A few years ago, I was able to make one of my dreams come true -- visit Japan. I had found an inexpensive ticket, and went to the airport floating on ...
Around this year, China will reach or have reached an important turning point in their demographics. The total dependency ratio will begin increasing after 50 years of decreasing. China's dependency ratio is projected to increase for decades and to surpass that of the US.
Without respecting and understanding the vital role of human factors in technological systems and proactively addressing/cultivating/facilitating their performance during unexpected events, nuclear safety will only be a distant mirage and recovery will be an unattainable dream.
Norway might not care about sustainability or cruelty or even its reputation, but what I find the most puzzling is the country's near messianic belief that, as long as it keeps killing whales, people will come back to whale meat. The evidence just isn't there.
Everyone nowadays seems to enjoy new-car interior air. But give me a whiff, any time, that brings back memories of adventures and interesting trips over a bunch of years. Here's a look at a few automobiles that I'd pick in a second over a Lexus, that I would drive again with pride -- if only they were still here.
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Sep 8, 2014 How unusua...
When Xi assumed office, people once hoped he would usher in democracy, but what actually happened was much stronger suppression of speech and greater thought control. He seems, so to speak, like a captain of a ship in distress who is hardening his resolve to deny his passengers the liberty to act on their own. In the end it is only the Chinese people who can decide which way China will go. But it is certain that the conclusion of this battle of Xi's will have an enormous effect on those of us outside China.
The new Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, will be meeting with President Barack Obama on the 30th of September. Prime Minister Modi is arriving at a moment when India-America relations have been worse then ever in recent memory.
It has microbreweries, artists, a cowboy hat-fixing genius, solar-powered lofts, and huge summer street events, along with homeless people, addicts, and the occasional break-in or fatal stabbing in an alley.
The decline of religion in developed countries offers a unique perspective on the religion-spirituality connection. What happens to spirituality as organized religion declines? Are regular churchgoers more spiritual to begin with?
The microcosm of the reality of individual workers amidst an almost goliath power of the role of business as macrocosm is deeply profound, and it's something that in this age of the brutal power international business holds on world economic reality, we can place ourselves in the shoes of these workers.
The time is ripe to infuse energy into this historic relationship. Not only are both governments stable with visionary leadership but there is also a strong will among businesses and policymakers on both sides to build a mutually-beneficial partnership.
Perhaps not surprisingly, people have been quick to snicker about the Napa earthquake, downplaying its severity. To some extent, this makes sense -- the area was lucky. But while it's easy to cast judgment from afar and say, it's important to remember that these buildings meant something to their inhabitants.
Here are capsule reviews of three fast-selling paperbacks by famous travel and guidebook writers: good, quick reads that pull the curtain back on a few of the travel industry's dirty little secrets and outright lies.
If China will publicly stress the importance of good governance as an essential component of making the development process work, the AIIB has a chance of being successful, and may work well in generating significantly more financial resources for the region.
How unusual has the weather been? No one event is "caused" by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide.