Why I Will Vote For Mitt Romney?

One young man, who was raised in America, during an arguing 4 years ago voiced  a brilliant notion: “Maybe our American socialism would be better then your Soviet one.” Blessed innocence! Being among college youth, which was agitated for Democrats and
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Black Pastors Still Treat Congregations As “Black First, Americans Second”

Recently I received a News Max email that stated Black Ministers are recommending their parishioners sit on their hands and stay home from the polls in the upcoming Presidential election. The reasoning was a very solid argument which stated Obama’s sudden turn to supporting Gay Marriage on (more...)

General Allen on Building Peace in Afghanistan

This op-ed by U.S. Marine General John R. Allen, the commander of the NATO International Security Assistance Force and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, was originally published in the Washington Post on August 24. There are no republication restrictions for use by U.S. embassies.
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«Russians» – scapegoats?

It feels quite uncomfortable and disturbing for a Russian person to read yet another article about “Russian mafia” or “Russian” frauds. The reader shrieks, as if waiting for a strike from behind, and thinks: we were hardly ever popular, and now with all these blame games... A single month cannot (more...)

Why It’s Still Safe to Profile Russians?

By Karol Markowicz This column was originally published in the New York Post. Like everyone else, Russian immigrants throughout the five boroughs were horrified by last week’s news about how Sergey Mamonov allegedly killed and dismembered his roommate in Brooklyn. Then we said to each other, “Not us again.” It’s not just (more...)

Russian Mafia – a Convenient Stereotype?

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Nonviolent Thought Through U.S. History

By Ira Chernus Rooted in 16th century Europe, the intellectual traditions of nonviolent thought and action were developed in the United States in the 19th and 20th centuries and traveled abroad to Asia and Africa. Ira Chernus is a professor of religious studies at the University of Colorado at (more...)

Bolotnaya vs Poklonnaya: Strangeness in Moscow

Who could have ever imagined that in the bitterest Russian frost, when eyelashes get covered in ice from freezing breath, tens of thousands of Russians would leave their homes on a weekend day to speak out their view on a political situation in the country through a march. These citizens (more...)

Boris Akunin: “Let’s Not Rush to Win in Russia”

The newspaper «International Herald Tribune» asked the writer Boris Akunin to explain, from the perspective of the writer, what to expect in Russia in the future, and published his opinion. Here are some excerpts from it: “On Sept. 24, when it was announced at the congress of the ruling party (more...)

Wallenberg’s Life-Giving Legacy

The following op-ed by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was published by the New York Times on January 16. Tuesday begins a yearlong celebration of the life of Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who chose not to be indifferent when faced with great evil. Raoul Wallenberg was born (more...)

A Permanently Unfinished Country

By Reed Ueda Reed Ueda is a professor in the Department of History at Tufts University. He is the author of Postwar Immigrant America and a co-editor of New Americans. The United States has been called “a permanently unfinished country,” because it has been continuously built and rebuilt by immigrants. (more...)

2012: “No Peace, No Prosperity, No Progress”

Simon Tisdall made some predictions for 2012, that were published in The Guardian. The headline terms are the three nos: "No peace, no prosperity, and no progress". According to Tisdall, "in conflict zones from the Middle East to Africa and Asia, there is scant prospect of relief in 2012 (more...)

To Be Jewish Without Looking Back

Years ago when many of us first crossed the threshold of JCC Klein Branch no one imagined that after many years the president of this center would be a Russian-speaking immigrant. Many of us, who were confused and embarrassed as immigrants, came to the JCC for advice and help, to find (more...)

A Framework for a Free Press

This essay is excerpted from Media Law Handbook, published by the Bureau of International Information Programs. A useful starting point as we set out to create a framework for a free press is to consider what rights are essential in order for journalists to do their (more...)

Turkey: Earthquake, People & Future

Kubilay Kaptan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and Department of Architecture at Istanbul Aydin University where he has been a faculty member since 2009. He also act as a coordinator of Disaster Education, Application and Research Center at Istanbul Aydin University. Kubilay Kaptan completed his Ph.D. (more...)


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