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  • For Rex Tillerson In Russia, Stakes Are High And Outlook Is Dim     U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is welcomed by U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Tefft. Maxim Shemetov/Reuters     Richard Maher, European University Institute Donald Trump entered office in January vowing to improve US relations with Russia. Less than three months into his presidency, however, the prospects for a rapprochement with Putin seem to be as remote as they have ...
  • The History Of Psychiatry And Gay Conversion Therapy function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video;a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); The history of sexual identity and orientation is a long and storied one. As societal understandings change, sexual identity follows suit. While we’re currently living in one of the most progressive periods of gender identity and politics, things are far from perfect. Look, it’s important to recognize how far we’ve come, ...
  • Donald Trump’s ‘Measured Response’ Oh my, Chinese President Xi Jinping and that darned airstrike against Syria sure had all the members in a tizzy last week at Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump’s Florida pleasure dome. Palm Beach Daily News society editor Shannon Donnelly breathlessly reported that for security reasons linked to Jinping’s visit, there was a no-cellphone policy and suspension of the ...
  • United Airlines, David Dao And The Way We Blame Some years ago I was walking by Croke Park stadium in Dublin immediately after the close of the All-Ireland Hurling Final, in which County Tipperary defeated County Galway. Amidst the sea of jubilant Tipperary supporters in yellow floated disconsolate knots of Galway fans in maroon, and one of these passed close by me, its members ...
  • A Tax Scam Even Trump Can See Through Imagine a tax scam so outrageous that even Donald Trump admits it’s inexcusable. Hard to believe, I realize, but it’s all on tape right here – along with more information about how organizers are sidestepping the cash-drunk powers that be in Washington and working to put billions of dollars back into state budgets. The scam is ...
  • I Don’t Care Who Dr. David Dao Is, He Doesn’t Deserve This Like the rest of the world, I was horrified to see the viral videos emerging of a United Airlines passenger being violently dragged down the aisle by a few men with badges. As blood streamed down the passenger’s face, other terrified passengers begged the security officers to stop and look at what they’re doing to ...
  • Do You Love Your Co-Workers? What? Love and business? Yep. It is a concept I explain in Lovability, my new book — it means building a product that customers love and a business where people can do meaningful work and be happy doing it. The word “lovability” sounds friendly, but achieving it is not easy. It requires honoring a deep ...
  • United Airlines Shows How Not To Treat Customers I fly a lot all over the world for business and for pleasure. Lord knows I’ve flown hundreds of thousands of miles in my life. I usually fly United and while I don’t always have issues, there have been times when my luggage was lost; the staff was rude; and I was saddled with inconvenient delays. ...
  • Has Jeff Sessions Ushered In A New Kind Of Federalism? This column was first published by Truthdig.com. “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.” —10th Amendment, Constitution of the United States You really have to hand it to Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III. He knows how to promote ...
  • Washington Has A Cuba Obsession Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com It has to be one of the oddities of our history: the near-obsessive level of attention that, for almost 60 years, Washington has lavished on a modest-sized, impoverished island nation of little strategic importance, 90 miles off our southern coast. I’m talking, of course, about Cuba, which the U.S. has embargoed since 1959, ...
  • Found In Cuba: The American Dream (And Nightmare) Putting Trump in Perspective by Going Offshore Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com I’ll tell you up front that my personal vehicle has crowns of rust on the rear wheel wells and an interior that smells vaguely of dog puke. It’s a 2006 Mazda3 with 150,244 miles on it and it gets me around my modest world well enough, ...
  • 10 Reasons I Fear I’ll Never Feel Ready To Have Kids This post was originally published on Forever Twenty Somethings by Samantha Matt. I’ve always wanted kids. I mean, I do want kids. I want one girl to raise as a cheerleader and three boys to raise as football players. Oh wait, that’s actually my family. I guess I just want to replicate my family, except 30+ ...
  • How “America First” Undermines Our Health This article was originally posted on Hastings Bioethics Forum, a blog of the Hastings Center. People value their health. It allows them to pursue their aims and enjoy their lives, and it contributes to their well-being. But health is not only good for particular healthy individuals. It is also good for their families, communities, nations, and ...
  • Women Will Take Down Men Like Trump, O’Reilly And Ailes By Kica Matos Everyone, likely even much of his audience, knows Bill O’Reilly is a bad man. A mention of his name among groups of women will usually elicit shudders of disgust. Notwithstanding, 21st Century Fox decided to extend the contract of this serial sexual harasser while helping to pay the $13M in legal fees for his ...
  • Why I Gave Up Cynicism For Lent Twitter and Lent: According to Twitter, alcohol, social networking, and chocolate topped the list of tweeted Lenten sacrifices for 2017. The Top 100 list included Donald Trump, virginity, and eating live mice, scoring 22, 47, and 88, respectively. Since I’d already given up coffee and alcohol (and live mice for the most part) for the New ...
  • How The Heroin Crisis Is Straining Foster Care Heroin is unraveling families across the nation, and it is our children who are left as innocent victims of this drug and opioid epidemic. Make no mistake; the heroin crisis in America is destroying our families. From 2000 to 2015 more than half a million people died from drug overdoses. Shockingly, 91 people in America die ...
  • 7 Ways To Eat Healthy Without Going Broke Have you ever worried that you should be buying more food that’s super healthy – maybe even some that’s organic – but thought you couldn’t afford it. If so, you’re not alone. Many people want to eat a healthier diet, but don’t think it’s possible to eat healthy without breaking the bank. They know ...
  • Assad Is A Monster But If Trump Overthrows Him, Syria Will Likely Be Run By Terrorists How should we understand U.S. President Donald Trump’s cruise missile barrage last week against a Syrian airbase? In one sense, it might be a tactical triumph for his administration: cruise missile attacks are popular with the American public as a form of retaliation, and they diverted attention from domestic political wrangling. It demonstrates for the first ...
  • International Travel: Opera, Luxurious Lodging and Great Food in Venice, Italy It had been nagging at us: Despite the pleasure we take in opera tourism, Jackie and I had never been to the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, except on a guided tour soon after the theater had been rebuilt following a disastrous arson fire in 1996. None of our handful of trips to the city ...
  • Here’s Why U.S.-Russia Military Conflict Over Syria Is Looking More And More Likely MOSCOW ― The Russia-U.S. relationship is rapidly getting back to “normal” ― mutual rejection and confrontation. Just days ago, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s visit to Moscow this week was anticipated with hope that the two countries would at last start working on a new agenda and preparing a meeting of their presidents. But ...