Our human ancestors have been laying their dead to rest for thousands of years. The departed were usually laid in the earth or on a funeral pyre. Today, earth and fire are still the most commonly used methods. But now a new paradigm is on offer.
George Nakashima is considered one of the greatest American craftsmen of all time. You can find his furniture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. But in 1942, the US government thought he was a threat, along with his wife and their newborn daughter.
A wave of migrants from the Mediterranean meets a hostile reception from many Americans. The migrants are seen as alien in religion, culture, politics, law. So different in fact that some Americans argue that they can never be assimilated. They are the Italians, in the 1890s.
During World War II, there was a huge fear that Nazi spies would sneak into the US with Jewish refugees. That fear was overblown. But it looks like the US is experiencing the same paranoia over Syrians.
In previous election cycles, climate change has been just one of a host of campaign issues — and a fairly minor one, at that. But, as the first Democratic debate demonstrated, this year could be very different, at least among the Democratic candidates for president.
Siamak Namazi is the latest Iranian American arrested in Iran. The oil consultant was arrested as he visited family in Iran. The arrest has 'sent chills' through the Iranian-American business community.
So Vladimir Putin's pumped-up, drugged-out Olympians may get stripped of their 2012 medals. That won't undo the damage, says high jumper Erik Kynard, Jr. He may get a gold medal, years later, but says: "I won’t be able to go back to the podium and do a victory lap.”
Australian academic Susan Carland was tired of all the hate she receives online so she decided to donate $1 every time someone sends her a hate tweet. For Carland, it's about changing the toxicity to positivity.