C.I.A. Torture Report – When is it OK to Abandon our Values?
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C.I.A. Torture Report – When is it OK to Abandon our Values?

In 528 pages of grisly detail released just last week, the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s long-awaited “Torture Report” details how the C.I.A. handled ‘criminals’ captured in the wake of 9/11 terrorist attacks on America. Water boarding, rectal feeding, psychological trauma, and worst of all, detention of innocent people. We must ask ourselves: generally our justice system purports to see suspected criminals as innocent until proven guilty; is it acceptable to reverse this standard on an issue of national defense? Additionally, the US regularly criticizes regimes of other countries for being inhumane; at what point can we expect to be taken seriously as a nation if we commit the same crimes that we criticize others for? Lastly, when, if ever, is it OK to abandon our (stated) values of respecting human life? If we wouldn’t want American prisoners of war treated in these ways, why do we think it’s OK to do it to others? If we’re unwilling to recognize and play by international rules, why would anyone else? Continue reading »

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Al Qaeda Kills Visionary, but not his Vision
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Al Qaeda Kills Visionary, but not his Vision

m4s0n501 One particular Facebook status caught my eye this past week; it was a short post, one nearly drowned out in the tumultuous sea of reactions to the injustice served to Michael Brown, to Eric Garner (to all Americans). It was also a post about Luke Somers, a 33-year old photojournalist working in Yemen who was abducted by Al-Qaeda in September … Continue reading »

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Why Unfriending Won’t Fix Ferguson
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Why Unfriending Won’t Fix Ferguson

The “Unfriend Trend” unleashed itself across Facebook last week, following Ferguson’s grand jury verdict that Officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted for the murder of unarmed teenager Mike Brown. Users declaring that #BlackLivesMatter were unfriended by those who empathized with Officer Wilson’s struggle. Users demonizing Ferguson protestors as “barbarians” were promptly let go by those who were infuriated by a failure of … Continue reading »

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Explaining Obama’s Immigration Policy @ Thanksgiving Dinner
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Explaining Obama’s Immigration Policy @ Thanksgiving Dinner

The Thanksgiving holiday has become, more than any other religious or secular celebration, America’s annual “homecoming”. This year in particular, AAA predicts about 41 million of us will hit the road, and nearly 4 million will take to the skies, in order to get home to our families, and spend time eating, catching up, and eating again. What … Continue reading »

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Big News: Alicia Keys Endorses Everyday Ambassador!
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Big News: Alicia Keys Endorses Everyday Ambassador!

Dear Friends, In place of my normal Monday #FieldNotes blog, I’m writing to share with you three big news items on the Everyday Ambassador front: Please join me in welcoming a new supporter to our family: the phenomenally talented and deeply compassionate artist and activist, Alicia Keys! I was incredibly honored to receive Alicia’s endorsement of … Continue reading »

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