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Common Mistakes That Will Ruin Your International Trip

The Active Times | Posted 08.16.2014 | Travel
The Active Times

When we think about travel, we think about carefree oceanfront days, road trips across an entire country and exploring new lands. Getting away is an opportunity to take a break, relax and reflect, above all else.

Colombia's Peace Talks with FARC: A Political Conspiracy?

Stephanie Rudat | Posted 08.12.2014 | World
Stephanie Rudat

The future of Colombia had never been so dark and uncertain. Two years ago, President Juan Manuel Santos embarked the country into a negotiation process with the terrorist organization FARC in Habana, Cuba.

'Pay-As-You-Go' Solar Companies Win National Geographic Terra Watt Prize

Justin Guay | Posted 08.12.2014 | Green
Justin Guay

Co-authored with Vrinda Manglik, Associate Campaign Representative, International Clean Energy Access Just as solar leasing from the likes of Solar...

10 Reasons Why You Should Move to Another City in Your 20s

Mo Seetubtim | Posted 08.10.2014 | Travel
Mo Seetubtim

Nothing can bring you closer to building an intimate relationship with yourself and getting to know yourself better than moving away from home and living in another city.

An Open Letter to Prime Minister Modi on the Issue of Women's Safety in India

Ketaki Desai | Posted 08.06.2014 | Impact
Ketaki Desai

Heartiest congratulations on your recent election and historic win; a phenomenon that reaffirmed our democratic beliefs! Obviously, several things in India need to change; and if there is one person who has the courage, dedication and vision to put our country on the path to greatness, my hope is that that person is you.

US Power Sector Carbon Pollution Standards Matter: Global Implications

Jake Schmidt | Posted 08.05.2014 | Green
Jake Schmidt

Some commentators' logic essentially boils down to two false perspectives -- that U.S. cuts in its power sector emissions don't matter in the context of global efforts to address climate change and that the rest of the world, particularly China and India, isn't doing anything to curb their pollution. Both assumptions are wrong.

To Solve Unemployment and Global Warming, Young People Hold the Key

Bill Reese | Posted 08.04.2014 | Impact
Bill Reese

If we can turn today's huge and growing youth population into an economic dividend that can drive global growth and prosperity, then in 2030, the children of today's workers and small business owners will be far more likely to stay in school, find success in the workforce, and become productive, taxpaying citizens.

An Update from Nourish Interns in Guatemala

Nourish International | Posted 07.28.2014 | Impact
Nourish International

The past week, we have been busy traveling and experiencing more of the culture here in Pana and in the towns around the lake.

Will SunFunder Unlock $1 Billion in Off-Grid Solar Venture Debt?

Justin Guay | Posted 07.28.2014 | Business
Justin Guay

In a recent piece on early stage cleantech investing, Rob Day of Black Coral Capital had some excellent advice - look beyond traditional venture cap...

China's Thirst for Coal Is Drying Up

Justin Guay | Posted 07.20.2014 | Green
Justin Guay

China's coal boom is over, with demand falling faster than expected. And that means we finally can see the light at the end of a long, dark tunnel.

Mixed Messages: Homophobia, Transphobia and the Media

Randal Mason | Posted 07.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Randal Mason

Whether it's new funding for monitoring coverage of LGBT issues or incorporating LGBT awareness in current media development initiatives around the world, we can make it so that the stories of LGBT individuals and communities are told with the accuracy and dignity that all people deserve.

Why Is the FCC So Reluctant to Reclassify Internet Service as a Public Utility?

John M. Eger | Posted 07.16.2014 | Technology
John M. Eger

We seem to agree that water, gas, electricity and telephone service have been things we cannot do without. Why not Internet service, too?

Peace or Righteousness in the Ukraine?

Scott Sigmund Gartner | Posted 07.15.2014 | World
Scott Sigmund Gartner

President Theodore Roosevelt famously stated that, "If given the choice between righteousness and peace, I choose righteousness." The United States faces this same choice now in the Ukraine.

Vladimir Putin and Crimea

Aurelia Condrat | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics
Aurelia Condrat

The golden rule is that national minorities can not exercise their right to self-determination externally, this right being granted only to nations. By minorities' rights we refer to "individual rights" and not "collective rights."

Foster Care Is An International Issue

Marquis Cabrera | Posted 07.09.2014 | World
Marquis Cabrera

Political pandering between Russia and the United States has led to increased turmoil in the realm of child welfare.

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.