Let Go

“You must learn to let go. Release the stress. You were never in control anyway.” ~Steve Maraboli

Sometimes I try really hard to control things.

I run two businesses so, in many ways, control gives me a sense of peace of mind.

When my team is doing what they are supposed to be Continue →

Calm Woman

“Don’t wait for your feelings to change to take action. Take action and your feelings will change.” ~Barbara Baron

I’ve struggled with anxiety for as long as I can remember. From the time I was very young, I would worry about things—my life, my parents, my house, the state of the Continue →


Pakistan’s Payback for Drone Attacks

by Russ Wellen on August 21, 2014


When Pakistan’s military itself invades Afghanistan, it nudges our campaign there into the realm of the farcical. (Photo: Jared Rodriguez / Flickr)


While on vacation, the editor is re-running old posts that have retained their timeliness.

In the course of an October 3, 2011 article at MEMRI titled The Failing U.S. Continue →


Comply – and die anyway

by sarahbenton on August 21, 2014

Thousands of Palestinians marched in the West Bank on on July 24, 2014 to denounce the deadly Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip, Ma’an news agency reported. Israeli forces clashed with the demonstrators at the Qalandia checkpoint, killing at least 3 and injuring at more than 110, at least one Continue →


Failure of the siege and separation route

by sarahbenton on August 21, 2014

The route favoured by the Aix group for a West Bank-Gaza corridor was number 3, the orange one.

Israel must end Gaza-West Bank separation policy

The failure of the current talks with Hamas emphasizes the urgent need for Israel to end its “separation policy” of isolating Gaza from the West Bank.

By Akiva Continue →


The Plaza de Mayo in Fall

by Stephenie Young on August 21, 2014

Argentina 5

This past May, returning to the Plaza de Mayo in central Buenos Aires after several years, I see that few things have changed. The “madres” and “abuelas”—mothers and grandmothers of those disappeared or murdered under Argentina’s military dictatorship (1976-1983)—still meet each Thursday afternoon in protest. The groups have splintered over Continue →


Tomgram: Patrick Cockburn, How to Ensure a Thriving Caliphate

by Patrick Cockburn on August 21, 2014

There are extraordinary elements in the present U.S. policy in Iraq and Syria that are attracting surprisingly little attention...


Democracy Now! 2014-08-21 Thursday

by Amy Goodman on August 21, 2014

Democracy Now! 2014-08-21 ThursdayHeadlines for August 21, 2014"Negro Spring": Ferguson Residents, Friends of Michael Brown Speak Out for Human RightsA War on Gaza's Future? Israeli Assault Leaves 500 Kids Dead, 3,000 Injured, 373,000 Traumatized

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Malaysia’s Relationship With Israel Gets Frostier

by Wan Ahmad Fayhsal on August 21, 2014

The popular boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement against companies that profit from the Israeli occupation is popular in Malaysia. (Photo: Kate Ausburn / Flickr)

The popular boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement against companies that profit from the Israeli occupation is popular in Malaysia. (Photo: Kate Ausburn / Flickr)

The Israel Security Agency, better known as Shin Bet, recently claimed that Malaysia, a far-away majority-Muslim country in Southeast Asia, provided elite Hamas commandoes with Continue →


When Positive Thinking Doesn’t Help

by Allison Carr on August 20, 2014

Rain Cloud Over Head

“The best way out is always through.” ~Robert Frost

Earlier this year my partner, our son, and I all moved to Santa Barbara from Oregon. People move all the time, but for us it was a huge step.

My partner had a new exciting dream job and we were eager to experience Continue →


3 Essential Elements for Long-Term Happiness

by James Johnson on August 20, 2014


“He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much.” ~Bessie Anderson Stanley

Love. Purpose. Selflessness. 

That’s it. Everything I’ve learned about happiness lies in those three words.

Why those words?

Because in their absence it’s hard to be happy. Your mind wanders and sets upon trying to fill that void, Continue →


Egyptian riot policemen run after Muslim brotherhood members following a demonstration in Cairo’s eastern Nasr City district on December 27, 2013. Photo by Khaled Desouki /AFP/Getty Images

Israel, Hamas and the making of the New Arab World

The Arab Revolt, which gave so much hope to the Palestinians, has turned out to Continue →