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Photo by Hamed Saber. The Wisdom of the Mulla

Sheikh Jamal Rahman   |   Jul 16, 2010

The well-loved trickster from Islamic folklore reminds us to trust, laugh, and be honest with ourselves.    MORE »

A man reads a book as he waits for a train in New York City on May 2, 2010. Photo by Jens Schott Knudsen. pamhule Time for a Tech Sabbath?

Erika Kosina   |   Jul 12, 2010

Americans are finding that a day of rest is still a good idea.   MORE »


Wall Street has prospered following the financial crisis—while on Main Street, economic suffering continues.  Photo by Kevin Dooley. pagedooley Taking Financial Reform into Our Own Hands

Stacy Mitchell   |   Jul 15, 2010

Why we can’t let this financial reform bill be our only response to the economic crisis.   MORE »

WPA workers and Michigan artist, Alfred Castagne. Photo courtesy of the National Archives. The Case for a New WPA

Kate McCormack   |   Jul 12, 2010

Why many are calling for a modern incarnation of the Depression-era program.   MORE »


In a video displayed on the spoof website, a spokesperson claiming to be from the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs announces that France will repay Haiti the 17 billion euros 'Independence Debt.' France (Not) to Repay Debt to Haiti

Brooke Jarvis   |   Jul 15, 2010

A prank website is bringing France’s colonial crimes into the spotlight.   MORE »

Emergency Room. Photo by Taber Andrew Bain. andrewbain Health Care Happy Endings

Dr. Ken Fabert   |   Jul 14, 2010

New Zealand’s health care system still allows for happy endings. But what about the U.S.?   MORE »


Since this photo was taken in 2006, the size of the military budget has continued to increase. Defense spending now accounts for more than half of the federal discretionary budget.  Photo by Turtlemoon. trainorphans Pentagon Spending on the Chopping Block

Christopher Hellman   |   Jul 15, 2010

For the first time in years, there’s serious discussion about the size of our military budget.   MORE »


We Are Many: Chris Jordan Captures Our Blessed Unrest

Jul 9, 2010

A striking depiction of one million organizations working for a better world.   MORE »
Detail from E Pluribus Unum by Chris Jordan

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