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Government Response to Protests Reveals Clash of Cultures in Beirut

Halim Shebaya | Posted 10.12.2015 | World
Halim Shebaya

This clash did not begin with the 'You Stink' protests due to the garbage crisis. It is arguably the apogee of years of work on social and political issues spearheaded by activists and NGOs working on a wide variety of topics.

And Justice for All: 21st Century Policing

National Council of La Raza | Posted 10.08.2015 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

For Latino communities, Lopez highlights the need to disentangle local law enforcement with immigration enforcement. While this is not the sole cause of friction between police and Latinos, it would certainly go a long way to rebuilding the trust and confidence Latinos have in law enforcement.

UK Think Tanks Reveal Who Funds Them as Sector Embraces Transparency

Till Bruckner | Posted 10.08.2015 | World
Till Bruckner

At least nine major British think tanks will disclose who funds their research and advocacy over the coming month, marking a systemic shift towards greater financial transparency across the entire UK policy research scene.

What Does a Perky Butt Have to Do With Spiritual Transformation?

Ashley Navarro | Posted 10.07.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Ashley Navarro

There are two things I want to achieve before I die. To continuously experience the Divine Loving that I Am, and a Perky Ass. Not because I'm vain and...

How USAID's Secret Think Tank Funding Hurts the Poor

Till Bruckner | Posted 10.05.2015 | Impact
Till Bruckner

Over the past two decades, support by USAID and other Western donors has led to an explosion in the number of think tanks in developing countries. However, much of this money is still being given and taken behind closed doors, threatening to hurt rather than help the world's poor.

Making Chinese Cities Smarter: Leapfrogging Intra-city Transport Development with 'Big Data'

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 10.01.2015 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

The period 2015/2016 is unique and remarkable for the development prospects of China. First, last week China took part in the UN global summit regarding the adoption of 17 sustainable development goals for the next 15 years.

Leading Special Forces for Sustainability: How Peter Bakker and the WBCSD Isolate, Take Action, and Deliver Measurable Impacts on 9 Global Priorities, Part 2

Mark Coleman | Posted 09.28.2015 | Green
Mark Coleman

Part 2 - Leading Special Forces for Sustainability, A Conversation with Mr. Peter Bakker, President and CEO of the World Business Council for Sustaina...

A Modest Proposal (For Hajj Accountability and Reform)

Atif Choudhury | Posted 09.28.2015 | Religion
Atif Choudhury

What is truly needed likely cannot be fixed with just a few minor tweaks, but will require a fundamental re-think on what constitutes a successful Hajj.

Leading Special Forces for Sustainability: How Peter Bakker and the WBCSD Isolate, Take Action, and Deliver Measurable Impacts on 9 Global Priorities, Part 1

Mark Coleman | Posted 09.23.2015 | Green
Mark Coleman

Mr. Bakker, who has for the past three and a half years served as President and CEO of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), understands well the contradiction of power and humility felt by so many CEOs.

BJP's Maha(rashtra)-Strides Backwards

Digant Raj Kapoor | Posted 09.18.2015 | World
Digant Raj Kapoor

The media has spared no details when it comes to its coverage of the Mumbai meat ban. Naturally, it's a juicy topic. But more pertinent issues that have been percolating over time have not received their due attention.

How Much Money Is the World Bank Spending to Intimidate Staff?

Nezir Sinani | Posted 09.16.2015 | World
Nezir Sinani

The Bank is spending precious resources investigating its own staff to prevent leaks containing information that people around the world are entitled to know about in the first place.

Open Letter to Senator Rand Paul

Stephen G. Cecchetti | Posted 09.14.2015 | Politics
Stephen G. Cecchetti

Preventing and mitigating such disruptions is precisely the reason that Congress created the Fed in 1914. We know from the history of the late 19th and early 20th century that if we were to strip the Fed of its ability to provide liquidity to solvent banks in times of stress, the result would be frequent bank panics and deep recessions.

Liar's Poker in Africa: How Hidden Agendas Drive the Politics of Fish in Mauritania

Till Bruckner | Posted 08.25.2015 | World
Till Bruckner

According to a recent World Bank study, fisheries make up one quarter of Mauritania's natural wealth, but the waters off the country in north-western Africa are being overfished. Foreign operators pull out the lion's share of the catch - sometimes legally, sometimes not; suspicions of corruption abound.

Warning: Has Educational Accountability Become a Political Pawn?

Rob Furman | Posted 08.25.2015 | Education
Rob Furman

No one will ever argue against the need for educators to be held accountable for their actions or deeds. But, what happens when you are being held accountable to a moving target?

Mauritania: Scholar Warns of "Implosion" Unless Leadership Embraces Change

Till Bruckner | Posted 08.18.2015 | World
Till Bruckner

I spoke with Amadou Sall, a lecturer of social anthropology at the University of Nouakchott and leading member of the Mauritanie Perspectives think tank, about politics, social change and the prospects for democracy in this rapidly changing West African nation.

Holes In The System: When Your City Isn't Fixing Potholes

The New England Center for Investigative Reporting | LaurenWeber | Posted 08.13.2015 | Politics

The following story was reported by Naomi LaChance and Brooke Williams of the New England Center for Investigative Reporting and published...

Confessions of an SAI Superfan & Recent Lessons From Kenya+

Dana Wilkins | Posted 08.12.2015 | World
Dana Wilkins

Everyone has their "thing". That nerdy interest--bordering on obsession--that they get a little short of breath talking about and love tucking into in their spare time. Some people have Arsenal, or Assassin's Creed, or underwater photography. For the last 5 years, I've had Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs).

Communicate with Clarity & Leave No One Behind: How the UN Is Scaling Sustainability in a Post-2015 World, Part 1

Mark Coleman | Posted 08.06.2015 | Green
Mark Coleman

On July 8th I had the unique opportunity and pleasure to speak with Ms. Mohammed about the post-2015 development process and agenda.

Communicate With Clarity & Leave No One Behind: How the UN Is Scaling Sustainability in a Post-2015 World, Part 2

Mark Coleman | Posted 08.05.2015 | Green
Mark Coleman

Part 2 of 2: A Conversation with Ms. Amina Mohammed, UN Special Advisor of the Secretary-General on Post-2015 Development Planning The fate of humani...

For All Kenyans to Be Equal, Kenyatta Must Move Beyond Words on Justice

David Tolbert | Posted 08.05.2015 | World
David Tolbert

Kenya has an important legal obligation to investigate and prosecute the serious crimes that were committed during the post-election violence period. President Kenyatta has demonstrated utterly no leadership in this respect, and he does his country a disservice by failing to ensure that the law is respected and implemented.

Transparency Advocate: Mauritania's Fishing Sector Still Opaque

Till Bruckner | Posted 07.30.2015 | World
Till Bruckner

I recently spoke with Ba Aliou Coulibaly to learn more about Mauritania's fishy politics, the links between national and international corruption, and transparency in the fisheries sector.

7 Existential Life Lessons in Woody Allen's Irrational Man

Skye Cleary | Posted 07.24.2015 | Entertainment
Skye Cleary

Could you murder, if it was for a good cause? Woody Allen's movie Irrational Man toys with this question, and whether murder can be justified on existential grounds.

4 Ways To Hold Yourself Accountable To Your Goals

Alicia T. Glenn | Posted 07.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Alicia T. Glenn

Achieving something is a practice, just as meditation, writing every day, working out, eating healthy, etc. are practices as well. Time needs to be allotted to it. As I continued to ponder, I came up with three ways to stay committed to a goal.

Welcoming a Hybrid Attempt at Justice for the Central African Republic

Jesica L. Santos | Posted 07.15.2015 | World
Jesica L. Santos

The establishment of the SCC is unprecedented in recent years in that the world will now have a hybrid tribunal working in a country where the ICC has already opened investigations.

Follow the Money: How Women of Uganda Made the Corrupt Accountable

ONE | Posted 07.14.2015 | Impact

Several months ago in Uganda's remote Kole district, a teacher at Baramindyang Primary School discovered that members of the local Parent Teacher Association had embezzled some 700,000 Ugandan shillings -- about $225 -- from the school.