Opinion

Innocent Question or Microaggression?

By Karin Friedemann, TMO Heben Nigatu wrote an article on Buzzfeed this week entitled “21 Microaggressions You Hear On a Daily Basis,” based on a photo series taken by photographer Kiyun, who asked minority students at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus to “write down an instance of racial microaggression they have faced.” She uses the […]

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December 12, 2013

Singles, Sex, and Faith

Pre-marital sex in the USA and European societies has become a norm and even though adultery is illegal in 23 states in the USA, since 1983 no one has been punished while some 60 percent men and 42 per cent women reportedly commit acts of adultery in the country

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December 5, 2013

Endless Afghanistan Means Endless Funds

By Laura Fawaz, Contributing Reporter An Afghan man selling balloons rides on his bicycle in Kabul December 3, 2013. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani Many Americans have been led to believe the war in Afghanistan will soon be over, but a U.S.-Afghan security deal that US officials tried to keep secret, changes that. This hidden deal, obtained by […]

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December 5, 2013

Iran: Not About Weapons

If you want to understand the U.S.-Iran controversy, know this: It is not about nuclear weapons.

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December 5, 2013

Advice Column: The Diet Soda Debate

By Noor H. Salem, TMO blackbeanbrownies.wordpress.com Question: Instead of drinking soda I go for zero calorie and diet sodas.  Is there a significant difference between regular soda and the diet one? Answer: While it may appear like diet soda is a good choice for those aiming for a healthy “diet”, it can actually be just […]

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November 27, 2013

Ron Paul: ‘The Fed is a Reverse Robin Hood’

By Valentin Mândrăşescu Former Senator and one of the harshest critics of Federal Reserve, Ron Paul published a scathing critique of Janet Yellen, the next Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board Chairman. Ron Paul describes the Fed as “a reverse Robin Hood” that steals from the poor. Writing on his personal blog, the “godfather of […]

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November 27, 2013

Is India’s Potential Prime Minister Driven by Prejudice?

Narendra Modi’s use of the 2002 Gujarat violence in electoral campaigning is not an isolated case. By Sarmila Bose Sectarian tensions in Gujarat state, like elsewhere in India, have been used for political gains [Reuters] Since 2002, when violence against Muslims racked the state of Gujarat in India, its Chief Minister, Narendra Modi, has been […]

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November 27, 2013

Obama’s Problems With Communication

Nobody could have foreseen that as Obama’s presidency went on, his ability to communicate would become a liability, rather than the strength that they had once been.

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November 27, 2013

Advice Column: The Truth about Honey

Question: Is it true honey is a bad sugar for you? I switched to zero calorie sweeteners instead.

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November 21, 2013

Egypt: The Betrayal

Two years ago, the people of Egypt spoke as one voice in defense of democracy and created a positive environment of change …

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November 21, 2013

Labor Laws in Saudi Arabia

labor laws in Saudi Arabia

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November 7, 2013

The Triangle Connecting the U.S., Israel, and American Jewry May Be Coming Apart

For decades, shared interests kept all three players in a mutually beneficial relationship, but its end might not be such a bad thing

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November 7, 2013

Balfour Declaration Crime Against Humanity

By Mohammed Mar’i RAMALLAH–On Nov. 2, 1917, British Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour announced that his government views “with favor the establishment in Palestine a national home for the Jewish people,” laying the foundation for the creation of Israel more than 30 years later. The Palestinian Ministry of Information said in a statement on the […]

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November 7, 2013

How the Sunni-Shia Schism Is Dividing the World

the absence of any institutional memory in the State Department, Foreign Office or Quai d’Orsay means that no one need remember that 15 of the 19 mass-killers of 9/11 were also Salafists and – let us above all, please God, forget this – were all Sunni citizens of Saudi Arabia

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October 31, 2013

Planning Ahead Reduces Stress

“Take advantage of five matters before five other matters: your youth, before you become old; and your health, before you fall sick; and your richness, before you become poor; and your free time before you become busy; and your life, before your death.”

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October 31, 2013

Democracy Now: Spying on Allies Shows “Institutional Obsession” with Surveillance

First of all, what General Alexander said there—and remember, he’s probably the most powerful military official in the United States. I think everybody, more or less, agrees on that. He didn’t actually say that newspapers should stop publishing. He said something far more pernicious. He said, “We,” namely the government, “should come up with ways to stop them from continuing to report.” And he then said, “I’m not really sure exactly what ways there are, but the courts and the Congress should try and figure that out.” Now, I can’t imagine, in a minimally free country, how courts and Congress could get together and stop journalists from reporting on newsworthy stories, the way that General Alexander is calling for something to be done.

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October 31, 2013

Assad, PR and Rebels

There have been many claims made about who is fighting in Syria, and perhaps more importantly, what goals they are fighting for. At the beginning of the crisis almost three years ago, nobody believed Assad and his regime when they said that the unarmed protestors being killed were “terrorists” and “Al Qaeda.”

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October 31, 2013

Historic Opportunity for Iran to Make a Fresh Start

Iran finds itself in the media spotlight for all the right reasons, mana for a change.

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October 24, 2013

The Banning of Ikhwan and the Happenings at Rabaa al-Adawiya

By Asma Khan Egypt has an old and long tradition of revolutions. The one that happened in 2011 was a defining moment in recent history. If you think yourself a man, come with me on 25 January. Whoever says women shouldn’t go to protests because they will get beaten let him have some honor and […]

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October 24, 2013

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