The Right Way to Defeat Terrorism

Image Source: AK Rockefeller, Flickr, Creative Commons Drone By Adil E. Shamoo United States (FPiF) – The recent attacks on Turkey, Bangladesh, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia are just the most recent examples of the horrific terrorist acts taking place around the world. The Islamic State’s recent bombing in Baghdad killed 250 people and wounded hundreds. The[…]

(Re)-Naming a Renaissance Artist

Initial A: Christ Wiping the Tears from the Eyes of the Saved, attributed to the Master of the Antiphonary of San Giovanni Fuorcivitas, about 1345–50. Tempera colors and gold leaf on parchment, 5 1/3 x 5 1/3 in (13.5 x 13.5 cm). The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. 113, recto. Digital image courtesy of the[…]

Changes in Brain Structure During Teenage Years Provide Clues to Onset of Mental Health Problems

Scientists have mapped the structural changes that occur in teenagers’ brains as they develop, showing how these changes may help explain why the first signs of mental health problems often arise during late adolescence. 07.25.2016 In a study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers from the University of Cambridge[…]

On Trump’s ‘Shallowness’

“It has been well said that ‘sooner or later, we all sit down to a banquet of consequences.’ The Republican Party’s multicourse banquet has begun.” – George F. Will By Dorian de Wind / 08.04.2016 A piece in the Washington Post caught my attention not only because of the subject, but also because of who[…]

19 Ways to Awaken Your Heart

By Perma Chodron / 07.14.2016 How to Access the ‘Mind Trainings’ of Buddhism as Everyday Wisdom When I first read the lojong (“mind training”) teachings in The Great Path of Awakening by the nineteenth-century Tibetan teacher Jamgön Kongtrül the Great, I was struck by their unusual message that we can use our difficulties and problems[…]

In Historic Move, Obama Grants Clemency to 214 Prisoners

It is the largest single-day granting of clemency in U.S. history. (Photo: IIP Photo Archive/flickr/cc) “Today’s action will bring hope to so many worthy individuals” By Nadia Prupis / 08.04.2016 President Barack Obama on Wednesday issued a record-breaking 214 commutations for people serving drug-related sentences in federal prison—the largest single-day granting of clemency in U.S.[…]