Provide For Holocaust and Genocide Education in Pennsylvania Schools

State Rep. Brendan Boyle, (D-Montgomery/Phila) has re-introduced HB 176, The Holocaust/Genocide Education Mandate, requiring Pennsylvania public and private schools provide age-appropriate instruction for grades 6-12 on the Holocaust and other modern genocides. "Knowing our history is
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Collective Identity: Hatred Bred in the Bone

The social psychology of terrorism By Jerrold Post Jerrold Post, MD, is a professor of psychiatry, political psychology, and international affairs and director of the Political Psychology Program at The George Washington University, Washington, D.C. There is a widespread assumption that the ranks of terrorists are filled with (more...)

U.S. Commemorates International Roma Day

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, on behalf of President Obama, sent best wishes to all Roma on International Roma Day, April 8, and called for an end to the discrimination they continue to suffer. “Roma,” Kerry said, “face wide-ranging discrimination in access to education, employment, housing, (more...)

Margaret Thatcher, “Champion of Freedom”

President Obama, in a statement of sympathy to the British people following the death of Baroness Margaret Thatcher, praised the grocer’s daughter who became Britain’s only female prime minister as an unapologetic supporter of the trans-Atlantic alliance. “Here in America, many of us will never forget her standing (more...)

Freedom of Expression in the United States

The following are excerpts of Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez’s remarks at the Conference on the Transformation of Security and Fundamental Rights Legislation in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The full transcript is available on the U.S. Department of Justice website. ... [H]ow does a government grant (more...)

Japanese Students Visit California to Say Thanks

By Christopher S. Johnson U.S. Navy Public Affairs The Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana hosted the Tomodachi in San Diego 2013 event at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot on March 26 to provide an opportunity to thank the sailors and Marines who provided humanitarian aid during the (more...)

U.S. Providing Humanitarian, Nonlethal Aid to Syria

By Phillip Kurata Staff Writer The United States is providing an “exceptional amount” of humanitarian aid to the Syrian people and rising levels of nonlethal assistance to the Syrian opposition, according to White House press secretary Jay Carney. The Syrian Opposition Coalition is the “legitimate representative of the opposition (more...)

U.S. Supreme Court: The Issue of Same-Sex Marriage

According to the media," the issue of same-sex marriage has been front and center in Washington this week.  The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases that could have a profound impact on the legal and political acceptability of gay marriage around the country." Thousands of (more...)

Russian Oligarch Boris Berezovsky Died at His Home in Britain

According to the media, "Boris Berezovsky, the exiled Russian oligarch and long-time opponent of the Kremlin, died at his home in Britain on Saturday in "unexplained" circumstances." Berezovsky's spokesman in Britain said the oligarch had been found at his home in Ascot by his bodyguard, refusing (more...)

Obama’s Proclamation on Women’s History Month 2013

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION For more than two centuries, our Nation has grown under the simple creed that each of us is created equal. It is a notion that makes America unlike any other place on earth -- a country where no matter (more...)

American Juries

The U.S. jury system derived from a British practice that aimed to protect subjects from tyranny by the king. For hundreds of years, the system has evolved with changes in society and has survived, still presenting a check on government power. Fred Graham is an anchor (more...)

U.S. Announces Sanctions Against Iran

The United States took a number of actions February 6 to tighten sanctions on Iran’s access to its oil revenues and further expose the Iranian government’s continued abuse of human rights. Key provisions of the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012 (TRA) went into (more...)

Crowdfunding: The Power of People

Colleen Wainwright wanted to do something big for her birthday, so she challenged herself to raise $50,000 in 50 days for WriteGirl!, a Los Angeles–based nonprofit that empowers girls through self-expression. By the eve of her birthday, Wainwright had raised $61,517. How did she do it? She had (more...)

Statement by Acting Deputy Spokesperson on Russia’s Yakovlev Act

We deeply regret Russia’s passage of a law ending inter-country adoptions between the United States and Russia and restricting Russian civil society organizations that work with American partners.  American families have adopted over 60,000 Russian children over the past 20 years, and the vast majority of these (more...)

Obama at Sandy Hook Interfaith Prayer Vigil


To all the families, first responders, to the community of Newtown, clergy, guests -- Scripture tells us: “…do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away…inwardly we are being renewed day by day. (more...)