Lately, headlines have been full of reports of religious condemnation of abortion and birth control. As a person of deep faith, I believe the opposite: I believe that — as a matter of social justice — religious people should support the rights of women to make decisions about bearing children, including about abortion and birth control. God’s love encompasses all creation. It includes a woman in labor and it includes a woman having an
Archive for May 3rd, 2012
Every aspect of our lives plays out in two versions: one conscious, which we are constantly aware of, and the other unconscious, which remains hidden from us. Over the past two decades, researchers have developed remarkable new tools for probing the subliminal processes of our unconscious mind. This explosion of research has led to a sea change in our understanding of how the mind affects the way we live. As a result, scientists are becoming increasingly convinced that how we experience the world – our perception, behavior, memory, and social judgment – is largely driven by the mind’s subliminal processes and not by the conscious ones, as we have long
The civil rights movement was not a movement of the black community. It was a movement of humanity, for humanity. Calling African Americans a “black community” serves an injustice to the countless individuals with unique stories. It is these generalizations that may lie at the root of America’s inability to cease racism.
On May 2nd, the education world welcomed EdX, Harvard and MIT’s $60 million online partnership that promises to upend higher education as we know it. At the launch event, MIT President Susan Hockfield, Harvard President Drew Faust and a handful of project administrators outlined a collaboration intended to enhance learning for both residential and online students via shared content on an open-source platform.
Projects like EdX suggest that information not only wants to be free, lots of intrepid learners want it to be free as well. Helping that smart but poor kid in Cambodia/Cameroon/Canada (with a robust internet connection) gain access to great teaching materials is a noble cause.
But $60 million is not that much money to establish a non-profit organization that will provide no-cost, quality education to all, and MIT Provost Raphael Reif noted that EdX needs to become financially self-supporting. How can this project be sustained over time? $60 million just doesn’t buy what it used
When I was in high school, I wrote a one-act play that won the Scholastic Writing Award, in a category that was judged by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright (The Effect of Gamma Ray on May-in-the-Moon Marigolds) Paul Zindel. I don’t know what Zindel’s play is actually about — LSD? Flowers? Early Electric Daisy Carnival? — because I am still so dazzled by his Pulitzer. But it didn’t matter — my play apparently was good enough to warrant recognition and Zindel picked right on one count: I became a published author, and wrote a novel (hidden) about queer teens who escape from gay-to-straight bootcamps.
At the time, the Scholastic award was announced close enough to graduation that I could keep my play’s content (a queer boy struggling to come to terms with his sexuality) a secret. Nobody knew what my play was about until after I graduated, when I left a copy under a classmate’s front
We all dream of reaching our potential. Social entrepreneurs, who often see the mission of their organization as the embodiment of their own personal mission, perhaps know this better than most of us.
It is common to judge social enterprises by the scale of their reach or by how rapidly it has grown. But at what cost does this come to the social entrepreneur and the organization?
Last week, 25 social entrepreneurs from around the world gathered in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, for the World Economic Forum on Latin America. Over the course of several days, the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship gathered these entrepreneurs to discuss how leaders in the social enterprise sector grapple with this rarely discussed
I help executives at all levels who are frustrated with their managers acting more like babysitters than business leaders. And yet, I end up not being able to do much for 70 percent of the people who come my way. In baseball, with that sort of average, I would be Hall of Fame material; in basketball, I would be grade school caliber. That’s life.
Why only 30 percent? Because I can’t get out of the 70 percent’s heads this notion that leadership is clean and noble, above the fray, pose and ye shall
In late March a panel of ten education experts gathered in Washington to nominate four most-improved urban school districts for a national education prize. What should have been a routine review of student data, however, suddenly took a new direction.
First one member on the review panel for the annual Broad Prize for Urban Education, then another, noticed the same thing: Plenty of large urban school districts nationwide were making solid progress with Hispanic students closing achievement gaps with white students, but not with African-American students.
In theory, the experts should not have been seeing what they were seeing.
The federal data tracking Hispanic and African American students shows they are making roughly the same progress (not much) in closing learning gaps.
That left the review panel members
If your board is absent a person with expertise in a certain area — like finance or law, go find and recruit the right person. If your board needs a bit of training and inspiration, bring in a terrific expert for a lively, illuminating session. In some cases, however, the board can’t be fixed by simply adding a board member or two, or featuring a governance seminar.
Nonprofits face greater financial challenges than ever before; studies from the Nonprofit Finance Fund confirm our personal anecdotal experiences. This is also a time of extraordinary opportunity as new philanthropists come onto the scene, corporations and foundations show fresh interest in alternative funding approaches, and fees for services present innovative
Casual observers of the Middle East are no doubt aware of the deeply anti-Semitic and anti- Zionist attitudes in the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, Hezbollah and Iran. These groups make little attempt to conceal their desire for a world without Israel, and care not whether this goal is achieved through the so-called “right of return” that would grant millions of Palestinians the “right” to live in Israel, or through the liquidation of the “Zionist entity.” Any rational observer knows these actions would end Israel as the state of the Jewish people.
Nor do these groups devote much attention to distinguishing whether this aim should be achieved through violent jihad or by the expulsion of Israelis.
They often insist a peaceful and just solution can be achieved only if Jews return to their previous homes in the former Soviet Union, Morocco, Iraq or Germany.
The ubiquitous demand for the “liberation of Palestine” is understood by any rational observer to be an appeal not solely for the liberation of the West Bank but a euphemism for the destruction of Israel. In the end, they want Israel not to exist — to be destroyed, and care little how it happens.
However, a new and not-so-subtle threat has emerged from one of the more peaceful places on earth — Scandinavia. Norway has never posed a direct threat to Israel nor has it advocated Israel’s liquidation.
However, many in its government, and some large businesses, have recently displayed a pattern of strong anti-Israel and often anti-Semitic attitudes that would make Islamist radicals very proud.
Why would a very tolerant, progressive and democratic government espouse such prejudicial views? Why is this significant for Jews and all persons of conscience? Western nations are typically categorized as advocates of liberty, democracy, human rights and tolerance.
The Kingdom of Norway is no exception and prides itself as a universal champion of these noble values.
For instance, in December 2010, the Norwegian government released a 12-page brochure affirming that “The protection of human rights is one of the main pillars of Norwegian foreign policy, and providing support for human rights defenders is a central part of these efforts.”
Therefore, it would be imperative for Norway to practice what it
Having hailed from the Garden State myself, I hate to criticize one of my New Jersey home girls. Yet just as I am disgusted by Jersey Shore, I’m concerned about — and a little freaked out by — Patricia Krentcil, the Jersey mom who allegedly brought her six-year-old daughter with her into a tanning both with her to get a little — or a lot — of color. I’m sorry, but this sort of obsessive need for a tan really makes me see red.
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When a stalled economy and a shrinking job market open the door for innovation and entrepreneurship, a good idea can catch on very quickly. The creative innovators who launch these new enterprises can find sudden success and rapid growth a great challenge to manage. I asked the popular fashion designer, Tory Burch, about how she sustains her core mission and product quality as her business quickly expands around the world.
When she launched her line of clothing and accessories out of her New York City apartment eight years ago, her label was an instant success. She was endorsed by Oprah Winfrey and has won several fashion awards for her
“IT’S THE story. It is the feeling that you really make a little bit of a difference. You’re doing something useful…helped somebody out of some trouble, you’ve righted a wrong, you’ve exposed something worth exposing.”
This is the quote under splendid photos of the late Mike Wallace from his handsome “Remembrance” memorial program by CBS. The memorial took place Tuesday in Rose Hall at Jazz at Lincoln
I have spent the last 10 months investigating the incident of May 14th 2011 involving Dominique Strauss-Kahn, which has resulted in my e-book Three Days In May: Sex, Surveillance, and DSK (Melville House, $5.04).
I have had success in obtaining CCTV surveillance tapes from around the hotel, the key swipe records for both the Presidential suite (2806) in which the incident took place and the room across the hall (2820), cell-phone records, and police reports.
But despite all my digging, I have been unable to answer 10 key questions about the downfall of DSK — nor was DSK able to shed light on them during my interview with him this April.
1. Who put DSK under surveillance during his US trip in May 2011, and why?
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I am convinced that DSK was under surveillance both on his trip to Washington,
In America today, conservatism’s one clear fault line, cutting across cultural and socioeconomic schisms, aligns conservatives based on their views about the relationship between government and its citizens.
On one side are born-again libertarians, like supporters of perpetual presidential candidate Ron Paul. Believing that governmental power and personal freedom are always and everywhere inversely related, born-again libertarians are hostile to government at all levels: national, regional and local. (And don’t get them started about multinational entities like the IMF.)
On the other side of the line are federalist conservatives, by far the larger group, who are selective in their anti-government
In my previous post, I quoted from MF Global’s crisis plan, a document called “Stress Scenario Analysis–Downgrade Potential Impact on MF Global.” Work on that document began in January 2011, although it apparently wasn’t completed until around 18 days before the bankruptcy. MF Global worried that it wouldn’t have enough cash and liquid assets of its own to meet calls for collateral (margin calls), among other things, in the event of a ratings downgrade.
“Reads Like a Fraud Play-Book”
The document poses a question:
I’ll get back to the answer to MF Global’s question about the message later. To every finance professional I know that has read the entire document, this looks as if MF Global planned to misuse, i.e., to steal clients’ money to see it through a period when it anticipated being short of its own
In the United States, the mass incarceration of minority communities, and the resulting mass reentry and lifetime collateral consequences have created the “perfect storm” to ensure that criminal record based employment discrimination serves as a surrogate for race-based discrimination. Jobseekers with criminal records are often at the “back of the line”, and in the current economy, that line has grown considerably. But on April 25, 2012, in a 4 to 1 bi-partisan vote, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) showed tremendous leadership and courage by issuing a revised guidance encouraging the hiring of individuals with records by clarifying the application of Title VII to criminal
By Kamren Curiel
Although the May Day march in L.A. yesterday couldn’t compete with the historical mass turnout for immigration reform on March 25, 2006, at least 1,000 demonstrators, many from the Occupy movement, convened in downtown to fight for immigration reform and workers’ rights. Protesters rose up across the country, including Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Oakland, Cleveland and New York, where the Occupy movement started last September. Rage Against the Machine guitarist and Occupy supporter, Tom Morello, drew thousands to New York’s Union Square, where he dropped knowledge on worker exploitation and led demonstrators in song alongside Immortal Technique and Brooklyn-based hip-hop group Das Racist.
May Day, also known as International Workers’ Day, is historically a day for the working class to rise up in demonstration and march for higher wages, equal access to jobs, and the right to
Like so many other immigrants in our proud history, Jean-Joseph Kalonji, 61, and his wife Angelica Kalonji, 57, came here seeking the American Dream–that wonderful, immutable idea that anyone can succeed in the United States through hard work; that anyone can be welcome into this great melting pot and live a happy, successful life.
That idea was violated on April 19, 2012, when the Kalonjis found themselves staring down the barrels of AR-15 assault rifles wielded by Robert Canoles, 45, and his son Brandon, 18.
The Kalonjis had come that day to the property their son Bruno had just purchased for them in Newton County, Georgia–a modest home sitting on an 11-acre spread. At just $55,000, it was a dream come true for Jean, an electrician, and Angelica, who cooks and works the cash register at the Kalonji’s Caf & Bakery in Stone Mountain. Following the advice of the family’s real estate agent, Jean was changing the locks on the front door that evening after the home’s closing.
That’s when they met their new neighbors, the Canoles. Robert and Brandon snuck up behind them with their semiautomatic rifles and, confronting the couple, told them to shut up and get their hands in the air, or else they’d be
This is the first article in a series by actor, director, and art advocate Cheech Marin.
Who the hell knows?
To me, you have to declare yourself a Chicano in order to be a Chicano. That makes a Chicano a Mexican-American with a defiant political attitude that centers on his or her right to self-definition. I’m a Chicano because I say I am.
But no Chicano will agree will me because one of the characteristics of being Chicano is you don’t agree with anybody, or anything. And certainly not another
An all-star comedy in the same vein as such crowd-pleasers as The Full Monty, Calendar Girls and other British charmers, John Madden’s The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is the kind of movie they seldom make anymore – except in England. When they try to do it in America, you wind up with something like Garry Marshall’s New Year’s Eve – or worse.
Based on the novel These Foolish Things by Deborah Moggach, Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (opening in limited release 5/4/12) brings together Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith and a few others for a seductive fish-out-of-water tale. And I’m using “fish” in the plural.
The aforementioned stars all play British pensioners who, for their own reasons, are disappointed with what retirement has meant for them in England. They’re feeling outmoded in a fast-moving country, or undone by an economy that means their money isn’t stretching as far as it
“Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.” — Helen Keller
I’m living my worst nightmare. And I haven’t felt this good in ages.
I’ve spent my life doing whatever it took to not be an unemployed single mother.
I’ve believed in the almighty paycheck so deeply and for so long that I can’t remember not believing in it, and feeding this addiction has shaped my
Let’s stop jacking the Chinese around. We do not care a whit now — nor have we ever cared — about their human rights or any other aspect of their lives as long as they satiate our unbridled appetites. To pretend otherwise is to deny centuries of exploitative history in which the West drugged the Middle Kingdom and plundered it for its resources and cheap labor while obliterating any sign of popular resistance to our imperial sway.
From the Opium Wars to the contemplation of using nuclear weapons to bomb China back to the Stone Age because of our differences with it over Korea and Vietnam, the response of the West has been one of brute intimidation. Never have we been willing to acknowledge that China, for all of its immense contradictions, upheavals, sufferings and errant ways, represents the most complex and impressive example of national