of touch screen interfaces (ATM machines, TV remotes, etc.) but no...
John Shore

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The Earliest Picture of Jesus on the Cross

John Shore | April 18, 2014 | Religion
We can glimpse a bit of the historical importance of the crucifixion through early Christian depictions of that event. The absolute earliest visual depictions of Jesus' crucifixion exist in the form of a symbol called the staurogram.
Irene Monroe

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Jesus' Sex Life on the 'Down Low'

Irene Monroe | April 18, 2014 | Religion
I just find it hard to believe that this wandering rabbi and his gang of 12 surely horny men were unmarried and celibate.
Anthony W. Orlando

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The Best Monetary Policy Is Strict Financial Regulation

Anthony W. Orlando | April 18, 2014 | Politics
In recent years, private-sector forecasters have been surprisingly accurate at forecasting changes in the unemployment rate, but they have been equally inaccurate when forecasting changes in the federal funds rate, the baseline interest rate controlled by the Fed.
Steven Raichlen

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Tips for Buying the Best Lamb

Steven Raichlen | April 18, 2014 | Taste
Despite its popularity elsewhere in the world, lamb consumption in the U.S. has dwindled to less than one pound per person per year -- about half of what it was in the 1990s when I started writing The Barbecue! Bible series. (In...
Katie Vlietstra

Encouraging Self-Employment Should Be a Focal Point of the New Small Business Administrator

Katie Vlietstra | April 18, 2014 | Small Business
Our nation's smallest businesses -- the self-employed and micro-businesses -- represent the heart and soul of America's middle class. Yet, America's small businesses face critical challenges that prevent them from opening, growing and expanding.
Svitlana Flom

Elegant Easter Table Decor

Svitlana Flom | April 18, 2014 | HuffPost Home
This year our Easter table décor was quite a departure from the traditional pastels and trappings -- no basket stuffed with candy and bunny displays. I set the ambiance and décor with jewel-toned color combinations and effortless sophistication.
Somer Meade

The Affordable Care Act Gets Us a Step Closer to Equitable Health Care

Somer Meade | April 18, 2014 | Politics
As a person who has been living with what's commonly known as "a preexisting health condition," and one that can require expensive surgery and even result in emergency-room visits if it gets out of control, I consider the Affordable Care Act a lifesaver.
Jim Liske

The 50-Billion-Dollar Question

Jim Liske | April 18, 2014 | Crime
For decades, "tough on crime" policies contributed to the explosive growth of the prison population -- and the amount of money we spend on locking people up.
Charlotte Robinson

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Scott Campbell Talks Elton John AIDS Foundation and LGBT Equality (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | April 18, 2014 | Gay Voices
This week I talked with Scott Campbell, Executive Director of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, which has been identified by Funders for LGBTQ Issues as the largest funder of programs for black LGBTQ individuals.
Michele Bigley

Planting Roots in the Homes of Others: Couch-Surfing in LA

Michele Bigley | April 18, 2014 | Los Angeles
As a traveler, I am calling this an adventure -- a truth because being without a home with two young children is nothing short of an adventure.
Warren J. Blumenfeld

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Jews as Racialized Other as Reflected in the Kansas Murders

Warren J. Blumenfeld | April 18, 2014 | Crime
Why did a self-described white supremacist target apparent white people at Jewish community centers? The answer is quite simple: Though Jewish people are members of every so-called "race," even Jews of European heritage have been and still continue to be "racially" othered by dominant, Christian-European-heritage communities.