With wood paneling and steak dinners, Veterans of Foreign Wars posts can seem part of a bygone era. But by turning to art nights and yoga, one revitalized itself – and showed how to serve a new generation of veterans.
Once in groups ranging from US white supremacists to Irish nationalists to European Islamists, these ex-extremists have formed a network to support each other as they try to help people avoid the errors they made.
After the emergence of a report detailing a growing number of hate groups and extremist organizations in the US, sociologists and former extremists say understanding and compassion are critical to combating that rise.
The H-1B visa can be a powerful way to bring crucial workers to the US. But there's growing criticism that the program is being used simply to bring in lower-cost workers from overseas. The needed reforms, some say, are simple.
To many Westerners, the armed protesters who took over the Malheur refuge are putting on political theater that undermines the approach favored by many who seek to reshape the region’s future without a revolution.
The Russian Orthodox Church sees itself as the spiritual generator of public policy and the ideological bulwark of the state. Under Putin, priests have become fixtures in the military, schools, and other public institutions.
A retreat by NATO-trained Afghan forces in Kunduz this fall came after more than a decade of military operations against the Taliban. Many recognize the need to include the group in any political settlement.