U.S. Honors Military Veterans

A U.S. Army soldier walks up the steps of the amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery, the site of a national ceremony commemorating Veterans Day on November 11. “On Veterans Day, America pauses to honor every service member who
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Legislators Consider New Law to Prevent Human Trafficking

By Charlene Porter Staff Writer The crime of human trafficking has achieved steadily increasing attention in international law enforcement and judicial circles since 2000. The United Nations adopted an international convention against trafficking in persons that year, and 117 nations are now signatories to that agreement. That same year, (more...)

“New Silk Road” Vision Offers Afghanistan a Brighter Future

By Stephen Kaufman Staff Writer As the year 2014 brings important security, political and economic transitions to Afghanistan, the country is already becoming more economically connected to its neighbors, and advancements in media and communications are part of the “substantial progress” that offers reasons for optimism, a top (more...)

Kerry at Dedication of Winston Churchill Bust in U.S. Capitol

Remarks Secretary of State John Kerry At the Dedication of a Bust of Winston Churchill Speaker Boehner, Leader Pelosi, Majority Leader Reid, and Leader McConnell, distinguished guests all, thank you to the leadership of the Congress for making this possible and bringing us all together today to celebrate our (more...)

Four Freedoms: The Speech that Moved America

"...We look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms. The first is freedom of speech and of expression — everywhere in the world. The second is freedom of every person to worship god in his own way — everywhere in the world. The (more...)

Young U.S. Adults Bring New World View to National Problems

By Charlene Porter Staff Writer Americans born between 1979 and 1994 are “dramatically different” from generations before them. After more than a decade of study, a prominent U.S. pollster calls this generation the “first globals” because his research reveals that they see and experience the world in such (more...)

Half a Century Ago, John F. Kennedy Addressed United Nations

“We meet again in the quest for peace.” On September 20, 1963, U.S. President John F. Kennedy greeted the U.N. General Assembly with those words and outlined his vision for a world moving beyond the shadow of war to a future of hope and peace. “The world has not escaped (more...)

America Celebrates Its Constitution

The United States celebrates September 17, the anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution, as Constitution Day. In 1787, James Madison and John Tyler proposed holding a convention to revise the Articles of Confederation, the organizing document that had guided the activities of the former British colonies since (more...)

September 11 Ceremony at Pentagon Memorial

From Scripture, we learn of the miracle of restoration. “You who have made me see many troubles and calamities will revive me again. From the depths of the earth you will bring me up again. You will increase my greatness and comfort me again.” Secretary Hagel, General Dempsey, (more...)

American Memories, American Resilience

An American flag flies from the nearly complete Freedom Tower, rising in lower Manhattan next to where the World Trade Center towers were destroyed on September 11, 2001. In a series of solemn ceremonies in New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania each September 11, Americans come together to remember, (more...)

Donate Your Summer Toys and Help Others Breathe Easier

Now that summer is fading fast, the storage of your hot weather vehicles (motorcycles, boats and recreational vehicles) is going to become a priority. The American Lung Association has a way to avoid both the expense and hassle of storage, while enjoying a possible tax deduction (more...)

Labor Day: An Ode to the American Worker

Unlike other U.S. holidays, Labor Day does not pay tribute to a person or memorialize a historic event. It gives voice to the American worker. The innovation surge that drove manufacturing during the 19th century had given rise to a “working class” of people employed by others (more...)

Putin Breaks The Law: Global Speak Out Day Announced By All Out On September 3

Events around the world are planned on September 3rd to call on world leaders to speak out against the anti-gay law and push president Putin for immediate repeal All Out is calling for a global response to Russia’s anti-gay laws ahead of the G20 summit in St Petersburg on September 5 (more...)

Obama Names Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipients

A former U.S. president, a celebrated Latin jazz musician and a world-famous media mogul and philanthropist are among the 16 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients announced by President Obama on August 8. “The Presidential Medal of Freedom goes to men and women who have dedicated their own (more...)

International Youth Day Celebrates Youth on the Move

Today’s youth, who have access to relatively cheap and easy means of transport and information about opportunities beyond their borders, are more likely than ever to migrate, according to the United Nations. A recent U.N. report finds that young people represent a major proportion of people migrating (more...)