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Until the first soldiers jumped off their helicopters at Landing Zone Albany in the winter of 1965, the Vietnam War had been confined to American advisers who had suffered relatively light casualties. Back home, the conflict wasn't a prominent blip on the nation's radar. Comment?
They come to him - students, co-workers and congregants alike, sometimes in tears - with their questions: What should we do, Imam Zaid? What should we do about the suspicion, about the hatred, about the second glances and the threat of confrontations on the street? What should we do about Donald Trump and his rhetorical attacks on Muslim immigrants? And how do we process the deadly attacks by people who invoked our religion? Should we return to our ancestral home countries, hunker down in the shadows? Zaid Shakir, co-founder and faculty member at the nation's only Muslim liberal arts college, and a 59-year-old Air Force veteran widely regarded to be one of America's most influential Islamic thought leaders, has his answers ready. Comment?
Oakland police make stand in Berkeley, Calif., on Oct. 16, 1965, on the line between Berkeley and Oakland to face anti-Vietnam marchers who started from the University of California campus with the Oakland Army Terminal as their goal. They did not come into physical contact with the police and finally returned to Constitution Square near the Berkeley City Hall. Comment?
More cities are recognizing Native Americans on Columbus Day this year as they revive a movement to change the name of the holiday to celebrate the history and contributions of indigenous cultures around the country. As the U.S. observes Columbus Day on Monday, it will also be Indigenous Peoples Day in at least nine cities for the first time this year, including Albuquerque; Portland, Oregon; St. Paul, Minnesota; and Olympia, Washington. Comment?
Most American Internet users grasp this Silicon Valley truism: "If you're not paying, you're the product." We gain "free" services and conveniences by yielding our personal information, which in turn is sold or traded to all sorts of interested parties. Comment?
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