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Xenophobic Border Watch Groups are Domestic Terrorists

On May 30, 2009, a terrorist attack in Arizona ended the lives of two U.S. citizens -- a Latino man and his 9-year-old daughter.
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Obama's Budget Battle Hurts the Poor

President Obama released his budget proposal Monday, officially staking his position in what
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How Child Sex Trafficking is Being Overcome in the Philippines

One of the things that make the work of fighting global slavery so difficult is that people feel defeated by the sheer size and scope of the problem.
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When is Nationalism Healthy?

I watched the film Invictus for the second time last weekend.
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Democratization: Another Mountain to Climb in Egypt

There is a Haitian proverb that says after every mountain, there is another mountain.
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Tahrir Square: The Many Little Revolutions

Last week, I received this photo of Maggie, an Egyptian Christian friend who is a documentary filmmaker. When I asked her if I could post the photo on my blog, she sent me this email in return:
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Indiana Immigration: Hoosier Neighbor?

I love Indiana. I love driving through cornfields, playing Euchre, and getting swept up in basketball-mania.
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Wendell Berry Won't Quit Trying to Save the Mountains

Fourteen mountain-top removal protesters -- including author Wendell Berry -- are in their third day of a sit-in/sleep-in at the Kentucky Governor's Office in Frankfort.
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Political Winter Storms in the West Virginia Coalfields

In the old days, in the coal towns of West Virginia, winter was a time when folks hunkered around the pot-bellied stove and whiled away time spinning stories. At times, someone would fiddle with the draft, poke the coal embers, and release an extra dollop of acrid coal smell. Houses were drafty. Your front side facing the stove could be burning up, your backside shivering cold.

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Egypt: Another Step Towards Mainstreaming Nonviolence

The movement that ended President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year autocratic rule has not only created a spectacular breakthrough for Egyptian democracy, it has bequeathed a priceless gift to the rest of u
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