Steve Hochstadt: The worldwide force of migration cannot be stopped by nostalgia for the disappearance of “traditional values”, often expressed as a cover for hatred and racism.
Larry Wines: In so many ways, we have a long way to go. The President’s State of the Union mixed style and substance to invigorate and encourage, when there have been so many reasons to feel despair, disdain and disgust.
Laura Finley: Those with no hope either make no goals, or set goals that are too easy or next-to-impossible to achieve. They then get either bored or dejected and quit.
Walter Brasch: The hatred and disrespect shown by the Tea Party wing of the Republican party may not be unique or unusual. But it emphasizes that when you can’t argue on principles and policies, you resort to name calling.
Brent Budowsky: Europe is threatened by bigotry against Muslims that is promoted by extremists from the right and given credence in some recent novels, and by bigotry against Jews reminiscent of the early days of the darkest hours of European history.
KJ Noh: Decades later, lives and livelihoods destroyed, various official investigatory committees and courts determined that the defendants were innocent of all charges.
Rudy Acuña: A French female commentator cast a brighter light on the question saying that the question should be why so many Muslim youth are attracted to these radical movements?
It’s time for us to carry the ultimate solidarity sign, and to become informed activists demanding action so that all our other arguments about culture and economics and fairness and opportunity can still be possible.
Larry Wines: Mitch McConnell said this week that the positive economic record for December jobs seems to “coincide with the biggest political change of the Obama administration’s long tenure in Washington: the expectation of a new Republican Congress.”
Hasira Asheuma: 2015 promises to be a critical year on the progressive battlefront as many wedge issues are already at a fever pitch. Here are 5 key issues that all progressives should be keeping an eye on and getting involved with in 2015.
Daryl Cagle: Today we are are grieving, but as we move forward, I hope that our cartoons won’t be chilled by these murders and that the cartooning community will step up to this challenge with even more brilliant and insightful work
Mark Naison: One great way to have police be more responsive and caring and knowledgeable in communities they patrol is to have them involved with neighborhood youth off the job.
Lawrence Wittner: Now that the Republican Party―the conservative voice in mainstream U.S. electoral politics―has attained the most thoroughgoing control of Congress that it has enjoyed since 1928, it’s an appropriate time to take a good look at modern conservatism.