How much of the slowing can be blamed on Mother Nature? Nobody knows for sure, of course, but there is enough reason to believe that the brisk pace of growth recorded in the second half of 2013 will not be sustained in 2014.
Unfortunately, the word of God is lost in the language of cultural interpretations, which fails to understand the Islamic perspective in realizing that discrimination and bias are counterproductive to equity and justice.
We have been waiting a long time for this moment. Sitting on the edge of our seats, money in hand for more than 18 months. The private equity field has been bracing for a shake up and it is finally here.
Fairness is a measure of the heart. It comes when we trust that there is enough for everyone and when we really get that there is no other -- no over there, but rather that we are all in this together.
Oak Creek was an American tragedy that deeply affects us all. Though the challenges marginalized communities face can be sorrowful, I truly have faith in our nation to collectively take a stance and put an end to these detrimental mentalities.
How often have you attended a conference with mostly male or all male panels? How often have you watched legislative hearings featuring men and more men? How often have you wondered where the women's voices were in magazine roundtables, anthologies, and the like?
The religious right has banded together becoming a force of political clout in the U.S. They want to maintain their privilege, but the cost to our society is high. The religious left would do well to make common cause with one another and with activists working for justice.
A new national survey of African-Americans paints a fascinating picture: over half of those polled report that their lives have generally improved in recent years. But what of the other half, who report lower satisfaction with their lives -- especially lower-income African-Americans?
According to the Kickstarter's data, there was $274 billion collected last year (+238 percent from 2011). In comparison, VC's invested $26.5 billion in 2012 (-10 percent from 2011). Do you see the difference?
We know that our children are (and that we all are) more than the sum of our circumstantial parts. All have potential, imagination, hopes, beliefs, strengths, and goals -- but, often because of circumstances, not all can actualize and achieve them.
There is nothing radical about closing schools. A "radical" approach would have been for Rhee to tackle poverty and unemployment in D.C., a far more effective method of advancing early childhood education.
Approximately two-thirds of the world's poultry meat and eggs, and more than half of all pork, are now produced in industrial systems, and consumption of animal-based foods is rising, particularly in developing countries.
As more African American and Hispanic students are failed by America's education system and drop out of school, they are also missing out on the opportunity to be full participants in society and the workforce.