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Is Halloween Good or Bad for Civil Society?

Elizabeth Marquardt | Posted 12.30.2012 | Parents
Elizabeth Marquardt

Halloween is the only time of year that dozens and dozens of children knock on my door. The only time that I see or meet many of my neighbors.

Protecting Embattled Civil Society

Mandeep Tiwana | Posted 12.18.2012 | World
Mandeep Tiwana

Around the globe, mounting evidence indicates that the international community is failing in its responsibility to ensure the conditions necessary for civil society activists to conduct their work freely, without fear of retaliation from the government or other actors.

Innocence of Muslims - A Case For Civil Society

Tam Hussein | Posted 11.24.2012 | Media
Tam Hussein

Freedom of consciousness is needed before democracy can ever flourish. Some critics believe that Arab media is one of the places where this can occur. Unfortunately, Arab media in its present state cannot be the agora of debate.

Zoning Stifles Civil Society

Benjamin Powell | Posted 10.21.2012 | Impact
Benjamin Powell

All too often, people assume all problems must be solved by the market or by the government. Yet, the third alternative is through voluntary civil society.

Will Manufacturing Make China a Democracy?

Stan Sorscher | Posted 10.08.2012 | Business
Stan Sorscher

China has done an exceptional job of acquiring the means of production. Not so much for human rights, labor rights, public health, or environmental protections.

They Go to Die

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 09.30.2012 | Impact
Kolleen Bouchane

Mr. and Mrs. Mkoko are one of four families in the film They Go to Die -- Mr. Mkoko, who was present at the screening, is the only one of four miners who has survived the hardships resulting from his time in the mines.

Obama vs. Romney: "The Choice"

Harold A. McDougall | Posted 09.28.2012 | Politics
Harold A. McDougall

That's about the same tone as the Obama ad. Way to go, I thought. So why isn't this what we generally get from these candidates, and from their respective parties?

Is American Gun Culture Compatible With a Modern Civil Society?

Zaman Stanizai | Posted 09.25.2012 | Home
Zaman Stanizai

In respect to gun ownership, we fall off the chart in every standard-setting category for a modern society. Our civilians pay the price as our laws empower the criminals. How long must we bury our heads in the sand and deny ourselves the decency of a 21st-century civil society?

A Nation United in Grief

Gregory Rockson | Posted 09.24.2012 | World
Gregory Rockson

In a region where the death of a president has been used as an opportunity to organize coup d'etats, the smooth and peaceful transition was unprecedented and further strengthened Ghana's democratic credentials and reaffirmed its status as a beacon of hope for Africa.

My Apology on International Mandela Day

Jayaseelan Naidoo | Posted 09.17.2012 | World
Jayaseelan Naidoo

I reflect on that ground breaking day, Feb. 2, 1990, when F.W. de Klerk lifted a 30-year ban on the ANC and all banned organizations and announced that Nelson Mandela would be released from prison. It marked the beginning of irreversible change. We knew that something had to change.

Banishing Malnutrition - The Struggle Continues

Jayaseelan Naidoo | Posted 09.11.2012 | Impact
Jayaseelan Naidoo

GAIN turned the conventional wisdom about addressing malnutrition from one focused on treatment to one focused on prevention, from a medical model to one that recognized that most people engage with markets to get their food rather than health clinics.

Cultural DNA: Bringing Civic Infrastructure to Life

Harold A. McDougall | Posted 09.09.2012 | Home
Harold A. McDougall

It is community -- not the market, not government -- that is the crucible of culture, and culture is the root of problem-solving, of intelligence itself.

In Management of G8, G20 Summits, Mexican Performance Was Vastly Superior to U.S.

David J. Olson | Posted 09.01.2012 | World
David J. Olson

Why was Mexico so good and the U.S. so bad at managing the processes of engaging key stakeholders?

Get Online

Fron Nahzi | Posted 08.08.2012 | Technology
Fron Nahzi

In the ever-expanding and fast-paced new media world, issues appear to be more about context and less about content. The posts often appear short sighted, and lack substance but they reach a wide audience nevertheless.

Failing States

Christopher Holshek | Posted 06.02.2012 | World
Christopher Holshek

Failing states are failing states. The difference between over there and over here, however, is that we have been stacking the deck against ourselves.

Are You Decent?

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 05.26.2012 | Impact
Sarah O'Leary

I learned long ago not to use God to justify my actions, to act like I'm superior to anyone else, or to rationalize my false need to control the lives of my fellow man and woman. Instead, I try my level best to cultivate my decency, and pray for other Americans to do the same.

2012-2020: Where Mythologies Clash

Kingsley Dennis, Ph.D. | Posted 05.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Kingsley Dennis, Ph.D.

The decade ahead will be a testing time as it marks the peak clash between two mythologies -- or rather, two defining eras.

Harvest America or Invest in America

Stan Sorscher | Posted 04.23.2012 | Business
Stan Sorscher

We have strong historical and constitutional values about one-person one-vote and a government responsive to local communities. Right? Well, no. That's not right. Quite the opposite.

Religious Freedom Or Freedom Of Choice?

Rev. Dr. James A. Kowalski | Posted 04.16.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. James A. Kowalski

Employees may decide not to use such services for religious reasons, but an employer cannot deny them access for religious reasons.

Renaissance for Change: A New Civil Order?

Kingsley Dennis, Ph.D. | Posted 03.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Kingsley Dennis, Ph.D.

A renaissance for change is coming into being, and it heralds an epoch for opportunity like none other.

How, Exactly, Does Trade Bring Prosperity?

Stan Sorscher | Posted 03.12.2012 | Business
Stan Sorscher

I work for a labor union in the aerospace industry. We are 100% in favor of trade. We make products the rest of the world wants to buy. With increas...

The Afghan Road to Peace Could Start in Bonn

Lisa Schirch | Posted 01.31.2012 | World
Lisa Schirch

A more comprehensive Afghan peace process will enjoy greater public support, legitimacy, sustainability, and ultimately lead to more democratic governance.

C Plus: China's Civil Society Groups Stand Up and Get Counted in Durban

Lucia Green-Weiskel | Posted 01.31.2012 | Green
Lucia Green-Weiskel

With greenhouse gas emissions hitting record levels, a new group of Chinese activists traditionally silenced by an authoritarian government is making its voice heard at the United Nations climate talks in Durban, South Africa.

Civil Society at Ground Zero

Rebecca Solnit | Posted 01.22.2012 | Politics
Rebecca Solnit

It's rarely noted that Zuccotti Park is within sight of, and kitty-corner to, Ground Zero. What was born and what died that day a decade ago has everything to do with what's going on in and around the park, the country, and the world now.

Libya and Palestine

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 01.03.2012 | World
Daoud Kuttab

A visitor to Libya now, be it to Benghazi or Tripoli, cannot help but make some comparisons between the Libyan revolution and the Palestinian Intifada.