You are here
US 

Native American Pow Wows Celebrate Patriotism, Unity

It’s pow wow season in the United States, a time when Native American nations, bands and tribes gather to connect, celebrate tribal histories and cultures, and express their patriotism.  On any given weekend this summer, a pow wow is taking place somewhere in the country, an expression of unity within and between Native communities. “Pow wow” derives from an old Algonquian word that referred to a gathering of spiritual healers celebrating successful hunts, battles or trade.  In 1883, the government banned “old heathenish dances,” worried they would “stimulate the warlike…

Read More
Politics 

Israel, American Jewry and Trump’s Republican Party

Caroline Glick, Jerusalem PostEarlier this month Norway, Denmark and Switzerland did something surprising. Norway announced that it was demanding the return of its money from the Palestinian Human Rights and Humanitarian Law Secretariat, for the latter’s funding of a Palestinian women’s group that built a youth center near Nablus named for PLO mass murderer Dalal Mughrabi. Denmark followed, announcing it was cutting off all funding to the group. … Read the referenced story here: Israel, American Jewry and Trump’s Republican Party

Read More
Recipes 

American Flag Pie

Looking for something special to bring to a Fourth of July cook-out? Check out this American Flag Pie! It’s a sheet-pan slab pie with a homemade crust, a blueberry and strawberry filling, topped with stars and stripes. Slab pies are shallower than regular pies, but they make up for it in width. A 13 x18 sheet pan pie will easily feed 12 people, perfect for a party. While conceivably you could use a prepackaged folded frozen pie crust (just get four of them and cut them to fit the rectangular sheet pan, and cut out the…

Read More
US 

China Takes Delivery of First Shipments of American Beef in 14 Years

China let through the first shipments of beef from the United States in 14 years on Friday, after the two nations agreed to resume the trade in May, state media reported. The imports were brought in by Cofco Meat Holdings Ltd from U.S. meat processor Tyson Foods Inc., China National Radio (CNR) reported on Friday, citing Beijing Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau. China officially allowed U.S. beef imports from Tuesday this week after the two sides settled the conditions for exports last week. Under the new rule, boneless and bone-in…

Read More

Is North Carolina the Future of American Politics?

Jason Zengerle, NY Times MagazineOn the last Thursday in March, the air horns returned to the governor’s mansion in Raleigh, N.C. There were about 75 of them, and they belonged to the Air Horn Orchestra, an ad hoc ensemble of liberal activists. In 2016 the orchestra gathered once a week for 30 consecutive weeks, beginning right after North Carolina’s Republican-dominated General Assembly passed — and the Republican governor Pat McCrory signed into law — House Bill 2, which prohibited transgender individuals from using public restrooms that match their gender identity…

Read More