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Indonesian Community Leaders Arrested For Coal Activism

Justin Guay | Posted 07.09.2014 | Green
Justin Guay

Co-authored with Nicole Ghio, Sierra Club International Climate Program As two community leaders fighting the Batang coal plant in Indonesia begin th...

Strength in the Crucible of Crisis

D. Michael Lindsay | Posted 07.07.2014 | Impact
D. Michael Lindsay

Our greatest leaders guide us decisively through the crucible of crisis with a strength of character formed long before the moment came to act.

3 Big Challenges for Latin America's Electricity Sector, 3 Big Strategies for a Successful Future

Jake Levine | Posted 07.07.2014 | Technology
Jake Levine

In the midst of rising demand, Latin America has been struggling with a wide-range of issues in building out new electric generation capacity.

Economics Students From 19 Countries Demand Overhaul of Economics Education

Keith Harrington | Posted 07.07.2014 | Education
Keith Harrington

Note: The following open letter on economics education reform represents the joint effort of the members of the International Student Initiative for P...

Volunteers Across The World CAN Save You During A Disaster. Here's How.

Jana Sweeny | Posted 07.07.2014 | Impact
Jana Sweeny

As Ebola began its march through West Africa earlier this year, health officials didn't have many tools at their disposal to fight it. But it didn't take long for us to realize something extraordinary: one of the best defenses for a disease with no known treatment may actually be technology.

Tobago, Jazz and John Legend

Nova Lorraine | Posted 06.27.2014 | Entertainment
Nova Lorraine

What a whirlwind! The Tobago Jazz Experience has celebrated "its biggest festival" to date, according to Tobago's Tourism Board's Events Coordinator John Arnold.

With the ICANN Controversy Behind Them, Will the U.S.Play a Global Leadership Role?

John M. Eger | Posted 06.28.2014 | Technology
John M. Eger

The U.S. Government's decision to end oversight of the International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) represents an opportunity for ...

An Underdog Story in Global Development

Weh Yeoh | Posted 06.28.2014 | Impact
Weh Yeoh

For the past year, I have worked, mostly on a voluntary basis, with CABDICO, a local Cambodian non-profit organization working with people with disabilities.

Lions, Zebras and African Children: Voluntourism in the Age of Social Media

Pippa Biddle | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
Pippa Biddle

The truth is, I have some of those photos. Photos of me with three or more young children on my lap smiling for the camera. When you don't even know the other subjects' names, the shared stage of your Facebook profile picture becomes and altar to the commodification of poverty.

A Strategic Response to the Ukraine Crisis

Carnegie Corporation of New York | Posted 06.01.2014 | Politics
Carnegie Corporation of New York

Although Russia has managed to consolidate control of Crimea without provoking a full-blown war with Ukraine, the crisis is by no means over, above all because the annexing of Crimea does not solve the Kremlin's redline issue -- Ukraine's external orientation and possible NATO accession. If anything, it has made it worse.

Improving Adult Education Will Help the U.S. Catch Up with Slovakia and Estonia

Eric Cooper | Posted 05.28.2014 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

Conversations about education reform and America's global competitiveness are often hand-in-glove. National benchmarks, such as the Common Core State...

To Ship or Not to Ship Your Luggage

Sonia Gil | Posted 05.27.2014 | Travel
Sonia Gil

Wouldn't it be great if you could travel bag-free? There would be no bag-check lines, no waiting for luggage, no lost luggage and best of all, no restrictions. Well, it is entirely possible. And traveling with your beloved bicycle? That is possible, too. How? Ship it.

'Security' Is Not 17,000 Nuclear Weapons

Derek Johnson | Posted 05.26.2014 | Politics
Derek Johnson

There's no debating we would all be better off if there were less and better-guarded highly enriched uranium and plutonium. But the summit missed an essential point: "Nuclear security" is an absurd proposition in a world bristling with more than 17,000 nuclear weapons.

10 Innocent Hand Gestures You Should Never Use Abroad

SmarterTravel | Posted 05.24.2014 | Travel

Certain gestures that are innocent in the United States mean something completely different (and offensive) overseas.

Abdul Hafiz Mansoor: 'I Assure You the Taliban Will Never Return'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"A major problem is the conservative interpretation of women's status in religion, which views women as a second, inferior sex. Women's presence in society is another challenge. The prevailing norms still see women's employment outside of the home as a shameful thing. On this view, women's work indicates a lack of honor for men."

Food Taboos Around The World

The Daily Meal | Posted 05.21.2014 | Taste
The Daily Meal

It is fair to say that Americans have an interesting love of food, but our relationship with it is a tumultuous one.

The World's Spiciest Dishes Worth The Heartburn

The Daily Meal | Posted 05.20.2014 | Taste
The Daily Meal

Different cultures have found ways to combine incredibly hot spices with intensely flavorful dishes that make them worth the burn.

Suraya Popal: 'They Stole His Sister, Not His Car'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"The underground mines that have been discovered in Afghanistan bring hope to all Afghans for a prosperous future. I hope that those mines will be operated effectively in accordance with international law in order to guarantee the economic future of the people of Afghanistan."

Abdul Qayyum Sajjadi: 'It Is Difficult to Leave the Tribal, Misogynist and Monopolist Approach Behind'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"Like most other Afghans, I am afraid of a return to the past, to that tension-fueled political, social and religious environment. For now, the positive cooperation between Afghanistan and the international community is keeping that at bay. But if this cooperation ends, we cannot rule out the possibility of returning to the dark days of the past."

The Sochi Olympics Emboldened Putin's Abuses in Ukraine and Russia

Mugambi Jouet | Posted 05.18.2014 | Politics
Mugambi Jouet

Organizing the Olympics is not only the precise opposite of international isolation, it probably emboldened Vladimir Putin's actions in Ukraine. Why did Russia get the Olympics in the first place given its appalling human rights record?

Sahraa Karimi: 'The Taste of Freedom Is a Powerful Antidote to Oppression'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 05.18.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"The youth give me hope. They refuse to bow their heads and submit like the generations before them did."

Dr. Ramazan Bashardost: 'Our Leaders Push Their People Over the Cliff'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 05.17.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"Our people are immobilized: I have seen people barely flinch while someone is beheaded in front of them. The Afghan people have had their willpower stolen from them; the society has become numb."

Dr Alema: 'We Need a National Campaign Against Illiteracy'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 05.14.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"Schools are still being closed to girls today. They throw acid on girls, poison the water containers in girls' schools, and distribute clandestine newsletters mobilizing against families of the students and teachers. These are all indirect ways of closing the schools to girls."

Who Is Your Shero?

Ed Gragert | Posted 05.13.2014 | Impact
Ed Gragert

Thinking about heroes and last weekend's International Day of Women reminds me that we should also be looking for sheros. And there are so many everywhere.

Wahid Ghassemi: 'I Belong to the Land Called Afghanistan'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 05.13.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"The terrible events that women suffer every day in Afghanistan demonstrate that women do not enjoy their human rights in this society."