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Raising Government Revenue in Africa: A Road Out of Poverty

Mark Plant | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mark Plant

There are limits to how much a government can receive as grants from donors or borrow. So raising tax revenues is a necessary element for governments to spend on providing more of these essential services and, in turn, reduce poverty.

The Case For Investing In School Infrastructure

Ed Schmidt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Ed Schmidt

Like our congested highways, bursting water pipes and corroding bridges, decaying schools are a reminder that our prosperity as a nation is jeopardized by physical neglect.

LAX's Poor Excuse for Mass Transit

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

The time has come to give commuters to the world's sixth busiest airport a truly rapid mass transit option.

What Does the Earthquake Mean to Japan's Fiscal Future?

Marshall Auerback | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Marshall Auerback

How must it feel to people in shock to hear fiscal deficit hawks telling them that their government is broke and unable to help the population?

Learning From Japan's Catastrophe

Steven Cohen | Posted 05.26.2011 | World
Steven Cohen

For those of us wedded to the idea of human development, we try to draw lessons from the catastrophes we manage to live through. One lesson we need to learn is that the impact of natural disasters will continue to grow.

GOP to Young Voters: Don't Vote

Christine Pelosi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

In their quest to defeat President Obama and hold a White House Tea Party, Republicans and their corporate allies have a new youth outreach message: Don't Vote.

Thirsty in Tanzania: Africa's Infrastructure Challenge of Climate Change and Development

Linda Constant | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Linda Constant

Tanzania's issue with fresh water access is an increasingly dangerous problem for the local population.

Since When Did My Free Wi-Fi Become a 'Hotspot?'

Gil Laroya | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Gil Laroya

At this point in the technology of wireless devices, we are all familiar with wi-fi; the service that shares an internet connection wirelessly amongst...

'Nonsecurity' Spending Cuts Could Be Hazardous to Your Health

Scott Lilly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Lilly

Despite the label "nonsecurity discretionary programs," many of the proposed cuts will reduce our security in a variety of ways, among them increasing our chances of getting sick from unsafe meat and contaminated drinking water.

A Marshall Plan for the Middle East?

Glenn Hubbard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Glenn Hubbard

All prosperous countries of the world got that way not through government infrastructure, food aid, or NGO projects, but through the growth of a domestic business sector.

Green News Report: February 24, 2011 (Audio)

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport. The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app!. IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Oil price...

Libyan Violence Moves Oil Price -- and It Could Get a Lot Worse

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert L. Cavnar

This crisis, if nothing else, emphasizes the weakness of world oil supplies and the utter lack of control the US has over its own destiny.

Green News Report: February 22, 2011 (Audio)

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport. The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app!. IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Deadly ea...

My Trip to Lagos

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Nigeria produces successful visual artists, musicians and filmmakers. But, like in every other country, the lack of resources forces artists to spend more time scrounging for money than making art.

Thousands Of Nation's Dams Reportedly 'Susceptible To Failure'

The New York Times | HENRY FOUNTAIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

LAKE ISABELLA, Calif. — Frank Brassell, owner of Nelda’s Diner in this town wedged between the slopes of the southern Sierra Nevada, knows his fat...

Machiavelli, Third World America and Our National Crisis

Michael Likosky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Likosky

When something goes horribly wrong, it's always useful to look to the Classics to understand what's actually happened and how to move forward. Is our ...

The F Word: Obama Should Be Ashamed of His Budget

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

While around 22 million Americans are looking for work, domestic spending will be at its lowest level since Dwight Eisenhower? We should be ashamed to let our president get away with this.

Increasing American Economic Growth and Competitiveness

Algernon Austin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Algernon Austin

The government needs to make investments rapidly in education, infrastructure, and research and development to make us more competitive globally. These investments, if done substantially, will create millions of jobs.

The Chamber of Commerce Wants Infrastructure? Prove It

Bill Scher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Scher

Last week, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce supported President Obama's call for increased public investment in infrastructure. That's great. Now it's time they tell it to all those Tea Partiers.

Roadmap to Disaster

Donald Kaul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Donald Kaul

The Republicans told us what they wanted to do in their "Pledge to America" last year: it involves ripping the heart out of the future and burying it at the intersection of crumbling highways and a falling-down bridge to nowhere.

President Obama is Right: We Need to Create American Jobs Now

Rep. John Garamendi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. John Garamendi

With his State of the Union address, President Obama delivered an important message that Congress and the American people need to hear: our nation'...

A Sputnik Moment for Smart Growth

Geoffrey Anderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Geoffrey Anderson

In his State of the Union address, President Obama laid out strategies for better education, better energy production, better transportation and better job creation. All of these strategies are key to a stronger American economy.

Why Sputnik?

Bill Schneider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Schneider

I was around for the launching of Sputnik in 1957. It created a huge wave of shock and paranoia. Obama was trying to create a mood of crisis in the country, and for a reason: That's the only way we get things done.

America's "Can't Do" Attitude

Seth Shostak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Seth Shostak

Today's youth are building new things. Look at Facebook or Google. But maybe that's a problem: too many of them are.

SOTU: The Dollar Gap Between Rhetoric and Reality

Marshall Auerback | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Marshall Auerback

The ultimate paradox facing the president -- and the country as a whole -- is that while innovation, education and infrastructure are necessary ingredients for global competitive success, they offer no guarantee.